LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT:
Dear Members, Friends and Supporters:
I was looking over our 2013 NMWIF calendar of events to see if we have fulfilled our goals of “Professional Development and Achievement through Mentorship, Networking, Education and Community”. I hope that our programs interested and encouraged you in your career and the social events introduced you to people and situations that you might not have otherwise encountered. Above all, I hope that you always feel welcome at our events and are making new friends and contacts.
Many people and local businesses took part in making all of this happen. We have and continue to build great community support - and not just in the film industry. Many thanks to the NM Film Office, Albuquerque Film Office, IATSE 480, our area hotels, restaurants, theaters, colleges and many others who have been generous whenever we have called upon them for support. We have presented workshops and lectures with professionals from London to Los Angeles and work to bring you fresh and inspiring programs and information.
In addition to our monthly events, the NMWIF Screenwriting Groups were resurrected. Members have had numerous opportunities to appear on local radio and tv programs, serve as panelists and moderators for other organizations, act as mentors and work on each others' projects and more.
We are already planning some interesting things for the coming year and hope to include speakers and workshops that will focus on above as well as below the line jobs. If you have an idea for a speaker or a specific topic, please let us know. We definitely listen to your input.
Our final event of the year is next Sunday, December 8th, at LaPosada in Santa Fe. It will be a time to honor our 2013 Sage Award recipient, casting director Jo Edna Boldin, for the excellent work she does to encourage and promote women in our industry. We will also thank our outstanding volunteers and reward scholarships to assist members in moving their careers and their projects forward in the new year. I hope you will join us to toast Jo Edna and the others who will be honored that evening.
Happy and warm holidays to you all. Thank you for being a part of our wonderful organization.
NMWIF DECEMBER EVENT:
New Mexico Women in Film Presents:
Sunday, December 8
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa
330 E Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM
Please join us for holiday cheer, appreciation and congratulations.
2013 Sage Award
Jo Edna Boldin
This is the first time the Sage Award has been given to a NMWIF member. Jo Edna was a Founding Member of NMWIF and has served on the NMWIF Board three times. Her warmth and integrity spills into every audition, director session, workshop and panel. She has inspired and encouraged many women in the film community and continues to give to the film community in so many ways.
The Sage Award was created by NMWIF to honor a person who is dedicated to the “greater feminine” and active in supporting women in the film industry. Since 2004 NMWIF has bestowed the Sage Award to a woman of great character and achievement, someone who is a risk taker and who puts community before themselves. We are very proud of our recipients who have received the Sage Award since its inception: Shirley MacLaine, Lisa Strout, Ann Lerner, Ali MacGraw and Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt.
Volunteer Appreciation Awards
We will also be honoring all of the volunteers who have made all of our monthly events a success. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Announcement of NMWIF 2013 Scholarships
We are dedicated to the continuing education, training or development of film / tv / media projects of our membership. We will be presenting NMWIF Scholarships to the 2013 recipients.
Sunday, December 8
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa
330 E Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM
hors d'oeuvres / cash bar
Free for NMWIF members. $15 for non-members
WELCOME NEW AND RENEWED MEMBERS:
We want to welcome our newest member to NMWIF, Susan Slotter. New members are the lifeline of our organization bringing fresh energy and ideas. We hope to meet you at our monthly events. Welcome!
We also want to welcome our renewed NMWIF member, Melissa McCurley, Janet Davidson and Ann Bromberg. We appreciate your continued support of our great organization. We can't survive without you. Thank you!Our non-profit organization honors our membership. We want to continue providing interesting and informative programs and events for you!
Are you a member of NMWIF and doing something fabulous?
Let us know! We'll include it in our next newsletter.
MEMBERS DOING GREAT THINGS:
Congratulation to NMWIF member Debrianna Mansinsi. On the heels of a successful six week run in the lead role of 'Margie' in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People", actress Debrianna Mansini will perform a reading of the famed letters between O'Keeffe and Stieglitz in a special public performance at the O'Keeffe Museum in December.
