PANELS: SEX RACE & GENDER IN FILM/LATINX IN FILM

OUR PANELISTS

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DR. OLIVIA GARCIA MODERATOR/PROFESSOR/UCLA ALUMNI

  Olivia Garcia, Ph.D., joins the family of Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network as the new Public Policy and Training Manager. Olivia most recently served as the Director for Underserved Populations for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). She completed her doctorate in Political Science from UCLA with an emphasis on Race and Ethnicity Politics and Gender Studies. Her research focused on the Violence Against Women Act and the ways in which the theory of intersectionality is not sufficiently addressed in public policy, although it is a necessary consideration when on-the-ground advocates are helping Latina, or immigrant victims of intimate partner violence. 


Some of Olivia’s accomplishments as Director for Underserved Populations at NCVC included helping to develop a curriculum and national training on best practices for language accessibility and serving as a co-author for a research investigation on the cost of crime victimization that was presented at the American Society of Criminology. Olivia also contributed to the Center for Victim Research, a newly established center connecting researchers and practitioners in the field of victim services and provided technical assistance on a variety of other federal grant projects. 


Olivia currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at El Paso Community College in her hometown of El Paso, Texas and is an affiliated faculty member with the University of Texas, El Paso’s Chicana/o Studies and Criminal Justice Departments. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area. 

DR. ANGELA SADLER WILLIAMSON /PROFESSOR/FILM DIRECTOR

"Dr. Angela Sadler Williamson is a dedicated marketing and communication professional with over 20 years experience in the broadcast television, cable advertising, healthcare, financial, municipal government and higher education industries. During her lengthy career, she has used her marketing and communication talents to create public service announcements and corporate videos for such nonprofit organizations as Goodwill Industries of Orange County, The American Red Cross of Orange County, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the City of Manhattan Beach in addition to completing similar projects for numerous for-profit companies. 


She is currently a Community Manager and adjunct instructor in the Communication Studies Department at Concordia University Irvine. Dr. Williamson obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Fullerton in Mass Communications. She is a former producer and copywriter for the Orange County NewsChannel , Fox 11 Television, Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. A multiple Telly awards recipient, Dr. Williamson also has a doctorate in Human Services with a specialization in Management of Nonprofit Agencies from Capella University in Minnesota. 


Dr. Williamson utilizes her marketing and television abilities for social good by involving herself in projects or organizations across the Southern California region whose goals are to make the community they serve better. She is currently a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood serving as the Publicity Chairperson for the Inland Empire. P.E.O. Sisterhood is an organization making a difference in women lives by promoting educational opportunities for women. Her research on social media and older adults provides nonprofit organizations a foundation to encourage the aging population to successfully engage in the digital space. Dr. Williamson spent 9-months collecting survey data at the Fontana Senior Center, Claremont Senior Center, and SilverSneakers. In 2017, she released a feature documentary about her cousin Rosa Parks and won the grand prize in the documentary film category at the Culver City Film Festival. In 2016, Dr. Williamson was accepted into the Writer’s Guild of America West based on the script she wrote on Rosa Parks. She is currently featured in February 2018’s Women Who Rock With Success magazine that celebrates her work in preserving the civil rights history and legacy of her cousin Rosa Parks."

ACTOR-PRODUCER CAMILLIA MONET UCLA ALUMNI

 "Camillia Monet (born Camillia Sanes) is an American actress and film producer. She began her career in acting, appearing in films such as War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg, playing opposite Tom Cruise, Seabiscuit , opposite Tobey Maguire and as Aurora Aceveda in the Emmy Award FX hit series “The Shield.” Both parents of Monet moved to the United States in the early 1960s from the US Virgin Islands. She is the youngest of six siblings: five sisters, all in various aspects of law enforcement, and one brother, a freelance artist. She is the cousin of Grammy Nominated Salsa singer and band leader Tony Vega. Monet is the CEO and founder of Esperanza Productions LLC, located at Paramount Studios. The company produces films, television, short form content and commercials on all platforms. Current films include: Unmerciful Good Fortune starring Rosario Dawson, While You Were Dancing starring Taye Diggs, Whichboard, directed by Chuck Russell ( The Mask, The Mummy.. ) and a highly anticipated biopic film based on a true story written by Steve Rivele ( Nixon, Ali..) starring Vince Vaughn. When asked what makes her company and philosophy stand out, Monet replied, “Of course we invest in the product, of course we invest in the content, of course we invest in the distribution; but our absolute number one goal is, we invest in the people. That’s who we are." In traditional, Camillia works with international partners on projects which include an epic Nazi Germany TV drama produced by Angel & Bear Productions where she created the concept and story. In digital, she recently created STATES OF HORROR, featuring YouTube star, Creeps McPasta and, most recently, created and directed the online sketch comedy show THE HOT TAKE! Starring social media celebs. Other producing credits include: THE WINGED MAN written by Oscar-nominated writer, Jose Rivera; a romantic comedy LOVE OR WHATEVER (Amazon Day One sell-out), award-winning film JENNY directed by Lance Bass (Backstreet Boys); DEVIL MAY CALL(Lionsgate) and De-Railed starring Lance Henrickson: 2019 summer theatrical release. 


