May 2015 Newsletter

Prez Letter

Dear members, friends and supporters,

This year seems to be flying by - and so many more good things to come in the next months! We appreciate your participation and support of our efforts to help our members achieve their film/tv business goals with professional development. Our monthly programs offer networking, mentorship, education - and fun. We really do strive to offer events that are pertinent to every aspect and niche in the industry and to cheer for our members as they succeed. It's been such a thrill to see so many of our members grow and establish their careers over the last few years. The biggest bonus to me is seeing the wonderful friendships that are being made and the support being offered among the members. 

NMWIF voting members will soon receive an email ballot to vote for our 2015 Sage Award winner. The Sage Award committee has brought forth a wonderful roster of women very deserving of the honor. I hope you will vote - and attend our June event to honor them.

Scholarship entries are due in by June 1. Please write a one-page letter describing how you would use the money to further your education or production goals. Send to Recipients will be announced in the June newsletter and awarded at our June event.

Our May event, organized and moderated by former NMWIF President, Trish Lopez, is one of those not-to-be-missed panel discussions. We're featuring a group of power women in the Media Technology field of our industry - editing, animation, gaming, audio engineering. Whatever area of the business you are in, there will be something for you to learn - or someone for you to meet at this event. Hope to see you there!

Before I close, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pics from our Athena Screenwriting Award event last month. Joan Golden was author of the winning screenplay, 'The Bequest', which was featured in a table reading by professional actors, headed by Vivian Nesbitt. (Thank you, Toby Younis, for the photos.)

Happy start-up to the summer to all of you!

Kindest regards,




"Women in the Tech Arts" / Panel Q&A

Monday, May 18th
6:00pm Cocktail Reception
6:30-8:00p Panel Discussion w/Audience Q&A

Nob Hill Studios
4401 Central Ave, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Come join us for a panel discussion and Q&A highlighting women on the tech side of film and media. We will be exploring editing, animation, gaming and audio engineering. Trish Lopez from the NM Film Office will be the moderator

Kathleen Edwards, Teri Farley, Barbara Chamberlin, Shelene Bridge
Moderated by Trish Lopez

Shelene Bridge (Editing)
Award-winning filmmaker & editor of short and feature films as well as commercials, corporate and promotional videos. Recent projects include: Motion Graphics Designer for the feature film 'Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning' (PBS); 2nd Camera Operator & Editor, 'A Horseback Ride to the Soul',  and Editor for 'The Young Ancestors'. A Member of Women in Film & Television International & NM Post Alliance and currently serves as Vice President, Website Chair and Film Fiesta! Producer for NM Women in Film.

Kathleen Edwards (Sound Designer & Foley Artist)
Owner/Partner/Lead Sound Designer/Foley Artist at Hear Kitty Studios, specializing in start-to-finish audio post services. Hear Kitty has provided full service and audio a la carte post services on countless movies and short films, as well as ADR services for every episodic television series shot in New Mexico since 'Breaking Bad' and 'In Plain Sight'.  

Teri Farley (Animation & Graphic Design | Instructor)
Teacher of Animation and Graphic Design at the Digital Arts & Technology Academy in Albuquerque. In addition, she also works freelance, doing work for nonprofits that take advantage of her passion and skills for film, graphic design, multimedia, storytelling, networking, fundraising and animation.

Barbara Chamberlin (Game Design/Educational Media | NMSU Professor)
Barbara Chamberlin has a unique job: she plays computer and video games and actively encourages those who work with her to do the same. It's all part of the research and development at New Mexico State University, finding new and innovative ways to teach and help people learn. Previously a stand-up comic, Dr. Chamberlin now enjoys speaking to groups about technology and learning and sharing exciting research that is changing the way we think about games.

Trish Lopez (Moderator)
Consultant for the NM Film Office, previously the Program Director, Trish develops training initiatives in collaboration with large-scale productions and hosts NMFO's radio program. 'NM Film Works'.  A veteran in the film industry since college: former President of NM Women in Film, past Production Manager with Smithsonian Network, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs & Film for NM Governor Bill Richardson and has worked for Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, Warner Bros Studios and held positions in the executive offices of New Line Cinema and Ascent Media Group.

Open to the public!
Free to NMPA / NMWIF members 
$15 Non-Members 




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. *Festival locations, days and times may be subject to delay or change.

July 10, 2015 - Las Cruces @ The Fountain Theater

July 11, 2015 - Albuquerque @ The Guild Cinema

July 12, 2015 - Santa Fe @ The Jean Cocteau

Learn more at:






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 to the attention of NMWIF SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE. Scholarships will be awarded at our June event.





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF Carolyn Wickwire, Crystal Katcher, Melanie Lux, Faith Hibbs-Clark, Jennifer Rojo, Victor Wuamett, Lillea Wuamett and Frances McCain. 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, Heather Antonio, Julie Reichert and Michael Zeilik. 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.





