Essential resources for female filmmakers

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by Rachel Goldberg As a filmmaker, at some point you’ll likely need help advancing your career, whether it’s through access to cash money or just knowing the right people. That’s difficult for all of us, but when you are a female or female-identifying creator, it can be difficult to even meet another woman working in… Read more »

A reflection on meditation and mindfulness

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by Ariel Magno Life can be crazy. There’s work, bills, grocery shopping, getting the car fixed, getting the cat to the vet; the list goes on and on. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to stop and breathe! So last night’s Wednesday One on mindfulness and meditation with Valerie Tate was a refreshing hour-long break from… Read more »

A Woman in Film Highlights Women in Science

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by Marilyn Weiner via Indiewire Years ago, when my husband, Hal, and I first arrived as young filmmaking partners in Washington, D.C., the first person I met was the wife of a fellow filmmaker. After talking to her briefly, it became clear that instead of recognizing me as the producer I was, she had automatically… Read more »

An interview with director Liza Johnson

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by Flo Dwek; transcription courtesy of Word Wizards, Inc. “On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon. Starring Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon as Presley and two-time Academy… Read more »

Full Frame Festival

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By Maggie Burnette Stogner Thanks to American University’s Center on Media and Social Impact (CSMI), six graduate students and I attended Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina earlier this month. It was my first time at Full Frame and I highly recommend it! There were dozens of excellent documentaries, meetings with filmmakers, discussion… Read more »

Cooking Up Climate Action: A Secret Recipe

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By Mary T. An What happens when you put a climate scientist, a filmmaker, and an environmental activist together in a room for a day and ask them to create something? This sounds like the makings of a social experiment, or the beginning of a joke about a desert island. But it is in, in… Read more »

Women Directors are not asked their opinions, so what else is new?

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by Aviva Kempner   In the April 1-8 edition of Entertainment Weekly (page 22) there is an article discussing which Hollywood directors would encourage the release of movies put forward by Sean Parker’s Screening Room for same day release in your home.  Cleverly, writer Nicole Sperling decided to survey directors about what they thought of… Read more »

The Journey To Success: A Conversation with Women Filmmakers

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by Shanon Lee   “Our stories have value.” – Jane Barbara   On Museum Day Live!, Women in Film & Video hosted The Journey To Success: A Conversation with Women Filmmakers at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This year, the Smithsonian’s annual event included special programming aimed to encourage women and girls of color… Read more »

A Powerful Breakfast: The Influence of Women

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by Meredith Lee This morning, a group of influential women gathered in Washington D.C. as The Wrap held their Power Women Breakfast. This breakfast assembled a group of women working in media, entertainment, technology and brands all from various cities across the country to discuss issues affecting women. So much power was in one room and… Read more »

Black Broadway on U: A Living History Experience

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by Kristin Reiber Harris   I recently had the opportunity to hear Shellée Haynesworth, creator and executive producer of Black Broadway on U speak at Randolph College. Her talk was part of the Sara Driver ’77 Digital Filmmaking and Lecture Series, funded by Martha Driver ’50 and Al Driver. This fall I had reconnected with… Read more »

Understanding the 30-Minute Comedy: Sheree Guitar at Script DC

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by Maria Notarianni Sheree Guitar, now CEO of Sheree Guitar Entertainment, began as a television writer for series, such as Roseanne. Her experience with sitcoms led her to start her own company and share her skills in both writing and pitching a pilot with upcoming writers. During her lecture at Script DC, Guitar shared her tips… Read more »

5 Ways to Take Advantage of the Workshops at ScriptDC by Brigitte Yuille

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ScriptDC offers plenty of “aha” moments, and you can take advantage of them by applying the new information so you can improve your skills, networking with executives, and connecting with your peers. So, make the most of your time at the event with the following five tips and techniques. Establish your goals beforehand. Take a… Read more »

Advice to Board Members From Batman’s Producer: Look East

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by Erin Essenmacher via National Association of Corporate Directors   Michael Uslan has been many things: a lawyer, a professor, an executive producer, and—most recently—a global media mogul; but he identifies most closely with the moniker that became the title of his 2011 memoir: The Boy Who Loved Batman. During an interview at the 2015… Read more »

Media Rise Festival: Connecting and Inspiring Media Innovators

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By:Adriana Del Castillo   Through the week of September 28-October 3, Media Rise is hosting its annual festival  for filmmakers, writers, and  young aspiring professionals. The festival features a series of workshops, screenings, presentations, and talks about important topics in our society, aiming to “create a positive change through media.” Previous participants have said: “Wonderful… Read more »

Recap: Melissa Leebaert and the art of voiceover

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By Katharina Fritz When Natalie Portman gave her commencement speech at Harvard University this year, she provided the graduates with rare and refreshing advice:  Your inexperience is your asset. “If I had known my own limitations I never would have taken the risk,” she said on taking on her role in Black Swan. “And the risk… Read more »

Congratulations, Melissa!

