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PSWIFT Calendar
How to Join PSWIFT
Board of Directors
October Luncheon
Classes & Workshops
Member News
National Film Registry
Film Festival


Oct. 10 - Sat.
Luncheon & Guest Speaker -KAYE BALLARD
See article for details. 
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Nov. 14 (Sat. AM)
Luncheon & Guest Speaker - Location tbd.
FRANK FURINO - Furino/Greene Creative 
Dec. 15 OR 16
(Date & Time tbd)
Jan. 9
(Sat. PM)
Mixer (PS Film Festival)
Feb. 20
Mar. 13 (Sat. AM)
RICHARD LEWIS - CSI Producer/Director 
Apr. 10 (Sat. AM)
Luncheon & Guest Speaker
May 15 (Sat. AM)
Luncheon & Guest Speaker

June 15 (Tue. PM)
End of Season Mixer
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Executive Committee
Diane Ahlstrom, Co-President
Associate Producer, Easyway Gourmet with Kris Capra
Fern Field Brooks, Co- President/Education Chair
Consultant, "Monk", TV Series
CSUSB/Palm Desert Campus

Denise DuBarry Hay,
Past President & Marketing/Public Awareness Chair
Thane International, Co-Founder
Kaswit Inc., President
Blue Moxie Entertainment, President
Sharon Bell,
Consultant, Business & Legal Affairs,
Media Strategies International
Patti Gribow,
Vice President
CEO Gribow Entertainment, Inc.
The Patti Gribow Show,
Host & Producer
Board of Directors
Leanna Bonamici
President / CEO, Casablanca Studios
Entertainment, Inc.  
Founder PSWIFT, Past President
Sheri Davis
Director, Inland Empire Film Commission
Gloria Greer
Producer/Host Time Warner's "Conversations with Gloria Greer"
and PBS' "Classic Conversations" and  "Exploring the Arts"
Sherry Halperin,
Membership Chair
Television/ Film Writer, Producer
and Author
Haddon Libby,
Development Chair
CFO of Western Community Bancshares
Kim Waltrip
WonderStar Productions, Producer
Platinum Circle
Jackie Lee Houston
Owner, CBS-2 Affiliate
Alexandra Sheldon
Rozene Supple
Owner, R&R Radio Group
& The Camelot Theater
Advisory Board

Mary Bono Mack,
Bonny Dore
Past President Women in Film-LA
President, Bonny Dore Productions
Pattie Daly Caruso
Producer/Host My 13's "Valley Views"
Cheryl Blythe,
Abbie Bliss,
Annette Bonetti,
Office Support
Jade Flynn,
Office Support
Elise Whitworth,

OCTOBER 10, 2009
Come join us for an entertaining afternoon with
being interviewed by PSWIFT member
and legendary desert icon
Kaye Ballard
Date:       Sat., Oct. 10, 2009
Location: La Quinta Resort & Club
               49499 Eisenhower Dr.
               La Quinta
               Salon de Fiesta
Time:      10:45 Check in
               11:30 Luncheon
                 1:30 Luncheon ends
Cost:       Members $35/Non Members $50
               (Secure MEN are WELCOME!)
For those of you who haven't experienced the pure joy of spending time with Kaye Ballard, this is a luncheon you won't want to miss.
From Burlesque to Nightclubs, TV to Broadway and Movies, and now at 80+ years young, still going strong with a new edition of her Memoir.  Her recent book "How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years" was made into a wonderful 4 CD set last month called, "My Life, In My Own Words, With My Own Mouth!"
Kaye will be autographing copies of her CD after the luncheon.
Treat yourself to a sample by clicking on the picture of Kaye!
You can RSVP immediately at
Or contact us at [email protected] or call 760-238-0306.
All events must be prepaid.  There is a 72 hours cancellation period to qualify for a refund. 
Directions:  Washington to Eisenhower -for self parking, turn on Avenida Fernando, large parking lot on the left - walk thru breezeway, past outdoor dining (Used to be Morgans, now "26 Restaurant", on the right is the Salon de Fiesta  (there will be signs).

