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  • 18 Nov 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Murphy McCann is the writer-director of the short film Burning My Tongue, which is now hitting the festival circuit.  Burning My Tongue is about a queer woman who walks into a conservative diner and tries to navigate a conversation with a waitress who may or may not be flirting with her.  Murphy edits, shoots and sometimes directs things.  She enjoys watching movies, taking long walks with her dog Leia, and buying weird art that she has no place to put.  Her favorite films are always changing, but right now it’s a toss-up between JAWS and GREMLINS.  Murph’s mom says that she’s “amazing” — enough said.

    Murphy McCann
    Meet WIFVNE Member Murphy McCann! 

    How did you get started?
    I’m kind of a “late bloomer” I wasn’t one of those kids that made movies with my friends all the time. I didn’t really get behind the camera until my junior year in college. I took a production class as an elective and pretty much never stopped. Right after graduation I found Animus Studios and just kept showing up until they let me be an intern and it’s been a great ride ever since.

    What do you love about the work that you do?  
    I love that I’m making something new, and that I get to meet so many interesting people.

    What can you tell us about Burning My Tongue?  

    Burning My Tongue is the first project I’ve both written and directed. I worked with a lot of the members on the Animus team to bring this story to life. Roy Power was my editor, Andy Drachman was my DP, and Wendy Raad really guided me through the producing process as the lead producer. I also got a lot of help and support from Animus Partners, Justin Andrews, Arty Goldstein, and Scott Beer.

    We ran a crowd funding campaign and donated a lot of our time and effort to get the film made. I was fortunate to work with two amazing actresses, Emily Elmore and Hannah Daly, along with an amazing crew of about 15 people.  We shot at Rod’s Grille in Warren, RI. It was an awesome experience:  it was the first time I had to take command of a set and I had a very positive experience.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?
    Being a woman in the industry has enhanced my experience; there’s a great community out there for women filmmakers to be a part of and utilize. Anytime I’ve needed support I’ve been able to turn to other women in the community.

    Did you have a mentor? 
    I have a lot of mentors. I have been able to stay in touch with old professors, there are women in the WIFVNE community that I look at as mentors, and I’m constantly learning from/leaning on the rest of the Animus team.

    Were you told or did you learn a piece of wisdom or advice you now tell others in the beginning of their career?
    Just don’t be afraid to reach out to other filmmakers. I’ve always been surprised at how willing people are to go out of their way to help you out.

    What are some things you wish could change/would help if more women were in the industry? 
    I think more women in the industry would help vary the types of characters we see. Representation is huge and I don’t think there is enough of a variety of women characters, especially LGBTQ women characters.

    Where are you hoping/aspiring to go/where would you like to go in your work?  
    I have no idea. I love what I’m doing right now and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

    What are your goals for Burning My Tongue?  
    I just want Burning My Tongue out there; we’re hoping it has a good run in the festival circuit. I’m hoping that we can get as many people as possible to see it and I’m hoping that people relate to the characters.

  • 27 Jul 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kathleen is CEO and Lead Editor at Jynx Productions, the company she co-founded in 2005 with her partner in life, Johannes Wiebus.  Jynx Productions provides documentary-style content to an international array of broadcasters, ad agencies, and corporate clients.  Every project they undertake harbors that little special something, that golden sliver hiding somewhere within.  Kathleen uncovers, polishes, and makes every project stand out.

    Jynx Productions is based in Maine. She and Johannes fell in love with the Portland area on weekend trips from New York. It seemed like a great place for a fresh start, and a wonderland for raising their kids. So they just went for it, and never looked back.

    Kathleen has looked to role models more than mentors: Alice Guy Blaché, Coco Chanel, Gloria Steinem, Christiane Ammanpour, P!nk. These and so many other women inspire her to step out of the shadows and have faith that if she keeps her goals in sight and moves toward them, bit by bit every day, she will eventually achieve at least a few of them!  Photos in this newsletter provide some behind the scenes with Jynx Productions.

    How did you get started?
    After studying Film at NYU, I knew I wanted to become a documentary filmmaker. I began my career as a freelance editor for ABC News and various production companies in New York before accepting a staff editor position at Bloomberg Television in London. There, I worked my way up from editor to post supervisor. In 2000, I began running the post department globally for Bloomberg, and moved back to New York. While climbing the corporate ladder in my early 30s was exciting, I started to miss the creative aspects of filmmaking, and was longing to make a change. So, in 2005, after really not very much deliberation, my husband and I both left our corporate jobs to start our own production company. We had some good contacts with European networks who were looking for American content, so we just thought, “Let’s give this a shot!”

