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Distribution and Sales Manager, Amy Aquilino
Director of Distribution & Acquisition, Kristen Fitzpatrick
Senior Marketing Coordinator, Miriam Garcia
Director, Production Assistance Program, Barbara Ghammashi
Web Consultant, Kelly Hernandez-Alonzo
Finance and Administrative Manager, Traci Horgen
Finance and Office Coordinator, Rena Jensen
Executive and Programs Assistant, Colleen O'Shea
Coordinator, Production Assistance Program, Laura Saladin
Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman

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Amy Aquilino, Distribution and Sales Manager (x3050)
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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Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Distribution & Acquisition (x3120)
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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  Miriam Garcia, Senior Marketing Coordinator
mgarcia@wmm.com (x3080)

Originally from Mexico City, Miriam moved to NYC in 2013 to study her MA in Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. She has being part of diverse organizations and non-profits that seek to build, strengthen and support different communities. After graduating from NYU, she joined the marketing department at the Made in NY Media Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), where she worked with a talented community of media makers and storytellers and where she was part of projects such as IFP Film Week. Miriam was an intern at Women Make Movies while she was in grad school and she is super excited to come back since she has a strong commitment for feminism, social justice and documentary film.
 
Miriam has a BA in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla. Back in Mexico, she worked for a record label, where she collaborated with artists such as Moby, Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power and Feist. She has a strong passion for film, so you can always find her on screenings; she is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction and a HUGE fan of The New Yorker Cartoons. She is also in an ongoing mission to find the best tacos in the city.




Barbara Ghammashi, Director, Production Assistance Program (x3030) 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 works as a sound technician and video editor, as well as a web consultant. She previously worked in media research for several years. She lives with her husband and pet turtle in Brooklyn.

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  Traci Horgen, Finance and Administrative Manager (x3090)
thorgen@wmm.com

Traci Horgen is passionate believer in the power of the arts to change lives, strengthen communities and make the world a better place. She brings many years of non-profit administrative and finance experience to Women Make Movies. Traci was the Business Manager at the National Guild for Community Arts Education for five years. Traci is also a visual artist with an active studio practice and national and international exhibition record. She has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program as well as residencies at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Emmanuel College, Boston and Kala Institute of Art in Berkeley, CA. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a BFA from Hartford Art School at University of Hartford. Traci has spent most of her time in NYC but has also had the privilege of spending time in the woods, on top of mountains and next to the sea.

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Rena Jensen, Finance and Office Coordinator
rjensen@wmm.com (x3040)

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 also volunteers at numerous film festivals, including NYFF, Rooftop Films, DOC NYC, the Athena Film Festival, 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 former 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.

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colleen Colleen O'Shea, Executive and Programs Assistant (x3070)
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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  Laura Saladin, Coordinator, Production Assistance Program (x3100) lsaladin@wmm.com

Laura is excited to be a part of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies. She graduated with a degree in Art History from Florida State University where she centered her thesis around the iconography of the New Woman. Since then, she has been fortunate to find consistent opportunities in the arts and humanities. Before joining Women Make Movies, she worked with artist Alison Cornyn on various projects, including Incorrigibles -- a transmedia project that shares the stories of youth justice involved girls in the US over the last 100 years. She has devoted her career to supporting storytellers and artists, and admires WMM’s commitment to diverse female voices and points of view.

Laura was born and raised in Miami and has been living in Bed-Stuy for the last year. She came to New York for the abundance of opportunities in the art and culture scene, and stayed for the supportive community of friends she has created. Also, the food.

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Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director
(x3010) dzimmerman@wmm.com

Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY based social enterprising 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 thousands of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have been nominated or won Academy Awards for the ten of the last eleven years, including recent documentary award winner, Citizen Four. 

She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing as well as on women's cinema. She has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festival’s IDA’s Getting Real conference as well as other events in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.  She has keynoted conferences and spoken on panels, including the Women’s Film History Conference at the University of Sunderland, Visible Evidence Conference at NYU and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference at Boston University.   She lectures regularly at universities across the United States, including Harvard, Smith College, Bryn Mawr, UCLA and others. 
 
Zimmerman has been closely affiliated with the 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, International Documentary Film Festival of Amterdam (IDFA), the Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), and the One World Human Rights Film Festival in Prague 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 numerous awards including the New York Women in Film and Television’s Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award, the Athena 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."   Zimmerman was appointed the Laurie Chair in Women's Studies at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University and taught there in 2014-15.  


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