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Happy WIFV Anniversary to Melissa Houghton! Congratulations to Executive Director, Melissa Houghton, who has been with Women in Film & Video for the past ten years! During her time with WIFV, Melissa has helped to produce over 60 projects. Her current passion project is our Documentary Seed Fund In honor of her anniversary, please consider… Read more »

Skin, Bones, & WIFV

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By Kristin Reiber Harris Did you miss our exciting Education and Children’s Media (EdCM) Roundtable at Interface Media Group last week? Lucky for you, member, Kristin Reiber Harris, can fill you in on what you missed! Check out Kristin’s post on Skin & Bones, An Augmented Reality Mobile App with Robert Costello and Diana Marques here. And a… Read more »

Thoughts from the Doc Roundtable: De-mystifying Insurance

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By Matt Radcliff At the June meeting of the WIFV/Docs In Progress Documentary Roundtable, our guest speaker was Meghan Shriver.  Ms. Shriver is the Arts Insurance Manager for MDP, Inc. (Maury Donnelly & Parr, Inc.), an insurance broker based in Baltimore but with offices around the country and licensed to sell insurance in 50 states. … Read more »

Women Make Waves This Summer From the White House to the Box Office

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From The Wrap Guest contributor Aviva Kempner imagines the possibilities when the power of women reverberates through culture As Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency is destined to make history, Hollywood is waking up to the profitability of female-centric cinema. The studios need to realize that they should not be making movies only geared to… Read more »

Crowd Marketing – TUGG and GATHR

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By Scott Gordon, Word Wizards Inc. Read full blog here. Thanks so much to Docs In Progress for organizing the Crowdsourcing Theatrical Distribution talk. They do amazing work helping people from all walks of life to fulfill their desire of creating documentary productions. Since video transcription is often an essential part of making a documentary,… Read more »

Who Got the Last Laugh on “The Ridiculous Six” Movie Set?

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“What is a laugh really worth?” asks contributor Aviva Kempner. “These actors expressed their concerns about the film and were essentially told to ‘get over it or get gone’” Adam Sandler learned an important lesson in humanity this week when a dozen Native American actors just picked up and walked out during the filming of “The… Read more »

An Awakening of Love with Maria Bello

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An Awakening of Love with Maria Bello By: Carletta Hurt Wake Up! Wake Up! What wakes you up in the morning? What have you read that awakens your spirit? What does it mean to finally WAKE UP! For actress and activist, Maria Bello, it’s a few things like hearing Dancing Queen by ABBA that helps… Read more »

“Woman in Gold” Speaks to Children of Holocaust Survivors

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‘Woman in Gold’ Speaks to Children of Holocaust Survivors (Guest Blog) The true-life story of reclaiming art stolen by the Nazis stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Charles Dance For many of us children of Holocaust survivors, Simon Curtis’ Woman in Gold really hits a nerve as it tells a story about a young lawyer… Read more »

Dispatch from Austin: Some Cool Things I Picked Up at SXSW

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Dispatch from Austin: Some Cool Things I Picked Up at SXSW By Erin Essenmacher, WIFV President A New Champion for Women-Led Creative Work Pantheon of Women hopes to do for female  media makers in narrative film and television what Chicken and Egg has done for women-lead documentary films by supporting works that “change the way… Read more »

Meet Sally Pacholok: The Next Erin Brockovich

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Shared from a Guest Post on Indiewire’s “Women in Hollywood” By: Elissa Leonard In 2012, I bought the life-story rights of a nurse who took on the medical establishment when she uncovered an epidemic of misdiagnoses. I had always wanted to produce a feature film, and I finally found a story I wanted to tell: that… Read more »

“Putting Your Best Face Forward”

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By Erica Rivers A long week and frigid temperatures made me seriously rethink my commitment to attend last Thursday’s “How to Stand Out at Auditions”.  But having recently attended an audition where I wasn’t quite sure how to dress for a particular part, I decided it was in my best interest to attend the presentation. The… Read more »

HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Capped; Do You Know About WIFV’s Spotlight on Screenwriters?

