September 2015 Newsletter

Letter From the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

Fall is definitely in the air and NMWIF is getting a burst of energy to wrap up our wonderful year of celebrating our 10th anniversary. 

So many of our members are doing extraordinary and exciting work in all areas of the industry. There is noticeable growth in the film and tv biz around the state. Our September 27 event will highlight what is going on around New Mexico, from the big production films and tv work to the prevalence of independent films. We'll also discuss how the state government and local businesses fit into the equation. I think this will be of great interest  and inspiration to all. Come see how you personally are affecting our Industry on the Rise.

Our NMWIF Albuquerque Screenwriters Group is kicking off September 21 with a fearless new leader, Mary Darling. They'll be coordinating their efforts with the long-time successful NMWIF Santa Fe Screenwriters Group, led by Bradd Hopkins. We'll be rolling out our NMWIF Screenwriting Competition again this fall, so come get your writing groove on with NMWIF.

One more word of thanks to the wonderful mentors who offered their advice and encouragement at our August Mentor Mania event. Big applause and gratitude to Talia Kosh, Amy Lanasa, Trish Lopez, Carissa Mitchell, Liesette Paisner and Puck Stair - and our surprise guest/mentor, Tony Award-winning screenwriter, Mark Medoff. 

Also a word of thanks to all of you! We appreciate your friendship and your support of our great organization as we work to offer our members and our community great opportunities for professional development and achievement and valuable networking.

Kindest regards,
Linda McDill





Industry on the Rise:
New Mexico Film & Television

Sunday, September 27th
Santa Fe Community College
TV Studio, East Wing
Santa Fe, NM





We want to welcome our newest members to NMWIF,

Alaina Zachary
Molly Wickwire-Sante
Addison Fulton
Ramona King
Nicole Stephens
Jenny Pond
Geri Lynn Weinstein
Saneh Boothe
Vicki Wilinson
Tara Levine
Orion Kaminky

New members are the lifeline of our organization bringing fresh energy and ideas. We hope to meet you at our monthly events. 

Our non-profit organization honors our membership. We want to continue providing interesting and informative programs and events for you.





Creative Juices Productions Fundraiser for
Watermelon Mountain Ranch

September 19th
Far Horizon Studio
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
721-7846 (C)

NMWIF Member, Carole Altendorf is producing and directing a documentary about people and their pets. Her production company, Creative Juices Productions, is having a fundraiser for Watermelon Mountain Ranch, New Mexico’s largest no kill rescue and pet adoption organization.

All money raised will be donated by us to WMR.

They are taking photos of people from the community with their pets.  In  addition, they will be interviewing and filming the attendees in order to make a documentary about people and their pets.  

For more info:




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:
August 7th & 21st
6pm -8pm
Sage Inn Conference Room
725 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
For more info contact Bradd Hopkins at





Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6PM

101 Broadway NE
Albuquerque 87102
6-8 pm

Complimentary first meeting for Non-NMWIF Members
NMWIF Members Free / Non-NMWIF Members $5 / Actors/Readers Free

All levels welcome. 
Polish your script, upgrade your skills & expand your story-writing prowess.
Come get your writing groove on!

Mary Darling, Leader -







The Women in Film & Television International Short Film Showcase (“WIFTI SHORT-CASE”) is a powerful demonstration of our members’ creativity, vision, and artistry. Founded in 2004, the Showcase not only presents selected films from WIFTI Chapters around the world; some of the recent Showcase short films have been nominated for Academy Awards received distribution deals, garnered recognition around the world.  

FREE to all current members of Women in Film Chapters around the world. These members are eligible to submit their film(s) through their respective chapter or directly to Showcase Producers. Narrative films, animation, documentaries, are all permitted.

The films must be directed by a woman AND involve a woman in another key role (i.e.: writer, producer, editor, director of photography etc).

  • Run time must be under 15 minutes. 
  • Less than 2 years old, created (2014 and later).

