January 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear Members, Friends & Supporters,

Happy New Year, one and all! I truly hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with friends, family (either of birth or of your creation) and fun. Now that it’s over, I’m excited to look ahead to all that 2016 promises and when that comes to NMWIF it’s a lot! We’ve got a schedule of events packed with information, entertainment, networking opportunities, awards and recognition. I know that this year is going to be a great year to be a part of this exciting organization. 

Along with the annual Sage, Athena and scholarship awards we’ve planned a wonderful event that will be happening in March with former President, Linda McDill hosting the WIFTI Short Film Showcase and enlightening us all about the vast resources available to all members through Women In Film & Television International. Linda has recently joined the board of the international organization and is delighted to learn how much is available to us all at the regional level and coach us on how to take full advantage of being a member. 

We’re thrilled to host a creativity workshop with The Artist’s Way author and NMWIF member, Julia Cameron in May and we have a Gala fundraiser planned for June that will be filled with exciting speakers, music and performances. We’re also planning on starting a quarterly screening evening for members to submit their current media pieces for a NMWIF audience to view.

We’re kicking off the New Year with a panel at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon, January 23rd  - Getting Your Act Together for 2016. We plan on having a Financial Planner, Attorney, Website Designer, Accountant and Social Media expert there with information to help jumpstart an organized and inspired year for you all. Look for an eblast soon from us with the location and all of the speakers. This should be very helpful in getting all your ducks in a row and we hope to see you there.

Early February will be the NMWIF Board elections and we’re excited about the possibilities for new members bringing their energy and fresh perspectives in service to this organization. It’s a two-year commitment to a working board and is open to women who are members in full. Let us know if you’re thinking about stepping up to help. 

Membership in NMWIF is our lifeblood. It’s how we are able to provide scholarships, informational events and those opportunities for us to meet and share resources in support of each other as artists. We’re excited to announce that thanks to the diligence of Vice President, Shelene Bridge, we’re implementing a new membership system that will streamline the process, making it much easier to join or renew your membership as well as edit and update your profile online. See below for further information on how to take advantage of this new and improved system.

With all that we’re doing to support women making film and media in New Mexico we know what an exciting time it is to be a member of NMWIF. Please help us spread the good word and if you are a former member or on the fence about whether you should join, we hope you’ll consider becoming a member this year. To paraphrase Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed film artists can change the world. Indeed, it is one of the few things that ever has.”

Keep Making Media,






Get Your Act Together for 2016

Saturday, January 23rd  
2:00 pm
Location TBA
Our January event is all about getting you ready for 2016. 

We’ve invited a panel of experts including: 
•    Hope Kiah, Website Designer
•    Larry Schwarz, Financial Consultant
•    Carole Baker, Social Media Expert
•    as well as an attorney and tax expert. 

They’ll come with handouts for everyone as a way to get you on track for an organized and profitable year. They’ll speak about the materials they’ve prepared and answer your questions. Hope you’ll join us for the perfect kickstart to 2016.

Look for an eblast soon from us with the location anda complete list of the speakers. 

Look for our Facebook updates!





We also want to welcome our renewed NMWIF members, 
Diane Villegas
Catherine McGuire

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.





Members doing great things! Check out the ‪#‎StarWars‬ comedy sketch written and starring ‪NMWIF‬ members Amy Baklini and Jodi Lynn Thomas! Great work!




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


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





Every 1st and 3rd
at Epicenter
101 Broadway NE
Albuquerque 87102

January 4th & 18th
6pm -8pm
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!

Join our page on FB!



Events Planning Committee

The Events Planning Committee will meet at the home of Interim Pres., Christine McHugh this Tuesday night, January 5 at 6:00 in Santa Fe with a snowdate of Wednesday, Jan 6th if cancelled. If you are interested in helping with the planning and organizing of events for 2016, please join us.

Email Christine at findyourlightcoach@gmail.com to RSVP and for directions.




New Member Directory is up and Working!

New Member Directory is up and working.  There may be a few kinks to work out, but it is working. NMWIF Membership information will now be managed by you. All members will need to log in and update their info and headshots.  
Go to www.nmwif.com and click on “Membership” then “Become a Member”
Or go to https://newmexicowomeninfilm.wildapricot.org 




Save the Date

Monday, February 8, 2016 

Film & TV day at the Roundhouse 2016. 
Details to come in early January, so save the date and plan to join us in Santa Fe all day on February 8th as we thank legislators for their support, educate the public, and celebrate all that our industry brings to New Mexico! 




