November 2015 Newsletter


Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

I always experience the change of seasons with a kind of excitement for what is to come. Plenty to be excited about with NMWIF as we get into the swing of this Fall.  A very successful turnout and opportunity to learn what’s happening in film and media at the Industry Conference at Isleta Resort this last weekend. The New Mexico Film Office put on a very informative event with great speakers and lots of opportunity to network with friends, old and new. Every one of these events is an opportunity to position NMWIF as the catalyst for putting New Mexico women media makers on the map and with almost 20 new people signing up as members I guess our reputation for doing just that is growing. Big thanks to all the great volunteers who showed up to help out and to speak so eloquently about what we do.

Our November event will be on the 8th at Sol Acting Academy.  Actors, be sure to sign up for Jordan Ancel’s Business of Acting workshop. You’ve spent all this time honing your craft but it might be like a tree falling in the forest if you don’t have the savvy to market yourself and treat your art as a professional pursuit. Come out and learn from one of the best business coaches around some very helpful strategies to take your acting career to the next level.

NMWIF is looking for volunteers to put together dynamic and interesting events for 2016. Generally we host one event a month and they become the most visible aspect of the support we provide to our members. We’re looking for two people a month (between 20- 24 in 2016) to help brainstorm ideas for film/media related events and to be responsible for making them happen. The Board has lots of resources for you to draw on and we could really use your fresh ideas and energy. Help us to create the highest quality offerings for all of us making media in New Mexico and meet great people and deepen relationships and the mission of NMWIF along the way. If you are interested, get in touch with Barbara Bentree at We will host an organizational meeting in early December. Remember, Student Members that your discounted membership cost comes with the expectation of volunteering for NMWIF. This requirement is specifically designed to create relationships with associate and professional members with your development in mind. This would be a great opportunity to make connections, get your voice heard and satisfy that volunteering agreement.

Congratulations to new members, Claudia Van Luchene and Diana di Aguinaga, whose narrative short, Little Horse, won the New Mexico True category of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. We’re excited for all the new members who have found their way to us and we look forward to supporting you and all of the existing members in any way that we can.

We’re going to start a little “NMWIF Success Stories” section of the newsletter. 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. I’m going to kick of this month with one of my experiences. We look forward to publishing your story here and getting out the good word.

Keep Making Media, 




NMWIF Success Stories

I had been a member for about two months when the new Mentor Mania event was the offering. It was designed to give members the opportunity to talk with six mentors for about 6 minutes each in a kind of speed-dating format. The suggestion was to come with a clear and concise question and be ready to take notes. Well, my question was, “How do I capitalize on the success of the award winning first film that I directed?” In meeting with last year’s Sage Award winner, Monique Anair, head of the Film Program at Santa Fe Community College, she advised me to take some classes and learn to do what my Cinematographer and Editor had done and she just happened to know of some classes that I could sign up for that week. Within three months I had finished my first final project for Video Production class that launched my new business of making legacy videos with matriarchs and patriarchs of families. The next class final was directing and editing Older Ladies. Thanks, Monique for your great advice and thank you NMWIF for helping me to make such a great connection. 

Christine McHugh  
NMWIF Member
NMWIF President





The Business of Acting with Jordan Ancel

November 8  
Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste 114
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

Jordan Ancel knows the challenges you face developing an acting career! A founding member of the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company, The Greenwich House Theater Company, and an award-winning filmmaker, Jordan also achieved great success in commercials, having done A regular workshop leader for The Actor’s Green Room in Los Angeles and NYC, Jordan is a sought after speaker on the business of acting. His mission to help actors achieve their dreams drove him to write. It is the most current industry book available today and provides a candid look into how the industry really works, through entertaining interviews with successful actors, experts, and key decision makers major campaigns for GNC, AMERICAN EXPRESS, BUDGET, and CHRYSLER. 

BEHIND THE LINES: What It Really Takes To Make It As An Actor.
JOIN NMWIF for this very special workshop on:
- Thinking of your career as an actual business
- Marketing techniques to create and nurture your relationships
- Networking strategies
- Importance of building your audience
- Social Media marketing BEST PRACTICES
- The Art of Collaboration 

NMWIF Members $20
Non-members $35
Limited seating, register online at




We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF,

Holly Baldwin
Marlana Bolger
Sheryl Brown
Barbara Franco
Kate Hodges
Sarah Minnich
Lea Morales
Debra Peebles
Diana Pettersson
Claudia Van Luchene
Devyn Williams
Andriea Vigil
Donna Reichman
Jessica Montoya
Julie Mason
Carolyn Kuehn
Ana Krafchick
Lauren Hutchison
Alexandra Hall
James Chareston
Jasmine Bounds
Natalie Benavidez
Jacqueline Sandoval
Ruth Ward
Rosemary Kelly
Debra Doggert
Laura Dulin

