12. Stacy Codikow — Founder and Executive Director, POWER UP
When Stacy Codikow co-founded, with Amy Shomer, the Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up in 2000, her goal was to meet other gay women in the entertainment business. Seven years later, POWER UP has grown into much more than a social or networking organization; it has become a veritable mini-studio, producing short films such as Stuck (2001), D.E.B.S. (2003), which became a feature film in 2004, and Little Black Boot, among others. This year POWER UP releases its first feature-length film, The Itty Bitty Titty Committee, directed by Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader).
Codikow learned the Hollywood ropes by attending USC’s School of Cinema, followed by working as a producer’s coordinator on Cagney & Lacey. Her work supporting and promoting lesbian filmmakers has not gone unnoticed; in 2003 she received the LACE Award from the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center for her contributions to the gay community in arts and entertainment, and in 2004, POWER UP received the Leadership Award from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
When asked whether Itty Bitty would be successful, she told The Advocate in 2005: "I’ve always said to people, ‘Things move like a train. Don’t ask questions. Hang on. We’re going somewhere.’"