FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer/director of theater, film and television. She has written and directed plays for some of America’s most daring theaters, winning the PEN Award for Drama twice. She wrote the films Female Perversions and Ruby’s Bucket of Blood. Additionally, she has written and directed for some of the most respected shows on television including American Crime, The Good Wife, Boss, Numb3rs, ER and The West Wing. In 2002 she was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award.
Jill C. Klein: actor; designer; mentor; director; writer; girl-who-was-bat mitzvahed; singer; dancer; aunt; coach; costumer; bad pianist; editor; been to Turkey; grew-up-in-Jersey; seems to be thick-skinned but actually a mushball; painter; cohort with Julie for Look What She Did; currently teaching playwriting classes and debate classes to high school kids; and an identical twin.
CO-FOUNDER / PRODUCING DIRECTOR
Courtney Graham has been working as a producer and strategist in the commercial, broadcast and theatrical world for more than a decade. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2004, she began her career with the prestigious visual storytelling firm Imaginary Forces where she produced Emmy nominated television titles and a wide range of broadcast packages and commercials. She currently works with the NFL Network, focusing on long-term design and technical projects that involve collaborating with stakeholders in multiple departments. Her co-founding work as Look What SHE Did!’s producing director has allowed her to experiment with production methodologies in pursuit of maintaining a professional level of quality without traditional resources or budgets. She looks forward to helping guide Look What SHE Did’s continued evolution!
CO-FOUNDER / LEAD EDITOR / DIRECTOR
Farrel Levy was trained as an artist at Cooper Union but has made a career as a film and television editor with credits including: Dirty Dancing, NYPD Blue, Primal Fear, Damages and Nashville. She has also been a television director and teaches editing at The American Film Institute. She is the mother of two daughters who never cease to make her proud.
Sylvia Hathaway Chavez
Sylvia considers herself equal parts theatre geek, culturephile and women’s advocate, and proudly joined the Look What SHE Did! team in 2018 as Managing Director. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she spent ten years working in theatres in the San Francisco Bay Area as an education program director, actor, and teaching artist with companies including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, TheatreWorks, and others. Sylvia recently completed her M.A. in nonprofit management at Antioch University Los Angeles, during which time she managed arts education programs in schools from Compton to Santa Monica through her work with P.S. ARTS. In her free time, she leads workshops for young girls and their parents in the Los Angeles area that teach leadership and conflict resolution skills through dramatic play through a nonprofit called Girl’s Leadership. She loves writing and cake.
Paolina Milana’s mission is to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and the power that lies within each of us to bring about change for the better. A storyteller at heart, she began her career telling other people’s stories while working as a features reporter and copy writer for a major daily newspaper in the Midwest. Her work expanded into PR, Media & Marketing, where she was fortunate to have great mentors who taught her how to amplify stories by leveraging the latest digital tools and technologies. With more than two decades as a respected leader, her experience spans a variety of industries and environments including for-profit and nonprofit, B2B and B2C, startup and established. She has earned a reputation as an expert in all aspects of strategic communications. Paolina has helped tell the stories of brands including PR Newswire/Cision, Marketwired, YP, Northern Illinois University, The Lighthouse for The Blind, and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She is a published author and award-winning writer whose work has been published on Daily Muse and Huffington Post as well as on her author site at paolinamilanawrites.com. She also serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) helping children navigate the foster care system. Paolina is so very excited to join such incredible women and be able to lend her skills and abilities to Look What SHE Did whose mission aligns with her own.
Lori Zimmerman is a veteran nonprofit manager who has helped small and mid-sized charities transform their visions into effective philanthropies. Her expertise includes organizational infrastructure, grant writing, and strategic planning. She has worked with the Watts Village Theater Company, Latino Theater Company, and Venice Community Housing, among other organizations. Lori obtained a M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.
Catherine Oriel is a Filipino 16-year-old rising senior at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. She is the News and Features Editor of The Oracle, Archer’s Online Newspaper, the President of the Archer Arrow Student Store, a leader of Archer’s Asian Culture Club, a co-founder of a non-profit called Feed2SucceedFund and plays for the varsity volleyball team. She got involved with Look What She Did! in the Spring 2017 and joined the team as a youth advisor and blogger after hosting a Look What She Did! event at school. She plans to study journalism and business in college.
