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  • 19 Feb 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    CALL FOR ENTRIES! Submit your film (short film, feature narrative, or feature doc) to the 2nd annual Nevertheless Film Festival!

    Called “the first of its kind,” and featured in a video created by NowThis Her x TIME’S UP, Nevertheless elevates the work of womxn in film, as each film must have at least 50% womxn in designated leadership roles behind the camera in order to qualify.

    Find out more about our submission guidelines and submit your film today at www.filmfreeway.com/neverthelessfilmfestival

  • 12 Feb 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Tenth Annual Fellowship Provides Unique Opportunities for Emerging Documentary Film Editors

    Open Call for Submissions Begins FEBRUARY 3, 2020

    Received by Deadline is MARCH 13, 2020

    Entering its tenth year, the Karen Schmeer Emerging Editor Fellowship champions emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In collaboration with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, Camden International Film Festival, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, SXSW and other partners, the fellowship offers a wide array of opportunities including mentorship with established editors. The fellowship also administers the Diversity in the Edit Room Program, which this year is providing mentorship to twenty-one talented editors.

    The organization honors the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer (“The Fog of War”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”; “Bobby Fischer Against the World”), who was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the age of 39, on January 29, 2010.

    Editors who are based in the US and have cut at least one feature documentary (60 minutes or more) but no more than three feature films (fiction or documentary) are encouraged to apply for the fellowship.

    Documentary films edited by fellows include: “American Factory” (Lindsay Utz, 2020 Academy Award for Best Documentary), “Crip Camp” (Eileen Meyer), “Us Kids” (Leigh Johnson), “Call Her Ganda” (Victoria Chalk) “The Seer and the Unseen” (Erin Casper), “The Lovers and the Despot” (Jim Hession), “Obit” (Kristin Bye), “Seymour: An Introduction” (Anna Gustavi) and “An Inconvenient Sequel” (Colin Nusbaum).

    OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — the fellowship will accept applications now through Friday, March 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their status in June 2020. More details about the fellowship and application requirements/forms can be found online: www.karenschmeer.com

    The 2020-21 fellowship benefits include:

    • EDITOR MENTORSHIP — with guidance from American Cinema Editors, the fellow will be given a mentorship with an established editor or editors who fit the fellow’s interests.
    • AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP — benefits include subscription to Cinema Editor Magazine and opportunity to vote for the ACE Eddie Awards.
    • ACE EDITFEST LOS ANGELES ADMISSION — a seminar event featuring working experts in the field of editing.
    • SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CREDENTIAL — access to non-theater festival venues such as the Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier, and the Sundance ASCAP Music Café.
    • SXSW FILM BADGE — full access to film screenings, panels, mentor sessions and more at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
    • MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP CLASS — editing class at New York City’s Manhattan Edit Workshop; an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized editing and training facility.
    • MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP’S “SIGHT, SOUND & STORY” EVENT ADMISSION — a daylong seminar with editing professionals in New York CIty.
    • IFFBOSTON FESTIVAL CHROME PASS — full access to films, panels and more at the Independent Film Festival Boston.
    • ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES FRIEND MEMBERSHIP & $1000 EQUIPMENT RENTAL CREDIT — complimentary entry for the fellow and a guest to all regularly priced Summer Series shows at New York’s long-running outdoor film festival, plus an equipment rental credit for up to $1000 for a projector, sound system, screen, etc.
    • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION’S GETTING REAL CONFERENCE PASS — a three-day conference in Los Angeles designed by documentary filmmakers for documentary filmmakers.
    • CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PASS — located in Camden, Maine, CIFF is one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world.
    • TRAVEL EXPENSES / ACCOMMODATIONS — the fellow will be provided with travel, three nights of accommodations, and a per diem to two of the festivals/classes above (excluding Sundance), based on the fellow’s preference.
    • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION (IDA) ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP — dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.
    • PURE NONFICTION SEASON PASS — exclusive documentary film screenings at New York City’s IFC Center.
    • DCTV MEMBERSHIP AND DCTV PRESENTS SEASON PASS — DCTV has been NYC’s preeminent community of and for documentary storytellers since 1972.
    • $1000 CASH AWARD
    • $250 POWELL’S BOOKS ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE — an online gift certificate to Powell’s Books (Karen’s favorite), based in Portland, Oregon.
    • ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD MEMBERSHIP — includes Adobe Premiere Pro.
    • PORTRAIT SESSION WITH PHOTOGRAPHER
    • DVD COLLECTION OF ALL 12 OF KAREN’S FEATURE FILMS

