April 2015 Newsletter


Dear members, friends and supporters,

I'm feeling especially grateful today for NM Women in Film. As president, I am getting to meet and become friends with so many wonderful people in all walks of our NM Film & TV Industry. I am proud and humbled by the lovely and dedicated group of women on our board who work many hours planning, arranging and managing the business of a non-profit organization. Over the last few months, we've added a number of new members - all working in the industry and excited to join our merry band. Welcome, welcome! We also have many who have been members for ten years, since the chapter was organized. Thanks to you for being the backbone of our organization and encouraging us to keep on keeping on. Our list of friends, supporters and well-wishers grows monthly, as we see from the growing number of guests we have at our events. All is well in NMWIF-Land! I am grateful.

NMWIF is so pleased to offer member scholarships again this year, our third time in 10 years. I'm hoping this will become an annual event. Membership dues do not fund the scholarships; it takes more planning and work than that. Our special events throughout the year and our fall Industry Mixer enable us to offer important financial assistance to our members' professional development, education and achievement. Thank you all for supporting the work we strive to do to help each other.  

I know you've heard this a million times already, but in case you missed it - we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and have some big fun coming up. Our event this month is a professional table reading of the winning screenplay of our Woman in the Story competition. Congratulations again to winner Joan Golden! Our final judge, British screenwriter, Helen Jacey, claimed Joan's script, The Bequest, "layered, developed, complex and psychologically astute". Come see and hear for yourself on April 28.

We're getting geared up for our 'Girls Just Wanna Make Film' Fiesta!, July 10-12. Just a few more days till the deadline to enter your film. We can already tell by the films we've received that this will be a great lineup of members' films of all genres! There will be some hard choices for the prelim judges to make. Put the dates on your calendar so you can join us. NMWIF Fiesta!: Fountain Theater (Las Cruces7/10), Guild Theater (Abq 7/11) & Jean Cocteau Cinema (SFe 7/12). A million kudos to Fiesta producer, Shelene Bridge, for her most fabulous organization and work on the infinite details involved. Big thanks also to Barbara Bentree, NMWIF Events Co-chair, for many hours of wonderful assistance as well.   We're really excited and can't wait for July to get here.

Happy Springtime to you all. Hope to see you at one of our events soon.

Kindest regards,
Linda McDill




Tuesday, April 28

Women’s Club of Santa Fe
1616 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM

Come join us for a professional table reading of the winning screenplay of our Woman in the Story competition. Congratulations again to winner Joan Golden! Our final judge, British screenwriter, Helen Jacey, claimed Joan's script, The Bequest, "layered, developed, complex and psychologically astute". Come see and hear for yourself on April 28th. We will also present Joan with the NMWIF Athena Screenwriting Award and $1000.

Light refreshments
Free to NMWIF Members / Guests $15
Purchase tickets at www.nmwif.com




July 12, 2015


As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we are planning a tri-city Film Fiesta in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe from July 10-12, 2015. We want to celebrate and honor our past and present Members by showcasing their creativity, vision and artistry. In order to qualify for the NMWIF Fiesta, the entrant must have been or be a NMWIF Member between 2005 and 2015. 

Submissions are open to works of all lengths in Documentary, Narrative (any sub-genre), Animation, New Media, Experimental, Webisodes or Series, Commercial, Corporate, Promotional and Music Video. Entries must have been produced between January 1, 2005 and April 15, 2015. An Entrant may submit as many entries as they would like. Each submission will be considered a separate entry and will require additional submission materials and entry fees. Learn more at: http://www.nmwif.com/nmwif-fiesta/

Film Submissions will be evaluated with the following criteria: Story, Characterizations, Performances, Directing, Production Design, Cinematography, Audio/Music/Sound Effects, Editing, Engagement and Overall Quality.  Awards will be presented to the BEST in each category.  Learn more at: http://www.nmwif.com/nmwif-fiesta/

Regular Deadline:  March 1- entry fee: $15 
Late Deadline: April 15 -  entry fee: $20

Learn more at: http://www.nmwif.com/nmwif-fiesta/






It is our honor to once again to offer scholarships to NMWIF members in good standing. This is the third time in the history of our New Mexico chapter that we will award financial grants to further the projects, training or education of our members, and thus their careers.   
To apply, send a one-page description of what you need financial assistance for and the amount you need. Please include how you'd like to reciprocate with time or talent to NMWIF over the next year. 
The money for these scholarships were not raised from dues, but from special events NMWIF has offered over the last year. We'd like to thank Drury Plaza Hotel and everyone who attended our Industry Mixer last fall, plus all guests who attend our monthly events. 
Send application letters to NMWIFinfo@gmail.com to the attention of NMWIF SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE. Scholarships will be awarded at our June event.





We would like to thank our dear friend, supporter and former NMWIF Board Member, Victoria Bruneni and the Inn at Santa Fe for providing our wonderful snacks and refreshments at our monthly events. We appreciate all of the time and effort Victoria has given to NMWIF over the years. Thank you so much!!!




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





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF:
Melissa Edmon
Carol Skipwith
Amy Lanasa
Donna Wells 
Jilann Spitzmiller

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:
V. Kimbell Shelton
Piera Paine 
Shelene Bridge

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.




New Mexico Women in Film
Screenwriters Group

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:
April 6th & 20th
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins topdogrdc@peoplepc.com 




A Retreat for Media Makers: The Wisdom of No Technology 
with Dyanna Taylor & Don Usner
May 24 - 30, 2015

If twenty media makers get together in the woods and don’t make any media, does anything happen?

This rare 'time out' is open to all media professionals, including filmmakers, crew persons, photographers, writers, producers, journalists, radio professionals, composers/musicians, web and graphic designers. Come to the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch and let the early summer alchemy of New Mexico’s wild Tusas Mountains guide, revitalize and restore your inspired self.

The 4th annual retreat offers media professionals a chance to unwind and recharge the capacity to create, to remember and return to the roots of inspiration. We will leave all our equipment behind to fully experience the peace of a pristine mountain valley in the remote Tusas Mountains of Northern New Mexico.

During extended day hikes and quiet walks (in spacious meadows that edge the crystal clear Vallecitos River, and in forests, home to elk, wild horses and giant pines), silent sitting and writing (with paper and pencil!) we will find the path back to what truly guides our work. In the evenings, we enjoy delicious meals and relaxed fireside talk as we hear from each other and explore what can manifest when we take time away from the over-stimulation and demands of the media world.

The retreat cost is inclusive of all meals, accommodation and tuition. 

A 10% retreat discount is available to all New Mexico Women in Film members - enter NMWIF MEMBER in the comments section during registration. 

More info and registration at www.vallecitos.org




The Roy W. Dean Spring Grant is now accepting applications. Deadline is April 30th. The winner receives $25,000 in film goods, services, and funds to get their film started or completed. The grant seeks short films, documentaries, features, or series that are unique and make a contribution to society. 

Now, in its 23rd year, the cash portion of the grant has increased to $3,500. Winner will receive about $25,000 in goods and services from Edgewise, Silver Sound, Edgewise, Nice shoes, Carmen Borgia and many more wonderful organizations who give back to filmmakers through our grant.
But, if you don’t win, you still end up ahead.  Each applicant gets a consultation from Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions, author of the bestselling- book, “The Art of Film Funding”.  With over 20 years’ experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and helping films get funded, she will give the applicants advice on improving their story, their pitch, and their project.  

Deadline: April 30
Application and guidelines at www.fromtheheartproductions.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, 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 KSFR.org or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at KSFR.org.






7th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 
Submissions are OPEN!

MovieMaker Magazine: 'SFIFF is One of the Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet!' 

Festival Director Liesette Paisner and Co-Founders Jacques Paisner & Dave Moore have stayed vibrant and faithful to their original vision of getting Santa Fe recognized as a top film tourism destination. Now it's not only the best place to make a film but also to see a film - an "all inclusive resort for cinephiles" as dubbed by Filmmaker Magazine. 

Enter your film today!

Regular Deadline: May 15, 2015
Shorts: $45  Features: $60

Late Deadline: July 1, 2015
Shorts: $50  Features: $75

Final Deadline: August 1, 2015
Shorts: $60  Features: $100
Student Rate (with valid school ID): $25

2015 Submission Form
2015 Rules & Guidelines
2015 FAQ




Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015
open for entries 

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 is open for entries. Submit your short films for a chance to win screenings at the festival (November 5-8), plus many more great prizes and awards that will get your work noticed by industry, filmmakers and thousands of film fans.

Genres accepted: advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. Running times up to 30 minutes.

Deadline: May, 312015. 
To enter visit www.asff.co.uk/submit






with Lora Cunningham

You will develop your talent through truth and authenticity. 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.

Lora Cunningham is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, California and has been working in film, television, commercials and stage for 19 years. She played opposite Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis in THE BOOK OF ELI as well as Toni Collette and Rosemarie DeWitt in Steven Spielberg’s THE UNITED STATES OF TARA.  Most recent credits include LONGMIRE, BREAKING BAD, LEMONADE MOUTH, BLESS ME ULTIMA, BARE, CENTS, MANHATTAN, THE MESSENGERS, THE MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS and DIG.  
Go to http://www.imdb.me/loramartinez-cunningham to see a full list of her film and television credits.

