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  • 24 May 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    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 www.wickediscoming.com

    Find Jess on her websitewww.wickedbirdmedia.com

  • 20 Apr 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    Right now, over 50 teams from across the US and the globe are racing against the clock to make a short film in one month as part of the Flicks4Chicks contest where women play leadership roles and the stories focus on women as the central characters.

    Forty (or possibly more) of these films will be screened at the Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival on June 29th and 30th. The festival will not only be a chance to showcase the groundbreaking work of the contest winners, but will also provide an opportunity for people to interact with industry professionals and attend engaging panels.  Already scheduled panelists include X-Factor Film’s Lauren Tracy and award-winning documentary filmmaker Allison Argo.  More details on the panels will be available shortly.

    THE DETAILS:

    https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Flicks4ChicksFilmContest

    Back in February this Boston-based international competition challenged teams of filmmakers to create a unique film (ten minute or shorter in length) featuring a female as its major character. People of all sexual orientations and persuasions were encouraged to participate (and work TOGETHER) but every team had to have AT LEAST one woman in a lead creative role: producer; writer; director; director of cinematography; editor.

    The Flicks4Chicks contest goal was and is to inspire original fictional stories that delve into the realities of a wide variety of women and girls (of differing races, ethnicities and ages) as they embrace their own destinies, taking charge of their lives as fully realized human beings, and not simply as Hollywood caricatures or sidelined shadows.

    Each team was given a choice of dramatic “situations” to pick from and they have now selected one and are busily making their film, due by May 1st.

    Many local sponsors have stepped up with terrific cash and product prizes which will be awarded at our fabulous screenings and festival on June 29th and 30th at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    The Flicks4Chicks team recently asked our filmmakers to take a moment and send us some production stills.  Here are just a few highlights.

    From Boston Filmmaker Sara Pagiaro's film: The DreamFrom Boston Filmmaker Sara Pagiaro’s film The Dream From the Emily and Marshall Hopkins team, from Ithaca NYFrom the Emily and Marshall Hopkins team, from Ithaca NY Jacqueline Loring's team from Albuquerque New MexicoJacqueline Loring’s team from Albuquerque New Mexico On the set of Reindeer Productions short film "Femina, Fuge!" Starring Jackie Arko and Shannon Connolly. Written and Directed by Carrie Drizk.On the set of Reindeer Productions short film “Femina, Fuge!” Starring Jackie Arko and Shannon Connolly. Written and Directed by Carrie Drizk.

    For more information about the contest and prizes, check out our social media platforms:

    Website http://flicks4chicks.org/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Flicks4ChicksMA
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Flicks4Chicks-1163823926982032/

    READ THE LATEST PRESS ON OUR CONTEST:
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/a-new-international-film-competition-moves-beyond-the-bechdel-test-20160304
    http://artery.wbur.org/2016/03/23/flicks-4-chicks
    http://newenglandfilm.com/magazine/2016/03/flicks4chicks-film-competition

  • 20 Apr 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Jemma Byrne, Freelance Video Editor

    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: Jemmabyrne.com

  • 20 Apr 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    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: Jemmabyrne.com

  • 08 Mar 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Message from the President:

    Dear Friends & Members of Women in Film and Video of New England, Thank you for taking the time to learn about Women in Film, and our mission to work on behalf of women in our industry. I am excited to announce my Presidency of the organization. President Juliet Schneider is passing the baton to me after serving as our 2015 President. I am very grateful to have her support and guidance during this changing of the guard.

    Our chapter is now celebrating 35 years of supporting women story tellers. We are the 3rd oldest WIF chapter in the United States, proudly focusing on how to Change the Lens on women in film. As president, I hope to facilitate more conversations and bring our membership closer together. To do that, I am announcing a listening tour. I will be traveling around New England to meet with local industry movers and shakers. I want to hear from you! I am looking forward to listening to your needs, hopes and ideas about filmmaking and how we can improve the landscape for women. I also want to hear from men. WIFVNE is focused on women’s issues, but change will not happen with women alone. Conversations among the sexes will bring about true change and understanding. I am asking our male counterparts to become engaged, and help us move forward.

