JEANINE JEO-HI KIM is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Women & Fashion FilmFest, the Girls Film Festival, and SHE WEBFest. The Women & Fashion FilmFest is part film festival, part conference, gathering leaders in entertainment, fashion and media to foster social responsibility and to create opportunities for women and diverse emerging artists. Past speakers include legendary Vogue Editor Andre Leon Talley, Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning costume designer for Sex and the City Patricia Field, President of Sundance Productions Laura Michalchyshyn, Star of The Chew on ABC Carla Hall and many others.
Prior, Jeanine founded the Metropolitan Arts League to support artists by spreading word about their work through live events and an online forum. For the Metropolitan Arts League, Jeanine organized numerous special screenings of independent films,performance gatherings and talk-backs. Notable participants include actors John
Leguizamo, Ethan Hawke, BD Wong, Natasha Lyonne, Marisa Tomei, Wally Shawn, Frank Whaley, Daphne-Rubin Vega, and Gordon Clapp among others.
Before founding the film festivals and arts organization, Jeanine worked in equity research covering Interactive TV, Cable and Entertainment, and project finance. She worked with institutions such as UBS, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. These positions have allowed her to work in New York, Hong Kong and London and to travel extensively.
Before moving into the private sector, Jeanine worked with the World Bank in Washington DC. She also worked as an Editor, Researcher, and Speechwriter for the Deputy Prime Minister of Korea and an Editor and Speechwriter for the President of the Republic of Korea. She helped prepare speeches in English for the President of The Republic of Korea for numerous international diplomatic missions including those presented at the US Congress, the British Parliament, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Currently, Jeanine serves as a Juror for the iPhone Film Festival, one of the largest international mobile film festivals. Jeanine is also Global Advisor to Global Fashion 4 Development, an international United Nations affililated non-profit dedicated to sustainable development and women's empowerment through the fashion industry. She also serves as Acting US Chair of Maritage International, a United Nations driven independent non-profit platform dedicated to empowering women through the arts. In the past, Jeanine also served as Co-Chair of Fashion Diaspora, an international effort of the Will to Adorn Project of the Smithsonian Institution, East Rock Institute, Korean Cultural Service, The National Museum of Ethnology of Japan, and Sungshin Women’s University.
Jeanine received a B.A. from Yale University and M.B.A. from Columbia University. Jeanine has also taken independent study of film, writing and design at the New School, the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She speaks French, Spanish and Korean. She is married to a technology and media entrepreneur and Co-Founder of WireImage, MediaVast and ImageLocker. Despite her numerous makeovers, art and storytelling have always been Jeanine’s passion. She is currently working on her film projects. Jeanine also continues to be strongly interested in exploring the interrelation between media and society, and believes in the power of storytelling.
You can connect with Jeanine on Twitter @jeaninejeohikim & LinkedIn.
PAUL VAN RAVENSTEIN is Director of the Women & Fashion Film Festival. He is also a Visual Artist and Consultant, whose passion for the visual arts has allowed him to be an award-winning expert in photography. Born in The Netherlands, Paul was introduced to photography by his sister, top model Appollonia. She introduced him to renown photographers such as Richard Avedon, Parkison, Ara Gallant, Watson, Hero and Johnvelle. At the age of eighteen, Paul moved to New York City and began assisting Ara Gallant, fostering his development in studio and on-location photography.
Starting out on own his own as a photographer in the early eighties, Paul first covered fashion shows in Paris and Milan, then later began shooting editorials and advertising. His work has been published inmajor international publications including Vogue Pelle, Teen
Vogue, Moda , Avenue, Gioa , King, Taxi, Anabella, Chi, Gente and OK Magazine. His advertising experience includes shooting catalogs for Rootstein Mannequins, La Mason Blue, Linea Lydia, Rustans, Filitura di Crosa and Squash Vico. Additionally, Paul’s photography has been exhibited in numerous art shows.
Paul has also spearheaded and organized several international events, fashion shows and charitable benefits. He has traveled the world extensively and has resided and worked in Italy for over twenty years. He is fluent in Dutch, German, Italian and English. Moving along with the times, Paul has earned a degree of fine arts. Known as a family man as well as a fashion professional, he is husband to legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland and father to Anna Cleveland, who have both graced numerous fashion campaigns and magazine covers.
