Imagine This Productions

(Inspired by Women Storytellers and Filmmakers)

 

Mission Statement: 

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 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.

Liela Hafez 

Graphic Design Intern 

I am a senior at Queens College studying towards a Design BFA. I love reading and hearing about people’s stories and experiences. I particularly found an interest in using my skills in animation to share the personal experience of others with the world. The first woman artist I looked up to was Marjane Satrapi. Her graphic novel and animated film Persepolis is just one of my favorites. In my free time, I like to meet up with a couple of friends and go bike riding around NYC and vibe to all different genres of music. I am a casual painter and I always catch myself staring at different materials and objects that look interesting. I want to be involved with companies that support diversity and want to help POC to be represented and be equally involved and excelling in the Artistic World.  

Adriana Nanda

Graphic Design Intern 

My name is Adriana Nanda, I am 23 year old woman from Manhattan. I graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in media design. I am new to the film industry, however I have experience working on  T.V shows like Teen Mom 2 and PBS Kids. I am passionate about graphic design, animation, and advertising. I believe modern advertising can be a lot more powerful than it currently is by putting more womxn in-charge of media outlets.  Being a young, Latina woman has opened my eyes to the inequalities that exist today in the film, T.V, and advertising industries. I believe we are moving towards a more realistic representation, with the help of organizations like Imagine This Woman’s International Film Festival.  I am excited to create inspiring, female-focused designs for ITWIFF and be a part of a team that is helping give womxn in film a voice. 

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