December 2015 Newsletter


Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

Happy Holidays to all you Women and Supporters of Women in Film,

December starts to feel a little like running downhill to me. All of the end of the year deadlines coupled with holiday celebrations/obligations (depending on how you think of them) and it can get pretty overwhelming. It's also a great time to review and evaluate the past year for successes and lessons learned.

Let me take this opportunity to recount a pretty great year for NMWIF celebrating it's 10th anniversary. We...
Hosted many great events from industry panels to acting workshops that edified and enlightened our membership. 
Produced a PSA for the New Mexico Film Foundation whose mission, to support independent film makers, is dear to our hearts.
Awarded numerous scholarships to members  for professional development in areas of writing, acting and for finishing funds.
Awarded Joan Golden our Athena Screenwriting Award.
Chose SFCC Film Program Head, Monique Anair, as our Sage Award winner for her support of women in the film industry.
Produced our first Film Fiesta to great success featuring 17 films by members that screened in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Represented mightily at numerous industry events, panels and conferences, signing up many new members and raising the profile of women in the business throughout the state.
As well as providing the kind of networking that builds collaborations and friendships aligned with our mission of supporting women making media in New Mexico.

We've got some great information in this newsletter about upcoming local film festivals. I hope you'll get out and support our members and enjoy some really great films and workshops. I also want to add a huge thanks to the women of the Board and all the hardworking volunteers that make NMWIF run so smoothly. Non-profits, like ours, can't thrive without the contribution of your time and we greatly appreciated it. 

I'll leave you with this holiday thought by Donald Westlake,  “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”   

Keep Making Media,





Because of all the holiday parties, shopping and family gatherings, NMWIF will not be hosting an event for December. We will begin 2016 with a new program of film and tv events for our membership and film community.

Please stay tuned for the NMWIF January to be announced. Look for our email and Facebook updates!




NMWIF Success Stories

During the last year, NMWIF has made a wonderful impact on my life.  There are so many things, that I'm going to have to just list the many blessings. Starting in January, I was inspired by Robin Roffer's presentation at our birthday party.  I spent several weeks after that reading her book and journaling about my own creative path.  Serving on the WIF Programming Committee, I was able to interface directly with some of the "heavy hitter" industry folks in NM. This role provides a definite shortcut to introductions and I'm happy to say that a few of these panel members have now become personal friends.  My networking led me to a group of other women who are also documentary filmmakers and I was invited to join their monthly meetings where we ask important questions and support each other with insight, resources and information.  From that group I was led to take two separate classes about documentary filmmaking and fundraising.  I get wonderful provocative emails from the Screenwriting group that continue to inform and inspire me about writing.  The NMWIF newsletter and FB page have given me a plethora of educational articles and links to grants for film.  I recently traveled to Colorado Springs with another member of NMWIF (we thankfully shared all costs) and we attended the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival. 14 films in two days! One of the most amazing benefits is that I received, is a financial grant from NMWIF in order to finish my documentary!  I have also invited several members from NMWIF to view my rough cut and their feedback has been invaluable.  I am clear that my new Documentary Feature titled, "The Choice" is a direct result of my relationship to NMWIF.  Thank you!!


If you have a story about how being a member of NMWIF has helped you in anyway please write it up and send it in. We look forward to publishing your story here and getting out the good word.





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF,
Shad Adair
Joanna Smith
Amy Maki

New members are the lifeline of our organization bringing fresh energy and ideas. We hope to meet you at our monthly events. 

We also want to welcome our renewed NMWIF members, 
Melissa Brownell
Rebecca “Puck” Stair
Jacqueline Loring

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 Sheryl Brown! Sheryl just launched a short 5 minute comedy, “Where's Norma Now”, about her first trip to the gym.  What kind of mischief does she get into THIS time?  You'll never guess...

Check it out and please DO comment on Youtube and "share" this link with your family, friends and colleagues.  Hope you enjoy it!

The current season's webisodes they are available at





NMWIF member, Anne Bromberg's latest project, Cruzar is a  black and white  narrative film located in both  in Mexico and the United States. It  shows the struggle with the aftermath of physical, emotional, and mental denigration. This is a pandemic issue world wide. It is based on a true story of a 14 year old boys journey crossing the Mexico-United States border.  It shows the emotional events that happen before, during and after crossing the border.

The focus of Cruzar is the about disenfranchised children who lose their rights and privileges to be a free inhabitant of any country. The narrative short will show how undocumented children survive in diverse and unsafe environments globally.
Filmed on location in San Pancho, Mexico and New Mexico.

