WIFVNE announces our 2021 Short Screenplay Competition Judges!
Denise Widman has written several feature length and short scripts which have placed in the Austin Film Festival’s Script Competition, NYC International Screenwriting Awards, Women in Film and Video New England Screenplay Competition(s), the Mystic Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and several others. She has served as board president of Boston Jewish Film (BJF) and has held other leadership roles within BJF. She also served on the board of Women in Film and Video New England and is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, Massachusetts Production Coalition, and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Denise has a background in marketing for entertainment and communications companies and is also involved as a volunteer or board member with several other non-profit organizations.
You can find her on Facebook and Instagram: @denwiddy
Wendy Ewan is the Artistic Director of Scribe Stages, a site-specific “page to stage” theatre group founded in 2015. She is a writer, filmmaker, and instructor, and holds an MFA in Stage and Screen Writing from Lesley University. She is a 2020 Fusion Winner; Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Regional and National Finalist; a Finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program; and an ITVFEST Semi-Finalist. She has had several productions in Los Angeles and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico but calls Los Angeles home.
Jennifer Rapaport is a Boston-based screenwriter and an Affiliated Faculty Member at Emerson College, where she teaches screenwriting. She is the writer and co-producer of several short films including Soul Candy, which premiered at the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles. Her scripts have advanced in competitions including the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Slamdance, Austin, and PAGE, and have been finalists in the LA Femme International Film Festival and the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, among others. Jennifer received an AB from Brown University and an MFA from the University of Florida.
Check out more information about the 2021 Screenplay Competition HERE!
In tandem with the 2021 WIFVNE Annual Screenwriting Competition, we’re here to help writers hone their craft by listing various FREE resources like the ones below:
BAD PITCH WRITERS
BAD PITCH WRITERS LAB INTRO CLASS: The Bad Pitch Writers Intro Class gives you the basic toolkit of everything you need to start writing. It involves a lecture/discussion portion, as well as exposure to the lab experience by workshopping material: whether it's just a logline, a few images, or your first five pages. The Bad Pitch Writers Intro Lab integrates theory with practice, and introduces you to lab format.
PAGE TO SCREEN: Take a WRITER'S approach to acting! Master your auditions with an innovative technique that takes a writer's approach to script analysis, and apply it to your audition technique and start increasing your booking numbers!!
Please visit www.badpitchwriterslab.com to sign up, and keep the conversation going by joining our community on instagram @badpitchwriterslab
April 23rd, 5:00-6:30 (EST)
Happy Hour Writing Session with Instructor Lysz Flo
May 28th, 5:00-6:30 (EST)
Happy Hour Writing Session with Instructor Keena Boling
What's more satisfying than leaving work behind on a Friday afternoon? Rounding out the week with a free writing session, of course! Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. Leave work behind on a Friday,grab a snack and/or your favorite after-work beverage, and log into GrubStreet Remote for some writing! In 60 jam-packed minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises.
May 5th, 12:30-1:15 (EST)
Free Brown Bag Lunch Writing Session with Instructor Chalene Riser
Looking for some virtual mid-week writing community? Or do you have a schedule that gives you free afternoons instead of evenings? Join our FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series live via easy to use video conferencing. For 45 minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises. Led by one of our award-winning instructors or ambassadors.
April 14th, 11:00 (PST)
Process of Pitching
Some projects are made at the pitch level. Some projects are lost at the pitch level. Let's keep you away from the latter! Pitching is more than just a presentation. It's more than just a sales tool, and in this free class with Max Timm, you will learn how and why your pitch is even more important than you think.
Let's dive in and join Max Timm, the ISA's Director of Education, as he walks us through the intricate and sometimes overwhelming details of pitching your project. Per usual, there will be a lot of information covered in one hour, and he will do everything he can to answer as many questions as he can. So come prepared. Put your creative thinking caps on. If you can't stay for the entire webinar, it will be recorded and members will be able to access the recording shortly after the live event.
