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Candidates for WIFVNE Board

10 Dec 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, 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.

Women in Film & Video New England 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.

For the 2020-21 term, there will be seven (7) current board members who will remain on the Board.  From December 11 to December 18, WIFVNE members will cast their votes via online ballot for up to three (3) new board members.

Board candidates are listed alphabetically.

Emily Abi-Kheirs

I would love to become more involved in this organization and help to build a strong community of women in the film & television industry in New England. I believe the professional skills I’ve developed would be an asset to planning events, festivals, gatherings, and other meetings. I also enjoy making connections with others in the industry and would be eager to help foster and maintain other partnerships with industry professionals and organizations in the region.

Emily Abi-Kheirs is the Digital Associate Producer at WORLD Channel, where she began her career as a Production Assistant in 2015. Emily graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Visual Media Arts: Documentary Production and attended Semester at Sea’s study abroad voyage, which took her to three continents in three and a half months. Emily is passionate about documentary storytelling, and loves learning about other cultures, perspectives and experiences. She is currently on the Salem Film Festival’s documentary shorts selection committee and is a frequent attendee of The DocYard & Emerson’s Bright Light series.

Sharon Contillo

I am the founder of Middle Center Productions, LLC, where I focus on female and family centric stories, films, books, and productions. I write, direct and produce films and stories with female leads of all ages and within all genres. I focus on the underrepresented to give them a platform to be seen and heard. I have been in the film business in various roles, actor, director, producer, exec producer, camera operator, lighting, DP for 20 years. I am also an author. I learned my craft from the New York Film Academy, ScreenwritingU, and University of Rhode Island.

As screenwriter, executive producer, director, actor, and author, I have won the following awards:
• Winner of the 2019 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grant for short film, Curls
• Finalist of the 2019 CinemaStreet Women’s Short Screenplay Competition, Curls
• Winner of the 2019 IBM Master Storyteller Award and Ambassador for IBM
• Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention for the feature political drama, Madam President
• Wood’s Hole Festival Honorable Mention for the dark comedy feature, Sandwitched
• First place for IBM Technical short competition for the short film, Sign

Additionally, I published a youth chapter book based on a feature animation script that I wrote called The Little Christmas Ornament. I recently just completed the animated movie trail to produce this story as a feature film.

Among my other writings, I have written a total for seven features that expand genres including horror, political drama, romantic comedy, family comedy, science fiction and animation as well as nine shorts. I am familiar with grants, film budgets, executive producing, directing, film insurance, crowdfunding, hosting premieres and how to get it all done on a shoestring budget.

It would be an honor to be part of this board and to help others achieve their film and entertainment industry goals.

I have had the opportunity to work with several WIFV/NE members and board members while making my short film Curls. I have also hired several people from our database of talent and have worked with partners, such as Rule, to complete my film. It was such a great experience and given my background and experiences, I would love to help and encourage others to do the same.

Since we’re a group that is focused on film, video and TV, I would like to expand our mission to help our members get more hands-on experience in this area. I would do this by working with other members to create short educational videos on all aspects of filmmaking where our members could participate in the making of these videos.

Kate Eppers

In New England, we are so rich in talented women. Whether they/we are acting, producing directing, writing or all of the above. I have been so blessed to have found myself living in a place where women are flourishing and taking control of their passion, drive and dreams. I truly appreciate and am inspired by my fellow sisters as they are also on their path of their dreams.  As a singer, songwriter, actress, writer, reader, future mother, future wife and lover of film, I would love nothing more than to be part of WIFVNE. I am truly passionate about people and what we are capable of, and I feel I could play a helpful part in this wonderful organization. Thank you for the consideration.

Kate Eppers is a singer, songwriter and actress from Salem, Ma. She performed in Harvard University’s comedic “The Ig Nobel Awards” from the age of 8 until 17. Kate has performed at the Danvers Fireworks Festival, with the Cape Ann Big Band, at The Watch City Steampunk Festival as well as independent features around Boston performing her experimental, piano heavy music. Kate has performed at the “Shalin Liu” in Rockport, MA, Kresge Auditorium at MIT U and Sanders Theater of Harvard University in Cambridge,MA. Kate has acted in countless music videos for both national and local Boston artists. This year Kate has appeared in web series and Independent films as well as composing for two of them.

Kate was beyond excited in 2016 to be featured in and compose for the 1920s era independent film “The Chair” from Bald Dog Productions. Period music is not unfamiliar to her, and being part of this project was a dream come true. “Show You A Good Time”, co-written by Boston Rock Band One Time Mountain.

