Women in Film panel

Representation: Women in Film

 Saturday, February 29th, 2:15pm at The Blue Mouse Theatre

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Nicole Pouchet
A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a novelist and writer/director for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s award-winning fantasy TV series, STROWLERS. Her horror/social thriller short, RETCH, premiered at SIFF in 2019 and is featured on DirecTV. Nicole continues to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild and a guest lecturer for the University of Virginia, SIFF, and Women in Film.
Laura Seay
Born in Singapore to expat parents, Laura spent her early years bouncing around the far east. Her family eventually landed in Seattle where they decided to stay. At eighteen, she headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and landed some gigs in movies and television; including Judd Apatow’s coming of age romp SUPERBAD, ABC’S MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., CBS’S NCIS, NCIS NOLA and PURE GENIUS. In 2016, Laura made her directorial debut with SPEAK, a short film that garnered nationwide selections and awards including the ‘Excellence in Narrative Storytelling’ and the ‘Storytellers 1st Prize Award’ at the 2017 Destiny City Film Festival. Today she continues to work as an actress, writer and director in Los Angeles; creating both theatrical and commercial content whilst developing the feature length version of SPEAK.
Rolla Selbak
Rolla Selbak is a Sundance alumna, and a writer/director of film and TV drama who's known for bringing strong female characters to the forefront of her work. She imprints her fresh point of view as a queer Arab immigrant having escaped to the U.S after the first Gulf War, and often focuses on socially controversial topics. Her most recent credits include co-producing AMERICAN PARADISE, a reflection of a desperate man in today’s racially divided America, and helming the internationally acclaimed feature film THREE VEILS, a first of its kind to confront homosexuality within the Muslim-American subculture. Selbak’s latest project, CHOKE, is a film she wrote and directed about a rising MMA star who hides her refugee status from her small American town, and the world.

stef headshotModerated by: Stefanie Malone

Stefanie is an Emmy®, ADDY® and Telly award-winning producer with over 20 years of developing projects for PBS and producing for companies such as Amazon, Expedia, vitaminwater®, Volvo, Microsoft and KIND.  Stefanie currently works with WETA (PBS – D.C.) and develops and leads national impact and engagement campaigns for Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates Jr programs. Stefanie also served as the Executive Director the acclaimed film festival NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors. During her tenure, NFFTY launched a 360/VR festival, a Young Women in Film Initiative and an original content production arm. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting Fellowship. Stefanie’s true passion is documentary film (www.lindleyfilms.com) and her films have screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Festival, Rooftop Films NYC, on Alaska Airlines and National Geographic. In her free time she continues to volunteer her time with NFFTY and serve as the Communications Chair for Women in Film Seattle.