Mathilde Dratwa
Co-Founder Emerita
Mathilde is a playwright and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She 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 (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. She is a Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow, a member of the Dorset Theater Festival's Women Artists Writing Group and was a member of New York Foundation for the Arts' Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Her plays include MILK AND GALL and A PLAY ABOUT DAVID MAMET WRITING A PLAY ABOUT HARVEY WEINSTEIN.
Christy Park graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Media Arts & Design. After working in New York on commercial, TV, and film productions for over a decade, Christy now produces film and TV projects and works as a V.O. artist. She enjoys creating complex, realistic portraits that challenge mainstream stereotypes and improve lives.

Previous credits include THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS (Best Documentary Short, SXSW 2016), BAD AT DANCING (Silver Bear Award, Berlinale 2015) the documentary features SPERM DONOR X, ALL OF US and the narrative features 1st BORN, AMERICAN DRESSER, and TOE TO TOE.
Chapter Leaders
Alyscia Cunningham
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 and Proud2BMe.
Karen Dantas
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
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.
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
Akima A. Brown is an artist-activist, who has spent much of her career creating, administrating, or managing programs that use arts education to spur advocacy and public service. Her professional credits include writer, producer, and casting professional for projects like the feature film IN-LAWFULLY YOURS, A HAUNTING on Discovery Network, and the critically-acclaimed short film "Orange Morning".

Having decided to pursue filmmaking full-time after becoming pregnant with her first child -- and hitting a host of previously non-existent barriers shortly after -- Akima co-created the initiative #dontmakemechoose. Her stance is that no one should have to choose between living their dream and raising their kids. "When that happens, we don't need to change our minds, we need to change the system."

An avid proponent of the age-old adage, "lift as you climb", she founded the "teaching studio" BTG Multimedia Group; a for-profit, social enterprise dedicated to educating future entertainment professionals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the film and television industry.
Heather McQuillan
Heather McQuillan has grown up in the film industry. After years in front of the camera, she now works behind the scenes as a writer, as well as in set decoration and props departments. She is a member of both IATSE local 891 and 118, bringing her design skills to both theatre and film.

She was part of the Emmy nominated team for Project Mc2 in 2018 and has worked on tv shows such as Legends of Tomorrow, ABC's A Million Little Things and Disney's Flora and Ulysses.

Currently based in Vancouver, BC, she and her husband Sean juggle full time schedules in the film industry along with raising their son Maverick and working as advocates for worker rights and families who work in the industry. She is excited to be bring Mom's In Film to Canada and looks forward to building support systems we really need in the industry.
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