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 is Look What She Did!’s Producing Director and a freelance writer and producer based out of Echo Park, Los Angeles. She moved west after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill and begin her career with the award-winning production team at Imaginary Forces. These days she works as a graphics producer at the NFL Network and enjoys making cool stuff with a wide range of clients and friends in her spare time.
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.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Amy Amsterdam has worked at the intersection of non-profit, government and business for 20 years. Her emphasis has been on direct services to families and individuals in crisis, connecting individuals and communities to government and working to make Los Angeles a diverse and welcoming city. She created the L.A. Mayor’s Council on Innovation, founded InnovateLA, and is the co-founder of Western Organizing Workshop. She is passionate about storytelling — especially for those who can’t tell their own stories.
Cara Harrington is an Associate Producer who previously worked for Lincoln Square Productions – a subsidiary of ABC News – and as a VIP Producer for ITVFest. As a Gabelli Presidential Scholar at Boston College, she directed a production of Naomi Wallace’s “One Flea Spare” and wrote an award winning thesis deconstructing the nuances of adapting stage productions for the screen (“One Flea Spare: From Page to Stage to Screen”). She recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in scripted TV. Cara is especially excited to join Look What SHE Did! and to help promote the values and societal contributions of extraordinary women past and present.
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.
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.
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.
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 a Los Angeles-based film editor, originally from Las Vegas, NV. She received her M.F.A. from The American Film Institute in the Editing discipline. Steph has worked on over dozen short films, music videos, and several feature films, including both narrative and documentary. She has proven herself an intuitive and compelling narrative editor. Her technical skill and artistic eye blend seamlessly into all of her projects. Steph is currently working as an Assistant in the Feature Post Production division at Lionsgate and takes on several freelance projects on her spare time.
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.