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WHERE LEADERS IN FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS & DISCUSS THEIR IMPACT ON WOMEN
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US WEEKLY FASHION DIRECTOR SASHA CHARNIN MORRISON, PRESIDENT OF SUNDANCE PRODUCTIONS LAURA MICHALYCHSHYN, PRESIDENT OF VIMEO DAE MELLENCAMP,
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JIHAN ANTOINE is the Co-Director of Social Media & PR of the Women & Fashion FilmFest. She is Founder of the Ta Da Group.
ALEXIS VAIL is Programming Assistant of the Women & Fashion FilmFest. One Scorsese commercial, two feature films, and three television sets ago, Alexis started her career as a fashion, portrait and event photographer at a boutique video production company. Over the course of five years, she worked her way up to program coordinator and production director before making the jump to New York City to pursue work for a bigger screen. She has worked as a production assistant on TV and film sets across the city, while completing two television pilot scripts in her free time. Currently, she is writing a feature, her third pilot and will begin production on her first web series this summer.
TIFFANY TATE A creative media professional with more than 15 years of editorial experience, Tiffany began her writing career in Boston as a columnist at a community newspaper, later becoming the display advertising coordinator for a daily newspaper and the lead Style News writer for an arts and culture magazine in the Southeast, where she highlighted fashion news, runway events and style trends across the globe. Those columns continue to garner national syndication. Tiffany was also handpicked to lead as the executive director to revive a defunct fashion publication with high merit.
Dedicated to providing emerging designers a unique platform of exposure, Tiffany
foundedLinger Magazine, a monthly luxury publication the features global industry creative talent across beauty, fashion, hair, makeup and modeling on an interactive platform, in May 2010. Overseeing its growth and development, her illustrious vision has led Linger to be ordained by PR Couture as one of the “8 Digital Fashion Magazines You Should Know” and praised by Niche Media as one of the “Top 10 Niche Magazines of 2012”. Solidifying her achievements in the publis hing industry, Tiffany was tapped by Folio to become a judge for their annual Eddie & Ozzie Awards competition, a title that she has held since 2011.
Since she was 7 years old, Tiffany has loved fashion journalism. Her love for journalism began when she would watch the evening news and mimic the only African-American newswoman word for word. The anchorwoman’s likeness resonated with Tiffany, convincing her that one day she too could have a career in journalism. Her love for fashion began the day her cousin, former model Jennifer Brice, gave her one of her Ford Models comp card as a keepsake. Tiffany was mesmerized by the beauty of each photo. So much so, that when Tiffany would purchase a fashion magazine as a teen, she often compared the images in the publication to the images on the comp card. If the images in the publication did not evoke a strong enough emotion within her like the comp card images, she would return the magazine to its rack. Tiffany learned early that images need to be euphoric and linger within you, just as her cousin’s did with her. On that day, Tiffany promised herself that one day she would publish her own fashion magazine and name it Linger for that very reason.
DALE NOELLE is the Founder and CEO of TRUE Model Management. Dale was one of the fashion industry’s most successful and sought after fitting models for nearly two decades before she founded TRUE Model Management. During her career as a professional fit and print model, she worked for almost every mass retailer and major fashion company, as well as designers: Ralph Rucci for Chado, the late Oleg Cassini, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and many more.
Her love of the industry began in childhood while spending time at her father’s clothing factories. There she learned to create and tailor her own designs as well
as run a business. After obtaining degrees in business and marketing, she worked as a clothing production
manager, sales representative, designer and owner of one of the Generra licenses before finding her calling as a fitting model.
Dale originally created TRUE to manage her own career as a model, but clients repeatedly requested her referrals for additional models. She now manages the entire team at TRUE while overseeing the many details that go into making TRUE the success it is for talent and clients.
Dale brings her commitment to community support and a healthy lifestyle into the running of her company, making TRUE a unique and fun place to work. Her passion for philanthropy is combined with sports and exercise through many company athletic opportunities led by TRUE models. With a degree in Health Counseling, Dale helps TRUE models to meet their nutritional goals and stay fit.
Dale also teaches at The Fashion Institute of Technology and is a motivational speaker. Her extensive knowledge, as well as her network of professionals allows her to foster important introductions to further the careers of models, patternmakers, technicians and designers. These elements make TRUE one of the most sought after management companies for fit models in the world.
