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Meet the influential women who give us guidance and direction.

MINDY RAYMOND, ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR

Mindy Raymond has been involved in every aspect of the filmmaking process. Her acting career, which was her first passion, took her to New York City to study at the prestigious Michael Howard Studios. She originated the improv troupe, Stilted on Stage, which performed all over NY including the famous Carolines on Broadway. Mindy was bi-coastal (NY & LA) for a few years before returning to Austin, her soul city.

She has accomplished over 200 acting projects including leads in feature films, TV shows, commercials, hosting infomercials, and voiceover work. Her latest film was just accepted into the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

When her role takes her on the other side of the camera, Mindy is actively involved in the entertainment industry in Texas as the Communications Director for the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, which lobbies for a healthy rebate incentive program. As the former President of New Republic Studios, Mindy earned her place at the table as one of the go-to connectors within the industry throughout the Lone Star State.

SANDRA ADAIR, ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER

Academy Award nominee, Sandra Adair, A.C.E., has enjoyed an ongoing artistic collaboration with film director Richard Linklater, having edited 24 films for him over the past 28 years. Some of their collaborative work includes the cult classic Dazed and Confused, the 2012 comedy Bernie, and the critically acclaimed ‘Before” trilogy, Before SunriseBefore Sunset and Before Midnight.

In 2014, Linklater’s Boyhood premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and went on to win numerous awards, including 3 Golden Globes for Best Picture, Drama, and 3 BAFTAs. Boyhood also earned 6 Academy Award nominations, including Best Editing for Sandra Adair. Adair also won the American Cinema Editor’s Eddie Award for Best Editing, Drama, for Boyhood in 2015.

Adair was nominated for an Eddie Award for Best Editing of a Musical or Comedy by the American Cinema Editors in 2003 for School of Rock, and won the Best Edited Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2012 for the feature doc Shepard and Dark, for director Treva Wurmfeld. Some of Adair’s other credits with other directors include Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, and the award winning documentary Sushi: The Global Catch.

In 2016, Adair made her directorial debut on The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, a feature length documentary, which premiered at SXSW in 2017. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and American Cinema Editors, and now serves on the Advisory Board for WIFT Austin.

HEATHER PAGE, ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER

Originally intent on a career as a sound effects editor in New York, Heather Page was quickly captivated by the workings of the camera during a back-up stint as a camera P.A. early in her career. Not formally trained in cinematography, she learned her craft from the bottom up, becoming a highly in-demand focus puller, especially for her Steadicam work, and camera operator at a time when women in the camera department were few, especially on big budget studio projects.

In 2012, Heather was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as Director of the Texas Film Commission. Re-appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015, she used her platform to promote Texas as a geographically diverse, talent rich, and economically friendly filming destination until September 2017, when she resigned to attend to her ailing father. Under her tenure, Texas built a more attractive incentive program, and increased its incentivized production and job creation by more than 250% as the Texas Film Commission improved its programming, marketing and recruiting efforts.

Since 2018, Heather has worked as a consultant for the film, television and video game industries, helping productions large and small navigate production challenges, state and local governments, locations and facilities, incentive programs, a global pandemic, and creative content issues. She has also served as Consultant to Austin Film Society and Interim Studios Director to Austin Studios during the final stages of the facility's recent growth and expansion.

She still picks up a camera every now and then because she can't get it out of her blood.

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