Sheena Vaught is a Christian filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur and mentor. She is the owner of Tower 5 Media and A R I M U S E Productions and the creator of the popular online talk show, Coffee with the Girls.
Born and raised in Brunswick County, Sheena received an Associate of Arts from Brunswick Community College in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2011. Since graduating, Sheena has developed her craft through hands-on experience with various roles in the filmmaking process, including script supervisor, production coordinator and actress, both in the Wilmington area and Los Angeles, California. Her work has been featured in several film festivals including the Cucalorus Film Festival, Praxis Film Festival, Cultural Spirit Online Film Festival and the Solstice Film Festival.
Sheena has been involved in her local community throughout her career. She mentors film students from UNCW and employs college interns to help students gain video editing experience. Additionally, she has served on the Brunswick Arts Council Board of Directors where she coordinated Brunswick County’s first film festival, the Solstice Film Festival, which premiered in the summer of 2022. She is a member of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Finally, she is the creator of Coffee with the Girls, a table talk web series in which Christian women discuss obstacles and victories from their personal lives.
When she is not working, Sheena spends most of her time with her nephew, Wesley and niece, Olivia. She currently lives in Southport, N.C.
Bio Written by Sarah Stephens
MAKING FILM A VIABLE CAREER OPTION
Our vision is to be Christ centered and a morally stable company in our film and television endeavors. We also want on make film a viable career option for those who reside in Brunswick County, NC. The goal is to build a studio one day as we continue to create content and educate our community on different filmmaking pathways.
Sheena's Filmmaking Journey
SHEENA DIRECTS & EDITS HER FIRST VIDEO...
Sheena directed and edited her first music video, Tobacco is a No No, in collaboration with hip-hop artist Robert 'Rob-lo' Lawson for his senior high school project. Sheena attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a Film Studies Major. She wrote and produced a short experimental film Water (2010), produced a short World War II documentary Over the Horizon (2010) and her directorial documentary debut Colestine (2011).
After Sheena graduated with her BA she began filming a documentary on the prolific North Carolina Artist, Ivey Hayes. The spring/summer of 2012 Sheena moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue an internship. Upon returning to North Carolina, in 2012, Sheena began doing background acting and then enrolled to Cape Fear Community College with the hopes of acquiring work on film sets. From working on a student short film as a script supervisor, Sheena became a mentee of Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan, a veteran script supervisor in the film industry. Sheena went on to work on many film projects as an extra, script supervisor, production coordinator and production assistant.
MAKING HER OWN CONTENT...
Sheena began working in the insurance industry in February 2015, she soon began focus working on producing her own content. Her first completed project was The Fervent, 2016. Next Sheena produced Convicted, 2018. In 2019 Sheena went on to create a table talk web series, Coffee with the Girls. Under Tower 5 Media, Sheena began to partner with the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies department to bring on interns to mentor for over 6 semesters. Sheena is currently the chair of Cinebay Film Festival and has hosted the first filmmaking workshop for teens ages 14-18 where they learned the operations of a Hollywood Film Set and were able to work on Tower 5 Media's current film My Last Goodbye, 2023.