A graduate of Louisiana State University (BA), and American Conservatory Theatre (MFA), in San Francisco, where she performed with many Bay Area theater companies. After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she directed a short documentary on the world of thoroughbred horse racing, Probable Odds, filmed during the 2003 Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita Race Track. She has worked as a Field Producer for the Associated Press at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, a Red Carpet Interviewer for the AFI Film Festival and Line Producer for several short films.
As Director of Educational Outreach of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, Manon designed standards-based curriculum, connecting early cinema to modern filmmaking, to promote digital literacy among at-risk youth and is a founding member of the Los Angeles Digital Literacy Alliance (LADLA), a collaboration of youth arts program and technology access providers, education advocates and funders engaged in a community-wide plan for digital media/learning innovation for Los Angeles children ages 5-18.
In 2013, Ms. Banta was one of 10 non-profit leaders chosen by Los Angeles Social Venture Partners to deliver a 3-minute fast pitch showcasing the innovative approach MFC uses to change the social fabric of under-resourced communities. Manon received a scholarship to Stanford University Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Non Profit Leadership in 2015.