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  • 10 Apr 2017 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    What’s the best part of your work? Finding those moments in a film where I can support or bring out some subtext of a story that might not be readily apparent. That is when I feel I am contributing in a way that helps the film become something more than the sum of its parts.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry? Like all freelancers, particularly in a creative field, juggling the work that you’re passionate about with the need to promote yourself and find work is difficult. Both are full-time jobs, and it’s important to maintain your integrity while doing each. 

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker? I know here in the Boston area there are valuable communities such as this one that help provide both logistical and personal support. From my own experience, I find that if you encounter people who appear to be unnecessarily putting up roadblocks, don’t waste too much effort on them. Be persistent and have faith that if you work hard and are doing what you are passionate about there will be people who will notice.

    What goals do you have for 2017? To continue to build relationships and work with filmmakers and other creators. I’m also working on a long-form piece based on an Isaac Asimov short story that will combine dance and opera. It’s quite a journey, both creating it and the work itself!

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I’ll be premiering a new dance collaboration with Betsi Graves, director of Urbanity Dance (Best of Boston, 2015; Top Ten Critics’ Pick by The Boston Globe) on June 2nd as part of their show Observing. Some other great choreographers and musicians will be performing/presenting pieces as well. For tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/observing-annual-spring-revue-tickets-27762516434  I also scored a short film for the winner of last year’s Flicks4Chicks Best Director prize, Catharine Pilafas, that’s about to enter the festival hunt. It’s a WWII period piece called “Seagull” – http://www.seagullthefilm.com. Look for it at festivals this fall!

    How can your fans find you!?
    My website: http://robjaret.com
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/robjaret
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rjaret
    Twitter: @rjaret

  • 12 Oct 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    Eileen Slavin is a freelance filmmaker and editor who joined WIFVNE in August of 2016. We are glad to have you on board Eileen and thank you for taking a moment so we can get to know you better. Read below to learn a bit more about Eileen.

    Whats the best part about your work? I love what I do! Editing is artistic, challenging, fun, and rewarding. I love the process of storytelling, of bringing order to chaos.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry? It’s hard to get your foot in the door in this industry. You have to be willing to take any work you can starting out (even if it’s for free), and you face a lot of rejection. It helps to maintain a positive mindset and always strive to improve your skills.

    Tell us what it is like working on the 48HFP? Working on the 48HFP is a huge adrenaline rush. You’re condensing what would normally take weeks into one weekend. This was my 6th time participating on a team and I always walk away from both satisfied by what my team accomplished in such a short amount of time… and in need of a very long nap. =)

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker? We need you! Women are currently underrepresented in the film industry, but we can change that. Sometimes people will underestimate you because you are female or feel threatened by you if you’re good at what you do. Pay them no mind and continue doing your thing. There are plenty of other people in the industry who will appreciate and support you; surround yourself with those people, because they will help you accomplish your goals, and in turn, you will push each other to become better filmmakers.

    What goals do you have for this year? My goals for this year include editing a feature film, increasing the number of projects I work on, and expanding my client base, all of which will serve to improve my editing skills.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I’m currently Film & Photo Dept. Chair of an entertainment company called This Is Entertainment started by CEO Kody Fraser, who directed our 48 Hour Film Project this year, The Adventures of Slick Willy: A Bridge Too Far (https://youtu.be/TTZPBjvTyog). We’ve got a stop-motion short and a music video in postproduction right now that I’m working on, and will be shooting an upcoming video tribute of a well-known Pixar short in September. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisentertainment401/

    I have also been hired as DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) on Higher Methods, a feature film to be directed by Nathan Suher of IM Filmworks. It’s a psychological horror film with a philosophical overtone to be shot in January. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highermethods/

    How can your fans find you!? 

    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlavinProductions
    • Twitter: https://twitter.com/SlavinProd
    • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThunderingNightmare
    • IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5167231/
    • Online portfolio: http://slavinproductions.com/
  • 23 Aug 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    Mau Hardiman, M.Ed, is a Boston-based, freelance Makeup Artist with over a decade of experience in the industry. Her experience is proficient in all areas of production for high-definition film, print, editorial, and some special effects. In her experience, she has worked with all ethnicities, skin tones, and hair types.

    What’s the best part of your work?
    I absolutely love assisting a Film Director’s vision of their movie characters. I love to watch characters come to life and feel proud to have had a part in that process.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?
    I think the same challenges that most in the industry face, there can always be more work.

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    I’m a newbie!

