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WOMEN MAKE MOVIES E-NEWS JULY 2015
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WMM FILMS NOMINATED FOR 14 PRIMETIME AND 
NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMYS


WMM Release PRIVATE VIOLENCE is nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy - Outstanding Informational Programming-Long-Form! Congratulations! This is the third Emmy nomination for Peabody award-winning director Cynthia Hill this year, after being nominated for two daytime Emmys this Spring. Click here to learn more. 

 

Six films from the Production Assistance Program are nominated for a total of 13 Primetime and News and Documentary Emmys!  Congratulations to Margaret Brown (THE GREAT INVSISIBLE) and Oscar-winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR) on their Primetime Emmy nominations for Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking.  CITIZENFOUR was also nominated in the categories of outstanding directing, editing and cinematography for nonfiction programming.  Congratulations also to Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman (E-TEAM), Martha Shane and Lana Wilson (AFTER TILLER) and Rachel Boynton (BIG MEN) on their nominations for Best Documentary, and to Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (THE NEWBURGH STING) for their nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism! For more information about our Production Assistance Program click here

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 FIVE WMM FILMS SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRIERSONS



We are proud to announce that five of our films have been selected for the prestigious Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards shortlist - three out the eight on the list for Best Documentary on an International Subject are WMM films! Established in 1972, the Grierson Awards celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International

Best Cinema Documentary

Best Historical Documentary 

Best Arts Documentary
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AWARD-WINNING SHORT-SUBJECT DOCUMENTARY "ON BEAUTY" TO BE RELEASED IN THEATERS IN LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK IN JULY


From Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick comes a powerful and passionate story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. ON BEAUTY follows renowned fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who has devoted his life to shooting stunning images of children with visible genetic differences such as albinism and facial birthmarks, to create a better understanding of beauty and body image. At the center of the film are Sarah Kanney, an American who left public school after being bullied for the Sturge-Weber birthmark on her face; and Jayne Waithera, who lives in Eastern Africa where people with albinism are called demons. Sarah and Jayne show us the strength of confidence and independence in the face of societal pressures and conventions, challenging mainstream media's narrow scope of beauty. Watch the trailer.

 

After a successful premiere at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, the film opens July 31 in New York City at Cinema Village. Rick Guidotti, Joanna Rudnick, and also Jayne and Sarah, will attend special screenings. From Los Angeles, Guidotti heads to Salt Lake City and Orlando, Fla., for conferences, then Washington, D.C., where the film will screen at the U.S. State Department.

 

The ON BEAUTY team has also created its own interactive platform for collecting additional stories of the "Beauty in Difference." Click here to learn more. 

 

Los Angeles Theatrical Releasethrough July 30
New York Theatrical ReleaseJuly 31-August 6

 

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SUNDANCE AWARD-WINNER "DREAMCATCHER" NOW AVAILABLE



Kim Longinotto's  winner of the Best Directing Award for Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival and shortlisted for two Grierson Documentary Awards, is now available from WMM.  The film, which profiles activist, and former prostitute, Brenda Myers-Powell as she advocates for change in Chicago, is Longinotto's first in the US. Called "intensely moving" by Variety and "powerful, honest, and empowering" by The GuardianDREAMCATCHER has already received critical acclaim worldwide and had its broadcast premiere on Showtime earlier this year. We are pleased to add it to the collection of more than 15 films of Longinotto that WMM distributes. 
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FOUR WMM FILMS SELECTED FOR IFP SPOTLIGHT ON DOCUMENTARY

 

Congratulations to Kirsten Johnson (A BLIND EYE), Nancy Schwartzman (ROLL RED ROLL), Chanelle Pearson and Terence Nance (SO YOUNG, SO PRETTY, SO WHITE) and Lara Stolman (SWIM TEAM)! Their projects have been accepted into the 2015 Independent Film Week Spotlight on Documentary. They join previously announced IFP Documentary Lab selections DECADE OF FIRE (Gretchen Hildebran) and MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART (Cecilia Aldarondo). IFP Independent Film Week runs September 20-25, 2015 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

We'd also like to congratulate four former staff members who have been selected to participate in Film Week: Anayansi Prado (THE UNAFRAID), Daresha Kyi (AMOR PURO Y DURO), Olivia Newman (FIRST MATCH), and Senain Kheshgi (THE PATH) as well as CANARY IN A GOLDMINE executive produced by distribution filmmaker Deborah Hoffman (COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER). Read about all of these projects here
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WMM AWARDED MAJOR GRANT FROM ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION 


  

 

We are pleased to announce that Women Make Movies has been awarded a $120,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts! The award will be distributed over two years and provides funding for WMM's Distribution and Production Assistance Programs, which supports women filmmakers from concept to completion of their films. 

 

In total, 48 organizations will receive over $3.7 million in support of scholarly exhibitions, publications, and visual arts programming, including artist residencies and new commissions. Congratulations to all the recipients on this incredible honor! 

 

For more on the selected organizations and projects receiving funding read the online announcement and browse the the Awarded Grants page.

 

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WMM IS SEEKING FALL INTERNS


Exciting opportunity to learn about independent and documentary film distribution at Women Make Movies!! We have fall internships available in...

Marketing
Filmmaker Services
Workshop Series
Distribution
Administration

Applications for internships are accepted year-round.
Interns work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

WMM Interns receive:
Local travel reimbursement
Free workshop attendance
Free access to screen titles from the Women Make Movies collection
College or University course credit

For an application, please visit http://www.wmm.com/about/jobs.shtml
 

For questions, contact: jobs@wmm.com


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FILMMAKER NEWS

 

Tea Time (Maite Alberdi) aired on POV on July 27

 

Tough Love (Stephanie Wang-Breal) premiered on POV on July 6

 

From This Day Forward (Sharon Shattuck) was featured in the LA Times

 

Dawn Porter's Trapped was featured in an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine

 

Sundance Film Festival selections A Gay Girl In Damascus: The Amina Profile (Sophie Deraspe) had its US theatrical release at the IFC Center on July 24 and The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller) opens on August 7

 

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (Sara Bordo) will be released theatrically and on VOD on September 25

 

Charm City (Marilyn Ness) received a grant from the Catapult Film Fund

 

Love True (Alma Har'el) and Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat) received grants from Cinereach

 

Passages (Katsitsionni Fox) received a grant from Vision Maker Media

 

GRANT & SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Following are some of the bigger deadlines coming up. For a complete list of important deadlines, please visit our website

 

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Deadline: August 1, 2015

Click here to submit. 

 

Sundance Documentary Fund

Deadline: Rolling

Click here to apply. 

 

ITVS Open Call

Deadline: August 7, 2015

Click here to apply. 

 

National Endowment for the Humanities: America's Media Makers: Development & Production Grants
Deadline August 12, 2015 for Projects Beginning April 2016
Click here to apply. 

 

Catapult Film Fund

Deadline: August 21, 2015

Click here to apply.  

 

Click here for a full list of important deadlines!

 

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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. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  

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