Female Filmmakers Fuse

Alexa Polar


Alexa Polar is an award-winning Writer and Director, she was born in Lima, Peru. She was raised in Long Beach, California. The only daughter of six, to parents Roberto and Carmen Polar. Alexa graduated with honors from high school and was offered a scholarship for her written work. Instead of attending college, she decided to pursue a philanthropic route and attempted to sign up for the Peace Corp. Since she wasn't a full United States Citizen, Alexa decided to enlist in the military, where she served a brief but memorable term with the United States Army. After returning home, Alexa attended college and worked as both a freelance writer and did customer service for a real estate office. From time to time, Alexa would produce documentary films for causes, to raise funding for each cause, giving 100% of the proceeds to the causes. She made these films with her film partner, Robin Pabello. She earned a degree in Paralegal studies and worked for a law firm in the entertainment field. With unjust circumstances out of her control, as life tossed a wrench in her life. 

Alexa felt the need and forced to start life over. As she did, she found it a surprising blessing as she was taken towards the better pathway in life that leads her to meet some of the most amazing people in the industry. She studied film at Orange Coast College, where she received a scholarship under a documentary pitch competition related to social awareness. She pitched the idea of America Foreclosed and won. With her renewed and found connections, Alexa was able to produce her own original work in short films, and re-visit her feature-length written work. Her short films have been selected for various film festivals nationwide, and her documentary short film America Foreclosed was award Best Documentary Short at the Film Miami Fest in 2015.  Alexa is considered a philanthropist and enjoys producing films with a message.

Robin Pabello


Robin graduated CSULB with a BA in Liberal Arts and Science and a minor in Human and Child Development. She taught second grade for eight years, until she transitioned to freelancing in the entertainment industry capturing and documenting mini documentaries to raise awareness for non-profit organizations such as Cure Autism Now and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She went back to school and graduated the top of her class at Orange Coast College for a two year degree in Film and Video which lead her to become an Electrician for two years before she transitioned to the Camera Department where Robin has been the last three years and joined the Local 600 Union as a Second Assistant Camera. Currently Robin is a non-union Operator, Director of Photography, and a Union 2nd AC.

Show Time: 
Sunday 12:00PM - 12:59PM
Show Description: 

A podcast that will focus on promoting and empowering women in the film and television industry. Each week we will have a different guest from various career categories in the entertainment industry, sharing insightful information on various current event topics.

Show Archives

November 2018


October 2018


Katrina Medoff, Founder and Co-Director of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge shares their success story of their event in New York and now they are coming to Los Angeles in 2019! Find out more and how to get involved at womensweekendfilmchallenge.com


Sarita Callender is a writer and the CEO of Unicorn ‘N’ Cobra Films. Sarita shares and discussed about her journey in the film industry. Sarita runs her own production company where she is open to listen to other independent filmmakers. Her company is growing with 3 films currently slated.

September 2018


Tara Hall writer/producer her first feature, Buzzard Hollow Beef, is streaming on Amazon Prime. She would like to discuss that project and what she plans to do next.


Rosie Okumura is a voice talent actress. We discuss her career and goal as a voice actress. We also talked about her fun side hobby on exposing scammers and those that creep in on the DM’s.


Mareesa Stertz discusses her docu series “Healing Powers” where she tackles the healing power of weed, psychedelics and other alternative natural medical methods. Mareesa travels the world finding new forms to heal mental health issues. You can find her insightful docu series at thehealingpowers.com


Amy Starkey is a Vancouver based Writer/Director, she discusses her current project In Her View; a very timely Film. It’s currently a short film that in part is proof of concept for a feature version. It touches on the topic of abortion. You can find further details on inherviewfilm.com


Cris Graves is an awarding filmmaker; Writer, Director, Producer and Editor. Cris shares a delightful insight on her life and experience in this industry. Her experience with docu-series, and making her way into her own personal goals as she plans to direct her first feature in the very near future.