1) Submit your Video: Upload your video to VIMEO or other site – secured, password protected for use of WIFTI Showcase producers, judges and Chapter representatives.
2) Submission Form: The Short Film Showcase Submission Form can be downloaded at or

Early Submission: September 1, 2015
Final Deadline: October 15, 2015 

If you have questions please feel free to contact email:




Directed by Women
Worldwide film viewing party

September 1 - 15, 2015

Inviting the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate women filmmakers & their films. 

We're throwing a Worldwide film viewing party September 1 - 15, 2015. Make the Directed by Women worldwide celebration your own.

Everyone's participation is welcome... as this is a grassroots, non-hierarchical, totally creative opportunity for women and men to mobilize screenings, filmmaker visits, house parties, family movie nights, virtual film viewing parties, etc. in communities everywhere to inspire the world to revel in the amazing film work already underway by women and fuel a proliferation of new motion picture expression by women eagerly embraced by audiences around the world.

Look around: Where do you envision women's films screening/streaming during the Directed by Women worldwide celebration in September 2015? Let's make that vision a reality...







Finally, independent film distribution in southern New Mexico has become
a reality. Recognizing the need for full-service distribution – whether it be Theatrical,DVD or the booming Video-On-Demand (VOD) markets – and powered by the firm belief that high-quality independent feature films should have the same opportunities as any studio-financed offering, Borderlands Media LLC has set up shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico with an eye toward both North American and International propagation.

Any Independent Filmmaker will tell you, the hardest part about bringing one’s artistic vision to life is getting it out in front of that all-important audience. To address this concern, Borderlands Media LLC has been established to bring a fresh, new approach to independent motion picture distribution.

Borderlands Media LLC brings together over 30 years of industry experience to give Independent Filmmakers the best opportunity to have their films marketed to Major Retail/Rental outlets, Cable VOD, Internet VOD, Worldwide Distribution, Limited Theatrical and Mobile viewing. The prime directive of this organization is to keep Independent Filmmakers in the game, by offering services unavailable to them until now, along with aggressive marketing, efficient delivery and personalized client support.

more info: or call 575-652-3836.
Borderlands Media
P.O. Box 1925
Las Cruces, NM 88004




Year of the Woman – and archives full of women!

Patriarchal media patronised – and failed to record – the ferment of second-wave American feminism in the early 1970s. Happily the movement wasn’t short of its own filmmaking talent. Sophie Mayer investigates the internet debut of Sandra Hochman’s Year of the Woman – and the visions of feminism now emerging from the archives.
Part of our Female Gaze special coverage. 

Buy the issue now.




New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
October 29-31
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






Grants for Women Filmmakers and Screenwriters: is a new platform exploring the legacy, chronicling the present and anticipating the future of women and diversity in the film industry. 

For more information, visit their website at




Roy W. Dean Film Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the fall Roy W. Dean Film Grant.   The grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.  The winner receives $3,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film products and services to use to complete their film.  Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2015.
The grant includes some very unique and exceptional prizes.  Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music and score for their project.  David recently provided music for the Emmy award and Roy W. Dean Grant award winning documentary “Mia: A Dancer’s Journey”.  Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield will donate $6,000 in animation services to the winner.
Other prizes awarded the grant winner a 4TB G-Raid from G-Technology, a 25% discount on Artbeat’s royalty-free stock footage, 35% off post production services from Solvent Dreams, and 50% Discount for linking services, cells, walkie-talkies from Linking Systems and more from many heartfelt donors. 
Even if you don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean or a board member of  From The Heart Productions which sponsors the grant. 

Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2015.

You can apply for the grant at  
For more information, please email 






Mobile Film Festival: Act on Climate Change
For 11 years we aim at discover and support young and talented filmmakers following one simple rule: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film. This year, together with the United Nations, we are focusing on Climate Change topic and launching an international edition.
The rules are very simple : 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film – 1 theme : Act on Climate Change.
Submissions are free and filmmakers can submit as many films as they want on

Deadline: September 28, 2015.




Fandependent Films
We need your film!

What is Fandependent Films?
Fandependent Films is a website built by filmmakers, for filmmakers. It is a seasonal online film festival that provides a curated selection of free indie feature films. It's a new option to help independent filmmakers find an audience and a new way to empower fans by allowing them to vouch for their favorite films. 
We did it! We would like to thank the first 60 filmmakers willing to show their work on our site. Because of you, Fandependent Films will launch on Jan 1st, 2016. We're still on the hunt for exciting indie films and filmmakers who want their work to be seen. So if you want to participate in something new, please submit your film!

More info:



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. 

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:


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: if you have any questions.




6 Week Course

Embark on a deep study of self in the name of expanding your creativity and acting range. Learn how to recognize & release unnecessary tension through chakras, archetypes, yoga, shadow & persona study. Define audition & acting your prep by dropping into the body. 
Catharine Pilafas is teaching Mind+Body+Actor six week course, hosted by Southwest Sceneworks. Empower yourself. Empower your acting process. Course highlights include monologue and scenework informed by yoga, persona, shadow, archetypes, Viewpoints, and Alexander techniques. The body knows and the mind questions. Learn methods in releasing the mind chatter and run towards your acting choices with bravery. Drop into the body and rediscover the play in your creative work!

Orpheum Arts Space
500 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Tuition $375
Women in Film Members receive 10% off the class! 

Register at:



Intentional Filmmaking
Discount code for current NM Women in Film members!

From the Heart Productions, the non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their films funded, announces the fall return of its unique and innovative Intentional Filmmaking Class. The class gives filmmakers the tools and belief in themselves they need to raise money for their projects. New sessions begin September 28th with special discounts available for New Mexico Women in Film members. The discount code is INTENT15

The class is a pair of 5 month on-line courses combining mentoring and manifesting for film funding success. Carole Dean, author of the best-selling “The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts” and “The Art of Manifesting” teaches the Trailblazer Class for short and documentary filmmakers. Tom Malloy, author of “Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films” joins her in the Mastermind Class for feature filmmakers.

This year Bienvenida Matias joins the Trailblazer Class as a Documentary Mentor. A Puerto Rican filmmaker, educator, and media advocate, she has extensively produced and directed documentaries independently, for public television and nonprofits. Beni will work closely with Carole Dean in assessing program participants on their pitches, proposals and budgets. She is the former acting executive director of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

Some highlights of what is included in the class:

•    5 one-on-one consultations (one each month) with Carole Dean ($725.00 value if purchased outside the class).
•    10 class meetings (two each month). 6 month goal planning with action list targeted to raise money.
•    Documentary filmmakers will get help writing their proposals with emphasis on what is needed to win grants and get donations.
•    Fine tuning their trailer to bring in money. 
•    Perfecting their pitch to attract investors. 
•    Running a successful crowdfunding campaign

Filmmakers are also given a 10 page outline on funding, marketing, and distributing their film. They get the template, customize it for their project and are helped to complete it. This becomes a major item to close donors.

Industry specialists will also join class sessions to offer ways to save money and get the most for your budget. Currently scheduled for the class is entertainment lawyer Corky Kessler, documentary editor Karen Everett, colorist Sam Dlugach, insurance specialist Kent Hamilton, and audio editor Jerry Deaton.

Trailblazer Class starts September 28th
Mastermind Class September 29th
The price of the class $795
early enrollment discount price of $695 before September 14th.

Member of New Mexico Women in Film can save an additional $50, by entering this code  INTENT15 when they purchase the class.

For more info:
Carole Dean at 805-984-0098 or email




Tune in on Thursdays at 11am to 'New Mexico Film Works' on KVSF 101.5FM in Santa Fe. NM Film Office Senior Manager of Production, Lindsey Valdez hosts a live and lively radio program all about...well, you know what!


Tune in to CINEMA SCOPE radio program on Friday evenings for great news and interviews with leading film/tv/media people in New Mexico and beyond. NMWIF member Stu Goswick hosts the informative and interesting guests every Friday at 6:30pm on KSFR. Live-stream at or on the radio at 101.1FM in Santa Fe - Taos area. Archives of previous shows at



Taos Fall Arts Tribute to the
Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument
and the Columbine - Hondo Wilderness

“When the Mountain Calls” & “The Quietest Place on Earth”
Thursday, October 1
7 pm
Taos Community Auditorium
Thursday, October 1 “When the Mountain Calls” and “The Quietest Place on Earth”
From the land, climate and culture of the Himalayas to the crater of Haleakala, the wellspring of
Hawaiian culture, this evening will give a deeper awareness of human's place in nature.