April 15th, 5:00 (PST)
Virtual Third Thursdays
We will be having a roundtable discussion with Sonali Mehta, M.Rowan Meyer, and Desa Larkin-Boutté to talk about pitching. Instead of hearing from industry pros who receive pitches, we will be doing the flipside of that discussion and getting the inside scoop from fellow writers about how they pitch, how they prep, how to avoid pitfalls, etc.
And we will finish the night off with some mixing and mingling! It will be a fun, informative evening! And everyone is welcome.
April 21, 11:00 (PST)
Three writers will be asked to take part in a live event, hosted by the ISA's Director of Education Max Timm, where they will write a scene - no longer than five pages - per predetermined story and scene elements. The writers will receive the same story element prompts, and the audience will get to see not only what they came up with from a scene story perspective, but how they format the page, scene direction, dialogue, everything.
The ISA notices quite often that a lot of writers have questions about proper formatting, and this event is meant to deliver education while keeping it fun and active.
The Last Wednesday of Every Month @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm PT
Opening Pages Analysis
In an online group setting utilizing video conferencing software Zoom, Roadmap Writers' CEO Joey Tuccio will give several volunteer writers specific feedback on their opening three (3) pages. The pages will be shared on screen with the rest of the group so everybody can learn from the feedback.
The Opening Page Analysis will start with a lecture on some of the immediate reasons an executive might pass on your work...and you might not even know you're doing one of these things! Remember, most execs won't read past page 5 if they aren't hooked from the start.
We want to make sure each writer's opening pages are solid and you can even take what you've learned from this Opening Pages Workshop and apply these techniques to the rest of your script.
April 26th, 6:30-8 PM (EST)
The Screenwriters Roundtables are open to the public. They provide a safe place for new and established writers to have their work read and critiqued. They also feature special guest speakers when available. This Roundtable usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month.
If you wish to be added to the Screenwriters Roundtable listserv, please contact the WIFV office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free for WIFV Members (must be logged in)
$10 for all general public
Discount for WIFVNE members
STORY GENERATION in 120 MINUTES
Hosted by Alexa Alemanni (pre-recorded)
Want to know more about story generation, and how to come up with great ideas on the fly? Watch the pre-recorded session above on the https://womeninfilmvideo.org/videos site!
*Comment down below if you know any more resources to share!
WIFVNE is a proud event sponsor of the 2021 Salem Film Festival! The Salem Film Festival will have virtual screenings of films from March 19th-28th, 2021.
Coming up on March 27th, as part of SFF, our very own Board member Ingrid Stobbe is moderating a live panel discussion titled, “From Idea to Screen,” focusing on the process and production for three women directors with films featured in this year's festival. The women directors include: Anna Koch (Co-Director of Glitter and Dust), Raquel Cepeda (Director of La Madrina), and Giedrė Žickytė (Director of The Jump). Get your tickets now: WIFVNE: From Idea to Screen.
Glitter and Dust is a story about four young girls navigating the American Rodeo circuit, which is typically heavily run by boys. For more information: GLITTER AND DUST | Salem Film Fest 2021.
La Madrina follows a beloved South Bronx matriarch and former “First Lady” of the Savage Skulls gang as she straddles the complexities of multiple worlds in a complicated journey through five decades of Bronx history and resilience. For more information: LA MADRINA | Salem Film Fest 2021.
The Jump takes place in the 1970’s, following a Lithuanian sailor who makes a leap for freedom from his Soviet vessel onto a US Coast Guard Cutter. We follow him through a series of chaotic events during the Cold War. For more information: THE JUMP | Salem Film Fest 2021.
Since 2007, Salem Film Fest (SFF) has brought the world's best independent documentaries and their makers to Boston's North Shore. Now the largest international documentary film festival in Massachusetts, the event annually presents more than 80 features and shorts to a loyal audience of thousands. The festival is run largely by volunteers through a non-profit entity, Salem Community Arts Center, Inc.
