Film Team

J. Cheryl Bookout is a filmmaker, studio artist and nonprofit arts administrator. Bookout has produced two award-winning short films Gloria’s Call and I Am Be. She is currently directing the short documentary film Inside the Beauty Bubble  and  co-producing a short sci-fi film PURE; a feature-length documentary; Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building; and a short narrative film titled Just a Friend. Bookout is preparing to shoot a proof of concept for her sci-fi episodic screenplay, Women of Steel: Gracie’s Story in the fall of 2021.  She is the Executive Director/Co-Founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit that champions women and non-binary filmmakers. Her nonprofit work includes sitting on the Board of Directors for FURSTWURLD and the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Bookout is the past President of the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art 2012 – 2016 and has been a guest on numerous filmmaking/art panels throughout the U.S. As an individual artist, Bookout is included in the California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California and Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, a project organized by Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art at USC.

Cheri Gaulke is a pioneer in the feminist art movement in Los Angeles affiliated with the Woman’s Building. Her films have screened in film festivals internationally and she has presented her work at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), in a Smithsonian-touring exhibition, and in settings all over the world including buses, churches, and prehistoric temples. Gaulke cofounded collaborative performance groups Feminist Art Workers and Sisters Of Survival which were featured in a Getty-sponsored exhibition. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Master of Arts degree (in Feminist Art/Education) from Goddard College and has received artist fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles and California Community Foundation. Gaulke is based in Los Angeles where she is also an award-winning educator committed to empowering youth voices. Gloria’s Call is Gaulke’s 21st work in film/video (single channel or video installation). She recently directed the short documentary film, Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color. (Cheri’s Profile photo by Lauren Desberg)

Jeff Hafler is a beautician, yogi, artist, musician and the Founder & Owner of the Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum. “Along a desert highway is a temple to the world of hairdressing, packed with items dating back more than half a century-and they also offer retro cuts and colour.”The Guardian 2016

Nick Lieberman is a director and editor, known for Theater Camp (2020), Ben Platt: Temporary Love (2019) and Ben Platt: Older (2019).

Stacy Sweeting has been working in the nonprofit sector for almost 25 years. She is currently the Program Director for The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering female filmmakers. Stacy is also on the board for the Educational Enrichment Foundation for the Arts.

America Young is the Co-President and Founder of The Chimaera Project. She is currently working in Film, TV and Video Games, as a Director, 2nd unit director, stunt coordinator and stunt woman.  To date, she has over 45 video games under her belt.  Just this year alone, she has stunt coordinated on 3 feature films for Netflix, Lifetime and Cannal Plus.  She has directed 6 entire web series and episodes from three others. She has directed 13 shorts and 2 music videos. America is so excited that all her years of production experience and geek obsession culminated into directing her first feature, a pop-culture comedy called “The Concessionaires Must Die!!”, executive produced by Stan Lee. (www.cmdthemovie.com) which had it’s SOLD OUT World Premiere, opening weekend at The Palm Springs Film Festival in 2017.  And is now available on Itunes and other VOD platforms. America directed season four of an animated series for Mattel and is attached to direct two features, one a satirical, genre, action comedy called “Smash Girl” about a punk girl band with superpowers and the other, a heart felt, brilliantly subtle drama, “It’s Not Me”. When America’s not kicking the crap out of Super-Heroes that support the Superhuman Registration Act, jumping off buildings, teaching actors how to fight or setting herself on fire, she enjoys telling stories, sipping herbal tea and sharpening her pair of Sai.


Mohawk Sculpture by Jeff Hafler