Alien Adornment: 50 Years of Star Trek Jewelry – An Artisan’s Fundraiser @ Arts at the Armory
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A special evening with Maggie Schpak, emeritus Star Trek jeweler and prop-maker to raise funds for Somerville’s community-powered makerspace

We’ve all seen Maggie’s work: from the iconic championship belt worn by Rocky Balboa to the Everlast chastity belt in “Men in Tights” — and in every episode of Star Trek the series and all the Star Trek movies. Through her legendary film and television work, the international runway, museum exhibitions, and worn by the highest-profile pop stars Maggie’s work has shimmered around the world.

Artisan’s Asylum is pleased to host designer, maker and story teller Maggie Schpak for an intimate discussion of her life and career as the creator of some of the most iconic costume jewelry to grace the silver screen. Not to mention one of the few people who have shaped the Star Trek universe in a profound way.

  • 3:00PM Talk at Arts at the Armory
  • 6:00PM Reception at Artisan’s Asylum

Maggie’s talk will be followed by a reception at the Artisan’s Asylum where guests are invited to meet Maggie, share nibbles and refreshments, and participate in an auction of Star Trek collectibles that span Maggie’s career. The reception will be an opportunity for celebration, cosplay, and the chance to sidle up to the DS9 Quark’s Bar. Unforgettable!

Tickets for the talk, the reception, or both events as a bundle can be purchased by clicking the green “Tickets” button above. All proceeds benefit the Artisan’s Asylum.

BAVUG meeting: Tips & Tricks for the AVID Media Composer @ Rule Boston Camera
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tips, Tricks AND Treats….

Getting into the Halloween spirit early this year? Nah, neither are we.  But, our September meeting is just about a month prior to Halloween. So, join Julie Kahn and Mark Chesak as they demo some of their favorite tips and tricks in Avid Media Composer.

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran, we’re sure there will be something for everyone. And hey, if you feel that you’re an “old dog” who can’t learn new tricks at least you will get free pizza and a chance to win something in our raffle. That should count for something.

People have been asking for a “tips and tricks” meeting for a while and this is it! Don’t miss out.  Space is limited, so be sure to register early.

The Boston Avid User Group (BAVUG) is a community of digital media professionals, students and enthusiasts from the New England area who acknowledge Avid’s influential contributions to digital filmmaking and provides opportunities for attendees to remain on the cutting edge of this revolution. BAVUG is committed to advancing professional growth in the field of digital editing. Guest speakers from the creative and technical communities share their expertise by showcasing new solutions, case studies and completed projects. All presentations include time for audience questions. The meetings also provide a networking opportunity for members and attendees.

The BAVUG meetings are open to anyone with an interest in digital media, nonlinear editing, motion graphics, filmmaking or multimedia production. Meetings are free to attend, but we do request that you pre-register for any meeting that you plan to attend.

The Boston Avid User Group has been in existence since 2004. The group began holding regular meetings in February 2005. We aim to hold approximately 10 meetings or events each year. If you are on our mailing list, you will be notified of the meeting date, topics and location. If you aren’t on our mailing list, visit the homepage to sign up.

WItFI Summit & The Power of Inclusion Summit
Oct 2 – Oct 4 all-day

Hosted by the New Zealand Film Commission and Women in Film and Television International with support from The Walt Disney Studios, The Power of Inclusion is two days of keynotes, panels, case studies and conversations with an unmissable line-up of speakers from around the world. An unprecedented event in the Asia Pacific region, the programme presents an unrivalled breadth and scale of voices who will be joining the conversation and creating action.  Join WITFI and be part of the global conversation around representation, belonging and inclusion in today’s screen, entertainment and technology landscape, all while exploring beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand.

WIFVNE Annual Meeting @ WGBH
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Connect at the WIFVNE Annual Meeting of Members

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

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.

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 ReFramed, Local, USA, Doc World, and Stories from the Stage. Locally, she launched the choral competition series, Sing That Thing! as well as New England Holidays.

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 Women in Film & Video-New England’s 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 Higgins, 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.

