The South Branch of AWD is steered by a dynamic group of women with years of combined experience in the film industry, including television and related fields of media.
The AWD South Chair, Leadership Committee, and Advisory Team work to further the AWD mission of advocating for, supporting, and educating women-identifying and gender nonbinary directors in the Southeast.
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Co-Chairs of AWD South
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Mableton, GA 30126
Elise Hines is a writer, producer and director in Atlanta, Ga. Elise attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. While in school, Elise gained valuable experience producing for PBS, running camera for NASA, and being an announcer on her college radio station. Upon graduation with her Communications degree, Elise quickly landed jobs at The Weather Channel and Crawford Communication.
In the coming years, Elise became the Executive Producer and host for a popular radio show with Atlanta’s V-103 affiliate station 1380 WAOK, “The Pleasure Zone.” Featured celebrity guests included, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson, Queen Latifah, 50cent, Ludicris, Jermaine Dupri, just to name a few.
Elise currently freelances for Georgia Power and Southern Company as an award-winning writer, producer and director for corporate videos. Some of the notable projects produced; The Georgia Power History Documentary, The first Crowd-Funding video for Southern Company and Mayor’s office, Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Business, Retention and Expansion videos, Savannah, Port of Authority video, 100 Black men of Atlanta Celebration Bowl Game. She has been honored with both gold and platinum Herme Awards, along with Telly, Davey, and Communicator awards for corporate videos.
AWD South Leadership Committee
AWD South Advisory Board
Kristen McGary's feature directorial debut, THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, starring Keith Carradine and Mare Winningham, was distributed by 20th Century Fox for DVD/Home Video release, HBO Central Europe, and Netflix. The script, adapted by Kristen and Amy McGary from a Milam McGraw Propst novel, won the Southeastern Mediamakers Award from IMAGE (now Atlanta Film Society). “Ociee” also won an iParenting Media Award and was awarded five doves by the Dove Foundation. “Ociee” was named in the top twenty sales of family feature films for home video rental in Video Business Magazine (Jan, 2006). McGary's short film “Rain” was awarded a 2016 Accolade Award for Excellence: Women Filmmakers, and was selected along with 30 international films to be presented worldwide in the Women in Film International Shortcase (2016). McGary won a 2006 CINE Golden Eagle Award and was nominated for a 2008 Southeastern Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing: Short Form for "The Intruder Within" for the GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence. McGary is one of a handful of directors also shooting their own work. McGary is a member of the DGA, Directing category, IATSE, Women in Film and Television Atlanta, and Film Fatales, Atlanta.
Award-winning writer, producer and director, Lou Simon began writing screenplays in 2010. Not wanting to wait to be “discovered,” Lou went on to write, direct and producer her first feature film. Never having been on a film set before, this was, in essence, her film school. Since 2013, Lou has written, produced and directed four feature films: "HazMat," “Agoraphobia,” “All Girls Weekend” and “3.” The first 3 of these films have obtained distribution throughout the world. Her last film “3” is slated for release in North America in late Spring, 2018.
Terri J. Vaughn first stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show,” a role that earned her three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress. She was also honored with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the groundbreaking series “Soulfood,” and has numerous other television and film credits including Will Smith’s “All of Us,” Oprah Winfrey’s “Greenleaf,” and Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls.” Terri has also produced multiple projects under her independent production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment. “Between Sisters,” which aired as the highest rated show on GMC Network and “Sugar Mommas,” which was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, are just a couple of the projects Terri created, starred in and produced. In 2016 Terri made her television and film directing debuts. For Aspire TV she directed their first half-hour comedy presentation, “Mommy Uncensored,” then an episode of BounceTV’s “Man & Wife,” starring David and Tamela Mann. Terri directed the hilarious comedy feature, #DigitalLivesMatter starring social media comedic influencers DC Young Fly and Emmanuel Hudson. Also an activist, in 1997 Terri started Take Wings Foundation, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to mentor young women growing up in at-risk communities.