JOHN NACION is the Official Photographer for the Women & Fashion FilmFest. Originally from Manila, Philippines, John has immersed himself in his passion for Photography as a means to enhance his work as an artist. Specializing in fashion editorials and glamour photography, John aims to draw his subject’s beauty in even the most mundane situations, with the barest of equipment. The darker, dirtier the circumstance, the better. John now resides in Queens, New York and is available for local & international commissions.
AUTUMN MARIE is the Founder of the Autumn Marie Showroom in New York City.
CATHERINE SCHREIBER is the FOUNDER, CATHERINE SCHREIBER PRODUCTIONS, TONY NOMINATED PRODUCER, FILM/TV WRITER &ACTRESS. Proud winner of the Evening Standard Award and London Critics' Circle as a Lead Producer of The Scottsboro Boys, Catherine is also a Tony winner for Clybourne Park. A four time Tony nominee, she is also an Olivier Award Nominee for The Scottsboro Boys at Young Vic. Her Tony nominations include Clybourne Park (2012), 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), The Anarchist and Stick Fly (Broadway).
A Member of the Broadway League, League of Professional Theatre Women,
Tony Voter, Women Fashion/Film, Center Theatre Group Founding Member, Los Angeles and Founding Member of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, she produced Desperate Writers, a play she co-wrote and starred in, Off Broadway at the Union Square Theatre. (2011) Honored for her work with the Scottsboro Boys Museum, she received the Key to the City of Scottsboro and gave the keynote address when the Governor of Alabama signed the Scottsboro Boys Act, 2013.
A contributing writer to the Huffington Post, Catherine studied at Yale College (B.A. English, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and is also a film/television writer and actress. She's had film/tv projects developed at Disney, Sony, CBS, etc. and her scripts have been finalists in film competitions. Her tv/film roles include Jane Austen Book Club, Rat Race and It's Only Sunny in Philadelphia.
Catherine is happily married to Miles N. Ruthberg, a senior partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. They have two children, Stephanie and Jeremy, and reside in New York City, with London becoming a second home.
KAREN ALLAN is WFF's International Liaison for Australia. She is a passionate publicist and creative manager, and the driving force behind KIKI LOVES PR. She combines her wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to deliver exceptional results to clients all around the globe.
Karen graduated from the Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, with a degree in Business Management, majoring in International Business. She also holds a Masters in International Business with marketing studies from QUT University in Brisbane, Australia.
Karen had contributed to the success of marketing and activation campaigns in Australia,
and connecting X-factor artists with major organizations in New York City. She has also provided executive assistance to major and profitable fashion events such as PLATAFORMA K in South America and L’Oreal FASHION WEEK in Melbourne. She played an integral Talent Manager role in JEEP’s hugely successful “Don’t Hold Back Australia” campaign, where real people (not actors) gave words of wisdom and encouragement to the Australia team for the Olympics 2012, and has assisted on projects in fields such as the Water, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Sports and Entertainment industries in Australia and overseas.
Recently, she participated in the blockbuster film SAN ANDREAS and shared set with amazing actors such as Carla Gugino and Australian actress and singer, Kylie Minogue. Her current project are in line with the identification of opportunities for upcoming designers from Australia internationally!
Things you don’t know about her: she's a Colombian born- Australian citizen, speaks fluen English and Spanish, has lived 9 years in Australia, loves NYC and works actively towards the empowerment of women
ANNIE BYAS is Co-Director of Social Media of the Women & Fashion FilmFest. She is the Creative Director of The Tada Group Inc. Having a background in Health Care has taught Annie tools she utilizes in The Tada Group, Project Management, business, and customer care/service. Annie has always looked for outlets to utilize her imagination and creative drive. Building upon a career that may have just been her calling, she is able to do just that.