Dear Members and Friends,
Our September Mixer at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse was a huge success!   The wine and appetizers were delicious!  Ruth's Chris went out of its way to see to our comfort, privacy and all our needs.  There were so many familiar faces to catch up with, and so many first-timers, who after meeting our members, and hearing about our upcoming activities JOINED PSWIFT!  It's going to be a very exciting year!
We'd like to take a moment to introduce you to our new Marketing Committee:
Past President of PSWIFT, President of entertainment/media company, Kaswit, Inc. and Blue Moxie Productions, which just completed the feature film, SHOOT THE HERO.  Co-Founder of Thane, Int'l, one of the leading global direct response marketers in the world.

CATE ERVIN -  Furino/Greene's Public Relations Manager bringing more than 20 years experience  as a public relations/marketing consultant; director of public relations for advertising agencies; and writer/producer of a live magazine/news show for KESQ-TV, the Palm Desert ABC-TV affiliate.
DELENE GARBO - Public relations/marketing consultant; director of public relations for advertising agencies; and writer/producer of a live magazine/news shows. Her new retainer-based GET NOTICED PR/Marketing consulting business, offers over 20 years' experience at budget-conscious rates.

MARK GAUTHEIR - Madison Avenue advertising copywriter, consultant and creative director. His clients include Time, People, Newsweek, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Vogue, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Allure, Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Archaeology, Golf Digest, Harper's, Details, GQ, Discover, Fortune, Gourmet, Family Circle, Variety, and dozens of other general-interest and specialty publications.
JANET NEWCOMB - Public relations and marketing consultant,  B.A. in psychology from Michigan State and M.B.A. in marketing from Pepperdine. Her weekly television show, ChowhoundTV finished a 2 year run on KCET Los Angeles and KCET Desert Cities in December 2008, and she has a new tv show in development.

KATE SPATES - In 2005, her company, WebSites 2000, was bestowed the honor of Small Business of the Year in the 64th District of California by Assemblyman John Benoit. She changed the name to Image Marketing Concepts "Because we are so much more than web", and serves over 200 clients worldwide.

JANET SPIEGEL - Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, Custom Publishing - Clients include: Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival, PSWIFT, Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads Center at Antigua, Los Angeles Press Club, Hollywood Radio and TV Society.  Also, former Hollywood Reporter, EMMY Magazine, American Film Magazine and Palm Springs Life Magazine rep.

ELIE TOURJE -  Radio newscaster and talk show host in Mammoth Lakes, CA and Palm Springs,  also a TV Newscaster in early 2000.  Currently runs community affairs for Time Warner Cable in Palm Desert as well as writing script and producingTV spots.

We're planning some exciting events, and on October 10, please join us in welcoming KAYE BALLARD as our Luncheon Guest Speaker. 
 WLF logo
WLF Annual Leadership Conference
"Leading With Optimism - Looking Forward"
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Miramonte Resort & Spa � 45-000 Indian Wells Lane �
Indian Wells, California

� Experience dynamic speakers
� Network with fascinating women
� Learn to live your life with optimism

This special event will also feature an awards ceremony honoring:
Jane Treacy, YWA Co-Chair - 2009 WLF Lifetime Achievement Award
Colonel Pat M. Webb, USAF - 2009 WLF "Breaking through the Glass Ceiling" Award
Palm Springs Life - 2009 "The Community Spirit Award"

Final registration deadline is
12 noon on October 21, 2009.
For registration call (760) 837-7222
Register now to receive a discounted member rate!
$95 - WLF Members Full Day Conference with Lunch
$125 - Non-Members Full Day Conference with Lunch
$110 - PSWIFT Members Full Day Conference with Lunch.
To view the full information, click on the logo, or visit:
Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) is a dynamic nonprofit organization whose purpose is to develop and empower leaders of all ages and backgrounds through targeted educational programs, leadership training, and relationship-building opportunities.

