With an education in computer science, Kathleen Powell is the co-founder and President of the Cinequest film and creativity festival. The development of the festival has put a spotlight on San José as a place where films can be viewed, appreciated, and awarded. Not only has Cinequest provided space for the creatives in the film industry but also hosts Hollywood stars, and supports youth and innovators, while engaging a global audience. Powell has empowered youth worldwide with her creation of Picture the Possibilities, a program that encourages creativity through filmmaking. While her main work in San José is through the programs of Cinequest, Powell’s passion is helping artists and innovators locally and internationally.
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