Reel Grrls Staff
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.
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.