Hadeel Wjk has always had a profound love for humanity. This love and desire to bridge people together led her to the arts. She saw a unique potential in the film industry to reach people on a worldwide level. With over twenty years of industry experience, Hadeel’s passion for people and savvy for producing has allowed her to make connections to high-profile investors, Hollywood celebrities, and brilliant creatives.
During her time in the film industry, Hadeel has produced various film projects and she is currently an advisor to Film venture capitalists . From the beginning of her career, Hadeel’s kindness, genuinely, and drive have allowed her to make connections wherever she goes.
Now, she strives to use those connections to pull other humanitarian-minded filmmakers and artists into the spotlight. She founded the Karama USA International Film Festival with this mission in mind. She is also the CEO of Nation Production Producers, a production company that aims to foster and facilitate new relationships between Hollywood and international film industries in hope of changing the world for the better.
Kyle Arrington is a working TV & Feature writer, having written and produced two features that screened at more than 30 film festivals, and numerous episodes of CW’s “The Originals” over its 5-season run. In addition, he worked on House, M.D., The Big C, Conan, was the Showrunner for Snapchat’s “Save Me”, and is currently developing projects for multiple studios and production companies, including an epic war drama series for Sony, along with producing partners The Blacklist and Vertigo Entertainment. In addition to his writing, Kyle is passionate about teaching, both at the Florida State University Film School’s MFA Screenwriting program, and for the University of Delaware. But most of all, he enjoys going on adventures with his wife and son.
Charles M. Lagola began his career in 1982 working for theatre and opera companies across the U.S.; everything from metalwork, to scenic painting, to set and costume design. In 1987, he designed his first short film: Under Shelter, which aired on Showtime. Since then, he has continued doing production design for film and television for over 30 years, including projects such as Harry’s Law, The Practice, How To Get Away With Murder, Justified, and The Good Doctor.
He has worked with creatives such as John Wells and Christopher Chulack (ER), John Frankenheimer, Jon Avnet, and Abel Ferrara, as well as notable film and television studios: Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., 21st Century Fox, NBC International Studios, ABC Studios, Lionsgate Pictures, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, HBO, TNT, and Showtime. Charlie was awarded an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for his work on George Wallace in 1997.
His recent projects include Dangerous Moms, due to air on NBC in Spring 2022; Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC; and All Rise for CBS. Currently, Charlie is working with ABC Studio Productions as Production Designer on the series Promised Land. It began filming in October 2021 and airs in late January 2022.
Born and raised in small-town Oklahoma, Emi Moore fell in love with movies for the unique perspectives they offered of worlds—both near and in galaxies far, far away—outside of her own. Bitten by the film bug, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Cinema, during which she wrote and directed several award-winning short films. She then went on to Florida State University to obtain her MFA in Screenwriting. Above all, she is led by a passion for the unique revelatory nature of cinematic storytelling.
Emi is a self-proclaimed super-fan and an avid lover of all things sci-fi and fantasy. When not writing, she can often be found poring over her collection of Star Wars memorabilia with a fond look in her eye.
With over twenty years of in-depth experience in global brand marketing, Hibah Alqasem is passionate about being creative. She has executed global campaigns for iconic brands across diverse markets.
Having lived and worked across Europe, MENA, and the U.S. has given her a well-honed cross-cultural fluency, and a passion for connecting people across great divides.
Hibah is excited by analytical rigor and inspired by elusive human analyses. Above all, she prioritizes meaningful communication and purposeful experiences. This is the founding value upon which she does all her work.
Ramy is a film producer based in Boston. Ramy’s deep understanding of cinematic art has awarded him an eye for talent and good films. Ramy maintains a strong connection with filmmakers and industry figures in the Middle East, where he grew up as he maintains a regular presence in the regional film festivals and film markets. He also constantly stays updated with new releases and projects in development because of his active involvement in the international film festivals scene through his regular presence in festivals such as Berlin, Locarno, Sundance, New York, and others.
Ramy’s portfolio of work reflects his strong affinity for human rights-focused stories. In 2011, his first co-production “The Agenda and I -2011” was the first documentary to portray the Egyptian revolution. In 2012 Ramy took part in the Dutch documentary “About Freedom” which discussed how freedom is perceived differently cross-generations and cross-cultures. In 2019 Ramy co-produced his first US short film “The New Tenant”, a drama thriller that tackles domestic abuse cross-gender/culture and sexual orientation. Ramy’s latest long feature co-production “STREAMS 2021” had premiered at the Locarno film festival. Streams is a family drama that digs deep into a multi-dimensional sequel of inequality in the dark underworld of the Tunisian capital. Ramy is also a practicing dentist and he believes that being a storyteller at heart is key to catering health care on a more personal level that, like filmmaking, can change people’s lives for the better.
With fourteen years of Event, Sales, Marketing & Branding experience, Vidhi Vakil is an out-of-the-box-thinker full of original ideas. She prides herself on prioritizing authentic, easy, and personal relationships in her work. She has a cosmopolitan background and has always been interested in other cultures. This, along with her command of over five Indian languages, allows her to reconcile different regional approaches to otherwise common problems.