Reservations: online at okeeffemuseum.org
December 5th & 28th at 6 pm
Georgia OKeeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street , Santa Fe, NM
December 8th at 4pm
Los Poblanos Cultural Center
4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
NMWIF SCREENWRITERS GROUP
in Santa Fe
GET YOUR WRITING GROOVE ON!
A safe, creative forum to polish your work and exchange ideas. Groups will meet twice monthly for readings and feedback.
The NMWIF Screenwriters' Group is a collection of writers and actors who meet every other week to read and give feedback on new work. This is for writers in every stage of development & for actors wanting to sharpen their reading skills. You do not have to be a member of NMWIF to join.
Writers bring scenes from their work, which actors cold read, followed by questions and feedback from the group. This is a workshop setting for the writers to hear their work read aloud and receive feedback to improve their work. It also allows actors the chance to practice cold read.
First meeting Free
$5 NMWIF Members
Actors-Readers No Charge
After 6 readings, actors will be eligible for free group acting class.
December 9th & 23rd
6pm - 8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
2014 Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) Summit
May 16, 17 and 18, 2014
Westin Convention Center
Women In Film and Media Pittsburgh will play host to the 2014 Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) Summit, which will draw women from the 40 chapters located worldwide to discuss filmmaking issues and attend panel discussions and screenings. The Summit expects to attract over 250 filmmakers from the 40 International chapters around the globe, as well as the Pittsburgh region to participate in workshops, panel discussions and events.
The 2014 Summit will draw attendees from around the world as well as local interested filmmakers. The recent summit in 2012 was held in Washington, DC in December and drew participants from New Zealand, Sweden, London, Mexico and across the United States and Canada.
Early Bird registration has begun and will end on April 1, 2014
for more info go to www.wifmpit.org
Friends of Film and Video Arts
Holiday Celebration & Film Industry Networking
Entry is either $5 or a potluck item.
Sunday, December 15th
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
428 Louisiana Blvd SE – Suite A1
Tune in to CINEMA SCOPE radio program on Friday evenings for great news and interviews with leading film/tv/media people in New Mexico and beyond. NMWIF member Stu Goswick hosts the informative and interesting guests every Friday at 6:30pm on KSFR. Live-stream at KSFR.org or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at KSFR.org.
Tune in on Thursdays at 11am to 'NEW MEXICO FILM WORKS' on KVSF 101.5FM in Santa Fe. NM Film Office Outreach Programs Manager (and NMWIF member), Dirk Norris hosts a live and lively radio program all about...well, you know what!
Three Day Film Jobs Events:
Break Into Film Business
December 6 – 8
Center For Progress & Justice
1420 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
This three-day event puts New Mexican filmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers including a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s film industry decision makers.
Educational forums and discussions are also planned in conjunction with the State Film Office to explain New Mexico’s film industry incentive programs and the production rebate system. Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Office.
More info at santafefilmfestival.com
AFI Directing Workshop for Women
at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles
We offer a hands-on film training workshop committed to educating and mentoring participants in an effort to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing. Each participant is required to complete a short film by the end of the program. The program is open to women with three years of professional experience in the arts, and it is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for raising funds for their projects.
The workshop was launched in 1974 when women made up less than 10% of working directors. Over 275 women have since taken part, and 25% have gone on to direct professionally, many of whom have won awards in directing from the Director's Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Among DWW's Alumnae are Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn and Lesli Linka Glatter.
Deadline: January 6th, 2014
Experimental Documentaries Call for Entries
We are looking for films that push the boundaries of traditional documentary filmmaking. The work can be based on personal, social, political or other real world concerns, executed in new, experimental, impressionistic, or other innovative and non-traditional formats. Shorts and feature length films accepted. Films chosen for this curated program will be screened during the two weeks of Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM in June of 2014.
Deadline for submissions is January 6, 2014
For more info: http://www.currentsnewmedia.org/experimentaldocs.html
Santa Fe Film Festival Pilot Project
Do you have an idea for a television pilot that would trump the final episode of Breaking Bad in the Nielsen Ratings?
