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  • 14 May 2021 2:34 PM | Sophia Ciampaglia

    A member of WIFVNE and Harvard Square Script Writers since 2015, Missy Cohen-Fyffe earned a Master Screenwriting Certification from ScreenwritingU in 2016. She is represented by Stephanie Rogers & Associates in Las Vegas, NV. Cohen-Fyffe also sits on the board of the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund, a cancer charity her family established in 1993 shortly after her sister was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. To date, the fund has raised over $8 million; 100% of which has gone directly to MGH to fund novel and innovative breast cancer research at MGH in Boston. Cohen-Fyffe resides in New Hampshire with her husband.


    Meet WIFVNE Member Missy Cohen-Fyffe! 


    How did you get started in the industry and explain what you do currently? 
    I got started in the industry in a silly way. I had been running my own business, making and manufacturing baby products that I patented, but after a while what I really wanted to do was write movies. So, I wrote a script and said to myself, ‘Okay, if I place in a contest, I’ll get rid of my business and I’ll write movies.’ Definitely not the smartest business plan, but as luck would have it, I placed. It gave me the feeling (however fleeting) that I could write movies.

    Once I realized how little I knew about screenwriting, I decided to take some classes on the subject. I lucked out when I found ScreenwritingU. My coursework culminated in an 18-month Master Screenwriter Class. In order to finish the course and receive my Certification, I was required to pitch managers. It was unnerving, to say the least, but I was fortunate to be signed by a manager as a result.

    During the masterclass, I also took on two writing assignments. Even though they paid little, I earned writing credits. The writing credits gave me credibility and helped earn me representation.

    From there, I just kept writing scripts. I’ve since optioned four of them.


    What do you love about your job? 
    I love being in the zone. When the dialogue is flowing and the action is working, the hours fly by. I love that I can work anywhere at any time. And it’s a nice bonus that watching movies and TV is all part of the job. I also love reading scripts, specifically well-written scripts like those from the Black List. They’re such enjoyable reads; fast-paced and artfully crafted. Reading a good script is like watching a movie play out in my mind, and I love movies.

    You worked on BABYBULLDOG...
     This was one of my writing assignments. I came across a  posting by a producer on a screenwriting website. The  producer wasn’t planning to pay much, but also offered  an IMDB credit for the work. He wanted a writer for a  dog story, and I had previously written a talking-dog  story so I sent him the script. Soon after, he reached out  asking me to write his script for him. The turn-around  was three weeks, which would be a really tough  turnaround if you were starting from scratch, but he had  already provided a 3-page outline of what he wanted. He  liked what I wrote and asked if I would do another for  him. I did. I don’t think I ever got the final payment from him, but by the time those projects were going into production, I had signed with my manager and was in an entirely new ballgame. And, I did get the IMDB credits.

    Can you share any advice about how you got your work into competitions*? What does a solid first ten pages look like? 
    Getting into competitions is not difficult. Winning them is where it gets tough. You can go to Coverfly and search the competitions that match your genre. The earlier you submit, the cheaper the cost. If you’re new to screenwriting, select competitions that provide notes. Even if you aren’t new, getting notes is always a plus. As far as your first ten pages go, you have to create characters and a story that someone (producer, director, actor) can feel so passionate about that they’re willing to spend millions of dollars to produce it. The first ten pages are key because they set the tone for your story and showcase your writing capabilities. If by page ten no one knows what they are reading (who’s the protagonist, what’s their goal, etc.) then there’s going to be a problem with the rest of the script.

    What has your experience as a woman in the industry been like? 
    I’ve been fortunate to have a female manager, and a lot of female mentors that I look up to and follow. Meg LaFauve and Lorien McKenna are fabulous women and they also happen to be incredible screenwriters. I love their podcast, The Screenwriting Life. I also enjoy Pilar Alessandra’s podcast, On The Page. She interviews all sorts of feature and TV writers. For me, being a female writer has been a positive experience. When I first started, there weren’t a lot of female writers winning awards, but now I feel the industry sees what we bring to the table. As a female writer you are able to open doors that weren’t available to you before. You have a voice that is fresh and new, and now the industry is interested in hearing it. 

