LGBTQ Project Consulting & Networking
QWIMPs - Queer Women in Moving Pictures- receives numerous requests for consultation & networking on projects. Your 5 QWIMP member hosts are ready to answer your questions to help accurately guide your queer characters, LGBTQ projects, etc. This will also be an opportunity to network with other folks who are working on LGBTQ subject matter, as well as receive intimate consultation on your project!
We’ll provide the wine and we’d greatly appreciate if you’d please bring a snack to share with the group!
Meet your hosts:
LAUREN ELIZABETH NEAL worked as a sales agent at Cinetic Media on such titles as Precious, The Kids Are All Right, Life During Wartime, Meeks Cutoff, and Trouble the Water, and spearheaded the theatrical release of Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop. After earning her master's degree in History, Neal conducted original research and wrote the story for a biopic currently in development at Broad Green Pictures. Her second project with Broad Green involved research and development material for Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Andrea Berloff. She is currently working as a script consultant. Neal’s nonfiction work has appeared in Dissent, Guernica, and AfterEllen. Her short story Pioneer Noir was a finalist for the Summer Literary Series prize, and she was a writer-in-residence at the Grin City Collective in 2015. She is the co-creator of ADVOCATES (2017), an irreverent web series satire about a gay non-profit organization.
A graduate of The University of the Arts, PUPPETT first began making films in 2002. While she has helmed numerous short narrative, documentary, and experimental films, her passion lies in narrative work. Puppett’s LGBTQ comedy about gay divorce inequality, Wedlocked, was completed in October 2015 and went on to screen at over 40 film festivals worldwide, winning four festival awards. Puppett followed Wedlocked immediately with another short film, Glenda, which went on to premiere at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. This year she screened two films at Outfest Los Angeles: Route 66, a one minute film she directed; and Post-Apocalyptic Potluck, a short film she edited which was directed by Guinevere Turner. Puppett is currently developing several projects, ranging from a suburban goth drama to a large scale fantasy film, all of which put a female protagonist at the front of the action.
MICHELLE EHLEN is a graduate of The Los Angeles Film School where she studied writing and directing. With a focus on comedy, much of her work satirizes gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity. She produced, wrote, directed, and acted in four award-winning feature films, including the first lesbian comedy trilogy - Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, and S&M Sally. The films have screened in over 100 festivals worldwide, won 20 awards, and have been sold to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HereTV, among other outlets. She has also worked for the LGBTQ distributor Ariztical Entertainment for the past nine years, as well as produced and consulted on seven additional queer features, including three films for the Eating Out series on LOGO, and the dramedy Eat With Me. You can check out more about her work at www.BalletDiesel.com
NICCOLE OSBORN, a Mexican-American Los Angeles native, holds her bachelor’s degree in TV, Film, and Media from California State University Los Angeles. While studying, Osborn traveled to Cannes Court Métrage for her directorial debut of Intuition featuring an all-hispanic cast, early on realizing her passion for diversity on and off screen. Niccole has worked in post production on films including Academy Award-winning Whiplash, Netflix Original’s XOXO, The Purge, and Insidious franchises. Osborn was selected as a 2016 Outfest Infusion fellow at NBC Universal and is actively producing two documentaries: The Making of King, the underdog story of drag kings in Los Angeles, and Learning to Fall, a coming-of-age story about using mindfulness and self love as a tool to overcome adversity. Niccole also works in self distribution scheduling screenings across the world for Independent Lens' REAL BOY and Outfest's A Womb of their Own. She also volunteers her time as a board director at the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center.
ANNA MARGARITA ALBELO is an out, Cuban-American independent director and filmmaker who’s spent the past 15 years creating stories for both the US and Europe. Her 2014 feature directorial debut, "Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?" was released theatrically in France and has garnered several international awards. She is a regular collaborator for French network, Canal Plus, writing and directing several original documentaries on LGBT culture and a short, "The Turkey" which screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Anna currently works as a writer for show creator, Dmitry Lipkin (HBO's HUNG, FX's The Riches), developing his new TV series for FOX TVS. She also produced Madeleine Olnek’s new biopic starring Molly Shannon, "The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson"- as well as, Amy Adler’s short fiction, “Tear Jerker” and Lianna Carrera’s, “Boyish”- currently in development at CAA.
She additionally served as a juror at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for the Queer Palm Award andhas been selected for some of the US's most prestigious film programs: the Tribeca Film Festival’s ALL ACCESS and ON TRACK programs, IFP's Project Involve, and the Miami International Film Festival’s, “Encuentros” program.
Her body of work, screened in over 100 international festivals, blends narrative, documentary, and comedic elements into a unique story-telling style that has become her trademark. LA Weekly calls her work, “Riveting” and IndieWire spotlighted her as a “Filmmaker to watch!”