Creative Director, Mentorship
Lisanne Sartor is an award-winning writer/director whose short film SIX LETTER WORD has screened at over fifty-five film festivals worldwide, including the Telluride Film Festival. She made that short via the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She was awarded a renowned Hedgebrook Writers Residency in 2016 and was a 2016 WGA Feature Writers Access Project Honoree. In 2017, she was one of twenty-five women chosen for the first year of the exclusive AFI/Fox Bridge Program, designed to increase the number of women working on studio films.
Colette Sartor an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection ONCE REMOVED (University of Georgia Press) won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, IAN Best Book of the Year Award for Short Story Collections, and the Juror’s Choice Award and the Short Stories Award from the National Indie Excellence Awards, among other awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, KENYON REVIEW ONLINE, CARVE MAGAZINE, SLICE MAGAZINE, PRAIRIE SCHOONER, and COLORADO REVIEW.
Creative Director, TV Contests & Retreats
Leah Estrin was born & raised in Los Angeles & Orange County making her very much a So-Cal Kid. Ironically, she is not a fan of the beach. She remembers when The Farmer’s Market was just a market, The Fairfax District was not hipster place but where her grandmother went for the bakery, that the area where California Adventure was built was the parking lot for Disneyland and when Orange County had orange groves.
Her first job was teaching young kids dance. After getting a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and an MFA from UCLA’s Producing Program, Leah started her career at Imagine Entertainment. During her 10 years at Imagine, she moved up the ranks from assistant to story editor to creative executive. While at Imagine, she worked on multiple projects including INSIDE MAN, FUN WITH DICK & JANE, TOWER HEIST, UNDERCOVER BROTHER and INSIDE DEEP THROAT.
Creative Director, Feature Contests & Retreats
Associate Executive Director
Rajiv Reddy is a filmmaker and a UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting graduate. His first feature film, ILAI (2013), was featured at several international film festivals including the Mumbai Film Festival and the London Indian Film Festival.
Associate Director, Administration
Jen Nuzzo is a UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting graduate and award-winning journalist.
She started working with CineStory in 2018 and is also an associate member of Women in Film.
Shawn Nuzzo was an engineer, firefighter, civic president, punk rock singer, assistant film editor, pseudo-intellectual and long-distance bicyclist before trying his hand at screenwriting.
By day, Nuzzo was a dependable assistant film editor working on a string of largely forgotten films, including: BLAIR WITCH 2, SWIMFAN, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY and MR. 3000.
Founder & Executive Director Emeritus
Pamela Pierce is the founder of the CineStory Retreat and Fellowship Awards. She received her MA from Stanford in screenwriting and is a Pre-Academy Nicholl Fellow. She is the former director of the Austin Film Festival Conference and Screenwriting Competition. In addition, she has done business affairs with CBS Entertainment and has taught screenwriting for Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, and University of Chicago Graham School.