Susan di Rende is an independent filmmaker with
a background in circus, opera and theater. Before coming to Los
Angeles, she ran a weekly cabaret in Seattle for three years and
started a women’s theatre company whose inaugural production was
a compilation of women’s comedies she titled “Broad Humor.” The
event was such a success that when she saw a similar need to raise
the profile of women writing and directing comedy in film, she
carried the title over to the Festival.
Kaat Cleenewerck is an experienced producer
originally from Brussels, Belgium, whose work includes projects
with TV Brussels before coming to Los Angeles to work for Cineville
International. She co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary
Just Another Day in the Homeland that premiered at the
2004 Rotterdam International Film Festival. Her other short and
feature film credits include Life on a Leash, The Importance
of Blind Dating, Hollywood the Short Way and Carl Colpaert’s
award winning film The Affair. Aside from producing,
Kaat is also the USA-correspondent for the Belgian monthly film
magazine, Film & Televisie, among others.
Debra Miller occasionally works in the film
industry. She has been a performance artist and author. Miller
performed with the Santa Cruz Bozo Collective, New York’s
WOW CAFÉ, SPLITBRITCHES, on Broadway with 2005 TONY Award-winner
Bill Irwin’s “Largely New York”, in San Francisco
nightclubs, on film (Stolen Moments, Lez B Friends-A Biker
Bitch Hate Story, Tattooed Jews), published theater and film
reviews, erotic short stories, and written 2 unpublished short
films (but who hasn’t, she says).
Miller has worked on numerous GLBT short films and volunteers
as a film programmer for OUTFEST and AFI film festivals.