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WOMEN MAKE MOVIES E-NEWS JANUARY 2015
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Women Make Movies is thrilled to announce the release of PRIVATE VIOLENCE! Coming after a successful premiere at Sundance, and a critically acclaimed HBO broadcast, PRIVATE VIOLENCE is for the first time available to educators, activists, coaches, law enforcement and advocates. Over the coming months we will be working on an impact campaign to connect directly with domestic violence communities to facilitate change on the ground, creating action and dialogue to end intimate partner violence. Watch the trailer, and click here to purchase the film. 

 

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Congratulations to Director Laura Poitras on her Oscar nomination for CITIZENFOUR! She joins a long list of other filmmakers from our Production Assistance Program whose films have been nominated or won over the years -- including Rebecca Cammisa, Ellen Kuras, and Cynthia Wade. For 9 our of the last 10 years, WMM has had a film nominated or win at the Academy Awards! Learn more about WMM's Production Assistance Program here.

If you're working on a film, or have a film in production, and want to join some of the ranks of filmmakers like Laura Poitras and Dawn Porter, apply for WMM fiscal sponsorship! The next deadline to submit your project into the Production Assistance Program is Feb. 15th. Apply here
sundance

We're proud to announce that three films from our Production Assistance Program have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2015: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, CHUCK NORRIS vs. COMMUNISM and THE AMINA PROFILE.  Congratulations to the filmmakers! 

Congrats to WMM distribution filmmaker Kim Longinotto, whose film DREAMCATCHERS had its world premiere at Sundance!

See here for the full Sundance schedule.  

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Congratulations to the new films joining the Production Assistance Program! 

Women Make Movies welcomes some exciting new projects into the PA program! The new projects include Academy Award nominated directors and first-time filmmakers, see them all listed below. To see some of our other projects in the program visit our site

  

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY by Sara Bordo

CANTINEROS DE CUBA by Katja Esson

DUSTY GROOVE: THE SOUND OF TRANSITION by Danielle Beverly

FENCING FOR THE EDGE by Holly Buechel

THE FOUNDERS FILM by Charlene Fisk

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA!  by Sasha Wortzel, Reina Gossett

HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD by Lilly Rivlin

IF THE DANCER DANCES: MERCE CUNNINGHAM IN THE 21ST CENTURY by Maia Wechsler

PERSONHOOD  by Joanne Ardinger 

A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY by Rachel Seed

THE QUIPU PROJECT by Rosemarie Lerner, Marcia Ignacia Court

THE SCIENCE OF COMPASSION by Kendall Nelson

SITTING STILL by Gina Angelone

SO SICK by Sini Anderson

UNTITLED MISSOURI FILM  by Rebecca Cammisa 

THE VOTE by Cressida Trew, Hanan Abdalla

 

workshops


WORKSHOPS, WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

The 2015 Spring workshop series is here!  This season's workshops include sessions on fundraising, distribution and proposal writing.  We've expanded our workshop offerings and added webinars with topics ranging from festival strategy to interactive storytelling.  See the next three upcoming workshops below. 

FEBRUARY & MARCH WORKSHOPS
(click here for complete Spring Season)

**New early bird special!  Receive 25% off regular priced workshops if you purchase tickets by Feb. 10th!**

Fundraising: An Essential Overview of the Basics

Thursday, February 12
Regular Rate: $35.00 | Discount Rate: $25.00

 

Secrets of Successful Proposals 

Thursday, February 26

Regular Rate: $35.00 | Discount Rate: $25.00

Wednesday, March 11th 
FREE

 

For more information on all of our upcoming workshops, please visit our website. 

  

WEBINARS

 

Navigating the International Film Festival Circuit

Thursday, February 26
Regular Rate: $30.00 | Discount Rate: $20.00

 

Interactive Storytelling with Ingrid Kopp

Thursday, March 26th 

Regular Rate: $30.00 | Discount Rate: $20.00

 

PODCASTS

To learn about alternative financing concepts for documentaries and features, listen to the Blogtalk Radio's "The Art of Film Funding" podcast, where recently WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman shares tips for funding, outreach and distribution. Click here to listen! 

