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October 4, 2012 

WMM is thrilled to announce that of the 23 "genius grants" awarded this year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the two filmmakers recognized are WMM filmmakers! The grant gives a no-strings attached $500,000 award and the enormous cache of being among an elite group of the best and most creative minds in the world. We are extremely proud and congratulate them both.


  NAtaliaFilmmmaker Natalia Almada's work reveals rich new perspectives on Mexican history, politics, and culture in insightful and poetic films that push the boundaries of how the documentary form addresses social issues. Almada's newest film, EL VELADOR, was produced through WMM's Production Assistance Program and was recently broadcast on PBS. Her other films have also been produced through the PA Program and WMM distributes two titles, ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY and the Sundance Award winner EL GENERAL.


PoitrasLaura Poitras is a filmmaker whose elegant and illuminating documentaries capture the lives and intimate experiences of families and communities largely inaccessible to the American media. Her film THE OATH, produced through WMM's Production Assistance Program, won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance in 2010. Her Academy Award nominated film, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, was also produced through the PA Program.

WMM continues to celebrate our 40th anniversary around the globe throughout October and November. You can see a list of all past and upcoming events here.

New releases INVOKING JUSTICE and SCARLET ROAD will screen, while Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will speak on a panel.

2012 New Release JUSTICE FOR SALE will be shown.

Will be screening ORCHIDS: MY INTERSEX ADVENTURE, while Public Exhibition and Acquisitions Manager Kristen Fitzpatrick will speak on a panel.

New release and festival favorite SCARLET ROAD will screen.
The festival will screen CALLING THE GHOSTS: A STORY ABOUT RAPE, WAR AND WOMEN as well as THE PRICE OF SEX and WMM will hold a seminar for young women filmmakers.
WMM will put together a program featuring films about ending violence against women that will travel throughout India.

Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo will in attendance as her film CORPUS: A HOME MOVIE FOR SELENA screens, along with GOING UP THE STAIRS, THE POETRY DEAL: A FILM FOR DIANE DiPRIMA and POETRY OF RESILIENCE.


Arts Engine, a great resource to the filmmaking community, has been forced to close their doors. WMM has been privileged to have Arts Engine as a close sister organization, supporting filmmakers. But the good news is that they chose WMM to take on their fiscal sponsorship program. This is an impressive group and we are looking forward to working such talented filmmakers, as Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis,  Beth Murphy, and Rob and Lisa Fruchtman. And of course we will working with Katy Chevigny, the founder of Arts Engine, on the films in production by the wonderful Big Mouth Productions team: 1971, The E-TEAM and THE INTERNET MUST GO. We are also proud to distribute their film  PUSHING THE ELEPHANT.


Arts Engine stated that "this was an extremely difficult decision to make. However, we are heartened by the fact that we have succeeded in finding excellent new homes for our programs with organizations..including Women Make Movies, one of the leading independent film organizations." We look forward to helping continue the good work that Arts Engine has brought to the filmmaking world.

On October 31 at Rutgers University, WMM's 40th anniversary will be celebrated with a day-long conference entitled "40 Years of Women in Media: Women and Documentary Film." 

The program includes a screening of UNVEILED VIEWS: MUSLIM WOMEN ARTISTS SPEAK OUT in conjunction with Fertile Crescent Project programming by the Institute for Women and Art. WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will then deliver a keynote address, with Kristen Fallica, a scholar of the history of Women Make Movies from the University of Pittsburgh, serving as moderator for audience questions. 


panel discussion will also be held later in the afternoon with Debra Zimmerman, Dena Seidel (Director, Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking), Alison Bernstein (Director, Institute for Women's Leadership), Kristen Fallica, Jane Sloan (Rutgers University Media Librarian), and Sasha Taner (Associate Director of Leadership Programs and Research, Institute for Women's Leadership). Deanna Utroske (Founder of Films for the Feminist Classroom) will moderate.


 The day will also feature films made by Rutgers students, including the winners of the GET LOUD! film contest and the winners of a student essay contest sponsored by Ms. Magazine will also be announced.