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Groundbreaking New Screenwriters Initiative Presents the Work of Talented DC Screenwriters to Industry December 11, 2014 at 10:49am MPTD Partners with Women in Film & Video on Groundbreaking Screenwriters Program Spotlight on Screenwriters initiative touts talented screenwriters in the D.C. metropolitan area For the first time, talented screenwriters in the D.C. metropolitan region have an… Read more »

35 Women in 31 Days

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Sunday, March 1: Shoshana Rosenbaum To start the celebration, we focus on SHOSHANA ROSENBAUM, an independent writer, director and producer, who made her first short film THE GOBLIN BABY in 2014. The film premiered at the 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition (the script was a finalist in 2013), was invited to screen at… Read more »

Navigating Public Television Doc Roundtable, February 9

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By Matthew Radcliff We had three speakers give their perspective and advice on Navigating Public Television. Kathryn Washington, from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), started the evening by describing the public television system as a confederacy. There are many gatekeepers, but that also means there are multiple ways to get a documentary on air…. Read more »

Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival

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By Jillian DiNardo In early February, I had the opportunity to attend Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival, a weekend event celebrating the unique culture of Irish cinema. The festival began with a packed theater for Thursday night’s Gold, directed by Niall Heery. The adorably awkward comedy stars Maisie Williams (Arya Stark of Game of Thrones)… Read more »

Strategies for Finding Acting Work (While Staying Sane)

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By: Carletta Hurt January 2015 Talent Roundtable The first month of 2015 was a busy one for Women in Film & Video. With a host of activities and events, members and friends had a variety of industry related opportunities to network and learn. The January Talent Round Table proved to be both a great time… Read more »

Packaging Your Series for Television: Two Perspectives

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By: Katharine Roman The first Monday in February Jim Arnoff, acclaimed New York based Television Packaging Agent, Entertainment Lawyer and Certified Life/Career Coach extraordinaire provided a lively crash course on how to represent yourself and pitch to the fast paced and cut throat Television Industry. Snacks of cheese, bread, cupcakes and even wine greeted attendees… Read more »

WIFV/TIVA Holiday Party

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By: Liz Lovern The WIFV/TIVA Holiday party was held Monday, January 26th in the midst of awards season. Instead of “Who are you wearing?” the topic of conversation among the 180 attendees at the Harman Center for the Arts was “What are you working on?” Here’s a quick rundown: Producer Abigail Sharon recently completed her… Read more »

Weds One: Using Social Media to Promote Your Projects and Business

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By Bonnie Breuner Summer is over, which means it’s back to school and back to work after a long three months of lounging outside with a cold drink in hand. For many of us freelance media professionals and business owners, it means business is picking up again. But of course, work is difficult to come… Read more »

Unmanned Aircraft in Filmmaking

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By: Valerie Kaplan, Word Wizards, Inc. One of the most exciting new tends in filmmaking today is the use of camera-equipped drones. These inexpensive Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are more budget conscious than helicopters for capturing the overhead excitement of a vehicle chase or other outdoor scenes. Using a versatile GoPro camera on a… Read more »

Recent Graduate Jumps into Screenwriting

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    It was finals week of my last semester of college at James Madison University last year when I saw on the WIFV listserv an email about the May Wednesday One called “Bridging your Career Between DC and LA.” The panel discussion was slated to happen a few days later, just before graduation. Being a film and… Read more »

“Meet the Science Producers” Weds One

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If you missed WIFV’s March Weds One or you’d like to refresh your memory of the night, head over to Katrina Jackson’s blog and read her post!   http://katrina-jackson.com/meet-the-science-producers-wifv-event/

Dispatches from SXSW: The Power of Partnerships

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By Erin Essenmacher I attended a great session at the SXSW film conference entitled “Navigating Partnerships: Film and Advocacy”, focusing on the power and the challenges of partnering with advocacy groups to help build audience and buzz for independent film. Increasingly, social change advocates are savvy about the power of media and open to partnering… Read more »

