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Meet our 2018 Board of Directors
(Pictured left to right)
Kristin Edwards: Board Chair
Trai Cartwright: President
Kathryn Gould: Vice President
Maureen Maloney: Programming Chair
Miranda Downey: Membership Chair
Rachel McKimmon: Secretary
Kim Ricotta: Development Co-Chair
Alicia Leeper: Marketing Chair
Pam Nelson: Development Co-Chair
Andrea Nordgren: Member-At-Large
Karen Hemmerle: Member- At- Large/ Fundraising Committee
Darla Rae: Member-At-Large/ Fundraising Committee
Tricia Mentor: Member- At- Large/ Marketing Committee
Shannon Dunn: Member- At- Large

We will be posting more about each of our board members on our website, Facebook and Twitter Pages.

OPEN POSITION: We are still looking for that special someone to take on our Treasurer position. This position will help with all financial aspects of running this organization. If interested please email us at info@wifmco.org. Our first 2018 board meeting will take place in April: TBD. 

We have a winner!

WIFMCO 2nd Annual Screenplay Contest
Sponsored by: 


5th place: Tara Topper
4th place: Amy Giaquinto
3rd place: Jenny Taylor-Whitehorn
2nd place: Judy Robbins Rose
1ST PLACE!: COLLEEN SMITH!






Congrats to all our winners! 
Thank you to everyone who participated.

We will have a table read of our 1st place winner's work in May 2018 and everyone is invited! 

 
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Member Spotlight

 

 
Kathryn Gould
Founding President of WIFMCO
2018 WIFMCO Vice President
Screenwriter/Actress


Q: What is your field of focus?
A: Mainly screenwriting now, but I’m also an actor and moving into producing.

Q: Tell us about your journey thus far in your career? Did you study? If so, where or are you still in school?
A: Writing and acting have been something that I’ve done since childhood, and “being a movie star” was my childhood dream. When I went to college at Stanford, intending to major in drama and communications, I found myself moving from being the “star” of my tiny little high school (20 people in my graduating class!) to being a tiny little fish in a giant pond of very talented fish. Admittedly, I let the doubters and realists get to me, and I changed my major to English and Psychology and decided to work with children. I went so far as to get a Master’s Degree in Family and Child Studies and tried to find work as a parent educator. But by the time I got married and moved to Colorado in 1999, I realized how much I missed the art that had always been so much a part of my life and my dreams, and I began working in community theatre. Once I had kids, I realized that film and commercial work would give me a little easier schedule—a day or a weekend instead of 6 weeks of rehearsals and 3 or 4 weekends of performances—and started looking into getting an agent. I eventually found Peter DeAnello at Big Fish and was thrilled to see that he also taught a course called “Write to Act”, in which actors wrote material for themselves. I had always loved writing but had never really married the two art forms. After many workshops and performances and some award-winning short plays, I had fallen in love with writing as much as acting, and still being a full-time mom, I realized that the flexibility of writing would work really well in my life. I read multiple screenwriting books, tons of screenplays, and started working on features. Around 2008 I met Haylar Garcia and Jim Brennan, and they eventually became my writing partners.
 
Q: What was your inspiration to get into this industry? Do you have any mentors you want to mention?

A: My initial inspiration was probably Star Wars, and sci-fi and fantasy remain two of my favorite genres to this day. Peter and Haylar have been my two primary mentors.
 
Q: Tell us about your favorite project you've worked on? Any takeaways?
A: I usually say that my favorite project is the one I’m working on right now, and that’s definitely true at the moment, as I’m adapting a fairy tale and it’s really fun. But as for favorite projects of the past, my award-winning short film “Web of Lies” will always have a special place in my heart. We won numerous awards, including one in New York, where we not only won best short script but were also nominated for best screenplay overall. That recognition was the moment that cemented for me that I was on the right path in my career, doing what I was made to do.
 
Q: Any projects coming up? 
A: First off I have to plug Apartment 212, a film I co-wrote with Jim and Haylar, which we filmed right here in Colorado in 2016, directed and edited by Haylar, and which will be released on March 16th in ten cities nationwide as well as on demand. Here in Denver, it will show at the Sie Film Center, home of the Denver Film Society. I already mentioned the fairy tale adaptation—fingers crossed that will go out to agents in the next few weeks. I also have a script that I wrote for a German commercial director who’s making his feature debut, and that is in packaging at UTA. A script that I co-wrote with Haylar is currently in the final stages of a rewrite and about to go out for funding with an award-winning Colorado-based director. And then Jim, Haylar and I have another project that we are writing with Apartment 212 producer Betsy Leighton that we are trying to put together financing for to film here in Colorado soon.
 