BIA KIM is Creative Director. Born in Canada, raised in her parents’ native Korea, now living in New York, art director/designer Soyul Bia Kim graduated from Emory University with BA in math and economics before attending Pratt Institute to study graphic design, then Parsons for fashion design. With her creative eye and aesthetics developed early on under the influence of a grandmother who is a renowned stylist, and a mother who is a professor in design, Bia has a keen eye trained in Western and Eastern aesthetics. Her obsession with design is in the details in all its forms: in magazine layouts, architecture, film screens, street signs and in fashion. She began her career as a Creative at a boutique fashion advertising agency, AR New York, where she had met and worked with the then-Head of Global Strategy, Coco Videla for brand storytelling. With clients including
Pampers, Colgate, Dell, Nestle, Roosevelt Institute, Atelier D’amis, Y&R, Saatchi&Saatchi and more, she is the art director and a leading designer at The Village Productions, where filmmakers, strategists, researchers, writers and visual artists work together to create thoughtful contents for brands and organizations.
HERLANDE MOISE ]is the CEO and President of Ömbrage Magazine, the premier lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for Caribbean-American women. She aims to celebrate, inspire, entertain and empower the brand’s audience-which encompasses thousands of readers located all over the world but most specifically in North America. In addition, Ömbragemagazine.com is the largest and fastest growing Caribbean-American magazine website; providing fresh daily content and breaking celebrity news, which has resulted in explosive growth of thousands of views each month.
MATT MATOSSIAN is Director of Videography.
MICHELLE BERNIER ESQ. is WFF's legal advisor. A New York City native, she is the Principal and Managing Attorney of Bernier Legal, LLC; a boutique Entertainment, Fashion and Business Law firm. Ms. Bernier completed her undergraduate studies at New York University and earned her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, during which time she briefly studied under the direction of Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. A member of the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers’ Association, the New York chapter of Fashion Group International and Black Women Entertainment Lawyers, among others, Melissa Bernier prides herself on providing high quality legal services to entrepreneurs, start ups, artists, entertainers and designers. Additionally, Ms. Bernier is the Editor in Chief of Brooklyn Legal, a lifestyle blog, as well as the Fashion & Style Editor for
The Haitian Times. Social Media Information: Twitter: @MelissaPBernier and @BernierLegal Instagram: @BernierLegal Facebook:www.facebook.com/bernierlegal
TONY TRIUMPH is on the Programming Committee. Tony Triumph is a Life & Style Editor, Brand Manager, and the Founder & Editor of The Triumphant Scoop website. As a Creative Entrepreneur and International Brand Ambassador, his liaisons have included collaborations with top brands: Barney's New York, Macy's Inc., Lord & Taylor, Pirelli, Sunglass Hut, and SONY among many others. Excelling in campaign management, PR & media outreach, and creative production, Tony offers product, brand & business development, as well as branding strategy through his umbrella business The Triumphant Group. Tony most recently became a contributor to the PulitzerPrize winning news site The Huffington Post, sharing his opinion, insight and news to a monthly readership of over 36 million people. As a sentiment to his
fashion & journalistic credits, he has penned biographies for a plethora of top fashion models, photographers, creative consultants, and fashion designers, as well as conducted on-camera interviews with celebrities Sarah Jessica Parker, Lubov Azria, Russell Simmons and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
YELENA DEYNEKO is part of the Programming Committee of the Women & Fashion FilmFest. Yelena is Co-Founder & Creative Director of Spirit & Flesh Magazine. Yelena studied classical arts, theater and fashion design in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and graphic design at School of Visual Arts in New York City. Combining her talents and passions, Yelena works as a Creative Director in fashion, beauty, and entertainment, collaborating with agencies and private clients on creating their visual, branding and marketing content, winning them multiple professional awards.In 2012 she co-founded Spirit & Flesh fashion and art magazine, where she is a Principal and Creative Director. The publication aligns the art of fashion with film, painting, dance, photography and other media, underscoring its powerful cultural influences.
FUMI KAMIGAMA is Senior Designer. She is a graphic designer and a visual strategist born in Japan, raised in Hong Kong and currently residing in NYC. She pursued Marketing Communications at Emerson College in Boston and found her passion for advertising and branding, which further led her to study Computer Graphics at Pratt Institute. Her understanding of both good strategy and good design, along with her artistic senses have allowed her to become a successful designer in the field. The power of design, for her, comes from its ability to tell stories to its audience and consumers. She has worked as a lead designer in editorial, fashion advertising, jewelry PR, and more recently in mobile apps -- though beneath it all, she is a foodie, a dog lover and dreams of opening a cafe one day.
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