Shana Betz, Co-President, began producing as the ED of MVPA for the music industry, working on corporate partnerships with Universal Studios, Sony, Warner Bros., MTV and more. She produced many short format projects, including The Stranger, which won the Eastman Kodak New Filmmaker Award. Shana honed her acting and comedic voice while performing with Tim Robbins’, The Actors’ Gang, touring as the only female in George Orwell’s 1984. Betz partnered with Robbins to program and produce the WTF?! Festival and Axis Mundi Series — over 40 music, literature and film events and more. Shana began directing when she received a grant to write and direct a film for Girls! Girls! Girls! Project. She was selected to participate in the Film Independent Directors Lab with her script, Free Ride based on her life story. Her second feature is in post- production while she preps for the third, Black Belle.
America Young, Co-President, is the writer/producer of Geek Therapy (licensed by Stan Lee & POW! Entertainment). She has stunt coordinated/action directed films and music videos for Katy Perry, Ashley Simpson, The Used, Chris Cornell and Natasha Beddingfield. America helped start, run and program the non-profit Feel Good Film Festival and was the Director of Operations of The Catalina Film Festival. She was one of the executive producers and directors of the feature film anthology called Girls! Girls! Girls! starring Octavia Spencer, Beth Grant and French Stewart. She has directed the pilot Wrestling with Parenthood, starring professional wrestlers and written by, Steve Jaros, the writer of the critically acclaimed Saints Row video games. She just directed the comedy feature, The Concessionaires Must Die this year. She’s attached to direct a punk rock, super hero feature called Smash Girl.
Cheryl Bookout, Executive Director, has a passion for art for social change. She has facilitated projects with artists such as Kim Abeles, Barbara T. Smith, Cheri Gaulke and Judy Chicago. She was the curatorial consultant for the exhibition shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery: Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980 – 2006 in 2007. Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art course at USC included Cheryl in The California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California. Cheryl is past President of the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art 2012 – 2016, member of the Desert Screenwriters Guild and has been a guest on numerous panels including: Los Angeles Contemporary Art Landscape, Brand Art Center, Glendale, CA; In Dialogue: June Wayne and the Rise of Women Artists, Pasadena Museum of California Art; Arts and Healing, El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY; Extant Women, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, CA; Finding Beauty through Struggle, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, Cheryl co-produced three short films: I AM BE, Gloria’s Call and Sanctuary. I AM BE is at the end of traveling the film festival circuit with nation-wide screenings and numerous awards. Gloria’s Call premiered on February 23, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the national College Art Association and Women’s Caucus for Art conferences and Sanctuary can be seen on the website: www.mil-tree.org.
Amanda Quinn Olivar, Director, is a native Angeleno and is a Producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, and West Coast editor for Curator magazine. She was raised surrounded by art & artists which led to her path as an arts advocate, and received the 2014 HeArt Award for her service with the arts organization A Window Between Worlds. She has curated a variety of exhibits at venues such as the Skirball Cultural Center, the Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas, the Brand Art Center, John Wayne Airport and the Chaffey Art Association Museum.
Timothy L. Campbell, Director, began his career in the arts after graduating from Occidental College when he was hired by Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, where he worked with volunteers, docents, and assisted the curators and registrars with exhibitions. After Bowers, Tim was a Visiting Researcher at the Tokyo University Museum in Japan. He learned exhibition design and the management of collections from curators of scientific and cultural artifacts, and assisted with research and display projects. Working at Disney’s Animation Research Library for a decade after returning to the US, Tim learned art conservation, creation and tracking of digital images, and the different approaches of archives vs. museums, and the licensing of intellectual property. Following his work with Disney, Tim worked with Blizzard Entertainment to start a culture of exhibitions by providing access to art created over the company’s 20-year history. He also worked with local art schools and galleries to initiate the process of external exhibition, and implemented loan forms, condition reporting practices. As a crowning achievement, Tim produced a very successful exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei in 2010. Since leaving Blizzard in 2012, Tim became the Collections Manager at Laguna Art Museum, Curatorial Director at Golden West College, and instructs museum technologies at Irvine Valley College.
Cady McClain, Director, is a 2-time Emmy Award winning actress, writer, director, and producer. She has performed Lead and Co-Star roles in independent and studio films, primetime and daytime television and the New York theater. Her short film, The World of Albert Fuh (which she wrote, directed, and produced), was an Official Selection to multiple film festivals and won honors in the Best Of and Directing categories, including the Los Angeles Film Review. Her memoir, Murdering My Youth, about her life growing up as a child actor in a dysfunctional family, brought her national recognition from Entertainment Tonight and TV Guide and over 115 positive reviews on Amazon. She is currently directing her first feature-length documentary, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, is a series about women directors.