    What do you love about the work that you do?
    Behind the Scenes with Jynx ProductionsI love the entire process of filmmaking, but most of all it’s about the storytelling. I love hunting for interesting subject matter, introducing an audience to people and ideas they may never have heard of before. I am also passionate about editing. I enjoy its evolutionary process. There is something very cathartic about corralling hours of footage, sifting out the muck, and arranging the best selects into a coherent, interesting, watchable story. I find the collaboration with the production department deeply satisfying. That collaborative effort sometimes illuminates a juxtaposition of previously disparate elements, and suddenly BOOM! magic happens in the edit room.

    More and more, I find that I love running a small company. I enjoy the business end: forecasting, development, improving workflow, designing systems, and mentoring. At the same time, I also enjoy creating our brand story. Implementing my creative vision is remarkably rewarding.

    What is something interesting you are working on now?
    My favorite project this year is a 60-minute documentary we are producing called “Forever Young – The Quest for Eternal Life”. It’s a project that took us all over the world, from the West coast of Canada to the jungles of Colombia and into ancient Japanese villages. The doc looks both at age-old and very futuristic ways people are trying to extend their lives as long as possible, and the reasons behind their decisions. It is filled with larger-than-life characters and shot beautifully in gorgeous locations. It was truly a joy to edit.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?
    Much of my early experience unfolded as we’ve heard all too often, growing louder now with the #metoo voices. I experienced the same clichés as so many others, the usual story of casting couches and men in power cornering me in dark rooms. I experienced hostility from many other women who were also fighting to climb that ladder, trying to be taken seriously by the men in the room. Luckily, I said yes to the opportunity of working at Bloomberg LP in the early days at the London office. At that time, the spirit of a startup permeated the corporate culture and in that environment, there were no limits. Under the empowering leadership of Katherine Oliver, I was able to achieve so much. Katherine showed me that it was possible to maintain a position of strength in a male dominated industry.

    What piece of wisdom would you like to pass on as advice to others who are beginning their careers?

    My advice: Have the courage of your convictions. If you see your path ahead and it makes sense to you, go for it. There will be plenty of people, plenty of obstacles that will make you doubt your abilities or make you second guess yourself, but try not to add too much weight to those forces. Instead, listen to your own voice, and surround yourself with people who lift you up. They will help you define and reach your goals.

    And, say YES to opportunities that come your way. You can figure out the ‘how’ as you go.

    What are some things you wish could change/would help if more women were in the industry?
    I would like to see more women in the industry, of course, but I would really like to see more women holding decision making positions, positions of power. I would like to see women investing in the development of new productions, not only investing in women-led productions, but productions that are clearly trying to break away from the archaic paradigm of the male gaze. I would like to see women working to lift each other up, minimize the competitive nature of this business, and instead foster collaboration. More voices at the table will bring a plurality to the creative process, and new prisms through which to view and construct a fresh narrative.

    What is in the future for Jynx Productions?
    I have a loose vision of where I see Jynx in 10 years. My heart belongs in the documentary world. As an editor, I have always enjoyed putting chaos into order. I would like to continue to produce documentaries, with an eye to expanding our broadcast client base. Having said that, I also enjoy the commercial projects we take on. We are often working with non-production savvy teams who rely on our talents implicitly to conceptualize, pitch, produce, and deliver meaningful and watchable video content. It feels so rewarding when we hear how well the videos are received. One area that we haven’t fully explored at Jynx is scripted programming. But that may be changing. So let’s watch this space and see how that shapes the future for Jynx.

  • 27 Jul 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Juliette is a freelance cinematographer, editor, and filmmaker from the United States. She studied documentary film and anthropology at Marlboro College in Vermont. She is an avid  traveler and curious explorer, always ready for a new adventure. She’s worked on documentaries in Nicaragua, Belize, Cuba, and India, co-produced a TV show in Vermont, worked on various short films while living in Paris and has worked with many different artists, non-profits, musicians, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

    Her film, The Chocolate Garage: In Nicaragua, was selected for WIFTI 2018 Short Film Showcase.  This short documentary visits farmers and makers in Nicaragua who are trying to create a new system that values everyone involved, bringing back the value of cacao to the countries it originates and is grown in.

    Did you know that cacao is grown on a tree, takes over a week of fermentation, then drying, roasting and grinding, to turn into chocolate? Did you also know that most chocolate is made possible by child labor in Africa?