WIFVNE 2019 Annual Meeting

Join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for WIFVNE’s biggest event of the year. The evening starts with networking and refreshments in WGBH’s Yawkey Atrium. Meet fellow WIFVNE members and ask advice of peer experts: Genine Tillitson and Adam Patcher host a screenwriting table; Irene Waschler answers your tax credit and business accounting questions; Melissa Paradice demystifies casting.  WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini recaps WIFVNE’s year and preview 2020 initiatives.  Raffle prizes.  Free parking.

WIFVNE thanks WGBH for hosting our 2019 Annual Meeting.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT WORKSHOP with Alecia Orsini @ Mystic Noank Library
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Want to become a sought-after PA? Take this course, and you’ll have the tools you need. Course run by Women in Film and Video of New England

Join Women in Film and Video of New England for a very special Production Assistant Workshop! What is a “PA”? It’s an entry-level job for a film or television production, and can be a catch all for work that needs to be done on set.

If you’ve ever wanted to work in the film industry this is your opportunity to learn the ins and outs of what will be needed to get your foot in the door. Learn about the lingo, equipment, and hierarchy that you’ll encounter on a film set from instructor and President of WIFVNE Alecia Orsini.

Come ready for hands-on experience during this two hour informative session. Pack your gaff tape and C-47s, lock it up and sign up for this session! Space is limited so don’t wait!

Alecia Orsini is an award winning multi-media professional with 12+ years experience working in the film industry and is the CEO of video agency Good Natured Dog Productions. She is a prominent voice in the region’s film community as President of Women in Film and Video of New England. She also uses her voice, marketing and development skills working for NPR station WCAI, local public radio for the Cape, the Coast and the Islands.

Alecia also devotes time to Save MA Film Jobs, working behind the scenes for the grassroots organization. In 2012 she was named one of the Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 for her volunteer work & entrepreneurship and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

Support WIFVNE Member Rosi Amador at this special live recording! @ CROMA @ ASC
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

We’re Rosi and Brian Amador, founders of Sol y Canto. We’ve been performing uplifting Latin music with this band for 25 years, and for 10 years before that with Flor de Caña. Not surprisingly, our daughter Alisa has chosen a musical path as well, and she’s grown into a phenomenal singer/songwriter.

On October 6, 2019 we will be celebrating Sol y Canto’s 25th anniversary (and our 35th year of performing together) with a concert and live recording at CROMA in Boston. The show will feature the Sol y Canto quintet, our daughter Alisa, and special guests. Alisa has been adding her adult voice to the intricate family harmonies for many years, but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to record together as musical equals.

As always, our music carries a strong humanistic message, and it seems more necessary than ever to get it out into the world.

About Ticket Tiers

We’ve added different ticket tiers in order to include donations to a great organization that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees at the border.

  • $25 = Concert ticket
  • $50 = Concert ticket + $25 donation to RAICES
  • $75 = Concert ticket + $50 donation to RAICES
  • $100 = Concert ticket + $75 donation to RAICES

We hope you can join us in this very special evening. If you can’t make it but wish to be involved, check out our IndieGoGo page ( to contribute to our crowdfunding campaign for this very special recording.

¡Viva la musica! ¡Viva el amor!

Boston Open Screen @ Coolidge Corner Theater
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Screen is Boston’s one and only open mic night for filmmakers!

Share your film the way it was intended, projected in a dark room with lively strangers. Whether you sold your home to finance your 35mm feature, or you made it last night in your parent’s basement – if your movie (or part thereof) is under 10 minutes, we’ll screen it.

Signup begins at 7pm, the show starts at 7:30pm.

ACM-NE conference and trade show @ Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
Oct 31 @ 8:00 am – Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm
Check out a fabulous trade show full of vendors and a VR Storytelling workshop led by Public VR Lab on Thursday (special add-on). ACM-NE is partnering with SPACE, a Portland arts venue to host the Nor’Easter Awards this year and it is sure to be a blast with a Karaoke After Party sponsored by Cablecast Media.
Friday is certainly packed with some Educational Workshops including sessions on: Maintaining your Value & Visibility: Creating a Map for Staying Relevant and Re-Envisioning your PEG Center, Launching and Running a Podcast & Radio Studio: How this Increases Community Impact and Awareness, Government Channels – How to Best Serve your Community and State Public Policy and Survival Strategies: a Roundtable with Statewide Organizations. Read the full list of workshops online here and Register by September 30 for the Early Bird Rate.