Sevdije is the first female DP in her home country, Kosova. She continues to work there and in her current home in Los Angeles, CA. Her work includes documentaries, shorts, TV Series and narrative feature films. Her films, including Recruitment, The Return, and Unmanned have received recognition in her home country and abroad. They have screened at festivals including The Sundance Film Festival, AFI Fest, Sarajevo Film Festival, and ZagrebDox. She completed her master studies on cinematography at the American Film Institute in 2011.
Johanna is a French Director of Photography, now working in Los Angeles after graduating with a Master in Cinematography at the American Film Institute in 2013. She has worked as a cinematographer on a number of award-winning projects, including 4 feature films, a number of short films, music videos, PSAs, TV shows, interviews and documentaries. Her last feature And Then There Was Eve won the Jury Award at the L.A Film Festival. Johanna loves to say she is a visual psychologist : her role is to understand and interpret the emotions of the characters, to create for them the best visual atmosphere to act in.
Tamar Halpern directed the doc Llyn Foulkes One Man Band about an LA painter rediscovered by the international art world at age 77, as well as the feature films Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (starring Mira Sorvino, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Urie) and Shelf Life (“a whip smart film that taps into a new source of American comedy.” – Variety). She’s penned scripts about legendary journalist Nellie Bly, forgotten civil rights figure Clyde Kennard, and has adapted two books for screen by New York Times bestselling YA author Wendy Mass. Recently named a Film Expert for the US Department of Education, Halpern is a proud alumna of Hedgebrook, a writing residency where women author change.
Corryn is a boom operator and sound mixer in the Bay Area. For the last four years she as been working on independent features that have premiered at festivals such as SXSW, Sundance, Cinequest and the LA Film Festival. Corryn has also been apart of multiple web series depicting the social change in the Bay Area, a subject she feels daily. She is focused on being a career boom operator and hoping to break the mold of the male dominated production world.
Post Production Team
POST-PRODUCTION PRODUCER / EDITOR
Anisha Acharya is a Film Editor based in Los Angeles. She completed her MFA in Film Editing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Her AFI thesis film “Day One” has been nominated for an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category and has screened at Cannes, AFI Fest and Telluride among others. Bringing a strong narrative focus to her process, Anisha is currently editing two independent feature documentaries.
Autumn Dea is a Philadelphia area raised film editor, based out of Los Angeles, Ca. She is currently a Film Independent Project Involve editing fellow, and has been working full-time in advertising along with independent film projects since 2012. Always looking to pass on her love of film and editing, she also volunteers as a film teacher for underserved kids. Previously, Autumn graduated with honors from VCU School of the Arts in Richmond Va, while playing NCAA Division I field hockey for the university. When she’s not in the “chop-shop” she enjoys outdoor activities with her rescue dog Meko.
After graduating in 2012 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in film editing & sound design, Rachel moved to Los Angeles. Now, she continues her film career as a freelance editor and designer of title sequences for film and television, as well as commercials, visual effects, and montage work. Over the last 6 years of working as a lead editor at Prologue Films, some of her favorite collaborations include the titles for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, SALEM, GOOD BEHAVIOR, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, WORLD WAR Z and most recently STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. In 2017, her lead editorial work on the title sequence for FEUD was nominated for a Motion Title Design Emmy. Rachel has always had a love of graphic design and film from a young age and continues to explore the perfect hybrid of editing and designing title sequences.
Erica started her decade long career in television at a TV literary agency which then led her to working in development at ABC Studios for several years. Interested in a different path, she renewed her interest in editorial which was a large part of her studies in college. She started working in post production as a PA and Post Coordinator and spent several years at the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She also recently wrapped up working on a pilot for ABC. Erica has a passion for all things TV and enjoys the story building aspect of editing and the magic of post production.