Among other films, Kate completed production in July 2018 of the period movie comedy “The Dinner Party” by Narrows street films, premiering soon. Kate portrayed “Dahlia” a teen progressive debutante in 1906. 2019 films include its sequel “The fair fight”, “The loner” (Directed by Kris Salvi) and notably “Staring down a barrel” directed by Anthony Gaudette and James Harmon. SDAB was the winner of the SCRIPT TO SCREEN award at the STANFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and was turned into a live action film. SDAB premiered at the festival 10/19/19.

On St. Patrick’s Day 2017, Kate released her piano heavy, theatrically inspired debut album “The Wishing well”. On August 3, 2018, FOLLOW ME the music video premiered, the second single off THE WISHING WELL. FOLLOW ME features visually stunning effects set in the backdrop of one of the most beautiful locations in Newburyport and all of Massachusetts. Kate released the independent single THE HERO OF OUR TIME summer 2019, available on itunes/amazon music.  On New Year’s Eve 2020- A final music video will be released for the title track of the album.

“The Wishing Well” was met with critical acclaim by The Noise Boston, Metronome Magazine Boston, The Lynn Daily Item, Limelight Magazine, Boston Voyager and more.

Thato Mwosa

WIFVNE has been a great resource for me and other female filmmakers especially those who need to connect with people in the industry. New England has a rapidly growing, robust filmmaking industry but I feel that women, especially women of color, are still sometimes sidelined for opportunities. Organizations like WIFVNE help women develop their skills, tap into opportunities and connect professionally with industry folks. I have been a film teacher for ten years and one of the things I enjoy is mentoring younger female filmmakers. I would like to re-connect with WIFVNE not only as a member but as a board member because I feel that my background in marketing and advertising and skills in writing and event planning can be assets.

Thato Mwosa is a filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, and illustrator. Thato won the coveted “Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the 2005 Roxbury Film Festival for her film, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” Thato has made several short documentaries one of them, “An African in America,” was screened at the Pan African Sweet Mother Conference held at Harvard University in early 2006. Thato’s third film, “The Day Of My Wedding,” was selected for broadcast on The Best Shorts program on BETJ (Black Entertainment Television). In 2006, Thato wrote and directed an international TV show, Ya Ma’Afrika, which was nationally broadcast on a Comcast channel Afrotainment.

Currently, Thato is in the post-production stage of her first feature narrative, Memoirs of a Snitch, a coming-of-age drama that takes place in Roxbury, MA. She is also working a feature documentary A Tribe of Woman, which focuses on a group of Sudanese women fighting for peace. Thato’s 10-minute play, Jeremy’s Box, was produced by the Scribe Stages Play Festival in Los Angeles. Her play, Good Girl, had a staged reading as part of the South Shore Playwright Showcase at the Milton Public Library. Thato’s one minute play, Lucky Tom, will premier at the One-Minute Play Festival produced by the Boston Playwrights Theater.  Thato is a finalist for the 2019 Mass Cultural Art Fellowship in the Dramatic Writing category. She has a dual degree in Film/Video Production and Marketing/Advertising Communications from Emerson College and an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University.

Thato currently serves on the board of Boston Neighborhood Network in Boston. She teaches TV, Film, and Documentary Filmmaking at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA. For more on Thato, go to www.thatomwosa.com

Nerissa Williams Scott

I am a member and am interested in becoming a member of the board because I do believe in the mission and vision of this organization and what better place to be as a woman filmmaker than in the midst of other women filmmakers! I support a diverse set but I constantly strive to place women in most of the roles. Especially the roles above the line so we can make the decisions for below the line.

Nerissa Williams Scott—CEO of TCGT Entertainment, Boston, Ma., (www.tcgtentertainment.com) is a dedicated professor in the Film/Video Department at Massachusetts College of Art and the Night Manager for the Emerson College Paramount Center Film Sound Stage in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Hampton University where she received a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine and Performing Arts. She has received her Masters of Fine Art degree in Film Production (emphasis in Producing) from Emerson College. Her career experience includes over thirty years of working and learning in Performing and Media Arts. She began on stage and worked her way up to the position of Associate Producer and Producer for Film, TV, Live Events, Theatre, and Music Videos. Her world travels have set her apart in the Creative Producer role as she strives to balance the fine art of Line Producing, Production Management as well as Creative Producing. She looks forward to the continued forward momentum of TCGT. Her favorite quote is “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”…B.F. Skinner, Psy.

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