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Candidates for WIFVNE Board term beginning January 2021

11 Dec 2020 5:00 PM | JoAnn Cox (Administrator)

As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, Women in Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) has an elected Board of Directors. All active members are asked to vote for our Board members, who work on a volunteer basis to fulfill the vision and mission of the organization:  WIFVNE works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education. WIFVNE membership is open to everyone who supports our mission.

WIFVNE is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of some 44 Women in Film chapters worldwide and more than 13,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media. WIFVNE is also a member of WIFT-US.

For the term beginning in January 2021, there will be nine (9) current Board members who will remain on the Board. From December 13 to December 20, WIFVNE members will cast their votes via online ballot for up to two (2) new Board members.

Board candidates are listed alphabetically.

Charlie Alejandro began her career with the Metropolitan Police Department on December 17, 1984 and became a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police when the police consolidation law took effect on July 1, 1992. After her retirement Ms. Alejandro started Corporate Power group a successful public speaking and training company She worked as a community organizer for the City of Lowell, assistant project manager for Vance International, and as a criminal justice instructor for Lincoln technical schools. She is a tactical techniques instructor for CPG-CP security and training. Charlie us co-owner of Beantown Statie production company. An independent multi-award winning production company, sound stage, photography studio and editing suite Ms. Alejandro is married to her second husband Mel. Together they raised their blended family of 6 boys, two girls and now enjoy working with some of their adult children in various film and tv projects.

As owner of a Latina, female owned production studio, I feel that I have a wide array of skills to bring to the table. Including but not limited to social media, directing, public speaking, producing, directing, wardrobe, prop and set design as well as FX and regular make up. I love mentoring younger women in the field. I also look forward to learning from women who have paved a path for women like myself.

Regina Clark grew up in Boston, MA. She holds an AA and Certificate in Paralegal Studies, a BA in Political Science and a BS and MA in Video Production. Regina wrote, produced directed and edited her Master's thesis Chloe which was screened at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in 2002. She was also a finalist in the Kid's Fest Film Festival also in 2002. Regina, a long-time fixture at Emerson College, is currently the User Services Coordinator for the Media Services Department. She supervises up to 12 student employees and oversees the day-to-day operations of the department.

If elected to the Board, I feel that a new voice and ideas will add to the differing perspectives that are there. As well as giving me the opportunity to learn from others and to repot the root-bound plant I call my video career.

Delores Edwards is an Emmy nominated and award-winning producer, writer, and entrepreneur covering media and content in news, digital platforms, talk, documentary, and entertainment programming.

Currently, she is the Executive Producer of “Basic Black,” PBS’s longest-running live news and public affairs program produced by and for communities of color, and “Open Studio,” a weekly arts magazine program at GBH in Boston. Under Delores’ leadership at GBH, “Basic Black” received the prestigious Boston/New England’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (N.A.T.A.S.) Governors’ Award, their highest honor.

Prior to joining GBH, Delores produced stories for nationally recognized programs and networks, “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News & News Specials, VH1, BET, and OWN.

Her documentary short, Harlem’s Handmaids, about a congregation of African American nuns living in Harlem, was selected for the Reel Sisters NY film festival and her short screenplay, “Bathroom,” was a finalist at the 2019 Wide Screen Film Festival and a finalist for the New England Film Star Award.

Delores’s career in journalism began in a high school class and later at the Dow Jones NewsFund, (DJNF) journalism program as a kid growing up in The Bronx. Both experiences provided the spark and interest that she needed to ignite her joy of storytelling which continues today.

Her honors include Clarion Awards for story excellence and the MPA Media award for her coverage of mental health issues. She is the recipient of an NABJ award, the Margaret and Hans Rey/Curious George Producers fellowship, and the Case Media fellowship. She has also been nominated for multiple Emmys.

A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Delores began her television career at ABC News’ “Nightline.”

I have worked in media for most of my career. Frankly, my passion began when I was a kid in high school. I worked my way up from an intern learning in the industry at a range of companies and organizations – from news to entertainment and a few places in between, where I sharpened my skills and talent as a producer and writer. The desire to tell stories has never gone away.  My interest in media and film has expanded beyond storytelling.  As a member of the WIFVNE board, I bring a distinctive insight and perspective from my many years of media and communications experience. I’ve been fortunate to work at national network, cable, and local television companies and organizations in the #1 media market in the United States. My skillset also includes working in leadership positions, working as an independent producer, and running my own media company. Also, as a Black woman who has worked in the media industry, I would like to bring my diverse perspective and voice to the organization and hopefully provide a greater knowledge of issues that affect women of color working in media. I believe this will engage members, provide an opportunity to hear and share divergent viewpoints, amplify unheard voices, develop potential opportunities, and expand membership.