 

screenings
ILLUSIONS

WMM ON THE BIG SCREEN & ON TELEVISION

TELEVISION

Encore Broadcast, HBO, Tuesday, February 10. 
For more information click here

Broadcast Premiere, AfroPop|PBS Monday, February 02, 8:00 p.m. EST
For more information and to set your local channel click here.

BIG SCREEN

Museum of Modern Art
Women's Film Preservation Fund-Women Writing the Language of Cinema Program
February 02, 2015-February 13 | The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, MoMA
ILLUSIONS by Julie Dash
REASSEMBLAGE by Trinh T Minh-ha
LAS MADRES DE PLAZA DE MAYO by Susan Blaustein & Lourdes Portillo 
Please click here for the full program details.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center to Celebrate Black Independent Film
Friday, February 13, 6:00pm | Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira will be at the screening for Q&A! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

NYC Premiere w/ director Rebecca Barry in attendance for discussion. Thursday, February 05, 6:00pm EST, click here for tickets.  
Upcoming screening: Washington DC, Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. EST, click here for tickets. Hosted by Gathr. 
Screening and Q&A with film subject Sister Fa, Friday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. EST
For more information and to buy tickets, click here

Screening, Brooklyn Museum First Saturday, March 07, 2015
For more information click here

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Zimmerman receiving the 2011 Athena Award

ZIMMERMAN APPOINTED NJ LAURIE CHAIR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES AT RUTGERS U.
 

The WMM Staff and Board are very proud to announce that WMM's Executive Director Debra Zimmerman has been appointed the 2014-2015 Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University!

 

The Laurie Chair brings cutting edge scholars and practitioners to campus to share research, give public lectures and interact with students and faculty associated with Douglass Residential College, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the Institute for Women's Leadership. Debra joins the ranks of other prestigious Laurie Chairs such as Charlotte Bunch, women's rights activist,  Carol Gilligan, Professor at NYU and Michelle Wallace, author oBlack Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman.  

 

She will be teaching a Spring 2015 course titled "Feminist Film/Media: Politics, Culture, and Representation",  which will provide a critical and analytic investigation of independent feminist film and mainstream media, examining how women are represented in popular culture and how they represent themselves.  Congratulations, Debbie!   

 

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FILMMAKER NEWS

 

Congratulations to Sara Bordo, whose film A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story will premiere at SXSW!

 

Mark Levinson's film PARTICLE FEVER has been nominated for best Documentary Feature by the PGA!

 

Lisa Jackson's film IT HAPPENED HERE had its broadcast premiere on Pivot.  Congratulations!

 

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Googleplay and Vudu.

 

Johanna Hamilton's film 1971 won the ABC News VideoSource Award at the IDA Awards.  Congratulations!

 

THE QUIPU PROJECT from directors Rosemarie Lerner and Maria Ignacia Court has been selected for Good Pitch Argentina.  The film has also recently appeared in the New Statesmen and then republished in the New Republic.

Holly Stadler's film Finding Our Voices is set to air on Vermont PBS Plus on Monday, 2/23 at 9:00pm as part of the "Vermont PBS Plus Community films" series.

 

Pamela Hogan's film LOOKS LIKE LAURY, SOUNDS LIKE LAURY will premiere on America: ReFramed (WORLD Channel) on Tuesday March 10th at 8 PM.


Congratulations to Brett Story on her Documentary Organization of Canada Institute's New Visions Award for 2014!


Carol Bash's film MARY LOU WILLIAMS: The Lady Who Swings the Band will have its world premiere at the 2015 Pan African Film Festival in February in Los Angeles.


Nara Garber and Betsy Nagler's film FLAT DADDY had its international broadcast premiere in on PBS America in the UK!


Sasha Wortzel's film HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA! was featured in The Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art's (MOTHA) highlight list of 41 artists and projects that made "a sizeable splash, a significant sprinkle, or any sort of spritz of success" in 2014. See #14 on buzzfeed here.

 

Jennifer Abod's film THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN will screen at the Museum of Tolerance in California on Feb. 25th.

 

Siji Awoyinka's film ELDER'S CORNER will have a rough cut screening at Montclair Art Museum on February 19th.


 

GRANT NEWS

 

Congratulations to Rebecca Cammisa on her recent Catapult grant for her project UNTITLED MISSOURI FILM.