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,
Dorothy Hudson
Aynn Kirby
Trish Lopez
Christine McHugh
Vivian Nesbitt
Jo Edna Boldin
Morse Bicknel

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 Ashley Serrao. Join Ashley in her 6 week Screenwriting course at Sol Acting Academy. Look for more information in the “Workshop” section of the newsletter.
November 4 – December 16
Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Ste 114
Albuquerque, NM 87109




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


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:
November 2nd & 16th
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins




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

November 2nd & 16th
Monday at 6PM
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!


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"
Official Submission Deadline: November 11th, 2015
Entry Fee $ 25.00
Emerging Artists $ 16.44
Taoseños Homie $11.44  

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...




The Art of Screenwriting with Ashley Serrao

November 4 – December 16
Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Ste 114
Albuquerque, NM 87109

In this 6-week course, you’ll learn the industry standards for writing a professional, production-ready script. Students will learn the tools to develop three-dimensional characters, authentic dialogueand create a dynamic plot. We’ll discuss strategies for writer productivity and bringing deliberate mindfulness into your work to avoid the pitfalls ofprocrastination and writer’s block.

Students will produce new material including a short film script and receive constructive feedback in a workshop environment. At the end of the six-week session, students will experience a live reading of their original work by professional working actors.





Watch tutorials on a range of cameras and gear, brush up on your skills or learn how to create stunning visual effects and motion graphics that keep your viewers engaged.

•Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking – Targeted at beginning videographers and anyone interested in shooting better video.
•Video for Photographers 01: Filmmaking Essentials – In this course, Emmy-winning    filmmakerEduardo Angel covers the most essential video production techniques.
•Foundations of Photography: Lenses –  The course covers fundamental concepts that apply to any camera, such as focal length and camera position, and shows how to evaluate and shop for DSLR lenses.
•Watch the Online Video Course Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Fundamentals – Got a GoPro? This series covers all the essential skills you’ll need to get out from behind the computer and start shooting.
•Video Production Techniques: Location Lighting – Develop the skills you need to light any shooting situation in this course.



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.

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Announcing the 2015 Santa Fe Film Festival
Lifetime Achievement Awardee

The Original Santa Fe Film Festival will take place Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6, 2015. This year’s honored guest and lifetime achievement award winner is famed American director, Peter Bogdanovich, an Oscar nominated filmmaker and Grammy winner.
In addition to annual events and features such as the Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project, the third annual Film Industry Tune-up, distinguished guests, panelists, honorees and filmmakers, Bogdanovich will be celebrated with special screenings of his films, including:  (Directors Cut) The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, (Directors Cut) Mask and They All Laughed.  Followed by “One Day Since Yesterday”- A just to be completed documentary dealing with the experience of making “They All Laughed”.  






What’s Cooking (2000, 109 minutes)
Thursday, November 12
7 PM
Screening at La Tienda
El Dorado, NM 

London based director Gurinder Chadha brings attention to the divergence and unity of our ethnic melting pot at Thanksgiving in this vibrant homage to family.

Four families prepare turkey dinners and struggle to come to terms with the secrets, generational disagreements and alternative lifestyles that threaten to spoil their celebrations. The African-American Williamses are having a nouveau cuisine dinner, much to the disapproval of a criticizing mother-in-law. Elizabeth Avila (Ruehl) is cooking her first Mexican banquet as a single woman. The Jewish Seegil’s are trying to understand their lesbian daughter (Margulies), while the Nguyen’s prepare a Vietnamese spread and try to shut out the fact that their son is involved in something that will intrude on all the families’ festivities. 

Funny but sharply observed, cleverly resolved without being neat, “What’s Cooking?” provides a quartet of compelling, resonant and superbly acted tales for the price of one, plus a mouth-watering visual feast of culinary delights. Although this is a fine ensemble cast, top marks go to Alfre Woodard and Mercedes Ruehl as very different matriarchs. Woodard’s elegant, compressed businesswoman trying to cook up a storm and battle against her mother-in-law for familial supremacy is a masterclass in dignity, while Ruehl embodies poised female liberation and vitality as a woman re-learning to enjoy herself.

Like a good meal, “What’s Cooking?” is a combination of fresh ingredients mixed together with skill to create a well-balanced harmony of diverse flavours. Delicious. 

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