To find out more about this exciting project check out:



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





New Mexico Women in Film
in Santa Fe


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:
December 7th & 21st
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins





Every 1st and 3rd Monday
at Epicenter
101 Broadway NE
Albuquerque 87102

December 7th & 21st
6pm -8pm
Complimentary first meeting for Non-NMWIF Members
NMWIF Members Free / Non-NMWIF Members $5 / Actors/Readers Free

All levels welcome. 
Polish your script, upgrade your skills & expand your story-writing prowess.
Come get your writing groove on!

Join our page on FB!




George R.R. Martin Screenwriting Grant Awarded

$5000 goes to Santa Fe filmmaker Jocelyn Jansons

The second annual George R.R. Martin screenwriting grant has been awarded to Santa Fe resident and filmmaker Jocelyn Jansons. Jansons who will receive $5000 to develop her script called “Wolf” and will be presented with a check at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Dec. 1st, at 6:30pm.

Jocelyn wrote, produced, and directed two short films in New Mexico.  Baby Monitor is a recipient of a New Visions/New Mexico Award. Lobster is a Winner of the Women in Film and Television International Showcase and continues to screen in theaters worldwide. Both Baby Monitor and Lobster were selected for the Taos Shortz, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Independent Film Festivals and are winners of the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase.  The films are distributed through the Spiritual Cinema Circle, a division of Vivendi.  Other directing credits include the premiere of Eve Ensler’s play, I am an Emotional Creature, at the Lensic and a New Mexico Women in Film fundraising piece for Komen for the Cure.

“I have been working on Wolf for several years’” says Jansons “and, thanks to the George R.R. Martin Science Fiction/Fantasy Screenwriter Grant, I will be able to finish my screenplay and develop it into a feature film. With some of the best production teams around, New Mexico filmmakers like myself are hungry to shoot their projects at home.  The support of George R.R. Martin and the New Mexico Film Foundation help make that possible.  I am so thrilled and grateful.”



New Mexico Film Foundation
New Mexico Actors Showcase

Coming March 26th, 2016  
South Broadway Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

We will begin taking video audition submission on December 1, 2015
Our 2015 Actor Showcase Actors

New Mexico has talented actors and the New Mexico Film Foundation is providing this opportunity to showcase their abilities. We are presenting the New Mexico Actors Showcase, a live audition/performing arts event. New Mexico actors have the chance to perform an audition live on stage with a director in front of an audience.

Actors will submit a 2 minute video in one of four categories to apply for this opportunity. Each submission will be judged by local casting directors and talent agents to determine the top 5 actors in each category. These 20 actors will be invited to do their live audition on March 26th at the South Broadway Cultural Center in front of an audience. They will be judged by casting directors and talent agents and the best actor from each category will be selected and awarded a number of prizes.
    “This showcase  is not an audition or employment opportunity. There is no promise that when the showcase is over, the casting directors judging this showcase will  be taking home or be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials”

more info:





Grants for Women Filmmakers and Screenwriters: is a new platform exploring the legacy, chronicling the present and anticipating the future of women and diversity in the film industry. For more information, visit their website at




Fledgling Grants supports social issue documentary film

Fledgling has an open rolling grant application process. You are able to submit an application online at any time and will be asked to include a description of the project, its social change goals and your plans for moving the project forward. We will ask for the latest cut of the film or a work sample for non-film projects.  We review proposals on a rolling basis and you will be notified of our decision within three months.

Grants support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film and other storytelling projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Grants typically range from $10K – $25K.  There are two types of grants available: audience engagement planning grants or audience engagement implementation grants. 
More info:





BlackShirtReads is an opportunity for screenwriters to workshop their screenplays via professional readings and critique by industry professionals.  In January, 2016, BSR will be accepting submissions of feature-length and TV pilot scripts.  

See for more information.



Taos Shortz Film Festival

We Love All kinds of short films. However we do have a few simple rules to follow.
First.... Is your film good enough?
Not to be braggadocious, but the films of Taos Shortz are exceptional.
The competition is extremely high. We know submitting to festivals can be a bit of a gamble and it's hard to know what festival would be a "good fit" for your film. If you wanna take a look at
2015 Award Winners... SEE FOR YOURSELF.
Sooo if you believe your film has "The Stuff"

Late Submission Deadline: December 11th, 2015
Entry Fee $ 30.00
Emerging Artists $ 18.88
Taoseños Homie $11.44 

For more info:



AUDITION 101 Workshop
with Marie McMaster

December 5th
10:00 am – 4:00pm
Albuquerque, NM

*How to kick start your career in the BOOMING NM film industry
*Audition/set etiquette
*Basic audition techniques
*Making strong choices and possessing the ability to change them based on direction.

