Origin Story

In 2011, Jenn Fee Catalino, Executive Producer of the anthology feature Girls! Girls! Girls!  invited six filmmakers to show what feminine strength meant to them. Two of those six  filmmakers were The Chimaera Project’s Co-Founders Shana Betz and America Young.  Girls!Girls!Girls! had a successful festival run, premiering at the Dallas International Film Festival and garnering the “Best Producer” Award at the 2011 LA Femme International Film Festival.

Most exciting, having the experience led to 5 of the 6 filmmakers to go on to direct features and/or major TV titles!

Inspired by the positive response of Girls!Girls!Girls!  filmmakers Shana Betz, America Young and Jenn Fee Catalino joined forces with arts activist Cheryl Bookout to create a nonprofit organization with the overarching goal to change the landscape of hiring practices within the film and media arts industries.

We believe all individuals have the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships to create. Only when people from different life experiences and points of view are given a chance to express themselves can we really create change.

The Chimaera Project Team!