Reel Grrls Staff
ILONA ROSSMAN HO
Ilona Rossman Ho is a filmmaker based in Seattle, WA, dedicated to expanding the female voice in media both in front and behind the camera. Her energy is focused on the local film community and she is fully involved with both Women in Film Seattle and Reel Grrls. In 2010 she won an Emmy for her short film Kites Over Washington and was a finalist for the 2010 IFP Spotlight Award. Ilona has mentored several grrls for Reel Grrls including working with her mentees on the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival Fly Filmmaking Challenge. She recently completed a music video: Broken which she produced. Her short Dressing Up won a 4Culture Grant and is currently in post-production. She is also in post-production on a documentary about the Fremont Solstice Parade, and in pre-production on a feature film set in the Seattle International District. She has a wonderful husband and three captivating kids who inspire and motivate her. Three women she admires the most are Juliette Low, Grace Hopper, and Amy Poehler. Her favorite film is The Purple Rose of Cairo, and her favorite filmmaker is Sally Potter.
Laura Jean Cronin
Lead Producer, Reel Grrls Productions
Before coming to Reel Grrls Laura Jean Cronin was on the set the award winning PBS television show, Biz Kid$ for five season where she filled the role of Production Manager and First Assistant Director. Biz Kid$ was a program on financial literacy for kids and young adults. Laura Jean has also produced numerous community conscious, client driven videos under the banner Pound Pictures. Some of the clients Pound Pictures has served are City of Seattle, Center on Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, Early Childhood Equity Alliance, Artpatch and Independence Guide Dogs.
Cronin earned her PhD, ABD, in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington with a focus on Film Studies and Cultural Criticism. She received her BFA in Printmaking and BA in Italian Literature also from the University of Washington. She has operated Pound Arts, an artist working space with a community darkroom and digital lab, for over 2 decades.
Laura Jean Cronin is an award winning filmmaker in her own right and an accomplished artist. Her short films, Leave It (2002), Free Parking (2006) and One Night (2009), have earned national attention and serve as a canvas for her artistic viewpoint. In 2009, she was chosen as one of four directors to take part in the Seattle International Film Festival’s Fly Film Challenge. Her feature length screenplay, Princess and Buddha, has won honors at the Key West Indie Fest, Telluride Indie Fest, Washington State Screenplay Competition and was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Contact Laura Jean at lcronin [at] reelgrrls [dot] org.
Check out Reel Grrls Productions, and view some of our client videos here.
As Program Manager, Bronwyn Lewis designs & coordinates Reel Grrls classes, workshops, and trainings for new and returning youth and mentors. She is also the coordinator of the Adobe Youth Voices program, which allows Reel Grrls to increase its impact by partnering with other Seattle-based youth educators to facilitate media literacy and production skills in their classrooms and after-school programs.
Bronwyn Lewis earned her BA in Spanish and BFA from the from Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington in 2010, where her focus was experimental video and mechatronic installation. She has a background in film, event production, making art with kids and applying glitter to faces. Since 2009, she has created multi-media productions as part of Seattle’s neo-burlesque scene, including an evening of feminist performance at the Henry Art Gallery, multiple fundraisers for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and a Game of Thrones-inspired burlesque show. She has created video content for the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas while serving as a Production Assistant for their annual convening and competition. Bronwyn has worked with Seattle-based filmmakers on independent projects, both behind and in front of the camera, and is currently leading a public education video project for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Bronwyn also works as a teaching artist at the Henry Art Gallery, where she has most recently led a workshop on camouflage from computer vision (CV Dazzle).
Her favorite artists include: Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman and Julie Atlas Muz, all of whom make Bronwyn want to put on a costume and make art with youth.
Bronwyn Lewis holds a white belt in karate. Contact Bronwyn at blewis [at] reelgrrls [dot] org.
ADMINSTRATIVE MANAGER / DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Amanda Dessert first came to Reel Grrls in 2012 as a grant-writing intern and fell in love the moment she walked in the door. In the split role of Administrative Manager/Development Assistant, Amanda performs a wide variety of office management and development duties. She handles all the miscellaneous office tasks that inevitably accompany a small nonprofit, and she performs a number of grant writing, grant reporting, and fund development duties. She particularly loves her role at Reel Grrls because it allows her to participate in many different arenas of the organization.
Amanda graduated from the University of Washington Honors Program in 2010 with a double major in Drama and Economics. She has a background in drawing, photography, and theater, and is passionate about arts education. She has recently begun training Jiu Jitsu, which is outside her comfort zone in just about every way but is also a seriously awesome physical and mental challenge.
Some of the women Amanda admires the most are those who consistently make her laugh until she cries, including: Lucille Ball, Kristen Wiig, and her sister, Annabel.