Patti G
As part of the CSUSB Indian Wells Theater season, PATTI GRIBOW will host "Conversations with...," a series of one-night-only, intimate, "living-room" discussions with three fascinating individuals and an amazing group.  They have all achieved great celebrity, but only at the Indian Wells Theater will the public be able to meet them, hear about their experiences and ask them what their lives have been like. 
You can be a part of the interview process during the question and answer segment as Patti chats with celebrities such as comedian/actor, Jerry Van Dyke, and Peter Marshall. She will also "dish" with some of her "gal pals" and former "Golddiggers" about their days in Hollywood, on the road with Dean, and their lives today!
The Broadway Series kicks off Oct. 30 with Hal Linden (television's Barney Miller) starring in the critically acclaimed Tuesdays with Morrie .
Here's your chance to stay after the play and participate in a post-show discussion. Ask questions or just listen to the conversation with host PATTI GRIBOW on the first Sunday of each of the Broadway plays. Members of the cast and crew, or both, will return to the stage after the performance to talk about the play and answer your questions. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Indian Wells Theater Box Office at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78154. Make sure to mention that you are a PWIFT member so that the organization can benefit from your purchase.
PLEASE click on Patti's Picture to see the full schedule for the CSUSB Theater Season.  OR go to:
Iraq Star
"The Power of Positive Energy"
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Riviera Hotel Resort & Spa
Palm Springs, CA.
PSWIFT Member CHRISTINE M. FLEMING will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Guests arrive at 2:30, shopping and fun at 3:00, dinner at 4:30, after-party in lounge at 9:00.
Join Celebrity Medium, Cheri Mancuso, Reiki Master; MSA, as she guides 700 guests into a 'POSITIVE MEDITATION' and Professional Motivational Speaker, Daryl L. Frazier, Certified Trainer of NLP and Hypnosis who will share with us how to understand The Power of Positive Energy, create it and use it!

Boutiques: Revenge Boutique - LaDiDa Jewelry - The Body Deli - Just 4 U Purses - Crystal Fantasy - Tracy's Aura Photography -
Balance by Design - Healthy Times - Arbonne - Megumi Charm - The Vein Doctor Medical Group - Arts - Instruments of Inspiration - Skincerity and the list goes on...
Each guest will receive $140 worth of free gifts.
Tickets are $95 each - PSWIFT MEMBERS RECEIVE A $5 DISCOUNT.
Please click on the logo to learn more about Iraq Star, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the necessary reconstructive surgeries to assist war veterans recovering from physical and mental injuries. It is their hope that this surgery will also help veterans heal from emotional trauma and ease their return to their pre-war lives.
Wendy Girard
"You're in very good hands.  She knows The Work." - Martin Landau, Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner
"You're very fortunate to have her as your teacher." -  Mickey  Rourke, Best Actor Oscar nominee
"Wendy is extremely gifted." - Al Pacino, Best Actor Oscar winner

Wendy Girard's Professional Monday Night Acting class is ongoing for the third year in the valley.  If you need to brush up on your craft or keep from getting rusty, her attention to your individual talent will hone your skills.  Daytime and evening class for all levels of acting students will begin in October. Most of her students have been cast within months of working with her. 
Fall Session September 28 - December 21 
Spring  Jan 4 - March 31
ALL ACTING CLASSES are for ages 12 and up to and including Master Classes for working professionals.  Classes are rooted in the Stanislavski System, or The Method, and Viola Spolin Improvisation and masters techniques from Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, Peter Brooks, Grotowski, and others.
Classes will be at the Indio Performing Arts Center, Indio, CA.
CALL 310-699-3030 to register or email [email protected]
See Wendy Girard's partial film and TV credits on:
Please visit our website: to see the full list of her classes.
Girard will also be teaching Directing, Writers and Actors Improvisation,  Acting for Seniors, and other classes and workshops TBA. classes are open to anyone 12 years old and up.  She is also available for private coaching for both actors and writers.

Desert Voice Over

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(in Rancho Mirage)

Sign Up Now! Class size is limited to first 12 people who enroll so that each student has sufficient microphone time.

A broad overview of the voiceover industry-past, present & future-and how you fit in!
Learn the different types of script "copy" and how they relate to you!
Discover your "voice" and how it can cut through against your competition
Learn how to play the "celebrity" voice game!
Become familiar with popular voice attitudes
Rapidly analyze script copy and deliver a performance
Learn The Art of Sharing-the Group Audition
This BEGINNERS Level Workshop covers all of the basic and essential voiceover tools and techniques you need to develop your individual niche-designed for the voiceover newcomer OR those with some VO experience wanting to brush up before entering INTERMEDIATE Level intensives.
DAVE WALSH has been a key national voiceover talent in the business for almost 15 years as the signature voice of many major icons including AT&T, Honda, DirecTV, Shell, Mitsubishi, Lincoln-Mercury, Hyundai and Credit Suisse. He has also narrated numerous television series including CBS' BIG BROTHER, the E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, TLC'S MODERN MARVELS and VH1 NEWS PRESENTS...Walsh has also voiced promos for ABC, NBC and The WB networks as well as ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, FEAR FACTOR and NBC's smash hit, THE BIGGEST LOSER.

