July 2014 Newsletter

Letter From the President:

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters,

We welcome NMWIF member, Christine McHugh, as an intern to the board this summer from Santa Fe Community College Film Department. Pretty exciting to get her as a intern to fulfill a class requirement, then her latest project, 'Older Ladies' went viral last week!  If you haven't seen it yet, you can see it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4QzHeUE-CM

Our June event with entertainment attorney, Jose Jehuda Garcia, was great. We will have a video clip from his presentation and the q&a on our website soon. Jose is generous with his knowledge and time and is affordable for film workers at all levels. Better to check things out legal questions earlier rather than later.  You can reach Jose through www.LawAndContent.net

Join us for our Sunday, July 27 event in Albuquerque. Toby Younis will give us a personal tour of the wonderful (and wonderfully affordable) film/tv studio facilities that WESST offers. This organization offers a lot, actually, including a Womens Business Center Program. Their byline is 'The place to start and grow your business'. Since they have an excellent studio there, including a green screen room, I'd assume it's a good place to start and/or grow your film business. Come see! You can look around their website here: www.wesst.org/contact/wesst-enterprise-center-in-albuquerque-new-mexico/.
Hope to see you at the event.

So much work going on right now and so many of our members and friends are busy like crazy - big films, small films, tv and more more more. We've been posting on our Facebook page about Members Doing Great Things, but it's hard to keep up! If you haven't liked our page, please do so and help us keep up-to-date with all our Members Doing Great Things.

Happy monsoon season!
Kindest regards,
Linda McDill

NMWIF President



with Toby Younis

Sunday, July 27th
4-6 pm
WESST Enterprise Center
609 Broadway Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Come join us on Sunday, July 27,as Toby Younis gives us a personal tour of the film/tv studio facilities that WESST offers.

WESST is a small business development organization driven by a mandate to develop opportunities for small businesses that help create new jobs and build a strong economic climate in the communities we serve throughout New Mexico.

Headquartered in Albuquerque, our small business development and training network includes regional Enterprise Centers in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, and Farmington, New Mexico. Each of WESST’s six Enterprise Centers host a Women’s Business Center Program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WBC program was founded to foster the growth of woman-owned businesses by providing access to education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women throughout the United States and its territories. We are the only organization in New Mexico offering long-term, comprehensive business consulting, training, and and SBA micro-loans specifically targeted to women entrepreneurs.

The Women’s Business Center Program at WESST’s headquarters in Albuquerque offers a variety of training and consulting services geared to, but not limited to women. We understand the unique opportunities and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and have designed special programs accordingly. (Our name stands for Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team, so, we know a thing or two about helping women become self sufficient through self employment!) Visit our Women’s Business Center Program page for more information about the resources available for female entrepreneurs.

Hope to see you at the event.

For more info: www.wesst.org/contact/wesst-enterprise-center-in-albuquerque-new-mexico/

NMWIF Members no charge
$15 Guests - Purchase ticket at nmwif.com
Light refreshments provided


Members Doing Great Things:

Congratulations to Christine McHugh - the music video she created and directed, 'Older Ladies' went viral on youtube last week and garnered over 3 million views, plus mainstream media attention as well. If you haven't seen it yet, you can see it here: www.youtube.com/

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


Welcome New & Renewed Members:

We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF, Dorothy Hudson, Crystal McAlerney,
Karen Cantor, Kirk Waters, Lynette Kessler and Deborah Stahl Waters.

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, Rosemary Zibart. 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.


NMWIF Screenwriters Group
in Santa Fe

Get Your Writing Groove On!
A safe and creative forum to polish your work and exchange ideas.

The NMWIF Screenwriters Group is a collection of writers  & actors who meet every other week to read and give feedback on new work. For writers in every stage of development and for actors wanting to sharpen their reading skills.
You do not have to be an NMWIF member to join.

First meeting Free
$5 NMWIF Members
$10 Non-member
Actors-Readers No Charge

Santa Fe:
July 7th & 21st  
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM

more info:  debriannamansini2075@hotmail.com


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!


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.



2015 Women in Film & Television International
Short Film Showcase

The WIFTI SHORT-CASE is a powerful demonstration of our Chapters' members creativity, vision and artistry.  Founded in 2004, the Short-Case presents selected films from WIFTI Chapters around the world; some of the recent Short-Case short films have been nominated for Academy Awards, received distribution deals and garnered recognition internationally.

