Women in Film and Media Colorado is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. Board elections are held each year during the month of March. Positions are a 1-year term with a term limit of 2 years for executive roles. (details are in bylaws) Board members meet monthly and are actively involved in all aspects of operations. If interested in a board position please inquire with us at [email protected]
Trai Cartwright, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and creative writing specialist. While in Los Angeles, she was a screenwriter, independent film producer, and story consultant and development executive for HBO, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, New Lines Cinema, and 20th Century Fox. Trai currently teaches producing and screenwriting for Colorado colleges, writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one as a development and copy editor. She is the screenwriter for Secret Ellington and Cheap Cabernet, two Colorado-based films. www.traicartwright.com
WIFMCO founding President Kathryn Gould is a writer and actor with a number of local and national credits. She has appeared on network TV, won several awards for her short films, and is currently working on two writing projects with Heitmann Entertainment in LA. Bringing a Women in Film chapter to Denver has been a long-time dream. Her website is www.kathryngould.com.
I am 40-year veteran of the entertainment industry on both coasts, and worked for an extensive time at KTLA, Los Angeles’s leading TV station. I was born in Colorado, but I have traveled the nation and the world, and retired to my home state four years ago. I am a businesswoman and Human Resources expert who specializes in enhancing interpersonal relationships, team building for maximum organizational growth, and my hallmark has always been to lead every exchange with compassion and sensitivity. I’ve lead teams of hundreds of people, built the staffs for Fortune 500 companies, and when I returned to Colorado, I joined the Denver Police Museum Board along with my dad, because it honored his life-long career and the work of other police officers.
“I recently moved here to Denver from Charlotte, NC where I majored in political science and English at Belmont Abbey College. While there I was active in our acting scene, participating in our college’s improv troupe, and also I was involved in our creative writing scene. I’m so excited to be in Denver and be working with WIFMCO board and their supporting members!”
Jennifer Seeley is a PR and Online marketing consultant specializing in the Entertainment Industry. Her background includes working as a photojournalist for ABC and NBC news affiliates, a freelance journalist for various publications, and most recently, a registered voice-over artist with ACX. The majority of her consulting business focuses on writing and distributing press releases for musicians, artists, and entertainers as well as consulting on social media strategy and advertising. Jennifer is also a full-time Realtor in Denver and loves incorporating creative marketing and video into her business. She is passionate about supporting the arts and the film industry.
Darla Rae is CEO of Film It Productions and an Alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles. She enjoys the occasional opportunity to act but also enjoys coaching others in both stage and film techniques. Darla has producing, directing, and writing credits for features, shorts, and documentaries. Many have won awards. Her films are generally, family, faith or inspirational in nature. She is excited for the opportunity to work with WIFMCO as a board member.
Born a Colorado native, Daustin started in the modeling industry and moved towards acting. Now working mainly as an Assistant Director, he still does acting a bit ad travels often. Heavily involved in event management and social media marketing, Daustin joined the board in 2019 as the first male board member for WIFMCO.
I partnered with three others in the area and since then have currently two films in distribution, one in post-production and multiple others in development. My love for movies and film really started with my dad. It was his 1979 1014XL-S Canon video camera, one of the first consumer cameras with sound that captured my upbringing but making me familiar with capturing moments. Since high school I worked for a non-profit and learned video techniques and recording, creating shorts and mini documentaries. I fell in love with visual story-telling. I would like to be a part in helping all the women in Colorado that have a passion for story and creative arts, supporting them by providing grants, education, and group events. Now is our time.
I served on the board of directors in this capacity and as the Vice President for the Bay Area Writers League and for the Far pointe Theater. Being part of the infrastructure by supporting and keeping accurate records would be a privilege and a pleasure.
I am a cinematographer and producer, who has worked mainly in short films and online media. My focus is multilingual films, with diverse casts and crew (most recent to-date being A Piece Of Me, 2018) I co-founded The Producers Guild at Colorado Film School in the fall of 2017.
I want to be in a position where I can provide opportunities and information to the filmmakers in our community. Being able to organize events in accessible locations, and drive education is incredibly important to me. I would like to focus on diversity over the next year, being deliberately more inclusive in who we partner with and who we bring in to speak at events. I want to continue to push forward with what the organization is already doing, and see where we can grow, while still providing
quality events, and prioritizing what is already working. I specialize in management, scheduling, and communication, so I think I would fit this role well.
I grew up and lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo before moving to Ohio to attend high school then pursue a Bachelor degree in International Business/Marketing at the University of Akron.I moved to Denver in 2018 after working for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years, managing a scholarship and internship program with African students. While in Denver, I dove head first, 100% into film production, participating in meetups, networking and working as a production assistant to learn all I could in the industry. I am learning photography, filmmaking and video editing from the ground up through production jobs and serving as a BTS photographer with the goal to be a screenwriter and director. Throughout my career, I developed teaching, coaching and training skills to support individuals and provide them with resources they need to increase their skill set, advance in their career and achieve their dreams.
Andrea Nordgren is an independent director and producer focused on commercial and branded content, with a specialty in documentary-style storytelling.
Much of her directorial work is centered around telling human and emotional stories. She is skilled at interviewing and navigating through sensitive topics with real people. Her interest in people started with a degree in psychology and working as a drug counselor before launching her 20+ year in advertising and media.
After working for many years in Chicago and Milwaukee, Andrea recently moved to Boulder, Colorado and joined the Board of Women in Film and Media in Colorado. She also serves as the Executive Producer/Director for The 3% Movement, where she actively advocates for increased diversity and inclusion in the advertising and media industries.
Maya is a member-at-large, and her main involvement is as an actor. Being a Fort Collins native, however, has often put her in an advantageous position to help others in the related local industries (theatre, radio, and film) make further strides in their craft, be it from connecting people to resources, networking and so on. With the burgeoning film scene in Northern Colorado, she hopes to make stride in helping advance women and underserved communities alongside the mission, vision and values of WIFMCO. Colorado itself is primed to be the example that other, more storied and steeped-in-tradition locations are working towards, as the fight against traditions that have long been in place. CO, by contrast, being relatively new and growing, set the curve, instead of resetting it. Maya wants to be a part of that story, and HERstory.
Marin Lepore is a comedy screenwriter who aspires to work on TV shows for kids and teens. After studying screenwriting at the Colorado Film School, she is now completing a Film/TV BFA at the University of Colorado, Denver. As a gay woman of color, Marin strives to represent minorities in her writing, and her stories often highlight LGBT and POC communities. She’s also co-creator/runner of Sad Girl Productions, a film production company that creates diverse, inclusive, female-centric films. She’s the creator, writer, and director of the multi-season webseries “I Put the Bi in Bitter” on youtube! “I Put the Bi in Bitter” is a cute and lighthearted comedy that follows a bisexual teenager and her lesbian BFF as they navigate high school, deal with friendship/crushes, and all the other shenanigans that come from being young. More info: sadgirlproductions.com/