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Women in Film & Media Colorado

August 2017 News & Events

A Note From our President:

It’s Back to School Time!

If you’re a parent like me, this time of year is filled with groans of, “No!!! Not already! I hate school!” I try to remember those days when the school year felt like forever and summer flew by like it was no time at all. Well, summer still flies by, but now the coming school year brings a sigh of relief to me—soon there will be no more, “I’m bored…” and “There’s nothing to do…” and from me, “Get off the computer!!”, or at least a lot less of it.

But it also brings a time to reflect on the idea of learning in general. What do I want to learn this year? What have I learned recently? Where can I learn and from whom? Because the learning doesn’t stop when you finish your formal education, whether you work in your field of study or not. For some of us, we’re on our second or third careers, but even if you’re not, the learning never stops. The best in our business know that there is always something new to learn, always some way to get better. And it is the worst in our business who believe they have nothing left to learn, that they know it all already, and all that is left for them is to prove it to the world.

So I encourage you as this new school year draws near, whether you’re still in school or you have kids going back to school or you haven’t thought about school in a long, long time, to make a commitment to your own education and improvement.

WIFMCO is here to help with that—in fact, that’s why we’re here: to offer resources, panels, mentorships and connections that help the members of our community grow their skills and professionalism. Take advantage of all that we offer, and think about going one step further. If you can, and even if you think you can’t, look into ways to get involved with WIFMCO so that you can help build up your community. There is always room on our committees and even an open spot on the board. Whether you’re interested in helping plan events (programming), getting the word out (marketing), or being a welcoming face to new members (membership), there’s a place for you.

Our next two events will be a great opportunity to learn about the organization and meet current board members. On August 19th  at 4pm we’ll have a panel at Blissfest at 1101 Mineral Ave in Littleton where you can learn all about what we do and why we do it. And on August 26th we’ll be back in the same place for our summer carnival and fundraiser.


Kathryn Gould
WIFMCO President
 

Events


WIFMCO Panel at Blissfest 2017!
August 19th 4:00 p.m
1101 W Mineral Ave. Littleton, CO 80120
CLICK HERE for details
 

WIFMCO NIGHT OUT!

LadyBits Comedy Showcase
Come see WIFMCO Member Pamela Maass!
BUY TICKETS HERE (use Promocode LadyVIP)

Thursday Aug 10th 7p.m
WIFMCO Members receive $5 off
Use promo code LADYVIP
Let us know you're coming so we can arrange to sit together!
info@wimfco.org
OR RSVP on our EVENT PAGE
 

WIFMCO Summer Party!
 Carnival Games, Networking and more!


Saturday August 26th, Noon- 4:00 p.m.
1101 W Mineral Ave. Littleton, CO 80120

FREE Entry
FREE Games (adult & kid friendly)
$1 Cakewalk (cash only) Donate a Cake and get 5 FREE walks!
$5 raffle for great prizes!
$5 Spin on our Lottery Ticket Wheel! 

Food and Drink Provided!
 

Plus don't miss an amazing afternoon of improv from VooDoo house team The Jester's Court! A LIVE interactive improv performance at 2p.m! 
The Jester's Court is Denver's top short-form improv show! Showing most Fridays at 11, only at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse.
Come see this talented group perform and support local actors!

 

 
 


 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Meet
ELISA VASQUEZ



Q: What is your field of focus?
A: Acting

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 started out in a production company at Kidskits (any old-timers out there who remember that one?) Around the age of 14, I transitioned to more on-camera work. I trained at Rohrering Success for several years, and have since studied with Greg Serano in New Mexico, and Mocksides Studios here in CO.  I went to Metro State for broadcasting which at the time felt completely unrelated, but I wound up learning SO much that helped my acting career. I graduated with a degree in broadcasting and minor in Psychology. 

Q: What was your inspiration to get into this industry? Do you have any mentors you want to mention?
A: The driving thought that started my career was always "I think I could do that”.  From a young age I'd watch a play or movie and say that.  It was almost as much of a question as it was a declaration.  I really just wanted to see if I could. My mother, Rosa Vasquez has been the best support system and without her I probably would have quit a long time ago. I've had some amazing mentors over the years including Paul Rohrer, David Dalton, Chad Schnackel and Peter DeAnello... yikes... I need some ladies on that list ;)  


Q: Tell us about  your favorite project you've worked on? Any take-aways?
A: I was lucky enough to work on a short film called Muted, directed by Ben Sullivan. It was one of the first times I felt that my work (combined with the work of those around me) actually had the potential to make a difference in someone's life.. someone who needed it. Part of it was simply recognizing the courage it takes for those who work to help at risk children.  Even more so it was the idea that we could show someone who is or was one of those children that they aren't alone.  It was exhilarating to share something that hit a little deeper. 
 
Q: Any projects coming up?
A:I have a part in the film "Gnaw" that was shot here last summer and should be available sometime soon. There is so much Colorado talent (crew and actors) involved that I want to scream and laugh and cry all at the same time. I am SO excited for Gnaw to go public! 