Jenn Fee Catalino, Director, believes that “no amount of practice can equal the act of doing,” and her resume ranges from producing, styling, casting, writing, coordinating and acting. After working in Los Angeles for over a decade, she relocated to Portland, Oregon where she line produced at the Academy Award nominated stop-motion production company, Laika (The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline, etc). Currently, she is developing several independent films in Boston, Massachusetts; among them is the dark, female-ensemble comedy, Dim Rainbows. In 2009, Jenn created and produced, along with April Wade and America Young, an anthology feature comprised of 6 short films entitled Girls! Girls! Girls! Under the production’s strict perimeters, each short film had to have a female director, writer, editor, producer and cinematographer. Made on a micro-budget, the film had a successful festival run, garnering the “Best Producer” Award at the 2011 LA Femme International Film Festival. GGG was an inspiring collaboration promoting female filmmakers and the power of creative women. Empowered by what she learned from Girls! Girls! Girls!, Jenn is elated to be apart of The Chimaera Project and the continuation of promoting female filmmakers.
Jennifer Gross, Director, Founder of Evolutionary Media Group invites, unravels and understands the convergence of consumer lifestyle, technology, and entertainment worlds. We create exciting and innovative strategies for our clients that include: fashion, artists, political movements, hotels, clubs, independent musicians, and film companies. Evolutionary Media Group’s deep-rooted relationships and years of experience allows us to provide an unparalleled suite of multi-platform services under the PR, Event Production, and Brand Activation umbrella.
Donald Matthewson, CFO, joined The Chimaera Project in May 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed USC Treasurer on March 1, 2017. As USC Treasurer, Don oversees short-term investments, liquidity management, cash flow forecasting, debt, and merchant services. Prior to USC, Don served as Vice President for Finance Administration for five years at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In addition, Don worked at Barclays Capital in New York City where he was a Director in the Fixed Income Division and worked primarily with institutions of higher education and hospitals across the country in the development of financial strategies and capital plans. He has more than 16 years of experience in higher education and investment banking. Don also held an appointment for three years as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Don received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his graduate degree from Columbia University.
Lohanne Cook is the Director of Special Projects at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Her responsibilities for the festival include coordinating Industry Seminars providing filmmakers the opportunity to expand their knowledge on the art and process of filmmaking with leading filmmakers. Past guests include Aisha Tyler, Linda Woolverton, Kirk Ellis, Chris O’Dowd and The Chimaera Project’s very own America Young. Lohanne acts as liaison on behalf of the Newport Beach Film Festival with industry professionals and executes specialty programs. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly podcast focusing on Pop Culture. Ultimately, she seeks to bring filmmakers and industry professionals together to educate and celebrate the art and craft of film.
Trini Nunez spent 20 years working for Home Savings and Loan as a Systems Analyst Liaison for Finance, Payroll and Human Resource Departments. After so many years in the corporate world, she decided to take a year off to travel. During this time, Trini felt compelled to volunteer at a domestic violence shelter and this altered her life’s course. She has been dedicated to working for nonprofits for the last 17 years. Her most recent position was as bookkeeper for the nonprofit A Window Between Worlds where for over ten years she prepared their annual audits. Trini is proud and excited to work with The Chimaera Project and be part of this amazing group of talented people.
Stacy Sweeting, has extensive experience in event planning and grant writing. She has been helping nonprofits reach their organizational and business goals since 1996. Over the years, Stacy has been making a positive impact on communities in Southern California as a Program Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Program Director, Swim Instructor, Grant Writer and Executive Director. For ten years, Stacy wore many hats for the YMCA, successfully managing programs, program sites, staffing, volunteer recruitment, campaign management, special events and budget development and implementation. Most recently Stacy was with the Orange County SPCA for nearly 10 years and held the position of Executive Director where she pursued her passion for helping animals.
Elizabeth Worley is an independent filmmaker working freelance in many aspect of the industry. After five years working in the event and wedding business Elizabeth, longing for excitement and to continue her nomadic life, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film production. Since moving to Los Angeles Elizabeth has worked in many different capacities in film and television. She has experience as a Producer, Art Director, Prop Assistant, Graphic Designer and Production Assistant. Elizabeth is also the Assistant Director of The Catalina Film Festival. Elizabeth has a degree in Journalism, Communications and History. When Elizabeth isn’t working she is traveling the world or doing “market research” on Netflix or Hulu.