If so, submissions are being accepted now for the Santa Fe Film Festival Pilot Project, sponsored by Shoot Santa Fe, which, if you win, can get you the resources needed to create either a 10 minute studio pitch or a 22 minute pilot (your choice) that will premiere at the 2014 Santa Fe Film Festival (May 1-4) So, take a chance and join the fun!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive: $2500 from SHOOT Santa Fe, crew hours from IATSE Local 480, cameras, equipment and support services from Panavision, Plus goods and services from Elliot Location Equipment Rentals, Santa Fe Studios, Duke City Catering, and TM Equipment Rentals.
Deadline: December 1st
entry fee $50 ($25 for students)
Women Direct! Film Series
at the Newport Beach Film Festival
The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is open for submissions! This year the NBFF will spotlight women-directed features, documentaries, and shorts in our Women Direct! Film Series.
We are offering a special discount to female-directed films.
2014 Taos Shortz Film Fest
March 20-23, 2013
Call for Entries OPEN for the 2014 Taos Shortz Film Fest
Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the country. Taos Shortz is dedicated to featuring quality juried short films from around the globe and provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.
Do you have a tale to tell? A secret to reveal? A truth that screams to be heard? If you think you have what it takes...
SUBMIT YOUR FILM! www.taosshortz.com
KANSAS CITY FILMFEST
3rd Annual Short Screenplay Contest
Now open for entries!
This contest is exclusively for female writers (or scripts co-written by a woman), and offers a grand prize of $1,000 cash with which to help the winning writer bring their screenplay to life on screen! All finalists will also receive passes to the 2014 Kansas City Filmfest where a live staged reading of their scripts will be one of the week's highlight events.
So, take a chance and join the fun!
Enter your script through withoutabox.com under "Kansas City Filmfest" or through PayPal on kcwift.com!
Deadlines & Submission fees:
December 31, 2013 - $50 / script
for more information contact:
San Francisco International Women's Film Festival
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Women's Film Institute proudly presents its 9th annual San Francisco International Women's Film Festival (SFIWFF)! The festival will showcase a special program of shorts directed by women, to help commemorate Women's History Month (approximate date: March 29, 2014).
SFIWFF accepts films of all genres 20 minutes or less in length: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and new media. Films must be directed or co-directed by women.
Deadlines & Submission fees:
December 15, $50
Extended - January 31, $60
Reel New Mexico Independent Film Series
Call for Entries:
Submission deadline is ongoing through 2013
The Reel New Mexico Independent Film Series wants independent films by New Mexico filmmakers or with a strong New Mexico connection. We’re looking for (1) short-shorts and shorts, (2) narrative and documentary features, preferably under 90 minutes long, and (3) exceptional student films. Nearly finished films may also be submitted by filmmakers wanting audience input before completion. To be considered for showing, a film must either be shot in New Mexico, be produced, directed or photographed by a New Mexico resident, or deal with a subject relevant to New Mexico residents.
Reel New Mexico previews all submitted films and makes selections for screening at the Independent Film Series. There is no entry fee and there are no awards. There is a suggested donation of $5 for admission and gate proceeds, after expenses, are split among that evening’s participating filmmakers. (If you don’t live far away this might cover your gas).
The Reel New Mexico Independent Film Series offers filmmakers an exciting opportunity to see your film with an audience and get audience feedback in a comfortable and fantastically equipped venue.
For an ongoing program of monthly independent film screenings, from 7 to 9 p.m., in The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado at Santa Fe. First program is February 21. Subsequent programs will be on the second Thursday of each month. A representative from each film shown should be present to discuss the work with the audience after it is screened.