I'm currently working on web series called "The Scared List." Charity Dorrance wrote a beautiful story about a young woman coming face to face with her fears and unresolved grief. PS, the crew is composed heavily of A$$ kicking women so that's all around FANTASTIC!

MORE about The Scared List:
HERE


Q:What are your hopes for the film, television and media scene in Colorado?
A: Colorado has SO much to offer.. from the scenery, to the crew, and of course the actors. While it's easy to hope that the community outside of Denver notices that.... we can't rely on it. It's so much easier to create our own amazing stories/content these days. My hope would be that the dreamers here keep at it... keep writing that script, keep picking up that camera, keep auditioning.. and do it as professionally as possible.  That way when the rest of the world DOES notice what we all already know... we'll be ready! 

Q: Any advice/wisdom to fellow actors, filmmakers, writers etc etc?
A: There is SO much I'd love to pass on especially to actors just jumping into this business... but I'll stick with this... Keep learning/keep training. As people we are constantly growing and changing and we must do the same as actors. We don't get to work on a set or even audition every day, so you have to find other ways to stay sharp. Whether it's an on-camera class, an improv class, dance, or singing... just keep working your tools. In acting as in life, not one of us ever "knows it all.” 


THANK YOU for sharing Elisa. We thank you for your support and membership with WIFMCO! f you are interested in casting Elisa, Please reach out to her at Big Fish Talent!

CALL for Committee Members!

 
WIFMCO is looking for like minded women to be more involved with WIFMCO.
Currently we need volunteers for the following committees. *Must be a paid WIFMCO member to join a committee.

If interested please Fill out
FORM HERE on our site and indicate which committee you are interested in being part of. If you do not hear back from us email directly to info@wifmco.org 

Marketing Committee:  Chair: Alicia Leeper
(Next Committee meeting Friday Sept. 1st)
  • Attend WIFMCO events and gather info on what projects members are working on for our Member Spotlight
  • Help collect helpful industry articles and content for newsletter and website
  • Film/photograph WIFMCO events
  • Write blog articles
  • Help manage and maintain WIFMCO.org website
  • Work with Development and membership committee on community outreach
  • Design and distribute WIFMCO marketing Materials
  • Committee meetings 1x per month
Membership Committee: Chair: Ashley Turner
  • Design and distribute new member correspondence
  • Manage Member surveys and track results
  • Track membership expirations
  • Work with chair to retain steady active membership growth
  • Attend wifmco events as needed
  • Help marketing committee with gathering member info for newsletter and member spotlights
  • Manage check-in table at wifmco events 
  • Maintain member database

Programming Committee: Chair: Nancy Snyder
  • Help with planning, set-up and take down of all WIFMCO events
  • Seek out and secure women to speak on panels for/and/or as part of educational workshops
  • Provide marketing with promotional materials, event details etc etc as needed
  • Create community partnerships for event needs (venue, food vendors, event sponsors etc)
  • Help board or other committees with implementation and securing locations of other events outside set WIFMCO monthly networking and panel events
Development Committee: Chair: Trai Cartwright
  • Work with WIFMCO Development Chair to acquire community sponsorships
  • Actively seek out partnership opportunities for WIFMCO(includes presentation opportunities, co-presentations, film fest sponsorship  opportunities etc)
  • Create new sponsorship opportunities cross chapters
  • Create "pitch materials" for wifmco sponsorship packages
  • Attend WIFMCO events as needed
  • Work with Trai on new program initiatives outside of monthly events such as: screenwriting contests, finishing fund and mentorship programs, production workshops and more!

STUDENT OUTREACH Committee: Chair: Chelsea Morgan Thomas-Eddington
  • Aid the student outreach chair in reaching students at all Colorado universities and Film or Media Education institutes. Student memberships are $25. WIFMCO considers students to be a vital part in our growth. We can provide on the job mentorship programs, real life training, networking they cannot receive at school and more! Chelsea will be designing a committee who will actively speak at local Colleges and Universities about membership with WIFMCO
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time in school university centers
  • Confident in speaking to students about WIFMCO and our mission
  • Create and attend events for student members only on or off campus
  • Identify opportunities for WIFMCO to obtain student memberships
  • Create student retention programs

Committees meet at most 1x a month.
Any committee member is encouraged to attend monthly board meetings

Questions? Email us at info@wifmco.org

 
 

Open Board Position:


We are currently seeking someone to fill the WIFMCO Board Secretary position.
Responsibilities include:
  • Documenting all WIFMCO board meetings
  • Update WIFMCO shared document storage drives
  • Help with legal filing for 501(c)3
  • Help WIFMCO Treasure at events to check in members and take payments
  • Work with WIFMCO attorney for any needed documents to maintain non-profit status
  • Update bylaws and see that WIFMCO stay in compliance to all CO state laws
  • Attend events as needed
  • Represent WIFMCO at local film festivals
This is a 1 year post. Send letter of interest wth resume to info@wifmco.org

Our next Board meeting is Wednesday September 13th. Location TBD. Applicants are welcome to attend.
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Member News & Events Aug 2017
Comedy night out.
Blissfest Panel support WIFMCO State of the State
Summer Carnival Aug 26th- free community event. 
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