    I want to thank the Board of Advisors for their dedication to this organization, and our Board of Directors for their visions and passion. They have inspired me to do more and honor the work those have done before us. Going forward I will need you! If you aren’t a member already, please become one, and join the sisterhood that is Women In Film. Together, through your membership, advice and voice, we can all Change the Lens.

    Yours in Film, Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda

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  • 08 Mar 2016 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends & Members of Women in Film and Video of New England, Thank you for taking the time to learn about Women in Film, and our mission to work on behalf of women in our industry. I am excited to announce my Presidency of the organization. President Juliet Schneider is passing the baton to me after serving as our 2015 President. I am very grateful to have her support and guidance during this changing of the guard.

    Our chapter is now celebrating 35 years of supporting women storytellers. We are the 3rd oldest WIF chapter in the United States, proudly focusing on how to Change the Lens on women in film. As president, I hope to facilitate more conversations and bring our members closer together. To do that, I am announcing a listening tour. I will be traveling around New England to meet with local industry movers and shakers. I want to hear from you! I am looking forward to listening to your needs, hopes, and ideas about filmmaking and how we can improve the landscape for women. I also want to hear from men. WIFVNE is focused on women’s issues, but change will not happen with women alone. Conversations among the sexes will bring about true change and understanding. I am asking our male counterparts to become engaged and help us move forward.

    I want to thank the Board of Advisors for their dedication to this organization, and our Board of Directors for their visions and passion. They have inspired me to do more and honor the work those have done before us. Going forward I will need you! If you aren’t a member already, please become one, and join the sisterhood that is Women In Film. Together, through your membership, advice, and voice, we can all Change the Lens.

    Yours in Film, Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda

  • 03 Mar 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    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 www.satvonline.org My website is: agencyprotalent.com/janwaldman

    Alice: I have a website: www.mineralkingproductions.com and FB: www.facebook.com/achancetodress

    Liane: See my website www.lianebrandon.com for contact information

    Marie-Emmanuelle: www.maiema.com

  • 19 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    Flicks4Chicks is a completely new contest being held as part of the film festival Different Faces, Different Voices. This international competition challenges teams of filmmakers to create a unique film (ten minute or shorter in length) featuring a female as its major character. Men and women are encouraged to apply (and work TOGETHER) but every team must have AT LEAST one woman in a lead creative role: producer; writer; director; director of cinematography; editor. The Flicks4Chicks contest is now open for sign-ups via Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Flicks4ChicksFilmContest

    Its goal? To inspire original fictional stories that delve into the realities of a wide variety of women and girls (of differing races, ethnicities and ages) as they embrace their own destinies, taking charge of their lives as fully realized human beings, and not simply as Hollywood caricatures or sidelined shadows. Each team will be given a choice of dramatic “situations” to pick from and will have a period of one month from the contest start date of April 1st to complete and submit their project.

    Active members of any and all Women in Film chapters or Harvard Square Script Writers www.hsswriters.com will receive $25.00 off the submission fee of $100.00.
    PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES/RULES at FILM FREEWAY to understand how to sign up. You must set up an account with a temporary film project name at Film Freeway and pay your submission fee to be registered. Registration guarantees you a slot and that you’ll receive updates on upcoming workshops and meetups. Sign-ups close on March 27th so get registered NOW.

    Local rental companies Talamas and Rule Boston Camera are supporting this contest with 25% off equipment rentals during the contest production month (April 1st – May 1st) for all participating teams! Talamas will also be running a series of workshops at their new facility to help filmmakers learn the latest techniques for lighting, camera work, and sound. Thanks to both of these fantastic organizations for supporting our mission to give women a greater voice in film-making.
    There will be a wide assortment of terrific cash and product prizes in a number of award categories at our fabulous screenings and festival on June 29th and 30th in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA.

