May 2014 Newsletter


Dear Members, Friends and Supporters:

NMWIF is kicking off the summer with a rollicking afternoon of speed-dating style mentoring. Make plans to be a part of our Mentor Mania! event this month. It was one of our most popular and most requested events last year, so be sure to rsvp/buy your ticket ahead of time. We have 5 powerhouse women mentors to discuss your newest project or plans, and give you some sage guidance. Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend some one on one time with these talented and accomplished women. See you there.

Bon voyage to Ann Bromberg, Women in Film & TV International interim board member. She is representing our NM chapter at the WIFTI International Summit this month. We'll have a report from her next month on all the great events and opportunities we all have with our connection with this worldwide network of film, tv and media professional women.

If you haven't done it yet, please check out our beautiful new website (designed by Shelene Bridge). Does your bio or photo need updating? Better check and see!

Happy Summer. Hope to see you at one of our wonderful events soon.

Kindest regards,

Linda McDill
NMWIF President


Sunday, May 18


Sol Acting Academy

5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114

Albuquerque, NM 87109

(across from Cliff's Amusement Park in Oak Tree Plaza Center) 


Join NMWIF for an afternoon of speed-dating style mentoring. You will have brief, but informative one-on-one time with some of New Mexico's top women in Film & TV, plus brisk and lively roundtable discussions on a variety of pertinent subjects and issues.

Bring your 1-minute intro/description/career question for the mentors. Be specific. Be prepared. Bring paper and pen to take notes. When the bell rings, the fun begins!

NOTE: Members must make a reservation and guests must purchase your ticket online by Friday, May 16. We have a limited capacity (40 people) and will have to have a head count ahead of time. Also you absolutely must be on time to the event. 

We greatly appreciate the time, accomplishments and mentoring offered by these talented women. They are all experienced in a variety of areas and can offer you a wealth of information and guidance, whatever your needs or interests.



CSA Feature Film and Television location Casting Director, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (No Country for Old Men, The Lone Ranger, Longmire, Terminator Salvation...)


DGA Director, Writer, 1st AD (Cagney & Lacey, Remington Steele, Any Day Now...),

Acting Teacher


Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, New Media Writer/Content Designer

(Carmen Sandiego, Toy Story series)

Author, Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Media


DGA Assistant Director, Production Manager

(Crazy Heart, A River Runs Through It, Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight...)


Producer, Director, Artist, Curator, Documentarian

(Ocean Keeper, Grab a Hunk of Lightning) 

NMWIF Members no charge – Must RSVP to

$15 Guests - Purchase ticket by 5/16 at

Light refreshments provided 


We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF, LeeAnn Powers, Aimee Broustra, Bridget Cooney, Shawn Wayman, Susan Caffrey and Beau McNicholas. 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 members, Jo Sauza, Rebecca Elise, Bradd Hopkins, Valerie Moore and Catharine Pilafas. 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 Aimee Broustra! Aimee wrote, produced and directed her film, A Horseback Ride to the Soul, which has been accepted into its first film festival as an official selection of the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience, June 2-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, New

Mexico. Ms. Broustra also produced, directed and wrote the documentary, The Young Ancestors, which has premiered at several film festivals and has aired on PBS.

 SAVE THE DATE for A Horseback Ride to the Soul's screening as an official selection of the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience onWednesday, June 4, 2014 from 2-4pm at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Are you a current member of NMWIF and doing something fabulous? Let us know! We'll include it in our next newsletter  Email:



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:

May 12th & 26th
6pm - 8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.

more info:



Reception in Cannes!

Monday 19 May

6.30pm - 8.00pm  

This year we are holding our fabulous reception in Cannes on Monday 19 May, 6.30pm – 8.00pm at the UK Film Centre. The details are on our website here are still a few places to be booked. Its great to have as many representatives from chapters across the world as possible.


May 30-31, 2014

Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town

free to attend

The New Mexico State Film Office's second annual NM Film & Media Industry Conference offers a broad range of panels, presentations, vendor exhibitions and networking opportunities that target all areas of film and media. The audience includes filmmakers, producers, crew, digital artists and post production professionals. To be held at Hotel Albuquerque, registration for the conference and subsequent events is required; however, it is free to attend with nominal fees for the Keynote Luncheon on May 30th and the Networking Reception, the closing event on May 31st.  Please scroll down for registration and hotel information.  Direct any question to Lindsey Valdez Local Outreach Programs Manager, for the New Mexico State Film Office.

 If you are a local vendor and interested in an exhibitor booth, please visit 2014 Registration.

