2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alicia is a native Northern Californian and a 'can do anything' person. She is an actress, camera operator, camera assistant, writer, director, and producer. Having earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from UNLV, she went on to work in biology and corporate finance but found where she truly belongs in film. Her diverse knowledge and strong work ethic were instrumental in her completing her full length documentary, various short films and music videos all while working on feature films, TV shows, commercials and corporate videos. In 2017, Alicia was selected WIFD PSA/Production chair where she filmed monthly WIFD events, produced the PSA benefiting Jonathan’s Place and developed the extremely successful WIFD member led “Production Boot Camp”. As President, she aims to improve the opportunities for members to learn, engage and grow in their careers.
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Anietie Antia-Obong, Vice President
Anietie Antia-Obong is a director/producer/writer working in film, television, the web and theatre. She's written, produced and directed numerous corporate videos, commercials and promos for a variety of clients from large corporations to non-profit organizations. Most recently, Anietie wrote, produced and directed the short film “Priyanath” which has won several awards and been warmly received by audiences at film festivals around the world. Anietie’s earlier works include the "Straight Trippin’” travel series (executive producer/director), cable series “Natural Companions" (producer/editor) and "Simply Beautiful" (producer/writer), the PBS-aired documentary "The World of Nat King Cole" (producer) and the documentary short "Queen Mother" (producer/director/writer). Anietie is currently developing “The Marriage Squeeze,” a documentary series on love, race, relationships and marriage in the 21st century. She’s also developing a musical for the stage which she’s co-written with singer/songwriter/actor Frank Lawson.
Megan St. Cin, Co-Secretary
Having been born and raised in Millsap, Texas, Megan St.Cin decided a change of pace was needed. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Film/Video and a minor in Business. While there, she produced several award-winning student films and a couple of independent films. Megan was also the film faculty's selection as Outstanding Graduating Senior. Currently, she is an Associate Producer at Invodo Dallas. One of her works, Selfie, was featured in an online blog called Klaus At Gunpoint. Editor-in-Chief, Christopher Garcia, said, “my personal favorite part, the restraint shown by director Megan St.Cin in not taking this into the realm of titillation.”
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Christine Copeland, Co-Secretary
Christine was born in Texas and grew up all over the state. She has a B.S. in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. Her passions are editing, coloring and graphics and her upbeat, "can do" attitude help to keep up morale on set and during lengthy editing sessions. She has edited shorts, television, features and generously donated her skills to WIFD promotional videos. Christine currently freelances as a film editor and is an Assistant Editor on Texas Flip n' Move, airing on HGTV and DIY networks. Her goal is to one day edit for Discovery Channel's Shark Week.
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Lisha Brock, Treasurer
Lisha joined WIFD in 2007 and boasts her membership has resulted in lasting friendships, being a part of important programming and helping others. Lisha has served as president, film festival chair (and committee member), 30th anniversary chair, and communications coordinator. Lisha is an advocate for women’s right and a firm believer in WIFD’s mission to empower, promote and mentor women in the industry. Lisha began her career in entertainment as a professional actor which led to dabbling in writing, producing and directing. She received her degree in RTF from UT Austin and is a graduate of Leadership Texas. Currently, she is director of Locals Administration with SAG-AFTRA and looks forward to serving WIFD members in overseeing the organization’s finances. Contact Lisha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Yonks, WIFTI Liaison
Melanie Yonks has been in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Film & Video Production for over 30 years. She is thrilled to be working on the festival side for EARTHxFilm as the Education and Outreach Manager. While her background includes work on features, commercials and industrial videos and music video, it is her work in strategic corporate communications that Melanie feels is her strongest asset. She enjoys film and video production immensely and loves working on projects that give back to the community. Melanie views her greatest accomplishments as her 27-year marriage to her wonderful husband Michael, and her two daughters, one of whom is also a filmmaker. Melanie loved serving on the 2015 Grants and Scholarships committee, as mentoring young filmmakers is near and dear to her heart. She served as the 2016 WIFD Chick Flicks Chair and is excited to serve with such a talented and dedicated board in her second term as President. She served as the 2016 WIFD Chick Flicks Chair, 2017 President and is excited to serve as one of 5 U.S. representatives on the Women in Film and Television International board in 2018-2019.