August 2018


Sasha Marie Speer is a filmmaker and artist. Sasha shares and discusses her insightful spiritual opening and awareness and discuss her show opening in Los Angeles at the Comunity Shoes in Downtown Los Angeles on September 8th for an extraordinary cause. A very great discussion and lesson on the medicine wheel and what it represents to each of our lives for healing.


Crystal Correa , a filmmaker and creator of "Crystal the WebSeries " a comedic WebSeries that tackles "people problems" with a "New Girl" meets "Silicon Valley" twist with a splash of "MadTV"! Super talented and wonderful filmmaker.


Guest : Catya Plate 

Catya Plate  is a truly inspiring artist and stop animation filmmaker. Many of her artwork can be found in various galleries, museums and library’s throughout New York! Catya’s work transcends all creative mediums, with a strong and positive message that all should watch and share!


Guest : Skyler Barrett

Skyler Barrett is a Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Casting Director, Photographer and all around extraordinary woman! Skyler’s webseries Reckless Juliet’s is an award winning series that can be found on Vimeo! Also check out her photography company, for women by women; Girls Run the World Photography!

July 2018


Guest : Drea Garcia

Drea Garcia is an Actress and Producer. After the events of 9/11, Drea enlisted in the US Marine Corps. After honorable completion, she attended the American Film Institute where she studied Producing. Her success in both the film and television industry continue to grow. Drea is a powerful and influential woman in the industry.


Tiffany Bartok is a Director, Tiffany shares some insight on her latest film the Documentary Feature entitled Larger Than Life:The Kevyn Aucoin Story. This movie has already garnered rave reviews, buzz in festival circuit and won Best Documentary Film as well!


Mari Meyer is a filmmaker and journalist (with a focus on creating work with and about women). Her two latest projects are a documentary short about the women’s march on Washington and a narrative short that reimagines an Edgar Allan Poe story with female leads. Her main focus in her work is telling women’s stories with other women, and amplifying voices that are often silenced.


Guest - Michelle Dos Santos 


Michelle is a self taught Writer/Director from New York. She travelled for 5 years before relocating to Los Angeles. Michelle shares her insight and experience as an independent filmmaker.



Brooke Purdy and Colette Freedman of Quality Problems 


The Writer/Director and Star of Quality Problems Brooke Purdy, along with Colette Freedman, Co-Producer and cast member stop by to discuss the success of their independent film Quality Problems.

June 2018


Kayden Phoenix, known as the Chicana Director from Boyle Heights, shares her journey in the film industry. A feminist and activist. A strong female filmmaker who Writes, Directs and Produces but is more known as a Director.


Special Edition Round table discussions with our guests: Marian Aguilera, Rachel Mullins and Kat Venuti
Marián Aguilera is a established, well known and respected actress from Spain. Rachel Mullins is an accomplished producer, actress and model. Kat Venuti is a talented actress who has many credits to her name. All three will share their individual experiences and provide advice and feedback for anyone just getting started.


Allison Volk is an award-winning writer, film producer, and actress. She will discuss her recent film Deany Bean is Dead, which will premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater as part of the Dances with Films festival; as well as her journey in the film industry.


Guest Deven MacNair, Stunt Performer and Coordinator. Deven will discuss her battle both legally and within the stunt community, as she has become extremely advocate and a voice for female stunt performers and other stunt performers of different ethnicities (for both men and women), to level the playing fields and provide jobs to those that fit the need and description. Calling out the ending of "wigging" and paint facing, a term and practice used in the stunt community where a white male stunt performer will provide solo services by wearing a wig or painting his face to match a female and or a male of other ethnicities.

May 2018


Guest Cali Gilbert, Best Selling Author of 9 books and counting, shared her story on how she became an Author and now Writers and Directors her own films. She discussed her latest book, It's Simply Filmmaking, which shares the lives of several female filmmakers. The book has reached the top rank in Australia and growing momentum.


Guest Sophia Kiapos, Director | Producer and founder of the Female Filmmakers exclusive social media group. The group she formed started with 15 female filmmakers, in less than 2 years, it's now grown to over 5,000. Sophia shares her difficult experience with the industry and how it transformed her from Actress to Director.