Class will be held December 5th from 10-4 in Albuquerque.
$75/person - (this class is reserved for actors over 18)
Reservation required.
email me for more information...




Sol Acting Academy

Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Ste 114
Albuquerque, NM 87109

At Sol Acting Academy, we teach people to create & portray unforgettable characters for stage and screen that engage audience and performer, alike, in a greater understanding of our world. In a safe, fun environment, students learn to use their unique, authentic gifts to inspire, entertain and educate!

Acting Technique 1 with Lee Kitts
January 5 – March 1, 2016
10am – 12pm
Weekly on Tuesday, 9 times

Acting Technique 1 with Lee Kitts
January 6 – March 2, 2016
6pm – 9pm
Weekly on Wednesday, 9 times

Advanced Showcase Class with Vic Browder
January 9 – March 5, 2016
10am – 1pm
Weekly on Saturday, 9 times

Acting 101 for Film (Ages 17 and Up)
January 4 – February 29, 2016
6pm – 9pm
Weekly on Monday, 9 times

For more information



Santa Fe Community College
Film Crew Classes

begin January 19, 2016
Enroll now at

Learn about the New Mexico film industry, what jobs you might match your skills to and learn the ins and outs of being on a film set. All students perform 35 crew hours during the first eight weeks of the semester.
FILM 140 Film Crew I & FILM 140L Film Crew I Lab
CRN 30452 & CRN 31195
Mondays & Wednesdays
January19 – March 11
January 23 –February 20
Instructor: Milton Riess
For more information email
Or call (505) 428-1421




Southwest Scene Works
Chubbuck Acting Technique

with Rebekah Wiggins 

2 day Intensive
Friday, December 18th (5-9pm)  
Sunday, December 20th (9am-1pm)

Southwest Scene Works is proud to present  the first and only certified Chubbuck Technique teacher in the state of New Mexico. Rebekah has used the Chubbuck Acting Technique in her own work for the past 8 years. It has transformed her acting work and will do the same for you. This technique will empower you as an actor. With it you will make unique choices in your acting work, by using your own life experiences. 

As a teacher, Rebekah encourages a warm supportive community among my students.  All Levels Welcome! Come join us!

Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE Ste 114
ABQ NM 87109

*Early Bird Discount -10% OFF if you registrar before 12/9/15
To Register: email-
phone- (505)301-9332.

About the Chubbuck Technique:

The Chubbuck Technique builds on teaching the traditions that stretch back to Stanislavski and infuses them with current advances in behavioral science and psychology. The 12 tools that you will use in the Chubbuck Acting Technique are powerful, effective, and accessible. They simply work.

I will assign the scenes and your scene partners. There is a game plan for each of the students. I analyze and take into account your strengths and weaknesses, your problem areas, and your history, and assign material that will best facilitate your growth and advancement as an individual.

 Before you attend - read The Power of the Actor by Ivana Chubbuck. Focus on the first 12 chapters. It is your comprehensive map on how to break down the script. This will allow you to make faster progress upon entering the class because you will have a more concrete understanding of how to apply the Chubbuck Technique.



Saturday, January16th
10:00 to 5:00

Far Horizon Studio
304 Washington St. SE
ABQ, NM.  
Cost:  $110

Join us for “The Remedy for the Actor’s Nightmare”, presented by The Natural Act and led by Director, Coach, Actor, Price Hall. By the end of this one-day workshop, any concerns you have about Making Choices in your work will be gone. In its’ place will be confidence…in your ability to Make A Choice, and in the Choice you Make.  Stop worrying.  Just Choose. 

Space is limited to 14 Workshop Participants.  
Reserve yours now at:




The Director’s Edge

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





Santa Fe Film Festival
December 2 - 6

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, ceremonies and celebration.

Click here to buy now! 





Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 

December 7th at 5:00pm
December 9th at 3:00pm

This moving documentary on the internationally renowned painter from Taos who was designated by ARTnews Magazine as one of the world’s (then) top-ten living artists. New Mexico writer/director Mary Lance shot the film over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002, Agnes Martin’s ninetieth year. Interviews with Martin are inter-cut with shots at work in her Taos studio, with photographs and archival footage, and with images of her work from over five decades. Martin speaks about her work, her working methods, her life as an artist, and her views about the creative process. She also discusses her film, “Gabriel” and reads from her poetry and lectures. In keeping with Martin’s chosen life of solitude, she alone appears in the documentary.

