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Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of the Mother & Daughter Entertainment company, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters,” each project starting a conversation amongst viewers. Wanting to give back to the forgotten freelancers of the film industry, Elizabeth has created the MD Foundation Initiative, where allocated donations of smaller amounts are used to produce short films, TV pilots, and even low-budget feature films over a quick weekend or week span, employing new filmmakers through an on-set mentorship experience where all positions are paid equally, with Elizabeth not taking a salary. An Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, Elizabeth hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking and help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN is currently being used in multiple educational systems for trafficking awareness seminars, as her film addresses the role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.
Andrea Sweeney Blanco
Andrea Sweeney Blanco is a bilingual and bi-costal working actor, singer, producer and coach. Originally from Monterrey Mexico, Andrea splits her time between the Latin and American markets in the world of Entertainment. Having gotten her BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College, she worked as a radio host for a popular radio segment, Standing Room Only on 88.9FM for Broadway and Filmmusic. Since then, Andrea has appeared as an actor in 6 national commercial campaigns, gathered multiple international film credits and developed an Actor's Studio Theatre Program for a private high school in LA.
She directed a play at the Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood about domestic violence, all proceeds benefiting the Good Shepherd Shelter for Women and Children. She has now been Line Producer and 1st AD for various independent feature films and continues to coach actors. Andrea believes all creative endeavors require proactive collaboration, and creativity is just as much a discipline a sit is a form of divine inspiration. An arts-based career is truly a vocation, one unique to the carrier, and when treated with focus, care and resilience, magic happens.
In 2003, Lorrisa became the youngest graduate from Columbia College Chicago at age 17, with an interdisciplinary major in Theatre and Screenwriting. Her plays have been purchased, published, and produced around the world. In 2013, she produced and starred in her original musical Zenobia, a romantic ancient world multimedia epic directed by C.J. Julianus. In 2015, she premiered her historical play, Made of Stars. In 2008, Lorrisa was cast as a lead performance capture actor for Midway Games’ Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, and she’s been a principal performance capture actor in every Mortal Kombat videogame title released for the last 12 years. She’s performed in numerous other Warner Brothers games, including Injustice and Injustice 2 (DC Comics). She also performed in The Lord of the Rings Online, and played all female performance capture roles in mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In addition to Lorrisa’s independent film, industrial, and commercial work, she has guest-starred on The Bold & the Beautiful and Chicago PD. As an on-camera host, interviewer, and performer, she has represented Purell, V-Tech, Motorola, Elkay, Project Runway, Nestle, and more.
Luisa Winters is a Certified Instructor for Adobe and Apple (ACI and ACT). She consults for organizations and works at several different training centers all over the United States and abroad. Luisa is one of the few Adobe Premiere Pro Master instructors. A well-known artist, Luisa often speaks at different conferences on topics ranging from video editing to compositing and web.
Luisa is a certified Private Pilot and a Commercial UAV Pilot. She’s been involved with video production and cinematography for over 30 years. Having spent years flying, Luisa’s priority is safety. It is this safety mentality that make Luisa’s missions successful: from preparation and planning, FAA Authorization and client expectation to flying and finally, post-production. At the beginning of 2019, Luisa joined forces with Mike Sobola to form Mid-Atlantic Drones, LLC, a drone service provider specializing in aerial mapping and cinematography and missions in flight-restricted zones.