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  • 26 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Joan Cassin – WIFVNE Member

    Director/Producer

    Innerparakeet

    Former President of WIFVNE & Founder of Boston Production Moms!

    What do you love about your work?

    So many things! Because I’m both a director and a producer I get to tik off a couple of boxes at once. I love that I get to be creative in a way that lets my imagination loose and also creative in a problem solving capacity that feels like flexing a muscle. I also love that filmmaking is a team sport so you get to add your brain to a bunch of other amazing thinkers and become greater than the sum of our parts.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    My vision for myself this year is one of action, moving forward, and taking all the next right steps to get me where I want to go. Essentially I want to just be doing more more more of what makes me happiest and sets me on fire and the only way to do that is action. I want the media industry to reflect the real world around us and to me that means I want to see more women on my sets, more people of color on my sets, and I want to see more of all of our stories in front of the camera as well.

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    The easiest things for us to do is support other filmmakers. Follow them on social media, promote their work and accomplishments, GO SEE their work when you can, and also show up for yourself. It can be hard to promote ourselves sometimes but put your own work out there to be seen as well. You’re worthy. Mentorship and support is huge too. We can always reach back and pull others up with us and reach forward for the hands that went before.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Keep going and don’t be afraid to suck. Think of how many shitty male made things there are out there that are forgivable because of the shear volume of male created work. I heard once that we’ll know we have equity when a female made film that sucks is just not a big deal because there are so many other female made films that are great. Rashida Jones said something in passing in an interview about directing once that I’m sure was small to her but made a big impact on me. “I think that women just need to keep failing – just keep failing, you know? – and then eventually, it’s not a failure,”. Just keep failing until you don’t.

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Ugh. Which women in the NE region DON’T inspire me is a better question. Anybody out there doing what they love inspires the hell out of me. Margie Sullivan, Kristen Kearns, Amanda McGrady, Nikki Bramley, Mary Agnes, literally every single member of the Boston Production Moms group. It feels weird to call anyone out right now because there are so many..

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    I can’t wait until the final season of DARK comes out. One of the best, most unique sci fi shows I’ve ever seen. Everything about it is fantastic. I’m also about 15 minutes into the show The Deuce and I’m already hooked. Jury is out on it but it’s been a while since something sold me in the first few minutes like that. A lot to unpack in that show.

     

     

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    Insta: @joancassin

    facebook: @joancassin,

    web: www.joancassin.com

    and www.innerparakeet.com

     

  • 25 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Thato Rantao Mwosa – WIFVNE Member & Board

    Writer/Director

    Film teacher

    What do you love about your work?

    I love the fact that you can see and hear things in my head, put those voices on paper by writing a script and the film it to capture the vision. Seeing my vision on screen is like magic. That feeling never gets old.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    My vision is to complete my film and share it with the world.

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    As women filmmakers, the films we make will not get the funding if people are not watching them. We need to support one another. Support comes in many ways. Donating to a crowd sourcing campaign, buying tickets to fill the theater, spreading the word about a female directed film and sharing your networks

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    I would say, make your film by any means necessary. Do not get discouraged. Find ways to make it happen with or without money. The good thing is that, technology has advanced and it has become cheaper and easier to make a film.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Lisa Simmons inspires me because she is truly the mother of black film in New England. She has nurtured and supported a lot marginalized filmmakers who often struggle to make their films.

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    I’m looking forward to Queen Sono, the first African series produced by Netflix.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    www.thatomwosa.com 

  • 24 Mar 2020 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Jennifer Potts – WIFVNE Member

    Filmmaker & Professor

    Independent Filmmaker (Self) and Regis College

     

    What do you love about your work?

    I love the balance of teaching part time and having time to work on my own films/screenplays.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    This year, I am focusing on writing. I am cleaning up two feature screenplays and submitting them to festivals and competitions, while also writing my first TV pilot. I am also trying to get funding for my first animated project. My overall 2020 goal is to sign with a screenwriting manager.

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? 

