​​​​Directors: Renee Sotile & MJ Godges

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Affiliation: IATSE Local 600,

International Documentary Association, Alliance of Women Directors, Cinewomen, Los Angeles Press Club, News Geezers, NLGJA
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​Directors:

Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges



​​Two-time Emmy Award winner Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges are featured in the books, The Complete Filmmakers Guide to Film Festivals and Wheels Stop: The End of the Space Shuttle Era, 1986-2011. Their first feature documentary, Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars was broadcast on CNN over 20 times and continues to be used as a learning tool in schools across the country, and locally at the California Science Center. They serve on panels, juries, and as consultants for films and outerSPACE.


Renee and Mj are also members of the media and cover star studded events all over Southern California. They are activist citizens of West Hollywood and are currently in production on the music video project  “I REMEMBER NICOLE: A GLOBAL ANTHEM RECLAIMING POWER OVER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE



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 High Profile Court Cases including the “Trial of the Century.” 

Mary Jo's career began as an on-air radio personality in Los Angeles. She went on to report/write for magazines before turning to film. She is a film editor, music composer, musician, and song writer. MJ is from Redondo Beach, CA, a graduate from Loyola Marymount University and surfer by heart. 
 

Their first feature documentary premiered on CNN Presents!, Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars   narrated by Susan Sarandon. They followed up with Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander, 

Samuel Goldwasser airing on Jewish Life TV (JLTV) and concluded 2015 with the feature film, Banner on the Moon narrated by Valerie Harper. 2016 brought award winning short doc #NonaHendryx Transformationfollowed by the campy music video Waving a Wand * A Magical Romp Thru LA Pride Parade *. They are currently in production on a music video and song project titled, I REMEMBER NICOLE: A GLOBAL ANTHEM RECLAIMING POWER OVER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.


​Additional award winning shorts: Divas Breaking TaboosandBessie, Billie & Ruthstarring Sweet Baby J'ai.BBF showcases the history of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday & Ruth Brown and was broadcast nationally on KCBS African American Shorts.  Higher Power (AIDS Memorial Quilt Tribute),  Jazz. Women. Bring it!, Diane Schuur: Jazz Legend and ET-94 NASA External Space Shuttle Tank.


Renee & Mary Jo are experts on Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe and independent documentary filmmaking. They are featured in the books, Wheels Stop: The End of the Space Shuttle Era, 1986-2011 and The Complete Filmmaker's Guide to Film Festivals. 


Renee & MJ also cover high profile celebrity events. They have positioned themselves on red carpets all over Southern California, establishing themselves as fixtures on the red carpet and favorite celebrity interviewers.