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By Lucia Fox-Shapiro BOOKSMART was released May 24, and has been referred to as the female SUPERBAD. The film is Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, and stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two high school overachievers who want one last night of fun before graduation. This female-centric film has relatable characters and realistic depictions of… Read more »

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By Kathy Dismukes In March 1979, Ginny Durrin wanted to see a more positive female presence in media and build a stronger sense of self. She decided to invite local women she knew who were working in film for dinner at her house. Nearly a dozen women, hungry for change, gathered at that first meeting… Read more »

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By Erin Essenmacher I can’t remember how old I was the first time I watched an episode, I just remember that Laverne DiFazio was a staple of my childhood. I was just a baby when Laverne and Shirley debuted in 1976, but over time, preserved in re-runs, my sister Annie and I would gobble up… Read more »

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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 »