Welcome Back Fall Special Price only $295.00
Your MasterCard or Visa Payment NOW of $295.00 will guarantee your spot in the limited size class to be held on October 24, 2009.
Desert Voiceover (760) 341-7093 to reserve your spot or click on the logo.
Women in Film MEMBERS receive a discount price of $275.00

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009
10:00AM - 5:00PM
(in Rancho Mirage)


Sign Up Now! Class size is limited to first 12 people who enroll so that each student has sufficient microphone time.
This INTERMEDIATE Level Workshop covers the key tools to help performers learn to play "full out" in their performances, overcome common pitfalls and take their work to the next level.
Client must have previous voiceover workshop experience, either Beginner or Intermediate level. THE V.O. WORLD IS MORE CROWDED THAN EVER - LEARN THE TOOLS TO REALLY MAKE YOUR MARK AND SEPARATE YOU FROM THE PACK!
Go inside the "Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? of the commercial advertising industry!
Increase your speed in making the right acting "choice"
Discover your signature read!
Determine personal performance roadblocks!
Identify how to "color" your performance and increase your booking ratio!
Your MasterCard or Visa Payment Now of $295.00 will guarantee your spot in the limited size class to be held on November 7, 2009.
Desert Voiceover (760) 341-7093 to reserve your spot or click on logo above.

Women in Film MEMBERS receive discounted price of $275.00

Shoot the Hero

You can now view the trailer for SHOOT THE HERO, produced by DENISE DuBARRY HAY, written and directed by Christian Sesma.
Kiss the bride - Take the Money  SHOOT THE HERO!

While shopping for wedding rings, a young couple (Jason Mewes & Samantha Lockwood) unintentionally become the only eyewitnesses to a jewelry store heist gone awry as rival gunmen (Paul Sloan, Nick Turturro) turn on each other. Desperate to rectify the botched job, an underground mob boss (Danny Trejo) dispatches a mysterious hit man to find the soon-to-be husband and wife and clean up the mess. Seemingly at random, two brothers (Nic Nac Nicotera, Mike Hatton) find themselves stranded on their way to work after a series of misfortunes leaves them in a precarious predicament. Eventually forced to hitchhike, they find a ride from none other than our young engaged couple. But as the night unfolds everyone quickly discovers that their lives are somehow connected. And as bullets fly and plots thicken, what follows is a night of thugs, guns, laughs and love in an action-packed romp as seen through the eyes of talented writer/director Christian Sesma.

You can read more about this locally produced film in the August 2009 issue of Palm Springs Life magazine.  And, visit:
Patricia WelchPatricia Welch now has her own "State of The Art Studio" with ISDN.

Former Broadway Star Patricia Welch is a Professional Singer as well as an accomplished Voice-Over Artist. People have nick-named her "The Chameleon"  because of her Versatile Voice with an amazing 4-Octave Range. She has 20+ years of experience recording for Television, Radio, Film, Records, and Jingles.  Voice jobs are turned around with surprising speed and broadcast quality in her state of the art digital studio, complete with ISDN.
Ken and CHRISTINE HALL along with videographer LARRY CROSBY created a 25-minute video featuring homeowners and HOAs who converted to water conserving desert landscapes. The video will be shown at Desert Garden Community Day on October 10 at the Palm Desert Visitor Center. The video is part of the presentation, Conversion to a Desert Garden, where Ken will offer tips and ideas about desert-friendly landscapes. 

