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  • 15 Mar 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    From our friends at WETA!

    Dear Women in Film members and friends,

    Do you have a TV series or film you would like to air nationally on PBS or American Public Television?

    Here’s your opportunity to make a quick pitch.

    I am looking for TV series and films for consideration by WETA, a major producer/presenter of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Public Television (APT) across the United States. WETA National Programming helps talented TV/web producers and filmmakers navigate the American public broadcasting landscape by providing co-production, editorial, station relations, marketing, syndication and distribution support.

     Preparing Your Pitch: Content must be educational, informational and entertaining with intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Projects may be finished, partially funded/produced, or in development with a list of potential program underwriters/sponsors. Content categories most desired: “How To”, Lifestyle, Cooking, Health, Home, History, Travel, Music, Arts, Drama or Comedy TV Series (four episodes or more) or films (drama, comedy or documentary) for adults age 35-65+. Series programs may be 30 or 60 minutes while films may range from 60 to 120 minutes. Successful international TV series/films, web series and radio programs adaptable to U.S. public television will also be considered.

    For consideration, please email me (dcrabbs@weta.org) by April 1 no more than one page: (1) your project title/category/program length; (2) names of producer, director and key persons involved; (3) project description (one or two paragraphs); (4) estimated total budget (breakdown not required); (5) amount of funding raised to date, list of funders/potential funders, or indicate if it’s a finished project; (6) link to project trailer, rough cut or demo reel (or mail DVD), if available; and (7) your contact information including phone, email, mailing address and any websites. Thank you.

    Submitters of projects selected for further consideration will be notified by May 1, 2013. The first twenty email pitches will receive the fastest response.

     

    Best regards,

    Denene Crabbs
    Project Development Executive
    WETA Television – National Programming
    3939 Campbell Avenue
    Arlington, VA 22206 USA

    Email: dcrabbs@weta.org
    Office: 703-998-2433
    Cell: 202-487-4949
    Fax: 703-998-2074
    www.weta.org

  • 12 Mar 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

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    Looking to finance your short, documentary or feature film? Considering crowdfunding, but wondering how it’s done?

    WIFVNE MEMBERS ONLY: Join us on Wednesday, March 27th from 7pm-8:30 for a Q&A with award-winning local producers Kevin Tostado and Elaine McMillion moderated by WIFV/NE board member Shannon Mullen.  We’ll discuss their successful Kickstarter campaigns: Kevin raised $75K to fund his award-winning documentary UNDER THE BOARDWALK: The Monopoly Story, and Elaine raised more than $28K for her interactive documentary HOLLOW about a West Virginia coal-mining town.  They’ll share some pros and cons of crowdfunding, tips they learned along the way and answer your questions about the process.

    Women in Film & Video New England is thrilled to present this panel with Barry Brodsky, Director of Screenwriting Certificate Program at Emerson College.

    Free to active WIFVNE members ONLY.  Click here to join now!

    Space is limited!  Please RSVP to shannon@womeninfilmvideo.org by Monday, March 25 and include “Emerson Crowdfunding Event” in the subject line.

    Location: Emerson College in Room 228 of the Walker Building at 120 Boylston Street.

  • 11 Mar 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    How do you launch a Kickstarter campaign with a bang?  Hold a “Key Connector” party and engage your friends to become your partners in spreading the word about the campaign to a wider community.

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    WIFV/NE member Ellen Brodsky (Director/Producer) and her team (including Associate Producer Pam Chamberlin) did just that this weekend and generated interest, built a community and raised funds (over $5000 in just two days) for her documentary on “OUT Youth Theater.”  From Ellen: “This work in progress is about the lives of LGBTQ youth and their allies who are a part of True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, a troupe that creates original productions based on their experiences, and tours the show to schools and community groups. These youth need to get their stories heard beyond Boston and the LGBTQ community!'” 

    With over forty interested people attending their first of two planned “Key Connector” parties this past Saturday, their crowdsource fundraising campaign is off to a great start!

    The financial goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise $55,000 over the next 30 days.  As per Kickstarter’s rules and regulations, Ellen and her team won’t receive a penny unless they reach their benchmark.  For more information about the project, please check out their Kickstarter trailer for the OUT Youth Theater Film Project.  Once you have checked out the project, please share the Kickstarter link on your social media outlets as spreading the word is a huge help to getting this film made! Click here to like the film on Facebook, and click here to follow the film on Twitter.

    This is just one of the many ambitious film projects WIFV/NE members are producing and we are proud to do our part in supporting filmmakers like Ellen Brodsky and Pam Chamberlin.

    More about OUT Youth Theater Film Project…

    For 18 years, young people have come together from Boston’s neighborhoods, homeless shelters, and area suburbs to share their experiences, write scripts, and take their performances on the road. These Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) young people and their straight allies, tell stories rarely heard in the school auditoriums where their troupe performs. Their stories and the process it takes to tell them will be the subject of a 75-minute documentary.

    The U.S. has made progress in LGBT legal rights and in the mainstream acknowledgement of LGBTQ people. But popular TV show characters still don’t depict the tough, inspirational, everyday neighborhood challenges of these True Colors troupe members.