Camillia’s acting career began in the New York Theater scene,appearing in Off-Broadway & Broadway productions at The Roundabout Theatre with Bill Irwin directing, Second Stage starring Frances McDormand, Playwright’s Horizon originating the role of Celestina in Cloud Tectonics, amongst many others. Regional theatre: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Lee Strasberg Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Yale Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory, Merrimack Theatre, Portland Center Stage and the Philadelphia Drama Guild. Monet attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, received a full scholarship to the conservatory; University of The Arts, graduated with a masters degree from the prestigious Yale University (Drama School) and graduated from UCLA’s Producing Program. Some of her t.v. guest roles include: CBS; Cold Case, FX; Saving Grace, NBC Law & Order, and CBS; The Agency. Recently she completed filming in the upcoming feature Await The Dawn. Camillia has been named one of the top female entrepreneurs of 2015 in Hollywood and was praised for her work in female empowerment by Splash Magazine. She has been a Guest Artist and Speaker at UCLA, Rome University, and Scuola Di Teatro in Bologna, Italy. She is an adjunct professor at various institutions such as NYU ( Tisch School), Woodbury University and the New York Film Academy. She is an active board member for SHINE! YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE, Advisory Board member of LoNyLa and President Emeritus of the Figari Film Festival, Scardenia Italy.

ACTOR-ACTIVIST JULIE CARMEN/KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Julie Carmen is an American actress, certified yoga therapist and licensed psychotherapist. She was first discovered at the Venice Film Festival for her break out role in John Cassavetes' film, Gloria opposite Gena Rowlands. Her acting training was with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios. Julie was on the Board of Directors of both Women in Film for three years and IFP/West for six years. Born in New York, she is of Spanish, Cuban and German ancestry. Julie was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2016 and the New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame in 2017 for her role in Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War. Her iconic role as vampire Regine Dandridge in Fright Night Part 2 (1988) has been resurrected to cult status with a documentary via Cult Screenings UK. John Carpenter pushed boundaries by casting her opposite Sam Neill in New Line’s In the Mouth of Madness. Julie played John Leguizamo’s lesbian activist mother in King of the Jungle. Julie starred in many indie films including Night of the Juggler; Comeback opposite Eric Burdon as his cuckolded, coked out, fashionista wife; Last Plane Out as a Sandinista commander in Nicaragua; the Latino noir salsa film Kiss Me a Killer and she co-starred with Theresa Russell in Nicolas Roeg’s Cold Heaven. On television, Julie had a long run as the ingénue in movies of the week such as Fire on the Mountain opposite Ron Howard, Can You Hear the Laughter: the Story of Freddie Prinze; Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid opposite Val Kilmer; She’s in the Army Now; 300 Miles for Stephanie; and Gargantua. 


Julie played female lead opposite George C. Scott in two made for television movies, Finding the Way Home and Curacao and in the NBC mini-series Drugs Wars: The Cocaine Cartel. She played Angelina Jolie's mother in the historical miniseries True Women and the owner of the first brothel in Vegas in the Showtime miniseries Neon Empire. Julie was a series regular, as Linda Rodriguez Kirkridge, on the ABC sitcom Condo; played Cesar Romero’s conniving daughter on a season of Falcon Crest and played the sexually insatiable environmental revolutionary, Nina in the HBO comedy series Dream On. Julie danced on Broadway in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit. As a teenager she was resident choreographer at INTAR under the direction of Max Ferra. In 2007, she played the lead role Liz Estrada at the Getty Villa's commissioned update of Lysistrata that was LATC’s contribution to a worldwide peaceful protest against the Iraq war. Recently Julie has been busy playing cameos in Windows on the World as Edward James Olmos’ wife; You Can’t Say No, as Peter Fonda’s love interest; Franc Reyes and John Singleton’s Illegal Tender; Tom Dolby and Tom Williams’ Last Weekend and Dan Petrie Jr’s Dawn Patrol opposite Scott Eastwood. She’s only done three short films Myrna, as Marlo Bernier’s pre-transition partner; In My Mother’s Arms opposite director, actress Lia Chapman and The Last Supper that launched Charlie Haid’s directing career.


