July 2015 Newsletter

Letter From the President:

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

It's finally here! Our fabulous FILM FIESTA! is this weekend. I hope you will come, bring your friends and enjoy the great variety of some of the best films of our members over the last 10 years. I promise you won't be disappointed. A million thanks to NMWIF VP, Shelene Bridge, for producing this exciting event and to the many judges and members/volunteers who helped with the myriad of details in getting this show on the road (literally!). Details below.

I would like to share a portion of the wonderful acceptance speech made by Monique Anair, our NMWIF Sage Award recipient last month at our Evening of Honors. We are proud to acknowledge such a distinguished educator.

"The reason there are organizations like New Mexico Women in Film is because many of you sitting out there feel that there need to be some changes in the film industry regarding women and minorities. Like Debra Zimmerman of Women Make Movies said, 'Our organization will be around until there is no need for us. And that hasn’t happened yet'.

"We are feminists. It is hard for anyone who considers themselves to be a humanist, a champion of the social rights of human beings, not to be a feminist. People try and argue that feminism is not about being human but some sort of vigilante movement. That is why as a nation we are still working on such issues as equal pay for equal work. New Mexico Women in Film is all about social justice in the film industry, so it is safe to say they are feminists and humanists and happy to be that way and I am proud to be honored tonight by such a group."

Our August event will feature our popular Mentor Mania event on Saturday, August 29 at the newly expanded Sol Acting Academy in Albuquerque. Put it on your calendar now. 

See you at Fiesta! this weekend in Las Cruces, Albuquerque & Santa Fe.

Hope to see you soon.

Kindest regards,




NMWIF July Event:



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:


Sunday, July 12
2:30 - 4:30 PM
Pranzo Italian Grill
540 Montezuma Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Enjoy an early Happy Hour before the evening’s Fiesta screenings. Meet and greet the filmmakers & New Mexican film industry professionals. A wonderful way to end a whirlwind weekend of great films!  Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served at one of Santa Fe’s best downtown restaurants within walking distance to Jean Cocteau Cinema. Cash Bar.

Tickets $25.00/person, Limited Occupancy.
 CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket before July 10th





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF,
Romina Garcia
Carly Reese and 
Natasha Nazario. 

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, 
Lisa Lucas
Jo Sauza 
Elizabeth Waites
Harriet Levine
Catherine Fridey
Kara Sachs
Doranne Candalaria
Bradd Hopkins and 
Valerie Moore. 

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 our current NMWIF Members for their award winning films!

“A Thousand Voices” – Lisa Lucas, Producer

“Heart of Steel” – Brandy Rodke, Director

“Leverage” – Vivian Nesbitt, Actor

“The Young Ancestors” – Aimee Barry Broustra, Director




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:
July 6th and 20th
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins topdogrdc@peoplepc.com 



The Women in Film Finishing Fund 

The Women in Film Finishing Fund supports films by, for or about women with cash grants and in-kind services.

Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.

Awards & Prizes
The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind services. Since the inception of the Fund in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to over 200 films ensuring that innovative films can be completed and seen by audiences worldwide.
We will give multiple grants of up to $25,000 for documentary and narrative feature and shorts, as well as animated and experimental films. We accept submissions from all over the world.

For more information and the application, please follow this link http://www.wif.org/programs/film-finishing-fund




Grants for Filmmakers and Screenwriters

New Mexico Film Foundation announced the availability of two $5000 grants for New Mexico filmmakers and screenwriters. 

Lockheed Martin Filmmaker Grant
Submissions open on July 1st  
Submissions for the second annual Lockheed Martin Filmmaker Grant will open on July 1st and require the submission of a one page treatment for a film idea with the theme of the emotional impact of deep space travel. The winner of this grant will receive $5000 to make a 3-8 minute movie.


George R. R. Martin Screenwriters Grant

Submissions will open on July 4th
The second grant is the George R. R. Martin Screenwriters Grant. Submissions will open on July 4th and require a 5 page treatment and a 5 page script sample in the Sci Fi or Fantasy genre. Scripts must be for a feature length film or hour long TV pilot. Screenwriters must not be members of the Writers Guild of America.
Submission details for both grants can be found on the New Mexico Film Foundation website at http://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/  

Submissions are open to any New Mexico resident.


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.





