MEET THE CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM...
Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, and Actor
Alexandra Foucard is a Grammy-nominated, Broadway actor. She views herself as a renaissance creator for the twenty-first century, she sets her own boundaries. Born in Haiti to French/Spaniard and Dominican/Haitian parents, the New York based actor considers herself a spicy mix of cultures and ethnicities with a big dollop of spirituality. Foucard is passionate about empowering other artists; especially women, and people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Anika Benkov is an emerging genderqueer comedy writer and filmmaker based in NYC, with a tendency to look for beauty in the bizarre and inspiration in the inexplicable. Previous works have included 'How Darwin Ruined My Sex Life' (published in 'Philosophy Now' magazine, 2014), 'A Friend' (staged at the Riant Theatre's Strawberry One Act Festival in 2016), and recent short film 'Seeking Someone Who's Hair I Can Brush' (2018). Anika received their BA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in 2016. Upon graduating, they reflected that it might perhaps have been wise to pursue something more practical, like independent filmmaking, which is why they returned to their alma mater in 2018 to receive their MFA in Screenwriting/Directing (Columbia University School of the Arts '21).
Linda Fiorella writes shorts (Eightballs), features (Dragon), indie TV shows (Offseason), and now with Park Slope Moms - web series. She is based in NYC and Provincetown and is a recovering Aquarius, aspiring ice cream maker, and Oxford comma aficionado.
Volga Calderon is a film and television producer based in New York and Istanbul. Volga has produced a variety of non-fiction television formats for ABC, Bravo, MTV, Oxygen, AMC, VH1, Style Network, and others. She also produced film projects in the United States and Turkey and worked with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory at Merchant Ivory Productions. Through Dadas Film, Volga also co-distributes Law of the Border a classic of Turkish cinema with Martin Scorsese s Film Foundation.
Volga serves as a Chairperson of the Producers Guild of America East Mentorship Committee. She also serves as member in PGAs Women s Initiative Network and serves on PGAs Diversity, International, Documentary, Green Committees and is co-owner of Bite The Hand Productions.
Annetta Marion is an award-winning director and Primetime Emmy- nominated producer. She recently directed the television special Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple that premiered on OWN 12/19/2015. Annetta is currently the Co-Executive Producer and a Director on the acclaimed television series Oprah’s Master Class. She has also directed over 20 scripted projects including award-winning short films, a web series, commercials and numerous PSAs.Annetta is a graduate of AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women; and an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Director’s Guild of America, Producer’s Guild of America, and a NYWIFT board member.
Stephanie Dawson is New York-based production professional with experience in long and short form narrative, commercial, and non-fiction content; Project management-oriented, highly organized and effective team leader who enjoys paperwork, engenders a pleasant environment and often breaks into song.
Veronique Doumbe was born in France and raised in Cameroon, France and Ivory Coast. Véronique Doumbé has roots in Cameroon (Central Africa) and Martinique (West Indies). She is a narrative and documentary storyteller who wears multiple hats as producer, director and editor. Her first feature documentary Denis A. Charles: an interrupted conversation (2002) was screened around the world. Luggage, which she wrote, directed, and edited, was screened at the Short Film Corner in Cannes in 2007. The Birthday Party, written by Sherry McGuinn, won the Best Micro mini Award at Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and the Dikalo Award for Best Short at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes in 2009. For the last two years she has been filming sequences for Raising Zuly, a feature-length documentary about a little girl growing up with Down Syndrome in Barcelona with her mother, tap dancer Roxane Butterfly.
Christine Shaw is a Brooklyn born Documentary Filmmaker and Associate Producer. She’s passionate about creating socially relevant documentaries that shine a positive light on the issues facing the African American and Caribbean community. Her documentary "From Prison to NYU" was featured in the 2012 African American Women in Cinema Festival. She recently directed and filmed the Ghost in the Shell PSA which was an official selection for the Women of the Lens festival in 2017. Christine is currently in post production for a documentary about steel bands in Brooklyn and the journey they take to compete in the annual Panorama competition.