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    I can only speak from the perspective of a Makeup Artist and with that, I would say: not all Makeup Artists are experienced in film. It is best to hire someone that understands the need for continuity (you will often see me snapping pics of characters and noting scene numbers), reading a script, and having a makeup kit that is stocked for film (I have everything from makeup to razors to breastfeeding pads: great for sweaty underarms! Fashion tape, and the list goes on!).

    What goals do you have for this year?
    My goals are to take part in as many projects as I can.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
    I am currently working with a formulator to create an innovative color cosmetic product.

    Website: http://www.makeupbymau.com
    Stay updated: Instagram @makeupbymau and Twitter @makeupbymau
    For booking inquiries: http://www.makeupbymau.com/contact-us.html

  • 20 Jun 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    Actor Jessica Rockwood, 32, is one of the most positive women you will ever meet. In the competitive world of film and video, she chooses to cheer on her friends and fellow actors.

    “I love making connections through acting and love being supportive to my fellow actors,” says Rockwood. “I never get upset when I lose an audition to a friend. I’m happy for them and encourage them. If you can’t be supportive to fellow actors then you won’t find them supporting you back. I’ve found great relationships with my fellow actors and seeing them succeed is something I enjoy as well as feeling such positive energy from them when they share in my successes.”

    Rockwood grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts and began focusing on her acting career after a deliberating injury. That is when Rockwood realized that life was far too short to do anything that you aren’t passionate about, a realization which continues to be a driving force in her life.

    When asked what she wished she had known early in her career Rockwood said “I wish I had pushed myself further and done what I wanted for myself instead of what other people wanted me to do. It’s not impossible, it’s just hard work.” However, after working in so many capacities we have a feeling that she certainly puts in the work necessary to be successful!

    Jessica Rockwood can be contacted here.

  • 24 May 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    Jess Barnthouse:
    Co-Owner/Director of Video
    Production at Wicked Bird Media

    WIFVNE’s May Member Spotlight is on Jess Barnthouse -Co-Owner/Director of Video Production at Wicked Bird Media

    What’s the best part about your work?
    I work with a variety of different clients so every day gives me new ways to be creative.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?
    Most of my work is either commercial or for broadcast television. It would be AMAZING to get more films to come to Boston.

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    I first joined when I moved to Boston in 2008 and I signed up for the mentor program.

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    Find a mentor and learn as much as you can from them.  I once heard someone say that if you’re still bragging about work you did three years ago, you’re doing something wrong.  This is an industry where we need to be constantly learning and growing our skills and getting better.  So film stuff all the time and get feedback.

    What goals do you have for this year?
    I would like to have a rough cut of my feature-length documentary finished! My co-director and I have been working on it for over three years now and are knee deep in post-production.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
    The documentary we’re in post on follows a horror movie star who now lives in Maine and runs an all-natural children’s toy company from his house with his wife and three kids.  But he wants to return to horror acting!  Find out more at www.wickediscoming.com

    Find Jess on her websitewww.wickedbirdmedia.com

  • 20 Apr 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    Jemma Byrne, Freelance Video Editor

    WIFVNE’s April Member Spotlight is on Jemma Byrne – Freelance Video Editor

    What’s the best part about your work?
    The best part about my job is the variety of projects I work on. I could be editing an educational video one day and an interview with the CEO of a huge company the next.

    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?
    My biggest challenge is being taken seriously. My technical skills are often overlooked by both men and women.

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    Two months

    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    Be prepared to work twice as hard for half the acknowledgment.

    What goals do you have for this year?
    I would like to have a rough cut of my feature-length documentary finished! My co-director and I have been working on it for over three years now and are knee deep in post production.

    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
    I’m currently working on a series of videos with /newsroom365 about IoT and augmented reality.

    Find Jemma on her website: Jemmabyrne.com

  • 03 Mar 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    left to right: Jan Waldman: TV Host/Producer, Alice Bouvrie: Producer/Director, Liane Brandon: Filmmaker and Still Photographer, Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness: Director

    March is Women’s History Month, and we received four submissions from our call to members to be featured, so we decided to spotlight all of them!

    Whats the best part about your work?

    Jan Waldman: I truly love what I do. Meeting so many varied individuals in and out of the film world.

    Alice Bouvrie: Getting to know the people and issues that are explored in my films.

    Liane Brandon: It’s challenging and creative – a mix of art, craft, and technology. Depending on the project, I get to explore subjects I am passionate about.

    Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness: Collaboration.


    What challenges do you think you’ve faced in this industry?

    Jan: Fortunately, the fact that I am a 50-year-old female has never been a detriment in my career. I would have to say that time is the biggest challenge. The amount invested is always the same whether the project is successful or not. Hard work is a given and it is the only way you can begin to become successful.

