Save the date! March 28th, 2015

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island


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The Rhode Island Film Collaborative’s Women in Film and Media Symposium offers an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to hear from industry professionals: directors, producers, actors, and crew on topics including creating, producing, and working on shorts and features.

Also check out our vendors, who will be on site to share information and provide opportunities to enhance everyday work situations.

Join us.  Be productive.  Be proactive.  Celebrate women in film.


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Women in Film and Media Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 with Keynote Speaker Kendall Moore. It will be held at the wonderful Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island. We’ll be publishing the schedule in 2015. Please sign up for the mailing list to stay updated.

In addition, throughout the day, attendees may sample the work of exhibiting vendors, network, and view the some of the work of participating filmmakers.

Lunch will be available for purchase.


11:30am – 12:15pm
12:15pm – 1:00pm

Kendall Moore is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and an Associate Professor in the departments of Journalism and Film Media at the University of Rhode Island.

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Grab a snack or a quick chat with someone in between sessions.

1:30 – 2:15pm

Hear from Theresa Moore, Jen Evans, Cheryl Daniels, Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, Angela Harrer, Trish Seeney with moderator Anne Mulhall.

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Grab a snack or a quick chat with someone in between sessions.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Hear from Laura Colella, Melinda Rainsberger, Richelle Topping, Julia Liu, Deborah Newhall, and Liz Breen, with moderator Anne Mulhall.

Speakers and Panelists

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Keynote Speaker: Kendall Moore

Kendall Moore is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and an Associate Professor in the departments of Journalism and Film Media at the University of Rhode Island. She has also worked as a field producer and reporter with ABC News/Discovery Health, the Discovery Channel; and as a health and medical reporter for Reuters. As an independent filmmaker, she has produced several shorts, including “Charm City,” about hair and black culture, and “Song in the Crisis,” about AIDS in the black community. Her films focus primarily on issues of race, health, environment and gender.

Laura Colella

Laura Colella is the writer/director/editor of three feature films. At the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, her recent feature BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS was nominated for a Cassavetes Award. Laura was a Sundance Directing and Screenwriting Fellow with her second feature STAY UNTIL TOMORROW, and her first feature TAX DAY also received support from Sundance. She filmed and edited behind-the-scenes material for Paul Thomas Anderson’s recent film INHERENT VICE. She currently serves as Founding Faculty Chair of the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency MFA in Film program.

Richelle Topping

Richelle is a freelance camera assistant and camera operator. She is a 2007 graduate from New England Institute of Technology’s Video and Radio production program, and the winner of their Best of Tech award. Her experience in the corporate media, television, and filmmaking world have taken her across the country and introduced her to a wide network of friends and professionals.

Theresa Moore

Theresa Moore is President and Founder of T-Time Productions. With Moore as the Executive Producer, Producer, Director and co-writer, T- Time produced “Third and Long”, a groundbreaking documentary that premiered on CBS and examined the history of the Civil Rights Movement through the prism of pro football.  “Third and Long” has recently been developed into an interactive
 educational app for students. T-Time’s other project include “License to Thrive”, a multi-media project that explored the history of Title IX and premiered on ESPN. Moore’s work has been featured on “Good Morning America,” the NFL Network and in The New York Post.

Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

Cheryl Eagan-Donovan’s debut documentary, All Kindsa Girls, screened at theaters and festivals in London, Toronto, and throughout the US, and is featured in Paul Sherman’s book Big Screen Boston. She is Former President of Women in Film & Video/New England and a Trustee of The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. Her new documentary, Nothing is Truer than Truth, follows the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford as he collects the experiences that would become the Shakespeare plays. Cheryl teaches filmmaking at Lesley University, Northeastern University, and Grub Street Center for Creative Writing, and has been awarded grants from the Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation and the De Vere Society.

Deborah Newhall

For the last 30 years, Deborah Newhall, working in film, television, regional theater, opera and dance as a Costume Designer or Wardrobe Supervisor. She is a member of United Scenic Artists IATSE 829, Costume Designers Guild IATSE 892, and Studio Mechanics IATSE Local 481. Designs include The Abolitionists (PBS), Liberal Arts, Hachiko, American Buffalo, Zoom (PBS), Brotherhood (SHOWTIME), God in America (PBS), Radio City Rockettes, The Public Theater NY, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Trinity Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Merrimack Rep., RISD, BFA Illustration, UNC Chapel Hill, MFA, Costume Design.

Jen Evans

Jen Evans graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelors in Sculptural Studies. Beginning her film career in Baltimore after college, she has been a grip for seventeen years, a dolly grip for eight—working all over the South East and East Coast. Her television credits include the “The Wire”, “Brotherhood”, “White Collar”, and most recently the Marvel series “Bluff”. Her feature work includes “Dan in Real Life”, “Law Abiding Citizen”, and most recently “Louder Than Bombs”.

Julia C. Liu

Julia C. Liu is a filmmaker and comic artist. Her film work ranges from documentary to music video, to experimental dance and video art. Her most recent directorial work includes Brown’s ‘Rape List,’ Revisited, featured on the New York Times Op-Docs, and the Ponyhof music video Tiger, which premiered on Impose Magazine. Recently, one of her video art collaborations was exhibited at Art Miami 2014. She has also worked as a camera assistant on TV shows such as Person of Interest, White Collar, and Girls. She is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, local 600.

Cheryl Ann Daniels

Cheryl Daniels is a studio hair stylist and has been a local Rhode Island business salon owner for over twenty years. As a member of IATSE local 798 New York and IATSE local 706 Los Angeles, she has had the opportunity to work on great projects and clients. Including “The Fighter”, “The Make Over” and Providence Performing Arts. Cheryl is currently Department Head Hair Stylist on the TV series “About A Boy.” She focuses on creating unique hair styles for different characters and  working with many creative artists in the film industry.

Liz Breen

Liz Breen is a writer, television producer and Boston University alum. After spending time on reputable productions such as CONAN and Antiques Roadshow, Liz now works at Soup2Nuts Animation Studio, where she produces the Emmy Award-winning series WordGirl and SciGirls for PBS KIDS. While her screenplays have performed well in contests, Liz’s love of writing extends into the world of fiction, and she is currently pursuing her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work can be read in Columbia’s Catch & Release.

Mel Rainsberger

Melinda Rainsberger is the founder of They’re Using Tools!–an animation and video studio that focuses on original and character driven narratives. She’s created winning shorts for the 48 Hour Film Project, Genius Rocket, RISD, Microsoft, AARP, and Amazon. Currently she is working on her first self-written short, a zombie comedy titled Won’t You Come Home, Bones Bailey?

Angela Harrer

Angela Harrer is a Boston based filmmaker and an Emmy Award-winning television producer who studied film and television production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Angela has previously worked on shows for Comedy Central, PBS and NBC, and is now the Co-Director of Original Programming at NewTV, where she is currently developing new programming and is working on establishing a television festival in Boston.

Trish Seeney

Trish Seeney, professional, makeup artist and licensed Aesthetician, began her career 25 years ago in Connecticut. Now based out of Boston she continues to practice her craft in the Feature, Television and Commercial film industry. Dedicated to the true art of film making, Trish has earned the respect of seasoned actors, athletes, musicians and political figures. She has worked on numerous films including: The Town, American Hustle, Captain Phillips  and most recently The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Graham McTavish (2016 release). 

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