Board of Directors

Christine McHugh, President

Christine McHugh directed the film short, "On The Nature Of Hotness" which was accepted into the the Court Metrage at Cannes and won Best Comedy Short at the NYC International Film Festival in June, 2013. The music video she directed of DonnaLou Stevens song, "Older Ladies", has over 13 million views on YouTube as of this writing and was featured on Anderson Cooper 360 and was the song of the week on The Today Show. Through her company, Legacy Video, she creates documentaries of matriarchs and patriarchs of families, capturing their memories, histories and stories for posterity. She has been a stage/screen actor with credits in regional theatres across the country and appearances in, commercials, industrial/training films and TV. As a theatre director she works with people developing solo, spoken memoir performances as a path to self-realization. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM. MFA, University of Illinois, BFA, Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Shelene Bridge, Vice President,  Communications Co-Chair & NMWIF Fiesta! Producer

Shelene Bridge is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Santa Fe Community College and at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. An award-winning filmmaker, Shelene enjoys all aspects of filmmaking, from creative development and shoot planning, to camera operating and lighting, and finalizing a project through post-production. She has edited short and feature films encompassing narratives and documentaries, as well as, corporate, promotional videos and commercials for non-profits, artists, and educational institutions that inform and inspire the audience. She holds a B.A. Degree in Art from San Diego State University, and a B.A. Degree in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe. She is the Vice President for New Mexico Women in Film & NMWIF Fiesta! Producer.  She is also a member of NMPA & WIFTI. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Santa Fe Community College and at Santa Fe University of Art and Design..  Learn more about Shelene and her upcoming projects at: .

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JoAnne Tucker, Treasurer & Finance Chair

JoAnne Tucker has a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin and dance training from Juilliard.  For over thirty years she directed a modern dance company in NYC. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2009 she has enjoyed being part of the New Mexico film community. Founder of Healing Voices – Personal Stories she directs and produces media related to domestic violence and the healing journey of survivors.  Currently Healing Voices has completed four films that may be streamed at

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Joan Golden, Secretary & Athena Award Chair

Joan won the New Mexico Women in Film Athena Award for Screenwriting in 2015; took 3rd place in StoryPros Screenwriting Contest, 2008; took 3rd place in the 2008 McLaren National Comedy Contest; and won numerous other awards.  In addition to writing award-winning screenplays and stage plays, Joan co-authored a novel which was an Amazon best seller for several weeks. She has also written for television and magazines.


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Belle Allen, Communications Co-Chair & Events

Before entering the world of filmmaking, Belle enjoyed a long tenure as an IT Project Manager for a global newspaper corporation, where she managed project deployments for both domestic and international clientele.

After moving to New Mexico in 2006, Belle immersed herself in all things film. Once infected, it was a short leap into all aspects of film production working first as a Production Assistant and quickly expanding into many aspects of film including: Assistant Locations Manager, 1st AD, Videographer and Director.

Her credits include directing music videos, commercials, and short films as well as serving as 1st AD for “The After After Party” with Stephen Michael Quesada (Breaking Bad) and for the feature length film, “Serpent in the Bottle” (Michael Madsen). She’s also held various positions on feature films Haywire, Passion Play, Terrible Angels and the TV show Vegas (CBS).

Belle has recently joined the team at the New Mexico Film Office as its State Outreach Coordinator where she hosts a weekly radio show New Mexico Film Works and continues to encourage New Mexico’s indie filmmakers of every ilk to pursue their dreams!

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Saneh Boothe, Scholarships & Events

Saneh T. Boothe is originally from Persia.She is a US citizen.Saneh lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She speaks several language and has done voice overs for some projects. Saneh has theatrical, TV, films and international movie experience.  In her recent feature movie"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" Saneh speaks in Afghani. 

Saneh is an Actress, as well as a voice-over, and public speaker.  Multi-lingual actress speaks Farsi fluently, also she is familiar with Arabic and Turkish. Saneh has experience in different style of Mediterranean dance including Belly dancing. She has experience as a Latino dancer too. Saneh has been in different diversity panels at numerous film festivals and on the air for radio shows, focusing on the power of women in films.