Q: What are your hopes for the film, television, and media scene in Colorado?
A: I would love to see Colorado get as big as New Mexico or Atlanta, but that’s really hard to do with our strange political make-up and the state constitution. I’m really hopeful that Don Levy’s Redbarre project will bring the regular work to Colorado that we need to really build a skilled and professional base of talent and crew here. In the meantime, I travel to LA several times a year and will probably have to keep doing that for most of my career.
 
Q: Any advice/wisdom to fellow actors, filmmakers, writers etc?
A: Really be clear on why you want to be in this business. It’s really hard work and very unreliable even if you work regularly. You can make head roads and get where you want to go if you are dedicated, humble and always looking to improve yourself. The people who get stuck are the ones who believe they already know it all and have nothing left to learn. People with that mindset are afraid to try anything new or take a chance because it might show others that they actually don’t know everything. While you don’t want to listen to the doubters and naysayers, be sure you don’t confuse those people with the ones who actually give constructive criticism and have something to teach you. Learn to take criticism and actually grow from it, as you will never be in a place in your career where you won’t be criticized. Getting over your ego and just focusing on the work will serve you really well.
 
Check out Apartment 212- formerly Gnaw: https://www.facebook.com/apartment212movie/

 

Calling all writers!
Athena Project & WIFMCO present:
Media Mash-up!
Now Open for Submissions thru March 31st

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.

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ABOUT ATHENA PROJECT:
March ushers in a month long celebration of women in the arts during the 6th Annual Athena Project Arts Festival from March 3-31, 2018.  Athena Project's mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women and girls' artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.  Each spring, Athena Project produces an Arts Festival that includes theatre, dance and music highlighting the contributions of women artists. For more information on this year’s events and to buy tickets, please visit our website: 
www.AthenaProjectArts .org 

“Colorado Up” Calls for an End to Systemic Harassment, Discrimination and Assault in Colorado’s Film, Media & Performing Arts.
 

SIGN the Statement

Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements, local film and media makers created  “Colorado Up” to eliminate abusive patterns and hold abusers accountable in Colorado’s creative industries.

Colorado creative professionals are done tolerating systemic forms of oppression. Known as Colorado Up, the movement stands in solidarity with #MeToo and #TimesUp by creating a conscious community across Colorado that values equality, respect, and dignity for all.



Visit the ColoradoUp Facebook Page for more details:
https://www.facebook.com/CO.UnitingForProgress/ 

Need Production Insurance?

 
WIFMCO  Member Discount on
Production Insurance.

Front Row Insurance Brokers – The Film Insurance Experts
***We are delighted to announce that  WIFMCO Members now receive a discount on our services.  Just let us know you are WIFMCO member and we will waive our Broker Fee – a $100 savings.***

Front Row is an entertainment insurance broker specializing in film production. We work for you – not the insurance company.
 
 With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Colorado, Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Paris we give you empathetic support no matter where you film.
 
We have insured billions in production budgets and have over 50 specialized employees across our offices to provide you with experienced production insurance advice. Our staff arranges insurance for: episodic television, features, TV movies, docs, commercials, shorts and more.
 
 
Our clients are some of the biggest names in the industry. For those just beginning your career, we have a patient ear for all your production insurance questions.
 
 
When you have a claim, you can expect fast, compassionate service to ensure you receive all the money you are owed by the insurance company.
 
As a result of our size and experience, we feel we can offer our clients the best premiums and coverage available. Please contact us with your questions, we would love to hear from you. Quotes provided at no cost or obligation. Members are also entitled to a free review and audit of your current coverage to reveal too little or too much coverage.

 
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Thank you for coming to our Oscar Party and Birthday Schmoozer! 

SAVE THE DATE!
NEXT WIFMCO Panel: Wednesday, April 18th 6:30 p.m.


Addressing Sexual Harassment: Panel 2 of our series April 18th at the Bug Theater.
Details on panelists to come. Be sure to Check Facebook!
Check out these great workshops!

The Lot:

March 10th 11a.m - 3p.m ($50): Scripts vs treatments vs pitch decks and pitching them.

March 11th  11.m.-3p.m. ($50) 
The fine art of pre-production
Click the link for all event details and to register at The Lot.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1529522207095092/



The Actor's Study: April Scene Study starts April 3rd. $125 4 classes.
www.theactorsstudy.com

Craftwrite: Advanced Screenwriting with Trai Cartwright/: http://craftwrite.com/workshops/ 

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