CFAN Board

karinapyudikKarina Pyudik (Producer) CFAN President

Hailing from St. Petersburg, Karina Pyudik has produced four features and many more shorts. Her AFI thesis film, Ubuntu’s Wounds won the Pan-African Film Festival, the Kodak Audience Award, the Caucus Award, the Martin Ritt Award, DGA Award and was shortlisted for an Oscar (Best Short). Karina also produced the features Malachance (AFI, Cannes) and Point of Contact (Berlin). She is currently producing Sammy-Gate, scheduled for release in 2016. E-mail

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Arati Misro, (Producer/ Director) Honorary Board Member/ Co-Chair of Women in Film International

A California native, Misro is a producer of film and television. She holds an MFA from AFI in Producing and Finance, where her thesis film, Badger, won many awards, including best student film from the DGA and the ASC. She has produced extensively for CNBC Asia as well as working on feature films such as Beat The Drum (Sidney Kimmel) and Night of Henna (Sony Pictures). Since 2005, Misro transitioned into Foreign and Domestic Sales, closing deals for indie films in both domestic and foreign markets. She serves as the co-chair of Women in Film International and recently served as a mentor for the American Film Pavillion at Cannes. E-mail

Pic - Johnson, MichaelMichael Johnson, CFAN Board Member In Charge of Director Shadowing Program

Born in Philadelphia and raised by a single mother with a passion for the arts, Michael was encouraged to follow his heart and pursue his dream of being a filmmaker. After graduating with an MFA in film from USC, Johnson directed his first major short, Brothers Incorporated, which took first prize at both the Hayti Heritage Film Festival and the Detroit Windsor Film Festival. He has worked as lead producer for Dish Nation (20th Century Fox) and Jukeboxx Live (Playboy TV) and also directed commercials in the tech and fashion industry as well as music videos on MTV and BET. E-mail

Alexis picAlexis Korycinski, CFAN Board Member in charge of Dinners for Five

Alexis O. Korycinski is an award-winning filmmaker that focuses on raw, human stories.  Alexis’s first directing project after attending Syracuse University was one of passion, Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America, narrated by Katey Sagal. Defining Beauty premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2011 and garnered the Audience Award for Best Documentary as well as numerous awards in other festivals. As part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Alexis recently directed The Haircut starring Bailey Noble (True Blood) and Molly Quinn (Castle), which premiered at AFI Fest and won a Caucus Gold Circle Award. Alexis has produced work for History, TLC, Travel Channel and Reelz Channel. E-mail

Pic - Chi, SonyaSonya Chi CFAN Board Member in charge of Script Development Program

Sonya Chi is an independent filmmaker with nearly 20 years of industry experience. A graduate of AFI’s producing program, she worked as a videographer and interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s The Survivor of Shonah before embarking upon her first feature, Melody’s Her 2nd Name. Sonya currently serves as a board member for Miami Ocean Studios International Operations, which plans to build one of the largest and most advanced studio complexes on the East Coast for film and television. She is a former trustee of the Film, Print and Broadcast Advisory Board in Miami. E-mail