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  • 01 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    Talamas is reserving two spaces for interns from the current membership of Women in Film and Video of New England. They are looking for conscientious individuals who are interested in furthering their experience in digital cinema. Video Interns will develop their knowledge by training alongside Talamas video technicians and engineers giving them the opportunity to learn about custom camera builds and setups, lens collimation, projection, workflow, etc.  Interns will be assigned a mentor, and will have the opportunity to acquire experience handling and testing a wide range of equipment: cameras from DSLRs to the Arri Amira, associated lenses, as well as support equipment such as cine sliders, dollies, and stabilization gear.

    Talamas Internship Syllabus:

    ● Each intern will be assigned a mentor.

    ● Check in/Check out with mentor each day for daily assignments.

    ● Daily Journal will be kept by each intern (student specific).

    ● Interns will learn about Talamas and the rental industry.

         ○ Insurance

         ○ Quality Control

         ○ Building rigs, jobs, etc.

    ● Interns will be members of the internal video production crew. They will assist in writing, fact checking and will have the opportunity to shoot test footage, b-­roll, internal events/seminars.

    ● Each intern will be required to pitch a video idea to Talamas. Once approved they will shoot and edit the video. They will complete their assigned video by the end of the semester/internship period. Talamas will hold a screening night and also post the videos to Talamas’ social media sites.

    To apply, Women in Film and Video of New England interns must be current WIFVNE Members, and should be prepared to commit a minimum 10 hours a week to their internship. Interns should also complete a project highlighting an issue facing Women today, or promoting the Women in Film Organization. Projects should be completed or close to completion after 4 months.  Please email cover letters to: info@womeninfilmvideo.org subject line: Talamas Internship.

  • 31 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    Thinking of making a film short for the upcoming WIFVNE/Harvard Sq. Script Writers Flicks4Chicks contest?  Come learn about the art and craft of both camera work and lighting at our festival sponsor Talamas’s fantastic new space.

    Event Description:
    Camerawork and lighting are powerful tools in storytelling that change the audience’s mood and perception of a scene. In this event, Lisa Sene and Mike Duca will discuss how these elements can be used effectively in storytelling in production. Example scenes will be screened and deconstructed visually, revealing not only how those results were achieved, but also why those choices were made with the overall story in mind. Audience members will have an opportunity to set up and shoot a practical scene to apply what they learn right away.

    Due to overwhelming response to the February 20th date, a second workshop has been added for Saturday March 12th – RSVP below!

    RSVP linkhttp://www.talamas.com/events/second-date-added-dont-move-camera-move-story
    Event Date:  Saturday, March 12th, 9am-3pm; light lunch provided
    Location: 149 California Street, Newton, MA 02458 (diagonally across from the Talamas main building, 145 California St)

    And stay tuned — Talamas will also be running another workshop – Audio for Film & Video with Sennheiser’s Dave MissallonThursday, March 24th, 7-9pm.  Watch for details in future notices.


    duca riverMike Bio:

    Michael Duca is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art and began working in the industry at 16. He started working at Talamas as an intern, and is now the lead technician in the video department. He is well respected for his immense technical ability, understanding of workflow, ergonomic gear design and usage, lighting technique, and experience in the field.


    lisa steadiLisa Bio:

    Lisa Sene is a steadicam operator who yes, really will run around with that heavy camera strapped to her! Lisa has kept it steady on productions all over the country, and looks forward to the new challenges that come with every project. Her favorite part about being a steadicam op is being able to directly participate in the creative side of production. She holds a BA in Cinematography from Emerson College, and has a strong background in theatrical lighting, both of which contribute to her understanding of visual storytelling.

  • 28 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    Big news! The Athena Film Festival is back and we are pleased to offer you a special discount offer!

    Now in its sixth year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.  The complete slate of films, workshops, panels, and events has been released at athenafilmfestival.com, and we hope you’ll check out this year’s incredible lineup.

    The festival will be held Feb. 18 – 21, 2016 at Barnard College in the heart of New York.

    Visit athenafilmfestival.com and receive a 30% discount on your tickets when you use the code sent to your member email.  This offer is good for up to two tickets per film.

  • 28 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous



    Harvard Square Script Writers and The New England Chapter of Women in Film and Video are presenting an exciting film contest – Flicks4Chicks, launching for sign-ups in early 2016.

    Flicks4Chicks will be the first contest held as part of the film festival Different Faces, Different Voices.  This international competition will challenge teams of filmmakers to create a unique short (ten minutes or less in length) featuring a female as its major character.

