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  • 14 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Nikki McMorrow

    Director / Writer / Editor

    Director, Broadcast/production at (add)ventures

     

    What do you love about your work?

    Collaborating with creative talents across many disciplines to create impactful, texture-rich stories that celebrate the combined efforts of all.

     

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

    To work together, creating an environment that fosters everyone’s best effort, inclusivity, and calculated risk-taking. To recognize and build upon strengths while forming partnerships to offset the weak points. To learn more about the craft every day, be aware of what inspires you and lean into those things. Whatever level you’re at, find a mentor and be a mentor to others.

    Most importantly, know where you want to go then start walking, running, or hobbling in that direction.  My hope for the media industry is that we continue to focus and work on our efforts to be more inclusive towards women and POC. In many cases, that means giving someone with less experience a chance. At one point, someone gave Ava DuVernay a chance, Kathryn Bigelow, Melina Matsoukas, Rachel Morrison, and as that list grows and widens it’s reach the work gets more exciting and authentic.

     

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

    If you’re in a hiring position, make the decision to actively search for women and POC in production.  Invite them to meet you, get to know them and their skillset. Give people a chance to impress you, focus on individual strengths versus perceived weaknesses, and be generous with your own knowledge and expertise.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    You do not need to be the expert in everything. Filmmaking is about the team. Find and retain the most skilled and talented team you possibly can. Then be kind and generous to everyone. You will be asking for a lot of favors.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Margie Sullivan, EP at Conductor Productions for being an incredible advocate and mentor in the film industry, and true leader. Maria Sheehan, producer, for her radiance, charm and grit. She makes production an absolute pleasure. Deb Luchini, editor, for her story craft, editorial talents, and humor.

     

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

    Emma, directed by Autumn de Wilde. Every frame is a fu*king treat.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    @extremelongshot on IG www.nikkimcmorrow.com

     

  • 13 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Carina Chavda – WIFVNE Member – Board

    Producer, The Grommet

     

    What do you love about your work?

    Producing is like putting pieces of a puzzle together to create a truly wonderful work of art. For me, the best part of producing is the weeks of planning finally coming together on set and shooting. I love bringing talented people together to work on a project and see the result of that in the final edit.

     

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

    The most important thing for me is finding opportunities that help me grow as a producer. I love putting myself out of my comfort zone and seeing what I can do and how I can push my limits. I am very excited about the future of filmmaking for women, because having spent my entire career surrounded by men in the industry it is such a refreshing change to work alongside talented women and let them bring their perspective to the team.

     

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

    Support, Hire, Share work from female filmmakers. Join organizations such as WIFVNE to meet and be surrounded by some incredible filmmakers in your area.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Find a group of likeminded filmmakers and go out and make something – make anything! It’s the best way to meet people you can work with in the future and network with – it also helps you build a reel of work.

     

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

    Handmaid’s Tale – It’s one of my favorite series!

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    Instagram: carina_cee

    Website: www.carinachavda.com

  • 13 Mar 2020 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Kristin Holodak – WIFVNE

    Filmmaker

    Writer | Director | Professor

     

    What do you love about your work?

    Being a professor allows me to be a filmmaker and also help the next generation find their voices as filmmakers.

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media

     industry in 2020?

    My vision for myself in 2020 is to get my feature shot. My hope for all the women filmmakers is that we get our work off the ground. It probably won’t happen as quickly as 2020, but my vision for the industry is that we stop being able to count the number of women-led films in a year.

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

    People can Change the Lens by supporting independent filmmakers and the cinemas that showcase their work. If we only go to see the stuff that Hollywood makes then Hollywood will never have a reason to make something new and different.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    My best advice is to find the people you like to work with. Cultivate your creative community. It’s so much easier to make it when you’re not trying to make it alone.

     

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

    I always try to get to Woods Hole. I’ve screened there a couple of times, but even when I’m not it’s such a great community vibe. It’s really easy to meet and mingle with other filmmakers all while seeing a lot of great films.

    How can your fans find you!?

    www.heron-media.com

    www.enidswall.com

    twitter @HolodakKris

  • 12 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Carina Chavda – WIFVNE Member – Board

    Producer, The Grommet

    What do you love about your work?

    Producing is like putting pieces of a puzzle together to create a truly wonderful work of art. For me, the best part of producing is the weeks of planning finally coming together on set and shooting. I love bringing talented people together to work on a project and see the result of that in the final edit.

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

    The most important thing for me is finding opportunities that help me grow as a producer. I love putting myself out of my comfort zone and seeing what I can do and how I can push my limits. I am very excited about the future of filmmaking for women, because having spent my entire career surrounded by men in the industry it is such a refreshing change to work alongside talented women and let them bring their perspective to the team.

