Monica Hoenig
Festival Director

a native Hungarian, has been making films since 1997. After producing and directing many short films as a student at the University of Texas at Austin, she wrote and directed the award winning short film titled Epitaph, based on autobiographical events concerning her father’s death. She gained valuable technical experience as an assistant camera and grip electric on feature films such as Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids, Roger Corman’s Rumble in the Night and Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. She is now continuing her education at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU as a graduate student in film production. She is currently at work on her NYU Thesis film and her first feature. Fusion is her full time hobby; a hobby that often takes precedence over eating, sleeping, playing and working, even filmmaking.

Shauna McGarry
Artistic Director

Shauna McGarry will graduate this May from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television and a Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. A member of the Dean's list, a Tisch Scholar, and a Wasserman Scholarship recipient, Shauna holds her Academic work as a priority equal to her film endeavors. A writer and director foremost, Shauna's short film "Carli's 20" will be completed this April. She is currently working on a feature script, "Mute Soup," about two sets of twins disrupted by one crazy underbite. After graduation, she’s driving home across country with her two oldest and best friends in the world and she can’t wait to see the Grand Canyon.

Iyabo Boyd
Festival Producer

A Colorado native, Iyabo Boyd started making movies in highschool at Denver School of the Arts. She found her second home in NYU's Film and TV Program. Iyabo has been concentrating on Producing as a career direction, having helped produce thesis projects since her freshman year. Iyabo is also very interested in Experimental and Documentary filmmaking, with her best film yet being a doc she created while in Dublin, Ireland last semester. Fusion is the love of her life and she hope's you enjoys it.

Morgan Elizabeth
Director of Student Competition

Morgan Elizabeth: writer, director, editor, actress, and proud member of the founding Fusion team, dedicated to improving the stance of women in the industry through her creative endeavors.

Caroline De Aragon
Program Director

Growing up in Paris suburbs led Caroline to study international relations. Why? To travel far far away from suburbia and to solve all world problems. To achieve the latter goal with fierce effectiveness, she did attend France’s prestigious Political Science Institute, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 1997, she finally came to her senses and abandoned political science altogether. To become a filmmaker. She dazzled the French film industry, as a Film Festival organizer, than an Assistant Director. She moved to New York in 2001, and is now finishing her master’s degree at New York University, Film & TV department. Her last short film “Some Sort of Love” was presented at Fusion 2004, and at the Berlinale Talent Campus. She is currently preparing a musical comedy (“The Smell of Others”: a West Side Story among garbage men).

Lisa Lewis
Director of Development

Lisa Lewis is a Reader and Story Analyst for Fine Line Features and New Line Cinema. In addition to her work as a Reader, Lisa writes for BKLYN Magazine and works with Creative Capital and other not-for-profit arts organizations on grants to support cutting edge artistry. She is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her plays have been performed off-Broadway in New York City and in Chicago. She is at work on a fabulous screenplay.

Sharon Mashihi
Director of Student Competition

Sharon Mashihi is from Long Island. She is very proud to have been a part of Fusion and can't wait to see what happens next with her life.

Mallory Potosky
Press Director

A third-year journalism student minoring in cinema studies, Mallory joined the Fusion team after writing an article about last year's festival. She hoped to become a part of the group of strong, diverse, creative, driven women that WERE Fusion. Now she counts it one of the best experiences NYU has offered her so far. Check out some of Mallory's film reviews at Film-Forward.com and articles at nyunews.com.

Zoe Van Brunt
Web Site Designer

Zoe Van Brunt was born and raised in New York City where she received a strong fine arts education before attending NYU to study film and television production.  Her interest in film began at an early age when she and her brother made videos about James Bond and curious political debates between different nations of stuffed animals and action figures often ending in a wrestling match refereed by Batman.  Zoe has directed three short films: Mouse Trap, Knowing Marty and Simone, and The Cracks In My Shield.  She currently resides in Williamsburg / Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but plans to relocate to Los Angeles. Check out her web site at www.zoevanbrunt.com.