Imagine This Productions
(Inspired by Women Storytellers and Filmmakers)
Imagine This Productions is dedicated to providing womxn storytellers and filmmakers a platform to encourage and develop creative projects by womxn. With Imagine This Women's International Film Festival and Girl Power Film + Media Summit, Imagine This aims to amplify and empower independent and aspiring womxn filmmakers from around the world. Imagine This goal is to support womxn by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities for BIPOC womxn and the LGBTQIA+ community while providing educational support and professional development, and serving as a resource information network.
Patrice Francois is the Festival Director of Imagine This her goal is to support womxn by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities for BIPOC womxn and the LGBTQIA+ community while encouraging professional and educational development, and serving as a resource information network.
Continuing with her mission, Patrice Francois launched Girl Power Film + Media Summit, an informative and inspirational event with discussions, panels, film screenings, and mixers that exemplify the power of womxn in the film industry. Patrice has recently curated Ladies Rocking the Lens, a film series celebrating the rising tide of strong female voices in local cinema. Her goal is to disrupt the status quo.
Development & Diversity Manager
Susie Francois is the Development & Diversity Manager of Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival, a Brooklyn-based film festival. Born in Haiti, her family came to the United States in the early 1970s during the regime of Papa Doc. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.
Her passion is to help develop people in ways that improve their working and personal lives and to promote cultural change. Along with her career passion and love for cinema and storytelling, she was inspired to create a platform that would provide opportunities to promote diverse filmmakers and storytellers and celebrate their work. She and her daughter, Patrice, launched Girl Power Film + Media Summit and Ladies Rocking the Lens to continue their support for womxn storytellers.
Briana Richert is a writer, filmmaker, and graduate student from Baltimore, MD. She recently graduated from Towson University with a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Electronic Media & Film and is currently pursuing her master’s in the creative writing track of Towson’s Professional Writing Program. Briana has a great passion for creativity and storytelling and is constantly writing short and feature-length screenplays, short stories, and novels. She has directed over 15 female-driven short films and hopes to one day direct a feature. Briana loves stories that blend comedy and drama. She also has an interest in animation and has created multiple animated short films. Her writer/filmmaker heroes are Taika Waititi, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Wilde, and Emerald Fennell.
Molly Smith is a 19 year old writer, filmmaker, and songwriter. In 2018, she wrote the screenplay "Words to Speak, Stories to Tell" which won the Nellie and Fred Chasin Screenwriting award at the Palm Beach Student Showcase. She adapted the screenplay into the short film "I Don't Know" which has screened at over 18 film festivals nationwide, winning 6 top awards, and a regional student production award from Suncoast Emmys, and a nomination for a National Student Production Emmy.
Her next film, “Dear America” has received over 600,000 views online and recently won a National Student Emmy in the PSA category and the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Film contest. Also an accomplished playwright, her dystopian play, “God Bless America” went on to win a Scholastic National Gold Medal in the summer of 2019 and recently premiered on stage at the Be Original Theatre Festival in Orlando, FL, winning Molly the award for top playwright under age 24. Her writing was also recognized with a National Student Production Emmy in the writing craft category and a finalist nomination at NFFTY’s Story Starts Here competition. She was recently named a 2020 Cameron Impact Scholar by the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation.
Molly’s goal is to use the medium of film and her passion as a writer to tell stories which spark conversations and change perspectives. Currently on a gap year, Molly is working with the 5000 Days Project and U.S. Hunger producing impactful documentary style films. She will be attending Yale University in Fall, 2021.
Blogger & Content Creation Intern
Mariely Crystal is currently a college sophomore studying Filmmaking at Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture, and Design. Ever since Mariely was younger, she’s always felt at home while writing stories and acting them out, so it’s fitting that her goal is to one day become a successful screenwriter. Mariely’s biggest film inspirations are Ava DuVernay and John Hughes. When she’s not in school or working, Mariely loves listening to music and crafting and runs a small handmade jewelry store on Etsy in my spare time. Mariely loves traveling and taking photos of the places she visits, She’s currently trying to visit all fifty states, and once she’s done she plans on visiting all countries!
Blogger & Content Creation Intern
Abigail Saathoff is a rising junior at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in Strategic Public Relations with minors in Digital Journalism, Business Communication, and Marketing. When she isn’t studying or participating in student organizations she loves crafting, making jewelry, writing, and watching movies. Some of her favorite films include Greta Gerwigs’, “Little Women” and Jennifer Lee’s “Frozen 2”, and Brenda Chapman’s “Brave.
Social Media Intern
Kyla Goodman is a 19-year-old filmmaker and editor that is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree at Drexel University. She is majoring in Film & Television Production and is a DragonsTV (the athletic department's official video provider of live and pre-produced video) video assistant. And when she’s not shooting and editing B-roll for highlights used for Drexel’s athletic social media accounts, she likes to read sci-fi and watch anime. She looks up to Ava DuVernay as a filmmaker and Yana Gorskaya as an editor.
Social Media Intern
Jennifer Valentine is an imaginative, driven, and ambitious screenwriter with a passion for storytelling and collaboration. She is currently enrolled in the Honors Program at Loyola Marymount University where she is pursuing a double major in Screenwriting and Psychology. Jennifer has dedicated her life to the arts, participating in theatre from a young age. Recognizing her long journey ahead as a womxn entering the film industry, Jennifer wants to support films created by womxn by giving them a platform. Some of her favorite filmmakers are Greta Gerwig, Lulu Wang, and Ava DuVernay. Jennifer plans to continue developing and supporting media that educates and enlightens audiences by offering unique perspectives.
Social Media Intern
Brandy Hernandez is currently majoring in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. Brandy is passionate about writing and film and plans on pursuing a career in the film industry. One of the most important things to Brandy is supporting and collaborating with other female and minority filmmakers because she strongly believes in uplifting underrepresented voices.