mama.film is a 501(c)3 arts organization founded in the spring of 2019, in a Community Cinema in a shipping container in Wichita, Kansas. Since then, mama.film has grown exponentially, with an additional chapter in Cleveland, Ohio and a national presence. 

WHAT WE DO

Exhibit content by & for women of all kinds
Elevate courageous storytellers
Educate through conversation & connection 
Empower nurturers around the globe

Through mission-aligned film presentation and content production, we create a destination for people to be inspired and connected around our shared human experience.

When we see depictions of lived experiences on screen, or hear them audibly, it feeds our context of the world around us- in both familiar and extraordinary ways. It opens our eyes, and ears, to concerns and inequities faced by marginalized populations, and nourishes our connection to communities around the globe.

An essential component of our mission is to spark robust dialogue around the media we present and support- when possible with storytellers, experts, advocates, and audiences. These often personal and intimate moments of exchange, and sometimes even silent reflections, allow us to empathize and sympathize with citizens around us

mama.film is committed to elevating the voices of courageous storytellers, through presentation as well as fiscal sponsorship and other artists support services including fundraising, exhibition and strategy.

rePRO Film Fest All-Access Passes Now Available!

When you purchase a $75 pass, you will directly support this year’s Beneficiary Organizations AND have exclusive on demand access to the full rePRO Film Fest lineup through the entirety of the festival. Watch any film at any time! This year’s lineup will consist of three feature films and twelve short films, and the return of rePRO’s Call-to-Action Conversations – a series of engaging discussions with filmmakers, activists, and experts around various reproductive justice topics. 

*nurturers’ (or mamas) come in many packages. They are not bound by gender or age, genetics or traditional roles.
mamafilm is committed to representing the realities and complexities of a diverse range of nurturers, across relationship,  race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability and generation. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR + MOTHER/FOUNDER

Lela Meadow-Conner

Lela Meadow-Conner is Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance, a non-profit organization serving North American film festivals and the people who run them. She is also the Founder of mama.film, a village – at the crossroads of art & advocacy – where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion humanity through a maternal gaze. Lela has more than 18 years of experience in independent cinema exhibition, with leadership roles at organizations including the Tallgrass Film Association and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. In 2020, mama.film founded rePRO Film Fest, which advocates for women’s reproductive justice through film and conversation. In 2021 mama.film, which operates a community microcinema, served as a Satellite Screen for the Sundance Film Festival, bringing official selections to Wichita, KS. She has participated in The Industry Academy, a program of Film at Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival, the Constellation Incubator and holds a degree in the culinary arts. Lela is a recipient of both “40 Under 40” and “Women in Business” honors from the Wichita Business Journal, has served on film juries including AFI and the NAACP Image Awards and is a frequent panelist for industry organizations like The Gotham, The FilmmakeHERS and Columbia University.
She currently serves on the board of Los Angeles’ iconic Vidiots Foundation, soon to relaunch in the historic Eagle Theatre. Other roles include Co-Producer for Sav Rodgers’ documentary Chasing Chasing Amy, Producer for Nitzan Mager’s Strange Love: Or How I Learned to Stop Swiping and Love the Bomb and Executive Producer for Emily Christensen’s Feminist Foremothers podcast.
Co-Founder mama.film Cleveland & rePRO Film Fest

Mallory Martin

| co-founder of rePRO Film Fest

In addition to being the Artistic Director for the Cleveland International Film Festival, Mallory Martin is also a co-founder of mama.filmCLE – the Cleveland branch of mama.film. Working within the film festival industry for over 10 years, Mallory has served on multiple juries, as well as participated in panels and pitch sessions around the world. Mallory graduated from the film program at Ohio University and began her career by working for the Athens International Film and Video Festival, producing public media broadcasts, and writing and directing short films. Mallory has a son, Ollie.

Co-Founder mama.film Cleveland & rePRO Film Fest

Debby Samples

| co-founder of rePRO Film Fest

During the day Debby Samples can be found at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) where she serves as the Marketing & Media Director.

Over the past 17 years, she has led CIFF’s brand management, media and marketing relations, social content creation, and event series planning. In her personal time, Debby seeks out passion projects that feed her love of connecting people and communities.

She is the co-founder of the Cleveland chapter of mama.film. Throughout her time in the film industry, Debby has served on industry panels, hosted roundtable discussions, and engaged with her film industry counterparts to indulge her passion for marketing. She is most at home in a high-paced work environment and attributes any and all success in life to her love of spreadsheets. Debby is mom to a daughter, Bernadette.

Kylie Brown
director of tech/projection/web at mama.film | web dev for repromamafilm.org
Kylie is a creative producer and artist who has a passion for social practice in creating a culture of collaboration. Her work encourages artists in their ideas and the execution for community engagement events. Since 2011, she has developed and built programs such as CreativeRush, 1st TUE Talks, and Down to the Wire™ a 24 HR Film Race. In collaboration with WSU SHIFTSPACE & Wichita Festivals, Kylie was the featured artist and curator for “Get Lit: A Night of Light” an outdoor exhibition that included the MULTIBUBBLE in Nov 2020.
Kylie consults for nonprofits and businesses in brand identity; media and marketing; website and hosting management; and project facilitation. She is an active connector in artists, content, technology, and logistics.  Currently, Kylie is the director of tech + web at mama.film / reprofilmfest.com; the project + media facilitator for Horizontes; and a project consultant + web manager for both BE SEEN and Mulberry Art Gallery.  |  You can find her online at livefreelab.com | @kblivnfree