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WRITER-DIRECTOR-PRODUCER ANDREA MEYERSON

  Andrea is an award-winning creator of film, television programming, and live productions. As founder and president of Andrea Meyerson Productions (AMP), formerly StandOut Productions, she has produced and directed over 30 films, television specials and series episodes, which have aired on Showtime, Viacom’s Logo Network and several Canadian networks.  In 2002, Andrea produced and directed the award-winning documentary LAUGHING MATTERS. The success of the critically acclaimed film spawned three award-winning sequels. To date, she has created nine award-winning feature documentaries, all with the intention to educate, enlighten, and entertain. Through her unique perspective, Andrea has provided a voice for the LGBTQ community by documenting and preserving its rich history and culture. 


She is also a prolific producer of live comedy shows and concerts. Since founding AMP in 1997, she has staged live events featuring some of the country’s best-known entertainers, including Wanda Sykes, Roseanne Barr, k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Joan Armatrading and Brandi Carlile. She also produced and hosted 40 episodes of her vlog, All Access Pass, featured on AfterEllen.com. While she was able to interview famous celebrities, it was an important vehicle for her to showcase unknown talent as well. 

After having the privilege to attend hundreds of film festivals worldwide as a guest filmmaker, another passion was unleashed. Understanding the importance of film festivals for both filmmakers and audiences alike, she began working with them. She is currently a programmer, juror, and moderator for QFilms (Long Beach, CA), has served as a juror and associate programmer for Outfest (Los Angeles, CA), a juror at OUTshine (Miami, FL), and is now consulting with Cinema Systers (Paducah, KY). She was hired as the festival director to produce the first-ever lesbian film festival for Olivia Travel. Andrea also curates a lesbian short film program annually, which continues to screen to sold out audiences in multiple cities.

Andrea is humbled and full of gratitude with being recognized both within and outside the LGBTQ community, receiving many awards for her body of work. A partial list includes: being the first openly gay recipient of YWCA’s “Women of Achievement Award” in Arts & Entertainment, the Human Rights Campaign’s “Local Hero Award.” The Los Angeles LGBTQ Center’s L.A.C.E. (Lesbians Active in Community Empowerment) Award, the Women’s Image Network “WIN Outstanding Women Award," and was presented with the “Body of Work Award” by Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival at Sea.

In 1995, Andrea founded Women On A Roll, one of the country’s largest social organizations for lesbians. Now in its 24th year, the organization focuses on worldwide travel but still offers unique social and cultural opportunities for women. 


Through her experience, she has truly learned about the beauty of making films, their powerful impact, the scope of their reach, and the legacy they leave for future generations. Her journey as a storyteller continues to evolve. Excited about entering the world of narrative filmmaking, she is currently touring the film festival circuit with her second narrative short film, which has won nine awards to date. She is in production on her next documentary and is simultaneously co-writing her first feature screenplay.

NADIA DAVARI, ESQ. UCLA ALUMNI

Nadia Davari is an experienced attorney whose practice bridges the diverse realms of entertainment, technology, new media, corporate, and business law. Ms. Davari works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, technology companies, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and "talent" representation. Among her many areas of expertise, Nadia has an extensive record of accomplishment in the areas of entity formation, corporate maintenance, content acquisition, production, distribution, finance, internet and new media issues ranging from capital structuring to intellectual property protection. This smart and savvy attorney has represented  MAVTV, Lightning Entertainment, MyLabBox, Levity Live, Channel Factory, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, The Geekie Awards, Alameda Entertainment, and ScareLA. In the past, Ms. Davari practiced law as with the law firms Rosen and Anderson as well as Barnes Morris. She has guested as a legal expert on KCRW radio, Asian Highway, and LATalk Radio and was profiled by popular blogs like Ms. In The Biz and the Hollywood Press Corps for her legal expertise. She is a regular contributor to the online publication www.msinthebiz.com.


Nadia received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Developmental Biology & Genetics from UCLA and studied law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

ISABELLA JAIMIE GUTIERREZ

Isabella Jaimie- Born in New York City and raised in North Carolina suburbs, Isabella Jaimie has a unique perspective on being a Latinx American whose family primarily consists of Colombian immigrants. With the bold way of living she was taught, she managed to graduate from NYU Tisch, travel 26 countries before the age of 23, and run a protest in December 2016 fighting sexism and racism in our government in NYC that garnered 20,000 views online and more than 2000 people in attendance. Having been in the industry since she was 15, Isabella has learnt to cultivate work she feels has a significant purpose, beginning with animated and live-action PSA’s on sidewalk safety and against texting and driving in English and Spanish. Continuing into adulthood, she continues giving to her community, acting in a sexual assault prevention video for the US Air Force and working on feminist music videos. Bella is passionate about making a real change with her life, work, and talents. Bella recently formed Take The World LLC, along with her fiancé Matt Neviks, to foster a community and create a network for young filmmakers and artists to connect with other creatives to create content and make a change. As an actress, writer, singer, activist, and all-around creative, Isabella is eager to change the world and plans on building a career based off of her passion for culture and social justice.