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Please lend your support to WIFV's 2009 nominations for the National Film Registry.  (click on logo above)
The Library of Congress maintains the National Film Registry to honor "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films" that are at least 10 years old at the time of their inclusion in the Registry.  The selected films are "works of enduring significance to American culture." Selection also brings the resources of the Library of Congress to find "missing" films and encourages their preservation and exhibition.
Women in Film & Video continues its multi-year project to have more women-made films included in the National Film Registry with these nominations.  Although women have been involved with movies since the camera was invented, their work is severely underrepresented in this national collection. (I know, you are surprised!)   In 2009, WIFV is nominating the following films to the National Film Registry:
1) "The Big House" (1930) written by Frances Marion;
2) "New Sensations in Sound" (1949) animated/produced by Mary Ellen Bute;
3) "Growing Up Female" (1971) written/directed by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein;
4) "Will" (1981) by Jessie Maple;
5) "Big" (1988) directed by Penny Marshall.
You don't need to choose which one to vote for, we need you to support all five.
Why these films?  Frances Marion was the first women to win an Oscar for an original screenplay.  She won it back to back for "The Big House" and "The Champ".  In more than 80 years of Oscar awards, only 14 women have won for original screenplay (way more than have won for directing, but...).  Frances Marion remains one of the most prolific screenwriters in the industry and her scenarios and screenplays launched and reinvigorated many careers.
"New Sensations in Sound" was used by RCA as a promotional piece and often ran as a short before feature films.  Ms. Bute's animations combined abstract images with music to create visual collages that focused the viewer's attention on the music.  Her experimentation with shapes and music is so successful that you forget you might be watching an eggbeater!  This film received a preservation grant from the New York Women in Film & Television Film Preservation Fund.
"Growing Up Female" by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein is considered "the first film of the modern women's movement". Feminist films are not represented in the Registry so we want to start with the "first".  As a vital document of the women's liberation movement it certainly meets the minimum requirements for inclusion.  Since it also serves as a vital resource for young women who have little idea of how much has changed for women in barely one generation, it should be housed at the Library of Congress. 
"Will" is "the first feature-length independent film produced by an African-American woman." Jessie Maple, was also the first African-American woman to become a member of IATSE (New York, 19750).  "Will" follows a drug addict and a 12-year-old orphan as they develop a "family".  Filmed on location in Harlem, it received the Special Merit Award at the Athens International Film Festival in 1981 and stars Loretta Devine in her first feature film.
"Big" is our next attempt to get director Penny Marshall represented in the Film Registry.  (For some reason they didn't chose "A League of Their Own" last year.)  Besides, "Big" received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, was the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million in domestic box office, and gave Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination.  You can also click through from the WIFV-DC home page, !
Call the WIFV Office at 202-429-9438 with any questions or suggestions of films to nominate next year. 
 Wheels Film Fest
Mary Pickford Theater
36850 Pickfair Street
Cathedral City, California 92234
Tickets can be purchased at: 
      Palm Springs Subaru in Cathedral City.  $20
Please CLICK ON the logo to see the full program line-up.  
Without a doubt, one of this summer's hottest film stars is Australian film actor, Eric Bana. He kicked off the summer season as the heavily made-up villain in "Star Trek," then co-starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy/drama "Funny People." Then, he starred opposite Rachel McAdams in "The Time Traveler's Wife", based on the best-selling novel.

But months before this unbelievable string of back-to-back box office hits put Eric Bana in the summer spotlight, his directorial debut made its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this past spring. The documentary entitled "Love The Beast" written and directed by Bana, is the story of a 25-year love affair with his '74 Ford Falcon XB Coupe.

For the first time ever, members of the automotive community will have a venue in which they can meet trend-setting filmmakers that use their automobiles and products.  These filmmakers influence millions of television and movie audiences and they are members of an exploding new cottage industry developing film projects that reach a worldwide audience through Internet video websites.
As a result of a tragic automobile accident that killed three Palm Springs area high school teens in 2007, proceeds from the Wheels On Reels Film Festival will help fund safe-driving programs for area teens. 

Contact: Bernadine Bogdanovs (760) 213-6826
[email protected] 
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SAG Foundation BookPALS Needs Your Help
BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a unique volunteer program of professional actors who read aloud to children, helping to introduce them to the wonderful world of reading and literacy. 
The SAG Foundation Coachella Valley BookPALS needs volunteer readers and is looking for new and "gently used" books for 1st through 5th graders in Valley schools from Desert Hot Springs to Indio. The books will be given to students in the BookPALS Program.
To volunteer or to donate books, please contact Tere Britton, coordinator of the program at  (760) 898-4052 or [email protected].
(Click on the logo to read more about us) 
PS Film Office The PS Film Office website has become an invaluable resource for production companies, both local, and out of the area, looking to shoot in the Coachella Valley. 
      If you haven't yet, please take a moment to visit the site.  If your business falls into any of  the categories shown,  please take a moment to GET LISTED.
      If you ARE already on the site, but it's been over a year since you last updated your information, LOG-IN and edit your profile.  Allow 24 hours forthe site to process the new information. or click on the logo.
 Questions? Contact:  [email protected].
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