The One Sheet
Volume 09, Issue 2
|Welcome to The One Sheet!
It brings you current chapter and industry news, information, upcoming events and opportunites.
Check out WIFT's new website and online calendar at www.wift-houston.org
! It's updated constantly with WIFT, member-related, and industry events, news and information you need to know.
If you have any news, events or opportunities to include in WIFT's future newsletters, email a summary (with pictures!) to Jolene at email@example.com
||WIFT WEB SITE NEWS|
Where the Pros Go to Find YOU!
You can still be a part of WIFT's online member directory
, but since it's voluntary you won't be added automatically. If you'd like to be included, email a headshot (.jpg only) to firstname.lastname@example.org
and put WIFT WEB DIRECTORY in the subject line. Include a brief bio with your background and skills, work you're looking for and any contact information. Check out those members already on the site Directory at www.wift-houston.org
WIFT's Online Calendar
Don't forget check the calendar often! It's updated daily with WIFT-sponsored events, classes, seminars, workshops, screenings, selected events from other industry organizations and more.
Want to add an event? Email the details and contact information for the person in charge to email@example.com. Type "WEB SITE CALENDAR" in the subject line.*NOTE: WIFT has the right to edit and/or refuse any item.
Upcoming Events (visit the calendar for full details):
5/9 - Reg. Arts Council Murder Mystery presents Big Daddy's Speakeasy
5/9 - MFAH Film Department presents "Who Does She Think She Is?" Meet Co-Director Nancy Kennedy, and stick around for Q&A for only $6 (WIFT members $5, if purchased at MFAH box office) at this WIFT co-sponsored event!
5/14 - WIFT Night Out: Dinner Buffet at Molina's Cantina, 4720 Washington Ave. at Shepherd Dr., and Tom Vaughan's "The Third Side," at DiverseWorks. Miss this, and you can catch other performances during May.
5/20 - Section 181 Webinar
5/23 - Story and Plot: Structure
The "8 X 10" Music & Film Industry Conference
April 18, 2009 - HCC Performing Arts Center, Spring Branch Campus
Photo credit: Denise Boucher
(L-R) Jolene McMaster, Moderator, and Dr. Aubrey Tucker, Seminar Host; Panelists, Yusef Muhammad, President, Black Broadcasting Network, and from the Astrodome Studios project both Elise Hendrix, President and Cynthia Neely, Vice President
The Houston Community College Chapter of MEISA (Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association) and Houston Community College presented the first "8X10" Music & Film Industry Conference on Saturday, April 18. Women In Film & Television Houston (WIFT) had the opportunity to present morning and afternoon short film screenings in the Fine Arts Center's new Screening Theater. The morning session presented the best of European Short Films, and the afternoon session, featured two Oscar-nominated shorts selected by WIFT Houston president Jolene McMaster. These were free screenings offered as a sidebar to the conference. "What an asset the Screening Theater has become to an already fine audio and film program at HCC!," reports WIFT President, Jolene McMaster.
Among WIFT members in attendance were panelist Cynthia Neely, Danny Kamin, Casey Kelly, Denise Boucher, and our volunteers Yankie Grant, Melrose Fougere, Laura Thorsten, and Jennifer Joseph. New member Denise Boucher thankfully provided some photos of the day for "The One Sheet." Thank you all for your support!
Though the weather was not kind to the conference, attendance was still very good, and certainly an indicator that such a conference is a valid addition to the current offerings for members of the music and filmmaking community.
Hosting the conference were Attorney Ricky Anderson, and WIFT corporate members Dr. Aubrey Tucker, HCC-NW Division Chair, Fine Arts and Commercial Music, and Dr. Scott Gehman, HCC Division Chair, Audio, Video and Film. Marcus Roberts, President of the HCC Chapter of MEISA opened the conference. Seminars included "Houston's Music Scene," moderated by Dr. Tucker; "Entertainment Attorneys Get Your Deals Done," moderated by Ricky Anderson; "The Houston Film and Television Scene, moderated by Jolene McMaster; "How Can I Get Played??," with Ronnie G, J. Thomas Smith, Esq., and Neal Harrison; and finally, Film Music: The Unseen Drama," moderated by Regina Scruggs, with writer/director Casey Kelly, and producer Jolene McMaster among the panelists. The evening's program featured a "New Artist Music Showcase," hosted by Professor Keno Sims.