    The award-winning youth program was founded by The Theater Offensive, New England’s premier LGBTQ theater. Even in Massachusetts, which is perceived as an LGBT friendly state, in comparison with their peers, LGB young people are: 4 times more likely to attempt suicide; over 3 times more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school; and over 4 times more likely to skip school because they feel unsafe. That said, in the last two fiscal years, 100% of high school seniors who participated in True Colors have successfully graduated high school, and 100% have pursued higher education.

    The film is shot in verite style, incorporating interviews with troupe members and their families and friends. The film examines individual growth starting in the fall at call backs after initial auditions, and shooting the weekly sessions where the troupe members develop and refine the script, rehearse scenes, and take the show on the road.

  • 08 Mar 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Women in Film & Video New England Members and Friends are invited to attend The 13th Annual Emerson Film Festival Boston area gala event on Thursday, March 14th in the Bright Family Screening Room. The annual showcase of student work will feature a presentation by Semel Screenwriting Chair DAVID MAGEE (LIFE OF PI, FINDING NEVERLAND).

    STUDENT FILMS INCLUDE:
    The King of the House by Paul Michael MacCarty ’16
    A documentary short featuring Robert Dello Russo, an Italian barbershop owner from Boston’s North End. His story is rich with history, inspiration and most importantly, the preservation and importance of family values both at home and in the workplace.

    Graceland Girls by Jordan Salvatoriello, MFA ’12;
    Educating girls has proven to be the cornerstone of Kenyan development, yet so many are denied equal access. The students at the Graceland Girls School in Kenya have, so far, defied the odds. Using a combination of video and photographs, the girls share their personal struggles to find hope for the future.

    Love or Farewell by Shaun Clarke, MFA ’12
    A collection of five dance films loosely based on the short story “Eveline,” found in James Joyce’s “Dubliners”. Each short film explores the potential to transform dance performance through cinema. Eveline must choose between running away with her lover Frank to Buenos Ayres or staying home with her ill father.

    Solutionism: A Design Documentary by Hsiao-Yen Jones ’14;
    Artivist Designer, Matt LeGrand speaks on the possibility that design has for both the visual and real world.

    Got You by Bianca Morris ’12.
    Lexi, an 8 year old only child, discovers her mother’s thoughts of suicide.

    There will be an after-event reception in the Bright Screening Room Lobby.

    This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is on a first come basis.

    For more information please contact: Anna Feder (emersonvma@gmail.com)
    http://www.emerson.edu/academics/departments/visual-media-arts/bright-lights?day=14&month=3&year=2013
    https://www.facebook.com/events/576532072376265

    Not yet a member of WIFV/NE? Sign up here!

  • 22 Jan 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Join us Tuesday, February 5th for introductions, news and networking at Beacon Tavern at 1032 Beacon St. in Brookline, from 6:30-8:30. This event is free, and open to all current, and prospective members. WIFVNE is actively seeking new members and volunteers to join the organization, and help us continue to thrive and serve our community.

    If you can’t make it to the meetings, but want to get involved, drop us a line! info@womeninfilmvideo.org 617-871-9667

  • 10 Jan 2013 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    By Shannon Mullen

    I’ve never produced a movie before, but the projected budget for my first feature film project is $20M-50M.  A lot of people ask me how I know what I’m doing.  The short answer is I don’t; I’m learning as I go, so it’s a good thing that “nobody knows anything in Hollywood,” as one of my mentors (an accomplished screenwriter and novelist) often reminds me.

    The producing shelf in my office bookcase.

    There’s no substitute for experience, but I believe you can learn a lot about producing by reading about it (or at least enough to fake it until you make it).

    For about four years now I’ve been reading books, magazines, trade websites and blogs, etc.  By this point enough people have asked me about my list that I thought I’d share what I’ve found to be the best of it here:

    Books

    • “So You Want to Be a Producer” by Lawrence Turman
    • “The Hollywood Economist” by Edward Jay Epstein
    • “Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films” by Tom Malloy
    • “Getting the Money” by Jeremy Juuso
    • “Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry” by Mark Litwak
    • “Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters” by Michael Tierno
    • “The Art of Film” by Howard Suber
    • “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers” by Thomas A. Crowell Esq.
    • “The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood” by Edward Jay Epstein
    • “Filmmakers and Financing” by Louise Levinson
    • “On Writing” by Stephen King
    • “The Portable Film School” by D.B. Gilles

    Magazines/websites

    I also recommend the article that sparked my interest in producing – “We Are Not the Enemy: The Truth About Producers” by Larry Turman (see page 28) in which he succinctly sums up the qualifications for the job:

     The best producers have the taste and creativity of an artist, the mind-set of an entertainer, the people skills of a politician, the business acumen of a CEO, the insight of a psychotherapist, the ebullience of a cheerleader, the tenacity of a pit bull, the charm of a snake-oil seller, the delegating ability of a five-star general, the malleability of a chameleon, and the dedication of a monk.

    My experience to date suggests that Mr. Turman nails it.

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