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Distribution and Sales Manager, Amy Aquilino
Distribution Assistant, Jennifer Emily Fiore
Director, Public Exhibition & Acquisitions Kristen Fitzpatrick
Director, Production Assistance Program, Barbara Ghammashi
Web Consultant, Kelly Hernandez-Alonzo
Marketing Manager, Erika Howard
Finance & Office Coordinator, Rena Jensen
Executive and Programs Assistant, Colleen O'Shea
Manager of Operations, Amy Sewell
Program Coordinator, Eileen Tavárez
Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman

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Amy Aquilino, Distribution and Sales Manager (x305)
aaquilino@wmm.com
Amy Aquilino is thrilled to join WMM as the Distribution and Sales Coordinator. Originally a child of New York, Amy moved out to San Francisco to pursue her degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. She spent several years in the Bay Area working as a freelance audio engineer with notable clients such as ON24 media, Crescendo Studios, and Hungry Mind productions. She also worked as a digital media associate for the international nonprofit Women’s Intercultural Network, furthering her passion for social justice and her commitment to promoting women in media. She returned to New York and after a stint with the New York Philharmonic, joined WMM. When not behind a mixing board, Amy enjoys cooking, homebrewing, and exploring Brooklyn with her partner.

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    Jennifer Emily Fiore, Distribution Assistant (x306)
distassist@wmm.com
Jennifer (she goes by Jenna) has long admired and supported the important work that Women Make Movies does to enhance women's place in the media industry, to develop and empower female directors and media makers, and to distribute women's films and media content. As a student in The New School’s graduate program in Media Studies and Media Management, Jenna was honored to earn an internship assisting Women Make Movies’ Fiscal Sponsorship/Production Assistance Department in March 2016. She loved the internship so much, so stayed throughout the summer and is thrilled to join the team as Distribution Assistant! Jenna’s previous experience includes having interned at other arts and media non-profits, including Ruth Eckerd Hall for the Performing Arts, where she served as In-House Counsel intern, and the PBS-affiliate, WUSF-TV, where she worked with the Television Program Director to select programming and assist in production. During her time at PBS, she served as Production Assistant on the documentary “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary,” a film which earned its woman filmmaker a 2014 Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter. Jenna graduated with her BA from Bryn Mawr College, an all-women’s liberal arts college near Philadelphia, and earned her law degree in Media/Arts/Entertainment law from Stetson University College of Law. When not at WMM, she enjoys being a twin, cuddling with her Shetland Sheepdog, Ben, and all of the wonderful film and arts events NYC has to offer.

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Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director, Public Exhibition and Acquisitions (x312) kfitzpatrick@wmm.com
Kristen Fitzpatrick is the Director of Acquisition & Exhibition at Women Make Movies, the world's leading distributor of films by and about women, where she programs the global exhibition of WMM's collection of over 500 films and is also responsible for the acquisition of the organization's new releases as well as their festival, marketing and outreach plans. Kristen has been on numerous film festival juries around the world and spoken on numerous panels focusing on distribution, promotional strategies and impact campaigns for social justice documentary. She was recently on the board of NewFest, and was also a long-term member of the selection committee for the New York International Asian Film Festival. Kristen currently serves annually as a judge for the Student Academy Awards (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), is a judge for the Northeast Emmys, and was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC). Kristen also guest curates an ongoing film series in Brooklyn, where she lives with her Chihuahua, has an ongoing love affair with film and New York City, and spends a considerable amount of time deliberating about how documentary film & feminism really can change the world.

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Barbara Ghammashi, Director, Production Assistance Program (x303) bghammashi@wmm.com
As a producer Barbara’s films have been included in numerous film festivals and been broadcast on PBS, the Documentary Channel and Showtime.  Prior to producing independently, Barbara spent five years at Showtime Networks Inc. where she was a Director of Original Programming.  Responsible for creative development and production on various original movies and documentaries, she worked on such critically-acclaimed projects as the documentary “Trust Me”; “Speak,” a Showtime Independent Film that premiered at Sundance in 2004, won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival and was the highest rated film on Showtime in 2005; ”Bereft,” also a Showtime Independent Film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the documentary “After Innocence,” which was awarded a Special Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2005.

In addition, Barbara was previously a Broadcast Sales and Development Consultant for Women Make Movies as well as an Administrator and Special Projects Manager for Philanthropy Advisors where she worked with organizations such as the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award.

Barbara Ghammashi graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU with a degree in Individualized Study with an emphasis in Cinema Studies and English Literature.

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Kelly Hernandez-Alonzo, Web Consultant
webassist@wmm.com
A native of southern New Jersey, Kelly moved to New York in August 2001 and soon after was thrilled to begin working with Women Make Movies. Originally hired as a work study intern, she served in many departments over several years, eventually settling down and collaborating primarily with the marketing team. During that time, she helped launch the existing website, and has continued to add content and features to it over time.

Kelly is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts, with a degree in Film and Video, and the creator of many short films and video projects. She has worked as a sound technician and media research editor as well as a web consultant. She lives with her husband and pet turtle in Brooklyn.