    The Flicks4Chicks contest will open for sign-ups on February 14th via Film Freeway. 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 list of dramatic “situations” to choose 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 HSSW will have $25.00 off the submission fee of $100.00.

    Crew may come from anywhere in the world but must complete their film in English (or with English subtitles) and must have a female in at least one of the following creative roles: producer; director; director of photography; writer; editor.

    We will be sponsoring hands-on workshops and meetups in preparation for the contest in hopes of bringing creative types of both genders together.  The screenings/festival will be held in Cambridge, MA on June 29th and 30th with major awards and prizes offered.  Producers of these films will retain full ownership as the festival organizers hope that they will then submit and share these stories around the world.  Watch for details and more dates to follow.

    Link to Flicks4Chicks FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Flicks4Chicks-1163823926982032/

  • 25 Nov 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    Would you like to help strengthen the collaboration of women working in the film, video and digital media industries in New England? Want to play an important role in guiding the vision of this professional organization in 2016 and beyond?  We are seeking at least 5 new board members to join our current dynamic team.

    From December 15th to January 15th at midnight, WIFVNE is holding an open Board member nomination period. The nominations, and voting are now open to all active member levels – including those on the Student Level*.  If you are not currently an active member, you can Join or Renew here.  

    From January 16-18th, members will cast their votes via online ballot for all new board members. Election winners will be announced on January 19th and new board members will be welcomed at a Board orientation meeting on January 26th.  Board officer positions will be voted on at this meeting.  See below for a full list of Board Duties.

    If you are interested in joining the WIFVNE board and maybe even running for one of the officer positions, please contact us immediately.  Or if you know of someone who would be a great candidate (and she/he is willing), please send us a nomination.

    Send your nomination email to: juliet@womeninfilmvideo.org along with a few sentences on why you or your nominee would be a great asset to WIFVNE, and indicate if you or your nominee want to be considered for one of the officer positions. Please include a short bio and a current resume, along with a list of skills/experience.

    * Any student who is enrolled in a post secondary school program in the film, television or digital media industry may join WIFVNE.  Students who are in their junior or senior year, or in graduate school, and matriculated at a university or college (in these related majors) may be nominated to serve on the WIFVNE board.


    All Board Member Responsibilities

    • Serve as Ambassador for WIFVNE, including attending “industry” events, recruiting members when possible, spreading the mission and purpose of WIFVNE, and establishing contacts with other community organizations and businesses to further solidify the goals and objectives of the organization.  
    • With other board members, assume fiscal responsibility for the organization, including raising money.
    • Attend monthly WIFVNE board meetings and committee meetings as needed.  Only two monthly board meetings per year may be missed.
    • Serve as a contributing and working member of the board.  On average the time commitment outside of meetings is approximately two to four hours per week.  During times of events, etc. that figure could significantly rise.
    • Work as a team member to accomplish goals and objectives of the full organization.
    • Attend WIFVNE events whenever possible.


    Additional Board Officer Responsibilities


    • Presides over all board meetings and emcees at programs and events when appropriate.
    • Schedules and presides over executive committee meetings
    • Guides policy, program development and financial planning for the organization.
    • Oversees administration of organization in cooperation with other board members.
    • Consults regularly with executive officers and all board chairs
    • Delegates the administration of development efforts to vice president.



    • Chairs the development committee (see development duties in description of that committee) and is responsible for overseeing financial development of the organization.
    • Performs the duties and exercises the powers of the president in her absence.
    • Presides over meetings in the absence of the president.
    • Attends executive committee meetings as required.
    • Works closely with the treasurer in drafting budgets.



    • Takes minutes at all board meetings.
    • Provides minutes to all board members one week in advance of board meetings and files a copy to the WIFVNE online office archive.
    • Works with other board officers to ensure that all important records of the organization are filed in the office for archival and tax purposes.



    • Responsible for annual budget and flow of the funds of the organization in cooperation with president and board committee chairs.
    • Works with vice president and development committee in establishing goals for fundraising.
    • Formulates and supervises budgets for programs and special events.
    • Writes or approves checks for organizational expenses.
    • Enters and maintains accurate bookkeeping records.
    • Prepares or coordinates preparation of organization’s tax returns.
    • Fulfills responsibilities of WIFVNE’s 501(c)3 tax status.
  • 06 Nov 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    WIFVNE in collaboration with Harvard Square Scriptwriters  presents:
    AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU ASKED:  Legal Issues in Film, Television and Digital Media

    Tuesday, December 1st 7:009:30 p.m. Arts at the Armory Cafe.  191 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143 $15.00 for WIFVNE and HSSW members.  Others $20.00.  Student rate $10.00

    The Panel will address many of the hot (and often complex) topics that confront scriptwriters and filmmakers.  Featuring legal eagles — Matt Valentinas, Sandy Forman, and Lucy Lovrien.

