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Women in Film & Media Colorado

April News & Events

Please join WIFMCO for a FREE Filmmakers Reception on
Friday, April 6th at CineBistro Vail In connection with Vail Film Festival.
 
Must RSVP to: http://www.vailfilmfestival.com/fridayreception

Plus WIFMCO Members can receive 25% off Festival Passes when you log in to your member directory to access promo code: 

https://wifmco.org/login/?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fwifmco.org%2Fresources%2Fmembers-only%2Fmember-exclusives%2F


With specials Guests: Diane Bell Rebel Heart Film. http://rebelheartfilm.com/

And Sheila Schroeder from COLORADO UP.
 
NEXT WIFMCO Board Meeting: The April Board meeting is set for Monday, April 16th from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Clubhouse at Knolls Village: 2701 E. Geddes Pl. Centennial, CO 8012
Members are welcome to attend. Please email info@wifmco.org to reserve a seat. (seating will be limited)

We will be announcing a call for Committee Volunteers shortly after our board meeting. If interested in being on a committee please email us at info@wifmco.org or fill out form HERE
 

It's About Time: Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Film Industry Part 2

April 18th

Bug Theater
6:30 p.m
FREE event./ seating is limited- Please RSVP
Get details and learn about our panelists on our Facebook Event Page.


About this event:

Women in Film and Media Colorado and the Emerging Filmmakers Project will present “It’s About Time,” the second of a three-part program on sexual harassment in the film industry. “It’s About Time” is a free event open to the public. All are welcome. Part II will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Bug Theater, 3645 Navajo Street, Denver, Colorado, 80211. 
A question and answer discussion will follow the panel presentation.
RSVP HERE
Women+Film Festival Kicks Off April 10th!
Women+Film Festival is a six-day showcase of documentaries, narratives and short films celebrating the best in women-centric programming; both by and about women. These thought-provoking stories of women from around the world are sure to engage, inspire, and educate all audiences – both male and female – that come to see them. Save the date for this year’s Festival on April 10-15.

Tickets and Info: https://www.denverfilm.org/womenfilm/
 
 

Deadline Extended!

Submit Scripts by April 22nd.

 

ABOUT: Welcome to the first ever Athena Project / Women in Film and Media Colorado creative collaboration!

In honor of our mutual missions to lift up women in the arts, we are staging the first ever MEDIA MASH UP, a celebration of an ancient femme-forward folk story told in three mediums: theatrical, short film, and podcast.

A writer from each medium will be chosen to recast, redefine and retell the folk story Goblin’s Giggle, in which a bride is stolen away by goblins, but is rescued by her mother and a nun. When the goblins drink the river to catch them, they escape by making the goblins laugh. The main characters must be female, and at least one of them must be over 40. Writers must identify as women and live in Colorado, or at least spend substantial time here in the summer (to be present for project development).

The writers will then be partnered with professionals in each medium to develop their projects, and then they will work with directors, actors, and crew from each medium to stage, shoot, and record their finished scripts. Crews will be led by directors and producers who identify as women. In addition, as part of the Media Mash Up format, the main characters in all three productions will be played by the same actors whenever possible.

In August, the community will come together to share the retellings and have a chance to hear about the very different processes involved in the creation of each project. This premiere party will include a reception.

The Media Mash Up is sponsored by Athena Project, the Colorado nonprofit that celebrates and nurtures women’s artistic expression, working actively for equality of opportunity, recognition and pay based on artistic merit alone, and Women in Film and Media Colorado (WIFMCO), dedicated to the advancement of all women working in the film, TV, media, web, and video game industries in Colorado.

With this project, we aspire to co-create a unique and femme-forward opportunity for local artists. We expect to hire no fewer than 25 local artists in the production of these stories and create volunteer opportunities for 50 or more.

Writers may choose which medium they want to write in, and then they’ll have until March 30th to create either a 10-page one-act for the stage, a 10-page low budget short film, or a 10-page radio play/podcast script for consideration. In order to keep the short film budget low, feel free to interpret the legend into a modern day retelling, and be sure to keep the number of locations to as few as possible. We will not have the budget for CGI, so you must be creative in your interpretation or depiction of certain story events (i.e. the goblins drinking the river).

A panel of professionals will review all materials, select winners, and then partner the winning writers with production teams. Rights to the playscript will belong to the playwright, and the film and podcast rights will belong to WIFMCO / ATHENA, but all efforts to submit to film festivals and streaming distribution will be made.

It is free to enter! Deadline is March 30th, so submit now for the chance to have your work celebrating women, past and present, produced by fellow local artists! 

Awards & Prizes

You win a staged and/or shot production of your script, as well as the opportunity to work with professionals in your arena in its creation!

Also, a big party in August to show off your hard work!!

