Saturday, March 21

Special Events ArchiveWAM! Film Festival

Boston Film Industry Panel

This event is free and open to the public

Special Guests!

Presented by Women in Film and Video New England

Featured Moderator: Erin Trahan

Erin Trahan’s background in film includes producing, programming, and multi-platform film journalism. In addition to editing The Independent since 2009, she’s a regular contributor to WBUR (Boston’s NPR news station) and has written about movies for The Boston Globe, MovieMaker Magazine, and other publications. Erin has served as series moderator for The DocYard and created or led film discussions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston Public Library, and several film festivals. She oversaw distribution of the documentary LOVE AND OTHER ANXIETIES and will soon be embarking on her sixth Frommer’s Guide to Montreal and Quebec City.


Beth Sternheimer is a documentary film producer and researcher for long form documentaries and museum media projects. Her work includes producer for The Calling, a four-hour PBS series that broadcast nationally on Independent Lens, as well as producer and archival researcher for the public television documentary Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home. She was the Associate Producer for Secrecy and for Traces of the Trade, both films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research for her work on Traces of the Trade. Beth’s museum experience includes researching and producing linear and interactive exhibit media for the National World War II Museum, Texas State History Museum, International Spy Museum, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Archives, among many others. Beth has taught documentary filmmaking and archival research at Chicago Filmmakers and as part of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Continuing Education program. She has a BA from Oberlin College and an MA from UMass-Boston.

Michele Meek is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator who pioneered the development of and led the transition of the 30-year-old film magazine The Independent to the nonprofit Independent Media Publications where she remains a board member. She co-edited The Independent’s Guide to Film Distribution (2014) and has written on film in publications including MovieMaker Magazine, The Independent, and Indiewire. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Rhode Island and is currently at works on a short narrative/documentary hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to a Berlin adventure playground. She has taught at Boston College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and University of Rhode Island. For more information, visit her website at or contact her at [email protected]

Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda is an award winning filmmaker and media professional. She is the CEO of video agency Good Natured Dog Productions LLC. Alecia is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a B.F.A in Film and Television. You can hear her on WCAI the Cape & Islands NPR Station as the Sunday Host and you can catch her teaching Video Production & Social Media at Geek Girl Tech Conferences. In 2012 she was named one of the Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 for her volunteer work & entrepreneurship. Beware, she carries a camera, and isn’t afraid to use it.

Courtney Hope, assistant director of festival selection Hazmat, is a filmmaker who completed her BFA in Film and Television at New York University. Her thesis film Sex & German Grammar won Best Cinematography and a screenwriting award at NYU First Run Film Festival and was an Official Selection at Palm Springs ShortFest. In 2010 Courtney completed a Cinereach Film Fellowship concentrating on social justice in cinema. She is currently in pre-production on her short film Fear of Heights that will be filmed in Pennsylvania.

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WAM! Film Festival
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WAM! Film Festival
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Shorts Program: Family Dynamics
at 12:00 $6
Boston Film Industry Panel
at 2:00 • FREE
Shorts Program: Changes & Transformation
at 4:30 $6
Red Lines
at 7:00 $8

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