A Wish 25 Years in the Making

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By Jane Barbara When I heard Callie Khouri was going to present a Master Class at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in NYC, I was determined to make it there even if I had to hitch up my two Goldendoodles to a sled and dangle hot dogs in front of them. Since I… Read more »

Professional Development through MOOC’s

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by: Mikael Manoukian If you haven’t heard there is a new online learning platform ideally suited for the development needs of busy professionals like TIVA members. The concept is called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s for short. MOOC’s are an incredible resource for both personal and professional development across a wide range of subjects…. Read more »

What journalists and documentary filmmakers can learn from one another

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by Margaret Looney With web-native multimedia features and interactive elements permeating both journalism and documentary filmmaking, two crafts that were once distinct are beginning to blur. Experts from both fields met to discuss the subtle differences between these types of storytelling and what the fields can learn from one another at a recent Women in… Read more »

WIFV Weds One: Documentaries vs. Journalism

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The Weds One conversation about Documentaries vs. Journalism was very stimulating and engaging. We would like to thank our presenters and everyone that attended the event.    *Photos courtesy of Iolene Branch (WIFV Intern)

WIFV Executive Breakfast – NPR Tour

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WIFV members had a great time on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the WIFV Executive Breakfast that included a fun and exciting tour of NPR Headquarters! We have uploaded the pictures below for your enjoyment. *Photos courtesy of Melissa Houghton & Jamila Flomo (WIFV Intern)

WIFV Holiday Party 2014 Pics

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Everyone had a great time at the annual WIFV Holiday Party on January 15. We captured the moments below for your enjoyment!   *Photos Courtesy of: Iolene Branch (WIFV Intern) ,Travis Holler (The Scene Bisnow) and Diane Williams

GV Expo Keynote Speech – Rodney Grubbs on NASA DTV

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Dec. 4, 2013 By Libby Austin I arrived early for this first keynote to hear about NASA’s use of 4K imagery.  NASA works on the cutting edge of scientific image gathering and workflow, so their processes can serve as models for other government agencies. Rodney Grubbs, chairman of NASA’s DTV Working Group and a principal… Read more »

Structuring a Strategy: Video for Change – “Where’s the distribution?”

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Written By: Jillian DiNardo   Overview of the Panelists: Erica Ginsberg, the co-founder and executive director of Docs in Progress, spoke first. The second speaker was Angelica Das, the associate director at the Center for Media and Social Impact. Following her was Julia Cohen, an advocacy, outreach, and fundraising consultant and the creative advocacy director… Read more »

WIFV Members Favorite Movie List!

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Happy Holidays Everyone! For your entertainment on those cold, snowy (or maybe just rainy?) winter days, WIFV has compiled a list of members’ favorite movies. Check them out!   Mimi Machado-Jones 1. Dance with Me– (Randa Haines, 1998) “My favorite dance scene is shot on steadicam and Vanessa Williams gets caught in a Rueda de… Read more »

Is there any market out there for DVD productions?

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By: Sharon Sobel   I just finished creating 20 DVD labels for a job I’ve got this Saturday. It’s been so long since I made DVDs, I had forgotten where I stored the blank labels. But I DO still make DVDs for my clients.  Even though I have gone through the efforts of learning webcasting,… Read more »

“Lunatic Fringe” Photo Gallery!

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Many of our WIFV members have been involved in a year-long mentorship project to develop a webseries pilot.  The results of their work, Lunatic Fringe, will be shown at the WIFV Holiday Party on January 15.  More details will be posted soon.  In the meantime, we are so grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm our… Read more »

The realities of “really cool gigs”

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By: Sharon Sobel I recently landed a gig with the NFL for Thanksgiving Day. You likely have at least one of two reactions: 1)  That’s cool!  How did you get that job? 2)  I bet you’re making a lot of money on that! I will use this blog post to address both of these potential… Read more »

What’s a Producer Anyway?

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By: Sharon Sobel So, I got this question asked of me the other day. I like to compare a producer to a general foreman on a construction job. So, let’s say you want to build a house.  The foreman has to ask lots of questions like:  how big you want the house, when do you… Read more »

WIFV Science VIdeo of the Week – The Making of a Superstorm

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By: Katrina Jackson   Welcome to the fourth Science Video of the Week feature!  Each Wednesday I will post an interesting science video with some comments from either myself or the producer, and will conclude with some questions for discussion. All of the previous features can be found on katrina-jackson.com/blog. If you created a science video you would like to share,… Read more »

Structuring a Strategy: Video for Change – “Where’s the collaboration?”

