Annetta Marion, Michelle Chen and Christine Simpson

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Award-winning filmmaker Annetta Marion originally hails from a small Pennsylvania coal-mining town, and currently lives and works in New York City. She is a director, line producer, and co-founding Artistic Director of Independent Pictures, presenter of the Ohio Independent Film Festival. Her body of work as a filmmaker and director includes the recent narrative A Wise Decision that won a national award for outstanding communication from the American Federation of Teachers, and was distributed nationally by the United Labor Agency. Her ultra-short horror film The Doll Collector was shown in part on American Movie Channel, and has just been picked up for distribution by Big Film Shorts. Annetta is also currently in post production on super 16mm short Donut Heaven, shot July 2004 in Florida, and short Jitters, produced by Stonestreet Studios, NYC in association with the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Recently, Marion has been accepted into the American Film Institute's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and is prepping short film Alaska, shooting in Los Angeles July 2005. Professional producing work includes the award-winning feature films Pants on Fire (Associate Producer, Best Screenplay at the 1998 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival) and The Dream Catcher (Line Producer, Best Director at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and Eric Schaeffer's Never Again (Line Producer) with Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor (released in 2001 by USA Films). Annetta has served on the boards of non-profit media and activist organizations, been invited to speak at numerous schools and conferences, worked as a film critic and film judge, and has been a frequent guest on WCPN, an affiliate of National Public Radio. For her work, Marion has been nominated for the Northern Ohio Live Awards of Achievement in Film/Radio/TV and the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.