Women in Film and Media Colorado May 2017
"May the 4th be with you"

..... and also with you, .....Women of Film & Media Colorado.
Wow! Is it already May? It must be true what they say about how time flies when you're having fun,because we are having a lot of fun here at WIFMCO!

Thank you to our members who have renewed after our first year of operation. Your continued support means a lot to this organization and with you we will be able to grow and offer new programs and benefits as time goes on.  Don't forget to set up your member profile on our new website: HERE

Thus far we've had THREE educational panels, hosted a start-up event in Ft. Collins, a Happy Hour with CFVA and Colorado Film Office in Breckenridge. We had a 'change of the guard' so to speak with our new 2017 board. Launched a fully functional website. Had a blast with members at our Birthday Party Fiesta.  Announced the results of our first annual screenplay contest, and officially became a 501c3 non-profit AND part of the Women in Film and Television International Organization.  Our new Membership Chair will be reaching out to members soon with more information on your extended benefits for being part of the WIFT organization. 

We have a whole lot more in store as we progress into 2017. Our next event: How to run a Professional Table Read, is coming up May 18th. We will host a staged reading with local actors of "Frog Days," the title of the winning script from our screenplay contest.This event will include a Q&A and constructive feedback session from WIFMCO members. Winner, Pamela Nelson received a cash prize, and in addition to her live table read event, she will receive notes and feedback from local producers and writers including; 

Rick Ramage

The Screenplay Show

Sarah Liles

Futuristic Films

Donald Zuckerman

Colorado Film Commissioner

Art Thomas

Main Man Films

On this 4th day of May we take a moment to reflect on all the positive forces present in our film community.#women #womenrock #womeninfilm 
We are looking to you, our members, to guide us in the direction you want to see us go. Please don't hesitate to let us know about events you think we should be part of. Send us information about projects you are working on, and attend our events as often as you can or join one of our committees. The force is strong with these women. Let's go make some film!

Alicia Leeper
Interim Marketing Chair for WIFMCO
RSVP for our May 18th Event!

How to Conduct a Professional Table Read:

WIFMCO is very excited to continue its Development Program, which offers opportunities for filmmakers to evolve and produce their stories. Pam Nelson, winner of our 1st Annual Screenwriting Contest, will have her script, Frog Days, presented at a  professionally-staged Table Read on May 18th. This exclusive look at one of filmmakers' most important tools is open to WIFMCO members and the public. 

Why Table Reads:
  • Writers can see and hear their works read by pros, which helps them know what's working and what's not -- and how to revise. 
  •  Audiences are a part of the creative process by giving constructive criticism -- and filmmakers can see how an audience responds to their story.
  • Filmmakers can use Table Reads to connect in a powerful way with producers and financiers. A Table Read is a "Proof of Concept" and help you move forward in the development process!

Join us May 18th and learn how to run your own Table Read and, for attending audience members only: sign up for this new Development Program service, available for all WIFMCO members!

1101 W Mineral Ave. Littleton, CO 80120
6:00 p.m- 9 00p.m.
Food and beverage provided.
$10 Non members

Come early to network with other local writers and producers!

 Watch as local actors take on a  delightful staged reading. We are so happy to have an incredible array of local actors willing to support film, writers, WIFMCO and more. We hope you will come meet these talented individuals. 

Script Title: " Frog Days"

Writer: Pamela Nelson (pictured above)
Producing Partner: Kimberly Ricotta

Casting and Narration: Alicia Leeper

Cast of actors:  (See pictures and bios of our actors on our Facebook Page

(Pictured Left to Right starting top left)

Deborah Walker- Older Annie
Keonia Williams- Younger Annie
Laura Presley-Reynolds- Older Edith
Bridget Reynolds- Younger Edith
Kenton Kennedy- Jeremy
Sarah Del Rio- Young Emily
Peter Cabrera- Melvin, Arnold and various roles
Rachel Nicole Mather- Fight Attendant
Nelson Goforth- Gene
Kathi Baerns Emily older/ shop owner
Darla Rae- Mrs. Walters/ Dean
Emma Murphy- Agnes
Rob M. Burris- Monsieur Poilblanc/ Bartender
Joi Hiatt- Madame Poilblanc
Sue Ann Staake- Psychologist
Skip Francoeur- Docteur and various roles

Please RSVP for this event. Come support local writers, filmmakers and actors all in one place!





Shawna Schultz
Mass FX Media

Shawna Schultz is the co-founder and president of Mass FX Media, a Denver-based motion graphics and visual effects company. She and her husband, Matt, have been running Mass FX Media for 6 years and specialize in motion design for documentaries and commercial videos.

