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  • June 26, 2024 5:00 PM | Marilyn Busch (Administrator)

    WIFVNE is thrilled to announce their Summer Virtual Table Read Series for July and August



    The feature film script SUDDEN MIRACLE written by Bob Tourangeau will be presented July 23rd 6:30pm-9pm EST on Zoom. In the face of sudden tragedy, a common man must look to those around him to find the faith and self-confidence to survive.



    Television pilot dramedy THE 85TH MAN written by Rosemary Pacheco will be read August 1st 7-8:30pm EST on Zoom. (*contains adult situations and humor) Revisiting her past as a struggling single mom, an aging screenwriter yearns to replace the life she lost -but the universe has other plans.

    Our Summer Virtual Table Read Series with Q&A sessions will be recorded on Zoom for use by the writers. Feedback from both readers and attendees who participate in these initial Table Read is invaluable to the writing process.

    This first call for actors has gone out to WIFVNE membership first, stay tuned for the public casting notice. Not a Member? Join us today


    Recent WIFVNE Member Table Reads

    In-Person Table Read
    October 7, 2023
    PENDING by Jennifer Rapaport RESISTANCE by Caitlin Mccarthy
    Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival
    Regent Theatre, Arlington MA


    Virtual Table Read
    May 09, 2023
    THE LAST YARD SALE by Marie Ginga
    IT'S ALL BULLSHIT by Paul Kandarian


    Virtual Table Read
    WIFVNE 2021 Screenwriting Contest
    August 17, 2021
    THE FUNERAL by Erin M. Underwood (Winner)
    15 YEARS LATER by Sally Thitu Muiruri (First Runner Up)
    IMPEDIMENT by Alessandra Bautze (Second Runner Up)

  • May 26, 2024 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Women in Film and Television - US (WIFT-US) and The National Lampoon Company LLC are proud to announce the winners of the National Lampoon Girlz Rule (NLGR) Script Contest at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. The films seek to highlight the talents of women in front of and behind the camera and will be written and directed by women and feature women characters in principal roles. The announcements were made on May 17th at the Microsoft Pavilion Majestic Beach.

    “We are excited about our partnership with Women in Film and Television US to develop new voices and bring a fresh perspective to National Lampoon’s brand of irreverent comedy,” stated Jerry Daigle, the CEO of Double Secret Enterprises, Inc., parent of The National Lampoon Company.

    About the winners: (in alphabetical order – title, writer, chapter)

    Bounty Hunters written by Nancy Breslin (Washington DC)

    Social Security, written by Courtney Flynn (San Francisco, Bay Area)

    Squatters, written by Bethany Brandt (Florida)

    and honorable mention:  Helen is Hot, written by Sandy Parker (Louisiana)

    About the Contest:

    The NLGR Script Contest provided women scriptwriters with an opportunity to submit their screenplays to become part of the GIRLZ RULE feature film series to be developed by National Lampoon. Experienced professionals from the membership of the WIFT U.S. evaluated almost 50 submissions from chapter members in an extensive review process looking for features scripts that were intelligent with cutting-edge wit combined with some satire.

    About The National Lampoon Company LLC:

    National Lampoon has an illustrious history in the comedy genre beginning with its first film produced in 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House, one of the most successful comedies ever. Producers Carol Bidault de l’Isle (“Daliland”) and Jerry Daigle ("Love, Wedding, Marriage") will develop and are set to produce the GIRLZ RULE films.

    About WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION – UNITED STATES (wiftus.org):

    Women in Film and Television U.S. (WIFT-US) is a group of WIFT organizations whose leaders have come together to support and encourage each other, solve common problems and share resources to improve their local organizations and better serve their members. Nancy McBride, WIFT US President, participated in the review that determined the finalists.


  • March 22, 2024 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Smithsonian American Women's History Museum invites individuals to co-create a more inclusive record of American history by shaping how stories from communities are told. The Spotlight Documentary will support teams of professional filmmakers and community builders to create short form, limited documentary series that share histories of notable American women and girls who are well-known to their communities but have not been recognized or celebrated in mainstream narratives about American history.

    Reimagining a conventional residency, a cohort of four teams will receive $50,000 in production funding, interdisciplinary mentorship, and a national platform for their completed work, while retaining full ownership rights to the series. The residency will take place from mid-August 2024 through mid-February 2025. Selected teams will live and work in place and must complete their series in that time frame.

    More details about program requirements are available on the Spotlight Program Page and detailed information about how to prepare and submit an application, including selection process and criteria, and templates to ease application prep, can be found on the Apply Page.  Deadline May 31, 2024. Please direct any questions to: spotlightwomenshistory@si.edu
  • March 15, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WIFVNE and Salem Access TV Filmmaker Meetup celebrating Women in Horror packed the house in Salem on March 14, 2024, for some scary cinema and festive networking.


    Along with a chilling lineup of female-led films, there were special appearances by Jigsaw, the owners of Salem Cinema, and the most popular guest, Pumpkin the female tarantula (pictured with WIFVNE Board member Rachel Thomas-Medwid).



      

    Special thanks to WIFVNE Board member Rachel Thomas-Medwid and WIFVNE Member Luke St. Germaine for organizing this event.  (Photos courtesy of attendees.)

