June 2015 Newsletter

Prez Letter


Dear members, friends and supporters,

I was honored to be invited to sit on the Abq Film & Music Experience panel about women in film this past week. Since there has been so much press lately about the dire statistics of women working in above the line film jobs, ageism and discrimination, I was braced for an onslaught of negativity and fruitless discussion about how us poor women have been left out of the equation. I promised myself not to get drawn into it. However, to my surprise and delight, the moderator, Megan Kamerick, asked me to make the first comment. 

In a nutshell, here are the thoughts I shared with the audience and other panelists. The statistics have been out there. It is not new news. If you are a woman (or girl) with your sights on a film/tv career, don't worry about the numbers....just get out there, hone all your skills (networking skills included!) and Get.Out.There. We have amazing opportunities here in New Mexico for working in a wide variety of indie and major studio film & tv productions - above and below the line. Classes,schools and workshops are abundant. There are many wonderful organizations in our state to join forces with that will help propel you along your career path in so many ways. Specifically of course, New Mexico Women In Film. 

The wonderfully positive and inspiring group of women on the AFME panel and in the audience highlighted to me what a boost NMWIF is for those who take advantage of what we offer. Lots of support, lots of encouragement and so many opportunities for professional development and achievement. Contrary to the scene in Hollywood, we want each other to succeed!

Congratulations to our esteemed 2015 Sage Award recipient, Monique Anair, Film Dept Chair at Santa Fe Community College. We are proud to honor an educator who has done so much for so many to start and build a career in the industry, especially girls and women. I hope you'll join us on June 30 to honor Monique and five fabulous NMWIF members receiving scholarships which will further their education, training or help start or finish their film. Big cheers for all of them! Big cheers for NMWIF!

Hope to see you soon.

Kindest regards,





New Mexico Women in Film
is pleased to present:

An Evening of Honors 
Tuesday, June 30th
6:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail 
Santa Fe 87505

2015 Sage Award
Monique Anair will be presented the 2015 Sage Award for her dedication to the 'greater feminine' and for her active support of girls and women in the NM Film & TV Industry.
NMWIF Scholarships
Five NMWIF members will be awarded NMWF Scholarships to further their projects, training or education. Scholarship winners are Barbara Bentree, Anna Darrah, Melissa Edmon, Jacqueline M Loring and Catharine Pilafas.  

NMWIF Members no charge / Guests $15
Tickets at NMWIF.com





July 10-12, 2015
Las Cruces | Albuquerque | Santa Fe

As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we have planned 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.

The Fiesta will be presented in Las Cruces at the Fountain Theater on Friday July 10th; in Albuquerque at the Guild Cinema on Saturday July 11th; and in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau on Sunday July 12th.  At each theater, the NMWIF Fiesta will begin @ 5:00pm and end @ 11:00pm.  

Currently, you may purchase an All Access Ticket for the full 6 hour program at each location. Seating will be limited, so purchase your ticket today!  The All Access Ticket for each location is $15.00.  To purchase All Access Ticket go to http://www.nmwif.com/nmwif-event-tickets/

Films and Videos to be screened:
#nightslikethes ,  Hannah Macpherson, 2008    
Maribella,  Julia Romero, 2014    
A Piece of Pie,  Janet Davidson, 2005    
Debt to Society,  Bradd Hopkins, 2012    
Leverage,  Vivian Nesbitt, 2008    

Music Video:
Heart of Steel,  Brandy N. Rodke, 2015
Older Ladies,  Christine McHugh, 2015    
Lost Angeles Rain,  Lara Dale, 2014

The Young Ancestors,  Aimee Barry Broustra, 2013    
A Thousand Voices,  Lisa Lucas, 2015    
Pie Lady of Pie Town,  Jane Rosemont, 2015    
A Tale of Two Poets,  Jean Stevens, 2011
POISON WIND,  Jenny Pond, 2010
Peggy's Story,  JoAnne Tucker, 2015

Ysabel LeMay/Portrait of an Artist,   Genevieve Russell, 2011

Steam Machines,  Melissa Edmon, 2015

The Astronomer's Sun,    Peter Kershaw, 2013

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




New Mexico Film Foundation
In partnership with
NM Women in Film & New Mexico Post Alliance

host the 
New Mexico Filmmakers Mixer!
Rio Bravo Brewery
1912 Second St NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Saturday, June 27 

The New Mexico Film Foundation in partnership with New Mexico Women in Film & New Mexico Post Alliance hosts the 1st annual New Mexico Filmmakers Mixer at the new Rio Bravo Brewery, Saturday, June 27 at 2pm. Come meet other New Mexico filmmakers, meet your FB friends in person, have a bite to eat, taste the Rio Bravo brews and get a tour of the brewery. 