    KAREN SCHMEER, ACE, was an award-winning film editor whose work included Errol Morris’s “The Fog of War” (Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary), “Mr. Death,” and “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.” She edited “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” directed by Sydney Pollack, “The Same River Twice,” “My Father the Genius,” and “American Experience: A Brilliant Madness.” Her fiction film “American Son” premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. For the HBO film “Sergio,” Karen won the Best Editing Award at Sundance in 2009. Karen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Boston University. On her way home from editing Liz Garbus’s “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” Karen was struck and killed by a car fleeing a robbery in New York City on January 29, 2010.

    AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates & promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing.

    Contact information:

    Garret Savage

    Board President, KSFEF

    info[at]karenschmeer[dot]com

    For more information, please visit www.karenschmeer.com or email info[at]karenschmeer[dot]com

    http://www.karenschmeer.com/

    http://www.facebook.com/KarenSchmeerFEF

    Twitter @KarenSchmeerFEF

    Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Board Members:

    Garret Savage, President

    Robin Hessman, Vice President

    Francisco Bello

    Erin Casper

    Ann Kim

    Ellie Lee

    Maya Mumma

    Rachel Shuman

  • 10 Feb 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Time’s Up has released a new PSA to shine a light on women in Production.  See it here! 

    In conjunction with the PSA, Time’s Up has identified organizations in major film hubs that provide mentoring, training, networking opportunities, pathways to employment, or tools for job-seekers. They will continue to expand their list of nonprofit and municipal partners that are offering programs to support greater inclusion on set.

    Check out the local resource listings on their website.  Find WIFVNE, here, as well as many other amazing organizations in the New England region and across the country.

  • 29 Jan 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    (From left) 2019 The Writers Lab mentors Pamela Gray, Susan Cartsonis, Jamie Zelermyer, Mary Jane Skalski, Shruti Ganguly, Robin Swicord, Pat Verducci and Lisa Jones. (Courtesy of Delphine Lewis)

    The Writers Lab selects 12 promising writers each year, from a competitive pool of submissions, to work with accomplished women mentors from the film industry. Participants spend 4 days at a retreat outside New York City working on their screenplays and their craft in one-on-one sessions with mentors, and gaining valuable tools and information in panels and workshops to achieve success for their projects and their careers.

    The sixth annual Writers Lab Retreat will take place October 1-4, 2020 at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT (dates and location subject to change.)

    Follow this link to apply:

    APPLY

    Early bird deadline: February 10, 2020

    Regular deadline: March 10, 2020

    Extended deadline: March 25, 2020

    There are not enough women screenwriters in film. The Writers Lab is dedicated to amplifying the voices of visionary women screenwriters over 40. By doing so, we are expanding the cultural narrative in film to expand perceptions of humanity and the world.

    This work is urgentEven before girls are aware of world leaders, influencers and changemakers, their views of themselves are already shaped – by the cultural iconography on film and television. Yet gender parity on screens and in writers’ rooms remains elusive. As much as we have accomplished, there is still much work to be done.

    The Writers Lab is committed to supporting lab participants beyond the retreat by building opportunities for them to bring their stories to screens. We strive for a new landscape where the female narrative is heard in equal proportion to the male narrative, and where audiences have access to stories and characters dreamed and crafted by women with exceptional insight.