WIFT Reaches Out to Young Filmmakers
by WIFT Vice President Marc Isaacs
Young filmmakers are a key part of the future of our industry and on February 27th I got to meet some talented ones. I served as a guest speaker at the "Quack Attack Film Festival" hosted by Lone Star College Cy-Fair Video Production Club. The festival featured a variety of categories for competition including Drama, Comedy, Documentary and Public Service Announcements, and each filmmaker or filmmaking team produced a 5-minute piece. I chose to focus my 15-minute presentation on the importance of networking and developing resources as a fundamental strategy in creating successful projects. I used this to emphasize the difference between their experience as autonomous filmmakers - serving as writers, directors and actors - and the need for professional filmmakers to assemble an entire production team to effectively finish a project. I encouraged students to network among themselves to identify people with different talent, and reach out to professional organizations such as WIFT Houston for mentoring and future job opportunities.
WIFT Helps Shape Tomorrow's Media Professionals
by WIFT VP Marc Isaacs and Secretary Melannie O'Connor
Photos Credit: Heather Leigh Jackson, pdlstudios.net
WIFT Houston is honored at the recent invitation to participation in the annual
Media Day at Missouri City's Hightower High School. The school's award-winning film and video production program boasts a large collection of awards, including the much-coveted Addy!
Vice President Marc Isaacs organized our involvement and led our lively session with students. Member/Photographer Heather Leigh Jackson performed her usual magic with the camera in documenting the students' contagious enthusiasm. Secretary Melannie O'Connor and WIFT Houston Alumna Carolina Boyd joined in the fun, emphasizing the netowrking and career building advantaages that organizations such as WIFT Houston provide.
The students' technical saavy, creative energy, and project-driven accomplishments are inspirational. And their crew of dedicated instructors is rightfully proud! We sincerely hope many of these young talents will join WIFT Houston as student members and, eventually, as full working members of our profession and our organization.
"As someone who learned on the job, I'm thrilled to see these students are developing technical skills as journalists and storytellers long before their graduation from high school," says WIFT Vice President Marc Isaacs. "They're creating opportunities for themselves thanks to the outstanding program at Hightower, and I'm pleased WIFT Houston can contribute to shaping their future. Who knows? We may be working for these kids someday so it's imperative that we take the time to offer guidance and encouragement now."
||WIFT NEW, RENEWING & CORPORATE MEMBERS|
WIFT-Houston would like to welcome...
Corporate New & Renewals
Hotel Derek - Chad Tiedt & Ryann Woods-Tadlock, Houston Community College Audio & Film Department - Dr. Scott Gehman & Rick Harrington,
Houston Community College Fine Arts Department - Dr. Aubrey Tucker, Bonnie Gallup & Betty Shine,
Indie Slate/Fresh Squeezed Entertainment - Maureen Herzog & Dave Walker, Locke Bryan Productions - Camille Bryan & Locke Bryan, Page.713 / Page Parkes Talent - Page Parkes-Eveleth & Michelle Martinez, Photographic Design Lab - Heather Leigh Jackson & Sanjay Patel, Roeder & Moon - Jeff Evans Individual Renewals
Karen Aptekar, Susan Branton, April Brown, Kristine Canterbury, Robin Craig, Wanda Carraway, Aneta Davis, Melinda deKay, MaryKate Flanagan,
Shawn Harris, Marc Isaacs, Jennifer Joseph, Carole Keeney-Harrington,
Melanie Lawson, Eleese Lester, Linda Mazzagatti, Esq., Katie McDowell,
Sabrina Miskelly, Patty Nilsson, Melannie O'Connor, Julitta Pourciau,
Donna Reed, Dr. Scott Reynolds, Clemmie St Amand, Nancy Simonds,
Mark Sullivan, Pamela Summers, Marilyn Swick, Patricia Torres-Burd, Elsa Ward, Karron Wardwell, Lori Gail White, Carrie Woliver, Lawrence Young, Esq. New Members
Denise Boucher, Susanne Campbell, Rutherford Cravens, Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado, Galadrief Ferguson, Hannah Isaacs, Dolores Jackson, Andrew Kantowski, Lydia Martinez, Carrie Moffett, Tresha Rodriguez-Jacques, Xxavier Tallow
||Member News and Happenings|
by WIFT Members
"Saving Evan White" premieres at SXSW and more!
Director/Producer Karen Aptekar's documentary short "Saving Evan White" was created to put a face on the problem of medically frail young adults who "age out" of Pediatric Medicaid upon turning 21. The three-minute advocacy version is being distributed to Texas State Representatives and Senators as part of the effort to pass SB2241.