    For more information about the contest and future events, check out our social media platforms:
    Website http://flicks4chicks.org/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/Flicks4ChicksMA
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Flicks4Chicks-1163823926982032/

     

  • 18 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    WIFVNE, the Lowell Telecommunication Corporation (LTC) and The Lowell Film Collaborative are sponsoring a special screening of the Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) 2016 Short Film Showcase winners on Saturday, March 12th at 2PM at Lowell Telecommunication Corporation (LTC) located at 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA.

    The event is free and open to the public and will include the screenings along with networking, special guests and refreshments. The four winning short films represent narrative, documentary and animated work made by women from around the world.

    This special screening of films made by women from across the globe will celebrate International Women’s month as well as the annual Lowell Women’s Week in Lowell, MA. For twenty years, Lowell Women’s Week has celebrated women — from the women who have come before us to the women of today.

    This annual international film contest sponsored by WIFTI encourages unique points of view and storytelling that focus on subjects/issues that concern women. Nearly 1400 films were submitted from around the globe and winners were selected by a jury of industry professionals from 34 chapters. The four winning films will receive cash prizes and worldwide screenings by WIFTI chapters are planned on International Women’s Day, March 8. 2016.

    The Winning films are:

    • Best Narrative Film: Director Monda Webb, Washington, DC WIFV: (Zoo / Volkerschau).
    • Best Documentary (tie): Director Dawn Mikkelson, Minnesota WIFT: (Shaping the Public) & Director Victoria Greene, Louisiana WIFT: (Monster in the Bayou).
    • Best Animation: Director Zainab Zaher. Germany WIFT: (I Want to be Shahmama).

    WIFTI is a global network of over 40 member chapters worldwide with more than 13,000 individual members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, digital and other screen-based media. Past Short-Case short films have been nominated for Academy Awards, received distribution deals and garnered other recognition globally.

    For more information about:
    Women’s Week in Lowell, click here.
    Lowell Telecommunications Corp, click here.
    The Lowell Film Collaborative, click here.
    2016 WIFTI Short Showcase Winning Directors and the finalists, click here.
    For more information about Women in Film & Television International, click here.


  • 01 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    Diane Pearlman: Executive Director, Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative (BFMC) & Independent Film & Visual Effects Producer

    BFMC maintains an online production guide and locations library, and assists productions with permitting, location scouting and finding local crew and equipment. Since it’s inception in 2009, BFMC has facilitated numerous film, television and media projects.

    We asked Diane, What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    “Find a female mentor – someone you can shadow and learn from. Work on their project; listen to how they handle production issues; be a sponge. Never be afraid to ask questions. It’s important to pursue your art, but also to understand the business aspects of filmmaking. As your career develops, put your heart into the projects that inspire you, but be willing to take on the the projects you may love a bit less, but will pay the bills! Most importantly, treat people well and with respect. This is a business about relationships and networking. The person you hire on one shoot may be the person who hires you on the next.”

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    Not sure how long I’ve been a member – maybe 2.5 years? I’ve been a member of New York Women in Film and Television for 20 years and now have a dual membership to both.”

    What goals do you have for 2016 we should know about for filmmaking?
    “Besides planning networking events, educational and workforce development courses for BFMC, I’m producing a short film for award-wining actor, Karen Allen (Starman, Animal House, Indiana Jones films). The film is based on a Carson McCuller’s short story, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud” and will shoot in the Berkshires in June of this year.”

    Upcoming Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative Events:
    Our next BFMC networking event will Tuesday, March 8th at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA. We are producing the event with the Easthampton City Arts as part of the Plug Into the Creative Economy in the Pioneer Valley. To find out more, watch our Facebook page or join our email list on our website: berkshirefilm.org

     


  


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