    And we are seeing results. We now count 60 alumni, two films currently in production and more in advanced development stages, many finalists in award competitions and women screenwriters signed into writers’ rooms and onto management and agent rosters. We are thrilled that 2017 alum Karen McDermott was named one of the five winners of the Academy’s 2019 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and 2018 alum Lynn Esta Goldman was a 2019 Nicholl finalist. They join 2017 alum Vigil Chime, who won the Nicholl Fellowship in 2017.

    Produced by New York Women in Film & Television and TWL co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, with support from Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, The Writers Lab has received thousands of scripts and international recognition, has graduated five classes of writers since 2015, and has become a beacon for female filmmakers and film audiences around the world.

    Learn more at: thewriterslab.nyc

  • 28 Jan 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Imagine Magazine publisher Carol Patton (third from left) with the 2020 Imaginnaires: (from left to right) Eran Lobel, James Montgomery, Alecia Orsini Lebeda, Carol Patton, Jan Waldman, State Representative Tackey Chan

    Imagine Magazine publisher Carol Patton (third from left) with the 2020 Imaginnaires: (from left to right) Eran Lobel, James Montgomery, Alecia Orsini Lebeda, Carol Patton, Jan Waldman, State Representative Tackey Chan

    At the 14th Annual Imaginnaire Awards Gala, our very own Alecia Orsini Lebeda, WIFVNE President, was presented with an Imaginnaire Award.

    Read excerpts from the introduction provided by JoAnn F. Cox and the acceptance by Alecia Orsini Lebeda follow.

    Photos courtesy of Lisa D’Angelo and Scott Lebeda.

    From JoAnn F Cox:

    I am delighted and honored to introduce the next Imaginnaire — someone who has had a tremendous impact on the state of the industry in our region, in addition to being a transformative influence on hundreds of individuals who work here in New England.  Alecia Orsini Lebeda.

    Alecia gave me my chance when I leapt back into film production, even though my skills were rusty and my on-set experience was limited. And I know I’m not the only one she has taken under her wing.  She provides advice and mentoring and connections — and some first-time jobs.

    Alecia has worked behind the scenes on many a campaign to save Mass Film Jobs, to promote the film industry locally, to build community by participating with and promoting the 48Hour Film Projects and their creators, and by being a champion for dozens of film festivals in the region.

    One of the descriptors for this award is “someone who goes the extra mile.”  I can assure you that this leader has gone the extra hundreds of miles.  Alecia’s criss-crossed New England — from Cape Cod to Maine, from Hartford to Newton from Worcester to Manchester — to listen to storytellers and filmmakers, to bring forward female voices, to guide, instruct, motivate, and inspire.

    She brings people together with her generous spirit, her creative ideas, and her infectious laughter. Get close and she’ll snap a selfie with you.

    When you need help figuring something out, she shares wise words;
    When you need encouragement, she rallies you;
    When you’re having just one of those days, she supports you;
    When you feel lost, she provides direction;
    When you need help, she jumps right in.

    Alecia is the very definition of YES AND. 

    I ask that you please join me in raising your glass or putting your hands together for our dear friend, and current President of Women in Film and Video – New England, Alecia Orsini Lebeda.



    WIFVNE Board member JoAnn F. Cox introduces Alecia Orsini Lebeda at the 14th Annual Imaginnaires Gala

    From Alecia Orsini Lebeda:

    I joined Women in Film because I felt like there was something missing in my life. As a filmmaker, I wasn’t reaching out to the women around me. I had blinders on, and kept my head down and simply worked. Once I joined WIFVNE I was able to lift my eyes to what was happening around me and offer a hand in the work that desperately is needed….

    As we enter the “new age” roaring 20’s, I can’t help but think about the changes happening 100 years ago. Women were everywhere in the film world. In fact, the silent era was referred to by some as “the manless era” as so many women had the freedom to produce, write, direct and act. How that has changed. I can only speculate it was the fragile egos of some, uncomfortable with women having such a powerful platform at their fingertips, that swept women into the margins.

    As we look forward to this next decade and celebrate the social progress that was made 100 years ago, let us unearth our film mothers. Celebrate their stories, contribution to suffrage and social boat rocking.

