The focus of the Women & Fashion FilmFest is to harness the creativity of leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to inspire and influence people in positive ways that promotes self-empowerment and creative achievement. Education and outreach form a critical part of our platform. Through our festival and programs with academic communities, we are creating opportunities for women and students to develop skills and to showcase their work. In 2014, we launched the first Girls Film Festival. In partnership with the Civic Life Project, Reel Works, Scenarios USA, the Sparks Movement and other non-profits, we screened a selection of films made by girls to help teach self-discovery and self-empowerment through filmmaking.
The Women & Fashion FilmFest is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. Contributions for the purposes of Women & Fashion FilmFest are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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CASSANDRA SEIDENFELD is a graduate of Columbia University, an actor, and an athlete. She had an international modeling career and co- partnered in a novelty company to build it from a startup to ‘the major leagues.’ At Columbia: Cassandra has distinguished herself through scholastic efforts and was nominated to the Dean’s List as a result of her achievements. She is also the recipient of a fellowship and scholarship at Columbia Universiy.
ACTING: Cassandra is currently studying at the William Esper Studio. She is on hold for two Indie Features from MoMa’s New Films/ New Directors and the Lincoln Center Film Society. Cassandra has also secured the lead role in a futuristic film with the working title “2045″.
ATHLETICS: Cassandra is a competitive Equestrian in the Hunter-Jumper Divisions, as well as a competitive golfer, court tennis player, volleyball player,
and tennis enthusiast. She has also been a Sponsor and Champion of the Hampton Classic Horse Show since she began riding.
SOCIAL AWARENESS: Cassandra has helped to organize numerous charitable events in the New York area. She feels deeply that it is her privilege to give back for the many gifts she has received in life, and is active with many organizations. Among them are: National Board Member of the Sphinx Organization, Board Member and Co-Chair of The Women’s Project, Chair of The Astaire Awards, Vice Chair of the Southampton Hospital, Co-Chair of the New York Dance Alliance Foundation, Board Member of The Tank Organization, and Founding Woman and Chair of Fashion 4 Development and co-producer of the 1st Women’s Fashion/Film Festival 2013. Cassandra is also involved with the Humane Society, the American Cancer Society, the Hunger Project, Refugees International, NMA: the National Meningitis Association, the American Bard Theater Company, the ASPCA, the Rescue For Horses Fund, and the FIT Couture Council.
To learn more about Cassandra, please visit www.cassandraseidenfeld.com.
ALEXIS DOYLE An International Feng Shui Guild Red Ribbon Member, Alexis Doyle has over 25 years of experience in Interior Design. In addition to having studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she holds 2 Masters Degrees in Education and Administration respectively. During her time with the NY State Education Department, her innovative educational programs were featured on prime time ABC TV. Her Feng Shui endeavors are an outgrowth of her Interior Design business (both Residential and Contract – with included a high end and celebrity clientele) with former business partner John Anderson. She was also an adjunct professor of Interior Design for 3 years at Sage College in Albany. Feng Shui is a topic that is now taught in Interior Design curricula in higher educational institutions of learning.
“Today, many US real estate titans hire a feng shui master to advise developers, architects and engineers about feng shui principles and how it relates to modern skyscrapers”, says Alexis. Understanding how to form a
connection between one’s well being with one’s surroundings, Alexis continuously shares her knowledge as a personal consultant with clients at schools, corporate offices and homes. Because of her diverse educational and professional background, her teaching techniques and innovative programs and workshops have been widely acclaimed in the national media and among clients.Currently, Alexis is expanding into blogging about trends in Fashion, Theater, Film, Travel, and Feng Shui/Clearing Clutter. Follow her on Twitter @alexistrends99, Facebook, and her Blog www.spacesbyalexis.com
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CATHERINE SCHREIBER is a proud winner of the London Critics' Circle Award and Olivier Award Nominee for Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic, and also a Tony-winning producer for Clybourne Park. She is currently producing Scottsboro Boys in the West End, London. Her Tony nominations include Peter and the Starcatcher (2012), The Scottsboro Boys (2011) and Next Fall (2010). Other recent productions: The King’s Speech (UK), El Chico de Oz (Peru- Winner Best Musical) and Stick Fly (Broadway). She produced Desperate Writers, a play she co-wrote, Off Broadway. Honored for her work with the Scottsboro Boys Museum, she received the Key to the City of Scottsboro and spoke when Alabama Governor Bentley signed the Scottsboro Boys Act, 2013. A contributing writer to the Huffington Post, Catherine graduated Yale College, B.A. English, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and is also a film/television writer and actress. To learn more, follow her on Twitter @WOW_Catherine and visit her website wow.catherine.com.
SUE VACCARO won The Tony Award as a Producer of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Clybourne Park. In London she produced the critically acclaimed revival of Smokey Joes Cafe. As a filmmaker, Sue helped produce Sharon Greytak’s Archaeology of a Woman starring Sally Kirkland and Victoria Clarke, which won the Gold Remi & Gold Cine Awards at the Houston International Film Festival.
Her current film, a mocumentary, Ron & Laura take Back America will be featured in the upcoming New York City International Film Festival. Sue’s upcoming projects include the Broadway musical Empire and the films Swarm, a horror film directed by Huck Botko, and the thriller Possessed. Sue splits her time between New Orleans, New York City, and London.
She currently manages investments in entertainment properties including stage, film, and literary. Her professional entertainment career began many years ago when she met Rue McClanahan who became her mentor. She owes most of her producing education to Rue. Sue had the honor of working on Rue's musical My
First Five Husbands before she passed away. Sue is a member of the American Film Association and the League of Broadway Theaters and Producers. Follow Sue on Twitter @RuesSusieQ.