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

    Support, Hire, Share work from female filmmakers. Join organizations such as WIFVNE to meet and be surrounded by some incredible filmmakers in your area.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Find a group of likeminded filmmakers and go out and make something – make anything! It’s the best way to meet people you can work with in the future and network with – it also helps you build a reel of work.

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

    Handmaid’s Tale – It’s one of my favorite series!

    How can your fans find you!?

    Instagram: carina_cee

    Website: www.carinachavda.com

  • 11 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Lea-Ann W. Berst

    Filmmaker

    Producer, Pioneers in Skirts

    What do you love about your work?

    I love that with story I can make an impact

    What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020? To elevate and advance female filmmakers so that they get the jobs they deserve.

     

     

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

    Create a directors reel compilation that showcases films directed by women. Make it a teaser.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Don’t rely on the filmmaking programs to advance your career. Use your network. It’s all about who knows you.

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Joan Darling. She lives in Maine and is featured in our film. Joan was one of the first paid female directors in Hollywood. She had to fight for her career. Now in her 80’s, she is still fighting, and very supportive of women coming up behind her.

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

    Wonder Woman, The Quiet Place 2 — because of the entertainment

    Please let us know if you are attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them.

    Yes, to screen Pioneers in Skirts / to see other films that inspire our future work / to support other filmmakers

    How can your fans find you!?

    https://www.pioneersinskirts.com | https://www.facebook.com/PioneersinSkirts | https://twitter.com/pioneersnskirts | https://www.instagram.com/pioneersinskirts/

  • 10 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Satoko Saito – WIFVNE Member

    Filmmaker / NewTV

     

    What do you love about your work?

    A lens of camera is my another eye. It reveals a depth beyond what my eyes catch. In addition. as a Japanese TV director and producer I had the tremendous opportunity to collaborate on projects across twenty countries.

     

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

    Through my experience as a Japanese tv director for 25 years and my college life in U.S.,I got various perspective as a filmmaker. Now I hope to create a documentary in U.S.A. However it is not easy for people from abroad because I need to get a new visa to bring this vision.

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

    Sometimes we need to get out of our familiar or comfort zones if the way is uncertain and risky.

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    “Show up! Look up! Never give up! Lift each other up!” This is a message by Liz Cheng, General Manager for Television, WGBH.

     

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Willow O’Feral.

     

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

    Various documentary about indigenous. Their right as human are infringed and each structure of a human rights violation is very similar. I’d like to learn their culture and life style to take a global view of the environment.

     

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

    I had just joined film festival on campus. It was worthwhile experience because young students works really inspired me and we critic of each other’s finished works.

    How can your fans find you!?

    Find me on Facebook!

     

  • 09 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Gabrielle Rosson

    TV Producer, Filmmaker

    News Director (at CMN) & founder of Joan of ART Productions

     

    What do you love about your work?

    I love that I have a day job that allows me to connect with people and tell their stories for CMN; but my true passion is my after-hour job: filmmaking. Writing, directing, and producing original stories for film is what I live for. I love the timelessness of film–it will be here long after I’m gone, and so I take every project seriously, because I want people to enjoy my work for years to come!

     

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

    I’d love to see women filmmakers be accepted on an equal playing ground. I was very sad that none of the amazing female filmmakers that put out films in 2020 were nominated for the Oscars. It seems like we keep saying the same thing, both men and women, keep discussing the disparity of women in the industry–yet very little changes. My dream is to work with an exclusively female cast and crew one day to create a film that will really stand out. I also want to inspire others and make films for the rest of my life– to keep creating–and I truly hope that someday a woman will look at my work and say “because she did it, I can, too.”

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

    In some ways I want to live in a world where people don’t think about a film directors gender at all. But because the industry is so dominated by men, and because women really don’t seem to get the credit they deserve, I’d like to see more opportunities for women to create within the industry. Let’s have an all woman awards ceremony, for example. Or let’s create a month of awareness and celebrate the women who have really thrived. Or let’s create a category just for best women director. (Like we do for male and female actors, for example).

     

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Believe in yourself. Find your voice and amplify it. I got a lot of pushback when I started out that fed on my insecurities. The minute I chose to trust my vision, others did, too. It’s ok to be strong and know what you want–go for it!

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Michele Meek really inspires me. She teaches film, she writes and directs, and manages NewEnglandFilm.com. She is my greatest inspiration and my former teacher. I owe her everything in a way.