    Alice: Financing the projects, and getting them out and seen.

    Liane: When I started making films in 1969, there was no portable video and very few people had access to 16mm cameras and editing equipment. Film schools were few and far between. Very few women had any filmmaking skills. I was one of three independent women filmmakers in New England. I had to borrow a high school football team’s 16mm camera in the offseason, and teach myself how to use it to make my first film. There were almost no films about the issues girls and women were facing (equal pay, equal rights, employment discrimination) or about the lives of ordinary women. There were virtually no outlets for political or social issue films – let alone films about the Women’s Movement. Distributors said there was no audience for films about women’s issues – so we started our own distribution coop (New Day Films). We were told that we’d fail in a year. New Day is now 45 years old and a leading distributor of social issue films!

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Raising money.


    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?

    Jan: 2 Years.

    Alice: Not sure, but at least 30 years or so.

    Liane: 20+ years.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Two years.


    What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?

    Jan: Do your research. Find out everything you are able to about the role, person or business you will be working with before you dive in. Be prepared.

    Alice: Try not to lose your motivation and energy, and stay curious!

    Liane: Learn as much as you can. Work hard. Persevere.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Act. Get out there and film.


    What goals do you have for this year?

    Jan: We will be looking for wider distribution to other public access TV stations in the state and across the country and more of an online presence.

    Alice: Better marketing and promotion for the films that I have already made.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: More collaboration.


    Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?

    Jan: My TV show, “Entertainment Plus with Jan Waldman” with producers/editors Steve Spencer and Mike Murray, aired its first show February 1, 2016. Upcoming guests include Carol Patton, publisher of Imagine Magazine and the producers of “The Folklorist” Angela Herrar, Andrew Eldridge and John Horrigan.

    Alice: I just finished a short documentary about an MIT professor who is a cross-dresser, A Chance to Dress. I’m working to get it into the marketplace and to get it out and be seen.

    Liane: I recently shot the stills for the upcoming (October) PBS American Masters bio of Edger Allan Poe (Spy Pond Productions). Exhibit of the photographs near the time of the PBS premiere. Also, upcoming exhibit of my photographic series of women powerlifters.

    Marie-Emmanuelle: Writer’s Block is a finalist in the 2016 WIFTI Short Film Showcase, and will screen in DC and also at BIFF on April 16 at the Paramount Theater in Boston. My script Indentured was a finalist at Sundance Lab 2015 and RIIFF 2015.


    How can your fans find you!?

    Jan: You can find my show “Entertainment Plus with Jan Waldman” on www.satvonline.org My website is: agencyprotalent.com/janwaldman

    Alice: I have a website: www.mineralkingproductions.com and FB: www.facebook.com/achancetodress

    Liane: See my website www.lianebrandon.com for contact information

    Marie-Emmanuelle: www.maiema.com

  • 01 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | WIFVNE Team (Administrator)

    Diane Pearlman: Executive Director, Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative (BFMC) & Independent Film & Visual Effects Producer

    BFMC maintains an online production guide and locations library, and assists productions with permitting, location scouting and finding local crew and equipment. Since it’s inception in 2009, BFMC has facilitated numerous film, television and media projects.

    We asked Diane, What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
    “Find a female mentor – someone you can shadow and learn from. Work on their project; listen to how they handle production issues; be a sponge. Never be afraid to ask questions. It’s important to pursue your art, but also to understand the business aspects of filmmaking. As your career develops, put your heart into the projects that inspire you, but be willing to take on the the projects you may love a bit less, but will pay the bills! Most importantly, treat people well and with respect. This is a business about relationships and networking. The person you hire on one shoot may be the person who hires you on the next.”

    How long have you been a WIFVNE Member?
    Not sure how long I’ve been a member – maybe 2.5 years? I’ve been a member of New York Women in Film and Television for 20 years and now have a dual membership to both.”

    What goals do you have for 2016 we should know about for filmmaking?
    “Besides planning networking events, educational and workforce development courses for BFMC, I’m producing a short film for award-wining actor, Karen Allen (Starman, Animal House, Indiana Jones films). The film is based on a Carson McCuller’s short story, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud” and will shoot in the Berkshires in June of this year.”

    Upcoming Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative Events:
    Our next BFMC networking event will Tuesday, March 8th at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA. We are producing the event with the Easthampton City Arts as part of the Plug Into the Creative Economy in the Pioneer Valley. To find out more, watch our Facebook page or join our email list on our website: berkshirefilm.org

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