    I won’t bother with the statistics. You can find them easy enough. Yet another awards season is upon us and has left women out of the conversation again despite have a massive impact in box office. Clearly the message isn’t getting through. It hasn’t really, for a hundred years.

    Women deserve equality. 

    In this industry, we reflect back society. What we do, means something. It is our duty as storytellers to show our sons & daughters what is possible, and it starts with our own.
    Parity is paramount. Buy in from our brothers is essential. Your outrage and action is necessary to make a difference.
     
    Where do you start? Speak up with you see something wrong on set. Ask for women and hire them. Donate to their campaigns, cheer them on. Watch their films and share them. That’s what we are doing 365 days a year at WIFVNE, and you can too.

    I, with my board, run a non-profit organization that supports all willing to support women filmmakers, but it does not work without you. Join us to make real change here at home, and do what we have always done in New England. Lead, and show the world how it’s done.

    I thank Carol and the team at Imagine so much for this honor. I am truly humbled by the recognition. Thank you again for this generous award, and for your steadfast support. Together we will Change the Lens.

  • 03 Jan 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    Welcome our new Board Members

    Thato Mwosa, Sharon Contillo, Nerissa Scott Williams, and Emily Abi-Kheirs (pictured L to R).

    Emily Abi-Kheirs is the Digital Associate Producer at WORLD Channel, where she began her career as a Production Assistant in 2015. Emily graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Visual Media Arts: Documentary Production and attended Semester at Sea’s study abroad voyage, which took her to three continents in three and a half months. Emily is passionate about documentary storytelling, and loves learning about other cultures, perspectives and experiences. She is currently on the Salem Film Festival’s documentary shorts selection committee and is a frequent attendee of The DocYard & Emerson’s Bright Light series.

    Sharon Contillo is the founder of Middle Center Productions, LLC, where she focuses on female and family-centric stories, films, books, and productions. She writes, directs, and produces films and stories with female leads of all ages and within all genres. She focuses on the underrepresented to give them a platform to be seen and heard. She has been in the film business in various roles, actor, director, producer, exec producer, camera operator, lighting, DP for 20 years. She is also an author. She learned her craft from the New York Film Academy, ScreenwritingU, and University of Rhode Island.  For more on Sharon, go to http://www.middlecentprod.com/

    Thato Mwosa is a filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, and illustrator. She won the coveted “Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the 2005 Roxbury Film Festival for her film, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” Thato has made several short documentaries one of them, “An African in America,” was screened at the Pan African Sweet Mother Conference held at Harvard University in early 2006. Thato’s third film, “The Day Of My Wedding,” was selected for broadcast on The Best Shorts program on BETJ (Black Entertainment Television).  Currently, Thato is in the post-production stage of her first feature narrative, Memoirs of a Snitch, a coming-of-age drama that takes place in Roxbury, MA. She is also working a feature documentary A Tribe of Woman, which focuses on a group of Sudanese women fighting for peace.  Thato is a finalist for the 2019 Mass Cultural Art Fellowship in the Dramatic Writing category. She has a dual degree in Film/Video Production and Marketing/Advertising Communications from Emerson College and an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University.  Thato currently serves on the board of Boston Neighborhood Network in Boston. She teaches TV, Film, and Documentary Filmmaking at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA. For more on Thato, go to www.thatomwosa.com

    Nerissa Williams Scott—CEO of TCGT Entertainment—is a dedicated professor in the Film/Video Department at Massachusetts College of Art and the Night Manager for the Emerson College Paramount Center Film Sound Stage in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Hampton University where she received a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine and Performing Arts. She has received her Masters of Fine Art degree in Film Production (emphasis in Producing) from Emerson College. Her career experience includes over thirty years of working and learning in Performing and Media Arts. She began on stage and worked her way up to the position of Associate Producer and Producer for Film, TV, Live Events, Theatre, and Music Videos. Her world travels have set her apart in the Creative Producer role as she strives to balance the fine art of Line Producing, Production Management as well as Creative Producing.  For more on Nerissa, go to www.tcgtentertainment.com

  • 03 Jan 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Boston 48 Hour Film Project shared this time limited (every second counts in a 48!) offer for team registrations.