Rachelle Hoppel is an editor originally from Norwalk, CT. She grew up as an artist and competitive dancer. She started her undergraduate career at Marist College located in Poughkeepsie, NY. After taking an editing course, she developed a passion for editing as it related to skills she learned from dance. This creative career path set her in motion to transfer schools. After her acceptance to USC, she moved to Los Angeles and concentrated in editing at the School of Cinematic Arts. Since graduating in 2017, she has been freelance editing and working as an assistant editor on Lorena, an Amazon documentary series.
Chris Kahwaty is a professional Re-recording mixer/Sound supervisor based out of Hollywood California. He is a New Jersey native who attended college at Full Sail university and graduated as salutatorian of his class in Recording Arts. He also received multiple course director awards as well as the advanced achievement award. Chris started his Hollywood career in 2009 and continues to maintain quality of the utmost standards. Chris is currently working at Formosa Group as a mix technician/dialogue editor and has a wide range of credits in television and feature films. He is actively involved in the sound community as a member of MPEG, MPSE, AES, the Television Academy, and Film Group. He is very dedicated to his craft and is always working to stay ahead of the curve or even create it!
Emily is a film editor from Southlake, Texas. Editing has been an interest of hers since a young age. She has a Bachelor of Science in film, television and digital media from TCU and a Master of Fine Arts in film editing from the American Film Institute. After completing her training at AFI, Emily has remained in Los Angeles to continue telling stories through editing. She has worked on many narrative shorts, behind-the-scenes featurettes/promos, and is currently assistant editing in scripted television.
Steph Zenee Perez
Steph Zenee Perez is an emerging film editor and graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory. She is a first generation Mexican-American who is interested in telling stories that explore the human condition and diverse cultures. During her time at AFI she edited 11 short films including her two thesis films, Vessels and Icebox. Icebox won the Live-Action Grand Jury Award at AFI FEST and was shortlisted for the 90th Academy Awards Live-Action Short-Film category. Perez won her first editing award at the NewFilmmakers Best of 2017 Festival for her work on Vessels. Vessels has screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide and won the acclaimed Iris Prize in 2015. She has most recently finished editing her first feature film, The Feels, directed by Jenée LaMarque, starring Angela Trimbur and Constance Wu. Perez is a recurring editor for Julie Hébert’s Look What She Did telling meaningful stories about unknown, inspiring women. She is also a current Film Independent Project Involve Editing Fellow.
Daniel is a sound editor based in Los Angeles. Originally from Connecticut, he began his audio career recording bands and working in music recording studios. Gravitating towards film sound in college, Daniel moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue an audio career in film and television. He is currently working as a sound editor in scripted television and independent films.
Elizabeth Saltzman graduated from the American Film Institute in the fall of 2017 with her MFA in Film Editing and also received her BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College in 2013. During her time as an undergraduate, Elizabeth spent a winter term at Prague Film School and a summer at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, honing her filmmaking skills. She also held internships at numerous production companies and served as assistant. Elizabeth then became the Development and Marketing Associate of River City Brass, a professional brass band rooted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for whom she produced and edited commercial spots as well as promotional videos. During her time at the American Film Institute, Elizabeth cut six short films and two thesis films. She most recently worked as Assistant Editor at a trailer house. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Ariana is a video editor from Guatemala. When she was 18, she moved to Austin in 2010 to study Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas. After graduating in 2015, she worked at El Rey Network for two years as a Junior Editor and afterwards moved to LA to join Trailer Park as an Assistant Editor. She is now an Associate Editor at Mob Scene and on the side, continues to work as a Freelance Editor for music videos, short films, documentaries, and advertisements.
JoAnne Yarrow studied Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, before moving to Los Angeles and beginning work on both feature films and Television. As an assistant she worked on blockbuster movies such as National Treasure: Book of Secrets, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Acclaimed writer and showrunner, John Ridley, gave JoAnne her big break as an editor on the Emmy award winning American Crime (ABC). Since American Crime, she has had the privilege of working for other acclaimed shows such as Queen Sugar (OWN), Claws (TNT), and is currently on Vida for Starz. She’s honored to be part of the Look What SHE did! team.