    WIFVNE is proud to announce Juliette serves as WIFVNE’s State Chair for Maine.  Juliette is volunteering her time to assist WIFVNE to foster collaboration, community and connection by acting as a primary contact for WIFVNE in Maine.  Photos in this newsletter provide some behind the scenes looks at her work.

    How did you get started?
    I took my first film class my senior year of high school. I took to filming everything around me with a small digital point and shoot camera and edited together small vignettes, like memories of periods of my life. This is basically the genesis of my style – the essence being personal, human at its core, and relating feelings and experiences.

    Juliette Sutherland on location with her short film

    What do you love about the work that you do?
    What I love most is probably a more practical aspect of filmmaking. I love working for myself and the variability of the work. I edit from home, with my cat, and then get to change it up by going off on shoots, traveling, and working on different projects that always teach me something new.  I meet new people and challenge myself in my craft.

    What is something interesting you are working on now?
    For the past year or so I’ve been working on a documentary series about ethical chocolate all over the world. I film and edit everything, so I have a lot of creative control, and the collaboration is wonderful. We’ve been to Nicaragua, Cuba, Hawaii, Switzerland, and India. The next trip is planned for Brazil! We’ve gotten to screen our films as part of the WIFTI short films showcase and also at the Maui Film Festival.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like?
    I will sometimes show up to a shoot and people will assume I don’t know what I am doing, even from people who know nothing about cameras or editing. I often feel underestimated.  People react with surprise that “hey, this was actually pretty good!” and I’m like “yes…I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years…” The most wonderful part is getting to collaborate with other women and work on fostering that supportive group. I love being the Maine state chair for WIFVNE because it puts me in a position to reach out to many local organizations and meet more wonderful women and bring us all together.

    What are some things you wish could change/would help if more women were in the industry?
    Continuing to show women in positions of power is a top priority. It has to become normalized for women to work in the industry and get them into more positions like cinematographer and editor. I feel it’s more common to find a female producer, or even director, but even less women in the more “tech” areas of cinematography and editing. Having more women will hopefully change the culture, but there should also be – and there are – incentives to help move this along.

    Where are you hoping/aspiring to go/where would you like to go in your work?
    I am actually loving where I am at! I hope to continue collaborating with makers, always learning and pushing my comfort zone and exploring. I have never worked at a production company and have often thought about it and how I could gain access to bigger, different projects I wouldn’t be able to secure as an individual, but I have not yet found the perfect place.

  • 10 Apr 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What’s the best part of your work? Finding those moments in a film where I can support or bring out some subtext of a story that might not be readily apparent. That is when I feel I am contributing in a way that helps the film become something more than the sum of its parts.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry? Like all freelancers, particularly in a creative field, juggling the work that you’re passionate about with the need to promote yourself and find work is difficult. Both are full-time jobs, and it’s important to maintain your integrity while doing each. 

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker? I know here in the Boston area there are valuable communities such as this one that help provide both logistical and personal support. From my own experience, I find that if you encounter people who appear to be unnecessarily putting up roadblocks, don’t waste too much effort on them. Be persistent and have faith that if you work hard and are doing what you are passionate about there will be people who will notice.

    What goals do you have for 2017? To continue to build relationships and work with filmmakers and other creators. I’m also working on a long-form piece based on an Isaac Asimov short story that will combine dance and opera. It’s quite a journey, both creating it and the work itself!

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I’ll be premiering a new dance collaboration with Betsi Graves, director of Urbanity Dance (Best of Boston, 2015; Top Ten Critics’ Pick by The Boston Globe) on June 2nd as part of their show Observing. Some other great choreographers and musicians will be performing/presenting pieces as well. For tix:  I also scored a short film for the winner of last year’s Flicks4Chicks Best Director prize, Catharine Pilafas, that’s about to enter the festival hunt. It’s a WWII period piece called “Seagull” – Look for it at festivals this fall!

    How can your fans find you!?
    My website:
    Twitter: @rjaret

  • 12 Oct 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eileen Slavin is a freelance filmmaker and editor who joined WIFVNE in August of 2016. We are glad to have you on board Eileen and thank you for taking a moment so we can get to know you better. Read below to learn a bit more about Eileen.

    Whats the best part about your work? I love what I do! Editing is artistic, challenging, fun, and rewarding. I love the process of storytelling, of bringing order to chaos.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry? It’s hard to get your foot in the door in this industry. You have to be willing to take any work you can starting out (even if it’s for free), and you face a lot of rejection. It helps to maintain a positive mindset and always strive to improve your skills.