Cash Bar. 
Donations to NMFF welcome. 
More info at  nmfilmfoundation.org





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF Jennie Crystal, Denise Hinson, Anna Osceola, Lisanne Cole, Cassidy Freeman, Razelle Benally, Sydney Isaacs, Tyisha Mitchell and Laquie Campbell. 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, Julia Romero, Mary Darling sand Amy Balkini. 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.





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






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:
June 1st and 15th
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins topdogrdc@peoplepc.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.





June 20, 2015 
Doors open at 2PM 
Scottish Rite Temple
463 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Enjoy screenings, delicious Santa Fe Spirits and hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction, and Surprises!


Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
3:15 PM
A Powerful feature documentary about Matthew Shepard, the gay young man who was tortured and murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard's, the film revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, and new revelations about Shepard's all-too-brief life.


6:15 PM
Inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Order Tickets by clicking here $25





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!

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







BlackShirtReads is soliciting script submissions for our professional screenplay reading series. Scripts submitted during the May 1 through June 15, 2015 submission period will be considered for both third and fourth quarter 2015 reading performances.

Two scripts will be chosen from among the submissions, and both will receive a public reading by professional actors in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The second place script will be read in the third quarter of 2015 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in the Santa Fe Railyard District.

The first place script will be read as part of a joint venture between BlackShirtReads and the Santa Fe Film Festival in December 2015. 

Deadline: June 15, 2015
Fee: $20
For more info: http://blackshirtreads.net




2016 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.


Four Finalists: $2,500 

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY: $10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists: $2,000 

MOVIE TITLE CONTEST: Three Winners: $250 each

Early deadline: June 15, 2015
All submissions received by June 15th will receive their one page screenplay analysis by July 1st.

Regular deadline: August 1, 2015

Entry fee: Features $55  -  Shorts $35

Sample Analysis:  http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/script-analysis/
Submit :http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/submit 



Open for Submissions

Entry is free.

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.
Important Information To Keep in Mind:
▪    All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story.
▪    Films may be directed by a person or people of any gender.

Films that are directed by women, but do not focus on female leadership, will not be considered.
The Athena Film Festival is committed to ensuring that filmmakers across the globe have the opportunity to become involved in our festival.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word to others who you think would be interested in this opportunity.

Submissions will be accepted from June 1 through September 15. 
Please email us at: athenafilmfestival@gmail.com if you have any questions.






Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 

History of Women Filmmakers: from the 19th to the 21st Century
Art History 250   CRN:10762

taught by Diane Armitage

Mon & Wed
5:30 - 8:15
June 8 - July 29

This course will investigate the history of women filmmakers and their contributions to the development of narrative-fiction films, one of cinema’s most important genres. Along with the work of Alice Guy Blanche in the early days of the invention of film and Kathryn Bigelow as a pre-eminent writer and director in the 21st century, other films will be screened by such directors as Lotte Reiniger, Lena Wertmuller, Mira Nair, Jane Campion, Sally Potter and Sofia Coppola. 100 years of international filmmaking by women will be viewed and discussed along with the role women have played in the establishment of cinema as a complex and imaginative medium for story-telling.