SFF 2021 will be screening a wide variety of films this year including GLITTER AND DUST, about four young girls navigating the American Rodeo circuit, and THE LETTER, about a 94-year-old Kenyan woman learning how to overcome accusations of witchcraft by her own family. Click here to see the full 2021 catalog: Catalog | Salem Film Fest 2021.
WIFVNE is also excited to announce two of our Board members will be moderating events. Emily Abi-Kheirs is moderating two Shorts Program Q&As for the films Derby DERBY SHORTS Q&A and Lafayette LAFAYETTE SHORTS Q&A. Derby is a story about tourists enjoying their travels in Myanmar’s hotel complexes while, unknowingly and at the same time, 10 kilometers away members of the Rohingya ethnic group are being tortured and killed. Lafayette takes a look inside a soccer referee’s pressures, fears, and doubts surrounding his job and what comes with it. Along with Emily, our Board member Ingrid Stobbe is moderating “From Idea to Screen,” a live panel discussion on 3/27, with Co-Director of Glitter and Dust Anna Koch, Director of La Madrina Raquel Cepeda, and Director of The Jump Giedrė Žickytė. Look for the dates and times of these panels and stay tuned for program updates.
WIFVNE members receive a discount on our SFF Frequent Streamer passes normally priced at $90 for 10 films and $45 for 5 films. WIFVNE members can save an additional $10 off of 10 films or $5 off 5 films. See your Members Only email for details. The promotion is good until March 18 at 11:59pm. Click here to get your pass: Salem Film Fest.
On Wednesday, March 10th, showcase attendees can view festival award winning films and meet the filmmakers during this year’s virtual Iranian Women Filmmakers Showcase. The showcase and the Meet the Filmmakers event are free but registration is required. Click here for registration: https://www.goelevent.com/WoodsHoleFilmFest/e/IranianFilmmakersShowcase
Hosted by Women in Film and Video New England, in partnership with Women in Film and Television International, and That Child Got Talent Entertainment, and supported by Woods Hole Film Festival, the Iranian Women Filmmakers Showcase will feature nine short films from Iranian women for viewing on demand from March 10th to March 12th. On March 11th, from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST, attendees will be able to connect with the filmmakers as well as speak with other cinephiles immersive experience on Remo.
Emerson alum Sonia Hadad, whose film "Exam" won the Grand Jury Prize of the AFI fest, curated the shorts program. The films -- dramas, documentaries, and animations -- embrace the different aspects of the Iranian experience for an international audience. The Showcase intentionally takes place during International Women’s Week and participates in the effort to #ChooseToChallenge by seeking out, sharing, and celebrating women's achievements through spotlighting these female directors.
“Women in Film and Video of New England is excited to host our sister filmmakers from Iran and take time to enjoy and celebrate their work especially during women’s history month. We are a global community and the stories of our colleagues around the world are as important as the ones happening in our backyard," said Alecia Orsini, President of WIFVNE.
“That Child Got Talent Entertainment is so very honored to work with the all-women lead organizations-- WIFVNE & WIFTI-- to bring together a collection of short films produced, written, and directed by our sisters in film in Iran. Many thanks for the unwavering curation by Sonia Hadad. We are delighted to sponsor this event and look forward to many more to come. Blessings for another year of Women in Film!” added That Child Got Talent Entertainment founder, Nerissa Williams Scott.
EIGHT FILMS FEATURED IN THE SHOWCASE
Films featured in the event are as follows:
The oscar-nominated film shadows a young Iranian woman who sets out on a mission to transport a brown package, at the request of her father. The anxiety-filled thriller unfolds in fifteen minutes, forcing the audience to question what may occur in each passing moment.
Directed by: Sonia Hadid
The Fried Fish
The fish is yearning to see the sea once again. He asks a cat, a mouse, a dog, and a crow for help, one after another. They each eat a part of his flesh and carry him some distance down the path to the sea. But after a while, one by one, they put him down and leave. At the end, some ants throw the fish’s skeleton into the sea. The fish happily swims away in the deep blue sea.
Directed by: Leila Kahlilzadeh
This puppet short follows a group of refugees attempting to cross the border. As smugglers transport them in a fridge truck, the exposure to freezing cold temperatures may dim their hopes and chances for a better life.
