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Renee Sotile
Film Director

Renee has won two Emmy awards for her work as a video-journalist in Los Angeles. She has extensive experience in television news covering high profile events and headline stories including: The Academy Awards, Presidential Conventions, Earth Quakes, Floods, and the “Trial of the Century.”

 

Renee Sotile  
Mary Jo Godges

Mary Jo Godges
Film Director

Mary Jo's career began as an on-air radio personality in Los Angeles.

She is an Avid/Final Cut Pro/Logic Pro editor, music composer, and song writer. MJ is from Redondo Beach, CA, and a graduate from Loyola Marymount University.

 

 
 

 

Short Bio:

Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges are a team that tackles every aspect of documentary filmmaking, from pre-production through post and distribution. Renee, a two-time Emmy-winning news photographer, and Mary Jo, who began her career in radio and music production, combined their talents to create Traipsing Thru Films, Inc. Their first “mainstream” feature, Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars, aired on CNN Presents. Sotile and Godges also cover Star Studded events for on-line magazines, and have been tagged “red carpet experts” by SheWired.

 

   
Film festivals Book

Renee & Mary Jo were consulted as an authority
on navigating the film festival circuit.  

Read their tips in this book!

The Complete Filmmaker's Guide to Film Festivals
by Rona Edwards & Monika Skerbelis

 

 

Long Bio:

Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges are a team that tackles every aspect of filmmaking, from pre-production through post and distribution.

Renee, a two-time Emmy-winning news photographer, and Mary Jo, who began her career in radio programming and music production, combined their talents to create Traipsing Thru Films, Inc.

Their success was immediate, with their first musical documentary Dykes & Their Dogs becoming a hit on the LGBT film festival circuit. That musical-comedy was followed by Lesbian Fashion? with Ellen Degeneres, Divas Breaking Taboos and Bessie, Billie & Ruth, which showcases the history of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday & Ruth Brown. BB&R was broadcast all over the country during Black History Month.

In 2006, the dynamic duo premiered their first feature documentary, Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars, which aired on CNN Presents.  They followed Reach for the Stars with two mainstream films, Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander and Samuel Goldwasser before returning in grand style to LGBT content with The Oldest LESBIAN in the World! and Michelle or Hillary? in 2011.

All their films have received outstanding reviews and are in educational distribution.

Renee and Mary Jo also cover Star Studded events for on-line magazines and bloggers, including LGBTPOV.com and FrontiersLA.com, and have been tagged “red carpet experts” by SheWired.

They also create colorful films for the web.

 

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