Dear Friends & Members of Women in Film and Video of New England, Thank you for taking the time to learn about Women in Film, and our mission to work on behalf of women in our industry. I am excited to announce my Presidency of the organization. President Juliet Schneider is passing the baton to me after serving as our 2015 President. I am very grateful to have her support and guidance during this changing of the guard.
Our chapter is now celebrating 35 years of supporting women storytellers. We are the 3rd oldest WIF chapter in the United States, proudly focusing on how to Change the Lens on women in film. As president, I hope to facilitate more conversations and bring our members closer together. To do that, I am announcing a listening tour. I will be traveling around New England to meet with local industry movers and shakers. I want to hear from you! I am looking forward to listening to your needs, hopes, and ideas about filmmaking and how we can improve the landscape for women. I also want to hear from men. WIFVNE is focused on women’s issues, but change will not happen with women alone. Conversations among the sexes will bring about true change and understanding. I am asking our male counterparts to become engaged and help us move forward.
I want to thank the Board of Advisors for their dedication to this organization, and our Board of Directors for their visions and passion. They have inspired me to do more and honor the work those have done before us. Going forward I will need you! If you aren’t a member already, please become one, and join the sisterhood that is Women In Film. Together, through your membership, advice, and voice, we can all Change the Lens.
Yours in Film, Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda