Board of Directors
Christine McHugh, President
Christine McHugh is a filmmaker, theatre director, performer and a teacher. Her film, On The Nature Of Hotness won the 2013 New York City International Film Festival for Best Short Comedy and was the official selection at ten film festivals in 2013 and 2014 including Cannes Court Metrage, Seattle Gay and Lesbian and the Starz Denver Film Festivals. She directed DonnaLou Stevens in her viral music video, Older Ladies that has over 16 million views on YouTube as of this writing. She recently directed the ALS educational documentary, Breathing Easy in Dallas. With her company, Find Your Light Productions she creates legacy films of family matriarchs and patriarchs to capture the unique histories, memories and stories for posterity.
Anne Stirling, Vice President, 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.
JoAnne Tucker, Treasurer
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 seven films that may be streamed at www.hv-ps.org.
Joan Golden, Secretary
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.
Lisanne Cole hails from near Stonehenge in England. 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 Acting Academy. She is also and artist.
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: http://vimeo.com/richiem/lesliefilm or at lesliefleming-mitchell.com
Linda combines her experience in the businesses of music, entertainment and film. As principal partner in Big Productions SW in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she serves the film music industry with negotiation skills, working knowledge of contracts, entertainment law and her worldwide network of industry contacts and friends. Her love and understanding of music and film are invaluable assets to her clients and the film composers she represents.
In addition to her work with Big Productions, Linda produces Cinema Scope, a weekly radio program concerning all aspects of the New Mexico Film Industry. Once a month, she hosts Music in the Movies, featuring film music and interviews with composers.
Deborah Wakshull is a director and producer of documentary film as w ell as a feature film location manager and scout. She is known for her work on Fast Color, Cliffs of Freedom, Captain Fantastic, Frank, Independence DayResurrection, Better Call Saul, The Lone Ranger, to name a few and she recently helped on the Tewa Women United PSA for NMWIF. She fully produced and directed a 12 part short documentary series on Science and Nature for PBS KNME, Albuquerque, NM, as well as produced two pieces for their New Media online series; Artisodes. Her piece Zenga and the Art of Percussion was nominated for a regional Emmy.
Barbara Kerford is the State Outreach Coordinator for the New Mexico Film Office. She has a background in public relations and special events planning working on events such as the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the World Poker Tour and coordinating casting director classes in Los Angeles. Her acting background includes graduating from the Conservatory Program at The Second City Studio Theater in Hollywood, television credits include New Girl (recurring as Mrs. Schmidt), The Mentalist, House, Grey's Anatomy, Days of Our Lives and Incredible Crew. Barbara also has a background in theater both on stage and as a producer.
Amy Lanasa is the head of New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute and the Las Cruces NMWIF Board Chair. She has received both the Patricia Christmore and Donald C. Roush Teaching Awards for excellence in teaching at NMSU, and currently serves the College of Arts and Sciences as a member of the Dean’s Executive Council.
Geri Lynn Matthews
Geri Lynn Matthews is a retired Social Worker; currently background/stand in actor and Documentary filmmaker. Six days after 9/11 she traveled to New York to supervise a counseling unit for the FDNY. Upon returning to New Mexico, she began filmmaking as a vehicle to highlight social issues in order to create change. She appeared in The Invisible War documentary it was up for an Academy award in 2012 and she Produced & CoDirected the documentary Justice Denied. Both films explore rape in the US military and are on Amazon Prime. Geri Lynn screened Justice Denied to the US Senate and the Pentagon. She has worked closely with Senator Gillabrand to help pass legislation protecting our service members from the hideous epidemic of sexual trauma.
Currently, she is a mentor and creative consultant on film productions.
Otgadahe Whitman-Fox is Mandan, Hidasta, and Arikira from the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation of North Dakota. Otgadahe has worked with several non-profit organizations including Stagecoach Foundation and The Santa Fe Film Festival. Otgadahe served as the Director of Native Cinema of 2018 for The Santa Fe Film Festival. She was then invited to attend The Cannes Film Festival with Women In Film & Television International. Otgadahe works in front and behind the camera.
The strengths Pat brings to the Board are business skills. Her original background after graduating from Wharton Business School was in finance, working in the bond market in New York, international strategic planning/acquisition divestiture analysis, and investment advisory services.She also has social media and web based skills.
More recently, she has been involved with a number of startups, including her current one, CancerRoadTrip. CancerRoadTrip is a web based docu-series that brings together leaders in mind/body medicine with seven cancer survivors, in one amazing location, each quarter. The interactions are captured on film and shared for inspiration and education. CancerRoadTrip is the recipient of the prestigious NATJA (North American Travel Journalist Assn) Gold Award for Health and Wellness Travel Writing. They are currently reaching about 1 million people/month on social media and rapidly growing.