The 13-minute festival version of "Saving Evan White" recently received the 2009 Telly Award in the following categories: Use of Music, Low Budget and Charitable/Not for Profit and Social Issues. The documentary short also received a WorldFest Bronze Remi in the category of Social/Economic issues. "Saving Evan White" premiered at SXSW Reel Women's Showcase in Austin. Karen continues to submit the documentary to festivals worldwide. For more information about Karen's project go to www.savingevanwhite.com and join the Facebook group Saving Evan White.
*Photo credit: Heather Leigh Jackson
News from Pastorini-Bosby Talent:
Mexican Soaps Featuring PB's NICKY MONDELLINI Airing on UNIVISION and TELEFUTURA!
Nicky Mondellini has two soap operas currently airing. "Contra Viento y Marea" is running on Univision every day at midnight. It was shot in Manzanillo and at the Televisa Studios in Mexico City. "Vivian Los Ninos" is airing every day at 10am on Telefutura. It is a soap for children, where the main characters are played by eight and nine year olds. It was shot on location in Mexico City and in the Televisa Studios. Nicky says Mexican soap operas are not long running like American ones. They typically go from six months to a year before ending.
"Connect" with Pastorini-Bosby Talent
Because we know you always need those vo auditions "yesterday" we made things easy for you. We'll send an audition link to your mobile device so you can listen to those outstanding solutions at your convenience. No more slow loading graphics. No slow loading colors. Just you and the casting solution.
You can even send an email back to book your talent directly from the auditions page. Let us help you cast your next project with ease. www.pbtalent.com
News from Page Parkes Talent:
Shantel VanSanten: Spotted in CSI
Our fave flame-haired stunner from Texas was spotted on a recent episode of CSI: NY! She's been burning it up in Hollywood after moving there a few years ago from Houston. Click to watch the entire episode: http://www.imdb.com/video/cbs/vi623182617/. She even appears in the first few scenes!
Don't forget to check out her new movie where she stars alongside Mischa Barton this spring, You & I.
Shantel also stars as 'Lori" on "Final Destination 4." It's the upcoming installment to the Final Destination supernatural thriller franchise. The film will be written and directed by Final Destination 2's Eric Bress and David R. Ellis, respectively, and will be shot in HD 3-D. The film will be released on August 21, 2009 in the United States and on October 1, 2009 in Australia.
Shantel began her acting career with Page Parkes at the young age of 14. Her first major film was starring opposite Mischa Barton in "Finding t.A.T.u" as "Janie Sawyer," which will release in March of 2009 (USA). News from A+ Actors:
Look for A+ actor Sterling Knight (below) in the wide release film 17 AGAIN, playing in theaters now.
And watch for A+ actor Chandler Canterbury (below) in KNOWING - also in theaters!
||Jobs & Opportunities |
|NATIONALLY SYNDICATED COURT TV SHOW:Taping in Houston is accepting resumes and interviewing for the following positions immediately: ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS - previous court, reality show experience a plus. Must be able to work under tight deadlines, in a fast- paced environment and multi-task. Phone skills and attention to detail a plus. Creative Production Assistants - Will work with Producer teams and show guests. Must be detail oriented and work under pressure. Production experience helpful but not required. Please email resumes to Resume@judgealexprod.com.|
NBC-AMERICAS GOT TALENT: Is coming to Houston for the first time ever and tickets are FREE. The hit show is taping live in Houston and you can join host NICK CANNON and celebrity judges DAVID HASSELHOFF, SHARON OSBOURNE, and PIERS MORGAN in the television audience. Be a part of the star-studded audience and watch the best singers, dancers, comedians, and performers of all ages and style compete live on television. The show is two days only, May 12th and 13th, and the minimum age to attend is 14. For further information and to print free tickets, please visit http://www.ocatv.com/shows/show/257. Do not miss this rare opportunity to be part of a primetime television event. And if you want to audition for the show, visit http://www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/
ABC-WIFE SWAP: The hit primetime show, seeks superstar families of independent filmmakers. The premise of WIFE SWAP is that one parent from each household swaps places for a week to experience how another family lives. It is an incredible family experience and opportunity to both learn and teach different family values. Potential families can live anywhere in the United States, but we ask that families applying for the show consist of two parents and have at least one child, age 7 or older, living at home. Specifically, looking for families of independent filmmakers. If you, along with your family, are hustling in the independent film scene, then I want to talk to you. To submit for the show please email a family photo and description to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each family that tapes an episode of WIFE SWAP receives a financial honorarium as compensation for their time. Anyone who refers a family that appears on our program receives financial compensation as a thank you from us. If you are a family unit - two parents and children between the ages of 7 and 17 who love an adventure, I would love to hear from you today. Also, please feel free to send this casting along to any families you feel would be appropriate. For further information visit http://abc.go.com/primetime/wifeswap.