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the showcase on March 8, 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, WIFTI will exhibit an international online showcase of the selected submissions.   It is anticipated that WIFTI Chapters around the world will also host live screenings of the SHORT-CASE on that day.

Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three films selected by the Jury.  The prize will be awarded to the female director. We encourage members of every Chapter to participate!

Guidelines for Submission:      
•    WIFTI encourages unique points of view and storytelling that focuses on subjects/issues that would concern women.
•    The short must run less than 15 minutes.
•    There is no submission fee for WIFTI members in good standing.
•    The film must have a female director, plus females in two other key positions.
•    The submission must be less than two years old.
•    For pre-consideration/mentoring where Filmmakers will receive feedback on their film, early deadline is July 31st.
•    Final deadline for submissions is September 30.
•    Final version must be subtitled in English (Rough cuts can be in French, Spanish, German or Italian without subtitles).

Interested filmmakers, please contact NMWIF at nmwifinfo@gmail.com for more information.

Early deadline - July 31st
Final deadline - September 30


Risk & Reinvention:
How Women Are Changing the World

Featuring a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
August 15 & 16
Women’s International Study Center
614 Acequia Madre
Santa Fe, NM  87505

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.

Full registration and program details (including registration fees, young adult discount, college student scholarships, online registration form, symposium schedule, list of speakers, and lodging information) are available here.
Register quickly while space is still available!


48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is open to all professionals, aspiring filmmakers and actors, and those who want to give it a try in a short, structured and exciting way.  The Albuquerque contest is part of a global competition in which groups compete for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize and the opportunity to take their film to Hollywood and to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2015.  
We are very excited to announce that our judges this year are industry insiders and well known for Hollywood/Albuquerque films.
•    Jo Edna Boldin, Emmy Award nominated Casting Director, who is known for her work on No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010) and Office Space (1999) among many others.
•    Alton Walpole, who has 30 years in the industry, including Unit Production Manager on The Spirit, Crazy Heart and The Book of Eli and editor of Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi and supervising producer of Baraka.
•    Karen Ochoa, Assistant Director and Production Manager, known for 50 to 1, Lemonade Mouth, Crazy Heart, A River Runs Through It, and Appaloosa.
For our Facebook fans, there is a 4th of July Special! Save $20 per team and be a part of the Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project for the early bird price of $140 by using this code ABQEXTEND when you visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/albuquerque48hfp and click on the link provided to register your team.  
For updated details on kick-off event, drop-off event, and the public film screening in Albuquerque, go to:  http://www.48hourfilm.com/albuquerque/
Some key dates for Albuquerque are below:
▪    July 11 (Friday)  Kick Off at WESST Enterprise Center
▪    July 13 (Sun)  Drop Off at Tractor Brewery-Wells Park
▪    July 17 & 18 (Thurs & Friday)  Screenings at the KiMo

July 25 (Friday)  Best of Screening and Awards Ceremony at the KiMo Theater followed by Wrap Party at the ArtBar.



Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Call for Entries!

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
October 15th-19th, 2014

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's submission deadline is fast approaching. Submit your film today for a chance to be part of one of MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet and 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014.
Final Deadline: August 1st, 2014
For more information please visit: Santafeindependent.com     


2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

All submissions received by June 15th will receive their written analysis by July 1st.

Early Entry - June 15th - $55 for feature screenplays and $35 for short screenplays.
Final Deadline - November 15, 2014.

For more info:


Call for Submissions!
First Prize Winner: $5,000 including…
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera,
Hoverfly Lightweight Shoulder Rig
iLED, Zoom ENG LED Light
IKan V5600 Field Monitor Deluxe Kit
Assembly of 25 DVD copies with color print,
custom printed DVD wrap-around, DVD case,
Script translation into Spanish language for submitted film
Original music score by Jay Musica for one short film

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. Our mission promotes innovative approaches to social change
through the arts and cultural influences.

Earlybird Deadline: July 25, 2014


Call for submissions!

Athena Film Festival is a Celebration of Women and Leadership.  We are a festival of feature films, documentaries, and shorts dedicated to highlighting women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. The 5th Annual Athena Film Festival, which includes conversations with producers, directors and talent, as well as Master classes, will take place at Barnard College in New York City from February 5-8, 2015.

We will be accepting submissions for the festival
from June 1 through September 15.  