    To help kick this new decade off right, Boston filmmakers have a chance to save 25% off of this year’s 48HFP regular registration rate through this special New Year’s Promotion, now through January 15th.

    Register your team for the Boston 48HFP (or sign up for any other U.S. city!) That is the absolute lowest price it will be all year-it’s even cheaper than Early Bird!

    In addition, the 48HFP has a special refund policy for any team that signs up during this promotion–if this year’s competition dates end up not working out with your schedule, just let them know anytime up to two weeks prior to Kickoff to receive a 100% refund!

    So if you’re thinking about making a 48HFP film in 2020, this is the best time to get signed up.  More info about this year’s competition dates, events, and 2020 filmmaking fun coming soon.  (The Boston 48HFP will likely occur in May 2020.)  Register before the January 15th deadline to get that discount: http://48hourfilm.com/nyspecial

    For more infomation on the Boston 48 Hour Film Project, contact Andrew Osborne at boston@48hourfilm.com or visit http://www.48hourfilm.com/boston-ma

  • 10 Dec 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, WIFVNE has an elected Board of Directors. All active members are asked to vote for our Board members, who work on a volunteer basis to fulfill the vision and mission of the organization:  WIFVNE works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education. WIFVNE membership is open to everyone who supports our mission.

    Women in Film & Video New England is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of some 44 Women in Film chapters worldwide and more than 13,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.

    For the 2020-21 term, there will be seven (7) current board members who will remain on the Board.  From December 11 to December 18, WIFVNE members will cast their votes via online ballot for up to three (3) new board members.

    Board candidates are listed alphabetically.

    Emily Abi-Kheirs

    I would love to become more involved in this organization and help to build a strong community of women in the film & television industry in New England. I believe the professional skills I’ve developed would be an asset to planning events, festivals, gatherings, and other meetings. I also enjoy making connections with others in the industry and would be eager to help foster and maintain other partnerships with industry professionals and organizations in the region.

    Emily Abi-Kheirs is the Digital Associate Producer at WORLD Channel, where she began her career as a Production Assistant in 2015. Emily graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Visual Media Arts: Documentary Production and attended Semester at Sea’s study abroad voyage, which took her to three continents in three and a half months. Emily is passionate about documentary storytelling, and loves learning about other cultures, perspectives and experiences. She is currently on the Salem Film Festival’s documentary shorts selection committee and is a frequent attendee of The DocYard & Emerson’s Bright Light series.

    Sharon Contillo

    I am the founder of Middle Center Productions, LLC, where I focus on female and family centric stories, films, books, and productions. I write, direct and produce films and stories with female leads of all ages and within all genres. I focus on the underrepresented to give them a platform to be seen and heard. I have been in the film business in various roles, actor, director, producer, exec producer, camera operator, lighting, DP for 20 years. I am also an author. I learned my craft from the New York Film Academy, ScreenwritingU, and University of Rhode Island.

    As screenwriter, executive producer, director, actor, and author, I have won the following awards:
    • Winner of the 2019 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grant for short film, Curls
    • Finalist of the 2019 CinemaStreet Women’s Short Screenplay Competition, Curls
    • Winner of the 2019 IBM Master Storyteller Award and Ambassador for IBM
    • Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention for the feature political drama, Madam President
    • Wood’s Hole Festival Honorable Mention for the dark comedy feature, Sandwitched
    • First place for IBM Technical short competition for the short film, Sign

    Additionally, I published a youth chapter book based on a feature animation script that I wrote called The Little Christmas Ornament. I recently just completed the animated movie trail to produce this story as a feature film.

    Among my other writings, I have written a total for seven features that expand genres including horror, political drama, romantic comedy, family comedy, science fiction and animation as well as nine shorts. I am familiar with grants, film budgets, executive producing, directing, film insurance, crowdfunding, hosting premieres and how to get it all done on a shoestring budget.

