The MN WIFT Board of Directors consists of an all-volunteer board.
As a filmmaker, Alison Guessou's aim is to tell those stories that are not often told, and to bring to light the characters that we rarely see. As the founder of Djini Productions, her belief in having diverse perspectives represented behind the camera will add to today’s narrative landscape. Her goal is to develop feature films that bring the experience of our communities to life; not only stories which speak to the concerns of our time, but also provide entertaining portrayals through diverse cast and crew. She is a recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation 2019 Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production Grant.
Alison first joined MN WIFT in 2017, and has been serving on the board since August 2019.
Some of Cat's favorite roles have been a foul-mouthed cancer patient on Weeds; a MN Iron Range mom standing up to Charlize Theron in North Country, directed by Niki Caro; and a nerdy gamer in the short film Silver, written by Diablo Cody. She has been an improviser since she was 11, which has helped her build a rewarding voice over career. Highlights include TV campaigns for Subaru, United Health and H&R Block; voicing Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow for the Iron Man video game; and Siri, in Ellen's iPhone, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Cat got her start on Minneapolis Equity stages, at The Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Penumbra and The Children's Theater Company. She has also performed as a cellist, keyboardist and vocalist with many groups, including Saint Motel, Motion City Soundtrack, Chan Poling and Fort King.
Kelly Pratt is the founder of the “So, do IT Collective” and a mentor to creative entrepreneurs. Kelly was the director of production at the MN Film Board for more than 10 yeas and publisher of the Minnesota Production Guide for 17 years. It was during this time that she realized the importance of building community. Together the MFB and the local community of crew, actors, businesses and government entities created a welcoming location for visiting filmmakers.
Kelly served on the board in the early days of MN WIFT. She’s looking forward to bringing her knowledge of nonprofit governance, board development and community building to MN WIFT in 2020 - an important year in US Women’s history.
Chris is a software engineer and filmmaker. He joined the Minneapolis/St. Paul filmmaking community in 2007, where he works as an assistant director and producer on feature films, short films, music videos and documentaries.
Chris joined the MN WIFT Board in 2016 and has served as Secretary since 2017.
Carrie Bush has been working for fifteen years traveling across the country and around the world establishing herself in the film and commercial industry. She is an assistant director, producer and a director. She has directed four award-winning short films and a web series with a focus on telling stories that make audiences laugh yet also allow people to walk away with a new perspective.
Sandra is a change management business consultant and independent filmmaker. Sandra began as an actor then moved into independent film production as a writer, producer and director and has supported local casting and casting directors. She’s had films screened locally, nationally and internationally. She makes a commitment to continued learning and is studying or has studied with the New York Film Academy, HUGE Improv Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Springboard for the Arts, Film North, etc. She frequently supports and attends film screenings, theatre and improv. Sandra has been involved in several local and national film, documentary, and screenwriting organizations and has been a member of MN WIFT for several years.
Amanda Day has been an extremely active member of the MN film and TV community for 15 years. She has worked with the MN Film & TV Board as a producer and event host, volunteered with the TCFF for 9 years, been a judge and participant in numerous film festivals, has hosted and spoken on film and TV screenings and conferences, mentored many actors and worked as a full time actor, voice talent and host for 10 years. She has been the lead in over 25 feature films and worked on over 70 shorts. She has a background in business and has branched into producing, locations and account management. She is passionate about the film community in MN, has a deep love for cooking food for her friends and family and loves to travel.
Briana Rose Lee graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts and a double minor in both Communications and Ancient Greek Culture from the University of Minnesota. Briana works as a production coordinator and AD for commercials, and independent features/short films. Briana is a member of IATSE Local 490 and also works at Twin Cities Film Fest year round running social media and assisting with red carpet events. She loves to travel, her goal is to get to every country before she dies. In her free time, Briana enjoys dance classes, art museums, cooking and going to see musicals.
Linda Walen is an experienced live event, web-stream, and video producer, dedicated to quality, leadership, and a keen focus on internal and external communication experiences.
As a commercial rep, she provides creative solutions for broadcast communications thru connecting top talent with agencies throughout the Midwest.
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