The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival call for entries: They are pleased to announce a category for Scripts and Sreenplays. Dates for both categories are open for submissions now as Late Entries (subject to Late Fees). These will be accepted from May 2nd thru June 27th.
See website for details www.gulfcoastfilmfest.com.
An invitation from WIFT International:
WIFT Houston members are again cordially invited to participate in the fifth year of New York Women in Film & Television/Hamptons International Film Festival short series entitled "TO THE POINT: WOMEN TELLING STORIES THROUGH MEDIA." NYWIFT/HIFF. TO THE POINT is again one of three North American points of entry for next year's WIFTI SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 2010.
The Series provides a unique platform for WIFT member filmmakers to showcase their multi-faceted talents in areas of shorts, composed in fictional narratives, animations, documentaries and experimental films, television and videos that bring unorthodox and original perspective to the experiences of women from all walks of life from around the world.
"TO THE POINT" showcases the filmmaking forte of women from, for example, Australia, England and the USA. Last year's submissions included works from Canada to New Zealand. At the Hamptons Festival last year members from the film community and the general movie-going public enthusiastically received the films.
NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler, and WIFTI WIFTI Vice Chair Barbara Meyer, personally invite you to participate in this exciting showcase of filmmaking talent by visiting the New York Women in Film & Television website, www.nywift.org. There is a link to the NYWIFT/HIFF APPLICATION (submitted in duplicate) for the "TO THE POINT SERIES."
There is no fee to submit for this series, and all films MUST be UNDER 20 MINUTES and completed by JUNE 30, 2009.
NOTE: Entering TO THE POINT does not automatically enter you (WIFT members) into The Hamptons International Film Festival Shorts Category. Members will need to submit directly to the HIFF shorts category.
For entering separately into the Hamptons International Film Festival Shorts Category, please visit the Hamptons International Film Festival website at: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
. Selections for the Series are made by a panel of NYWIFT member filmmakers and by the Hamptons International Film Festival Programming Department.
In addition, WIFTI initiated the first worldwide Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase in 2006, celebrating International Women's Day in March. Participating chapters worldwide screened selected films made by women from chapters around the world.
NYWIFT/HIFF To The Point is again one of three North American points of entry for next year's WIFTI SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 2009. If WIFT members wish to submit their film for consideration to the 2009 WIFTI Showcase, they will be asked to sign a section of the HIFF/NYWIFT application.
Only films selected for the NYWIFT/HIFF To The Point series 2008 will be considered for WIFTI Short Film Showcase.
"TO THE POINT" is an excellent path to visibility fir the extraordinary women filmmakers from around the world.
*NOTE: Individuals should verify all jobs/opportunites independently before pursuing.
||WIFT Houston Updates From Your President|
Welcome to our Spring edition of "The One Sheet."
Now that our annual elections are history, I want to welcome our new board members, and thank profusely those who have served well, and stepped aside to allow for fresh ideas and the high energy that new members can offer.
Thank you, Jenny Bosby, Camille Bryan, Nancy Clinton, and Heather Leigh Jackson for your past services, and continuing support. On behalf of those of us not up for re-election this year (Vice President Marc Isaacs, Treasurer Karron Wardwell, and At-Large Members Page Parkes-Eveleth, Yankie Grant, and your president), we welcome Maureen Herzog, Sabrina Miskelly, Patricia Torres-Burd, and Heather Tucker as new Board Members, and continuing for another term are Founding President Melody Moss and Board Secretary, Melannie O'Connor.
WIFT enthusiasm is building within the board. Volunteers are stepping forward, and we're excited to update you. For one, Sabrina Miskelly, who brings experience as a news and TV talk show producer, with added accomplishments in public relations, marketing, and advertising, is perfectly suited to take on WIFT's e-newsletter, which we expect to bring to you on a monthly basis. This is her first! Thank you, Sabrina.
Next, the Breakfast Rap! It's back. We've heard some of you have missed not having it this year. Board members will help to bring a breakfast event to the members each month. The board member in charge will pick the location as well as the time and day of the week, in hopes that we can attract members to events occurring all over our vast metropolitan area. Marc Isaacs will plan the May Breakfast Rap!, followed by Sabrina Miskelly's breakfast in June, and Melannie O'Connor's in July. Please check the Web site CALENDAR link for these dates to be listed.