Eight films from the PA program received Chicken and Egg grants including The Amina Profile, Care, Even When I Fall, Freedom Fields, From This Day Forward, A Guangzhou Love Affair, The Movie About Anna and The Vote.  Congratulations to all of the filmmakers!

 

Congratulations to Katia Maguire and April Hayes, their film JESSICA GONZALES vs. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has received funding from Latino Public Broadcasting!

 

Ten films recently received NYSCA grants including American Exile, Among the Believers, Harry's Gift: A New York Story, In My Father's House, Isabel, Untitled Peggy Guggenheim Documentary, Pink Boys, Stolen: Lives in Exile, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and From This Day Forward.   Congratulations to all of the filmmakers!


 Congratulations to Elisa Paloschi, whose film DRIVING WITH SELVI, was awarded a Women in Film Foundation Film Finishing Fund grant!

 

Sheila Kaplan's film AMERICA: COMPROMISED/GOOD SOULS: CORRUPTED just received a grant from the Park Foundation.  Congratulations!


Jennifer Redfearn's film TOUCH THE LIGHT recently received NYWIFT's  Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant.

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS


Eunice Lau's film A-TOWN BOYZ, a feature-length documentary about the lure of gang life for Asian-American men growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, currently has a crowdfunding campaign underway; donate here

 

Sonia Fritz's film MARIACHI WITH PANTS, about an all female mariachi band, currently has an indieggo campaign underway, you can donate here

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

FESTIVAL DEADLINES

AFI Documentary Festival

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Late Deadline: March 2, 2015

Apply here

 

LA Film Fest

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Apply here.

 

Sheffield Doc/Fest & Meet Market

Deadline for Film Festival: February 2, 2015

Deadline for MeetMarket: March 18, 2015

Apply here

    

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival

Deadline: February 9, 2015

Apply here

 

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Early Bird: February 13, 2015
Regular: March 27, 2015

Apply here

 

Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

Late Deadline: February 17, 2015

Apply here


New Orleans Film Festival

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Apply here.


Sarasota Film Festival

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Apply here

 

Seattle International Film Festival

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Apply here

 

  

GRANT DEADLINES

  

The Sidney Hilman Foundation - Hillman Prize

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Apply here

 

Garret Scott Documentary Development Grant

Deadline: January 30, 2015

Apply here

  

ITVS Commissioned Funding ITVS

Deadline: January 30th, 2015

Apply here

 

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

Deadline: February 5, 2015

Apply here


Tribeca All Access Interactive Prototype Fund

Deadline: February 9, 2015

Apply here.

 

Catapult Film Fund

Deadline:  February 16, 2015

Apply here

  

Native American Public Telecommunications/ Television Production Fund

Deadline: March 18, 2015

Apply here

 

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Apply here

  

Sundance Creative Production Fellowship & Lab

Deadline: February 10, 2015

Apply here

  

Open Meadows Foundation

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Apply here.

  

Creative Capital

March 2, 2015, 4:00pm EST: LOI submission deadline

Apply here

 

Asian Women Giving Circle

Deadline: March 3, 2015, 5:00pm EST 

Apply here.

  

Women In Film Foundation Finishing Fund

Applications Open: Early 2015

Apply here

  

Sundance Documentary Fund

Application to be available in February 2015

Apply here

 

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

 

The Good Pitch Australia

Deadline: March 4, 2015

More information.

  

Athena Film Festival (Feb 5-8, 2015)

Held at Barnard College in New York
More information

 

2015 Media That Matters Conference (Washington DC)

Conference Dates: February 19 & 20, 2015

More information

  

BWI's Production Assistant Training Program

More information

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WOMEN MAKE MOVIES CONFERENCE ROOM AVAILABLE TO RENT

Our beautiful, fully equipped conference/screening room is centrally located on 29th Street and 6th Avenue in NYC. The room is available hourly, 24/7, and seats between 25-30 people depending on desired setup.

 

Room includes: 60" plasma monitor, PC/Mac/iPad hookups, DVD player and WiFi.

 

Rates: Prices vary from $35-$50 an hour, depending on use needs and day/time.
 

Please contact info@wmm.com for more information on rates and booking.

 

About WMM:

Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For over 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 and about women in the world. Women Make Movies. By Women. About Women. For Everyone. 


Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

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