Two-time Emmy Award winner Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges are featured in the books, Wheels Stop: The End of the Space Shuttle Era, 1986-2011 and The Complete Filmmakers Guide to Film Festivals. They are experts on Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe and documentary filmmaking.
Their feature documentary Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars narrated by Susan Sarandon premiered on CNN and continues to be used in schools across the country. Additional space films include Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander and ET-94: NASA External Space Shuttle Tank.

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.​




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. 
 
Renee and Mary Jo combined their talents to create Traipsing Thru Films. They are experts in documentary filmmaking, from pre-production through post and distribution.  They serve on panels, film festival and IDA Awards judge, and consultants for filmmaking and outer space.


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 #NonaHendryx Transformation currently winning awards on the festival circuit.  And hot off the press in 2017 is a music video Waving a Wand * A Magical Romp Thru LA Pride Parade *


​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.






 


​Directors:

Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges


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​​​​Directors: Renee Sotile & MJ Godges

Affiliation: IATSE Local 600,

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