Maddy Kimmell is a Senior at Chapman University where she studies Screenwriting and Political Science.
One of the most formative experiences of her life was working as an Americorps volunteer at Dismas House. The house provided living spaces for men and women returning from incarceration, all residents were non-violent offenders looking for a transitional space to live in after serving significant sentences. While working there, Maddy orchestrated events geared towards adult financial literacy, sat in on board meeting and provided insight, opinions, and recommendations for the house. The people she met while there left an indelible mark on her memory, they’re lifelong friends who broadened her understandings of privilege, kindness, and forgiveness.
Her time at the house has inspired her first feature film script. She hopes that the story can pay homage to the incredible people she got to know as well as raise awareness about the nuanced difficulties of marginalized communities that too often go overlooked and unchecked.
Maddy is also a programmer at the Newport Beach Film Festival, where her programming focuses include strong female voices in cinema, horror, and science fiction.