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 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.

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Show Archives

June 2019


Guest : Christie Conochalla 

Christie Conochalla is an immensely talented writer and director. Christie shares what inspires her and discuss her feature debut Forever Not Maybe! Keep your eye out on this hidden gem. Follow her on her Instagram @cconochalla 


Guest : Lisa Brenner

Lisa Brenner is an established Actress and Producer. Lisa joins us to discuss her latest project Say My Name. You can find the film on iTunes and Amazon. You can also find it on the film production website: electricentertainment.com


Guest : Jennifer Merin 

Jennifer Merin is an established Actress and one of the Founders and President of the Alliance of Women Film Journalist. Jennifer shares insight of the organization and the need to support and empower each other in this industry. For more information and to receive updates and recommendations on films by strong females, go to awfj.org


Guest: Nick Afka Thomas (of We Are Thomasse)

Nick Afka Thomas shares the success of his and his partner (in life and on business), his wife Sarah Ann Masse - We Are Thomasse.

Sketch comedy that is clever, relevant and smart! They perform once a month at the Second City Hollywood location. You can find their branded original comedy sketches and other series on their social media (especially Facebook) and YouTube under We Are Thomasse! Highly recommend!

May 2019


Guest : Isabel Mandujano

Isabel Mandujano is an established Costume Designer. She’s been working in the industry for 15 years and going! She chats with us and shares her experience, how she got into being a Costume Designer (the happy coincidence) and provides advice and even some inside tips on where to get some wardrobe/costumes! 


Guest : Vatsala Goel

Vatsala is an award winning cinematographer. Derived from India, she attended one of the best film schools in the world, the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India. She recently had 3 films she worked on premiere in the Tribeca Film Festival. Check out iwcc.in/member/vatsala-goel and vatsalagoel.com 


Guest : Rachel Mullins 

Rachel Mullins is an accomplished and talented Actress and Producer. Rachel also host her own weekly podcast entitled #NoFilterFridays for Public House Media. Rachel mainly discusses current events related to the entertainment industry, especially since the Me Too movement! 


Guest : Alexandra Parral

Alexandra Parral is an accomplished and talented sound mixer. Alexandra shares her experience as one of the few lady sound mixers. She’s truly a caring professional in this industry, a rare breed to find. We highly recommend you connect with Alexandra! 

April 2019


Guest : Mhairi Morrison 

Mhairi Morrison is an accomplished and talented actress who recently felt the courage to open up about a sexual assault and led to a amazing gift to all of a music video called Don’t Silence Me, written and perform by Sadie Jemmett. You can find all the info and accomplishments of Don’t Silence Me on social media and their website: dontsilencemetoo.com 


Guest : Rosie Okumura

Rosie Okumura is a voice over talent, however Rosie is also infamous for scamming the scammers! She’s gone viral with her hilariously entertaining videos showcasing how she scams the scammers. She also handles those creepy unwanted DM’s. Rosie now has her own YouTube channel! Look her up and subscribe! This is Rosie’s 3rd time on our podcast, we just can’t get enough of Rosie!!!



Guests : Diane Burroughs (Executive Producer and Documentarian), along with Joseph DiMasso (Editor and Camera Operator), and Hannah Sussman (Producer)

They are back! Diane Burroughs shares her journey with Joseph DiMasso and Hannah Sussman! Diane returns to discuss where she left off and go into depth about her story and platform which can be found at leftat50.com ;or LA50! For women that have been left (divorced)! Please I encourage you to check it out!


Guest : Sara Hirsh Bordo

Sarah Hirsh Bordo is an established filmmaker who founded and is CEO of Women Rising. Sarah shares her insight of what it takes to run a successful platform that helps elevate women and girls in this difficult industry. Sarah is currently working on a truly inspiring documentary, we encourage you all to check it out and donate if you can! We Go Higher is the name of the project : womenrising.com/films

March 2019


Guests : Tanya Perez and Reiko Ayelsworth

Tanya Perez and Reiko Ayelsworth are both talented Actresses and Directors. They met many years ago while working on Improv. Professionally they mesh extremely well and socially are good friends. They share their insight on how women should best support each other.


Guest : Joanne Chew 

Joanne Chew is an Actress and recently Associate Produced her first short film. Joanne is also a gift and very talented Artist, where her art has been featured on various art shows and articles. 


Guest : Bri Castellini

Bri Castellini is an awarding winning filmmaker. Bri joins us to chat about depression, anxiety and all mental health issues; which she shares on her own podcast and webseries Sam and Pat Are Depressed. We also discuss her award winning short film Ace and Anxious (view here: youtube.com/watch?v=yeWUrTz91SI). Ace and Anxious deals with anxiety and the term of being A sexual. 


Guest: Lyndsay Rini

Lyndsay Rini is an Actress, Writer and Producer who is currently in post production of her film Layover. You can find more information on the film via social media Layover_film and layovershortfilm.com

We also touch on important topics related to the LGBTQ community and current events with politics.