The film was shown last month at the Tate Modern in London in connection with their exhibit of Agnes Martin’s art.

Produced & Directed by Mary Lance Director of Photography: Dyanna Taylor Videographer: Mary Lance Edited by: Mary Lance and Brad Wolfley Starrng Agnes Martin




CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOUDS (2001-95 minutes, rated PG)
Screening Dec 10
7 PM
Screening at La Tienda Performance Space
El Dorado, NM 

Christmas in the Clouds" is part romantic comedy, part screwball comedy, and part historic breakthrough. The history is made because the movie is about affluent Native American yuppies. So many movies about American Indians deal in negative or spiritual stereotypes that it's nice to find one that takes place at an upscale Indian-owned ski resort (Robert Redford's Sundance). The only alcoholic in the cast is a white undercover investigator for a guide book.

The romance begins through a misunderstanding. Through an online dating service, Joe Clouds on Fire (Sam Vlahos) is paired off with Tina Pisati (MariAna Tosca). She's a chic New York professional woman, whose name sounds Italian but whose family name is Little Hawk. He's a likable codger whose son Ray Clouds on Fire (Tim Vahle) manages the resort. Joe has not been entirely honest about his age, and is about 30 years older than Tina. Meanwhile, the resort is expecting a surprise visit from the critic of luxury hotels, and Mary the reservations manager (Sheila Tousey) keeps an eagle eye for anyone checking in who looks like they can spell Zagat.

Of course Mary the manager thinks Tina Pisati is the critic. Of course Tina thinks that handsome young Ray is her pen pal, not crusty old Joe. And of course when Stu O'Malley checks in, no one fingers him as the critic, because he is grumpy, unkempt and half-loaded; it's M. Emmet Walsh.

Tina is upgraded to a luxury corner suite. O'Malley gets shunted to a budget room, where he suffers from what passes for the flu and may involve a large percentage of hangover. Tina has her eye on Ray. Ray thinks Tina is beautiful and sexy but refuses to cater to her because he is too ethical to kowtow to a critic. Old Joe knows the score but maintains a studious silence about his pen-pal correspondence, which no one at the resort knows about.

And then there is the matter of Earl (Graham Greene), the resort's chef, who has become a devout vegetarian and tries to discourage the customers from eating meat. He has a disconcerting way of referring to the animals on the menu by their first names, and grows sorrowful when someone orders the turkey, which is a beloved pet.

Old Joe dreams of winning a Jeep Cherokee in an approaching bingo tournament. Grumpy old O'Malley hauls out of bed to play bingo. An eventually the two old-timers both end up in the Cherokee, stranded in a blizzard, while misunderstandings pile up back at the resort.

Kate Montgomery, the writer-director, has such affection for these characters that we can feel it through the screen; they're not simply pawns in the plot, we sense; they represent something she wants to say about the Native Americans she knows. And the actors, all with successful careers behind them, must be fed up with playing losers in social problem dramas; Greene a natural comedian, expands magnificently as the vegetarian chef with an effortless line of patter about soy products, analog foods and healthy nutrition.  

As for Ray and Tina, well, in all versions of basic romantic comedy, we want them to kiss, they want to kiss, and the plot perversely frustrates all of us. But the end of "Christmas in the Clouds," after everything has worked out more or less as we hoped it would, I felt a surprising affection and warmth. There will be holiday pictures that are more high-tech than this one, more sensational, with bigger stars and higher budgets and indeed greater artistry. But there may not be many with such good cheer.

"Christmas in the Clouds" was first featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and includes a cameo by Santa Fe's own, Wes Studi. (Summary paraphrased from a Roger Ebert review)

There is a suggested donation of $5  
You can bring food and drink into the theatre, thanks to the courtesy of our friends at the La Plancha Restaurant.

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634





Christine McHugh - Pres – Chair, Fundraising, Co_Chair Programming/Events
Shelene Bridge – Vice President, Co_Chair, Website/Media
Kathryn Phipps - Secretary
Aynn Kirby - Trasuruer
Barbara Bentree – Co-Chair Programming/Events
Catharine Pilafas –Co-Chair Website/Media
Vivian Nesbitt – Chair, Membership, Co_Chair Fundraising
Mary Darling  - NMWIF State Liaison
Valerie Moore – Chair, Sage Award
Ashley Baca – Co-Chair Membership