Contact: diane.armitage@sfcc.edu



Reciprocity in Storytelling
with Aimee Broustra

St. John’s College, Levan Hall
Friday, June 19th
free and open to the public

Movies are stories long before they are motion pictures. Stories are the heart of the movie making process. It’s long been said that there are no original stories. Yet while there exist many rehashed plots and reused characters, every story is unique precisely because there is a give and take between the storyteller and the audience. How we respond to the stories is as important as the way in which a story is told. In this lecture we will explore the reciprocity between how we craft stories and how stories are portrayed We will examine the role of the audience’s imagination in recreating stories we hear and see. We will explore techniques filmmakers employ to tell their stories and we will question/analyze the effectiveness of these tools. Participants will be required to bring a story or poem to class, of two minutes or less, and be prepared to read or recite the work.

Copyright © 2015 by Aimée Barry Broustra. All Rights Reserved. No Part of this lecture may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the publisher and author.




Girls Make Media
with Monique Anair

Tuesday & Thursdays
June 9th - July 30th

College credit class in hands-on filmmaking focused on female centric storytelling. Learn writing, storyboarding, camera, sound, editing, make-up and performance. FILM 135 CRN 10653

Santa Fe Community College Summer Classes and Programs
Santa Fe, NM 

Email filminfo@sfcc.edu or call 505 428-1738
Register at www.sfcc.edu




Chubbuck Acting Technique 
taught by Rebekah Wiggins 

Thursdays in June 
The Orpheum Art Space (downtown ABQ)
500 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

The Chubbuck Acting Technique has trained award-winning actors like Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Jared Leto and many others is available to you in an ongoing class format here in New Mexico. This 12 step acting technique will empower you as an actor. It will give you the tools to become successful and to make dynamic empowered choices in your acting work. These classes are here for committed actors who are hungry for work and are ready to dig deeper into their technique. There's Basic, Advanced, and Master levels offered in this class. So, there is a place for every actor within our class format.

Rebekah Wiggins is an award winning actor, producer, and composer. She is the only certified Chubbuck Acting Technique teacher in the state of New Mexico. In 2008 and twice in 2011 Rebekah won “Best Actress” awards for her work in short films presented at the 48 Hour Film Festival and The National Film Challenge. She’s been in films like “Brothers”, “Let Me In”, “Fright Night”, and “Sunshine Cleaning”. 2014 and 2015 were busy years for her with lead and supporting roles in six different indie and mainstream feature films. Most recently you can watch Rebekah’s work in “Manhattan” and  “War On Everyone”.

$275 per month
for more info:  southwestsceneworks@gmail.com or 
Rebekah at (505) 301-9332




Learn Accents
Private Accent Intensives

With dialect Coach Steve Corona  

Dialect Coach Steve Corona has a few spots left for Private Accent Intensives this summer.
Work one-on-one with New Mexico dialect coach Steve Corona to gain & fine-tune a variety of accents for your acting toolbox.

Steve Corona has been coaching both local and high-profile actors since 2006 on movies & TV shows, including: GAMER, LOVE RANCH, CRASH, & DIG. Corona has coached actors in accents from all over the world, helping actors succeed in auditions and on-set. More productions are coming to NM and many of them are looking for actors who can perform specific accents.

Don't miss your opportunity for these great roles.
Email Steve to schedule your private accent intensive today!  SteveCoronaDialectCoach@gmail.com



Elements of Sacred Space- Acting for Film
taught by Eb Lottimer 

Tortuga Performance Space
901 Edith Blvd SE.
Albuquerque, NM 

New to acting?  Are you a seasoned pro and you need to sharpen your skills and auditioning technique?  Are you looking for an affordable acting class that will help you take it to the next level? This is the class for you.

Eb Lottimer's Elements of Sacred Space- Acting for Film class celebrates it's 9th season in Albuquerque this month as we begin our summer session. Lottimer, has been a working actor for many years, with dozens of SAG credits to his name.  He is also a working director, and has taught directing at Florida State University. Eb brings deep observation and insight to actors as they find the truth, in the moment, and learn to express it powerfully.

We welcome anyone who can commit to 4 consecutive weeks of focused work on their craft, in front of a seasoned working actor/director. Bring an SD Card (8 gigs) to class. This allows you to take your work home for further study. 

$30.00 per class, with a 4-class commitment. 
Audits are available for new students for $10.00.  
Contact Eb directly at 505-310-0871 or at elottimer@gmail.com.