Albuquerque Studios Lot
Tuesdays 6pm-9pm
This is the 8-week Course starting Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Class size is limited to 12
$525 plus tax

to register: www.abqactorsstudio.com, and click on "Contact."




Stepping Outside the Box -For All Filmmakers fiction and documentary

Film Funding Fundamentals
Albuquerque, New Mexico    
Location to be announced
Saturday & Sunday April 11th and 12th   
9:30 am - 5:15  pm
Want to make a film but not sure where or how to get financed? Then this is the Workshop you have been searching for. This is and in depth and hands on workshop. Come with your projects so you can apply the workshop directly to your needs. You will leave this workshop with the tools you need to get up and running with your project!
For more info: http://kismetproductions.tv/master-classes--workshops.html




Sol Acting Academy 

Acting 101 for Film & Television 
with Morse Bicknell

9 Weeks on Tuesdays 
April 7-June 2 

ONLY 3 spots left in the Spring class!  
This class will be offered again on Monday nights in the fall!
A favorite for all students! Sol Acting Academy's foundational class is the perfect primer for the exciting world of acting for film and television. If you are new to the craft or transitioning from theater to on-camera work, this class provides essential tools and information to jump start your career. All classes are on camera. 
REGISTER TODAY! http://solacting.com




The Director's Edge
2015 Is Your Time to Shine Your Director's Light! 

What's it going to take to get your career on track? When will you finally give yourself the opportunity you deserve? There's no better time than NOW. Imagine starting the New Year with a resolution to get your career on track! We CAN HELP! It's what we do!  
"The Director's Edge is an expertly-crafted course covering every level of leading and directing a film. Whether you're a new director or seasoned pro, this course will help you refine yourself and your process so you can up your game in ways you haven't even thought of." 
Get on our schedule today for a phone appointment on the next Raise-The-Bar! Program - Starting soon. Please CLICK HERE to get on our schedule, where we'll discuss the up-coming program.






Experiments in Cinema
April 15-19

Experiments in Cinema's mission is to bring the international community of cinematic experimentalists to New Mexico to inspire a new generation of home grown activists to recognize the value of their media voices and to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation.
Experiments in Cinema is an annual project hosted by Basement Films. Basement Films is a 501-c3, non-profit organization. This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more info: http://www.experimentsincinema.org






(1998) based on real characters known by Albuquerque based author, Max Evans and shot entirely in New Mexico.  (Rated R)

Thursday, April 9
7 pm 
Performance Space at La Tienda 
Eldorado, NM
Based on Evans' iconic book, Billy Crudup (Without Limits) plays Woody Harrelson's best pal, just returned to New Mexico from service in World War II with hopes of starting a cattle ranch free from the greedy clutches of a local rancher (Sam Elliott) who dominates the town of Hi-Lo like a boot clad kingpin. Harrelson joins in the effort, but tensions rise when he connects with the sultry seductress (Oscar winner Patricia Arquette) with whom Crudup has fallen inexplicably in love. Harrelson has provoked others as well, and he seems primed for a fall with his free-wheeling attitude and refusal to change with the times.  Invited guest is author/journalist Robert Nott, who recently co-wrote a book with Evans about director Sam Peckinpah.

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634  

Friday, April 17
6.45 PM  
El Dorado Library....

Made on Rte 66- a compilation of clips from movies made on (or near) Rte 66, from Illinois to California, with live narration by Jeff Berg.  This is a FREE 90 minute presentation and a Santa Fe premiere! 

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634  






“Gunslingers” Season 2 is filming in New Mexico 

“Gunslingers” Season 2 is in production in New Mexico until the beginning of April in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Chama. The production will employ at least 55 New Mexico crew members and approximately 200 local background talent. Directed by Chris Castle and Paul Epstine (“Gunslingers” Season 1) and produced by Chris Castle and Jake Pokluda (“Gunslingers” Season 1), “Gunslingers” is a six-hour cinematic docudrama event chronicling the stories of America’s most iconic Wild West heroes and outlaws in their own words. 

Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com


Mark your calendar! We hope to see you at our 3rd Annual NM Film & Media Industry Conference scheduled to take place from the evening of July 23rd through the 25th, 2015, at Isleta Resort and Casino. The event will feature more exceptional panels, presentations and networking opportunities at one of New Mexico's most luxurious resorts. Resort amenities include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa, golf course, onsite restaurants, bowling alley and casino. 

Stay updated on conference details by following our monthly e-newsletters, social media pages and conference website.  




NMWIF Board of Directors

Linda McDill  - 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
Christine McHugh – NMWIF PSA Director
Ashley Baca – Co-Chair Membership