Click HERE for 2014 Registration

Click HERE for 2014 Schedule

Friends of Film and Video Arts

All About: Live Internet Streaming

 Toby Younis will be presenting on how to do live Internet streaming.

 Sunday, May 18

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Upublic studios

519 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque

 Entry is either $5 or a potluck item.

Beverages provided

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 e

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:

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.

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 or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at

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!

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



The Youth Actors Experience Camp

June 2-6

9:00am – 4:00pm

Hotel Casada, Albuquerque, NM

Ages 6-15

Sol Acting Academy is proud to partner with The Albuquerque Film and Media Experience & the ABQ Jewish Community Center for an unforgettable youth camp June 2-6. We will teach introductory acting skills in a fun, supportive atmosphere. The camp will take place during the weeklong AFME film festival and will be held at Hotel Cascada. YAE! acting students will learn essential skills and techniques from master teachers such as journaling, vocal and body relaxation and control, creating fully realized characters, and spontaneous movement and response as well as how to analyze a script and bring a story and characters to life in an authentic, engaged performance. YAE! students will film a 7–10 minute short movie to be shown at the AFME Awards Dinner that culminates the festival.  Young actors will be divided into two age groups (6-9 yrs, 10-15 yrs).

$325 JCC members

$350 non members

 All sessions will be led by instructors with years of professional experience from Sol Acting Academy. More info at

Albuquerque Film & Media Experience 



with Lora Cunningham


Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 for 8 weeks

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 for 8 weeks

Albuquerque Studios



 You will develop your talent through truth and authenticity- to “just be.” Learn what it takes to get the audition, how to prepare for it, and what to do once you’re in the room! This is the most comprehensive acting course in New Mexico, integrating the art of acting with the business of acting. These are 8-week courses starting Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 or Wednesday, May 21st, 2014.

Class size is limited to 12.

$525+ tax

 register at, and click on "Contact."

Go to to see a full list of her film and television credits.


Summer Meisner Based Acting Classes with a Showcase


June 11- August 13

6-9 pm

Nob Hill Studios

4401 Central Suite A

Albuquerque, NM 87108


Holly Adams presents an introduction to Sanford Meisner's approach to acting in the moment. Every line, every breath, every response comes from your commitment to the circumstances. The Meisner technique brings  your acting to life! Class is limited to 12 Actors aged 12- Adult

 Cost: $350 plus tax  

More Info:


Acting Classes with Jessica Osbourne

Ongoing acting classes

Saturday 10am - 4:30pm

Sunday 10am - 12pm


This course of classes is designed for both beginners and advanced students alike, whether you are learning your craft, brushing up your skills or keeping your acting muscles flexed - these classes will help you stay ready for both stage and screen.

 Ms. Osbourne is a highly regarded actress, director and teacher working in theatre, television, audio and film in Albuquerque. This Audie nominated actress is originally from England, where her outstanding training includes: Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, London; Bridewell Theatre, London and ACTNOW, Los Angeles and extensive dance training.

$10 per individual class

$75 for a Weekend Pass

$250 for an Unlimited Class Monthly Pass

 Questions... call Acting Coach, Jessica Osbourne, Aux Dog Artistic Associate 505-604-4522

 Register at




Executive Administrator Position Open at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art & Design

The FILM School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design is looking for an Executive Administrator to support the Chairs, Faculty and students, as well as to work closely with the Chairs in continuing to build an internationally known 21st century film school.

 Basic requirements are a college degree or over 5 years experience in the film business. Looking for someone who is quick, accurate, flexible and organized. Need excellent skills in all office software and a passion for working to help grow the new generation of media professionals.

 Full-time plus excellent benefits.

 To apply: careers



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 or contact 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.




Cine Magnifico! Albuquerque’s Latino Film Festival

May 30th – June 2nd
Albuquerque, NM
more info at



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




at Nob Hill

 June 1-8, 2014

 The Albuquerque Film and Media Experience will host extraordinary films, spectacular events, exclusive premiers and the hottest parties – all on historic Route 66

 For more info go to




Call for Submissions!

Literally Short Film Awards


Literal Magazine is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding its first short film competition Literally Short Film Awards.  Literally Short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. We stand together with A. Schulman de México S.A. de C.V. Specialty Polymers, XL MultimediaHouston Institute for CultureThe Post Oak Grill and MicroSearchwith the mission to promote innovative approaches to social change through the arts and cultural influences. Our passion for film lies in its exquisite capacity to merge a multitude of arts into one vision; thus, Literally Short Film Awards seeks to dissolve all geographical boundaries into one platform that equally voices all cultures.

 Please find all the information on deadlines and awards ceremony in this site:


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


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.


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 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!

• 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