Public Outreach Programs
The Chimaera Project offers public panel discussions, film screenings, gender-flipped screenplay readings and networking events that align with our mission to advocate on behalf of female filmmakers.
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TOPIC: Redesigning the Hiring Protocols in the Entertainment Industry.
MEET OUR GUEST PANELISTS!
Star Victoria graduated with her MFA in Production from the University of Southern California. In 2020 her thesis film La Ruta, won a Gold Telly Award in the student social film category in 2020 and USC’s First Look 2020 Industry award for Best Social Change film. La Ruta screened at ABFF in the emerging directors category as well as Dances With Films, and several other festivals worldwide. Star is currently a Director mentee in the Ryan Murphy Half Initiative Director Diversity Program where she shadowed veteran director Loni Peristere on an episode of Fox’s Scream Queens. Star Victoria is also an invaluable 1st Assistant Director and recently worked on Lalo’s House, winner of a Bronze Student Academy Award. Star is a Mentee of Steven Soderbergh, Robert Townsend, Nina Yang Bongiovi and the late John Singleton. She is also a proud member of Women In Film, Alliance of Women Directors and Film Independent.
Jonte Richardson has worked in the entertainment business since the age of fifteen. Starting his career as a very lowly studio assistant in The Island Records recording studio in London, making tea and cleaning up for such artists as The Wailers, Peter Gabriel, Peter Tosh and Robert Palmer. At the age of 17, he became a world-traveled session musician for the likes of ‘Terence Trent D’Arby’, Erasure, Mica Paris and Sly and Robbie. (read more)
G. Charles Wright is a native of Los Angeles and Orange County, a graduate of Huntington Beach High School and the University of Southern California. He started his casting career working as an intern for Liberman/Patton on 3rd Rock From the Sun under the mentoring of Cecily Adams. When his internship ended, G and Cecily took over casting duties on That ’70s Show and four years later that is where G. Charles Wright became the series 3rd casting director. He worked on That ’70s Show from season 2 in 1999 until it’s season 8 series finale in 2006. Other notable original TV casting gigs include 9 seasons on The Middle for WBTV and ABC, 100 episodes of Anger Management from FX, 100 episodes of Sid the Science Kid for Henson and PBS and 2 seasons of cult favorite, Stan Against Evil on the IFC. In addition to casting, G. Charles does some voice over work and an occasional acting job on camera. He is also a sought after audition coach who has been teaching audition technique to other actors since 2002. He’s about to begin his second season casting Diary of a Future President for Disney+.
Rebecca Windsor is the Director of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to start or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed Snatchers, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and Special, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations. Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Creative Producing Lab and Summit, Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and Episodic Story Lab. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films. She started her career as an assistant at the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency and ICM. A San Diego native, she attended Northwestern University, where she received a BS in Theatre.
Lohanne Cook is a Content and Communications Specialist who focuses on assisting non-profits, brands and causes to help tell their story. She joined The Chimaera Project in 2015 and has been a proud member of the team ever since. Lohanne is passionate about working on projects such as these that empower female filmmakers. Earning a graduate from CSUF, Lohanne has extensive experience in programming filmmaking panels and seminars. She has partnered with several festivals including Newport Beach Film Festival, where she oversaw and produced the Filmmaking Seminars program. These programs provide filmmakers the opportunity to expand their knowledge and connect with industry experts and organizations, which include Academy Award winners, NewFilmmakers LA, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, ACE, Zeiss, and more. Additionally, Lohanne hosts a pop culture podcast, The NerdMix. Ultimately, she seeks to bring organizations and industry professionals together to educate and celebrate the art and craft of film.
ON MAY 17, 2020 we were proud to share a short film by one of our TO.GET.HER finishing fund awardees “ALONE TOGETHER” by Katie Sponseller. Katie’s film is a short drama about a teenage girl seeking strength and power after a sexually-violent trauma. But when Alex (Naomi Oliver) decides to join her school wrestling team, her fight to regain control is challenged by a toxic bully. The screening took place as a Zoom event during the COVID-19 lockdown days. The below slideshow was shown prior to the film screening as people joined the screening room. A big shoutout to Katie for making the screening possible!
FLIP the SCRIPT a gender-flipped reading of the Season 5 finale of SUPERNATURAL was presented at the 2018 L.A. Comic Con
FLIP the SCRIPT reading of The Shawshank Redemption, 2017 Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles.