Rebecca MartinFounder and Editor in Chief
Rebecca Martin is the founder of Cinema Femme magazine. Rebecca’s true passion has always been film. She founded the Chicago Film Lover Exchange in 2011, which has grown to over 6,000 members. She has worked with various publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Lawyer magazine, and Chicago Bar Association’s CBA Record. Rebecca is also the podcast cohost of “Fresh Perspective,” featured on the Now Playing Network, with her film lovin’ friend Jeff Broitman. Along with film, Rebecca is passionate about empowering and encouraging other women to follow their dreams and passions.
Alison Marcotte is a writer and editor in Chicago area. She’s always been passionate about storytelling, no matter the medium. During college, she interned at Real Simple magazine, NPR member stations Illinois Public Media and KNKX, and the Chicago Reader. After graduating from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in journalism, she contributed to The Onion‘s satirical celebrity gossip website StarWipe. Today, she copyedits books for book publishers and writes content for digital marketing agencies. With a background in journalism and a passion for film, small businesses, and empowering other women, she’s excited to be part of the Cinema Femme team and movement.
Award-winning graphic designer Jennifer Jenkins began her experience working at local newspapers, but her love for graphic design was sparked back in high school. Starting with advertisement design and pre-press, she worked her way up to small magazines and eventually onto larger publications like Chicago Lawyer magazine. From bright, splashy designs to clean, modern vibes, Jennifer brings a creative and fun spin to the graphic design world.
Danielle ActonBusiness Development Coordinator
Danielle is a current Columbia College Chicago junior in the Cinema & Television Department, studying Television Directing and Production. Danielle’s new to Chicago, with roots all the way back in Sacramento. She’s contributed to collectives such as The Light Leaks, and worked on Columbia’s campus as a content producer for Frequency TV. Her work in digital media has been a passion since high school, where she learned live directing for news and was handpicked to create a short film for Christopher Coppola’s film festival.
Laurine Cornuéjols is a French illustrator who creates colorful and elegant illustrations using a combination of watercolor and digital media. When she is not working from her studio in London, she travels the world with her sketchbook and camera. One of her favorite films: “Big Fish” (2003).
Tavi Veraldi is a Chicago-based illustrator. Her illustration style is bold, playful, and busy. The inspiration behind most of her work is the genre queer, classic Hollywood, and B movies she can get her hands on.
Gabrielle Riscanevo is a New York City–based illustrator and print designer. Through her experiences in different industries such as fashion and photography, she has developed a style that finds a balance between realism and graphic shapes and patterns. One of her passions is conveying a message of strength and empowerment for women. She creates her pieces using watercolor, gouache, and digital media. Her print designs have been featured on sleep and daywear brands. When she’s not creating art, she enjoys creating plant-based recipes and checking off movies from her Must-Watch list.
Pamela PowellContributing Writer
Pamela Powell has been reviewing big blockbuster films as well as independent gems for nearly a decade. She writes film reviews for The Daily Journal and FF2 Media, and appears weekly with film critic Chuck Koplinski on review show “Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam” on WCIA-3. With a graduate degree from Northwestern in Speech-Language Pathology, Pamela has tailored her writing, observational, and evaluative skills to encompass all aspects of film. With a focus on women in film, Pamela also gravitates toward films that are eye-opening, educational, and entertaining with the hopes of making this world a better place.
Kana FelixContributing Writer
Kana Felix is a Chicago-based writer and director who primarily focuses on comedic films. She was born in New York City, and was raised just about everywhere, as a T.C.K. (Third Culture Kid). She is an alumna at both the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City. Her student short film, Tabatha Jane Maxx, has screened at the Austin Spotlight Film Fest and Detroit Shetown Film Fest, and was nominated for Best Comedy Film at the Portland Comedy Film Fest. In August 2018, she was one of fifty participants selected for the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, where she had intimate seminars with world-renowned directors such as Werner Hertzog, Ken Burns, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.
Marjorie H. MorganContributing Writer
Marjorie H. Morgan is a writer, playwright, and journalist with special interest in cultural and social politics. Marjorie writes both critically and creatively, and in 2018 she is a writer-in-residence for Independent Liverpool Biennial. She has written for a number of national and international publications, such as The Guardian and Reader’s Digest. She was also recently shortlisted for the 15th Windsor Fringe International Kenneth Branagh Drama Awards.
Jaylan SalahContributing Writer
Jaylan Salah is an Egyptian poet, translator, two-time national literary award winner, animal lover, feminist, film critic, and philanthropist. Jaylan’s short story collection “Thus Spoke La Loba” was published in 2016 by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture after winning first place and gaining critical acclaim. It explores sexuality, gender, and issues of identity. One of her poems, “Poof, Vagina,” won first prize in the “Bleed on the Page” competition held by TheProse.com. Her first poetry book “Workstation Blues” will be published with PoetsIN, a publishing house with the purpose of destigmatizing mental illness and supporting international artists.
Atavia ReedContributing Writer
Atavia Reed is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She began her career as a writer for the teen publication The Mash and went on to study broadcast journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Atavia also attended the Semester at Tisch program at New York University where she studied Dramatic Writing. Her work has been featured by VICE Media and USA TODAY. Currently, she studies Sketch Writing at The Second City and provides original, digital content for several nonprofits. She plans to create that one television show you love.
Alyse McGuiganContributing Writer
Alyse McGuigan is a Chicago-based writer and performer from Park Ridge, IL. She majored in psychology at New York University where she co-founded a sketch comedy group that fueled her love for comedy. She is a graduate of the iO and Chicago Improv Den programs and has studied improv and writing at The Second City. Alyse regularly performs around Chicago with indie improv teams and a sketch comedy duo. She hopes to bring dynamic female characters to stages and screens everywhere.
Amy Renee WasneyContributing Writer
Amy Renee Wasney is a passionate writer and feminist living in the south suburbs of Chicago and an annual participant in National Novel Writing Month. Her favorite films include “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), “The Princess Bride” (1987), and “Big Fish” (2003), and her personal heroes are Fred Rogers and Hermione Granger. She tries to live up to their example each and every day.