Director: Farzaneh Omidvarnia
Protagonist Marziyeh has always struggled with her religious and strict upbringing. Now as a young married woman she’s navigating the world on her own terms, learning to lean into her newfound sense of self and identity.
Directed by: Dornaz Hajiha
An Iraqi sniper chooses to document some of his past killings by tattooing the names of the soldiers on his body. The final tattoo, given by a young Iranian, may astonish viewers.
Directed by: Ghasideh Gholmakani
A mother overcomes adversity to protect and provide for her daughter. Their journey brings them to a London river, or a bitter sea, that they gaze upon in the final scene of the film.
Directed by:Fateme Ahmadi
Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila
Complex family drama and history intermesh in the 15min documentary, which takes place in 1978 in Iran.
Directed by: Farahnaz Sharifi
On her way back from work a woman witnesses something happening in the bus and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.
Directed by:Farnoosh Samadi
Every day on the streets of Tehran, a house in being demolished, a house that one day was designed based on our architecture principals , aesthetics and our needs. Artists have gathered in one of those old houses and created works to pay a last tribute to it as a representative of historical houses of the city of Tehran.
Directed by Farnez Jurabchian and Mohammadrez Jurabchian
President's Statement Women's History Month 2021
There are so many reasons I like the month of March. Spring is around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day, the founding of the Girl Scouts, and of course women’s history month. But for a lot of us the middle of March also marks the anniversary of a pandemic that changed our lives drastically. We’ve done a lot of growing in this year and spent time focusing on what is most important to us.
Human connection is on the top of that list. So how do we celebrate this month, and honor the great change that happened?
The work we do at WIFVNE is a year-round endeavor. The spotlight is naturally on women of history this month, but that history doesn’t disappear in the other months on the calendar.
So we are encouraging you to MAKE history. Join us, network, find ways to make human connections that matter. Become a mentor, make a big ask for a project that you’re passionate about, Watch a film that you normally wouldn’t have, talk to someone new.
We are here for you. Let's make some history and Change the Lens.
- Alecia Orsini
On Monday, February 1, WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini spoke with some students who are members of Emerson College's Women in Motion. The following recap was provided by Emily Cerutti.
Women in Motion is an organization that aims to empower women and female-identifying students to be successful in all aspects of the film industry. The goal is to create an inclusive and educational community that empowers those who have been historically marginalized in the industry.
When talking with Alecia, she not only gave us a run down on her position in the film industry and her impressive climb to where she is now, but also taught us all the specific details of how to succeed when entering the industry. It is very rare to have a speaker talk about the experience as a production assistant on set as we all know that will most likely be our first job out of college. Most speakers tend to focus on the positions they have already achieved or ones that are far in the future for most students; however, Alecia specifically told us how to be successful as a production assistant which will later help us achieve success in higher roles later on. Alecia was also extremely supportive offering her contact information to all of our members and herself as a resource. She also promoted WIFVNE and explained the benefits of having a women centered community that we could turn to, but also inviting men to be part of that conversation as they are needed to help create change in the industry as well. Overall, she was an incredibly knowledge, kind, and inspiring speaker and we enjoyed every moment of her time.
With a great start this past Sunday, WIFVNE in partnership with the Walnut Street Synagogue and the Boston Latino International Film festival is excited to continue the Tikkun Olam-Sanar el Mundo film series and roundtable virtual event this Sunday, February 28th with the second installment of the series!
This film series focuses on and celebrates how an act of healing, no matter how small, contributes to Tikkun Olam-Sanar el Mundo - healing and repairing the world.
On Sunday, February 28th at 3:30pm will be the screening of Decade of Fire. This film follows the plight of Black and Puerto Rican residents of the South Bronx who were blamed for the devastation of their neighborhood caused by fires in the 1970s, despite their daily battles to save their neighborhoods. The film uncovers the truth along with policies of racism and neglect that still shape our cities.