WIFT Night Out, an opportunity for members to network in the evening each month will also begin in May. The first such evening will be the opening night performance of member/playwright Tom Vaughan's "The Third Side," on Thursday, May 14, at DiverseWorks. Tickets are $13, and now on sale at www.mildredsumbrella.com
. Buy your ticket now, and join us. Tom's play will continue throughout the month with final performance on May 30. DiverseWorks is located at 1117 East Freeway, near UH Downtown. We'll do a "meet-up" at Molina's Cantina, 4720 Washington Ave. at S. Shepherd Dr., for a buffet meal ($15pp) before the performance. If you are interested in the dinner, email email@example.com
. We'll need a head count for dinner, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
by May 11. The dinner will be limited to the first 25 to RSVP.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Deborah Duncan, "Great Day Houston," and Associate Producer Tiffany Rubio, for giving me the chance to do my live television debut. I was invited to participate in the Oscar Predictions show to represent WIFT Houston. Deborah makes every show a joyful experience - but loving movies like I do, it was an exciting opportunity for me to be on the panel of experts discussing the Oscar picks and the Awards show history. The other panelists were Nick Nicholson, President of the Houston Film Critics Society, and the regular film critic for the show, Jake Hamilton, also a member of the HFCS. The February 19 segments are still linked to the KHOU Web site if you want to check it out: http://www.khou.com/greatday/hollywood-houston/?nvid=333784
As I have this opportunity to write to you each month, I would like at this time to discuss incentives, now that the latest bill has been signed by Governor Perry. He and the Texas Film Commission are pushing for $62 million to be approved before the legislative session ends. It is part of SB1 that is now before the Appropriations Committee. That's $40 million higher than the bill that was signed into law two years ago, both of which were authored by Austin Democrat Dawnna Dukes and Greenville Republican Senator Robert Deuell, MD. The recent bill signing and celebration took place at Robert Rodriguez' Troublemaker Studios Those in the picture (below, L-R) are: Sen. Kirk Watson (Author of SB 1929 dealing with the media production development zones), Rep. Dawnna Dukes, Robert Rodriquez, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Bob Deuell, Sen. Royce West (co-author of Watson's bill). Our thanks to Don Stokes, President, TXMPA, for making sure we got the line-up right.
Photo Credit: Jette Kernion, www.slackerwood.com
Here are some facts that can help you as you talk to or correspond with your state representative or senator, business owners, and voters who can support our legislators in Austin. We want everyone informed. We'll continue to lose jobs unless we establish and are able to maintain a more competitive program.
- The Texas Film Commission has tracked and documented nearly 50 big budget film projects that researched Texas but instead chose to shoot in another state.
- As a result, we have documented over $500 million in lost spending, over 7,000 lost jobs, and over $300 million in lost wages.
- Our economy has missed out on a great deal of economic activity and tax revenue associated with the film industry.
- Texas does NOT need to match the programs offered elsewhere; a modest incentive will effectively close the gap between Texas and its primary competitors.
- The economic benefits of film production in Texas are well documented. Even a low-budget film ($10M or under) spends about 50% of its budget locally.
- Conservative estimates project that in the first year of a competitive program, Texas would see about $250 million in new spending.
- This program will help the Texas economy and bring jobs back to your district.
Let's hope the Appropriations Committee will see the light and allow the funding to move our industry forward instead of to our neighboring states. Be pro-active while there's still time to be influential in your district.
We can truly celebrate the bill signing following the appropriations of the critical funding for our industry.
A few last requests, and it's one I'll repeat monthly:
AN EASY WAY TO HELP WIFT HOUSTON: Randalls Good Neighbor Program. For several years Randalls Food Market and Pharmacy have been in partnership with WIFT Houston through its Good Neighbor Program. You can stop by your closest Randall's store and link WIFT's Account Number 8870 to YOUR Remarkable Card. The more people who link their Remarkable Card to WIFT's number, the more money WIFT will receive. Do take the time to stop by the Courtesy Booth of your Randalls Store (just once to set it up) and support WIFT in this manner.
- Please contact Volunteer Committee Chair Melody Moss at email@example.com to put your name on the "Volunteers List." She'll call you when help is needed.
- Contact your Membership Chair Yankie Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have a question on membership or want to refer a new member.
All the best for a rewarding year!
WIFT Houston President (2008-2010)
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