Admission Free  
Donations Accepted One World – One Heart Foundation

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival screening of 13 + shorts
Friday, October 2
7 pm 

These films celebrate the beauty of the oceans, mountains, rivers and wildlife around the world while shining a spotlight on the fragility of our planet. A special tribute will be made to Senator Tom Udall and his father Stewart Udall, former Secretary of the Interior, Senator Martin Heinrich, and conservationist/filmmaker Robert Redford for their efforts to preserve the environment of the Southwest and beyond

Admission Free
Donations Accepted - Rivers & Birds




Dark Matters Film Festival
September 11-13, 2015 

Dark Matters, the Southwest's newest genre film festival, is gearing up for it's second annual fest. This three-day experiment in terror is dedicated entirely to horror, science fiction, dark fantasy and black comedy. Shorts, features and documentaries from around the globe (Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, France, Italy, USA) will be spotlighted. 

More info:




¡Cine Magnífico!
September 18, 19 & 20
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike. The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included.

¡Cine Magnífico! is organized by Instituto Cervantes, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute so as to be at the forefront of the movement to increase cultural opportunities for the entire New Mexico community and to bring Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common experiences through film.

More info:



Gila Timelapse Film Festival
September 24-27

This festival is part of the Gila River Festival, a yearly event that celebrates one of the last un-dammed high desert rivers in the Southwest. 

Our festival this year will be graced by the presence of world historical film-maker and thinker, Godfrey Reggio, who will deliver the keynote address. As part of the film festival, we will be showing Reggio's ‘Qatsi trilogy,' and three short programs of timelapse films that fit in with the festival theme of "Life out of balance."

Timelapse filmmaking has blown up in the past decade, from the first film that really made people aware of the intense satisfaction derived from the compression of time, namely Godfrey Reggio's "Koyaanisqatsi." Today, timelapse films can be seen at the start of news broadcasts, the intro title sequences of films and TV shows such as House of Cards, and integrated into narrative and non-narrative works. This film festival is interested in Timelapse films where the compression of time and/or exploration of space is foregrounded. Hyper-lapse, and pixelation works will be considered if they are combined with timelapses. Generally non-narrative/experimental films will have precedence, but films that tell a story largely based on time-lapse film-making will be considered.

Silver City has been named one of the 50 best places to live by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is nestled just outside of the 3 million acre Gila National Forest and the Gila Wilderness area, the first place in America so designated. It is one of the wildest and most remote wilderness areas in the lower 48.

More info:






Gas, Food, Lodging (1992)
Thursday, September 10
7 PM
Screening at La Tienda i
El Dorado, NM 

Gas, Food, Lodging (1992)

Love and sex complicate the lives of Nora Evans (Brooke Adams) and her two teenage daughters in this smart, sassy film about coming of age in a small New Mexico town. Seventeen-year-old Trudi Evans (Ione Skye) is beautiful, rebellious and very promiscuous – much to the dismay of her mother. Her younger sister, Shade (Fairuza Balk), fantasizes about love while watching afternoon movie matinees. And Nora auditions a colorful cast of suitors while waiting tables in the local diner. 

Life takes a wild turn when Trudi announces that she’s pregnant, and the father of her baby mysteriously disappears. The girls’ long lost father (James Brolin) appears out of nowhere, hoping to make up for lost time. Shaping their lives in unpredictable ways, each new change teaches Nora and her daughters about love, life and each other. 

Filmed in Deming, NM, this is also the first New Mexico made movie ever directed by a woman, (Allison Anders). It is 100 minutes long.

Coming in October...Lonely are the Brave, based on a book by Edward Abbey. Our guest will be author/activist, Jack Loeffler, who was a a personal friend of Mr. Abbey.  

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

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634




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