Contact Melanie at WIFTI@wifdallas.org
Niloo Jalilvand is a mathematician and a multimedia artist who has shown her work at the MAC, Dallas Contemporary, 500 X, The Kettle, Aurora and more. She spent her childhood in Iran, a child of celebrated actors. This upbringing fostered her abiding love for cinema. At age 10 she attended boarding school in London and later moved to the United States, earning her B.S. with a double major in Mathematics and Studio Arts from Texas A&M and later an M.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently, she’s Assistant Academic Director and the Film and Video Arts Director at nationally recognized Booker T. Washington HSPVA, producing her students' short films and winning multiple film festival awards nationwide. Jalilvand is the founder of The Pegasus Film Festival and on the board of directors for the Video Association of Dallas, the advisory board of Dallas Film Society, and Sheed Persian Film Festival.
Contact Niloo at FlicksByChicksFest@gmail.com
Lori Stadig, Flicks by Chicks Co-Chair
A native Coloradoan, Lori was born and raised in Denver. Her love of art and fashion prompted her to study illustration, photography and design. Her love for photography blossomed over the years and art directing fashion photography became her specialty. For the past seven years she has also branched out into video directing. Lori began her art directing career at Neiman Marcus in 1993, where she continues to hold the position of Senior Art Director Brand Creative. She has had the opportunity to direct many projects around the globe including Paris, Nice, Monaco, China, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Caribbean, and other exotic locales. In her spare time she volunteers as Executive Producer for Booker T Washington Summer Film Program and last year was the Event Coordinator for Chicks By Flicks 2017. Lori currently resides in Dallas and has a 22-year old son, a filmmaker who is currently studying in Los Angeles.
Contact Lori at FlicksByChicksFest@gmail.com.
Vanessa Jimenez, Grants & Scholarships
Vanessa Jimenez is an award-winning visual artist born and raised in Dallas, TX. She has a background in TV and Corporate Productions with experience producing, editing, shooting videos/photos and building motion graphics. In her spare time, she likes to travel and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and their three dogs.
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Shannon (S.K.) Valenzuela, Grants & Scholarships
Shannon Valenzuela is an award-winning science fiction screenwriter and novelist with a passion for teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Notre Dame and balances her writing with teaching literature and science. In 2018, she formed her own creative production company, Areion Media, LLC. She has experience in manuscript editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, and manuscript design, and has released a trilogy of science fiction novels. In 2015, she pursued her dream of writing for film and entered the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest. She won, signed with her current manager and is now in rewrites on her third sci-fi feature screenplay. She is thrilled to bring together her love of education and her dedication to the advancement of women in film and television. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and currently serves as Vice President of the board of the Irving-based Momentum Dance Company.
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Micaela Dartson, Membership
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Micaela Dartson Hicken fell in love with writing while working on her elementary school newspaper, The Crusader. Her hopes to double-major in English and Pre-Medicine were thwarted when science lab times conflicted with English courses. She majored in Biology, minored in Chemistry and earned her B.S. at Xavier University. Micaela has a doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Barry University, completed her residency in Detroit and currently practices in Dallas. She created A Little Texas Entertainment Company and is owner of Two Chix Flix. Under those umbrellas she writes books and screenplays, produces films and music videos and has three projects in pre-production. WIth her identical twin sister and sorority sisters, Micaela has created Not Your Mama's Fifty, a women's empowerment campaign. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Dallas Screenwriters Association and board member of the McKinney, Texas YMCA.
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Cydney Cox, Programs
Cydney is a Texas-raised filmmaker who earned her B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 2014 with a double major in Film & Media Arts and Psychology. Her background includes working as a festival coordinator and film programmer, film camp teacher, production freelancer, and college instructor. She has screened her work in film festivals across the US and received awards for her short films. She works as a producer, assistant director, and script supervisor on diverse productions and is the CEO of Red Road Media House. While continuing to contribute to the film community of the DFW area, Cydney is finishing up her MFA at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Nancy Giles, PSA/Production
Nancy has been working in the TX Film Industry since 2008. She has assisted with many aspects of WIFD throughout the years and is excited to join the 2018 Board of Directors. She loves chocolate and brisket. She is currently a Productions Coordinator with Abernathy Media Productions.
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Andrea Rodriguez Newham is a Marketing Producer for WFAA, Dallas-Fort Worth’s ABC Affiliate. While she considers editing her main craft, she is also a stellar writer, photographer and producer. Her favorite place to be is on set during large commercial shoots helping out wherever needed. Recently she and the WFAA Marketing team won a 2017 Lone Star Emmy® Award for their work on the Thanks Delkus campaign. Andrea was born and raised in Houston, TX and is a member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 1998. She lives in Dallas with her husband and 2 sons, her greatest productions of all time.
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