Following the screening, there will be a conversation with moderator Sabrina Aviles, Festival Director of the Boston Latino International Film Festival and a producing partner for the series; filmmakers Vivian Vazquez and Neyda Martinez as well as special guests Roseann Bongiovanni and Maria Belen from GreenRoots Chelsea.
An educator and facilitator,Vivian Irizarry ran educational and youth leadership development programs at the Coro Foundation, Bronxworks, and is currently the director of community-school partnerships at the New Settlement Community Campus. Vázquez Irizarry managed educational youth development models in GED completion and college access programs across New York City. A former member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, she is a member of 52 People for Progress, a community organization that saved her childhood playground and revitalized the South Bronx for the last 35 years.
Gretchen Hildebran is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work lives at the intersection of politics, policy and human experience. Credits include: WORTH SAVING (2004), which was presented in HBO’s Frame by Frame showcase; OUT IN THE HEARTLAND (2005) which explored anti-gay legislation in Kentucky. A 2005 graduate of Stanford’s documentary program, Gretchen shot Ramona Diaz’s THE LEARNING (2011) and has edited for the History Channel, PBS and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as on independent documentaries. Gretchen has also made a series of short documentaries used to educate communities across the country about life-saving interventions such as needle exchange and overdose prevention.
Nick Rocco Scalia from Film Threat said “The well-paced, tightly constructed, often crushingly emotional documentary is stirring and compelling throughout, illuminating both a dark chapter of New York City history and an all-too-common example of the extent to which inner-city people can be unjustly victimized by those in power.”
Don’t miss out on seeing Decade of Fire and the panel conversation on Sunday, February 28, 2021. The films and discussions will also be offered in English and Spanish. Visit walnutstreetsynagogue.com/film-series for complete details and ticket information.
Join us this Sunday, February 21st for the first installment of the “Tikkun Olam-Sanar el Mundo” film series and roundtable virtual event.
This film series focuses on and celebrates how an act of healing, no matter how small, contributes to Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo - healing and repairing the world.
On Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:30pm is the screening of The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America. This film tells the story of a small group of South Americans, whose ancestors were European Jews forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. They long to affirm their faith while isolated in Catholic countries. Despite being rejected by local Jewish communities, they battle to become Jews regardless of the consequences. (Most of the film is in Spanish with English subtitles; a Spanish transcript is available for portions only in English.)
Following the screening, there will be a conversation with moderator Dalia Wassner, Ph.D. Director, HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies at Brandeis, Rabbi Claudia Kreiman of Brookline’s Temple Beth Zion, and director and producer Gabriela Böhm.
Gabriela Böhm is a documentary director, producer, writer and editor. She is founder of the documentary film company Böhm Productions, which produces creative, thought-provoking, character-driven films that explore our common humanity through inspiring stories — past and present. Her award-winning films have screened worldwide.
Gabriela's family was forever changed by the events of The Holocaust, leaving a trail of ghosts in its residue. Her creative work is alive, pulsating, and fed by questions that reflect back to this source. In addition, she is the Program Manager of the Tools for Tolerance for Educators program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. A native of Argentina, Gabriela received her BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA at Maine Media College.
This is a free event conducted in partnership with The Walnut Street Synagogue, WIFVNE, and the Boston Latino International Film Festival. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelsea Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The films and discussions will also be offered in English and Spanish. Visit walnutstreetsynagogue.com/film-series for complete details and ticket information.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, Women in Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) has an elected Board of Directors. All active members are asked to vote for our Board members, who work on a volunteer basis to fulfill the vision and mission of the organization: WIFVNE works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education. WIFVNE membership is open to everyone who supports our mission.
WIFVNE is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of some 44 Women in Film chapters worldwide and more than 13,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media. WIFVNE is also a member of WIFT-US.
For the term beginning in January 2021, there will be nine (9) current Board members who will remain on the Board. From December 13 to December 20, WIFVNE members will cast their votes via online ballot for up to two (2) new Board members.
Board candidates are listed alphabetically.