We are looking for documentaries, features, and shorts that:
•    Reveal the diverse narratives of women leaders from all walks of life—narratives of ambition, courage, strength and resilience.
•    Showcase women leaders who help us interpret the reality of the modern world—captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision.
•    Highlight the talents of emerging artists — capturing a new generation’s take on what truly makes exemplary women leaders.
▪    All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story.
▪    Films that are directed by women, but do not focus on female leadership, will not be considered

Please email us at: athenafilmfestival@gmail.com
if you have any questions.



Acting Workshop with Molli Benson
Molli Benson will be flying in from Los Angeles for an exciting 20 Hour workshop. Molli teaches acting workshops all across the U.S. and will be coming to NM to enrich our acting pool.

Here is a link that will acquaint you with Molli:
Class held in Albuquerque
July 18, 19 and 20, 2014
Friday 6pm-10pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Snacks/Beverages will be provided throughout and there are great places to eat lunch close by to the location.
For more info:


Workshop with Christopher Telles

Saturday July 19, 1:00pm -Santa Fe, NM
Sunday July 20, 2:30 pm - Albuquerque, NM
Monday July 21,11:00 am -  Albuquerque, NM
Space is limited! Sign up at:
Christopher Telles has been Director, Editor and/or Producer  since 1996 and has for most of the last decade, has worked in the Casting Department for such films such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Fast Food Nation, Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City 2 and Machete films, Robert Duval’s One Night in Old Mexico, and indie horror king, Eduardo Sanchez’ Exists; plus a multiple of Texas television series and/or their pilots including all TNT’s Dallas seasons to date, From Dusk ‘til Dawn (El Rey Network), Lonestar (ABC) and Salvation (NBC pilot). Upon involvement in thousands of auditions for film and TV,
1 Day Class Total: $165


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
Acting Coach, Jessica Osbourne,  505-604-4522
Register at http://www.auxdog.com/shop/



SICARIO  begins production in New Mexico
New Mexico Film Office announced that the feature SICARIO, produced by Black Label Media and Thunder Road Pictures, will begin principal photography in New Mexico. Production will take place in Albuquerque, Las Lunas, Corrales, Laguna Pueblo, Bernalillo County and Sandoval County at the end of June through the end of August.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies) and Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Ed McDonnell.  
SICARIO will employ approximately 200 New Mexico crew members as well as more than 2,000 resident actors and background talent.

Starring Benicio Del Toro (Snatch, Traffic), Emily Blunt (Looper, The Devil Wears Prada) and Josh Brolin (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, No Country for Old Men), SICARIO is the story of a by-the-book female FBI agent who is assigned to work with two Delta-force operators to take down a Mexican cartel boss, but when they cross the border to Mexico she discovers things are a lot more depraved than she’d expected. The corruption and violence she witnesses challenges her morality, forcing her to play by a different set of rules.


IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE begins production in New Mexico
New Mexico Film Office announced that the feature IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, produced by Blumhouse Productions, will begin principal photography in New Mexico. Production will take place in Santa Fe at the end of June through the end of July.
Directed by Ti West (The House of the Devil, V/H/S, The Innkeepers) and produced by Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious, Paranormal Activity), Jacob Jaffke (Sleepwalk with Me, The Sacrament) and Peter Phok (The House of the Devil, Stake Land), IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, will employ approximately 96 New Mexico crew members as well as 20 resident actors and background talent.
Starring Ethan Hawke (Good Kill, Gattaca, Training Day) and John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Grease, Face/Off), IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE is a story of a drifter with nothing to lose who seeks revenge on the thugs who killed his best friend.


JOHNNY to film in New Mexico
New Mexico Film Office announced today that the feature film JOHNNY, based on the true story of five-time boxing world champion and Albuquerque resident, Johnny Tapia, will be filmed in Albuquerque. Principal photography will begin late July through August.
The production will employ at least fifty (50) New Mexico crew members, approximately one-hundred and fifty (150) New Mexico background talent and thirty (30) New Mexico actors.
JOHNNY is directed and produced by Eddie Alcazar (TAPIA), along with producers Olga Segura (THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL), Andrea Monier (TAPIA,), Guillermo Lozano, associate producers Grant Willsea, Javier Lovato and local line producer Brent Morris (BLAZE YOU OUT).

Starring Shiloh Fernandez (EVIL DEAD, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD), JOHNNY is the story of a twenty- three (23) year old bantamweight boxer on a trailblazing rise. Undefeated and a serious contender to be the world champion, his career is cut short when he tests positive for cocaine. Haunted by the death of his mother, Johnny turned to drugs and is plagued by his addiction as things spiral out of control.


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