  • March 15, 2024 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March 14, 2024, WIFVNE Board member Kristen Falso-Capaldi (far left) moderated the panel "Beyond BARBIE …How Women are Changing the Future of the Film Industry" as part of the 2024 Women's Summit at Bryant University. Panelists included (from left to right) WIFVNE Board President Sharon Contillo, WIFVNE member (and former Board President) Joan Cassin, and IATSE union member Carissa Spatcher


    Everyone knows about Greta Gerwig’s success with Barbie, but there are many dynamic women working in the entertainment industry. The panelists have led successful careers as grips, writers, directors, producers, and production designers in what was traditionally a “boys club.”

  • February 02, 2024 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE member Emily Baeza is interviewed by her alma mater Whittier College about her creative journey that led up to working on the Oscar-nominated film, AMERICAN FICTION.  Emily says of her experience:  "I am beyond grateful that I got to play a small part in bringing this story to life and work alongside some incredibly talented filmmakers. Witnessing the amount of dedication and skill that is poured into a production, from every angle, has greatly deepened my love of movies."


    Emily credits and thanks WIFVNE as a contributor to her path to success:  "None of this would have been possible without the mentorship I received from WIFVNE and and the Production Industry Training Program at [WIFVNE Business Member] ELEMENT." 

    Read the full interview here.

    Congratulations on your successes, Emily, and we look forward to many, many more!

  • February 02, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE celebrates and congratulates Angela Onwuachi-Willing, WIFVNE Board Member


    Boston University School of Law Dean Onwuachi-Willing recently received the Dean & Ryan Roth Gallo at the Boston Bar Association Beacon Awards. Dean Onwuachi-Willig received the Voice of Change Award for leadership advancing diversity, equity, & inclusion within the legal profession.

    Photo by Hannah Rose Photography.

  • January 18, 2024 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE will be hosting an online Networking Wednesday "Ask the 48 HFP Anything" meet-and-greet event at 10:00 AM on February 28, 2024. Register here!


    Come find a team to join (or cast and crew for your own team) while networking in the chat, joining the Zoom discussion, and learning more about an event that makes it easy to show your stuff, try out new skills, and meet people in the local creative community.

    The 48 Hour Film Project (which takes place at various points throughout the year in Boston, Providence, New Haven, Portland, and cities around the world) is a wild combo of film festival and reality game show where teams are assigned genres, a prop, a character, and a line of dialogue for 4-7-minute movies they must rush to complete over the course of a fast, furious weekend before time runs out.


    Every completed production goes on to receive a big screen world premiere in front of live audience members who vote for their favorites (while judges pick a Best Movie to compete with other winning films for a chance to screen at the Cannes Film Festival).

    But prizes aside, the camaraderie and instant feedback of the 48HFP is a great way to make connections and gain experience, as chronicled by WBUR's Andrea Shea in a 2023 story about the Boston 48HFP's 20th anniversary.


    In fact, each of the city producers participating in the 2/28 Networking Wednesday meet-and-greet started out on 48HFP teams (and the same is true for moderator/filmmaker Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid as well as past WIFVNE president Alecia Orsini, Scott Lebeda (camera operator on the Oscar-winning film CODA), and Richie Moriarty (who's starred in both a 48HFP Best Movie and the CBS sitcom Ghosts).


    For more information, please visit: 48hourfilm.com

  • January 12, 2024 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE is pleased to announce Alyson Muzila is a WIFVNE Board member!

    Alyson Muzila is an actor, writer, host and producer based in New England. She has performed in numerous films, TV shows and commercials, and enjoys a wide range of work from creating sketch comedy, to acting in and producing independent films, hosting news shows and events, and acting on stage.

    Alyson’s film and television credits include the award-winning short film Scotch, Please, which she wrote, produced, and starred in as a middle aged mother of five who uses Tinder to see “if she still has what it takes.” The film won multiple “Best Comedy” awards and Alyson won “Best Actress in a Comedy” at numerous festivals throughout the US. Alyson has been cast as a principal in more than five independent films, including Penny, Fenwick, Sunshine and Mr. Roy’s Bicycle Repair Shop, three of which she acted with her daughter. 

    She adores sketch comedy and improv, and has created content on numerous platforms in shows such as The Wes-TEN, a local news show that she hosted and co-produced for more than 30 episodes, and most recently, “Dishin’ It with Susan & Mickey,” a talkshow with local guests/actors and a fully improvised script. “Dishin’ It” can be seen on YouTube.

    Alyson stage performances include Theresa in the British farce How the Other Half Loves, various roles in the musicals A Christmas CarolMiracle on 34th Street, and Bye, Bye Birdie at the Weston Friendly Society, and independent collaborations such as Butter, performed at The Burren Backroom in Somerville, MA. 

    When not acting, Alyson enjoys board and advocacy work in the areas of sustainability, climate resilience, neurodiversity awareness, DEI, and governance. She previously was elected to her local school committee where she served for 3 years. Alyson lives west of Boston with her husband and 4 children, and multiple pets. Originally from Wyoming and Minnesota, Alyson is a fan of rural life, horseback riding, and hiking in the mountains.

    Follow Alyson on Instagram, Learn more at IMDb, and Connect on Facebook

  • January 05, 2024 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who came out for the test screening of The Lake District on January 4 at Cinema Worcester.  Below, the darkened theater with audience watching the film:


    WIFVNE member and film director Dawn Davis writes:  "It was rewarding and emotional for me to watch the film with an audience for the first time. Although it's never easy to process criticism, I found the feedback to be constructive, and the film will ultimately be better for it."

    Test screening provide an opportunity for the filmmaker to interact with the audience. Attendee And Grugorov said:  "The audience was asked to provide feedback on plot and pacing, among other things, which was an exciting opportunity for a lively group of Cinema Worcester regulars!"  

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