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.





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:
May 4th & 18th
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins 




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




“Delivery from Earth” Provides Futuristic Look at Space Exploration
Michael Becker, the winner of a Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] and New Mexico Film Foundation-sponsored film competition, debuted his short film, “Delivery from Earth” during a ceremony at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. The film is about the first human born on another planet.
Watch the film here:
In collaboration with the New Mexico Film Foundation, Lockheed Martin created a $5,000 filmmaker grant to encourage independent filmmakers in New Mexico to create a short film about deep space exploration. The New Mexico Film Foundation and space industry experts including astronaut Bruce McCandless II evaluated 30 submissions to choose a winner.
For additional information on Orion, visit our website:




Women In Film And Television International

New research shows films by women and men are equally likely to receive distribution out of the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition, but gap widens from there.
Industry perceptions of a gendered marketplace, scarcity of talent pool, lack of ambition, as well as gender imbalance among gatekeepers, help explain broken pipeline for female filmmakers.
Study conducted by Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., Katherine Pieper, Ph.D., and Marc Choueiti at Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California.

Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles, co-founders of the Female Filmmakers Initiative, unveil Phase III of a groundbreaking study that reveals the barriers and opportunities in the careers of female narrative film directors after premiering a film at the Sundance Film Festival. The study, authored by Dr. Stacy L. Smith of USC’s Annenberg School, is two-pronged: it first examines the distribution deals and exhibition patterns of both male and female Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition directors. Then, qualitative interviews with filmmakers, film buyers and film sellers provide deeper insight into the issues facing female directors. For the full report, CLICK HERE.

“Female directors face a steep fiscal cliff as they attempt to move from independent to more commercial filmmaking. Across 1,300 top films from 2002 to 2014, the ratio of male to female directors was just over 23 to 1,” said Dr. Stacy L. Smith, the Principal Investigator and Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative. “In this report, we identify the barriers that help explain this gender disparity. After three years of research, the question can progress from ‘why are female directors missing behind the camera in top films?’ to ‘what can be done to create change?’”






June 15 – 19
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily
Enrollment limited to 25 children
Ages 9-13 

Come Spend a Week ...
•Watching the latest films.
•Learning to write film reviews.
•Learning to talk about films on camera.
•Meeting guest film critics, producers and actors.
•Learning interview techniques.
•Improving your on-camera skills.
•Being coached by seasoned professionals.

Kids love movies. It’s part of their socializing experience. They love being on-camera and are comfortable there. At the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp we put what kids love to good use and make learning fun! 

During this one-week day-camp, now in its third year, your child will learn to...
View and review - watch films and write about them.
Discuss and debate - live and on-camera. 
Look critically at different elements that make a film a film from directing and acting to cinematography, writing and art direction. 

Your kids are not just "talking about film" they are learning life skills that will "last a lifetime."
All camps are one week day camps that meet Monday through Friday. Parents are invited to join the camp on the afternoon of the last day to observe our mock "Red Carpet" event.

Registration Deadline: May 15 
Fee: $360

Santa Fe Community College,
Continuing Education Department
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 8750




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, NMFe Community College

Classes and Programs

Email or call 505 428-1738
Register at




Santa Fe Business Incubator
May 5 
4:30pm to 6:30pm 
3900 Paseo Del Sol (off of Airport Rd) 
Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Business Incubator would like to invite you to a FREE business forum. The intent of the business forum is to provide general business information to existing and start up businesses throughout  Santa Fe County.  At the forum, you can get your questions answered on the following:
·         Building a business plan
·         Financing
·         Home Occupation and Commercial Business permitting requirements
·         General resources that are available to help your business prosper
There will be many organizations on hand at the forum to assist you with your needs, including:
Business financing (loans and grants)
The Loan Fund- business loans, coaching:
ACCION- business loans, training:
Santa Fe Community Foundation- grants:

Business Plan assistance
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)- business plan development,planningmarketing,bookkeeping, entrepreneurial training, startup:
WESST- business plans:
SCORE- training, mentoring, workshops:

Technical Assistance
NM Small Business Assistance Program (NM SBA)- technical support from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Labs:

Entrepreneurial Assistance
StartUp Santa Fe- entrepreneur resources:
 Los Alamos Connect- coaching/networking, business expansion, grants, technical support:

Snacks and drinks will be served at the forum.  
If you have any questions, call Sean O’Shea at (505) 424-1140 




Laura Gardner Actors Workshops 
May 16-17, 2015
Las Cruces, New Mexico


LAURA GARDNER of the world famous HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO will be offering a two day acting intensive which will focus on emotional freedom in the audition, the job, and in your life.
Laura Gardner brings with her a depth of acting and teaching experience. For the past eighteen years Laura has taught actors at the renowned Howard Fine Acting Studios in Los Angeles and in Australia for the past eight years. Laura deals with each actor as a unique individual and is able to very quickly hone in on what the actor needs in order to grow. Laura works in a warm yet very firm way to help her students discover that inspiration comes from within when they are freed to use their own experiences, fears and joys to create an authentic life on camera and stage.

