Women in Film & Video Career Symposium @ Lesley University @ Lesley's University Hall, Room L-030
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WIFVNE is partnering with Lesley University’s College of Art and Design to host a symposium with a group of industry professionals to talk about their experience, with emphasis on Film, Animation and VFX as well as Photo, Design, and other professionally related fields.

WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini will moderate the panel. Panelists include Diane Pearlman, Diana Levine, and Kat Castro.

About the panelists:

Katherine Castro

Recently selected for the American Film Institute Cinematography Intensive for Women in Los Angeles, Katherine is a New York City-based Cinematographer. After studying architecture and photography while living in the Dominican Republic Katherine returned to Boston in 2008 where she began working in film and TV as a Local 600 Camera Assistant. Applying her design and photography background along with the invaluable lessons she has acquired over the years working in production, Katherine brings a unique style and viewpoint to her cinematography. Her work spans narrative, music video & documentary and has recently been screened in film festivals such as Indy Film Fest, Woods Hole Film Festival & Asian American International Film Festival in NYC.

Diana Levine

Diana Levine is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Boston, MA. Her clients include Rolling Stone, Billboard, Converse, The Clinton Foundation, and MTV, and she has photographed public figures like Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, President Obama, President Clinton, Kim Kardashian, Ludacris, and New Kids on the Block, and her work is available at

Diane Pearlman

Diane is an independent entertainment producer, studio executive and business woman with 30 years experience in media creation and production. Her specialty is digital film production, animation and feature film visual effects.

Diane is currently serving as Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, an economic initiative dedicated to promoting and facilitating film and media production in the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts ( She recently produced the award-winning short film, A Tree A Rock A Cloud, based on the short story by Carson McCullers, written and directed by actor, Karen Allen. Her current producing projects include the documentary Cowgirls Are Forever, for Barbara Newman and Nancy Novack; a screen adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, Summer, written and directed by feature film art director/production designer, Carl Sprague; a multi-media exhibit, Sound and Painting, with artist, Stephen Hannock; and co-producing the upcoming film, Mumbet, by local authors Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes. Diane recently directed projects for 1Berkshire, the Berkshire United Way, and Hevreh of Southern Berkshire. She just completed producing the short, You Have A Voice for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus/Berkshire Section.

Diane is a partner/producer/lead-writer in KinderMuse Entertainment, a developer of children’s and family entertainment. Their current slate of development projects includes feature film script, Max Art, children’s television projects, James Thurber’s Many Moons, Maddie’s World, Francie’s Toy Box Theater, Stink Monkeys, and a theatrical dramatic play, “Sharon’s Circle,” which had a staged reading at Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA.

MPC Mass Media Expo @ WGBH
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Be sure to stop by WIFVNE’s table at the Mass Media Expo!

Attended by over 500 industry members, Mass Media Expo is an immersive daylong experience featuring exhibitions from over 50 film and media companies alongside a full schedule of panels and talks, film screenings, and interactive demos.

See the latest in camera and post technology, industry suppliers and services, VR demos, filmmaker organizations, and so much more!

Who attends Mass Media Expo? Producers, filmmakers, craft professionals in production and post, creative agencies, marketers, and related business and innovation communities.

Connect with who’s who in the industry, learn about the latest trends in film and media content, and be inspired.

CID Lunch and Learn: Production Insurance 101
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join CID’s conversation via webinar with Winnie Wong, SVP at Momentous Insurance Brokerage Inc. She has been an entertainment insurance broker since 1985 and specializes in independent features, television, reality, documentary and commercial films.

Winnie will provide an overview of production insurance for documentarians including why you might need production insurance, what the different types of production insurance are, what is needed to obtain a quotation, types of insurance claims and a production example.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 15th at 1pm ET.

Space is limited and spots will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis, so register now!

WIFVNE Annual Meeting @ WGBH
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm