April 2014 Newsletter


Dear Members, Friends and Supporters:

Spring is blowing into northern New Mexico and NMWIF is off to a running start as well.
Hope you can join us on Sunday, April 13 for a powerful program on the creative dynamics between Directors and Editors. Board member / editor Shelene Bridge has put together a wonderful panel that we hope will inspire and inform not only directors and editors, but all involved in the creative medias.

Our new website will be up in the next few days and we will let you know when we are online. We are very excited with our new look and new features. Of course there will be some changes in how we navigate through the pages but once we are familiar with it it will be smooth sailing. Be sure to list yourself on the NM Film Office website asap. Our website members page will link to your NMFO listing. Go to nmfilm.com to make sure your listing is up to date.

Attention all screenwriters! We will be kicking off our Athena Screenwriting Competition soon, so start thinking now about writing a short (up to 10 page) screenplay with a woman pro- or antagonist. Details to follow.

I must say once again how excited I am about our vibrant new board of directors. We have jumped right into planning some exciting events and programs for you. Stay tuned!

Kindest regards,
Linda McDill NMWIF President email: LMcDill100@aol.com


The Art and Technique of the Director-­Editor Collaboration
Sunday, April 13, 2014
April 14th & 28th
Foxroad  Studios
2350 Fox Road Suite 200
Santa Fe, New Mexico

This panel will consist of the following distinguished Director‐Editor teams: Dyanna Taylor and David Leach, Lisa Lucas and Sarah Gartner, and Aimée Barry Broustra and Shelene Bridge. The event will be moderated by Shelene Bridge, NMWIF Board Secretary and Website Chair and will be followed by a Question and Answer period.
Hope to see you there!

NMWIF members no charge / $15 guests


We want to welcome our newest member to NMWIF, Lisa Lucas. 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 Mary Darling. 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!


Congratulations to NMWIF member Rebecca Puck Stair! Rebecca was invited to teach location scout & manager workshops in Abu Dhabi and Amman, Jordan this past January. What an opportunity! Here is a photo from Abu Dhabi.

Congratulations NMWIF Member Ann Lerner and the Albuquerque Film Office! Ann and the Albuquerque Film Office were awarded the 2014 Outstanding Film Commission for “Breaking Bad” and “Lone Survivor” by the Location managers Guild of America (LMGA) The LMGA is an organization of experienced career professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries.

Congratulations to NMWIF members Janet Davidson and Debrianna Mansini! Their production of  “Rapture, Blister and Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo was called by the NY Times "Intensely smart, immensely funny." Janet Davidson directs For Giving's company of professional actors, Judith Jones Arute, Debrianna Mansini, Jennifer Graves, Tatyana Stavrowsky and Christopher Dempsey. Three generations of women get into a poignant, and provocative situation which leads them to discover how the women's movement affected, or still affects them. NOT for women only, unless you are opposed to laughing out loud!
“Rapture, Blister and Burn” April 4th & 5th 7:00 pm
The Space Casweck Galleries 203 W Water St Santa Fe NM

Are you a current member of NMWIF and doing something fabulous?

Let us know! We'll include it in our next newsletter.
Email: NMWIFinfo@gmail.com


in Santa Fe
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 $10 Non-member Actors-Readers No Charge
Santa Fe:
April 14th & 28th
6pm - 8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
more info: debriannamansini2075@hotmail.com

Risk & Reinvention:

How Women Are Changing the World
Featuring a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Women’s International Study Center will hold its Inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15th and 16th 2014, with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg giving the keynote presentation. Justice Ginsburg, in a conversation with the distinguished attorney Roberta Cooper Ramo on Friday afternoon, August 15th, will share her perspectives on women's struggles, achievements and goals as inspiration for the future. The following day, on August 16th in a full day of panel discussions, leaders in the fields of the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business will explore the significant roles and accomplishments of women in these areas and how to advance those accomplishments in the future. Symposium program and registration details will be posted in the near future.
Save the Date  August 15 & 16, 2014 Learn More

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 Senior Manager of Production, Tobi Ives hosts a live and lively radio program all about...well, you know what!


SAVE THE DATE May 29-30, 2014 Hotel Albuquerque Old Town
Mark your calendars: the NM Film & Media Industry Conference has been scheduled for May 29-30, 2014, at Hotel Albuquerque Old Town. Last year's conference was a huge success with over 300 registered attendees and this year is expected to be equally as large with double the exhibitor space.  More details will be posted shortly on nmfilm.comor contact Lindsey Valdez for additional information.

2014 Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) Summit

May 16, 17 and 18, 2014 Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA
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.

Events include Friday evening screening of Gideon's Army which was chosen by the WIFTI Board to receive our very first financial support of $1,000; Opal Awards honoring Deb Acklin CEO of WQED the first Public Television station in the country and Dawn Keezer from the Pittsburgh Film Office, speaker luncheons and so much more.

Meet the Women In Film and Television International Board of Directors and learn more about the WIFTI International Short Film Showcase and the Film Finishing Fund.
For more information and to register: www.wifmpit.org
Early Bird Discount Registration for the Summit closes on March 15, 2014
Westin Hotel reservations must be made by April 14, 2014 - the Westin is SOLD OUT so our block of rooms at $119.00 is a REAL DEAL and will go very fast.

An Evening of Jazz with Dave Grusin & Friends

A Benefit Concert for Santa Fe Waldorf School, featuring Dave Grusin with friends John Rangel, piano Barbar Bentree, vocals and more.
Thursday May 22, 2014
James A. Little Theater
At the New Mexico School for the Deaf
Santa  Fe, NM
For tickets call 505-988-1234

New Mexico Workforce Connection - Job Fair

Wednesday, April 9th
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Roswel Convention and Civic Center
Roswell, NM
More info. 575-624-6040 ext 1007


The Wisdom of No Technology
3rd Annual Media Makers Retreat
May 25-30, 2014
with Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner

The world of the media professional is often harsh and competitive, a tangle of pressures compounded by the unrelenting striving for the best shot or clever idea—all while scrambling to keep up with new technologies.

This retreat offers filmmakers, crew persons, photographers, writers, producers, journalists, radio professionals, composers/musicians, web and graphic designers—anyone involved in media, including students—a chance to unwind and rediscover the sources of creativity, to remember and return to the roots of inspiration.

Optional hikes and quiet walks in forests during the day and in the evenings, enjoy delicious meals and  fireside talk as we hear from each other and explore what manifests when we take time away from the over-stimulation and demands of the media world.

Director and cinematographer Dyanna Taylor guides this retreat using her twenty- five year Buddhist practice and varied wilderness experiences. Dyanna’s media experience as Director of Photography on hundreds of films, documentaries, and television garnered her the MUSE lifetime achievement award from New York Women in Film and Television, a Peabody, five Emmys and an Oscar.

Photographer and writer Don Usner developed his naturalist skills growing up in northern New Mexico and as he completed a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. He co-authored and photographed The Natural History of Big Sur. Returning to New Mexico, he wrote second book, Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayo’s Old Plaza, was published in 1995 by the Museum of New Mexico Press. Several more books featuring his writing and photography followed, including most recently Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve.

Open to all types, shapes and sizes of media makers
Cost: $650 Fees cover all meals and private lodging for five nights at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch. Register at www.vallecitos.org or contact refuge@vallecitos.org or call (505) 989-8303.
Limited scholarships available—don’t delay!

To get the discounted scholarship price anyone registering who is a NMWIF member must note that in the "Comments" section of the registration form.


“A Horseback Ride to the Soul”
April 25th
6:30-8:30 pm
The Alcove Room @ Bishop’s Lodge
Santa Fe, NM
Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in association with Camino Verite Films presents the documentary short “A Horseback Ride to the Soul” about Collaborative Horsemanship and the ways in which horse and human travel a path of healing and self-discovery.
Reception, screening and meet and greet.
More info cal Rueben Vasquez at 505-819-4023


Cine Magnifico! Albuquerque’s Latino Film Festival
May 30th – June 2nd Albuquerque, NM more info at www.cinemagnifico.com

6th Annual Digital Desert Youth Film Festival
April 25, 2014 The South Broadway Cultural Center Albuquerque, NM
The 6th annual Digital Desert Youth Film Festival is just around the corner, and NM students K-12 are invited to submit their original short films and motion-based content to the competition. The Digital Desert Youth Film Festival (DDYFF) celebrates the best in student Digital Film making, playing April 25, 2014 at The South Broadway Cultural Center.
Nine juried categories ranging from Action to Zombie, DDYFF 2014 provides an exciting venue for New Mexico’s next generation of filmmakers.
Entry Deadline: April 19th, 2014 Website: www.sites.google.com/site/ddyouthff/

Experiments in Cinema International Film Festival
April 14 – 20
Albuquerque, NM
For more info: http://www.experimentsincinema.com

Desert Light Film Festival
Friday, April 25, 2014 Alamogordo, NM
The Desert Light Film organizers announce the 2014 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. Presented by New Mexico State University Alamogordo, the Otero County Film Office, and the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, this competition will give students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled. This festival is designed for any student who has an interest in film making.
Website: www.filmotero.com

Santa Fe Film Festival
May 1-4, 2014 Santa Fe, NM
Keeping the Dream Awake
The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts – here in New Mexico, regionally and globally. Our annual event honors everyone working both behind the scenes and on screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. We constantly seek improvement in our respective crafts and provide film makers with resources to pursue their dreams. To that end, the Santa Fe Film Festival focuses on bringing together distinguished industry specialists and discriminating movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties.
more info at www.santafefilmfestival.com


New Mexico Film Foundation Announces Statewide Media Project:
“Life in New Mexico”

We are seeking media clips from NM residents anywhere in the state
TThis is a new project under the New Mexico Film Foundation, the “ Life in NM” Media project. (This is just one of the initiatives launched by NM FF. Donations will make more projects like this possible.)

Beginning 12:01 am Saturday March 15, as a NM resident, your 3 minute clip can be submitted. Enter as often as you like.
We want participation from every nook and cranny of the state.

Accepted clips (ie/ not fuzzy, no obscenity) can be part of the 10 minute videos to be produced by participating NM editors.

These short flicks will showcase our state, the stories from our residents (filmmaker or not)  and the talents of our NM post production professionals. Woo hoo!
Visit nmfilmfoundation.org for all the details and latest updates.
It’s free. It’s fun. It’s coming.

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions!
IFP's unique yearlong mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films - and their careers.
Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.

Twenty projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for the annual program, which has three components: the Time WarnerCompletion Lab in the spring, the Marketing Lab in September, and the Distribution Lab in December. All Lab projects also automatically participate in the Project Forum of IFP’s Independent Film Week.
Deadlines: April 4 (Narrative).
For more info and to apply, click here

Women in Film and Television International
The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services.  Since the inception of the Fund in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to 170 films ensuring that innovative films can be completed and seen by audiences worldwide.  Cash awards range from $1,000 to $15,000, with the number of grants varying from year to year.  In-kind services may be available upon request.

To qualify for entry, submitted projects must be by, for or about women. Filmmakers must have completed at least 90% of principal photography, and have a rough cut at the time of application.

The program funds both short and long formats in all genres: narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental. Entrants do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for a grant, and WIF encourages international applications.
CLICK HERE for the 2014 Application.
CLICK HERE for the 2014 Guidelines.
EARLY  DEADLINE: Friday, May 23, 2014 WIF members: $50 non-members: $75 FINAL  DEADLINE: Friday, June 6, 2014 -  for all applicants: $100
2014 Appllications must be received (not postmarked) by June 6, 2014
Winners will be announced in October 2014

For more information, contact the Women In Film Foundation coordinator at foundation@wif.org

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014: Call for Entries
November 6-9, 2014
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 is now open for entries, offering both emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to engage with new, international audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today.
In addition to screenings throughout the ASFF weekend, prizes include £500 for the Festival Winner, £250 for the People’s Choice Winner, screenings at a number of other UK festivals and editorial on the Aesthetica and ASFF blogs. The time limit is 30 minutes and categories for entry are: Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Animation, Documentary, Artists’ Film, Music Video and Experimental.

ASFF 2014 will take place in 15 unique and iconic locations across the historic city of York, including medieval halls and boutique cinemas, during the weekend of 6 – 9 November 2014. In addition to four days of screenings, there will also be a variety of opportunities to engage with leading industry figures and fellow filmmakers throughout an exciting series of masterclasses, workshops and networking sessions; last year’s attendees included representatives from BAFTA, Channel 4, Film4, Warp Film, Raindance and Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Deadline: May 31, 2014.
Visit www.asff.co.uk for more information and to enter.

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! GUIDELINES: • 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

2014 Board of Directors
Linda McDill – President Chair, Fundraising Committee & Co-Chair Programing/Events
Victoria Bruneni - Vice President  Chair, Facilities Committee
Aynn Kirby – Treasurer
Shelene Bridge - Secretary  Co-Chair, Website/Media Committee
Catharine Pilafas  Co-Chair, Website/Media Committee
Joan Siebens  Chair, Member Benefits Committee
Vivian Nesbitt  Co-Chair, Membership Committee & Co-Chair Fundraising Committee
Mary Darling Co-Chair, Membership Committee
Valerie Moore NMWIF PSA Director
Judy Hennessey  Athena Award Competition
Barbara Bentree  Co-Chair, Programing/Events
Reina – Administrative Assistant