If chosen as a new board member, I look forward to bringing my desire to create and extend the great work that WIFVNE is doing, assist in building on current programming, help members move up in their careers, and enter a community of creatives.

I am interested in creating panels and or workshops geared toward women creatives working in the industry, the changing landscape of film and TV as well as issues around diversity, equity, and access. Also, I’d like to look at issues of stress working in the industry. As a member of both NYWIFT and WIFVNE, I am curious how we can leverage the relationship and develop opportunities between the two organizations. Dedicated to film and photography from an early age, Alison Cupples-Archila spent many of her formative years in a darkroom before graduating with a BA in film and photography from Emerson College. She began her career working on marketing videos for non-profits such as the United Way, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. In 2008, Alison started as an account manager in the film/television department at High Output and in 2016 she began to manage a new branch in Brighton (Boston), MA. While at High Output, Alison has collaborated on various educational events about lighting for film, theatre, photography and live events often in collaboration with local organizations such as the Massachusetts Production Coalition, Women in Film and Video New England, and the American Society of Media Photographers. Outside of High Output, Alison’s life-long passion for the arts has kept her involved with the organizing board for Jamaica Plain Open studios and she looks forward to continuing her professional and personal life promoting and building the presence of arts communities.

With over 15 years of professional experience in the film industry in Boston, I have seen more and more women in prominent roles on both major feature films and in the commercial production world. While the progress has been evident even in the past decade, there is still a need to amplify women’s voices and give them a seat at the proverbial table and I look forward to contributing to these efforts at WIFVNE. Because of my role at High Output, I have had the opportunity to connect with professionals from every corner of our industry – from student filmmakers to executive producers on major feature films, from art directors to advertising agency producers. Both my network and my technical expertise will allow me to bring not only my own knowledge but also to partner with experts from all parts of the film and television industry.

I love engaging with people new to the industry and providing entrée into the industry. This has become particularly evident to me when helping to develop the educational initiatives at High Output. I always enjoy the process of passing on my knowledge of lighting and am especially excited to help with the mentorship initiatives with which WIFVNE has had such great success.

Juri Love was born on September 3, 1976, in Japan. AKA "Goddess of Connection", Juri is a musician, model, actor, survivor of abuse and homelessness, motivational speaker, a reporter for The Foxboro Reporter, Reiki Practitioner, Life Coach, and Rotarian. Juri is a scholarship recipient of Berklee College of Music. Juri has toured nationally, performed, recorded produced many albums. She is a former Founder/President of Genuine Voices, a nonprofit which taught music in the Juvenile Detention Center. Juri is a recipient of "Heroes Among Us" from the NBA Boston Celtics, the Volunteerism and Noteworthy Neighbor award from The New England Patriots, and the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International. Her inspiring life was featured in many media including the Japanese Reality Show which aired in 2017 and viewed by 7.5 million people.  

Her book A Gift from Adversity ~Overcoming Sexual abuse, Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Bullying~ became Amazon's #1 New Release in 3 categories. 

She is a producer of TV shows at Foxboro Cable Access, short, feature films, and Web series. Juri has received the Women in 48 Team award for Boston 48 Film Project [in 2020] for which she was the producer and team leader. She has recently landed a principal role with A list actors for a feature film written by an Oscar-winning director and writer.

Juri has modeled and acted since the age of 17 starting as a fashion model in Tokyo. She has many careers but one she is passionate about is TV and Film making along with acting. She has organized and produced 2 TV shows at Foxboro Cable Access where she hosts and books guests for a Talk show at Foxboro Cable Access. Also producing 48 hr film projects, short films, feature films, Juri hopes this opportunity will not only expand her knowledge and network but also to be able to provide useful information in making film and TV shows. Juri is passionate about giving back to the community. With the network, hard work, and resources, Juri hopes that her knowledge and experience will be an asset to everyone. 

With 12 years of running Not for profit organization, I will like to initiate some useful business program, seminar or share my experience with the members. For example, how to build rapport, how to the fundraiser, how to use elevator pitch, how to multitask, and how to ask and keep great, and trustworthy relationships. 

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