She and her team of artists are currently completing a set of 9 animated videos, one of which is an online interactive experience, for Thomson Reuters and Excedrin. They just recently completed all the graphics and animation for Chasing Coral which won the audience award for US documentary and was purchased by Netflix and airing as a Netflix Original this summer. Among their other clients, they serve larger corporate clients like Facebook, Looker and Mashable on an ongoing basis, creating short, animated explainer videos and data visualizations. They also have a heart for many causes that serve people who are vulnerable in our society and create short documentaries for Colorado non-profits annually for organizations like America's Kids Belong and the Imagine! Foundation. Coming up this summer, she and the team have begun graphics work on two more feature documentaries. 

Shawna is a director and producer with a history of production and editing in the documentary genre, and loves teaming up with other filmmakers to add a unique graphical look to their project or help visualize difficult concepts for audience understanding. She is currently on leave through early summer, embarking on the adventure of motherhood with her daughter who was born in early April. 

Q: Why did you get into this business?

A: I was always in love with entertaining people and at the age of 11, my mom bought me my first video camera. I would creating funny short videos that were edited in camera and premiere them to my family and friends. In high school, I met my husband who knew how to use a non-linear editor, and so began our days of making films together. Despite pressure to go become a scientist or engineer, I headed for film school to pursue what I loved: telling stories. I was thrown into documentary production with my first job out of college where I had to produce and edit weekly short documentaries for Lifetree Cafe, and learned to love telling non-fiction stories. I got into this business because I love the craft of filmmaking, and I'm so honored to be able to do what I love for a living. 

Q: What do you think Colorado has to offer the film industry in the current political climate?

A: I think Colorado's film community, with its emphasis in documentary, is vital in a split political climate because a powerful way to create empathy for people who are steeped in a single-sided ideology is to introduce them to humans and stories that go beyond what they know. Humanizing the polarizing political topics is, in my opinion, the only way to bring people together to create solutions that benefit society as a whole. Perpetuating the belief of the scary "other" does a disservice to the reality of how our communities function best with diversity of perspectives and skills, and the more people can realize we have far more in common than in differences, the faster we can unite around causes that benefit us all. I think non-fiction storytelling is a major solution to our current political climate. .
Saturday at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Avoiding Predators In the Entertainment Industry
The Bug Theater

This is a free workshop to empower members of the entertainment industry to identify and avoid predators in audition, education, and work situations. Recent concerns about inappropriate behavior in film casting and rehearsals in Colorado (and elsewhere) have made it imperative that cast and crew members know what red flags to watch for, how to identify predators, and what to do when in a dangerous situation. 

Moderator: Karen Hemmerle
Panelists include Darla Rae, Producer/Director at Film It Productions and Shauna Earp-Ballinger, Casting Professional with Hamilton Casting and Sure Shot Casting.

Please join us to learn how to keep yourself and your performing children safe. The workshop is free - The Bug Theatre has generously donated the space, and we encourage you to make a donation to The Bug. Coffee and donuts will be provided by Darla Rae and Film It Productions.

Writing Workshops 

Build a Better Script in Just 8 Weeks: Demystify the process of screenwriting! Building a Better Script is all about asking--and answering--key structural questions at the heart of every well-executed script. Whether you're just getting started or deep into revisions, this 8 week class helps writers deconstruct and better understand their story and its themes. We'll discuss developing the core concept and casting your characters, and breakdown structure in detail. Best of all, we'll workshop 30 pages of your script

8 Tuesdays, Starting May 9th

1101 W Mineral Ave., Littleton, CO
To Register: workshops.html

9th Annual Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp

If you know a teen writer looking for some high level education and support for the work we do, then Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp is for them! We know how important writing is to them, and we put our focus exclusively on whatever they are writing. They'll even workshop pages from their books or short stories, getting invaluable peer as well as professional feedback. Better still, Explorati Teens is highly social. This program connects writers to other teens who get what it is to be a writer. 

Middle School Fiction is for younger writers just getting started and ready to take part in the fun studying writing can be.  June 19-22, Englewood, CO.  $295

High School Fiction is for those who want to up the intensity of the study of their craft. Work at an MFA level with a university-level writing professor!  June 26 - 29, Englelwood, CO  $295
For More Info:

Acting Workshop

The Actor's Study 
Multi-form method acting for stage & film
Alicia Leeper/ WIFMCO Interim Board
Tuesday Evenings 7 p.m- 10 p.m.
$100 4 classes
May: Exploring Emotions for scenes with the 9 Rasa. AKA "Rasaboxes"  (this class is full)
June: Character Development using Brechtian Method
July: Scene study- Brecht

Summer offer for WIFMCO Members only: Sign up for June & July classes- receive one free private lesson in July! 

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