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By Kathy Dismukes The gig economy is definitely here, but really everyone else is just catching up to media industry, where freelancing has long been a big part of the game. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, though. To be successful you have to be the CEO of You, Inc., marketing manager, and bookkeeper, as well… Read more »

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  By Tara Jabbari   January’s Screenwriters Roundtable was led by scriptwriter and WIFV member, Lisa Scott and here are the biggest takeaways:   – Do a lot of research before you ever actually write the script. From reading scripts, watching films or television shows while simultaneously reading the scripts, to writing the treatments, there… Read more »

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By Kathy Dismukes Recently, I wrote about how DC’s Global Impact Film Festival was employing smart strategies to build audiences and momentum. One of their keys to success, of course, is selecting the right films. In this post I explore the whys and hows of The Ripple Effect, one of the festival’s biggest critical and… Read more »

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By Kathy Dismukes   Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth Chomko, the writer and director of What They Had, a brilliant new film starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, Michael Shannon, and Robert Forster. What They Had is the bittersweet story, inspired by Chomko’s own life, of how a family endures the many losses… Read more »

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October Wednesday One: Making the Most of Film Festivals By Kathy Dismukes   John Benedetto of the WIFV board hosted a packed session at Interface Media Group with an excellent, diverse panel that included festival guru Jon Gann, programmer Monica Schorn, writer Brian Matusz, and writer-producer Jane Barbara. I took notes furiously and boiled down… Read more »

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By Kathy M. Dismukes Fundraising for films isn’t easy, but neither is filmmaking. Luckily, these pursuits have more in common than you might think. Here are some tips on film fundraising that will give you a leg up, especially if you’re going to attend WIFV’s September Wednesday One at the Foundation Center. But I’m a… Read more »