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Written by: Jillian M. DiNardo   Panelists Overview The first speaker was Lance Kramer, the executive director of Meridian Hill Pictures, followed by Rosemary Reed, the owner and president of Double R Productions. Chithra Jeyaram spoke third; she is a documentary filmmaker with Real Talkies. Ending the panel was Mariah Craven, the communications director of… Read more »

Structuring a Strategy: Video for Change – “Where’s the Money?”

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Written By: Jillian M. DiNardo   Overview of the Panelists Peter Stonier is the Senior Director of Visual Storytelling at Conservation International, an organization that works to protect nature and promote biodiversity initiatives. Kiley Kraskouskas is the co-founder, president, and executive producer of Thinking Forward Media. She is also a long-time member of WIFV! Kim… Read more »

WIFV Science Video of the Week – Cosmos Trailer

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By: Katrina Jackson Welcome to the third Science Video of the Week feature!  Each Wednesday I will post an interesting science video with some comments from either myself or the producer, and will conclude with some questions for discussion. If you created a science video you would like to share, especially ones that had interesting challenges you’d like to discuss, send… Read more »

ScriptDC 2013 Picture Gallery

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WIFV hosted another successful ScriptDC weekend on November 18-20, 2013! It was great to see our attendees and guest engaging in informative panel discussions as well as pitching and critiquing throughout the entire weekend. WIFV member, Sandra Brennan, recounts the experience in her blog posting ScriptDC 2013. Follow this link to read the post: http://www.wifv.org/featured/scriptdc-2013/  

WIFV Science Video of the Week – Local High School Students on Warp Speed

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By: Katrina Jackson Welcome to the second Science Video of the Week feature!  Each Wednesday I will post an interesting science video with some comments from either myself or the producer, and will conclude with some questions for discussion. If you have a science video you would like to share, especially ones that had interesting challenges you’d like to discuss, send… Read more »

ScriptDC 2013

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By: Sandra Brennan This is what I learned at ScriptDC:  If you have a story to tell, it all starts with the words. If you want to pitch for project funds, you better be concise, confident and have a darn good reel. Thinking of directing? Then you need to convey to your actors how to… Read more »

WIFV Science Video of the Week – Bill Nye on Juno

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By: Katrina Jackson Welcome to the first Science Video of the Week feature!  Each Wednesday I will post an interesting science video with some comments from either myself or the producer, and will conclude with some questions for discussion.   Before you watch the video: THNKR, a YouTube channel created by Radical Media, recently started a web-series called “Why With Nye” featuring… Read more »

Diary of a Webisode Maker #3

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Photo by Carroll D. Thomas, 1994 Courtesy of Library of Congress, “Working in Paterson” Mari’s Hair  People on 21st Avenue   Diary of a Webisode Maker #3 Sandra Brennan “Location, location, location,” is the mantra of all real estate agents and the backdrop for most storytellers.  This weekend, producers of “Gravity” can expect another week… Read more »

Diary of a Webisode Maker #2

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By: Sandra Brennan As the pre-production phase of WELCOME TO LUNATIC FRINGE continues, scouting for the perfect location has begun. What constitutes “perfect” must take into account liability, permission contracts, access, timing, and let’s be honest, price –as in, free. A film location can support the tone and feel of a movie and so producing… Read more »

Diary of a Webisode Maker

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By: Sandra Brennan My job might be securing trolls. And that’s OK. I’m here to learn. In a few short weeks WIFV members start production of WELCOME TO LUNATIC FRINGE (EPISODE ONE), an original screenplay by Maureen Offutt and Heidi R. Willis. The premise goes something like this:  In a hair salon called Lunatic Fringe,… Read more »

A League of Their Own Screening w/ Penny Marshall Picture Gallery

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It was with great pleasure that WIFV hosted a sold out screening of A League of Their Own directed by Penny Marshall at the Avalon Theatre on August 29 to celebrate the inclusion of the film in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress! Peter Freeman of DC Outook, a guide to staying… Read more »

Vision and Creative Problem Solving

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Making Something Out of Nothing Part Two: Structuring the Story Author:  Dan Bailes, WIFV Member This new blog series by Dan Bailes will explore creativity, decision making, and problem solving in the process of fashioning videos, with a focus on client work and web videos. The previous post dealt with fashioning John Cobb’s story and… Read more »

Vision and Creative Problem Solving

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Making Something Out of Nothing Part Three: Visual Storytelling Author:  Dan Bailes, WIFV Member This final blog in a three-part series will explore creativity, decision-making, and problem solving in the process of fashioning videos, with a focus on client work and web videos.  If you recall, this project about John’s “mission that matters” essentially had… Read more »

Sequestration: How Does It Impact You?