For more information or to submit a film, contact Reel New Mexico at
FROM THE FILM OFFICE:
New Mexico State Film Office Announces the Winners of the 2013 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase
New Mexico State Film Office announces the winners of the 2013 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place October 25 – 27, 2013 at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque. The following winners were announced in nine (9) categories:
• Best Webisode: Canyon Road pilot “The Fire,” directed by Christopher Wright TRT 30 minutes. Canyon Road will be a series containing the episodes that highlight the varied cultural and eclectic characters who inhabit Canyon Road.
• Best Music Video: "Red Dog" written and directed by Tyler Green and Dustin Deen TRT 3 minutes. A wheelchair bound man awakens in an alley with a thirst for Red Dog beer.
• Best Experimental: "Weird" written and directed by Miguel Arambula TRT 17 minutes. An exploration of the haunting aspects of life. While finding your fate.
• Best Documentary: "The Chile Film" directed by Kelly Urig TRT 26 minutes. In New Mexico, nothing is as precious as our red and green chile.
• Best Drama: "Matanza" written by Morse Bicknell TRT 22 minutes. A weekend camping trip starts out happily enough for a group of college kids, but a dark shadow is cast across the idyllic setting when two outsiders are invited at the last minute.
• Best Comedy: "Zombiewood" directed by Lauren Petzke TRT 14 minutes. A zombie named Harry thinks the answer to his “undead” life is to get a SAG card! While the world has little use for zombies, there is one industry where they fit in very well – Hollywood.
• Best Animation: "Snowdysseus" written and directed by Evan Curtis TRT 6 minutes. Snowdysseus explores the vulnerability in feeling nostalgia for one’s home.
• Best Sci-Fi: "A Figment of My Imagination" written and directed by Eric Smigiel TRT 18 minutes. This human story chronicles the conflict between an Android and its creator.
• Best Wild Card: "Quirky View" directed and written by Anne Stirling TRT 22 minutes. Quirky View is a new TV series that reveals the true passions of regular folks with fascinating hobbies, unusual callings and those that have taken the road less traveled. It celebrates anything but the typical.
These films will be traveling the state of New Mexico. The screenings are free to the public and will take place in the following cities:
Taos: Contact - Damon Klassen 575-758-2052
December 20, 2013
Taos Center for the Arts
133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571
No RSVP necessary to attend the screenings. The total running time for the winning films is 2 hours 48 minutes. For more information visit www.nmfilm.com
or call 505-476-5600
NMWIF Member Directory:
As a current member, you can add your bio, resume and headshot to the new directory. Please visit the Membership Registration page at www.nmwif.com and simply fill out all your information. Be sure to enter your e-mail address and a password. You will need this to change and update your information in the future. Then click “pay by check” but DO NOT send in more money. You will be in the database as “paid” and Reina will activate your listing.
Please note: Your personal address, phone number and reference numbers do not show up in the directory listing. This information is only for NMWIF records. Also note the photo upload requirements in order for your photo to display correctly.
To update or edit your Member Directory listing, please visit www.nmwif.com and click on the “Edit Member Page” button on the right sidebar menu.
Look for the NMWIF Members Table
at all monthly events!
There will be a table at all NMWIF events specifically dedicated to support the networking opportunities for our members.
MEMBERS: Please use this area to provide your business cards, flyers or other promotional handouts of what you are working on or supporting this month!
• Only NMWIF members may distribute handouts at this table
• All handouts must be 8½ x 11 in. in size or smaller
• NMWIF reserves the right to remove any materials deemed inappropriate for any reason
PLEASE NOTE: NM WOMEN IN FILM DOES NOT ENDORSE, SPONSOR OR CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY OF THE INFORMATION DISTRIBUTED AT THIS TABLE.
2013 Board of Directors
Linda McDill – President
Chair, Fundraising Committee and Events
Carissa Mitchell – Vice President
Marcia Woske – Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
Valerie Moore - Secretary
Chair, Member Benefits Committee
Chair, Facilities Committee
Producer, NMWIF PSA
Chair, Website Committee
Chair, Membership Committee
Co-Chair, Membership & Events
Reina – Administrative Assistant