Locations Managers Guild of America
Submissions Wanted

The LMGA is accepting submissions for its annual awards show, recognizing the best locations work in the world for 2015. Here's your chance to nominate a New Mexican film, show, commercial, film office(!) and more. Anyone can submit. 

We invite you to join us for the Third Annual LMGA Awards on Saturday, April 9, 2016 - location TBD. In preparation, we ask that you submit any entries.

Feature Film - Eligibility:
Released between January 1 and December 31, 2015; over 40 minutes in length,
commercial theatrical run by December 31, 2015. At least 75% of film must be shot on location. Feature films for any country are eligible as long as they satisfy the requirements of all applicable rules.

Television Program Eligibility:
Initial broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2015. At least 60% of series must be shot on location.

Commercial Eligibility:
Initial broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2015.

Entry Deadline:
Submission period ends midnight PST on January 11, 2016.
Entry Submission Forms - Click here




New Mexico Film Foundation
New Mexico Actors Showcase

Coming March 26th, 2016  
South Broadway Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

We will begin taking video audition submission on December 1, 2015
Our 2015 Actor Showcase Actors

New Mexico has talented actors and the New Mexico Film Foundation is providing this opportunity to showcase their abilities. We are presenting the New Mexico Actors Showcase, a live audition/performing arts event. New Mexico actors have the chance to perform an audition live on stage with a director in front of an audience.

Actors will submit a 2 minute video in one of four categories to apply for this opportunity. Each submission will be judged by local casting directors and talent agents to determine the top 5 actors in each category. These 20 actors will be invited to do their live audition on March 26th at the South Broadway Cultural Center in front of an audience. They will be judged by casting directors and talent agents and the best actor from each category will be selected and awarded a number of prizes.
    “This showcase  is not an audition or employment opportunity. There is no promise that when the showcase is over, the casting directors judging this showcase will  be taking home or be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials”

more info: http://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/nmff-actor-showcase/




NMWIF Success Stories

If you have a story about how being a member of NMWIF has helped you in anyway please write it up and send it in. We look forward to publishing your story here and getting out the good word.






Grants for Women Filmmakers and Screenwriters: 

Hollywomen.com 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 http://hollywomen.com/grants




NEH Media Projects: Production Grants
January 13, 2016 for Projects Beginning August 2016

Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. 

More info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants




Fledgling Grants supports social issue documentary film

Fledgling has an open rolling grant application process. You are able to submit an application online at any time and will be asked to include a description of the project, its social change goals and your plans for moving the project forward. We will ask for the latest cut of the film or a work sample for non-film projects.  We review proposals on a rolling basis and you will be notified of our decision within three months.

Grants support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film and other storytelling projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Grants typically range from $10K – $25K.  There are two types of grants available: audience engagement planning grants or audience engagement implementation grants. 
More info:  http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply




Women’s Film Institute Grants

Looking for funding and support for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities and professional development programs to serve U.S. and international filmmakers. All public listings include information about funding organizations with deadlines, synopses of funding criteria, websites, contact information, as well as other pertinent information to help in qualifying your film for the opportunity.

We’re thrilled to provide you with this tool to save time and increase your filmmaking success. We’ve compiled this list so that you can start your search right away and start taking steps to build relationships with funders to secure your film the funding it deserves. When you make a gift, you will receive the list of funding opportunities in your inbox. Your gift will help us continue our commitment to providing affordable professional development resources to filmmakers worldwide!

Women’s Film Institute Resources

The Women’s Film Institute has gathered a list of filmmaking tools, discounts, services and information on our site. Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, we will receive a referral commission if you decide to make a purchase. We’re grateful to provide tools to save you time and increase your filmmaking success. We’ll be adding more tools and discounts to this page every week! I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!






