RIFF TEAM

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JOANNE HUDSON

Founder/Festival Director

Joanne is a playwright, director and filmmaker whose plays have been commissioned, developed and produced by Huntington Theatre Co., Boston Playwrights Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Tank, The Marsh, Thrown Stone, East River Commedia, SIPA (School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University), Keeler Tavern Museum, Iceland Fulbright, Vestmannaeyjar Iceland Library and others. As a Fulbright Scholar in creative writing, she traveled to Iceland to write a play about a scientist who loses her ethics and finds her humanity, “unbidden,” now included in the literature of the Westmann Islands. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. Joanne founded RIFF in 2015 in order to be around filmmakers and learn the craft of filmmaking, and in the hopes of making the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema.

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JILL MANGO

Marketing Director

Jill Mango is a public relations and marketing executive with 25+ years of experience promoting music, film, and events. She has worked with an eclectic mix of artists and clients throughout her many years in the entertainment business as a writer, publicist, product manager, digital media consultant and artist manager. After earning a degree in journalism from New York University and stints at Rolling Stone and SPIN magazines, she held PR and marketing positions at major and independent record labels, including Atlantic Records, Island Records, RCA Records, and Mammoth Records. She headed the New Media department at Girlie Action Media during the early days of the digital music revolution, where she directed the consumer press campaign for the original launch of Napster. She ran her own company, Mango Media, for a dozen years where she handled public relations for music and event clients, including an early iteration of the Bicycle Film Festival in NYC. She worked on the first RIFF in 2016, then served as Co-Director in 2017 before heading the marketing team at The Ridgefield Playhouse. She joined SpinLab Communications in January 2020 and works on projects at the intersection of music, business and technology. Her first and only film role was as an extra in Whit Stillman’s debut, Metropolitan.

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LISA CAMBRIDGE-MITCHELL

Moderator

Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell founded Persist in Joy, a Personal Development and Leadership Coaching and Consultancy after 20+ years of heading publicity, artist development, and marketing for household names like TLC, P!NK, Usher, OutKast, Ciara, Toni Braxton, Snoop Dogg, CeeLo Green, Miguel, G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Tinashe and countless more. While building an accomplished and rewarding career as a senior music executive, Lisa found herself discouraged by the glass ceiling and patriarchal corporate politics. Asking, “Is this it?” she began re-evaluating her career. A long-term career as a senior executive in the music business is especially rare for women. Feeling underutilized and frustrated with the lack of clear advancement, in 2016, Lisa turned her frustration into an opportunity to serve by becoming a change agent for others that she had not experienced as a career professional. Boldly channeling her artist development talent, she formed Persist in Joy, LLC, determined to further her work of collaborating with exceptionally talented creative people and supporting their success. Lisa, a graduate of the University of Virginia and a certified iPEC Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, young son, and very aloof rescue dog, Steph Curry. Other accomplishments rounding out her life include board membership and volunteering in the refugee resettlement space.

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DANIELLE DI VECCHIO

Board Treasurer

Danielle is a certified Daily Money Manager with a background in the arts. She spent 25 years as a working actress in New York City, best known for her role on "The Sopranos" as Barbara Soprano, Tony's (other) sister. Danielle lives in Fairfield County with her practice based in Stratford, and brings her many talents and contacts to share with the festival.