Imagine This Productions

(Inspired by Women Storytellers and Filmmakers)

 

Mission Statement: 

Imagine This Productions is dedicated to providing womxn storytellers and filmmakers a space to encourage and develop creative projects by womxn. With Imagine This Women's International Film Festival and Girl Power Film + Media Summit, 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 and professional development, and serving as a resource information network.  

Patrice Francois is a Haitian-American actor, writer, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder and festival director of Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival, a Brooklyn-based film festival that aims to celebrate 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 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.

Susie Francois is the co-founder and director of development 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.

MEET THE INTERNS

We are super excited to introduce our Summer 2020 Interns for

Imagine This Women's International Film Festival.

Lauren Maldonado

Content Creator Intern

Lauren Maldonado studies English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She has a profound passion for writing and is currently writing her first book of poetry. As a young woman herself, Lauren has always been fascinated with women's storytelling whether it be through literature, art, music, or film. Her new favorite show to binge on Netflix is Laurie Nun's Sex Education. Lauren is super excited to be apart of an organization that celebrates women's voices in film. 

Alyssa Osorio

Social Media Intern

Alyssa has a background in English and English education. She is also in her last semester of a master’s program in digital strategy. Alyssa has long had a passion for film and writing, with aspirations to begin writing comedy. She has recently become fascinated by foreign-language films such as the recent, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. She enjoys films such as this one that leaves her discussing the nuance and themes present for hours after the film ends. A proud member of the Latinx community, she has recently been diving into feminist literature to contemplate the evolutions of feminism, especially as it relates to women of color and women in the LGBTQ community. She is excited to be a part of an event
that seeks to highlight female contributions in the film and entertainment industry.

Milan Khali

Content Creator Intern

Milan Khali is a recent graduate of Occidental College with a BA in Theater. As someone who grew obsessed with film and TV at a young age and loves to watch, discuss, write, and argue about it, she understands the deep influence that media can have on all people. As a result, she thinks it is important to look at media with both a critical and loving eye and cares deeply about positive representation for women in film and TV. Her favorite show from the past year is Fleabag, but she will also never grow out of rewatching Disney Channel Original Movies. She is very excited to write for and work with an organization that promotes and celebrates women working in film.

Hannah Spaeth

Social Media Intern

Hannah Spaeth is a Social Media Intern for the Imagine This Women’s Film Festival as well as a rising sophomore at St. Lawrence University. She is currently pursuing a double major in Government and Performance & Communication Arts (focused in Film Studies) as well as a possible minor in History. Outside of school, she is an activist, artist, writer, and sister of three other young girls. The uprise of women in filmmaking has been both an inspiration to herself and her family as well as an influence towards her interest in the field. One day, she hopes to produce films that tell female stories, as so many of the filmmakers in the ITWIFF do.

Alicia Renda 

Content Creator Intern

Alicia is a writer and filmmaker currently pursuing a degree in film studies and production with minors in creative writing and integrated media at Hofstra University. She believes the world is run by storytellers and that is it important to have diverse creators that reflect more intricate and wonderfully unique voices and stories. She hopes this is something she can create in her own work and in her support of other storytellers. She is an avid fan of international cinema and admires such voices as Mag Hsu, Noh Hee-Kyung, and Celine Sciamma. She is excited to be a part of an organization that supports all womxn working in the film industry.

Idris Mansaray

Content Creator Intern

Idris is an intended Creative Writing and Film & Media Studies double major at Franklin and Marshall College. Over the past year, he's fallen in love with everything queer media and wishes to explore content by filmmakers of other marginalized groups. At the moment, he plans to absolutely devour the work of Céline Sciamma. He's become enamored with the distinct experiences of creators such as her; he hopes to highlight their achievements with the platform this organization has given him. While writing will always be his first love, he dreams of someday making short films that might make society a slightly better place for people who are different.

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