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Sequestration is the latest bump in the fiscal road for Americans. Although the impact varies by state, the Washington, DC metro area is bracing for full impact at the end of March. While the White House and Congress spent time blaming each other for the lack of budget resolution, many federal employees are facing furloughs… Read more »

Doc Talk: Dynamic Duos

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If you have a filmmaking partner, you know how much of an asset it can be; you also know it’s not w/o its challenges. By Claude LaVallee Moderator: Katy Chevigny, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Arts Engine Panelists: Rob Fruchtman, Filmmaker, Sweet Dreams Lisa Fruchtman, Filmmaker, Sweet Dreams Jason Mann, Filmmaker, Betting the Farm Cecily Pingree,… Read more »

Academy Awards Recap: The Good, The Bad and The Offensive?

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Author:  Yolanda R. Arrington, WIFV Board Sunday night, millions were locked in for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by irreverent comedian and writer Seth MacFarlane. If you watch any of his work then you know what you’re getting: a guy who pokes fun at everyone. A guy who can amuse and offend everyone in… Read more »

Considering Sundance 2014

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Author:  Arla Bowers, WIFV Member As the memory of Sundance 2013 begins to fade, many of you who have yet to attend might be thinking about going next year…to Sundance 2014. My mistakes and my experiences might just provide the push you need to make your decision (one way or the other). Physical preparedness I’m… Read more »

Vision and Creative Problem Solving

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Making Something Out of Nothing Part One: Working with Words Author:  Dan Bailes, WIFV Member Women in Film & Video is preparing to launch a new WordPress blog this year.  While the new site is constructed, this new blog series by Dan Bailes will explore creativity, decision making, and problem solving in the process of… Read more »

Feeling the Love!

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Thank you for supporting WIFV’s Share the Love campaign and writing reviews for WIFV on Great Nonprofits.  WIFV was one of the top-rated nonprofits in 2012 and we’re on our way to the top again in 2013! Thanks to you, WIFV’s Share the Love campaign was an amazing success.  We appreciate your support and hope… Read more »

Share the Love: Members Referral

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Recruit a new member between now and February 14th at midnight and we’ll spread the love by adding an extra month to each of your memberships! There’s no limit to the number of your referrals, and each one adds another month to your WIFV membership if completed by the deadline. Every WIFV Member who recruits… Read more »

2012: A blog to remember!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  Thank you to everyone for following, writing, and most of all for helping to create this content!  Wishing that the ideas and thoughts in this blog may inspire you to do more in 2013 – you are unique and you make a… Read more »

A Fork in the Road: Non-Linear Storytelling and Interactive Media

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WIFTI Summit 2012 and ScriptDC University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC December 1, 2012; 11:45 am Writer:  Lindsey Sitz, WIFV DC Member I went into “Non-Linear Storytelling” with great literary, choose-your-own-adventure classics such as “Zombie Penpal” on the brain.  Remember those gems? YOU, as reader, step into the shoes of “protagonist,” and as… Read more »

Writer’s Guild East Web TV Master Class

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WIFTI Summit 2012 and ScriptDC University of California, Washington Center in Washington, DC Panelists: Julie Anne Emory, Timothy Cooper, Thom Woodley Moderator: Ursula Lawrence Sunday, December 2, 2012 Writer: Heather Godwin, Writer and Producer Since I’m no longer twenty-four, I decided to jump on the chance to take the Web TV Master Class at the… Read more »

International Co-Productions

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WIFTI Summit 2012 and ScriptDC University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC December 2, 2012 4:15-5:45 pm Writer: Faith DeVeaux, Writer/Producer/Director, member of WIFV DC The number one tip given during the WIFTI Summit 2012 panel on International Co-Productions was to get out there and make contacts. Meg Villarreal, of U.S. Independents, moderated an… Read more »

