Women in Film & Video / New England (WIFV/NE) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. We provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources.
WIFV/NE works to promote proactive images of women to the public and to empower all women in film and video to achieve their professional potential.
Women in Film & Video /New England is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of some 35 Women in Film chapters worldwide and more than 10,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media. Members: Click here to access the WIFTI Directory.
History of the Chapter
In 1981, eleven women, all Boston-based media professionals, came together to form the New England chapter of Women in Film. The founders are: Mary Benjamin, Rebecca Eaton, Raquel Ortiz, Robin Landerman, Christine Dall, Christine Herbes, Alice Hoffman, Janet Krause, Edith Luray, Midge MacKenzie, Diane Miller, Harriet Reisen, Katherine Deutch Tatlock, and Susan Steinberg-Woll.
“For all the big-name organizations that put an indelible stamp on the area film scene…local film offerings wouldn’t be quite as rich without the less acknowledged venues and groups that also play a crucial part, [including] Women in Film & Video New England, for supporting aspiring and established female filmmakers alike.”
– The Boston Globe (December 2005)
Members of the Board
The board of Women in Film & Video/New England meets once a month. WIFV/NE’s board is a ‘working board’ and members serve two-year terms. Responsibilities of the board include serving as ‘ambassadors’ for WIFV/NE by attending industry events and making contacts with other community organizations; serving on committees, including a Programming Committee, Fundraising Committee, Screenwriting Event Committee; and working as a team to accomplish the goals of the organization. If you are interested in volunteering or in becoming a board member, please email us!
Juliet Schneider, Interim President – Juliet is a freelance animator, production designer, and owner of Iridium Productions, based in the Boston area. She has an MFA in Video/Multimedia, from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She also holds a BFA in General Fine Art, from Maryland Institute College of Art. Juliet has taught fine art, video production, and computer graphics at USES, The Children’s Art Centre, Fletcher-Maynard Academy, CCTV, MATV, and Bradford College. Her recent work includes collaborative animations and production design work on several locally made music videos and shorts. email@example.com
Susan Bryant, Secretary – Susan is a sound recordist with a background in managing educational and sustainability projects in the US and Africa, Susan Bryant joined Frontrunner, a documentary about Afghan women leading their country back from chaos, as Associate Producer. Since then she has jumped into a variety of shoots as the “Scampering Soundie,” joining covered wagon trains, Lakota prairie rides, Coast Guard adventures, girls’ leadership institutes, international womens’ meetings, anti-apartheid theatres, centers for African knowledge, indie narratives and others. She brought DP Gary Griffin’s Listopad project to the Sundance Independent Producers Conference, and is creative producer for Bryan Horch’s Sensational Life and co-producer for Jeff Reichert’s Gerrymandering (Tribeca 2010). firstname.lastname@example.org
Miranda Elmorsi, Events – Miranda is a freelance editor and independent documentary filmmaker based in Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in film and television from Boston University where she focused on film theory. She also holds an MA in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College where she focused on documentary filmmaking and editing. email@example.com
Laura Haughey – Laura is an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, videographer, editor, and the owner of Bow Street Studios in the Boston area. Her recent work has included a profile of a secondary girls school in Sudan and a series of videos for aids2031, an initiative launched by the United Nations. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and studied digital filmmaking at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Meister – Joan is co-owner of Hero4Hire Creative. Joan directed the film SEPTEMBER as part of the Boston collaboration TWELVE from Old Harbor Productions, Produced the short film SMOKE alongside Director Evan Sussman, was on the Development team and Associate Producer on 2 seasons of hit Discovery/Science Channel show BUILD IT BIGGER at Powderhouse Productions. email@example.com
Shannon Mullen, WIFVNE Writer/Blogger – Shannon is a producer and founder of Broad Reach Productions. She recently worked as an Assistant Director on the independent feature GIRLFRIEND and is now developing two feature projects of her own. Shannon is also a public radio and print journalist and she writes for WIFVNE about the film industry in Hollywood East and West. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Advisory Committee
Salma Abu Ayash
Boston Palestine Film Festival
Iguana Films & Boston Latino International Film Festival
Fast Forward Youth, ICA
Joan Quinn Eastman
WBZ News Radio
Law Offices of Sandra Forman
Fortunato & Associates
The Phoenix, Chlotrudis Society
Plymouth Film Festival
BU Department of Film
Film Shack, New England Film & Video Festival
Magnus Irish Film Festival
The Partnership, Inc
Producer, Film Consultant
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Color of Film, Roxbury Film Fest
MIT Women’s Consortium
Center for Independent Documentary
Past Board Members include: Angelika Allende-Brisk, Barbara Seidl, Amanda Johnston, Irena Fayngold, Nancy Fleisler, Ann Adelsberger, Sue Dorfman, Cynthia McKeown, Cynthia Close, Christine Dall, Joan Kaufman, Alice D. Bouvrie, Kat Tatlock, Libba Ingram, Barbara Lipski, Elizabeth Gianakos, Amy Geller, Lisa Carey, Deborah Shariff, Melissa Zieve, Mary Benjamin, Alice Hoffman, Janet Krause, Lisa Simmons, Rosalie Fay Barnes, Alexandra de Gonzales, Paulina Villarroel, Fernanda Senatori, Vanessa Vartabedian, Laura Yellen, Michele Davis, amongst others.
Past presidents: Barbara Seidl, Rhea Becker, Priscilla Forance, Christine Sandvik, Kate Berhardt, Valerie Spain, Beth Harrington, Erin Trahan, Lucia Small, Britt Wahlin, Harriet Reisen, amongst others.
Women in Film & Video/New England is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
We are grateful to all of our sponsors, listed below.
Women in Film & Video/New England
516 E. 2nd St., Unit #26
South Boston, MA 02127