    I would suggest hiring and working with female-led films. If hiring a crew, hire women. I hire a minimum of 50% women on my crews. I also seek to hire women in lead roles like producer, cinematographer, editor, etc. I think it is also important to have men on majority female crews so that we change their “norm” as well.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Work hard, be authentic, and embrace rejection – it means you are working and putting yourself out there.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    My daughters are my greatest inspiration. They are strong, politically and socially aware, and true to themselves.

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    I cannot pinpoint one film or series. There is so much great work out there right now and I try to take in as much as I can. I am thrilled about the role of women in television and try to watch as many female-written shows as possible.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    www.jenniferpotts.com


  • 23 Mar 2020 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Sharon Contillo – WIFVNE Member & Board

    Director, writer, Producer

    President, Middle Center Productions, LLC

     

    What do you love about your work?

    The female camaraderie

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    More funded opportunities for female directors and more women in technical roles

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    More advertising of women directed or female-led films

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Act like you deserve it because that’s what men do.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    The brave women that started the WIFVNE chapter!

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, documentary. She’s a terrific artist and going through a difficult time with Parkinson’s. I like to be inspired by brave women.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    Email: middlecenterprod@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.contillo.7

    Instagram: @shayconte

  • 20 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Anne T Vinsel – WIFVNE Member

    Freelance Editor, Producer, and Motion Graphics Artist

    Owner ATV

     

    What do you love about your work?

    Being able to work in a creative field.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    I would like to continue working on a documentary and other personal projects along with paying work.

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    See movies and programs that are out of your usual genre.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Don’t underestimate yourself and charge what you are worth. You are worth it.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Laurel Greenberg, Julie Kahn

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    Next season of Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Beautiful set design and editing.

  • 19 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Diana Levine

    Editorial and Advertising Photographer

     

    What do you love about your work?

    I love being able to photograph such a wide variety of people. Every day is different. I photograph scientists, athletes, entrepreneurs, teachers, entertainers, politicians and everyone in between. I love being part of sharing these spectacular people’s stories.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    I hope that the ratios continue to change to be more inclusive of all people, so that people of all genders have the opportunity to be behind the camera, telling the important stories of our time.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    My advice to female filmmakers and photographers is to lean into the qualities that make you “you”—even if those are stereotypically female qualities. At times it can feel like being a woman in our industry is an obstacle—but so many of the qualities that are stereotypically “female” can really be a benefit on a film or photography set.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Too many to count! Kim Nguyen is an extremely talented director in L.A. who has been a big source of support for me over the years.

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    I love watching stand-up comedians. Often when I’m editing photos for a client, that’s what I listen to while I work. I love hearing their stories.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    Instagram.com/dianalevine

    twitter.com/dianalevine

    facebook.com/dianalevinephotographer

    dianalevine.com

     

  • 18 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Caitlin McCarthy – WIFVNE Member

    Screenwriter

     

    What do you love about your work?

    As a screenwriter, I get to “be the change” by creating inclusive stories with diverse casts. It all starts with the script!

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    I’m hopeful that female filmmakers (especially women of color) will continue to grow in power by hiring, promoting, and mentoring each other. When we band together, we are unstoppable.

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    Every time we pay to see women directed and/or written movies, drive up ratings for female led TV shows, or talk up women directors and screenwriters on social media, we are changing the lens. Hollywood notices how we spend our money and time.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise!

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Marianne Leone is the Queen! She’s not only incredibly talented as an actor and writer, but an incredible human being.

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    WONDER WOMAN 1984. Gotta love a feminist superhero.

    Attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them?

    My thriller A NATIVE LAND has won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2020 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. As part of the prize, I will be flown to Alabama to attend the festival and its Awards Show, which will include a reading of a select scene from A NATIVE LAND.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    Twitter: @CaitlinMcWriter

    Instagram: @Caitlin_McCarthy_Writer

    Facebook: @CaitlinMcCarthyWriter

    Pure Style Photography
  • 17 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Kathryn Taccone – WIFVNE Member

    Animator

    Co-Founder of Open Pixel Studios

     

    What do you love about your work?

    I love creating relationships with clients, and seeing or hearing their reactions to a completed project. Animation is a universal medium that can translate your message to a wide audience, and I love animating characters that help bring that message to life. It’s a wonderful feeling to have the opportunity to explore, imagine, and create every day.

