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JANINE SPRUILL / Founder & Executive Director
Janine’s love for movies began at 10 years old. Programs that taught young people about filmmaking did not exist during her childhood. She found herself at the library reading books about how movies are made and spent a lot of time watching movies with her family. Her love and passion for filmmaking led her to receive a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in 1999. Due to her drive and ambition, while in her senior year, Janine led a grassroots initiative to bring digital, media & film education to young people living in disenfranchised communities across Philadelphia. Through her natural entrepreneurial spirit and her ability to build relationships with communities, businesses, educational institutions, youth agencies and media companies throughout the city, Janine elevated her ambitious enterprise into a thriving non-profit media company that has served thousands of young people across the Greater Philadelphia region.
Janine is the recipient of the Entrepreneur Works Hall of Fame for her achievements in business. She is also the recipient of the Joan Shepp’s Women of Substance and Style Award for her impact in Philadelphia communities. Janine serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Independent Public Media Foundation.
ANISSA S. COOPER / Managing Director
Anissa Cooper is a Temple University graduate with a BA in Media Studies and Production. She has been writing and directing films since she was 13 with Lil Filmmakers. Her PSA about young women and positive body image, I Love Being Me was an official Black Star Film Festival selection in 2013. As a Nate Parker Summer Film Institute resident, she co-wrote the 2018 Pan African Film Festival selected drama short, Baggage. Anissa continues her fierce ambition for complex, meaningful stories about Black Americans on screen in Philadelphia.