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Erika Howard, Marketing Manager (x320) ehoward@wmm.com
Erika is the Marketing Manager of Women Make Movies and is thrilled to highlight the stellar work of women directors. She is formerly the Associate Director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival where she programmed films, developed new audiences, established relationships with corporate sponsors, and created diverse programs. She also served previously as the festival’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. She was the Marketing Manager for social issue documentary films and the Producer of Marketing and Distribution for an independent feature. She has also worked on production projects at The Documentary Group, Ambrica Productions and Public Affairs Television. As a former commercial artist agent she created new business development opportunities and promotional strategies for artists and photographers. Inspired by the power of film to influence social change, she founded Docwomen, a film/engagement series that highlights women’s issues and the work of non-profits. She has traveled widely, and assisted on international outreaches to India, where she worked with trafficking victims, and children living within brothels;  Kenya, with girls affected by FGM; and Ethiopia with women who face the ostracizing effects of obstetric fistula. She is also a member of NYWIFT, UNA-NYC, and a former board member and film committee co-chair of the UN Women, Metro New York chapter.

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Rena Jensen, Finance & Office Coordinator
rjensen@wmm.com (x304)
Rena is excited to join Women Make Movies as the Finance and Office Coordinator. In addition to her years of financial and administrative experience, she has also volunteered at non-profit organizations and film festivals, including NYFF, Rooftop Films, and the Tribeca Film Festival. She previously served as the Membership Coordinator for Coney Island USA, and was also the Director of Fundraising and Finance for the NYC Chapter of the Younger Women's Task Force. As a board member for YWTF, she helped to plan and execute events for local organizations including Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS).

Rena has a BA in Communication Arts from Ramapo College and a Certificate in Accounting from New York University. A New Jersey native living in Chinatown with her husband, she enjoys exploring film and arts events all over the city.

 

colleen   Colleen O'Shea, Executive and Programs Assistant (x307)
coshea@wmm.com
Originally hailing from Michigan, Colleen moved to NYC in 2008 to pursue a career in the arts, first exploring the world of off-Broadway at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre.  After a wonderful time there, she decided to go back to school to study her first passion – film.  While finishing up her Master’s Degree in Film Studies at CUNY Graduate Center, Colleen excitedly accepted an internship position at WMM and was eventually asked to join the staff.  She is thrilled to be working with a feminist organization that not only aids in the production of current film projects, but also acts as a living & ever-growing archive for female directors with its vast distribution catalog.  When not at WMM, Colleen enjoys exploring her East Village neighborhood, in particular its plethora of great movie theaters and music venues, and taking too many pictures of her two cats.

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Amy Sewell, Manager of Operations (x309)
asewell@wmm.com
Amy Sewell is WMM’s Manager of Operations providing a foundation of over 30 years of  experience in all facets of business and business management in various industries.  Prior to WMM, she was Director of Communications and Development for Urban Dove, a nonprofit geared to helping underserved inner-city youth fulfill their potential.  She served in positons as Director and Marketing Manager for a number of companies in the publishing sector.   She’s a writer/producer, best known for award-winning, audience-favorite feature documentary MAD HOT BALLROOM and most recently the documentary short, GOOD MUSLIM GIRLS.  She made her directorial debut with WHAT’S YOUR POINT, HONEY?, a documentary about young women and their future in political leadership, followed by BLINDSPOT, about two young blind people who bravely navigate New York City on a daily basis showing how the rest of the world doesn’t see them.  A published author, her books include THE MAD HOT ADVENTURES OF A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER and SHE’S OUT THERE!  THE NEXT GENERATION OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.  She serves on the Advisory Board of Reel Works Teen Filmmaking and is a member of NWIFT and the IFP.  Amy has a BA from University of Michigan and a MBA from Schiller International University.

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Eileen Tavárez, Program Coordinator (x310) etavarez@wmm.com
Eileen recently graduated from Rutgers University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Cinema Studies. While pursuing the contemplative life of Higher Education, Eileen also began filling the cinema work gap in her life with an extensive internship at the New Jersey Film Festival in January 2010. This blessedly led to another internship at WMM in the summer of 2010. Jump forward to May 16, 2011 (one day after graduation!) and Eileen has joined the staff of WMM as Program Assistant, managing somehow to avoid joining the ranks of the young and unemployed!

Originally, from the Bronx, Eileen now lives in New Jersey where she constantly tries to convince people of the usefulness of a degree in both sociology and film. She continues to indulge her passions for film, music, and knowledge while trying to make an impact on both her community and the world. She is looking forward to bringing a little more sass to the atmosphere at WMM.

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Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director
(x301) dzimmerman@wmm.com
Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY based film organization that supports women filmmakers, since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. WMM’s internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have been nominated or won Academy Awards for the last eight years.

She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing as well as on women's film. She has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDOC and Reel Screen as well as film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Zimmerman has been closely affiliated with the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) as the co-host of the Talk of the Day and as a tutor for their Summer Film Academy. She has been on the juries of festivals around the world including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), and the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has mentored filmmakers at the Ex-Oriente Film Workshop in Vienna, the Sheffield DocuFest and for many years at the National Alliance of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Academy. She sits on the Board of Directors of Cinema Tropical, a resource for Latino independent filmmakers and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Social Media at American University. She is the recipient of New York Women in Film and Television’s Loreen Arbus Award and Hot Doc’s 2013 Doc Mogul Award, given to those who "over the course of their career has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her country or abroad."

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