Join us for the WIFVNE Annual Meeting of Members
December 5th, 6pm at WGBH!
Keynote Speaker: Maria Giese, Filmmaker & Activist
Women directors remain a fraction of the filmmakers in Hollywood, the world’s largest entertainment and culture-making machine. That vivid inequality is central to a heated gender discrimination battle and filmmaker/activist Maria Giese is leading the charge. Hear how Giese instigated Hollywood’s gender equality movement through groundbreaking legal action. See clips from the upcoming documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING featuring leading voices of women in Hollywood, including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, and many other ambassadors of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Find out what each of us can do to change the gender equation!
Special Guest: Lisa Strout of the MA Film Office
Lisa Strout has been at the helm of the Massachusetts Film Office since June of 2011, and has overseen over 200 major film and television productions throughout the state during her tenure. Lisa was formerly the director of the New Mexico Film Office for nearly a decade during its production boom. She has 38 years of experience in the film industry, including 20 years as a location manager in New England, New York, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Italy. Films include: MYSTIC PIZZA, FALLING DOWN, DANTE’S PEAK, ROOM WITH A VIEW and THIRTEEN DAYS. Additionally, she managed the New York City offices of Merchant Ivory Productions for two years. Today, Lisa is happy to be back in her home state, working hard to create jobs, economic opportunities, and build a sustainable film industry in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.