The Team

Faridah Gbadamosi

Director of Programming

Faridah is a jack of all trades who has worked in the legal field, in education, in digital marketing and several other fields in an effort to become a better-rounded person who can approach media from varying viewpoints. She is a student of the world who lived in South Korea for 2 years before embarking on a backpacking trip that took her through parts of Asia and Europe, gaining an understanding of how media worked in each space as she traveled.

Since her return abroad she has been working at different film festivals around the country. She is the current Programming and Hospitality Manager at Frameline, the largest and longest running LGBTQ+ film exhibition in the world. She is the Festival Programmer for Coven Film Festival, a festival in its 2nd year which seeks to showcase the work of women and nonbinary filmmakers. She is also on the programming committee for US Indies at Mill Valley Film Festival. 


In addition to film festival work she has written for different media outlets about the ways we engage with media and culture. From discussing how to deal with attribution and ownership when it comes to hashtags in popular media to the importance of having people of color falling in love front and center in mainstream romantic comedies 


She is constantly dissecting and looking for new approaches to improve how we engage with media in an intersectional manner. Her personal journey in media is captured in her talk "A Journey to Understand Racial Realities" given at TEDxSpokane in 2016 and she is continuing to expand beyond the points she makes in this talk. 

Cameo Wood

Co-Founder / Festival Director

Cameo Wood is an EMMY® winning filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. Her most recent film Real Artists is available on

iTunes/Amazon/Seed&Spark right now. She is currently working on her first feature. In 2018 she was a co-winner at the AT&T Film Awards for 'Best Emerging Artist' awarded by Ava DuVernay. Real Artists has won 35 awards including a regional EMMY®, has been nominated for dozens more, and continues to enjoy screenings at over 200 film festivals, museums, and television stations throughout the world. 

She produced and co-directed episodes of The Alternative Guide to Secret Beijing which was featured on Atlas Obscura. Her first film, Dukha in Summer, premiered at the St. Louis Film International Film Festival and was nominated for best short at five others. Cameo is a member of Cinefemme, Women in Film, Alliance of Women Directors, Film Independent, WomenNMedia, and the co-founder of the SF chapter of Dinner with Dames. She co-founded the Coven Film Festival, a showcase of films made by women. She is a regular speaker at the Camp Reel Stories' Girls Day Workshop. Cameo has participated in the inaugural Sundance Co//ab Screenwriting, Episodic, and Fiction Directing programs.

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Connie Jo Sechrist

 Co-Founder / Festival Producer

Connie Jo Sechrist, aka CJ, is a bi-coastal actress/producer with over ten years of experience in Theatre, Television and Film. Connie Jo is best know for her work in drama, action, and sci-fi genre films and as a recurring TV host for a public-access television station: KCTH Comcast 27. She has produced over seven short films, three web series, and landed roles in award-winning independent films such as Bandito, God Hates Zombies, Anonymous, The Astronaut, and Real Artists. In addition to her talents, Connie Jo continues to establish herself in many collaborative independent film groups around the world as a leader and mentor to other aspiring filmmakers.

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Matt Evans

Festival Designer

Matt began sculpting, painting, and drawing when he was four years old. He's a classically-trained fine artist who spent 15 years at Apple Computer as a UI designer, working on award-winning software like iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and many others. He first teamed up with Cameo on her award-winning short film, Real Artists. As production designer he was responsible for the look of everything from props to sci-fi computer displays and creepy A.I. characters. Matt is excited to be part of COVEN and its mission to celebrate the voice of women in film. Though Matt isn't female, he did spend most of his childhood pretending to be Wonder Woman.

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Nicole Burke

Special Events Coordinator

For over 15 years Nicole worked at Restaurants in New York (Del Posto) and San Francisco (Quince, Gary Danko, Nopalito). She was a line cook, waiter, office manager, and expeditor, just to name a few. She also graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC.

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