Meet the HWF Team

Vera Zambonelli

Executive Director

Vera Zambonelli is an academic, artist, and activist. Vera earned her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a Masters in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, and Laurea in Japanese Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Engaged scholarship informs her research interests, which include issues of diversity, social justice and inclusion, community building, and feminist filmmaking. In 2011, Vera founded Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking (HWF) with the mission of using filmmaking to amplify women and girls' voices and share their own compelling stories. She has been teaching at the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Academy for Creative Media at West Oʻahu since 2016. Vera has co-produced and directed Season 1 and Season 2 of Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi, a film series that redresses gender inequity in the film industry by documenting the real-life stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers through a female gaze.

vera@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

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Instructors and mentors

Paula Albaneze

Animation Mentor

Animation Camp 2013

Caitlin Alvior

Filmmaker Mentor

Basic Reel Camp 2016, 2017

Summer Reel Camp 2018

Kristle Backe

Filmmaker Mentor & Instructor

Reel Camp for Girls Spring 2019

Making Media That Matters Fall 2018

Fe Bailey

Filmmaker Mentor

Reel Camp for Girls 2013

Kimberly Bassford

Filmmaking Mentor

Basic Reel Camp 2012

Marlene Booth

Filmmaking Instructor

Basic Reel Camp 2012

Oriana Bordland

Filmmaking Instructor

Basic Reel Camp 2012

Ileana Buffestein

Filmmaker Mentor

Basic Reel Camp 2015

Megan Pumehana Cabral

Social Worker, Mentor, Outreach

Making Media That Matters 2018

Katie Caldwell

Social worker, blogger, program support

Making Media That Matters 2016, 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

Anya Carrol

Filmmaker Mentor

​Basic Reel Camp 2017

Iris Aisis Chen

Filmmaker mentor and documentarian

Reel Camp for Girls, 2012, 2013, 2014

Making Media That Matters 2014

Mayling Chung

Mentor

Mentor Making Media That Matters 2014

Xochi Cornejo

Mentor & Instructor

Animation Camp Summer 2017, 2018, 2019

Kaliko Correa

Filmmaker Mentor

Basic Reel Camp 2012

Kala Crowell

Filmmaker Mentor

Reel Camp for Girls 2012, 2013

Gemma Cubero del Barrio

Filmmaking Instructor

Oceania Voices 2018

Making Media That Matters 2014

Basic Reel Camp 2013, 2014

Malia Derden

Mentor and documentarian

Making Media That Matters 2014, 2016, 2017

Reel Camps for Girls 2017

Madaline DeShazo

Making Media That Matters Content Development and Mentor

Making Media That Matters 2014, 2016

Maile Duffy

Filmmaker Mentor

Basic Reel Camp 2015, 2016

Makena Duffy

Media Literacy & Content Support

Making Media That Matters 2015

Sarah Duval

Filmmaker Mentor

Advanced Reel Camp 2017

Basic Reel Camp 2017

Eva Enriquez

Mentor

Making Media That Matters 2014

Gabby Fa’ai’uaso

Filmmaker Mentor and Instructor

Making Media That Matters 2014, 2015

Basic Reel Camp 2012, 2013, 2014

Lisette Marie Flanary

Filmmaking Instructor

Making Media That Matters 2016, 2017

Basic Reel Camp 2012

Isabel Guzman

Filmmaker mentor

Making Media That Matters 2014

Noa Helela

Story Development Mentor

Making Media That Matters 2016, 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Marie Eriel Hobro

Documentarian and instructor

Summer Reel Camps for Girls 2018

Making Media That Matters Fall 2018

Lahela Howell

Blogger

Making Media That Matters 2015

Leah Kihara

Filmmaking Instructor