Edit House Productions, LLC / Ad House Advertising


Edit House Productions, LLC and Ad House Advertising are seeking an outgoing, hardworking and creative individual for our expanding local and national clients’ efforts in traditional advertising, SEO, SEM, PPC, social media, reputation management, and television production.
We are interested in a person who will be responsible for the preparation of reports and presentations, and the on-going development of projects, internal sales materials, and external reporting for clients. The qualified individual should have considerable experience in the creation of presentations in Power Point and have exceptional knowledge of Word and Excel. Excellent writing skills are a priority. Some knowledge of Photoshop and QuickBooks is a plus. Additionally, the qualified individual will be responsible for front desk duties, including answering the telephone and occasionally greeting our clients. It is important that the qualified individual offer both a professional and friendly outward appearance and style of dress. Some external sales experience is a big bonus.

•    Interface with Office Manager and Company Owners for the creation of effective reports and sales materials
•    Research information for our client base and internal company projects
•    Input online advertising data points and content to effectively communicate client progress
•    Research and input data for Excel spreadsheets, displayed as graphs and charts
•    Create PowerPoint (and other presentation formats) from the data and charts listed above
•    Review and coordinate monthly distribution of reports to clients
•    Assist with project coordination, delivery of materials to clients, and other duties as assigned
•    Coordination of co-op invoices and submission of them to manufacturer co-op programs
•    Work well under deadlines and be a self-starter
•    Must have the ability to safely lift 30 pounds over a tail gate
•    You must be on-time and be dependable and friendly
•    Must be a team player and appreciate clients and fellow employees
•    A valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required
•    Criminal background check is required
Additional Information:
This position reports to the Office Manager and Company Owners.
If you’re organized, passionate about advertising and television, have a true love for work, and thrive in a deadline-oriented but enjoyable environment, you could be the perfect candidate to join the Edit House team. Sensitivity to confidential client information is an absolute must. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, including at least 3 current references to danielle@adhouseadvertising.com.




Crew Call for Art Department Production Assistant

Position: Art Department Production Assistant
Job: TV Series "Preacher"
Executive Producer/Director: Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg
Genre: Based on graphic novel
Production Company: Woodridge Productions Inc.

Starts: January 2016 -approx June 2016
Paid Position: standard PA rate + mileage
Location: ABQ Studios

Job requirements: specific interest in set design and/or graphics, familiarity understanding floor plans, excellent research & communication skills, computer proficiency with MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite

Email resumes to: alannalevy@gmail.com






Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016
open for entries

The festival celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking, and provides a chance for both emerging and established filmmakers to get their work seen by industry, filmmakers and thousands of film fans.

There are many opportunities for industry engagement through the masterclass series, and networking sessions offer a chance to connect with programmers from around the world.

Entries are open for the 6th edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. ASFF celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking and presents many opportunities for industry engagement.

All genres are accepted, from drama to documentary and artists’ film to music video.






BlackShirtReads is an opportunity for screenwriters to workshop their screenplays via professional readings and critique by industry professionals.  In January, 2016, BSR will be accepting submissions of feature-length and TV pilot scripts.  See blackshirtreads.net for more information.





2016 Educational Summit

The 2016 Educational Summit will be taking place in Albuquerque at the end of February! This is annual event for film and media educators at every level to gather and discuss the course of film and media education in New Mexico. This forum also provides educators the opportunity to share their successes and elevate their current curriculum in an effort to remain abreast of the ever changing and expanding needs of New Mexico's vibrant film industry. Do you have an idea for the the panels at the Summit? We'd love to hear from you!

Send me an email at belle.allen@nmfilm.com. 

Thank you New Mexico educators for continuing to challenge our young filmmakers to excel in this exciting field! 




Record Year for NM Film

FY15 (covers July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016), will be a record year for direct spend into the economy since the implementation of the 25% incentive program, totaling $286.4 million dollars - which is approximately $10 million dollars higher than the top years of 2008 and 2011.  With five (5) television series in this fiscal year, it was not a surprise to see that the number of worker days also surpassed the previous top year(s).  



In Production

The NMFO welcomes the Epix TV Series, Graves, which is currently filming in our wonderful state. The series is a story of a titular character, President Richard Graves, played by Nick Nolte, and his journey to reclaim his sense of authenticity 25 years after leaving the White House. Alongside Nolte is Independence Day: Resurgence's Sela Ward and Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin. The production is employing at least 200 New Mexico crew members and about 2500 local background talent. 