Restoring History: Sandy Northrop’s Tour of the NGA Conservation Labs

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WIFTI Summit 2012 National Gallery of Art, Conservation Labs in Washington, DC Friday, Nov. 30th 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. Writer:  Elizabeth McGraw-Austin, Women in Film & Video Member Women in Film & Video DC recently hosted the International WIFTI (Women in Film and Television International) Summit at the University of California DC campus.  Part of the wonderful weekend… Read more »

The Social Network: Using Social Media to Pitch and Finance Your Project

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WIFTI Summit 2012 and ScriptDC University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC December 1, 2012 4:15-5:45 Writer: Faith DeVeaux, Writer/Producer/Director, WIFV DC Member Using social media as a way to raise money for your project was presented by Rachell Shapiro, Director of Development and Senior Producer at Rock Creek Productions and Laurie Scheer, Associate… Read more »

Take Two: Need Footage?

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WIFTI Summit 2012 University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC Friday, November 30, 2012  11:45a – 1:15p Writer:  Hannah Buchdahl, WIFV DC Member It’s complicated. Public versus private domain. ‘Fair Use’ versus Paying-up-the-wazoo. Copyrights. Clearances. Licenses. Finding footage is only half the battle. Figuring out if you can use it, how you can use… Read more »

Commanding Your Voice: Using Blogs, Events, etc., to Promote Women’s Work and Better Representation

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WIFTI Summit 2012 and ScriptDC Location: University of California  Washington Center in Washington, DC Saturday, November 30, 10:00 a.m. Writer:  Elizabeth McGraw-Austin, Women in Film & Video Member Four unique voices who blog on various aspects of the role of women in the film industry discussed promotion and marketing strategies for women’s films at the… Read more »

Pitch U

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WIFTI Summit 2012 and ScriptDC University of California at Washington Center in Washington, DC Saturday, December 1, 2012  11:45a – 1:15p Speakers:  Marilyn Atlas and Laurie Scheer Writer:  Hannah Buchdahl, Women in Film & Video Member You kinda had to be there to fully appreciate the role-play that made WIFTI’s “Pitch U” panel so enlightening – and… Read more »

The Hero’s Journey

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WIFTI Summit 2012 Saturday, November 30, 11:45 a.m. Speaker: Dara Marks Writer:  Elizabeth McGraw-Austin, Women in Film & Video Member Dara Marks’ talk on using the Hero’s Journey in script writing was inspiring and thought provoking.  Her approach to storytelling  takes what we know about about story structure and extends it.Marks kept the packed room… Read more »

Character Development and Script Formatting

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WIFIT Summit 2012 University of California at Washington Center in Washington, DC Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 – 10:00 AM Writer: Sonya Dunn, Women in Film & Video DC, Member Whether you are a beginner screenwriter or a seasoned pro, the session on Character Development and Script Formatting was beneficial to all.  Top screenwriters and script consultants in… Read more »

It Happened One Night: Documentary Structure and Storytelling

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WIFTI Summit 2012 University of California Washington Center Saturday December 1, 2012; 4:15-5:45 pm Writer: Heather Godwin, WIFV DC Member Every battle is won, before it is ever fought. Sun Tzu, Chinese Military Strategist (544BC-496BC) This was the quote that documentary dynamo, Adele Schmidt, began her session with for the WIFTI International Summit’s hour and… Read more »

Heart and Soul and a Touch of Rock and Roll

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The WIFV Women of Vision Awards Gala 2012 Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC Thursday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.                   Writer:  Vicki Warren, Women in Film & Video DC Member, Producer/Journalist It was a shared love of filmmaking and an opportunity to celebrate four remarkable women that brought guests to the 19th Annual Women of Vision… Read more »

Need Funding?

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WIFTI Summit 2012 University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC November 30, 2012 4:15-5:45 pm Writer: Faith DeVeaux, Writer/Producer/Director, WIFV DC Member Do you need funding? Of course! Maryanne Culpepper, President of National Geographic Television, and Nina Seavey, Director of the Documentary Center at George Washington University, gave insights on this subject, and noted that… Read more »

Need Footage?

