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Distribution and Sales Coordinator, Amy Aquilino
Distribution Assistant, Elenie Chung
Director, Public Exhibition & Acquisitions Kristen Fitzpatrick

Production Assistance Program Manager, Barbara Ghammashi
Director, Finance & Administration, Maya Jakubowicz
Finance Manager, Chris Kelsaw
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Emily Sternlicht
Program Coordinator, Eileen Tavárez
Director, Distribution & Sales
, Julie Whang 
Executive Director,
Debra Zimmerman

 

Consultants

Web Consultant, Kelly Hernandez-Alonzo
Consultant - Production Assistance Program, Tracie Holder
 

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Amy Aquilino, Distribution and Sales Coordinator (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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Elenie Chung, Distribution Assistant (x306) distassist@wmm.com
Elenie hails from Trinidad and Tobago, where she lived until she entered Lafayette College, PA. She graduated with a double major in English and Art and gained Honors in Film and Media Studies. Elenie has a constant back and forth interest between fine art and film. Since her graduation in 2012, she has worked in art galleries, with fine artists, on several film shoots, and now as the Distribution Assistant at WMM.  Currently living in Queens, Elenie haunts the nearby dumpling restaurant; in her free time she illustrates and makes short films.

 

Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director, Public Exhibition and Acquisitions (x312) kfitzpatrick@wmm.com
Kristen came to WMM in the spring of 2000. Originally a Criminal Justice student, once graduated from the Academy, she knew she could not be a cop, but rather needed to pursue her passion in Film. Kristen then went back to college and studied Film and Communications at Florida Atlantic University and graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a BA in Communications. During her time in Ft Lauderdale, Kristen worked as the assistant programmer for the former Florida International Film Festival and really strived to bring Art House film to South Florida.

Upon arriving in NYC, Kristen began working as the Distribution Assistant for WMM and worked her way up the ranks to Public Exhibition and Acquisitions Manager. Kristen is responsible for all public exhibition, theatrical and film festival booking for the organization and also manages the incoming Acquisitions in search of distribution. Kristen is currently on the board of the NewFest, a long-term member of the screening committee for the New York International Asian American Film Festival, and a judge for Student Academy Awards. She lives with her partner, 2 cats, 2 Chihuahuas and a bird in Brooklyn, and continues to be the biggest film geek she knows.

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Barbara Ghammashi, Production Assistance Program Manager (x302) 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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Maya Jakubowicz, Director, Finance & Administration (x309) mjakubowicz@wmm.com
Maya Jakubowicz joined WMM in June of 2007 as the Finance & Administrative Manager. Born and raised in Los Angeles, film was an integral part of her childhood and unsurprisingly blossomed into a career. After graduating with a Film Studies degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she returned to L.A. to work in film production. Her early career included the obligatory production assistant jobs on independent films; internships at both Samuel Goldwyn Films and Trimark Pictures; and finally, an assistant position at Montana Artists Agency, a below-the-line talent agency. Maya moved her way up the ranks and by the end of her seventh year she oversaw all day-to-day operations as the Vice President of Finance & Operations. Deciding that her run at Montana was a long and fulfilling one, she chose to accompish another long term goal --- living in New York City. In May 2007, she moved to Brooklyn in order to experience some East Coast living. Responsible for the Finance, Operations, and Human Resources functions at WMM, Maya is excited to have become part of the WMM team.

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Chris Kelsaw, Finance Manager, (x304) ckelsaw@wmm.com
Chris is originally from Portland, OR and moved to New York in the summer of 2005. She has a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Union University. Her career began in the Insurance Industry, but she more recently transitioned to the non-profit sector working in finance at the International Center of Photography. Chris also developed her interest in photography while at ICP and enjoys photographing the urban landscapes of New York City.

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Emily Sternlicht

Emily Sternlicht, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator (x308)
esternlicht@wmm.com
Originally from NYC, Emily graduated from Smith College with a BA in Film Studies, where she focused on feminist and documentary film theory. Upon moving back to New York, she explored the cinema and television world for ways to meld her passion for social justice with work in film – and has finally found it at Women Make Movies! Prior to WMM, she worked with REACT to FILM, sharing her love for documentary film with college students all over the country. She has worked on documentary and independent film projects at Cabin Creek Films, the Media Education Foundation, American Documentary/POV, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and Film Sprout where she enjoyed doing outreach for the Academy Award nominated The Invisible War. She has worked as a production assistant for HBO and NBC, and volunteered to screen experimental cinema at UnionDocs. Emily feels honored to join WMM as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator.

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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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Julie Whang, Director, Distribution & Sales (x320) jwhang@wmm.com
A west coast native, Julie has been living and working in NYC since 1995. She received her BA in Visual Arts Media from the University of California, San Diego where her passion for film and video began. Her first job in NYC was with WMM, starting as an intern, moving up to shipper and then Distribution Manager. After four years at WMM she left to pursue an MS in Nonprofit Management at New School University. She worked in various nonprofits until one day, she was led to a job in financial services marketing. After seven years, Julie returns to WMM as the Distribution & Sales Manager.

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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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Consultants
 

 

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. In addition, Kelly also worked as an editor at a media research company, allowing her to study trends and effectiveness of advertising while writing and editing for their website. 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.

In her free time, you can find Kelly taking in the sites of the Lower East Side, where she has lived with her husband and pet turtle for nearly seven years.

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Tracie Holder, Production Assistance &
Development Consultant
(x307)
tholder@wmm.com
As the Program Consultant for the Production Assistance Program, Tracie organizes skill building workshops, a Meet the Funder series, and works with fiscally sponsored filmmakers to fine tune their funding proposals, screen rough cuts and provide fundraising advice. When she is not consulting for WMM, Tracie is making films. She is the co-producer/director/
writer of JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS, a feature-length documentary and a co-production with PBS/American Masters which is in the final stages of completion. For this project, she has been awarded funding from numerous public and private foundations including: NEA, NEH, NYSCA, NYCH, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Sulzberger Foundation, CPB, PBS/American Masters, ITVS, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, among others. An active member of NYC’s local film community, Tracie has served on the boards of New York Women in Film & Television and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and she has been a guest lecturer at many film organizations and universities. Just recently, she received a Masters in Non-Profit Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

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