The Atlanta 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.
Chaun Pinkston, Chair of AWD Atlanta and an AWD Board Member, is a native of Atlanta and a passionate supporter of women’s advancement. Chaun, the Atlanta Leadership Committee, and the Advisory Team work to further the AWD mission of advocating for, supporting, and educating women directors in the Southeast.
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Chair of AWD Atlanta
Atlanta Leadership Committee
I tell stories. I watch people. I root for the underdog. I am the underdog. Born & bred in the borough of Queens, NY - the suburb where Prince Hakeem traveled to find his queen, where Run DMC rocked the block, where LL Cool J couldn’t survive w/out his radio, led by the people’s instinctive travels & paths of rhythm, in the city that never sleeps - that New York. A place that demanded, that like a rose from concrete, I rise up
to build something from nothing. To take random thoughts, random images and weave the common thread. My films weave the common thread.
‘It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine, then I went and enrolled at Howard University.’ - Puffy
At Howard the threads of my experiences spread wide like a web, taking class under Haile Gerima, sitting at the feet of Maya Angelou, interning for Def Jam, hanging out w/Marlon Wayans, pledging Zeta Phi Beta, picking up my first video camera, volunteering at WHBC, planning THE Howard University Homecoming - all on the way to my B.A. in radio/television/film.
Over the years, I've traveled the world documenting music and sports, doing live events, traveling with the circus and today, I find myself dressing the stars on TV & film sets. But this is not where my story ends, indeed, my journey has just begun.
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
― Dr. Seuss
Atlanta Advisory Board
Raeha Kim, Esq. is the Founder and CEO of Millennials Chamber of Commerce, also known as MC2, pronounced “MC Squared,” a global public benefit organization dedicated to engaging, educating and empowering global millennial citizens. Its mission: To serve as a conduit to bridging generational gaps between millennials and other generations cross culturally, for a shared goal of global unity and empowerment via a new age experience-based model, called, "New 3": New Media, New Life and New Money. Raeha also serves as the CEO of Raeha International LLC, which provides coaching based consulting services for businesses and organizations that focus on millennial engagement to attract and empower millennial consumers and workforce. Raeha International helps such businesses with their branding, marketing, organizational structure and operational flow to strategically carry out the brand’s mission with a fresh millennial-friendly spin. Raeha also is the founder of Raeha Speaks, a public speaking program designed for Millennial women through the path of holistic empowerment. Raeha has served as a keynote and panel speaker, host and emcee in many global platforms on various topics. Lastly, Raeha has authored two books, Fly Yellow Bird and Holistic Fabulosity: Recruiting One Super-Shero at a Time for Our Urgent Revolution, scheduled to be published in 2018.
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.