    Do you have a mentor? 
    I have to credit Hal Croasman, who is the head of ScreenwritingU. He has revolutionized the teaching of screenwriting. And when I look at a project now, I not only look at it from a creative perspective, but also from the perspective of what a producer needs; it’s a business decision I weigh with my creativity. I credit Hal for pushing me to continually move projects forward, and honing my craft.

     

    Photo:  Missy and other Feature Screenwriting Finalists on stage at the 2018 Broad Humor Film Festival


    Can you share what you are working on right now, and what your next steps are? 
    I just finished my latest rom-com which went to my manager last week. I’m also working on new projects to pitch to her. As far as next steps go, I’ll likely begin my next screenwriting project over the course of the month. I’m always hopeful that one of my script options will be greenlit. Until then, I keep working on concepts and writing. I am also in the early stages of producing an award-winning short script, Café Amor, written by my friend and fellow writer, Judi Mackenzie. We’re aiming for an October production. But writing is what I love. And I’m lucky to be able to do what I love.

    Why are you a member of WIFVNE? 
    WIFVNE has so much programming, and that’s what I love about them. I came across the organization because my acting friend, Amy Evans, thought I needed to get out of my tiny office-cave and network with fellow writers. She told me about an upcoming WIFVNE meeting, and I went. Someone was kind enough there to introduce me to Genine [Tillotson] from Harvard Square Script Writers, and we hit it off. I became a member of HSSW, too.


    *Given our 2021 screenwriting competition, can you tell us what writers should keep in mind when writing a ten page script? Any advice for writing powerful short form content? 
    Short form is a challenge because you don’t have ten pages to establish your story, you have to grab your reader before they hit the half-page mark. You need to establish your character, tone, and what the story is right off the bat! But the good thing about shorts is that, unlike features, your second act is literally four pages.


    This interview was conducted by WIFVNE member and volunteer Sophia Ciampaglia.  Sophia is an impending college graduate who is passionate about development, and pre-production. Currently she is interning with Circle of Confusion, and is eager to keep learning more about the script to screen process of filmmaking.

  • 25 Apr 2021 12:17 PM | Sophia Ciampaglia

    WIFVNE announces our 2021 Short Screenplay Competition Judges! 

    DENISE WIDMAN 


    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 


    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.


    JENIFER RAPAPORT


    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


  • 13 Apr 2021 1:19 PM | Sophia Ciampaglia

    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


    GRUBSTREET 


    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.


    ISA WORKSHOPS 


    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)

    Scene Crafting 

    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.



    ROADMAP WRITERS 


    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.


    WIFT-DC


    April 26th, 6:30-8 PM (EST)

    Roundtable Reading 

    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 membership@wifv.org

     

    Free for WIFV Members (must be logged in)

    $10 for all general public

    Discount for WIFVNE members


    WIFVNE VIDEOS

    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! 


  • 25 Mar 2021 8:40 AM | Paige Storti

    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.


  • 19 Mar 2021 1:46 PM | Paige Storti

    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. 

    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.


  • 09 Mar 2021 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    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 Exam 

    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



     Song Sparrow 

    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



     

     Marziyeh

    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



    Limbo

    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



     

    Bitter Sea

    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 




    Gaze

    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



    Final Encore

    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 


  • 07 Mar 2021 9:17 PM | Alecia Orsini (Administrator)

    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



     



  • 04 Mar 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • 23 Feb 2021 11:08 AM | Paige Storti

    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.   

    The Tikkun Olum-Sanar el Mundo film series is 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.
  • 19 Feb 2021 2:34 PM | Paige Storti

    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. 



     


  


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