    Tell us what it is like working on the 48HFP? Working on the 48HFP is a huge adrenaline rush. You’re condensing what would normally take weeks into one weekend. This was my 6th time participating on a team and I always walk away from both satisfied by what my team accomplished in such a short amount of time… and in need of a very long nap. =)

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker? We need you! Women are currently underrepresented in the film industry, but we can change that. Sometimes people will underestimate you because you are female or feel threatened by you if you’re good at what you do. Pay them no mind and continue doing your thing. There are plenty of other people in the industry who will appreciate and support you; surround yourself with those people, because they will help you accomplish your goals, and in turn, you will push each other to become better filmmakers.

    What goals do you have for this year? My goals for this year include editing a feature film, increasing the number of projects I work on, and expanding my client base, all of which will serve to improve my editing skills.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I’m currently Film & Photo Dept. Chair of an entertainment company called This Is Entertainment started by CEO Kody Fraser, who directed our 48 Hour Film Project this year, The Adventures of Slick Willy: A Bridge Too Far ( We’ve got a stop-motion short and a music video in postproduction right now that I’m working on, and will be shooting an upcoming video tribute of a well-known Pixar short in September. Facebook:

    I have also been hired as DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) on Higher Methods, a feature film to be directed by Nathan Suher of IM Filmworks. It’s a psychological horror film with a philosophical overtone to be shot in January. Facebook:

    How can your fans find you!? 

    • Facebook:
    • Twitter:
    • YouTube:
    • IMDb:
    • Online portfolio:
  • 23 Aug 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mau Hardiman, M.Ed, is a Boston-based, freelance Makeup Artist with over a decade of experience in the industry. Her experience is proficient in all areas of production for high-definition film, print, editorial, and some special effects. In her experience, she has worked with all ethnicities, skin tones, and hair types.

    What’s the best part of your work?
    I absolutely love assisting a Film Director’s vision of their movie characters. I love to watch characters come to life and feel proud to have had a part in that process.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?
    I think the same challenges that most in the industry face, there can always be more work.

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    I’m a newbie!

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    I can only speak from the perspective of a Makeup Artist and with that, I would say: not all Makeup Artists are experienced in film. It is best to hire someone that understands the need for continuity (you will often see me snapping pics of characters and noting scene numbers), reading a script, and having a makeup kit that is stocked for film (I have everything from makeup to razors to breastfeeding pads: great for sweaty underarms! Fashion tape, and the list goes on!).

    What goals do you have for this year?
    My goals are to take part in as many projects as I can.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
    I am currently working with a formulator to create an innovative color cosmetic product.

    Stay updated: Instagram @makeupbymau and Twitter @makeupbymau
    For booking inquiries:

  • 20 Jun 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Actor Jessica Rockwood, 32, is one of the most positive women you will ever meet. In the competitive world of film and video, she chooses to cheer on her friends and fellow actors.

    “I love making connections through acting and love being supportive to my fellow actors,” says Rockwood. “I never get upset when I lose an audition to a friend. I’m happy for them and encourage them. If you can’t be supportive to fellow actors then you won’t find them supporting you back. I’ve found great relationships with my fellow actors and seeing them succeed is something I enjoy as well as feeling such positive energy from them when they share in my successes.”

    Rockwood grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts and began focusing on her acting career after a deliberating injury. That is when Rockwood realized that life was far too short to do anything that you aren’t passionate about, a realization which continues to be a driving force in her life.

    When asked what she wished she had known early in her career Rockwood said “I wish I had pushed myself further and done what I wanted for myself instead of what other people wanted me to do. It’s not impossible, it’s just hard work.” However, after working in so many capacities we have a feeling that she certainly puts in the work necessary to be successful!

    Jessica Rockwood can be contacted here.

  • 24 May 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jess Barnthouse:
    Co-Owner/Director of Video
    Production at Wicked Bird Media

    WIFVNE’s May Member Spotlight is on Jess Barnthouse -Co-Owner/Director of Video Production at Wicked Bird Media

    What’s the best part about your work?
    I work with a variety of different clients so every day gives me new ways to be creative.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?
    Most of my work is either commercial or for broadcast television. It would be AMAZING to get more films to come to Boston.

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    I first joined when I moved to Boston in 2008 and I signed up for the mentor program.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    Find a mentor and learn as much as you can from them.  I once heard someone say that if you’re still bragging about work you did three years ago, you’re doing something wrong.  This is an industry where we need to be constantly learning and growing our skills and getting better.  So film stuff all the time and get feedback.

