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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 »

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By Kathy Dismukes At this month’s Documentary Roundtable Caty Borum Chattoo and Will Jenkins presented Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement: Documentary Films & State and Local Public Policy in the United States. Their report provides perspectives from 15 policymakers, filmmakers, and advocacy leaders who successfully contributed to policy agendas on the state and local levels, with… Read more »