The Director's Edge presents:

The Basics of Advanced Directing
Summer Intensive runs Online: June 22-July 31

•    Are you doing enough to ADVANCE YOUR FILMMAKING CAREER?
•    Do you feel like you're missing something in your Director's arsenal, but you KNOW TOO MUCH TO GO BACK TO FILM SCHOOL?
•    How long has it been since you worked with PROFESSIONAL ACTORS?

 You are invited to Online Film School Summer Intensive

•    Our efficient, effective script breakdown technique that will make you the MASTER OF YOUR STORY
•    Methods for bringing DEPTH AND SUBTLETY to your characters
•    Strategies for getting regular PRACTICE with TRAINED ACTORS
•    Tips for motivating RIVETING PERFORMANCES
And much more, online, ANY TIME, ANYWHERE...






July 2-4, 2015
Roswell, NM
Sci-Fi Films Submitted from around the World. Filmmaker Workshops, Panel Discussions,Interviews, Networking, Music & Entertainment a ndContinuous Sci-Fi Films & Short Films at the:
Allen Theaters at the Roswell Mall
Thur., July 2nd - 10am - 6pm
Fri., July 3rd – 10 am –6 pm
Sat., July 4th – 10 am – 6 pm
More info: http://www.roswellfilmcon.com 





Every Tuesday and Thursday morning beginning June 9th
10:00 am
1606 Alcaldesa St. (in the heart of the Railyard)
Santa Fe, NM

Violet Crown Cinemas is pleased to announce its new Family Film Series, a retrospective of quality family films from the 1980s and 90s. The series, which begins Tuesday, June 9 and continues every Tuesday and Thursday morning through the month of August, will be free to attend. Titles for Violet Crown's inaugural family series include perennial favorites The Muppets Take Manhattan, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story and The Princess Bride. A new film from the lineup will be presented each week and will screen Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10AM. Tickets for the first film in the series will be available at the cinema, located in The Railyard, beginning Friday, June 5 on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached. Films and dates are listed below. 

For more information, please visit www.VioletCrownCinemas.com.

Family Film Series:
Muppets From Space – June 9 & 11: Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. He is kidnapped and it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help reunite him with his long-lost family.

Muppets Take Manhattan – June 16 & 18: Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit – June 23 & 25: A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

The Iron Giant – June 30 & July 2: A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

The Sandlot – July 7 & 9: A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog.

Hook – July 14 & 16: When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Jumanji – July 21 & 22: When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Labyrinth – July 28 & 30: Fifteen-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in thirteen hours.

The Neverending Story– August 4 & 6: A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.
The Princess Bride – August 11 &13: While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.




'The Silence of Cricket Coogler'
Thursday, June 11

7 pm 
Performance Space at La Tienda 
Eldorado, NM

We will be screening the documentary feature, 'The Silence of Cricket Coogler', produced by El Dorado resident, Richard Startzman (Mother O'Keeffe).  Special guest will be author, Paula Moore, author of 'Cricket in the Web'. Book sales onsite courtesy of COLLECTED WORKS!   

This documentary investigates the mysterious death of an 18-year-old waitress in New Mexico in 1949. Silence of Cricket Coogler is a Political Murder movie--but this horrific rape and murder wasn't a random crime; instead, the young beauty was a victim of political corruption and Mafia connections. After doing his own investigation, mystery writer Tony Hillerman lent his insight to the film as well. 

The feature-length film covers all aspects of Ovida "Cricket" Coogler's unsolved murder, which changed history in Las Cruces and New Mexico.

The documentary is narrated in part by the late John Ehrlichman with commentary by famed New Mexico author, the late great Tony Hillerman. In his remarks, Hillerman says "this strange little murder, and the incredible effort to cover it up, caused a kind of outrage that cleaned up New Mexico."

Moore is the author of the 2008 book, 'Cricket in the Web', and has done years of research on the never-solved case. She will discuss her research and findings on Ms. Coogler's demise, which involved numerous high level politicians in New Mexico. 

Here is an interview with Ms. Moore: http://fnsnews.nmsu.edu/the-waitress-who-shook-new-mexico-part-one/

$5 suggested donation
You can also 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  





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.  





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