Fountain Avenue Productions' event series to celebrate and highlight the work of accomplished women in film. We're kicking off the series with a panel of four fantastic entrepreneurial women in the industry.
The panelists include: Kweigbaye Kotee, Naomi McDougall Jones and Kristina Budelis.
Kweighbaye Kotee is the founder of the Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) and MCCG; The Executive Director of OPEN; and creator and host of a talk show called Indie Cinema New York on BRIC TV. Born in Liberia, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. at the brink of the Liberian Civil war. She received her B.S in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University.
Kweighbaye is the Executive Director of two Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations and is a Bushwick Community Board member serving as the co-chair of the Arts & Culture Committee. She has been featured on NBC, Fox News, Huffington Post, Brooklyn Magazine, Indiewire, UNWomen and Tribeca Film.
Naomi McDougall Jones isan award-winning actress, writer, producer, and women in film activist. Naomi has been a vocal advocate for bringing gender parity to film, both on and off screen. In November 2016, she gave a TEDTalk, The Women in Film Revolution Begins With You. Naomi is also developing The 51 Fund, a VC investment fund that will finance films written, directed, and produced by women.
Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in the 2014 indie feature film, Imagine I'm Beautiful, which took home 12 awards on the film festival circuit. Her second feature film, Bite Me, is in post production and features Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, Nashville), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black) and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story).
She was also a writer for season 1 of Amazon's original series, The New Yorker Presents, based on the world's most award-winning magazine, which premiered at Sundance 2016.
Kristina Budelis is a visual artist and the co-founder of Kitsplit. KitSplit makes it faster and easier to get access to camera gear. Budelis, now president of KitSplit, is Forbes 30 under 30 and does everything from investor relations to community management.
KitSplit is making gear rentals more enjoyable and affordable for a huge community of artists and filmmakers. Called “the Airbnb of cameras” by Forbes , No Film School , and Fast Company, their community marketplace connects creative professionals with owners of top notch equipment.
Kitsplit has more than 7,000 users and national media partners like National Geographic, Hearst, and NBC. Prior to founding KitSplit, Kristina worked as a freelancer and for the New Yorker, working on pieces that garnered two Webby Award nominations.
Special thanks to Bites BK for providing us with light bites and Roni GBZ for providing live jazz music. #MeetAtTheFountain