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Lisanne Cole, Events

Lisanne Cole hails from near Stonehenge inEngland.  She realized there was more than tea and crumpets and traveled far and wide spinning discs as a DJin London ,Canada,  Greece, and Spain.  Arriving in Los Angeles CA acting, and voice acting became the focus, she has done Audio books, commercials and film. Her solo work started with a show she wrote called “The Bald Waitress” she is currently performing her solo show “Walking Upright”  with comedy and original songs,  that was conceived at a class with Vivian Nesbitt at Sol ActingAcademy .She is also and artist.


Leslie Fleming-Mitchell, PSA & Events

Leslie has worked extensively both in front of and behind the camera and has many film and television credits, including VEEP, House and Criminal Minds. She has worked as casting director on independent features, including The Mad Songs Of Fernanda Hussein, recipient of the Rosa Luxembourg award, and coach for actors preparing for film and TV roles. Students include Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy); Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild); Maya Stojan (Castle, Agents of Shield); Robert Wahlberg (The Departed) and Laurene Landon (Sky). 
She filmed and directed two short documentaries, Jai Guru Dev I and II and co-founded Shakespeare In Santa Fe, Frogs On The Water Theatre Company, Something In The Air Dance Theatre and Nausikaa Productions in Paris.

She’s taught at the esteemed Second City Comedy school, Hollywood, the Maine Media Workshops and Screen Actors Guild Conservatory, L.A; New England Film Academy; Sonoma Academy; The American School In Paris; University of Massachusetts, Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Kevin Fennessey Casting, Boston; Santa Fe School of Performing Arts; Santa Fe Preparatory School; Rio Grande School, and the New Mexico Institute of Technology.

 At the suggestion of creators Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan, Leslie introduced and taught many classes in The Artist’s Way, a course in unblocking and reconnecting with creativity, to France and Italy, where it continues to support many artists and performers in the creative process.

Raised in the U.S., Africa and Europe, she has lived in a small hamlet in the remote Hamar tribe of southern Ethiopia, modeled for Betsey Johnson in NY, spent summers on a tiny island off the west coast of Sweden and many seasons in Paris’ 7th arrondissement.  Learn more about Leslie and her upcoming projects at:  or at

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Valerie Moore, Sage Award Chair & Events

Valerie is a writer/producer/actor whose credits include Assistant Technologies Coordinator for Fox Studios and James Cameron's Deep Dive Unit for Titanic; Maritime Coordinator for Universal's Virus, and Expedition Manager for The History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives - Ribbons of Steel.  She co-wrote and recently produced Taco Valley (in conjunction with New Mexico Film Resource), a short film shot entirely in New Mexico with an all New Mexico cast and crew.

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Anne Stirling,  Membership Chair & Events

Anne Stirling, award winning documentary filmmaker, has produced shorts, feature length films, and factual entertainment television programming both in Canada and the USA. Her first feature documentary Why Get Married? had international distribution including New Zealand.  Stirling founded Friends of Film and Video Arts in NM 2004, based on believing cooperation and mutual learning opportunities works for everyone. More than 150 productions can be attributed to FoFVA members working together under that model. With the growing number of vibrant organizations now serving NM Indie Filmmakers, Stirling looks forward to utilizing her role at FoFVA and on NM WIF Board to establish sound ways for motivated filmmakers and organizations statewide to partner and cross-pollinate that best serve our indie film community. 

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Alaina Warren Zachary, Events

With a BFA from Boston University and Cambridge's famed improv company The Proposition, then NYC broughtoriginal cast Broadway Musicals and albums, Michael Howard Studio and hundreds of TV and radio spots. Interesting additions: writing a role for myself on a NYC-based tv pilot, pre-Broadway tours that never made it, and singing back up for Vikki Carr. A grant-winning CD of Mon Coeur Chante! The Songs of Cecile Chaminade is still sold on Amazon and archived at Harvard College. Regional theatre, classical concerts and opera and a move to New Mexico.  Theatre performance and directing in Santa Fe and Abq., teaching muscal theatre and directing for the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, I am now immersed in tv and film. New Mexico Proud: Comic feature Abe Makes a Movie, by Ryan Turri and Matt Peterson, Night Shift, Longmire, Graves, Merry Maids of Madness, and study, study, study. I have just completed my first screenplay.

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