About

WOTN is constantly working to create opportunities for all marginalized populations in the film and entertainment industry. We recognize that there is no feminism without intersectionality, and strive to support all our sisters, not just our cis-ters.

The Board

Layne Marie Williams Founder and Executive Director   Layne Marie is an award-winning director and producer based in Chicago, IL. She is Founder and Executive Director of the womanist film collective, Women of The Now, and Co-Founder of the five year running The Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. From indie filmmaking, to commercial spots, to episodic work, Layne Marie approaches every endeavor with truth, grit, and a surreal sensibility.

Layne Marie Williams
Founder and Executive Director

Layne Marie is an award-winning director and producer based in Chicago, IL. She is Founder and Executive Director of the womanist film collective, Women of The Now, and Co-Founder of the five year running The Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. From indie filmmaking, to commercial spots, to episodic work, Layne Marie approaches every endeavor with truth, grit, and a surreal sensibility.

Armani Barron Executive Associate   Born in the bayou, Armani Barron is an award-winning visual designer. From graphic to production design she is well-versed in a variety of mediums. Her most recent projects include branding 2018's Northcoast Music Festival, producing the feature film  Rendezvous in Chicago , and art directing Women Of The Now's first short film,  Scutly .

Armani Barron
Executive Associate

Born in the bayou, Armani Barron is an award-winning visual designer. From graphic to production design she is well-versed in a variety of mediums. Her most recent projects include branding 2018's Northcoast Music Festival, producing the feature film Rendezvous in Chicago, and art directing Women Of The Now's first short film, Scutly.

Aimy Tien Co-Director of Operations   In addition to handling the business and day-to-day operations of the collective, Amy is a Chicago-based producer, actor and writer. Her work focuses on bringing the stories of people of color and marginalized groups to the page, stage, and screen. Learn more about Aimy and her upcoming productions and shows at AimyTien.com

Aimy Tien
Co-Director of Operations

In addition to handling the business and day-to-day operations of the collective, Amy is a Chicago-based producer, actor and writer. Her work focuses on bringing the stories of people of color and marginalized groups to the page, stage, and screen. Learn more about Aimy and her upcoming productions and shows at AimyTien.com


Jill Sandmire Co-Director of Operations   Jill Sandmire is the co-director of operations for WoTN. She facilitates general business functions of the company as well as producer on many of our productions. Jill has worked in Chicago's booming film industry for 12 years as an award winning actress, make-up artist, and producer. Her proudest moments have been finally being able to join her union, the Screen Actors Guild, and producing our latest feature “Rendezvous in Chicago” & "Scutly". Jill is our resident 'badass' because she rides motorcycles.  http://www.jilliartistry.com

Jill Sandmire
Co-Director of Operations

Jill Sandmire is the co-director of operations for WoTN. She facilitates general business functions of the company as well as producer on many of our productions. Jill has worked in Chicago's booming film industry for 12 years as an award winning actress, make-up artist, and producer. Her proudest moments have been finally being able to join her union, the Screen Actors Guild, and producing our latest feature “Rendezvous in Chicago” & "Scutly". Jill is our resident 'badass' because she rides motorcycles. http://www.jilliartistry.com

Laura Day  Production Director   Laura Day serves as our Production Director. She oversees much of our internal video content and growth of our production branch. You can catch Laura working as a producer/coordinator and Assistant director on local sets, as well as developing and directing her own projects. Laura is committed to fostering better representation in media for marginalized groups. This past year she's most grateful for having worked as an Assistant Director on Full Spectrum's web series, “The T.” Recently she partnered with the same company to develop her own series, “Blood, Sweat & Heels”, a dark comedy about millennial aged strippers. She's proud to bring her passion for new media to Women of the Now.

Laura Day
Production Director

Laura Day serves as our Production Director. She oversees much of our internal video content and growth of our production branch. You can catch Laura working as a producer/coordinator and Assistant director on local sets, as well as developing and directing her own projects. Laura is committed to fostering better representation in media for marginalized groups. This past year she's most grateful for having worked as an Assistant Director on Full Spectrum's web series, “The T.” Recently she partnered with the same company to develop her own series, “Blood, Sweat & Heels”, a dark comedy about millennial aged strippers. She's proud to bring her passion for new media to Women of the Now.

Grace Pisula Technical Director   As Technical Director, Grace consults and helps to manage technical aspects of Women of The Now productions and operations. Grace is also the founder of  Gold Point Studio , a creative and collaborative agency. Grace is an award-winning filmmaker and media designer who has completed work for Paramount Pictures, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and MTV. Grace holds a degree in Interactive Media from Bradley University and studied film with The University of Texas in Los Angeles.

Grace Pisula
Technical Director

As Technical Director, Grace consults and helps to manage technical aspects of Women of The Now productions and operations. Grace is also the founder of Gold Point Studio, a creative and collaborative agency. Grace is an award-winning filmmaker and media designer who has completed work for Paramount Pictures, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and MTV. Grace holds a degree in Interactive Media from Bradley University and studied film with The University of Texas in Los Angeles.

Stephanie MacDonald Director of Marketing   Stephanie grew up in the Chicagoland area and learned about her passion for filmmaking in high school through their film & tv program. She moved to Chicago in order to learn through internships, networking, and working her way up to Art Director from the bottom. She currently freelances in art & camera departments for indie films, commercials, and TV shows. Stephanie aims to let her personal style shine through any work she is involved in, with a love for color themes, florals, and anything vintage.

Stephanie MacDonald
Director of Marketing

Stephanie grew up in the Chicagoland area and learned about her passion for filmmaking in high school through their film & tv program. She moved to Chicago in order to learn through internships, networking, and working her way up to Art Director from the bottom. She currently freelances in art & camera departments for indie films, commercials, and TV shows. Stephanie aims to let her personal style shine through any work she is involved in, with a love for color themes, florals, and anything vintage.


Taylor Wisham Director of Events and Educational Outreach   Taylor is an actor and content creator by day, but a life-questioner and activist always. She is WoTN's go-to-gal for all things event production and developmental training. While she can be seen throughout Chicago living her dreams on the stage and screen, she is most often working on creating more accessible spaces for marginalized people in the arts. Having worked with renowned theatre and film organizations, she is proud to use her skills to build growth, community and opportunities.

Taylor Wisham
Director of Events and Educational Outreach

Taylor is an actor and content creator by day, but a life-questioner and activist always. She is WoTN's go-to-gal for all things event production and developmental training. While she can be seen throughout Chicago living her dreams on the stage and screen, she is most often working on creating more accessible spaces for marginalized people in the arts. Having worked with renowned theatre and film organizations, she is proud to use her skills to build growth, community and opportunities.


Our Story

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Founded in Philadelphia, PA, & now established in Chicago, IL, WoTN specializes in video and event production. As a production company, our organization is committed to creating content with female driven narratives and strong, complex female characters. In the process, we are creating platforms for women to develop their production skills, hone their talents, and strengthen their voices. Our special events provide women working in the arts- and their allies- with the opportunity to network while celebrating our community.