    What goals do you have for this year?
    I would like to have a rough cut of my feature-length documentary finished! My co-director and I have been working on it for over three years now and are knee deep in post-production.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
    The documentary we’re in post on follows a horror movie star who now lives in Maine and runs an all-natural children’s toy company from his house with his wife and three kids.  But he wants to return to horror acting!  Find out more at

    Find Jess on her

  • 20 Apr 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jemma Byrne, Freelance Video Editor

    WIFVNE’s April Member Spotlight is on Jemma Byrne – Freelance Video Editor

    What’s the best part about your work?
    The best part about my job is the variety of projects I work on. I could be editing an educational video one day and an interview with the CEO of a huge company the next.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?
    My biggest challenge is being taken seriously. My technical skills are often overlooked by both men and women.

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    Two months

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    Be prepared to work twice as hard for half the acknowledgment.

    What goals do you have for this year?
    I would like to have a rough cut of my feature-length documentary finished! My co-director and I have been working on it for over three years now and are knee deep in post production.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
    I’m currently working on a series of videos with /newsroom365 about IoT and augmented reality.

    Find Jemma on her website:

  • 03 Mar 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    left to right: Jan Waldman: TV Host/Producer, Alice Bouvrie: Producer/Director, Liane Brandon: Filmmaker and Still Photographer, Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness: Director

    March is Women’s History Month, and we received four submissions from our call to members to be featured, so we decided to spotlight all of them!

    Whats the best part about your work?

    Jan Waldman: I truly love what I do. Meeting so many varied individuals in and out of the film world.

    Alice Bouvrie: Getting to know the people and issues that are explored in my films.

    Liane Brandon: It’s challenging and creative – a mix of art, craft, and technology. Depending on the project, I get to explore subjects I am passionate about.

    Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness: Collaboration.


    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?

    Jan: Fortunately, the fact that I am a 50-year-old female has never been a detriment in my career. I would have to say that time is the biggest challenge. The amount invested is always the same whether the project is successful or not. Hard work is a given and it is the only way you can begin to become successful.

    Alice: Financing the projects, and getting them out and seen.

    Liane: When I started making films in 1969, there was no portable video and very few people had access to 16mm cameras and editing equipment. Film schools were few and far between. Very few women had any filmmaking skills. I was one of three independent women filmmakers in New England. I had to borrow a high school football team’s 16mm camera in the offseason, and teach myself how to use it to make my first film. There were almost no films about the issues girls and women were facing (equal pay, equal rights, employment discrimination) or about the lives of ordinary women. There were virtually no outlets for political or social issue films – let alone films about the Women’s Movement. Distributors said there was no audience for films about women’s issues – so we started our own distribution coop (New Day Films). We were told that we’d fail in a year. New Day is now 45 years old and a leading distributor of social issue films!

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Raising money.


    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?

    Jan: 2 Years.

    Alice: Not sure, but at least 30 years or so.

    Liane: 20+ years.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Two years.


    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Jan: Do your research. Find out everything you are able to about the role, person or business you will be working with before you dive in. Be prepared.

    Alice: Try not to lose your motivation and energy, and stay curious!

    Liane: Learn as much as you can. Work hard. Persevere.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Act. Get out there and film.


    What goals do you have for this year?

    Jan: We will be looking for wider distribution to other public access TV stations in the state and across the country and more of an online presence.

    Alice: Better marketing and promotion for the films that I have already made.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: More collaboration.


    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?

    Jan: My TV show, “Entertainment Plus with Jan Waldman” with producers/editors Steve Spencer and Mike Murray, aired its first show February 1, 2016. Upcoming guests include Carol Patton, publisher of Imagine Magazine and the producers of “The Folklorist” Angela Herrar, Andrew Eldridge and John Horrigan.

    Alice: I just finished a short documentary about an MIT professor who is a cross-dresser, A Chance to Dress. I’m working to get it into the marketplace and to get it out and be seen.

    Liane: I recently shot the stills for the upcoming (October) PBS American Masters bio of Edger Allan Poe (Spy Pond Productions). Exhibit of the photographs near the time of the PBS premiere. Also, upcoming exhibit of my photographic series of women powerlifters.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Writer’s Block is a finalist in the 2016 WIFTI Short Film Showcase, and will screen in DC and also at BIFF on April 16 at the Paramount Theater in Boston. My script Indentured was a finalist at Sundance Lab 2015 and RIIFF 2015.


    How can your fans find you!?

    Jan: You can find my show “Entertainment Plus with Jan Waldman” on My website is:

    Alice: I have a website: and FB:

    Liane: See my website for contact information




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