TEAM
Founders
Mathilde Dratwa
Co-Founder, New York
Mathilde has been a Sundance Channel Shorts Contest finalist, a co-leader of the FilmShop collective and a member of the Independent Film School's writer-director lab. Her latest short film PETA PAN stars Independent Spirit Award nominee Nisreen Faour. She co-created ALMOST ANONYMOUS, a web series about a support group for celebrity lookalikes (Best Original Concept, NYC Web Fest 2016).

Mathilde also produces animation videos; she has received two Pulitzer Center grants and has had her work featured in a number of publications, including French newspaper Le Monde. When the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists received thousands of leaked documents about Luxembourg's complicated deals with corporations, her tax haven explainer was translated into seven languages and featured on the websites of ICIJ's media partners around the world.

Mathilde is a member of the Dorset Theater Festival's Women Artists Write Group in NYC and has participated in their Vermont Residency; she's also a member of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program run by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She works as a Master Teaching Artist for the New Victory Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company and is an Instructor of Film for the School of the New York Times.

Christy is an accomplished producer of films, festivals, and nonprofit programs currently producing narrative and documentary content through her company VENN INDUSTRIES. Christy's film credits include: THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS (dir. Dan Taberski, SXSW Jury Award 2016), 1st BORN (dir. Sam Khoze), BAD AT DANCING (dir. Joanna Arnow, Berlinale, NYFF), AMERICAN DRESSER (dir. Carmine Cangialosi), HOV (dir. Kamala Seals), LAST NIGHT (dir. Whitney Meers), ALWAYS & 4EVER (dir. Christopher Stokes), WHEN THE NIGHT FALLS (dir. Ed Bergtold), WINDOW DRESSING (dir. Stephen Girouard), ALL OF US and TOE TO TOE (dir. Emily Abt, Sundance 2009).

Previously, Christy served as Executive Director of Dance Films Association, co-producing the Dance on Camera series with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and as Development Director for the NYC Screenwriters Collective. During her 9 years in NYC, Christy developed CUNNINGHAM 3D (dir. Alla Kovgan), LIMINAL SPACES (dir. Lucas Smith) and ANOTHER TELEPATHIC THING (dir. Jonathan Demme) and worked on film/tv/commercial content for Scripps Network, Rain Media, and National Headquarters. She served on screening committees for Rooftop Films and Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival and is an AmeriCorps alum.

Christy lives in LA with her husband, 2 kitties and toddler, Parker Jean.

Chapter Leaders
Alyscia Cunningham
Chapter Leader, Washington DC
Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. In September 2013 Alyscia self-published Feminine Transitions. She is currently working on her second book and documentary film titled I Am More Than My Hair. It includes stories of girls and women who've experienced hair loss (alopecia) and redefines beauty standards. Alyscia creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social-impact. Alyscia specializes in promoting our natural beauty because she believes the media does a good job of focusing on our insecurities by bombarding us with ads proclaiming that appearance without enhancements is inadequate or faulty. Her portraits are unaltered by Photoshop and reveal women as they are naturally, without the façade they put on for others. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Ashton Kutcher's A Plus.com and Proud2BMe.
Karen Dantas
Chapter Co-Leader, Chicago
Karen Dantas is an independent film and television professional. After graduating from the University of Toronto Cinema Studies program with High Distinction, she first landed on Toronto's Bay Street as a film and entertainment insurance broker. Working from the financial lines opened the doors to her roles as a Script Analyst with Midori Multimedia representing clients in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, which led to her role as the Executive Assistant and Grant Writer at ReelWorld Film Festival, and then on to the role of Second Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of English Services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She also completed an internship with William Morris Endeavor and worked as the Program Coordinator-University Relations during the Cannes Film Festival for The Creative Mind Group. Most recently, Karen served as Associate Producer on Bandai Namco and Production I.G.'s Garm Wars: The Last Druid, directed by Mamoru Oshii.
Christina Shaver
Chapter Co-Leader, Chicago
Christina Shaver, a Chicago native, writes and produces content for a variety of platforms. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City. Christina's work has had the attention of the Sundance, the Academy of Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, Stowe Story Labs (as "selected projects"), and the Austin Film. Previous to her mid-life career change, she worked twenty years in executive management in the non-profit and tech sectors.
Chapter Leader, San Francisco
Verónica Moscoso is an award-winning filmmaker, author and journalist.

In 2011, Verónica earned a masters degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her thesis, A Wild Idea, is a short documentary film screening in more than 30 film festivals around the world and receiving eight awards. This movie remains as a significant contribution to understanding one of the most dramatic environmental initiatives to date.

She is the published author of three books, Historias con sabor a sueño, a short stories' compilation (2001); Los ojos de Carmen, a novella (2005) translated to French and English: and Olivia y los monos, a novella (2018.) Verónica employs a variety of media to craft her compelling fiction and non-fiction stories. She's the author of various published articles, photographs, multimedia, video and radio pieces, both in English and Spanish.

Born and raised in Ecuador, Verónica left her hometown of Quito to live and travel in the Middle East and in South East Asia. She chronicled her trips through journal essays and photography. At the moment, she is settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues creating content and storytelling.
Akima A. Brown
Chapter Leader, Atlanta
Akima A. Brown is, and always has been, a multi-passionate creative. Always an artist-activist, Akima has spent much of her career creating, administrating, or managing programs that use arts education to spurn advocacy and public service. It wasn't until pregnant with her now-six-year-old son that Akima decided to pursue her passion for filmmaking full-time; realizing she might be the only example he had of someone who lived out their dreams.

However, having hit a number of barriers as a working mom in a project-based industry, Akima has taken the stance #dontmakemechoose; doing all she can to leverage access and create opportunities where they may not have previously existed. Likewise, as a proponent of the adage "lift as you climb", Akima works diligently to ensure those same opportunities exist for others. Her boutique production company, BTG Multimedia Group, is a "teaching studio"; a for-profit, social enterprise dedicated to educating future entertainment professionals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the industry.

Akima is a return transplant to the Atlanta area having earned advanced degrees from Spelman College and Emory University. She also holds a terminal degree in Cinema-Television from Regent University in Virginia Beach. She resides in the Atlanta Metro area with her son, Xae.

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