Tools for Actors: Meisner Technique 1 
with Randi Klein 

Learn the groundbreaking tools for actors developed by Sanford Meisner with Master Teacher Randi Klein! Meisner is about achieving true spontaneity and a new level of honesty in your behavior as you "live truthfully in imaginary circumstances" .  This class will introduce the basic exercises...and begin to unleash the limitations to really listening and really responding we don't even know we have!

Tuesdays, July 7-28
Sol Acting Academy Studio
5500 San Mateo NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87109

$267.50 including tax
For RSVP and/or more Information: www.solacting.com, info@solacting.com, or 505-881-0975. 
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/405520182968305/




Three-Day Youth Filmmaking Intensive Class
July 17, 18, 19
9 am to 5 pm

907 3rd St. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 

The Incredible Filmmaking Intensive is designed to give students the necessary skills and techniques to create a film from start to finish in a straightforward and organized manner. The class covers various aspects of the filmmaking process, including Writing, Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Lighting, Editing, Casting and Crew. Award-winning filmmaker Christopher Michael Roybal, who has successfully taught many various students how to make films over the past ten years, leads the class. Lunch will be provided.

Students who take the class will also have the option to participate in the Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project on July 24-26 as a team.

For more please email theincrediblefilms@gmail.com or call 505-750-3549.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1601720173412783/




Learn Accents
Private Accent Intensives
With dialect Coach Steve Corona 

July 11 in Santa Fe
July 18 in Albuquerque
10% discount for NMWIF Members 

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 

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.

Presence, connectivity, honor, trust, gratitude, honesty, feeling, giving, listening, expressing, generosity, heart, intimacy, courage, confidence, point of view, intention, forward energy and commitment. These are some of the Elements of Sacred Space. Each of these elements can create honest behavior and honest moment to moment expression of the experience that you are creating right now in front of the camera. Directors/casting directors are looking for an actor/actress who can create a real experience for themselves each time they work. It has to be an experience that is informed by authentic self.

Our class revolves around finding your personal and individual expression of the truth in every moment you live in front of a camera or on stage. Join us to discover you.

4 consecutive classes: 
Monday, July 13th, July 20th, July 27th and Sunday August 2nd 
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

$30.00 per class, with a 4-class commitment

Teatra Paraguas
3205 Calle Marie
Santa Fe, NM

Contact Eb directly at 505-310-0871 or at elottimer@gmail.com.



Ovations Acting Class

All classes are filmed on professional equipment. Each class is also critiqued on a play-back monitor to enable each student to actually see and hear how they appear on camera. Instructor, Steve Willmon, has an extensive background as an acting coach and an instructor

Monday, 5:00-8:00pm 
begins July 13th
Work on any specific areas of acting required by individual actors.

Tuesday 5:00pm-8:00pm 
begins July 14th
Screenings of outstanding films from classics to currents to be followed by group discussion

Saturday, July 18th  
Mock on-camera auditions. Basic cold read skills for narration, voice overs, books on tapes, animation films, etc.  Also "Polishing the Script" (How to bring a character to life).  Character Development and tune-ups on monologues and scene studies, commercials, and PSA's.  All actors will receive personal hands-on guidance with advice on how to enhance their skill sets in all areas.

All classes are on-going and can be joined at any time.
116 Morningside NE

More info at www.ovationsfilm.com  
call  Steve at 505) 319-7780 email at ovationstudio@aol.com





48 Hour Film Project
July 24 - 26, 2015

Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge! 

The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours!
Filmmakers from all over the Albuquerque, NM area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2016 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Court Métrage.v

For more info: http://www.48hourfilm.com/albuquerque-nm

Premiere Screenings
July 30th
KiMo Theater
423 Central Ave. NW

Best of Screening
August 7th
KiMo Theater
423 Central Ave. NW






Every Tuesday and Thursday morning 
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 continues every Tuesday and Thursday morning through the month of August, and is free to attend. A new film will be presented each week and will screen Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10AM. 

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

Family Film Series

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 Hired Hand (1971, 90 minutes, made in New Mexico)
Thursday, July 9
7 pm 
Performance Space at La Tienda 
Eldorado, NM

The made in New Mexico western, “The Hired Hand”, directed by Fonda who co-starred with a popular character actor of the times, Warren Oates, the film was certainly unlike any other western ever released.