    It would be an honor to be part of this board and to help others achieve their film and entertainment industry goals.

    I have had the opportunity to work with several WIFV/NE members and board members while making my short film Curls. I have also hired several people from our database of talent and have worked with partners, such as Rule, to complete my film. It was such a great experience and given my background and experiences, I would love to help and encourage others to do the same.

    Since we’re a group that is focused on film, video and TV, I would like to expand our mission to help our members get more hands-on experience in this area. I would do this by working with other members to create short educational videos on all aspects of filmmaking where our members could participate in the making of these videos.

    Kate Eppers

    In New England, we are so rich in talented women. Whether they/we are acting, producing directing, writing or all of the above. I have been so blessed to have found myself living in a place where women are flourishing and taking control of their passion, drive and dreams. I truly appreciate and am inspired by my fellow sisters as they are also on their path of their dreams.  As a singer, songwriter, actress, writer, reader, future mother, future wife and lover of film, I would love nothing more than to be part of WIFVNE. I am truly passionate about people and what we are capable of, and I feel I could play a helpful part in this wonderful organization. Thank you for the consideration.

    Kate Eppers is a singer, songwriter and actress from Salem, Ma. She performed in Harvard University’s comedic “The Ig Nobel Awards” from the age of 8 until 17. Kate has performed at the Danvers Fireworks Festival, with the Cape Ann Big Band, at The Watch City Steampunk Festival as well as independent features around Boston performing her experimental, piano heavy music. Kate has performed at the “Shalin Liu” in Rockport, MA, Kresge Auditorium at MIT U and Sanders Theater of Harvard University in Cambridge,MA. Kate has acted in countless music videos for both national and local Boston artists. This year Kate has appeared in web series and Independent films as well as composing for two of them.

    Kate was beyond excited in 2016 to be featured in and compose for the 1920s era independent film “The Chair” from Bald Dog Productions. Period music is not unfamiliar to her, and being part of this project was a dream come true. “Show You A Good Time”, co-written by Boston Rock Band One Time Mountain.

    Among other films, Kate completed production in July 2018 of the period movie comedy “The Dinner Party” by Narrows street films, premiering soon. Kate portrayed “Dahlia” a teen progressive debutante in 1906. 2019 films include its sequel “The fair fight”, “The loner” (Directed by Kris Salvi) and notably “Staring down a barrel” directed by Anthony Gaudette and James Harmon. SDAB was the winner of the SCRIPT TO SCREEN award at the STANFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and was turned into a live action film. SDAB premiered at the festival 10/19/19.

    On St. Patrick’s Day 2017, Kate released her piano heavy, theatrically inspired debut album “The Wishing well”. On August 3, 2018, FOLLOW ME the music video premiered, the second single off THE WISHING WELL. FOLLOW ME features visually stunning effects set in the backdrop of one of the most beautiful locations in Newburyport and all of Massachusetts. Kate released the independent single THE HERO OF OUR TIME summer 2019, available on itunes/amazon music.  On New Year’s Eve 2020- A final music video will be released for the title track of the album.

    “The Wishing Well” was met with critical acclaim by The Noise Boston, Metronome Magazine Boston, The Lynn Daily Item, Limelight Magazine, Boston Voyager and more.

    Thato Mwosa

    WIFVNE has been a great resource for me and other female filmmakers especially those who need to connect with people in the industry. New England has a rapidly growing, robust filmmaking industry but I feel that women, especially women of color, are still sometimes sidelined for opportunities. Organizations like WIFVNE help women develop their skills, tap into opportunities and connect professionally with industry folks. I have been a film teacher for ten years and one of the things I enjoy is mentoring younger female filmmakers. I would like to re-connect with WIFVNE not only as a member but as a board member because I feel that my background in marketing and advertising and skills in writing and event planning can be assets.

