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WIFVNE 2019 Annual Meeting

  • 02 Oct 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Yawkey Theater, WGBH, One Guest St., Brighton, MA
  • 70


  • Full time college or high school student
  • WGBH employees who are not members of WIFVNE

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Join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for a celebration of women storytellers and the great work that is happening in our region.

Welcome Speaker:  Liz Cheng

Liz Cheng is WGBH’s General Manager for Television, overseeing Boston channels WGBH 2, WGBX 44, WGBH Kids, WGBH Create, and Boston Kids & Family, as well as WGBY in Springfield. Cheng also oversees the national nonfiction service WORLD Channel, which features four series that she co-created: America ReFramedLocal, USA, Doc World, and Stories from the Stage. Last year, WORLD’s original documentaries won a Peabody, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, received three National Emmy Award Nominations and two films were short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards. Locally, she launched the choral competition series, Sing That Thing! as well as New England Holidays

Special Guest:  Lisa Simmons

Lisa Simmons is the Director and curator of the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm), now in its 21st year, and Director of the Color of Film Collaborative, whose mission it is to support filmmakers, and present films and film programs that celebrate people of color around the world. In addition, Ms. Simmons is a Program Manager with the Community Initiative at the Mass Cultural Council. Ms. Simmons has produced theater and film in the Boston area, published and presented on the Negro Theater Project of the WPA and is working on a documentary about the Boston Negro Theatre Unit. She is the recipient of the GK Top 100 Influential People of Color Award, Image Award from WIFVNE, Diversity award from Our Place Theater Project, Leadership award from the Urban League Guild of Eastern Massachusetts and The President’s Award for Leadership from Dimock Community Health Center.

Special Guest:  Carol Conley

Carol Conley is the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, a division of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. A New York native, Carol moved to Rhode Island in 1995. She has traveled the globe as a Tour Director and has participated in theater as an actor, producer and front of house. She has done voice-over work and appeared in movies, television shows, commercials, and industrials before going to work behind the scenes at the Film & Television Office in 2004. In 2015 she wrote, directed, executive produced and edited her first short film, PENITENCE, which has won numerous awards at film festivals across the country. She has also received the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Producer’s Circle Award and Imagine Magazine’s Imaginnaire Award for her work with the New England film industry. She has written several additional short scripts which will go into production soon.

Keynote Speaker:  Michele Meek, Ph.D.

Dr. Michele Meek is a writer, filmmaker, professor, and the founder/publisher of In 2019, she published her edited compilation Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos with Routledge, a book highlighting 15 legendary North American female filmmakers. She has written and directed numerous award-winning short films, including most recently Imagine Kolle 37 (2017), and she worked as associate producer on the documentary feature Salvage (2019), which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. Her scholarly research focuses on depictions of sexual consent in media and literature, and she presented her 2018 TEDx talk “Why We’re Confused About Consent—Rewriting Our Stories of Seduction," which is available on YouTube. She is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department at Bridgewater State University, where she teaches film studies, digital media, and screenwriting. More info at

Presentation of the New England Film Star Awards

The final winner for the 2019 New England Film Star Award, a new grant to be given to a film project by a marginalized filmmaker residing in New England, will be announced at the WIFVNE 2019 Annual Meeting meeting. This grant represents’s ongoing commitment to supporting filmmakers from all backgrounds. The finalists’ projects span genres from animation, experimental film, narrative, documentary, and web series, and they are at varying points in their production—from pre- to post-production. The finalists are, alphabetically:  Heather Cassano, Jessica Estelle Huggins, Mary C. Ferrara, Lauren Flinner, Ryan Gomes, Melissa McClung, and Maria Servellon. The New England Film Star Award Animus Studios, Hunt’s Photo and Video, Talamas, Rule Boston Camera, Jupiter Hall, BOSCPUG, Stephanie Alvarez Evans Photography, and WIFVNE. More information can be found at here.

2018 WIFVNE Annual Meeting; photo by Jillian Towson

WIFVNE 2018 Annual Meeting. Credit: Jillian Towson

Our evening starts with networking and refreshments in WGBH's Yawkey Atrium. Meet fellow WIFVNE members and ask advice of peer experts: Genine Tillotson and Adam Pachter host a screenwriting table; Irene Waschler answers your tax credit and business accounting questions; Melissa Paradice demystifies casting.

Update your headshot with Abbey Knoll Photography for a suggested donation of $20. Limited slots available! Abbey Knoll Photography is donating their proceeds to benefit The Martin Richard Foundation.  Learn more here.

Get your tickets for WIFVNE's raffle.  Prizes include:

Two orchestra concert tickets for Pink Martini with China Forbes at Berklee Performance Center in Boston on October 26th courtesy of Marilyn Rosen Presents

Rental certificates and swag from Talamas and Rule Boston Camera and High Output

Gift basket of unique items from The Grommet

A pair of Celtics Tickets, courtesy of Irene Wachsler of Wachsler CPA



WIFVNE thanks WGBH for hosting our 2019 Annual Meeting

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