We, at CINTIMA, began this journey because of our passion for filmmaking, storytelling, and making sure that actors are protected and safe while performing vulnerable work. We provide training-track and certification-track programs for Intimacy Coordinators in the film and television industry. CINTIMA's accredited Intimacy Coordinator training and certification programs aim to enhance industry standards, promote safer working environments, and contribute to greater inclusivity in the film and television industry.
CINTIMA is accredited by SAG-AFTRA, and our training program is designed to offer comprehensive, flexible opportunities for aspiring Intimacy Coordinators. Our program covers all aspects of the role, including the soft skills (communication, consent, boundaries, & sex education), as well as the practical skills of working in production from your first interview to choreographing and shooting scenes, through post production.
We also teach the contextual skills from the history of intimacy in film, to the history of the role of IC and its associated social movements, social justice, being part of a film crew, on set skills, and much more. Our courses were created with an anti-oppression framework, centering the needs of Black, Indigenous, people of color, as well as LGBTQIPA+ communities.
One of our goals is to diversify the field of Intimacy Coordination by making training more accessible and affordable for historically marginalized individuals. By providing affordable and flexible training options, CINTIMA aims to create opportunities for individuals from underrepresented communities to enter and excel in this profession.
Meet The Team
Jimanekia (she/her) is a Queer Media Consultant, Comprehensive Sex Educator, and Sexual Assault & Trauma Expert. She is the host of Trauma Queen - a podcast mini-series for survivors of assault and our allies. She is also the Founder of Tending The Garden, a nonprofit for sexual assault survivors that have been marginalized. Her work as a sex educator has been featured in Playboy, Cosmo, Nylon and MANY more.
Jimanekia has worked with Intimacy Coordinators in creating content and teaching since 2021, and became one of the co-owners and co-founders of CINTIMA in 2023.
Jimanekia has worked in mental health for over a decade with youth, adolescents, and adults. Jimanekia has led trauma-informed comprehensive sex and sex toy workshops at multiple universities, including Columbia University, Rhodes College, and Claremont. Jimanekia was a keynote speaker at the UCSB Women of Color Conference in 2019 and has been a featured panelist at the Soho House, Revry’s Queer X, Poly Dallas, Converge Con, and GirlSchool LA.
Jimanekia's background has allowed her to work in other fields such as true crime-- working with Lenora Claire, at the Lenora Claire agency. There she consults and works with survivors in entertainment and as an on-site trauma companion for these individuals. She has even been able to combine her love of helping people and professional wrestling. As in early 2023, she began working with AEW, professional wrestling company. As a mental health liaison working directly with the talent.
Jimanekia received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Cal Baptist University and got a master's in Health Psychology at North Central University. She also received a graduate certificate in Alternative medicine from the American College of HealthCare Science.
Yehuda Duenyas (he/they) began his practice in intimacy work in 2007, in theater and performance in New York City. Yehuda continued their intimacy work in Film, Television and Performance, and consistently brings a deep level of authenticity, sensitivity, realism, and playfulness to his work as an intimacy coordinator. Yehuda intuitively creates safe spaces for cast and crew to create their best, safest work that is also stylistically versatile-- from realistic drama, to thriller and horror, comedy, sci-fi, romance, as well as motion capture and VFX. As a part of the LGBTQIA+ community Yehuda brings an authentic voice and perspective to their work.
Yehuda is a Primetime Emmy award-winning experiential director with a focus on immersive new media, storytelling, and technology. His clients have included Intel, Spotify, Netflix, Google, YouTube, Walt Disney Imagineering, Comcast, HBO, Showtime, MGM/UA, among others. He has also directed experiences for properties and brands such as: Game of Thrones, Billions, Audi, Jet Blue, Dixie, and Cathay Pacific. Yehuda's work and collaborations have received a Primetime Emmy award, 2 Webby awards, 8 Cannes Lions, 11 Clios, 2 Facebook awards, and an OBIE award.
Select film and TV credits include: The Afterparty Season 2 (SONY/APPLE TV), American Gigolo (Paramount Television/Showtime), Little America Season 2 (NBC/Universal/Apple TV), Westworld Season 4 (HBO), Monster: The Jefferey Dahmer Story (Ryan Murphy/Netflix) among others.
In addition to his commercial work, Yehuda's collaborative Immersive Theater and installation work has been supported by the Doris Duke Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Greenwall Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the 9/11 Fund, the Downtown Theater Alliance, the Jerome Foundation, Arts International, Chashama, the Durst Organization, Two-Trees Realty, as well as private funders and donors.
Yehuda holds an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a BA in theater cum laude from Skidmore College, and was a founding member of the award-winning underground democratic theater collaborative The National Theater of The United States America in NYC.
Jaclyn Chantel (she/her) is true multi-hyphenate and has been working in the entertainment industry for over 10 years. After earning her BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, she has worked in production, directing, casting, and acting. This body of work inspired Jaclyn to begin her work in intimacy coordinating, filling her toolbox with experiences and skills from which to draw as she approaches this important work with actors. Using Alexander Technique, Alba Emoting, and Viewpoints, Jaclyn is a natural collaborator, and seeks to foster safe spaces while hearing every voice. Jaclyn has also garnered business acumen and developed skills in logistics and management throughout her time in the industry, all of which she is excited to bring as a Co-Founder of CINTIMA.