Each month NMWIF sponsors a member event on a wide range of topics to help inform and connect our film community. Examples of past panel discussions with leaders in the industry include: Screenwriting, Social Media, Casting, Finance/Budgeting, Crowdfunding, Green Filmmaking and Mentoring. We also bring national and international mentors to New Mexico for workshop events throughout the year.


June Event

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Directors and Editors Panel Discussion

Sunday, June 25th | 2pm - 4pm

Free for NMWIF members
$15 for non-NMWIF members

Santa Fe Business Incubator
3900 Paseo Del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Six directors and editors discuss collaboration, film, and the importance of the editor/director relationship in preparation for the 48 Hour Film Project. With Jon Moritsugu, Shebana Coelho, Shelene Bridge, Holly Adams, Cristina McCandless, and Elizabeth Dwyer.

About the Panelists

Jon Moritsugu (born 1965 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American cult/underground filmmaker.[1] His movies are satiric, protopunk deconstructions of popular genres and formats with scabrous and pointedly garish results.[2] The New York Times describes them as "funny, anarchic, provocative and exhilarating."[3] Influenced by the nihilism of Jean-Luc Godard and Guy Debord,[4] Moritsugu's films are often defined by their "lo-fi" aesthetic and were initially shot on 16mm film for a gritty, visceral quality.[1] He states that he often "pay(s) less attention to narrative flow and storyline and put(s) more emphasis on sight, sound and spectacle" to create a movie that is "like a live punk/hardcore show." [5] The works themselves are often absurdist comedies that feature actress, co-writer, stylist, and wife, Amy Davis. Perhaps best known for his cult classic, Mod Fuck Explosion,[6] Moritsugu's films have been screened at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam, Venice, New York Underground, Chicago Underground, MoMA, Guggenheim, Whitney and numerous other festivals and museums.

Shebana Coelho is a writer and director, originally from India, now living in New Mexico. Her work spans genres, from documentary to fiction, theatre to poetry. Her documentary work has been broadcast on American Public Television, National Public Radio, The Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, and BBC Radio Four and has received a Telly award and a South Asian Journalists' Association (SAJA) Best Documentary Award. Her poems, stories and articles have appeared in domestic and international journals. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia. She wrote and directed When The Stars Trembled in Río Puerco, adapted from the work of celebrated New Mexico oral historian Nasario García about life in four now ghost towns in the Rio Puerco valley. In 2014, the play was performed to full house audiences at Teatro Paraguas and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is now directing a documentary profile of Nasario García that will be broadcast on New Mexico PBS during Hispanic Heritage month, October 2017. To see a trailer for the film and for more info, please visit

A creative visual storyteller and an award-winning filmmaker, Shelene Bridge can create high profile film and video projects that requires innovative and creative thinking.  She has demonstrated a proficiency in executing projects from concept to completion by organizing and coordinating shoots, operating various production equipment, and ingesting files for editing.  She employs proven editing skills, along with an understanding of, and an ability to connect with a targeted audience. Shelene is currently the Editor for Nasario Remembers the Rio Puerco, which is a feature-length documentary that follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghosts towns of New Mexico's Rio Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos tales of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos elders told stories beside a river that once ran.  The documentary is set to broadcast on KNME in October, 2017. Shelene 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.

Holly Adams has been working in the entertainment industry since the age of 13. She got her start as a ballerina and lived the gypsy lifestyle for over 20 years moving from San Francisco to Milwaukee and finally New York City dancing her way across the globe. Her first acting role was the lead as "The Girl" in the short film, Betaville, which earned her a cult following and roles in close to 20 other underground films in New York. In 1994, Holly wrote, directed and starred in "Nymphomania", which was picked up by the British Film Institute and opened their History of the Avant-Garde series video entitled The Cinema of Transgression. Now living in Albuquerque, NM where film tax incentives are available, Holly has written, directed and produced the short films: Hot Dog, Here Boy, Plots, Leather Kittens Gone Bad, An Unlikely Hero and The Gift, The Man-App, Shadows of Waste and a music video for an upcoming pop star out of LA. Holly has a feature script for "The Man-App", a romantic comedy where you can have "the man of your dreams at the touch of a button" available upon request and is currently working on a dark drama feature script entitled "No Place". If interested in reading her scripts which she is currently seeking funding for, please contact Holly at

Cristina McCandless: I came to documentary filmmaking 9 years ago, after 30 years playing in the business world as an advertising artist, banker, entrepreneur and non-profiteer in San Francisco and Santa Fe. Listening to my clients' stories was always most stimulating part of the day-to-day corporate grind.   Thanks to the suggestion of an insightful co-worker, I joined the inaugural class of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program at the College of Santa Fe in 2008, and have never looked back. "From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe," my first feature-length documentary, came right on the heels of finishing the College of Santa Fe program. Location--Zimbabwe; Languages--Tonga and Calunga; Style--Cinema verite in 2 rural villages without a clue of how or if a story would unfold over the next 2 years of shooting; and Directed mostly via email and FEDEX with an exceptionally skinny budget. I consider the years spent producing "From Zim" equal to earning a masters AND doctorate degree in filmmaking. Happily, it went on to win numerous awards playing at film festivals around the world. At the same time, I also co-produced "Marblesmith" and award winning short-form documentary. During the past few years, while recovering from birthing a feature-length documentary, I've been honing my story-telling skills by producing over 30 "mini-docs" for the City of Santa Fe and numerous promotional films for private clients. I'm currently in pre-production on my next feature length doc.

Since 1998, Elizabeth "Storm" Dwyer has edited an unknown amount of News Packages, Television Shows, Documentary Shows, Music Videos, Short Films, Training Videos, Commercials and PSAs. As an editor she sees it as choreographing a dance or composing her song. Elizabeth is a local IATSE 480 Union Member. An eight year U.S. Navy Veteran as a Cryptographic Technician. She obtained a BA at University of New Mexico in Media Arts: 3D Computer Animation, Production Design, TV Production. She started tape to tape editing in school, which came in handy when she started working at a community television station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tri-Valley Community Television, offering a great opportunity to learn all aspects of production behind the camera. Elizabeth was Production Coordinator, Producer, Camera Op, and Editor for a multitude of News style and Documentary shows. Including teaching middle and high school students in all aspects of broadcast television production. She also designed and built sets, hung and set up lighting and worked in the control room mixing audio, switching and directing shows. In 2006 Elizabeth returned to NM and continues to work in all areas of Film & Television.