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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 »

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  Music is Storytelling, Too By Kathy Dismukes   “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards Preach, bony Stone-y Keith Richards! The Narrative Directors Roundtable meeting this month was on how and why media-makers work… Read more »