Member Spotlight

 
Megan Cormier

Documentary Filmmaker


 
Q: What is your field of focus?
A: Currently, I work in long-form documentaries with my business partner, Donna Musil and cinematographer Aidan McCarthy in Blind Turtle Productions. We are a small, independent non-profit mainly working on films that explore and expose fundamental societal issues and flaws. 

Q: Tell us about your journey thus far in your career? Did you study? If so, where or are you still in school?
A: I quit working as a forensic investigator for the government for 15+ years to pursue my dream of screenwriting and filmmaking. I've been working with Donna for the last 2 years. I have almost completed my Master's in Screenwriting from National University but have taken a break to get our current film out. (Please - gods - let it be finished this year.)

Q: What was your inspiration to get into this industry? Do you have any mentors you want to mention?
A: I've always been the storyteller and comedian of my group of friends or co-workers so I think my tendency towards exaggeration, humor, and storytelling plays better in this field than in government work. Donna Musil has been a great mentor and friend, I'm fairly new to the industry. If anyone else is willing to adopt me, I'll gladly be taken in though!

Q: Tell us about your favorite project you've worked on? Any takeaways?
A: I do love our current film we've been working on, Strangled. It's about serial sexual killings in Georgia in the late 1970s and the conviction of a hustler-type African American and the 30 years since then. This film has truly made me doubt the value of all of my training and even my graduate degree in Forensic Science and shaded my faith in the criminal justice system.

Q: Any projects coming up? 
A: We've got another film in the hopper when this wraps, can't wait. 

Q: What are your hopes for the film, television, and media scene in Colorado?
A: I'd love to be more involved and meet other writers, especially comedy writers. I'd love to see Colorado become more like Atlanta with its thriving tv/filmmaking scene. 

Q:  Any advice/wisdom to fellow actors, filmmakers, writers etc?
A: I'm the last person you should ask since I'm an old newcomer. But if I had to choose - there's no time like the present.


Follow Megan (Meg) on Twitter: 
@ecco_meg

TAKE ACTION for State Film Tax Incentives:

From Diego Rodriguez/ CFVA:

Hey everyone! Our state film fund and tax-incentive may be cut.

Here's what you can do -

1. Reach out to your local representatives. The information below will help you figure that out based on your home or work address.

2. Reach out to them personally.

3. We provided a sample letter for you to use as a starting point.

4. BE ACTIVE!

Please find below a list of key Senators, their contact information, and Senate districts. The following link can be used to determine people’s legislators by simply entering your home or work address: https://leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator

It is always best for folks to personalize their message, but here is a sample of what the communication should say:

Dear Senator xxxx,

My name is ___ and I work/live in your district. Earlier this year, the Joint Budget Committee voted to include $750,000 in the budget for the film rebate program. This program is focused on incentivizing local Colorado movie, television and video game production and is critical to ensuring that our students and talent pool remain working, living, and thriving in Colorado. I am one of those people.

Next week, when the Senate considers the budget, I ask that you oppose any efforts to remove or reduce this funding. It is a modest amount compared to other spending allocations but makes an enormous difference for our local businesses.

Please click on the following link and take 3 minutes to watch a short video – it communicates the value of the rebate to our industry more than any words ever could: https://vimeo.com/258876978

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,
xxxxx

MEMBER OFFERS:

WIFMCO member Karen Hemmerle is offering members 20% discounts on her custom monologues and screenwriter coaching through the end of
June, 2018. Karen's monologues "A Love Story of Sorts" and "The 24-Hour Intimate Position" have been performed by Stories on Stage, and she's the screenwriter of the award-winning films "Dandy Kids" and "Broken Ties", as well as the soon-to-shoot feature film "The French American". Contact her at karenhemmerle@gmail.com. Actors, stop auditioning with the same monologues your competition is using. Have a monologue written just for you, showing your talents to their fullest. Your monologues will never be sold to another actor. Two 1-minute contrasting monologues are regularly $100. WIFMCO members pay only $80. Additional monologues are priced individually for the discounted price of $40 each. Longer monologues are available, also at 20% off.  Screenwriters, sometimes you need someone to help you get back on track and keep you there. You need a coach for feedback, accountability, and all manner of questions from formatting to writing for a budget to "should I just give this up and get a real job like my mom wants me to do?" I'm here seven days a week to support and guide you, for one month or several. Regular monthly coaching is $300; WIFMCO members pay $240.

Vail Film Festival Passes:

We've created a 25% discount for WIFMCO members to the 15th annual Vail Film Festival April 5th-8th 2018

This year’s Vail Film Festival will showcase films written, directed, and produced by women!

You MUST Register for a profile on WIFMCO .org to get the code: 
 Already have a member profile?
 Click HERE  to login and get the code then click: MEMBER EXCLUSIVES
Or email us at info@WIFMCO.org
 

NEWS Around Town:

"Harnessing the power of #MeToo, History Colorado creates first-ever Women’s History Museum." 

ARTICLE: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/03/21/center-for-colorado-womens-history/ 


 
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