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  • 15 Jul 2020 4:01 PM | Emily Abi-Kheirs (Administrator)

    A list of 250+ women and non-binary members of Brown Girls Doc Mafia are ready, willing, and able to join productions NOW! Please plan to PAY them well (and be open to negotiations for hazard pay/overtime), to CARE about their safety and health within pandemic production protocols, and to PROVIDE them the resources (and team) they need to be set up for success on your project.

  • 02 Jul 2020 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Netflix posted the following statement on the Netflix Media Center’s company blog in late March.  Follow updates by visiting their blog.

    The Covid-19 crisis is devastating for many industries, including the creative community. Almost all television and film production has now ceased globally – leaving hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs. These include electricians, carpenters, drivers, hair and makeup artists and more, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis.

    This community has supported Netflix through the good times, and we want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic support they will provide. So we’ve created a $100 million fund to help with hardship in the creative community.

    Most of the fund will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on our own productions around the world. We’re in the process of working out exactly what this means, production by production. This is in addition to the two weeks pay we’ve already committed to the crew and cast on productions we were forced to suspend last week.

    Beyond helping workers on our own productions, we also want to support the broader film and television industry. So $15 million of the fund will go to third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where we have a large production base.

    In the United States and Canada non-profits already exist to do this work. We will be donating $1 million each to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Disaster Fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the US, and $1 million between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes in Canada. In other regions, including Europe, Latin America and Asia where we have a big production presence, we are working with existing industry organizations to create similar creative community emergency relief efforts. We will announce the details of donations to groups in other countries next week.

    What’s happening is unprecedented. We are only as strong as the people we work with and Netflix is fortunate to be able to help those hardest hit in our industry through this challenging time.

    -Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer

  • 24 Jun 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    A special thank you to everyone who entered WIFVNE’s 2020 Short Screenplay Competition.  We are delighted to announce our winner:  Peri Michael! She wins $100 and an annual WIFVNE membership.

    Peri has been working mainly as a production assistant and coordinator in the local film industry since graduating from UMass Amherst in 2018. During school, she studied business and film, and she was a campus talk show producer and a broadcast production intern with MGM Resorts. She has been spending quarantine baking (so many banana breads), studying (there was a solid attempt), and binge-watching Project Runway (oops). Peri looks forward to doing more writing and producing with the ultimate goal of producing scripted television.

    Peri’s script “Beyond these Walls” is about a young woman struggling to be seen encounters a woman hiding from the world.  “In writing the script,” Peri tells us, “I considered different interpretations of what ‘isolation’ could mean to someone, and I approached it with the broader goal of telling a story that is not often told. I really liked the idea of contrasting a woman experiencing literal isolation with one feeling it in a figurative sense. That concept grew into an encounter between an agoraphobic woman and a younger woman who feels pressured by her traditional religious family.”

    The competition runner-up is Michele Hogan for her script “Rachel Birdsong Goes to War.”  When Rachel Birdsong’s abusive ex is killed by his second wife, Rachel makes a bold decision that brings her out of isolation and restores her sense of dignity and self-determination that he stole from her long ago. Michele will receive an annual WIFVNE membership.

    Originally from Boston, Michele is a film and TV writer whose writing draws on her extensive and varied life experiences, from having been a rebellious daughter of a prominent second-wave New England feminist, a single teenage mother living in a housing project, a law student working two jobs and raising three sons alone, a lawyer in New York’s Chinatown, and a teacher of legal English in Eastern Europe.

    Michele’s feature, “Kelly’s Bar,” is being produced by Yvonne Russo and Casey Affleck’s Sea Change Media, with Academy Award nominee Matia Karrell attached to direct. “Kelly’s Bar” is based on Michele’s early marriage to a young Mi’kmaq man, which drew her into the South Boston Mi’kmaq community and resulted in the births of her first two sons.

    Michele writes that “‘Rachel Birdsong Goes to War’ aspires to break the silence and shame around the lifelong psychological consequences of domestic abuse. #MeToo, #ShoutYourAbortion, #YouKnowMe, among others, have begun to shed light on the common female experiences of abortion and sexual harassment. It’s empowering and affirming to know that we are far from alone in these experiences.”