Industry Resources at your fingertips

Our online Industry Directory is ready to serve you. The directory helps productions get a sense of the crew and services in New Mexico. So please, keep your listing updated with your specific skills or services - even if you cannot see the direct effect of listing - it does matter. And, please, be specific with your union or guild regarding your areas of expertise if it is applicable. 

go to: www.nmfo.com




Get Ready For the 2016 NM Filmmakers Showcase! 

The 2016 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase will take place on June 18th and June 19th. This event will proudly showcase the work of local filmmakers across the state. The deadline to submit your fantastic film is coming up so get filming! Final details about the Showcase will be announced  next month.



Meet Belle Allen: The New State Outreach Coordinator
After moving to New Mexico in '06, she immersed herself in all things film. Once infected, it was a short leap into all aspects of film production working first as a Production Assistant and quickly expanding into many aspects of film including: Assistant Locations Manager, 1st AD, Videographer and Director. 

Her credits include directing music videos, commercials, and short films as well as serving as 1st AD for The After After Party with Stephen Michael Quesada (Breaking Bad) and for the feature length film, Serpent in the Bottle (Michael Madsen). She's also held various positions on feature films Haywire, Passion Play, Terrible Angels and the CBS TV show Vegas.

For the last four years Belle's been an adjunct professor at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) where she's taught a variety of classes including Film Production, Micro cinema and Creating a Web Series. 

Belle is now part of the New Mexico Film Office as its State Outreach Coordinator. She currently hosts the weekly radio show  New Mexico Film Works and continues to encourage New Mexico's indie filmmakers of every ilk to pursue their dreams!






Sol Acting Academy

Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Ste 114
Albuquerque, NM 87109

At Sol Acting Academy, we teach people to create & portray unforgettable characters for stage and screen that engage audience and performer, alike, in a greater understanding of our world. In a safe, fun environment, students learn to use their unique, authentic gifts to inspire, entertain and educate!

Acting Technique 1 with Lee Kitts
January 5 – March 1, 2016
10am – 12pm
Weekly on Tuesday, 9 times

Acting Technique 1 with Lee Kitts
January 6 – March 2, 2016
6pm – 9pm
Weekly on Wednesday, 9 times

Advanced Showcase Class with Vic Browder
January 9 – March 5, 2016
10am – 1pm
Weekly on Saturday, 9 times

For more information http://solacting.com



Sundance Screenwriters Lab
January 15-20, 2016 (open application)

The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer’s workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.

Eligibility US & International Filmmakers; The Screenwriters Lab supports writers and writer/directors developing their first or second narrative feature film. If you have previously had more than one narrative feature produced, you are not eligible to apply. 
More info: http://www.sundance.org/programs/feature-film



Santa Fe Community College
Film Crew Classes

begin January 19, 2016
Enroll now at www.sfcc.edu

Learn about the New Mexico film industry, what jobs you might match your skills to and learn the ins and outs of being on a film set. All students perform 35 crew hours during the first eight weeks of the semester.
FILM 140 Film Crew I & FILM 140L Film Crew I Lab
CRN 30452 & CRN 31195
Mondays & Wednesdays
January19 – March 11
January 23 –February 20
Instructor: Milton Riess
For more information email filminfo@sfcc.edu
Or call (505) 428-1421



Santa Fe Community College
Documentary Film Production II

Classes begin January 18th
Tuesday 11:30am - 2:15pm
NMWIF Vice President, Shelene Bridge, will be teaching FILM 211 - Documentary Film Production II at the Santa Fe Community College in Spring 2016.  Classes begin January 18th, 2016. The class will meet Tuesday 11:30am - 02:15pm and will delve into Documentary Storytelling. To learn more about Shelene, please visit her website at: www.shelenebridge.com/#about

FILM 211 - Documentary Film Production II. 
Sign up for a class today by registering at:  http://www.sfcc.edu/
For more information email us at filminfo@sfcc.edu
Or call 505 428-1270 to information on how to register today.


