J. Cheryl Bookout

Cheryl Bookout is a filmmaker and studio artist residing in Joshua Tree, CA. Bookout directed the 2021 award-winning short documentary film “Inside the Beauty Bubble” and produced the 2022 short narrative film “Just a Friend” which is currently entering the 2023-2024 film festival circuit. In 2019 she produced two award-winning films, the short documentary “Gloria’s Call” and a short sci-fi narrative “PURE.” She is currently producing a feature-length documentary “Acting Like Women.”

“Women of Steel” is Cheryl’s first narrative screenplay and it has been winning awards in screenplay competitions: Finalist 2021 Screencraft screenplay competition; Official Selection 2021 Sherman Oaks Film Festival; Semi-Finalist 2021 Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards; Quarter Finalist 2022 Reno Tahoe Screenplay Contest; Nominee Best Screenplay 2022 Sensei Film Festival; Nominee 2022 Lonely Wolf Festival; and Finalist 2023 Berlin FilmHaus Festival.

Cheryl is Founder and Executive Director of The Chimaera Project. She has been a guest on numerous filmmaking and art panels throughout the U.S. Her nonprofit work includes sitting on the Board of Directors for the Joshua Tree Retreat Center and Mil-Tree Veterans Project (Joshua Tree). Bookout is the past President of the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (2012 – 2016). As an individual artist, she is included in the California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California and Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, a project organized by Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art at USC.