    Matthew Valentinas

    Matthew Valentinas


    Matthew Valentinas is an entertainment lawyer and literary manager. Matthew has held various creative and business administrative positions in the entertainment industry working in both New York and Los Angeles since 1995.

    Upon returning to his native city of Boston, Matthew founded The Law Office of Matthew Valentinas in 2009, primarily focused on transactional work related to film, television, and publishing.

    Additionally, Matthew also established Mom’s Basement Management to manage writers, directors, producers, and television personalities. Mom’s Basement Management focuses on sourcing and exploiting life rights, non-fiction stories (including true crime and historical non-fiction) and undervalued or undiscovered intellectual property that may appeal to a broader commercial market. Currently, MBM is executive producing White Devil, written & directed by James Gray in development with Warner Bros. Pictures. The book, by the same name, penned by Bob Halloran and published by Ben Bella hits shelves in January, 2016, a true story about John Willis, the only white man to rise to the top of the Chinese mafia.

    Matthew also packages and produces motion pictures, television shows, and documentaries with independent financing to be licensed and/or sold upon completion. Most recently he produced the documentary film An Open Secret about pedophilia in Hollywood.

    Matthew received a BFA in Film and Television Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and his Juris Doctor in law from Suffolk University Law School.

    Sandra Forman

    Sandra Forman


    Boston-based attorney, Sandra Forman, has a diverse practice in the areas of entertainment and copyright law.  Her clients include film and television producers and directors, screenwriters, animators, book authors, talent, book publishers, distributors, and multi-media and educational software producers.  Over the past ten years, she has also served as project director and legal counsel on the re-release of Eyes on the Prize, the fourteen-hour, Emmy Award winning series on America’s Civil Rights Movement.  Ms Forman is on the Board of Directors of Filmmakers Collaborative, the Advisory Board of Women in Film and Video New England, and the Pro Bono Panel of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She is a frequent guest speaker at colleges, conferences, film festivals and media organizations.

    Lucy Lovrien

    Lucy Lovrien


    Lucy Lovrien conducts a solo practice in Boston focusing on copyrights, trademarks, contracts/licensing, publishing agreements, business law, real estate, and related litigation.   Her clients include technology companies, authors, artists, nonprofits and other businesses.  Her website is: www.lovrienlaw.com

    She is co-chair for the New England chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, and organizes many of their programs.  She is a long-time board member of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.  She is an active member and leader at the Boston Bar Association.

    Attorney Lovrien recently taught Copyright Law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School, for four semesters.   She frequently speaks to writers, artists, and other groups about copyright and/or trademark law.

  • 29 Oct 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    The Berkshires are buzzing with film and media. WIFVNE recently travelled to Holyoke, MA to attend the 2nd annual Media Exchange sponsored by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) on October 23. In addition to the beautiful autumn scenery, WIFVNE  encountered a vibrant and diverse community of media makers working on the cutting edge of media. Featuring a diverse series of panels and workshops of interest to the film and video community as well as the business community, The Media Exchange had something for everyone interested in making media in Massachusetts and beyond.

    The highlight of the day long event was the presentation by keynote speaker Cynthia Wade, http://www.cynthiawade.com/ the Academy Award-winning Berkshires-based filmmaker. Wade won the Oscar for her short documentary “Freeheld”, the story of a New Jersey police officer who was diagnosed with cancer and wanted to give her benefits to her same-sex partner. The documentary has been turned into a motion picture of the same name, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, which opened nationally on October 16th. Wade is producer of that venture.

    Wade, a dynamic presenter, spoke about her beginnings as a filmmaker at Smith College and her dedicated approach to filmmaking, working on a variety of projects such as “Freeheld” which she said she would “take a bullet in the heart for” and also projects for hire, with equal determination and passion.

    Other panels featured entertainment lawyer, Fred Fierst who, with a group of attorneys and filmmakers, discussed every legal aspect of getting a project done – from concept to script, to raising the funding, to attaching cast and crew and dealing with the unions, to negotiating and closing the distribution deal, tax credits, and gap financing. Another panel for filmmakers, “Funding Your Film” included leaders in crowdfunding and grants.

    A “Local Success Stories” panel focused on industry professionals living and working in the Berkshire region. Participants included Diego Ungaro, Director of “Bob and the Trees” which was featured at Sundance this year as well as won the Grand Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Craig Crawford of Cadence Visual Effects whose work can be seen on “Game of Thrones” and Steve Porter of Porterhouse Media, whose mash-ups have promoted everything from breakfast cereal to Good Morning America.