Santa Fe Community College
Film Editing II

Thursday 5:30pm - 8:45pm 

NMWIF Vice President, Shelene Bridge, will be teaching FILM 231 - Editing II.  The class will meet Thursday 5:30pm - 8:45pm and will explore the ins and outs of Adobe Premiere and the fundamentals of Film Editing. To learn more about Shelene, please visit her website at: www.shelenebridge.com/#about

FILM 231 - Editing II
Sign up for a class today by registering at:  http://www.sfcc.edu/

For more information email us at filminfo@sfcc.edu
Or call 505 428-1270 to information on how to register today.

The Santa Fe Community College is a public two-year comprehensive community college located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality education to Northern New Mexico.




Film Independent’s Fast Track
Accepting applications for the 2016 Fast Track in January.

What is Film Independent’s Fast Track?
Fast Track is a three day film financing market, held during the Los Angeles Film Festival and designed to help producer-director teams “fast track” their projects forward through sixty meetings with top executives, financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations, and production companies. During three days of intensive meetings, participants gain valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films towards completion. 

More info: http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/fast-track/#.VnrTj8pU3oU




Saturday, January16th
10:00 to 5:00

Far Horizon Studio
304 Washington St. SE
ABQ, NM.  
Cost:  $110

Join us for “The Remedy for the Actor’s Nightmare”, presented by The Natural Act and led by Director, Coach, Actor, Price Hall. By the end of this one-day workshop, any concerns you have about Making Choices in your work will be gone. In its’ place will be confidence…in your ability to Make A Choice, and in the Choice you Make.  Stop worrying.  Just Choose. 

Space is limited to 14 Workshop Participants.  
Reserve yours now at: www.thenaturalact.net




"NM Film Works" on KVSF 101.5 FM The Voice of Santa Fe

Don't miss Belle Allen, State Outreach Coordinator and Don Gray, Contract Locations Coordinator on the New Mexico Film Works radio show, live every Wednesday at 11am on KVSF 101.5 FM The Voice of Santa Fe. The Show is a talk-based radio show where we bring local New Mexico filmmakers, business people, and educators together to share knowledge, ideas and trends in the film and media industry. The show streams live at santafe.com and is also available via podcast. 



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







Made in New Mexico
January 21
7 PM
Screening at La Tienda Performance Space
El Dorado, NM 

Lonely are the Brave is something rare, and almost unique: a leftist American contemporary western. It’s based on a novel by Edward Abbey. Joing us will be special guest, Jack Loefffler, was a personal friend of Edward Abbey, aural historian, author and environmentalist. Its hero,  portrayed by Kirk Douglas, is John W. Burns, a cowboy anarchist who carries no ID, respects no authority, and pays attention only to his friends and his horse. Breaking into jail to see a friend, he attracts the attention of a vindictive sheriff, a one-armed Okinawa veteran, and a hot-shot military helicopter pilot, all of whom instinctively want to take him down.

The cast is surprising—and perfect. Gena Rowlands plays the woman who loves the cowboy, Walter Matthau the bored sheriff who methodically tracks him and George Kennedy the deputy who fails to break him.

Lonely are the Brave was released in 1962, yet it still seems totally modern—probably because it deals with so many issues that matter now: individual freedom versus authoritarian clampdowns and an increasingly militarized and regimented America.

Abbey loved the desert, and hated unnecessary machines.Director David Miller communicates this, contrasting magnificent, monochrome, cinemascope images of landscape and wildlife with the screeching, rattling grinding of trucks and cars. The cinematographer was Philip Lathrop; the score, mostly excellent, was Jerry Goldsmith’s first.

Lonely are the Brave is a pessimistic tale of the triumph of “stuff” over all that is best in the bond of humans, animals, and the land. It is both a classic western, and a great film.

Suggested donation is $5 and you may enjoy the fine food and beverage menu of La Plancha in the auditorium during the film.  

More info: Jeff Berg at 466-1634
or nedludd76@hotmail.com




NMWIF Board of Directors:

Christine McHugh - Pres – Chair, Fundraising, Co-Chair Programming/Events
Shelene Bridge – Vice President, Co-Chair, Website/Media
Kathryn Phipps - Secretary
Aynn Kirby - Treasurer
Barbara Bentree – Co-Chair Programming/Events
Catharine Pilafas –Co-Chair Website/Media
Vivian Nesbitt – Chair, Membership, Co-Chair Fundraising
Valerie Moore – Chair, Sage Award
Ashley Baca – Co-Chair Membership