February 2019


Guests : Diane Burroughs (Executive Producer and Documentarian), along with Joseph DiMasso (Editor and Camera Operator), and Hannah Sussman (Producer)

Diane Burroughs shares her journey with Joseph DiMasso and Hannah Sussman, to the Women’s March and how it all came together and being a part of history! But most importantly, she shared her story and platform which can be found at leftat50.com or LA50! For women that have been left (divorced)! Please I encourage you to check it out! 


Guests : Robert Michael (Actor, Writer and Composer) and Diana Maiocco (Producer) 
Robert Michael, and Diana Maiocco return to discuss further their projects and talk about what Producers/Investors seek when considering a project. The conversation was very insightful, ranging from various topics such as the Oscars, respect in the industry and production as a whole. 


Guests : Ryan Katzenbach (Writer, Producer and Director), Robert Michael (Actor, Writer and Composer) and Diana Maiocco (Producer)

Ryan Katzenbach, Robert Michael, and Diana Maiocco stop by to discuss the mystery behind Ronni Chasen's death and how the Beverly Hills Police Department handled the case, this is a part of their docu-series 6:38 the Death of Ronni Chasen. We ran out of time and will call this part 1. Stay tuned for our wonderful guest to return! Briefly touched on Robert's and Diana's other project To the Bitter End.


Guest : Paulina Lagudi

Paulina Lagudi is a Writer, Director and Producer. She shares her insight on how to handle problems during pre, principle, post, distribution and marketing. How to avoid scams and others that want to take advantage of your work and money. She also discusses the success of her film Mail Order Monster! Go watch it today!!!

January 2019


From the best of "Female Filmaker Fuse" : 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.


Guest : Mia Topalian

Mia Topalian is a talented accomplished actress, she shares with us her journey in this difficult industry and what she has coming up in the near future. Mia chatted with our guest host Ash Warren. 


Guest : S-hekh Shem Hetep Ebron

S-hekh Shem Hetep Ebron is a Director and Philanthropist. S-hekh Shem discusses her creative process as a Director. How she got into the industry, a native from Brooklyn, New York. She formed a non-profit with the help of her sister and mother Charity TAT which provides school supplies for students in Rwanda! You can find more info on S-hekh Shem and her charity via her website : shekhshem.com


Guest : Olesia Saveleva

Olesia Saveleva is a Cinematographer. She discusses her career, goals and advice. We briefly chat about films in the international category of the Oscars. Olesia can be found at olesiasaveleva.com 

December 2018


Guest : Jorden Polar

Jorden Polar is a 10 yr old actor. He’s been acting since he was 2. The Blackstone will be released in 2019. Jorden has his own YouTube channel where he showcases his own skits. During his off time Jorden plays video games, golfs, plays the trumpet and guitar, sings and writes his own stories.


Guest : Simonna

Simonna is a pop star from Lithuania, and an actress. Some of her singles have reached the top of the Lithuanian and European charts, including on MTV. Simonna stars in The Blackstone and discusses her film and other upcoming major projects for 2019. Simonna is an advocate for animal rights.


Guest : Maria Servellon 

Maria Servellon is a filmmaker based in Boston, her film Hyphen is a short film that she wrote and also acts in. Hyphen is a beautiful film about female empowerment from a Latina perspective. 


Guest : Sarah Fatemi

Sarah Fatemi is a stand-up comedian and filmmaker. Her webseries, which she both wrote and stars in "Saffron 'N Rose" can be found on YouTube,. Sarah is prepping for more comedy shows and the continuation of her webseries. 


Guest : Caroline Bloom

Caroline Bloom is an Actress and Writer who had a very successful run with her short film Da Capo, which she starred in and wrote. She shares her journey in the making of Da Capo and what it has taken her to succeed and prepare to move forward with her next project. 

November 2018


Guest : Nancy Scanlon

Nancy Scanlon is a Manager, who runs and manages clients via her management company and Production company Au Courant Entertainment where she also Produces projects.  


Guest : Emilie Svensson  

Emilie Svensson is an American/Swedish filmmaker, she discusses her projects in the making and her plans for them in the near future. The success of crowd funding and starting production. 


Guest : Shara Ashley Zeiger

Shara Ashley Zeiger is an Actress, Writer and Producer who has two films currently in the festival circuit. She shares with us her journey and process to encourage others. 


Guest : Jacqui Blue

Jacqui Blue is a screen writer, director, editor and producer. In addition to that, Jacqui is a hypnotherapist and she also writes for Film Inquiry. Jacqui is the creator of Miss Vision and plans to turn it into a non-profit. 

October 2018


Alexa Polar and Robin Pabello

Hosts Alexa Polar and Robin Pabello discuss their own projects and what is transpiring with Female Filmmakers Fuse. Alexa Polar and Robin Pabello are the co-founders, co-directors of the non-profit that was put together to assist other female filmmakers. Provide them with a platform to self-promote themselves and their projects. The two hosts discuss all things related to their careers and Female Filmmakers Fuse in general. 


Guest : Jennifer Tocquigny

Jennifer Tocquigny is a documentary filmmaker, she discussed how it was to work on location, dealing with language barriers, and how she found a story in the most remote locations around the world. She has been featured on Natgeo, Conde Nast and other publications. Her team was also awarded at the Cannes Film Festival for their documentary. 


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.