    Thato Mwosa is a filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, and illustrator. Thato won the coveted “Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the 2005 Roxbury Film Festival for her film, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” Thato has made several short documentaries one of them, “An African in America,” was screened at the Pan African Sweet Mother Conference held at Harvard University in early 2006. Thato’s third film, “The Day Of My Wedding,” was selected for broadcast on The Best Shorts program on BETJ (Black Entertainment Television). In 2006, Thato wrote and directed an international TV show, Ya Ma’Afrika, which was nationally broadcast on a Comcast channel Afrotainment.

    Currently, Thato is in the post-production stage of her first feature narrative, Memoirs of a Snitch, a coming-of-age drama that takes place in Roxbury, MA. She is also working a feature documentary A Tribe of Woman, which focuses on a group of Sudanese women fighting for peace. Thato’s 10-minute play, Jeremy’s Box, was produced by the Scribe Stages Play Festival in Los Angeles. Her play, Good Girl, had a staged reading as part of the South Shore Playwright Showcase at the Milton Public Library. Thato’s one minute play, Lucky Tom, will premier at the One-Minute Play Festival produced by the Boston Playwrights Theater.  Thato is a finalist for the 2019 Mass Cultural Art Fellowship in the Dramatic Writing category. She has a dual degree in Film/Video Production and Marketing/Advertising Communications from Emerson College and an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University.

    Thato currently serves on the board of Boston Neighborhood Network in Boston. She teaches TV, Film, and Documentary Filmmaking at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA. For more on Thato, go to www.thatomwosa.com

    Nerissa Williams Scott

    I am a member and am interested in becoming a member of the board because I do believe in the mission and vision of this organization and what better place to be as a woman filmmaker than in the midst of other women filmmakers! I support a diverse set but I constantly strive to place women in most of the roles. Especially the roles above the line so we can make the decisions for below the line.

    Nerissa Williams Scott—CEO of TCGT Entertainment, Boston, Ma., (www.tcgtentertainment.com) is a dedicated professor in the Film/Video Department at Massachusetts College of Art and the Night Manager for the Emerson College Paramount Center Film Sound Stage in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Hampton University where she received a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine and Performing Arts. She has received her Masters of Fine Art degree in Film Production (emphasis in Producing) from Emerson College. Her career experience includes over thirty years of working and learning in Performing and Media Arts. She began on stage and worked her way up to the position of Associate Producer and Producer for Film, TV, Live Events, Theatre, and Music Videos. Her world travels have set her apart in the Creative Producer role as she strives to balance the fine art of Line Producing, Production Management as well as Creative Producing. She looks forward to the continued forward momentum of TCGT. Her favorite quote is “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”…B.F. Skinner, Psy.

  • 02 Dec 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Would you like to strengthen the collaboration of women (and men!) working in the film, video, and digital media industries in New England?  Do you want to explore your leadership potential or lend your tried-and-true leadership experience? WIFVNE is seeking new board members to join our dynamic team who will play an important role in guiding the vision of this professional organization in 2020 and beyond.

    From November 25 to December 7 at midnight, WIFVNE is holding an open Board member nomination period. 

    From December 11 to December 18, WIFVNE members will cast their votes via online ballot for all new board members. Results will be announced on January 3, 2020 and new board members will be welcomed at a Board orientation meeting to be scheduled based on their schedules.  Board officer positions will be voted on at this meeting.  See below for a full list of Board Duties.  Nominations (and voting) are open to all active members at all levels

    If you are interested in joining the WIFVNE board or if you know of someone who would be a great candidate (and she/he is willing), please send WIFVNE a nomination.  Send your nomination email to:  info@womeninfilmvideo.org along with a few sentences on why you or your nominee would be an asset to WIFVNE and why you or your nominee is interested in being on the Board. Please include a short bio/current resume and a headshot/photo.