    Katie Taccone and Will Colon, along with Karen Webb (not pictured), are the co-founders of Open Pixel Studios, an animated video production service. Photographed in a meeting room at Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    Within my company, I have big plans for this year! I aim to have our first internship opportunity, and provide more educational engagements with students. Being in the five college area of Massachusetts, I want to give back to the area as much as I put into the business. I am a UMass alumni and would love to help inspire others who are interested in pursuing animation as a career!

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    I think change will come as more men and women are informed of the problems and come up with ideas together on how to solve them. The way I try to inform is through teaching, as I want young women to be aware of what to expect in the industry. We can give talks that include stories of our past experiences, as a way to empower, not discourage. Opening the door to productive conversations will help to create a better future for everyone!

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Be kind to yourself! Too often I hear artists talk negatively about their own work, as if the piece had no value. In reality, every piece you work on will teach you something new, whether it’s about yourself, the industry, or the tools you use. Forgive yourself for the mistake you think you made, as it’s what teaches us how to be better. Let’s start appreciating the mistakes we think we make more often!

     

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    There are so many wonderful small, women led businesses and organizations in this region like Yahaira of Baked Cakes 413. She and many other women are helping to shape a more inclusive future and are incredibly open to conversations around making our workplaces better for all. They inspire me every day to work hard, give back, and care for myself as much as others.

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    I’d love to see more honest and grounding films directed by women, like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood directed by the incredibly talented Marielle Heller. In a time where the world feels a little more chaotic and tense, it’s great to have films and series that allow people of any age to give conscious thought to their emotions, to understand themselves and the people around them more clearly.

    How can your fans find you!?

    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/openpixelstudios

    Instagram: @openpixelstudios

    Twitter: @openpixelstudio

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/openpixelstudios

    Website: www.openpixelstudios.com

     

  • 16 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Lyria Garcia – WIFVNE Member

    Photographer/ Filmmaker

    Lyria Garcia Photography

     

    What do you love about your work?

    I came from a family of strong women and it shows in my photography and the characters I write. Empowering and encouraging women is a mission for me and I love that.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    I really like to make a short film I wrote about undocumented Brazilian immigrants here in Massachusetts.

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    There’s a lot of competent filmmakers out there, some doing great work, some taking baby steps inside of the boys club. I say keep going, we are here to stay, let’s promote each other by spreading the news of your project, let’s support each other anyway we can.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    This is our time. Let’s hold hands and go.

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    Wonder Woman 1984 directed by Patty Jenkins. Because it’s a empowering story made by a director I respect and performed by an actress I admire.

    Attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them.

    I attend any chance I have. It’s a great way to meet people with the same interest and be inspired by their stories and creativity.

     

     

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    IG = Lyriagarciaphotography

    Site = Lyriagarcia.com

     

  • 15 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    KATHLEEN O’HERON – WIFVNE Member

    MEDIA MOGUL IN TRAINING

    CEO, JYNX PRODUCTIONS

     

    What do you love about your work?

    The thing I love most about my work is working with the great team at Jynx Productions. They firmly believe if we can imagine it, we can make it. And I am so on board with that spirit.

     

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?

    I’d like to see many more women wielding the purse strings and using that power to actively support more women in the industry.

     

    What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?

    Women who own their power and know how to wield it will create a jet stream that will pull other women along. Find the women who wield the power in your own circles and support her! Raise her up, put her forward, introduce her to everyone. Listen to her speak, buy what she is selling… be loyal and she will lift you up with her. Then, when you rise, you will carry even more with you! It’s a chain reaction.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Speak loudly with your most confident voice. People will listen. If they don’t SPEAK LOUDER

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Heroine du jour: Janet Mills, 75th Governor of Maine

     

    What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?

    Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog. It’s slated for release in 2021, but the longer the wait, the sweeter the fruit.

     

    Attending any film festivals or events?

    We are working on a labor of love documentary that we hope to see spinning in the festival circuit, and I’m making the content market rounds. We have a bouquet of shows we are pitching and we are all over it.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    www.jynxproductions.com and

    @jynxproductions on the usual sites


     


  


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