    “We also want our businesses to look to our local talent for their projects instead of going out-of-state to New York City or Los Angeles,” said BFMC Executive Director, Diane Pearlman.

    The BFMC a nonprofit organization, is “a creative economic engine that supports production and workforce development in Western Massachusetts. BFMC develops educational and workforce enrichment courses, offers networking events for industry professionals, acts as a resource for visiting productions, creates jobs within our communities in the film industry and provides an on- line production guide and locations database as a resource for filmmakers,” according to press materials.

    WIFVNE hopes to partner with the BFMC in events for media makers, bringing the eastern and western Massachusetts media communities closer together.

    For more information about  the BFMC visit the website : www.berkshirefilm.org or call their office 413.528.4223.

  • 16 Oct 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    Still from: Atlit

    Atlit (2014) Directed by Shirel Alitay

    1995. Three French sisters reunite in the house where they spent childhood summers, in Atlit, Israel. As the sisters struggle with the decision to sell their deceased parents’ home, childhood dynamics return —  along with apparitions of their parents. With the tragic assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the siblings’ relationship and conversations shift entirely. Trailer for Atlit.

    Screens 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 at the MFA. At the MFA on Nov. 14, please use the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance.


    Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face

    Still from: Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face

    Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face (2013) Directed by Sabine Lidl

            Like Goldin’s photographs, Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face is at once gritty, intimate, and exceptionally cool. When Massachusetts native Nan Goldin made her debut in the 1970s she was one of the first photographers to turn her camera on herself and the people closest to her. In Goldin’s case this was a “family” of bohemians — artists, club kids, drug users, and transvestites. Now, forty years later, the film follows her as she meets old friends and lovers, revealing personal stories about her life as an artist.  Trailer for Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face.

    Screens 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, Institute of Contemporary Art


    Still from: On the Banks of the Tigris

    Still from: On the Banks of the Tigris

    On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music (2015) Directed by Marsha Emerman

          After Majid Shokor left Iraq for Australia, he began to research the classic Iraqi songs from his childhood, and was surprised to learn that most of the songs were composed by Jews who had left Baghdad for Israel in the early 1950s. Shokor sets off to meet the Jews who shaped Iraq’s musical history and embarks on a journey to bring together musicians of different faiths – Jewish, Muslim, and Christian – who share his nostalgia for these well-known tunes.  Trailer for On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music.

    Screens 8:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, MFA

    Tickets to all films can be purchased through the Boston Jewish Film Festival website:

    Buy Tickets!


  • 16 Oct 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    An engaging presentation of short films directed by three women filmmakers drew a packed  crowd of women and men to The Arts at the Armory Cafe on September 30th. Co-sponsored by Women in Film and Video New England (WIFVNE) and Harvard  Square Script Writers (HSSW), the event featured films by Marie Emmanuelle Hartness, Sara X Robin, and Sari Gagnon, founder of the Women Only project.  

    Marie Emmanuelle Hartness

    Marie Emmanuelle Hartness

    Hartness’s film After Ella used stark black and white imagery to examine how an artist might struggle to reconstruct her life after the death of her beloved sister and artistic partner.  It was the New England finalist in the International Women in Film competition for 2015 and was selected for the Short Film Corner at Cannes.  A surrealistic look at grief and denial, the film was designed to create “a near autistic world” according to Hartness. The heroine grows increasingly isolated from her environment as she simultaneously works to heal herself through the tools of both photography and sculpture.  

    Robin’s Am I Not Your Girl? examines what can go horribly wrong on your wedding day, even when you might expect it.  Urged on by a friend after they failed to tell the “the same story in a 99 second film competition,” Robin cast her friend as the bride-to-be and the rest became history.  Working on a micro budget, they shot entirely in her tiny apartment with a mix of professional and non-professional actors.  The film, originally recorded in Wiesbaden Germany,  has been shown in festivals all over the world and its surprise ending drew loud applause from the audience.


    Sara X. Robin, and Sari Gagnon

    Sara X. Robin, and Sari Gagnon

    Gagnon’s film Skin and Bones, directed, shot, and cast through the Women Only project, explores the question of body image in a society where even young girls are taught that one “can never be too thin,” a quote originally attributed to the Duchess of Windsor.  Gagnon explained how this collaborative of women filmmakers, founded in January of 2015 by Counterfeit Cow Productions in western MA, chose five shorts to make from a pool of 64 submissions.  Skin and Bones stars young actress, Rebecca Klein as she starves herself toward success, aided and abetted by a cast of weight obsessed professionals.      