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

    I’m looking forward to Sofia Coppola’s next film On the Rocks. She’s my favorite female director and a huge inspiration. Other than that, I am obsessed with A24 movies and really looking forward to making more of my own films, too haha!

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

    I am having a film premiere of my own on 3/13 at the Chatham Orpheum. I am also supporting my friends at Major Independent Films at their Uncanny Harbor film premiere on 2/22. On 3/5 I’m showing a trailer of mine and supporting other local filmmakers at Cocktails and Screens in Providence RI, and I plan on attending the Maryland International Film Festival on 3/28 and Shawna Shea Film Festival in May! I am also attending Mike Hansens test screen of The Light You Follow on 3/27 and I try to go to as many local film events as I can. I believe it is SO important to attend these events and support local indy filmmakers. I call everyone I work with (or want to work with in the local industry) my Film Fam, and I mean it. We have to be there for each other.

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    I’m on Facebook and IG. My IG handle is @Gabbymuse7. I also run several social media accounts for films I have made: Get Up Eight and Salvation and soon Cleaner on fb, if people want to stay up-to-date on my current projects! I’m always open to making new film fam friends, so don’t be shy!

     

  • 08 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Mary Ferrara WIFVNE Member

    Writer/Producer/Director

    Call it a Whim Productions

    What do you love about your work?

    Feeling like a kid again with my creativity – better than playing with dolls.

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

    That we don’t have to have “woman” specific events – that there is just more general inclusiveness.

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

    I would suggest more filmmakers give more opportunities to female actresses – maybe ones they have worked with for a while – and suggest they direct or write. I know a lot of doors opened for me when a male filmmaker I worked with on a few projects gave me directing and writing opportunities on his projects.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Be fearless with your ideas and self-expression. Don’t try to ‘“fit in.”

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Too many – Michele Meek would be one!

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

    I will be honest – I don’t watch enough! I’m looking forward to hopefully attending more festivals!

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

    Definitely Shawna Shea as they always have a good ratio of female driven films.

    How can your fans find you!?

    www.callitawhimproductions.com

  • 07 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Charlie Alejandro WIFVNE Member

    Business owner film maker writer actor producer author

    Owner, Beantown Statie Production Company

    What do you love about your work?

    That I get to do what I love with the most passionate creative people I know my team.

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

    To enlighten people to the fact that women can direct and run production companies just as well as men. For me to continue to grow my production company to further serve the creative community in New England.

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

    To see it as a work of art no gender attached just to take in the beauty of the story and the message offered.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Build each other up, walk away when other people want to tear other women down and be the mentor you wish you had.

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Jan Waldman as an actor and human being and Kristen Lucas as a no take prisoners bad ass off film making.

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

    The haunting of hill house and 1917. I am obsess with the one take mode of film making.

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

    I am attending as many as I can this year to support my fellow creatives, nothing makes me happier than to see my peers succeed in their craft

     

    How can your fans find you!?

    www.beantownstatie.com

    Instagram @Charlie_alejandro_official and @beantown_statie_production

    Twitter @c_a_ordinarywmn and @beantown_statie,

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/charliealejandro2000/

    and https://www.facebook.com/beantownstatie/

    LinkedIn http://linkedin.com/in/cjalejandro

  • 06 Mar 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Lisa Clinard WIFVNE Member

    Producer Ecast Productions

     

    What do you love about your work?

    Collaborating with a team, being creative, sharing people’s stories

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

    Throughout my career I’ve often been the only woman on any given crew and would love to see women taking over the set for a change!

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

    See female directed movies in the theater and bring your friends, stream female led TV shows, mentor and support other women in your workplace- to name a few easy options.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Seek out the support of other women in your industry. And champion yourself and your work. I think that sometimes comes more naturally to men and that needs to change.

    Which women in the New England region inspire you?

    Ann Marie Charland, who is the head of production at Ecast and immediately took me under her wing as a mentor and friend. And seeing Liz Cheng, WGBH’s General Manager for TV, speak at WFVNE’s annual meeting last year was a great reminder of what you can accomplish with hard work and determination, no matter what obstacles or naysayers you may face.

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

    Emma directed by Autumn de Wilde- this is her feature debut after creating music videos for Jenny Lewis and Florence & the Machine. The Glorias, directed by Julie Taymor with both Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore portraying feminist icon Gloria Steinman. Wonder Woman 1984 directed by Patty Jenkins because who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? And Shrill season 2 on Hulu because watching Ady Bryant feels like pure joy.

    How can your fans find you!?

    Instagram: @lisaclinard & @ecastpro

    Production Reel: www.vimeo.com/lisaclinard

    Ecast Productions: www.ecastvideoproduction.com

     


  


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