    Special thanks to our guest judges!


  • 18 Jun 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) released “The Safe Way Forward,” a Multi-Union Report on Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.

    For details and to review a copy of the report, please click here. 

  • 16 Jun 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Women in Film & Video – DC has been collecting (and suggesting) relief resources for freelancers, artists, and small businesses across the region (Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia)

    A collection of resources related to emergency funding,loans, freelancers and artists, mental health, and general info can be found on the WIFV website.  Please click here for their list. 

  • 16 Jun 2020 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    Resources to Guide Production during COVID-19 Pandemic 

     

    As we begin to open up as a city and region, many of you have asked for guidance on how to plan for shoots in our current COVID-19 world.

    In the absence of universal guidance, we wanted to share with you some resources and examples to help shape your safe production practices moving forward.

    Please note that these are not produced by Women in Film Chicago, and in many cases will continue to be updated and amended as needed as the COVID-19 environment changes.

  • 15 Jun 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers released a 22-page industry white paper in early June.  This white paper can be downloaded here.

    Additional reporting on this issue can be found at DEADLINE at these links:

    Latest in Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force 

    AMPTP, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, MPA Weigh In On Industry White Paper Protocols For Safe Return To Work – Update

     

    SAG-AFTRA has released a statement about the white paper, which can be found here.

  • 03 Jun 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The board of WIFT US is deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and countless others and would like to offer our condolences to all of their families and communities. The world is at a turning point and WIFT US is here for our members.  WIFT chapters were founded to protect women in our industry and as always we stand together to speak out against and condemn racism, hate, brutality and apathy in the wake of current events.  The Board of WIFT US will continue to show support to our black, brown and diverse members.  If you would like to offer suggestions about more concrete actions WIFT US should take, please email info@wiftus.org to get involved.

    “This is precisely the time when artists go to work… We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
    Toni Morrison

  • 21 May 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    High Output’s John Cini worked on a board for Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) at Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) to come up with a set of guidelines for film shoots as we move forward through this pandemic. Hopefully it will be a good resource to crews, companies, shooters, etc. to get business back up and safely running. 

    PERG

    Titled Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles, this version 1.0 draft is available for download here for public review from May 19-June 19.

    This guidance document provides measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus for camera and lighting equipment rental operations, facilities that rent sound stages, and for trucks and vehicles used by rental companies. The PERG Task Group applied the recommendations of the CDC, OSHA, and public health officials to rental operations, equipment, and facilities.

    Feedback from the industry is encouraged.  The article has a form to send back comments, questions, and concerns.

  • 20 May 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter Honors WGBH’s “Basic Black” with the 2020 Governors’ Award

    Virtual Awards Ceremony, Saturday, June 13 at 7:00PM eastern

    BOSTON, MA – (May 6, 2020)The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter is delighted to announce that WGBH’s “Basic Black”, the longest running live, weekly program on public television focusing on people of color, will receive the 2020 Governors’ Award. Basic Black will be honored at this year’s Boston/New England Emmy® Awards unprecedented virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 13.

    The prestigious Governors’ Award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies with ties to the New England region in recognition of achievements which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter’s regular awards. Historically, the Governors’ Award is for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments or for achievements of some duration and durability. For this award, an Emmy® statuette is given.

    Originally called “Say Brother”, the show was created in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting community concerns.

    “Basic Black is a groundbreaking television program that has reflected the relevant topics of communities of color for over fifty years”, said Danielle Mannion, President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter. “It is a privilege and an honor to present the Governor’s Award to WGBH and everyone who has contributed to the success of this iconic series.”

    “Basic Black” is produced by Executive Producer, Delores Edwards, and has been hosted by broadcast journalist, Callie Crossley since 2008. Crossley spoke to her experience hosting the show in this interview from the 50th Anniversary of the program in 2018.

    This year, due to the social distancing mandate from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, the 43rd Emmy® Awards will take place on a virtual streaming ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 PM EST.

    This year’s nominees can join the stream for free by visiting https://newenglandemmy.org

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