About

Women in Film

Amy Faust
WIF member Amy Faust at work in the field

Women in Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communications and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries. Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission.

The Cincinnati chapter was formed in 2016 to support the tri-state region with the following mission:

  • Create networking and professional development opportunities
  • Screen members’ work and highlight member achievements
  • Appreciate the art of film and educate the community
  • Develop and access funding for member projects
  • Promote equality for women in the industry

If you are a professional, student, or supporter of Women in Film, Television or Digital Media, you’ve come to the right place. Join us.


Contact Us

Call (513) 402-2310, or write to us at info@wifcincinnati.org

 


Our Board

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Jaime Meyers Schlenck, President

Jaime Meyers Schlenck is an award winning film editor who's career spans more than two decades in Los Angeles and Cincinnati. Her work includes the Primetime Emmy Award winning documentary series A LION IN THE HOUSE, by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, TV series including HBO First Look, and more than 60 behind-the-scenes documentaries for major studio releases such as SEX AND THE CITY, HAIRSPRAY and UP IN THE AIR. Jaime was lead development editor at Magical Elves (TOP CHEF), where she edited pilots and trailers for pitching shows to networks such as Bravo, AMC and Lifetime. She was additional editor on the Oscar winning documentary AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂. Jaime is currently editing the feature documentary 9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT.

Sara Drabik, Vice President

Sara Drabik is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Electronic Media and Broadcasting in the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University where she teaches documentary filmmaking and media literacy. Her work has been featured by the University Film and Video Assoc., the Broadcast Education Assoc., the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, NPR and KET/PBS. Her current research is a collaboration with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance exploring the changing roles of women in the international coffee industry.

Laure Quinlivan, Treasurer

Laure Quinlivan is a Producer/Director honored with two international Peabody Awards and 18 Emmy’s. Her Visions of Vine Street documentary for WCPO-TV sparked change in Cincinnati’s urban core leading to revitalization of historic Over the Rhine. She served four  years as a Cincinnati Council Member and is now President of LQ Consulting. She’s currently producing/directing a PBS documentary, America’s First Net Zero Energy Police Station.

Aymie Majerski, Secretary

Aymie Majerski is a filmmaker with an extensive background in development, production and post-production spanning the past 15 years. As owner of Barking Fish, Aymie has developed and produced nationally recognized projects including: AMERICAN FIGHTER with UFC’s Rich Franklin, REBOUND: A BASKETBALL STORY with Nick Clooney, 4192: THE CROWNING OF THE HIT KING with Pete Rose, 7 BELOW - a psychological thriller starring Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames. Aymie is skilled at bringing the pieces of a project together and seeing it through to final delivery. Aymie’s producing style combines a laid-back life philosophy coupled with un-compromised business acumen.

Rachel Lyon

Rachel Lyon is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who has produced 65 documentaries and feature films. Her work often focuses on critical global issues and human rights. She has produced documentary films for PBS, NBC, CNN, and National Geographic. Lyon’s recent film, Hate Crimes in the Heartland was screened in 20 cities with the Ford Foundation. Her films Race to Execution and Juror Number Six were broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens.

Noel Julnes-Dehner

Noel Julnes-Dehner is a Producer/Writer/Director whose films include Under Fire: Soviet Women Combat Veterans WWII, The Right Track, and Coming Home from the Streets. Her work has appeared on television, in film festivals and at the Kennan Institute/ Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. She has published in Minerva, Wisdom Found, Sojourners and Forward Movement publications.

Tim Swallow

Tim Swallow is the founder and CEO of Cincinnati World Cinema, with a 16-year history of film programming and curation, including world premieres and festivals, plus 250+ films by women.
Prior to CWC, he spent 20 years as a live events producer, focusing on music, theatre and the arts. His experience includes management, marketing, finance, IT and non-profit boards. Specializing in short film, Tim’s passion is building a film community to experience high-quality international and independent cinema not otherwise available in this market.

Aria Brice

Aria Brice is a freelance videographer, grip and gaffer and has several years experience in the industry. She has worked as a grip/gaffer on local independent films, worked as a project coordinator for Cincinnati’s youth film camp, Stages for Youth, and was a student director/producer for Northern Kentucky University’s student-run production service Norse Media, where she directed and produced a short documentary on the women’s rehabilitation treatment center, First Step Home. She loves to travel and her recent experience includes an opportunity to work on a documentary exploring women’s ever changing roles in the global coffee industry.

Amy Faust

Amy Faust began her career as an actress and model before attending Wright State University’s Motion Picture Production program. Her camera work on many feature films and music videos for Feist and 3 Doors Down includes A&E’s The First 48 and MTV's Taking the Stage, documentaries The New Metropolis for PBS, the Emmy-winning A Lion in the House, the Oscar nominated The Last Truck and The Restorers, and the Rise Above film experience. Her work has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jenell Walton

Jenell Walton is Vice President of Communications & Strategic Development at the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. As the destination’s Chief Communications Officer, Jenell influences the growth of travel and convention business through the execution of a robust communication strategy and external advocacy for the CVB. She promotes the brand narrative to drive awareness locally and nationally, build reputation, mobilize resources and spark economic vitality in our region. Jenell spent nearly 20 years covering the issues in Cincinnati as an anchor/reporter/videographer at WCPO-TV 9 and reporter at WLWT News 5.

Melissa Godoy

Melissa Godoy was the line producer for the 2020 Oscar winning feature documentary, AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂 (Netflix) by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert, as well as for THE LAST TRUCK (HBO) and A LION IN THE HOUSE (Independent Lens) by the same team. She produced and directed DO NOT GO GENTLY (American Public Television), was a cinematographer for ELECTION DAY (POV) by Katy Chevigny and for TREES IN TROUBLE (PBS World Channel) Andrea Torrice. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary, DETERMINED. Godoy teaches scriptwriting and production at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State.  

Allyson West

Allyson West is an award-winning producer and director, and the Creative Director of Cincinnati’s Cindependent Film Festival. The latest narrative from Turn West Productions, TEXICAN, has attended 15 festivals and won awards in 6 major categories as well as nominations for over 30 honors. Allyson produces and hosts the weekly-release podcast, Script Shop, and creates live performance work in Cincinnati. She has a BFA in Acting from the CCM and studied under Barbara Marchant at the William Esper Studio in Manhattan, NY. Allyson was voted “Best Local Filmmaker” in Cincinnati CityBeat’s 2018 “Best of” Awards.

Chenny Chen

Chenny Chen is a producer and a co-founding member of Plum Street Productions, a 2x Telly Award winning content studio. She has produced televised content for the Scripps National Spelling Bee for ESPN and National Geographic, as well as Lifetime's HER AMERICA series and BBC Digital on Agriscience. Her primary film focus is on production management and line producing and is known as a “fixer” that supports directors and producers to implement productions in the Midwest. She has worked on films such as CAROL, HEARTLAND, THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE and CONFESSIONS OF AN EXORCIST.