8/7/20 8 AM PT /11 AM ET

Nora Poggi, French journalist, filmmaker and impact producer will moderate a panel discussion with female filmmakers about their approach to film distribution. The panel will also be featured on the Creative Distribution podcast, which Nora hosts.

The panel discussion will be featured on our Seed&Spark festival page and is free and open to the public. Tune in here.

Nora Poggi

Nora is a French journalist, filmmaker and impact producer based in Brooklyn. She directed and produced SHE STARTED IT alongside Insiyah Saeed, an award-winning feature documentary about women tech entrepreneurs. She is a TEDx speaker and has been featured in NYT’s Women in The World, Inc Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Glamour, Huffington Post and others. She spearheaded the Impact and Distribution campaign for SHE STARTED IT, which included 400 screenings in over 35 countries. She currently works as a Producer, Impact Producer and distribution consultant. Past and current projects include HBO’s THE TALE, and the award-winning documentary on women chefs A FINE LINE among others.


Maria Judice

Maria Judice is an award-winning writer and director, who also founded INDIGO IMPACT in 2016 with a mission to bring left of center stories and creators to global audiences as an Impact Producer. She worked for such titles like DREAMSTATES starring Saul Williams, Haiti’s first Oscar selection called AYITI MON AMOUR by Guetty Felin, and SXSW breakout JINN by Oakland native Nijla Mumin. She brings affordable music, literature, art, and performance to the Bay Area as a Co-Curator of the MATATU FESTIVAL. Currently, she sits on the Diversity Board of SF FILM and Advisory Board of Code Tenderloin.  WIRED magazine called Maria a “filmmaker provocateur” bridging technology thinking with art making.

Liz Manashil

Liz Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Post-graduation, Liz spent several years as a film critic for the PBS/Hulu series JUST SEEN IT (which she also helped produce and direct). Overlapping this, Liz worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. In 2016, Liz became the sole manager of Sundance’s groundbreaking Creative Distribution Initiative until the program’s close in 2019. As a filmmaker, her debut feature, BREAD AND BUTTER, was called “an absolute must-watch for women everywhere” by HelloGiggles. It was released by The Orchard and can be seen on VOD nearly everywhere. Liz is currently in the midst of the production of her third feature, LADY PARTS while working as the Senior Manager of Impact Distribution at Picture Motion. She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Laura Palmer, her partner, Sean Wright, and her son, Colin Manashil Wright. 

Adele Free Pham

Adele Free Pham is an activist and filmmaker whose work has appeared in over 20 film festivals, on HBO, PBS, and The Smithsonian. Her feature documentary called “Nailed It”, about the genesis and culture of the Vietnamese nail industry, premiered on PBS in May 2019 and is the highest streamed film of the documentary series “America Reframed”. Adele is also a Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow.