May 2013
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News You Can Use
Published regularly by Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program, News You Can Use serves as a resource for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts. You'll find news about sponsored projects in our program, upcoming workshops, calls for entries and other filmmaker opportunities.
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Don't miss upcoming screening of WMM films in our Distribution or Production Assistance Programs!




AFTER TILLER by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

SALMA by Kim Longinotto  




ALL OF ME by Alexandra Lescaze


THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen





GOING UP THE STAIRS by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

CAMERA/WOMAN by Karima Zoubir 

THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen

SALMA by Kim Longinotto




FORBIDDEN VOICES by Barbara Miller 
MR. ANGEL by Dan Hunt




FORBIDDEN VOICES by Barbara Miller


THE SUPREME PRICE, a Production Assistance Program film
Don't Forget! Next Fiscal Sponsorship Deadline is June 15!
Are you a filmmaker looking for financial support from funders? Need guidance and resouces for a current production? Don't miss your chance to become a WMM fiscally sponsored filmmaker!


For more information on applying, please click here.

Attend WMM's Upcoming Workshops Featuring Award-Winning Women!

Attend all three workshops and save! See below.



The Art of Pitch with Heidi Ewing and Jenny Raskin


Tuesday, June 4

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Regular Rate: $35.00 

WMM Partner Rate: $25.00

Register here


Pitching is an art that you can learn to master. How you talk about your project makes a huge difference in how it will be perceived by your peers and potential supporters. Delivering a powerful and concise description is key. If you want to bring attention from relevant professionals in the industry to your project don't miss this enlightening workshop. Join the experts for this lively conversation about mastering the art of pitch: Heidi Ewing, Academy Award-nominee and co-director of award-winning documentaries such as JESUS CAMP, 12th & DELAWARE and DETROPIA; Jenny Raskin, producer and head of development at Impact Partners which has helped finance a wide range of award-winning films including two Academy Award nominations for HELL AND BACK AGAIN and THE GARDEN; and Debra Zimmerman, WMM's Executive Director who was recently awarded the Doc Mogul Award at HotDocs 2013.



An Evening with The New York Times Op-Docs


Tuesday, June 25

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration: $10

Register here


Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department's forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Most Op-Docs videos are between 3 and 5 minutes long and are produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers who express their views in the first person, through their subjects or more subtly through an artistic approach to a topic. Having a short video on Op-Docs means your story can be seen by millions of Times readers around the world and you will ignite a conversation about a subject matter that is close to you. This is a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers who have films still in production or have a new idea for a short documentary. Past Op-Docs videos based on films by WMM's filmmakers have included Laura Poitras (THE OATH), Dawn Porter (GIDEON'S ARMY) and Lisa Jackson (SEX CRIMES UNIT). Join us in an evening with Op-Docs coordinating producer Kathleen Lingo as she talks about what they are looking for, how you can submit a short video or a written pitch for consideration and how Op-Docs works with filmmakers in the production of their short videos.



Master Class: Lucy Walker


Tuesday, July 9

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Regular Rate: $35.00 

WMM Partner Rate: $25.00

Register here


Director Lucy Walker is one of the most recognized female filmmakers today. Her documentaries have won over fifty film awards, and she has twice been nominated for an Academy Award: first for WASTE LAND a documentary feature which also won over 30 other awards including Audience Awards at both Sundance and Berlin, and THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM, which also won the nonfiction jury prize at Sundance. Her three previous feature documentaries also garnered multiple acknowledgements: BLINDSIGHT premiered at Toronto and won festivals including Berlin; COUNTDOWN TO ZERO premiered at Sundance and played in Official Selection at Cannes; and DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND premiered at Sundance and was nominated for three Emmys and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. The Crash Reel, a new feature documentary set in the world of professional snowboarding which Lucy produced and directed made its debut as the Salt Lake Opening Night Gala film at Sundance in January. Join us for this master class to learn more about what makes Lucy Walker such a successful and prolific filmmaker. Hear her talk about her process and how she goes from an idea to an award-winning film.pass2


Why not sign up for all three workshops and save!

Regular rate: $65.00 | Partner rate: $50.00


For more information on becoming a WMM Partner, click here

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About WMM Women Make Movies is a nonprofit media arts service organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films by and about women. Given the obstacles faced by women in the motion picture industry, Women Make Movies remains steadfast in our commitment to providing critical assistance to the makers of independent media throughout their careers. Our Production Assistance Program serves both emerging and established women directors with Fiscal Sponsorship, a bi-annual filmmaker Workshop Series, and Information Services, including this e-newsletter.