Charlie Alejandro began her career with the Metropolitan Police Department on December 17, 1984 and became a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police when the police consolidation law took effect on July 1, 1992. After her retirement Ms. Alejandro started Corporate Power group a successful public speaking and training company She worked as a community organizer for the City of Lowell, assistant project manager for Vance International, and as a criminal justice instructor for Lincoln technical schools. She is a tactical techniques instructor for CPG-CP security and training. Charlie us co-owner of Beantown Statie production company. An independent multi-award winning production company, sound stage, photography studio and editing suite Ms. Alejandro is married to her second husband Mel. Together they raised their blended family of 6 boys, two girls and now enjoy working with some of their adult children in various film and tv projects.
As owner of a Latina, female owned production studio, I feel that I have a wide array of skills to bring to the table. Including but not limited to social media, directing, public speaking, producing, directing, wardrobe, prop and set design as well as FX and regular make up. I love mentoring younger women in the field. I also look forward to learning from women who have paved a path for women like myself.
Regina Clark grew up in Boston, MA. She holds an AA and Certificate in Paralegal Studies, a BA in Political Science and a BS and MA in Video Production. Regina wrote, produced directed and edited her Master's thesis Chloe which was screened at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in 2002. She was also a finalist in the Kid's Fest Film Festival also in 2002. Regina, a long-time fixture at Emerson College, is currently the User Services Coordinator for the Media Services Department. She supervises up to 12 student employees and oversees the day-to-day operations of the department.
If elected to the Board, I feel that a new voice and ideas will add to the differing perspectives that are there. As well as giving me the opportunity to learn from others and to repot the root-bound plant I call my video career.
Delores Edwards is an Emmy nominated and award-winning producer, writer, and entrepreneur covering media and content in news, digital platforms, talk, documentary, and entertainment programming.
Currently, she is the Executive Producer of “Basic Black,” PBS’s longest-running live news and public affairs program produced by and for communities of color, and “Open Studio,” a weekly arts magazine program at GBH in Boston. Under Delores’ leadership at GBH, “Basic Black” received the prestigious Boston/New England’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (N.A.T.A.S.) Governors’ Award, their highest honor.
Prior to joining GBH, Delores produced stories for nationally recognized programs and networks, “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News & News Specials, VH1, BET, and OWN.
Her documentary short, Harlem’s Handmaids, about a congregation of African American nuns living in Harlem, was selected for the Reel Sisters NY film festival and her short screenplay, “Bathroom,” was a finalist at the 2019 Wide Screen Film Festival and a finalist for the New England Film Star Award.
Delores’s career in journalism began in a high school class and later at the Dow Jones NewsFund, (DJNF) journalism program as a kid growing up in The Bronx. Both experiences provided the spark and interest that she needed to ignite her joy of storytelling which continues today.
Her honors include Clarion Awards for story excellence and the MPA Media award for her coverage of mental health issues. She is the recipient of an NABJ award, the Margaret and Hans Rey/Curious George Producers fellowship, and the Case Media fellowship. She has also been nominated for multiple Emmys.
A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Delores began her television career at ABC News’ “Nightline.”
I have worked in media for most of my career. Frankly, my passion began when I was a kid in high school. I worked my way up from an intern learning in the industry at a range of companies and organizations – from news to entertainment and a few places in between, where I sharpened my skills and talent as a producer and writer. The desire to tell stories has never gone away. My interest in media and film has expanded beyond storytelling. As a member of the WIFVNE board, I bring a distinctive insight and perspective from my many years of media and communications experience. I’ve been fortunate to work at national network, cable, and local television companies and organizations in the #1 media market in the United States. My skillset also includes working in leadership positions, working as an independent producer, and running my own media company. Also, as a Black woman who has worked in the media industry, I would like to bring my diverse perspective and voice to the organization and hopefully provide a greater knowledge of issues that affect women of color working in media. I believe this will engage members, provide an opportunity to hear and share divergent viewpoints, amplify unheard voices, develop potential opportunities, and expand membership.