The Class
Day 1: Group and individual exercises to help you break through your limitations and fears, all in a challenging yet safe environment.
Day 2: Take what you have discovered and apply it to a role.
In addition to her seventeen years of teaching at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, Ms. Gardner has taught in NYC at HB Studio, the Stella Adler Institute, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also taught at actors Centre in Wales, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Circle Theatre (Nashville), Palm Beach University, TBA in Anchorage, Alaska and the George Street Playhouse (NJ). In Los Angeles she has taught at Santa Monica College, West Coast Ensemble, Women in Theatre, Media Access (Actors with disabilities) and the Road Theatre.  She has been a featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska for the last seven years where she created the highly successful Monologue Workshop

Class will be held at
411 N. Armijo
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
No refunds 1 week prior to class.Get tickets at eventbrite by clicking on the link below.







“To create oneness through the power of film, music and the arts.”

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is a socially conscious and impactful event that represents creative achievement in film, music, arts and entertainment.

AFME programming includes new media and technology, domestic and international movies, food and art, engaging conversations, panels and time with industry leaders in attendance. This year’s international program will spotlight filmmaking and artistry from countries of India and Ireland. There will be incredible networking events, screenwriting and art competitions for students, poetry readings by celebrity guests, a oneness benefit for world peace, a star-studded fashion show and opportunities to share stories as we gather with some of the most creative minds in the industry.





Special screening

May 8th
El Morrow Theater

The Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative local talent from around the state. The winners of the 2015 NM Filmmakers Showcase are:
Best Animation Category: “Number Two” – dir. Michelle Catalanotto, Albuquerque, TRT 3 min.  Two solitary forest creatures prove how far they would go for friendship.
Best Comedy Category: “The Matter of Magic” – dir. Anna Darrah, Santa Fe, TRT 14 min. 47 sec. This short film stars Colin Cunningham (Falling Skies) as Sam, an ad man who hasn't slept in a week from the stress of an upcoming presentation.  His wife has had enough, his boss is putting on the pressure and Sam feels like he's losing his mind.  Especially because lately, when Sam reaches for something like a pen or his razor, they seem to fly into his hands on their own accord.
Best Documentary Category: “A Horseback Ride to the Soul” – dir. Aimee Barry Broustra, Santa Fe, TRT 28 min. For the rider and non-rider alike, “A Horseback Ride to the Soul" explores the ways in which humans and horses interact and how better understanding of this relationship leads to a deeper knowledge of ourselves and our relationship with the world.
Best Drama Category: “Ballad of the Boatman” – dir. Andy Kastelic, Albuquerque, TRT 23 min.  The boatman is growing weary of his post as the toll taker and ferryman into the afterlife. The faces he sees and the stories he hears are wearing down on him. When someone very dear to him shows up at his post he must decide whether it is in him to continue his current job and player in the system or to take up arms against a sea of troubles.
Best Experimental Category: “This is Me” – dir. Marcus Romero, Albuquerque, TRT 4 min.  The film illustrates the ideology behind the loss of childhood and the development of adulthood.
Best Horror Category: “The Carving” – dir. Benjamin Pierce, Portales, TRT 4 min.  Hal and his protégé undertake a grotesque experiment in the spirit of Halloween.
Best Other Category: S.H.I.L.O. "Good Times" – dir. Dusty Deen, Roswell, NM TRT 3 min. 20 sec. The music video for S.H.I.L.O's "Good Times" was created from 2,380 original artworks from over 500 artists, about half Junior High students.  The original video was shot and cut and then exported as individual images.  Each image was printed, in black and white, and artists used oil pastels, markers, and paint to color the image as they chose.  The images where then photographed and sequenced over the original frames creating a unique and surreal experience.
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category: “Death in Time” – dir. John Broadhead, Albuquerque, TRT 45 min.  Time and Death, both personified, engage in an eternal argument over the meaning of death and the value of life.



Thursday, May 14th
7 pm 
Performance Space at La Tienda 
Eldorado, NM
Sweet Land is a poignant, sweet and often funny lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

When Lars Torvik’s grandmother Inge dies, he is faced with a decision – sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land. Seeking advice, he turns to the memory of Inge and the stories that she had passed on to him.

Inge arrived in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry. Alone and adrift, Inge goes to live with the family of Olaf’s friend and neighbor Frandsen and his wife Brownie, where she learns the English language, American ways, and a hard-won independence. Inge and Olaf slowly come to know each other, and against the backdrop of endless farmland and cathedral skies they fall in love, a man and woman united by the elemental forces of nature. Still unable to marry, they live together openly, despite the scorn of the neighbors and the disapproval of the local minister.  

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634  






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:




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





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.