To learn more about attending the conference, click here.



Meet the Funder: Tribeca Film Institute 

Thursday, October 11 | 6:30 to 8:00 pm

$10.00 | Register here


TFI gives support of over a million dollars annually in grants for both narrative and documentary films and new media projects and they are now open for submissions! Dyana Winkler, Coordinator of Feature Programming and Jose Rodriguez, Program Associate of Documentary Programming, will be here to answer your questions and help you decide what grants might fit your project.


Negotiating with Confidence    contract

Wednesday, October 17  | 6:30-8:30 pm

$35 (reg. rate) / $25 (WMM partner rate) | Register  here 


Negotiation is an art. Whether you are negotiating a funding contract, a broadcast license, a distribution deal or a partnership agreement, you have to be strategic to achieve your goals. This workshop led by Larry Studnicky, a leading lawyer with more than twenty years of successful experience negotiating on behalf of a wide range of clients from Dreamworks to LL Cool J, will focus on the fine points of contract negotiating. 


fund Fear of Fundraising: 

An Essential Overview of the Basics

Wednesday, October 24 | 6:30-8:30 pm

$35 (reg. rate) / $25 (WMM partner rate) | Register here


Fundraising for documentaries can be intimidating and even overwhelming for those who are new to it. But without it, even the best film ideas will never be realized. This workshop is designed for filmmakers who are considering a funding proposal, identified a likely project funder or pitched a project to a potential funder or broadcaster. Attendees will receive an essential packet of fundraising tips and resources. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM's Production Assistance Program.


Special Discounts Available!

Get all 3 workshops at a special discount when you register.


WMM Partner Rates are available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, members of WMM Partner Groups and Friends of WMM. Click here for more information. 


We are pleased to announce the newest Board Members to join us at Women Make Movies!

Michelle Materre

Professor of Media Studies and Film,  The New School for Public Engagement 

Ms. Materre is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, and Associate Dean of The New School for Public Engagement School of Undergraduate Studies. Her critically acclaimed film series, CREATIVELY SPEAKING, featuring work by and about people and women of color, is now in its 17th year. Ms. Materre is a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television, and a recipient of The Pen and Brush Society, Accomplished Women in the Arts Award. 


Amy Villarejo 

Professor, Cornell UniversityDepartment of Performing and Media Arts 

At Cornell, Amy Villarejo holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance (of which she is currently chair) and the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. She has published widely, including a book on queer documentary (Lesbian Rule, Duke University Press, 2003), and an introduction to the discipline of cinema and media studies, Film Studies: The Basics (Routledge, 2007). More recently, she is co-editor of a special issue of GLQ, "Queer Marxism," and author of a forthcoming monograph on television, Ethereal Queer (Duke University Press).  

VP of Advertiser Solutions at Visible World and Founder of wimLink

Tania is a digital media specialist who began her career as a filmmaker and media attorney, and specialized in film finance and development as well as documentary and feature film productions. She has also led product management for comScore's Video Metrix, the world's leading online video ratings service. Currently, she runs the Ad Solutions group with TV ad targeting company Visible World, and advises small to mid sized companies on their social media strategy. 
We also say a fond farewell to departing Board Members Vanessa Arteaga, Phoebe Eng and Michelle Halsell. Many thanks for their hard work and dedication!
Learn more about our current Board of Directors
WMM is seeking a full-time Marketing Manager to promote and publicize WMM to our customers, potential customers, filmmakers and the media. This is a great opportunity for someone with exceptional marketing and communication skills to serve as a team leader and work with a management team to develop the potential of a highly regarded, internationally recognized distributor. For more information, click here


This year marks the 40th anniversary of Women Make Movies. Since its beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by independent women directors in the world. In the last five years, dozens of WMM films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel, among others. In addition, in the last year, our Production Assistance (PA) Program has helped hundreds of women filmmakers raise $2.1 million to fund their productions from concept to completion, resulting in numerous award-winning films. 

Women Make Movies. Now more than ever.
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