With serene pacing, a simple but strong story, and a minimalist soundtrack by African American folk musician, Bruce Langhorne, the film was splendidly unique and beautifully photographed, using the best of New Mexico from White Sands to Chama. 

Fonda stars as Harry Collings, Oates as Arch Harris, two drifters who happen to wander back into the territory where Collings had abandoned his wife and daughter some years earlier. Wanting to make amends, Collings decides to ‘go home’. On the way back, however, the two men and their other traveling companion, Dan, happen across some brigands who want Dan’s horse. Violence ensues, after which Collings and Harris continue their journey.

Upon their arrival ‘home’, the film takes a somewhat different direction.
A strong performance by Verna Bloom, as Collings’s wife, Hannah, comes to play as she has made her way by herself after Collings disappeared, and wants no part of him. However, the heart is often stronger than the brain, and soon she agrees to take on both men as hired hands. 

Soon, however, Harris decides to continue his travels on his own, leading to an unexpected and strong ending to the film.

Bloom’s performance gives the film a sturdy and for the times, a very early feminist look. Indeed, "The Hired Hand" along with another early made in New Mexico western, "Molly and Lawless John", are often noted by film historians as early ‘feminist’ westerns. 

Sadly, Universal decided to try and sell the film to audiences as a kind of >Easy Rider< on horseback, and that caused it to fail at the box office.

However, thanks to noted director, Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Streets of New York), the film was rediscovered 30 years later and re-released in 2001 to great accolades. 

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

$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  






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"

Early Bird Deadline: September 11th, 2105 
Entry Fee $ 22.00 
Emerging Artists $15.00  
Taoseños Homee $11.44 
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: http://www.taosshortz.com/NEWSITE/Submit.html



2015 Hamptons International Film Festival: Women Calling the Shots
call for entries! 

The 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival: Women Calling the Shots will host a screening of short films made by Women In Film & Television members from around the world at the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.

A joint venture of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) and New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women Calling the Shots is in its 13th year of screenings. This series gives voice to the creative visions of women through film and video, including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental works.

NYWIFT invites its members, as well as members of Women in Film chapters from around the world to submit their short films for consideration for this program that is curated by NYWIFT and HIFF. No submission fee is required for applications. 

•    This application must be submitted by email.
•    Included a one page synopsis for each submission.
•    SHORTS ONLY: Films must be 20 minutes or less in running time.
•    Film submission: Submit an online link. (Password must be good through October 9th, 2015. The submission will be disqualified if the review panel is unable to view the work with the link.)
•    To submit a film, download and complete the submission form and email to events@nywift.org. Multiple submissions must be sent as separate emails.
•    Non-English films must have subtitles.
•    Completion Date: Films must have been completed after May 31st, 2014.
•    Previous submissions will not be accepted.
•    Submitted films must not have been released theatrically or received a U.S. television broadcast.

Submissions must be RECEIVED at the NYWIFT Offices by Thursday, July 16th, 2015




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





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 

THE CORDELIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Best Feature Screenplay from the UK $2,000 

THE ROSHAN INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Best Feature Screenplay from India $2,000 

THE JOPLIN INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK $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.





New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
October 29th-31st 

Isleta Casino & Resort

The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has hosted many successful events and conferences over the years in conjunction with the NM Filmmakers Program. In 2013, the conference was brought back, broadened and is now considered the main annual industry event created and coordinated by the NMFO. This is an important, all-encompassing opportunity geared to our local industry which includes filmmakers, producers, accountants, studios, vendors, crew, actors and emerging media innovators.  As a “give back” to the community, the NMFO aims to provide an educational experience for those interested in learning about state resources and other realities of this industry. Through a variety of presentations and networking events, discussions cover topics that touch upon all aspects of the industry from an array of viewpoints. 
The conference continues to grow and in 2014 over 300 attendees and 75 exhibitors participated.  We appreciate the continued support and look forward to another successful conference in 2015. 
Click HERE for 2015 Schedule & Bios 
Nominal Fee of $45 through July 16 -  both days, inclusive of lunches and events
Student Discounts Available

Vendor Advertising Fee $100 - table both days, inclusive of sign, listing and one registration
Discounts Available for Additional Vendor Representatives




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