June 2013
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We have combined both our former bulletins: E-News and News You Can Use. For those of you who are customers and buy or rent our films, we hope this is an interesting look at the films we are currently assisting with in their production phase through WMM's Production Assistance Program. Fiscal sponsorship, assistance with fundraising and promotion are an important aspect of the work that we do.

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SERVICE by Marcia Rock & Patricia Lee Stotter
CHILDREN OF MEMORY (Ninos de la Memoria), by Kathryn Smith Pyle and Mari­a Teresa Rodriguez will air on Global Voices on PBS's World Chanel June 30! Visit here for times and local listings.
INVOKING JUSTICE by Deepa Dhanraj will air on Global Voices on PBS's World Channel in July. Visit here for times and local listings. 
SERVICE: WHEN WOMEN COME MARCHING HOME by Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter continues to air on local PBS stations in many major cities through June. Click here for a complete schedule.  

Congratulations to the following WMM PA Program filmmakers:


HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY by Therese Shechter (I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST) was recently acquired for distribution by WMM. 
Congratulations to Blair Doroshwalther's OUT IN THE NIGHTGina Abatemarco's 

KIVALINA PEOPLE and Stephanie Wang-Breal's 

TOUGH LOVE for their successful Kickstarter 



Amber Fares' SPEED SISTERS was featured in GOOD Magazine and will be presented at Good Pitch Europe in London. 


Nara Garber's FLAT DADDY 

screened at National History Day in Pennsylvania in May as part of a workshop for high school students.  


by S. Casper Wong
WMM is happy to announce the acquisition of S. Casper Wong's THE LULU SESSIONS for educational and community organization distribution.


Melissa Haizlip's MR. SOUL


Kimberly Bautista, director of JUSTICE FOR MY SISTER

spoke at the UN in Geneva on a panel about Violence Against Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean.  


Director Michelle Memran spent two months editing her film FORNES: THE REST 

I MAKE UP during an artist's residency at Brown University. The New York Times recently ran an article mentioning the film. Read the full story here.


Catherine Murphy received grants from The Christopher Reynolds Foundation and the Robert Sillins Family Foundation for her film


Dawn Porter's GIDEON'S ARMY received a grant from the Fledgling Fund. Porter also received a development grant from Chicken & Egg in support of her new film, TRAPPED.  


Alexandra Lescaze's ALL OF ME also received grants from the Fledgling Fund and from Chicken & Egg


Yoruba Richen's THE NEW BLACK will screen at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 19th and 20th.  Buy tickets here.

Ruth Thomas-Suh's

documentary, REJECT,
premiered at the 37th
Cleveland International Film Festival in April. The film's producers will work together with Purdue University educators to launch an Indiana-based pilot community outreach 
program in Fall, 2013.   


Suzanne Wasserman's

MEAT HOOKED! screened at the NYC Food Film Festival where it won Best Feature Film, at the Miami International Film Festival and at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of their Women-Made Series. It will be re-broadcast nationally July 7th on PBS's 

America Reframed.


Leah Wolchok, director of VERY SEMI-SERIOUS, is thrilled to announce the launch of her brand new trailer and Kickstarter page.
Cathryne Czubek's A GIRL AND A GUN was picked up for distribution and will be released in theaters and On Demand starting July 3. In NYC, A GIRL AND A GUN will open at the Quad Cinema on July 5th. Find a full list of screenings here 
Festival Deadlines For Filmmakers
forbidden voices
FORBIDDEN VOICES by Barbara Miller Screens at Brooklyn's Northside Fest
Final Deadline: June 14, 2013
Chicago International Film Festival
Regular deadline: June 21, 2013


Extended Deadline: June 28, 2013

Deadline: July 15, 2013
August 9, 2013 (Feature)
Deadline: August 1, 2013 for documentaries completed after April 1, 2013

Deadline: August 31, 2013

Submissions now open!

Submissions now open!

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We are thrilled to announce that internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto's newest film, SALMA, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and went on to further success at Berlin International Film Festival and Hot Docs, will have it's New York Premiere at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival this month! To see more on dates and times at the Lincoln Center and IFC, visit here.

Also having their New York Premieres at HRW are CAMERA/WOMAN by Karima Zoubir and GOING UP THE STAIRS by Rokhsareh Gahem Maghami and from the Production Assistance Program, THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen. For dates and times, visit here

What an incredible offer! From now through June 30, take advantage of the opportunity to own five films at a 65% savings, including our bestsellers and most popular releases. Choose from any of our 550 titles here. You can take advantage of this special offer by ordering online and referencing promo code EOYE13. Offer ends June 30, 2013. 


Turkey has been the recent focus of widespread media attention as protesters rally against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-based administration's surge in urban commercialization. WMM releases WOMEN OF TURKEY: BETWEEN ISLAM AND SECULARISM, VOICES UNVEILED: TURKISH WOMEN WHO DARE and UNVEILED VIEWS: MUSLIM WOMEN ARTISTS SPEAK OUT explore some of the complex issues at the root of this uprising, offering a female perspective on the ties between Islam, secularism, sexuality and gender equality in present-day Turkey. In an effort to provide context for this international conversation, WMM is now offering a special 3-for-1 discount when these titles are purchased together. Enjoy this $840 value for the limited time price of $295 by entering the code: TURKEYE13 during checkout.  


*End of year offer does not include 2013 new releases. Offers apply to institutional orders only; no home video. Cannot be combined with any other offers.


Register for both and save! 2-Workshop pass: $40/$30.  

Click here for more information.


An Evening with The New York Times Op-Docs
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm 
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, Op-Docs cover current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. This event 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 filmmakers have included Laura Poitras' THE OATH, Dawn Porter's GIDEON'S ARMY and Lisa Jackson's SEX CRIMES UNIT. Join us for 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, 6:30pm - 8:30pm 

Regular Rate: $35.00
WMM Partner Rate: $25.00

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. THE CRASH REEL, a new feature documentary produced and directed by Lucy and set in the world of professional snowboarding, 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.    


Congratulations to  
 Sheffield Doc/Fest on  
its 20th Anniversary!

Once again, WMM has a strong presence at Sheffield Doc/Fest. WMM has worked with the great Sheffield staff to present two compelling sessions this year. On June 14th, Executive Director 

Debra Zimmerman will be moderating a panel entitled WHAT THE HELL DO PRODUCERS DO? Then, Production Assistance Program Consultant Tracie Holder will join Debra to present a special workshop called US FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS.


Sheffield Doc/Fest will also be screening 

Kim Longinotto's latest documentary, SALMAOther films from the WMM Production Assistance Program will also be screened, including AFTER TILLER by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson and THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA by Ann ShinTWO CHILDREN OF THE RED MOSQUE by Hemal Trivedi has been selected to participate in the Sheffield Meet Market.


WMM is pleased to announce that Executive Director Debra Zimmerman has been presented with Sheffield Doc/Fest's Inspiration Award for bringing her love of documentary film to young filmmakers and audiences the world over. For a full description of this honor and a list of other award winners, visit here.


After Sheffield, Debra and Tracie will hop a train to Edinburgh to attend Scottish Documentary Institute's Edinburgh Pitch & Docs in Progress. Held annually, The Pitch is a great forum for filmmakers to present projects to international commissioning editors, receive feedback and learn about the demands of the international market. 



Are you a filmmaker looking for financial support from funders? Need guidance and resources for a current production? Don't miss your chance to become a WMM fiscally sponsored filmmaker! The application deadline is June 15th.  For more information, please click here. 



Since 1988, the Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of filmmakers take their projects to the next level. WMM is pleased to highlight the following recently completed Production Assistance Program Films and congratulate them on all their continued festival success!


ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH by Pratibha Parmar had its US premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film will soon screen as the Centerpiece Screening at QFest in Philadelphia on July 20th and as the Fusion Centerpiece Screening at Outfest in Los Angeles on July 18th. WMM is the proud distributor of many of Pratibha's films, including WARRIOR MARKS and A PLACE OF RAGE.

AFTER TILLER by Martha Shane & Lana Wilson and GIDEON'S ARMY by Dawn Porter continue their prolific post-Sundance festival run. We are thrilled to announce that AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS by Grace Lee, ALL OF ME by 

Alexandra Lescaze and THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen will all be having their world premieres at the prestigious AFI Silverdocs and Los Angeles Film FestivalSamantha Buck's BEST KEPT SECRETwhich premiered at the Montclair Film Festival, will also join fellow WMM PA Program films at Silverdocs. 

THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee & produced by WMM Board Member Caroline Libresco 

AFI Silverdocs Official Selections

AFTER TILLER by Martha Shane &

Lana Wilson 


BEST KEPT SECRET by Samantha Buck 
GIDEON'S ARMY by Dawn Porter 
THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen


Los Angeles Film Festival Official Selections

ALL OF ME by Alexandra Lescaze


THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of
Robert West, co-founder of Working Films and a treasured friend of Women Make Movies. Robert's contribution, dedication and passion for films that confront social injustice and human rights has made a lasting impact and will never be forgotten. On June 6th, the day of his passing, Working Films released this statement: "He approached death the same way he lived his life - with grace, dignity, intention, honesty, and whenever possible, humor." For these reasons and countless more, Robert will be dearly missed. 

We are very sad to announce the passing of Cristela Melendez, our longtime colleague and friend at WMM. Cristela worked with us for almost thirty years as our Administrative Assistant. Anyone who visited WMM during Cristela's time is sure to remember her smiling face, kind words and fiery spirit. She will be sorely missed by us all.


CAMERA/WOMAN by Karima Zoubir
Deadline: June 12, 2013 (for Projects Beginning January 2014)  
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. These projects are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. Apply here
The Roy W. Dean Grants
Deadline: Summer June 30, 2013
From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society." Apply here.

Sundance Documentary Fund
Deadline: July 9, 2013 
Sundance Institute's Documentary Fund and Awards division is a core element of the DFP, granting between $1 and $2 million per year to support U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary films. The Sundance Documentary Fund encourages the diverse exchange of ideas that is crucial to fostering an open society and public dialogue about contemporary issues. Apply here.

Fleishhacker Foundation
Deadline: July 15, 2013  
The Foundation makes grants to local, community-based organizations through two main programs: Arts & Culture and Pre-collegiate Education. Detailed information about grant making priorities, application guidelines, and recent grants can be found on this site. There are two grant cycles each year, with application deadlines of January 15 for spring decisions, and July 15 for fall decisions. Apply here

The MacArthur Foundation
Deadline: July 15 - 31, 2013 
MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues. Apply here.

Hubert Bals Fund
Deadline: August 1, 2013 
The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion. Apply here.
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. For the past eight years, films from Women Make Movies have been nominated or won an Academy Award for short and feature documentaries. 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.
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