    “These three filmmakers were a true inspiration. They showed how determination and creativity can result in a fantastic product,” observed Harvard Square Script Writer moderator, Genine Tillotson.  “With very little money but true vision they each created a powerful story that spoke to issues near to women’s hearts.”

    The excitement in the audience was palpable, with women and men equally appreciative of the opportunity to view and discuss stories with a female focus made by female directors.  “I think we take for granted that, at their core, so many stories are about men or are told from a man’s perspective,” remarked Tillotson, “For me, personally, I found this change in focus completely refreshing.”

    Upcoming events include an informational evening with entertainment lawyers discussing key legal aspects of filmmaking; a Crowdfunding presentation;  and a completely unique film contest called “Flicks4Chicks” which will launch on Valentine’s Day, 2016.

  • 13 Oct 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Still from Villa Touma

    Still from Villa Touma

    Women in Film and Video New England (WIFVNE) is co-sponsoring the screening of three films made by emerging women filmmakers at the upcoming 9th annual Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF) which runs from October 16-25, 2015 at five different venues in and around Boston.  For ticket and other information visit the BPFF website: http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/about/

    The WIFVNE co-sponsored films are:

    Trip Along Exodus (2014), Documentary Feature, by Hind Shoufani screens Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 pm at the MFA.

    Synopsis: This film explores the last 70 years of Palestinian politics seen through the prism of the life of the filmmaker’s father, Dr. Elias Shoufani, a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and an academic and leftist intellectual who was one of the leaders of the opposition to Arafat within Fatah for 20 years. {Born in Ma’liya in the Galilee and educated at the Hebrew University and Princeton, the multilingual and erudite Dr. Shoufani was also the Arab world’s leading analyst of Israeli affairs for more than a generation. His opposition to policies meant to lead toward a two-state solution was grounded in his political clarity and prescience about the direction in which Israel was headed and his understanding that this would never, in fact, be allowed to be realized.} To try and understand his choice to give up a tenured position at a US university and join the underground PLO in Beirut, the filmmaker made a documentary that traced her family’s evolution through Palestine’s 20th century history, starting in 1948. The film recreates Palestinian history using archive, family photos/8mm films, old photos, cartoons, animation, macro-photography footage, worldwide interviews, and multimedia formats in a video-art style documentary—a personal and political memoir. The trip for information to solve the mystery of what her father did in his life took the filmmaker five years hunting down archives and filming in seven different cities. But it finally enabled her to come to an understanding of where she came from and helped shape her life choices thereafter. This documentary won the Best Non-European documentary, European Independent Film Festival, Paris 2015 Here is the film trailer.  Filmmaker Hind Shoufani, will be in attendance and will talk with audience post-screening.


    This is My Land (2014) Documentary Feature, by Tamara Erde screens Tuesday, October 20th at 7 pm at The Paramount Center, as part of the Emerson Bright Lights Screening Series.

    Synopsis: How do the Palestinian and Israeli (Arab and Jewish) education systems teach the history of their nations? This Is My Land follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers over one academic year in schools set in Jerusalem, Northern Israel, Nablus, Ramallah, and a settlement. The film interweaves the stories of the teachers and their classes in parallel, revealing the different and sometimes opposing universes of the teachers and their schools. Through observing their exchanges and confrontations with students, debates with the ministry’s curriculum, and its restrictions, viewers gain an intimate glimpse into the profound and long-lasting effect that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict transmits to the next generation.  Here is the film trailer.  Skype discussion with Director Tamara Erde to follow.


    Villa Touma (2014), Narrative Feature, by Suha Arraf screens on Friday, October 23 at the MFA at 7 pm.

    Synopsis: Three unmarried aristocratic Palestinian Christian sisters from Ramallah have been unable to come to terms with the new reality of occupation and the mass migration of Palestine’s aristocracy. In order to survive, they lock themselves away in their villa, shutting out the real world and clinging desperately to the nostalgia of their former glory. One day, their orphaned teenaged niece, Badia, walks into their lives. Her arrival unleashes a torrent of family secrets and long-held grudges, turning their fossilized world upside down. Oppressive social, religious, and political tensions converge in this absorbing family drama.

    The debut drama feature film from the award-winning filmmaker Suha Arraf (Scriptwriter, The Syrian Bride, The Lemon Tree; director, Women of Hamas, Hardball, Good Morning Jerusalem)

    Here is the film trailer. This is one of the Featured Films this year, and In addition to the female director, the film has an all-female cast.






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