PANELS

WOMEN IN FILM

Saturday April 28th at 12PM

LOCATION: THE BIRDHOUSE THEATRE

Women in the Business panel features talented women filmmakers whose talents range from
visual effects and animation to documentary films. The women speak about how they each got
their start, their mentors and inspirations, and the positive effect that they feel women have on
the creative arts.

MOLLY COFFEE

Molly began her film career working by day full time in the art department for shows like The Carbonaro Effect and The Walking Dead.  By night, she has always championed independent film.  With a solid core and hands-on experience behind her, Molly has now lent her design, and fabrication skills to television shows such as Stan Against Evil, Brockmire and FX series Atlanta, feature films like Steel Country and V/H/S Viral and even stage and puppetry shows. 


In the meantime, Molly is the creator/director of the puppet short film "Magic The Gathering The Musical", and the spec pilot "Pepper's Place" among other director for hire opportunities.  She is an Atlanta Film Society Filmmaker-in- Residence, and is the owner of the fabrication studio/production company Zombie Cat Productions.  She also records weekly podcasts with her co-conspirator Charles Thomas called Atlanta Film Chat where they focus on what Atlanta can do to make the local film community stronger.  Molly is a member of IATSE 479, Art Directors Guild and can be seen on Lifetime's HERstories.

SAMANTHA KAINE

Samantha Kaine is a woman of versatility.  Jamaican-Canadian actor, writer and independent producer, she strongly believes in more diversity on the screen and continues to write and produce original, unique and diverse content.


Samantha began her acting career at Ottawa University and performing on stage in community theatre and her career has taken her to Vancouver, Germany, Toronto and Montreal to perform in film, tv and theatre. Samantha has worked with such outstanding performers as: Sam Rockwell, Jason Priestly and George Clooney.  
 

Samantha is also a successful producer and has produced a television series entitled: Offbeat Roads; The Danakil Diaries that aired in January 2013 and is now being sold worldwide through Eone. Samantha has also produced 2 short films; a comedy entitled: Willing to Lie and a dramatic short entitled: The Women of Alpine Road, which is currently being submitted to the 2018 festival circuit. Samantha is currently in development on her first web series entitled: Sistahs, she has written her first feature film entitled: Lose To Win and is hoping to direct a short film she wrote this Summer.


Samantha is a strong advocate of women both in front of and behind the camera and she continues to seek out diverse and talented women in all her collaborations.

JANLATAE MULLINS

Janlatae’ Mullins is an award winning writer, producer and freelance director based in Atlanta, GA. Janlatae’ directs narrative short films, music videos, promos and branded content. She is commercially represented by BARK BARK. Some of her branded content have included collaborations with brands and networks such as FOX, Paramount Pictures, Bravo, Focus
Features, Hershey's, Discovery Family and OWN. Her short films have won numerous awards including Best Director at The Black Women in Film Festival in 2015 and Best Screenplay in 2018.

Her latest film “Soul Fire", recently won the grand prize for the Jack Daniels Real to Reel short film competition in association with Code Black Entertainment, TV One and The American Black Film Festival. The film was produced by Nina Marinov and Nick Dimondi and Executive Produced by star Maxie McClintock. Jan recently directed a dance film for recording artist Gavin DeGraw as well as some promotional spots for the award winning show “Queen Sugar” on OWN. Jan is a true believer in the power of collaboration. Her tenacity to run after honest performances and soul provoking visuals makes her a great choice for any talent driven or
commercial work.

DIANNE ASHFORD

Moderator: LaRonda Sutton