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WIFTI Summit 2012 University of California Washington in Washington, DC Friday, November 30, 2012  11:45a – 1:15p Posted by Hannah Buchdahl, WIFV DC, Member It’s complicated. Public versus private domain. Fair Use versus Paying-up-the-wazoo. Copyrights. Clearances. Licenses. Finding footage is only half the battle. Figuring out if you can use it, how you can use… Read more »

Support Professional Development: Successful Programs that Support Members and the Bottom Line

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WIFTI Summit 2012 University of California Washington in Washington, DC Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 – 11:45 AM Writer:  Sonya Dunn, Women in Film & Video DC, Member Professional Development is a continuing, lifelong process for anyone interested in career progression.  Women in Film & Television understands this intricate and crucial element in pursuing one’s advancement within… Read more »

Hamilton Delivers a Rare Look at Our Biz

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WIFTI Summit 2012 University of California Washington in Washington, DC Friday, Nov. 30 – 9:00 AM Writer: Lynn Hughes, Producer, Pidge Productions Peter Hamilton, industry consultant and author of the blog DocumentaryTelevision.com, launched the 2012 WIFTI Summit with a look at The Business of Factual Television. Key to working in the factual, or non-fiction, world… Read more »

WIFTI Summit: Grab the Tech

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Posted By Margaret Barse,  Member of the MARCOM Committee, WIFV DC The goal of the savvy presenters in Friday’s WIFTI Summit session “Grab the Tech” was to help filmmakers navigate their way through what can be an overwhelming technology jungle to a clearer pathway in using digital and social media tools. Shireen Mitchell, Founder of… Read more »

Women in Film to Watch

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The fairer sex is taking Hollywood, Bollywood, and every other –Wood by storm. From actresses to directors, we’re lucky to live in an era where female film stars are abundant behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Some of these talents are known around the world while others silently keep our film-going fantastic…. Read more »

Send Us Your Film Footage Questions; We’ll Find Answers!

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Posted by Judith Snyderman, Need Footage? Panel Moderator WIFTI Summit Committee and WIFV DC Board Member ** ** Do you have tough film footage challenges? If you have too little guidance or too many opinions, elusive footage sources, budget woes, licensing or rights dilemmas – come to the Friday morning WIFTI Summit panel, Need Footage?… Read more »

Indiewire’s Women And Hollywood Blog Praises WIFV’s Women of Vision Awards

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Women and Hollywood’s Guest Blogger Marian Evans, who blogs as Wellywood Woman, highlighted WIFV’s Women of Vision Awards as an example of film awards that are globally thinking and celebrate women’s achievements in a gender-biased industry, and Agnieszka Holland in particular.  Read the excerpt of Marian’s blog below, and go to Women and Hollywood to read the full… Read more »

WIFTI Summit 2012: Radio Prequel! Tune in for discussions with four Summit panelists as a warm up to the big event!

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Get the inside scoop on working in media from some of the industry’s most successful women producers, writers, and filmmakers on nationally syndicated radio show “Let’s Just Talk!”  this Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11 AM on www.w4CY.com and Sunday, Nov. 18 at  6 PM Eastern on www.1100kfnx.com. Join WIFV charter member Lauren Versel of Lucky… Read more »

Read All About It!

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Check out the latest Press about the WIFTI Summit Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 26, 2012 Hosted by WIFV DC, the Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) Summit will run concurrent with the premier writers’ and filmmakers’ conference in the mid-Atlantic, ScriptDC. Summit pass holders receive access to ScriptDC. Space is limited; general public can… Read more »

An Evening with Agnieszka Holland

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AN EVENING WITH AGNIESZKA HOLLAND Repost from the DCJCC website at http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/film/wjff-year-round-/film-pages/an-evening-with-agnieszka.html Screening of Europa Europa followed by on stage discussion with Agnieszka Holland and Aviva Kempner. Preceded by Shabbat Dinner with the filmmaker (optional, separate ticket) at the DCJCC. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 at 7:30 pm (Shabbat Dinner at 6:00pm) Co-Sponsored by Women in Film… Read more »

Start your weekend early with Women of Vision

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Come early and enjoy Women in Film & Video (WIFV), DC’s 19th annual Women of Vision Awards.  The 2012 Women of Vision Awards will recognize Shirin Ghareeb,, Agnieszka Holland, Margaret Parsons, and Christine Weber on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 PM at the opulent Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s Women of Vision Awards… Read more »