If chosen as a new board member, I look forward to bringing my desire to create and extend the great work that WIFVNE is doing, assist in building on current programming, help members move up in their careers, and enter a community of creatives.
I am interested in creating panels and or workshops geared toward women creatives working in the industry, the changing landscape of film and TV as well as issues around diversity, equity, and access. Also, I’d like to look at issues of stress working in the industry. As a member of both NYWIFT and WIFVNE, I am curious how we can leverage the relationship and develop opportunities between the two organizations. Dedicated to film and photography from an early age, Alison Cupples-Archila spent many of her formative years in a darkroom before graduating with a BA in film and photography from Emerson College. She began her career working on marketing videos for non-profits such as the United Way, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. In 2008, Alison started as an account manager in the film/television department at High Output and in 2016 she began to manage a new branch in Brighton (Boston), MA. While at High Output, Alison has collaborated on various educational events about lighting for film, theatre, photography and live events often in collaboration with local organizations such as the Massachusetts Production Coalition, Women in Film and Video New England, and the American Society of Media Photographers. Outside of High Output, Alison’s life-long passion for the arts has kept her involved with the organizing board for Jamaica Plain Open studios and she looks forward to continuing her professional and personal life promoting and building the presence of arts communities.
With over 15 years of professional experience in the film industry in Boston, I have seen more and more women in prominent roles on both major feature films and in the commercial production world. While the progress has been evident even in the past decade, there is still a need to amplify women’s voices and give them a seat at the proverbial table and I look forward to contributing to these efforts at WIFVNE. Because of my role at High Output, I have had the opportunity to connect with professionals from every corner of our industry – from student filmmakers to executive producers on major feature films, from art directors to advertising agency producers. Both my network and my technical expertise will allow me to bring not only my own knowledge but also to partner with experts from all parts of the film and television industry.
I love engaging with people new to the industry and providing entrée into the industry. This has become particularly evident to me when helping to develop the educational initiatives at High Output. I always enjoy the process of passing on my knowledge of lighting and am especially excited to help with the mentorship initiatives with which WIFVNE has had such great success.
Juri Love was born on September 3, 1976, in Japan. AKA "Goddess of Connection", Juri is a musician, model, actor, survivor of abuse and homelessness, motivational speaker, a reporter for The Foxboro Reporter, Reiki Practitioner, Life Coach, and Rotarian. Juri is a scholarship recipient of Berklee College of Music. Juri has toured nationally, performed, recorded produced many albums. She is a former Founder/President of Genuine Voices, a nonprofit which taught music in the Juvenile Detention Center. Juri is a recipient of "Heroes Among Us" from the NBA Boston Celtics, the Volunteerism and Noteworthy Neighbor award from The New England Patriots, and the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International. Her inspiring life was featured in many media including the Japanese Reality Show which aired in 2017 and viewed by 7.5 million people.
Her book A Gift from Adversity ~Overcoming Sexual abuse, Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Bullying~ became Amazon's #1 New Release in 3 categories.
She is a producer of TV shows at Foxboro Cable Access, short, feature films, and Web series. Juri has received the Women in 48 Team award for Boston 48 Film Project [in 2020] for which she was the producer and team leader. She has recently landed a principal role with A list actors for a feature film written by an Oscar-winning director and writer.
Juri has modeled and acted since the age of 17 starting as a fashion model in Tokyo. She has many careers but one she is passionate about is TV and Film making along with acting. She has organized and produced 2 TV shows at Foxboro Cable Access where she hosts and books guests for a Talk show at Foxboro Cable Access. Also producing 48 hr film projects, short films, feature films, Juri hopes this opportunity will not only expand her knowledge and network but also to be able to provide useful information in making film and TV shows. Juri is passionate about giving back to the community. With the network, hard work, and resources, Juri hopes that her knowledge and experience will be an asset to everyone.
With 12 years of running Not for profit organization, I will like to initiate some useful business program, seminar or share my experience with the members. For example, how to build rapport, how to the fundraiser, how to use elevator pitch, how to multitask, and how to ask and keep great, and trustworthy relationships.
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