    The WIFVNE Board is a hands-on working board.  WIFVNE Board Member responsibilities include the following:

    • Serve as Ambassador for WIFVNE, including attending WIFVNE and industry events, spreading the mission and purpose of WIFVNE.
    • Establish and maintain partnerships with other industry organizations and businesses to further solidify the goals and objectives of the organization.  
    • Build WIFVNE membership and member benefits.
    • With other board members, assume fiscal responsibility for the organization, including raising money.
    • Attend monthly WIFVNE board meetings and committee meetings as needed.  
    • Serve as a contributing member of the board.  On average, the time commitment outside of meetings is approximately two to four hours per week.  Board members are asked to participate in the planning of and/or attendance at events, film festivals, industry gatherings, and other meetings, based on their interests and availability.
    • Work as a team member to accomplish goals and objectives of the organization.

     

    Additional Board Officer Responsibilities:

    PRESIDENT

    • 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.

     VICE PRESIDENT

    • Performs the duties and exercises the powers of the president in her absence, including presiding over meetings.
    • Acts as the liaison with WITFI and WIFT-US. 
    • Works with the treasurer in overseeing the fiscal responsibilities of the organization and in drafting budgets. 
    • Develops and maintains organization partnerships.

     SECRETARY

    • Takes minutes at all board meetings.
    • Provides minutes to all board members/files a copy to the WIFVNE online office archive.
    • Ensures important records of the organization are filed for archival and tax purposes.

     TREASURER

    • Responsible for annual budget and flow of the funds, with president and board
    • 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.

    Email us with any questions at: info@womeninfilmvideo.org

  • 26 Nov 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the earliest surviving feature film about LGBT people, the Provincetown Film Society presents a special screening of the recently restored Different from the Others. Once feared lost, it’s believed to be the only gay-themed movie from Germany’s progressive Weimar era that survived destruction after Hitler took power. Writer Christopher Isherwood recounted screenings broken up by Nazis. Most of the estimated 40 prints of the film were believed to have been destroyed by the Nazis, however a surviving copy was located during the collapse of the Soviet Union and was later restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The Provincetown Film Society offered two screenings of the film earlier this year in Provincetown and it played to a sold-out houses with rave reviews.

    Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern) tells a compelling story of secrecy and oppression that continues to play out in today’s world. The film stars Conrad Veidt (the somnambulist in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Colonel Strasser in Casablanca) as Paul Körner, a violinist whose romance with a talented male student is thwarted when a blackmailer threatens to expose the relationship and Körner’s homosexuality, then a crime under Germany’s notorious Paragraph 175. The story was co-written by Richard Oswald and Magnus Hirschfeld, who also had a small part in the film and partially funded the production through his Institute for Sexual Science. The film was intended as a polemic against the then-current laws under Germany’s Paragraph 175, which made homosexuality a criminal offense.  It is believed to be the first pro-gay film in the world.

    WIFVNE Member Blythe Robertson tells WIFVNE:  “I’m co-chairing the event with the Provincetown Film Society because I believe in their mission as an advocate for diverse representation in film, with programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard.  At the Different from the Others event, guests can expect a moving experiential evening. As the historic film screens, musician and composer Billy Hough, who has composed an original score and will perform it live, along with a chorale ensemble led by Grammy-winning tenor, Jason McToots. We’ll also have a Q&A after the screening, then capping off the night with more music from Billy Hough.” 

    Well-known Provincetown musician Billy Hough will perform an original score for the silent film with the collaboration of a vocal ensemble including Grammy-winning tenor Jason McStoots.  Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about the historic significance of the film which will include noted Harvard University Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski.  The evening will conclude with an additional music performance by Billy Hough and Jason McStoots.

    Purchase tickets today for DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS

    Thursday, December 5 at 7pm at the Strand Theater

    For scheduling and tickets, visit:

    www.provincetownfilm.org

    Join WIFVNE Member Blythe Robertson at this event!  General Admission tickets are $25 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 and include a reception featuring the different flavors and tastings of Dorchester, preferred seating at the Strand Theatre and a meet & greet with Billy Hough. The VIP Event begins at 5:30 pm. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will benefit The Provincetown Film Society and The Trevor Project.

     


  


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