August to Dec 2017 Member Directors' Spotlight
- Sharon Edwards
- Veleka Gray
- Victoria Greene
- Jency Griffin Hogan
- Kenna Moore
- Shena Mullins
- Steph Smith
- Candice Vaughn
June is the end of the year for Women in Film & Television Louisiana - and a time to reflect on our accomplishments since June 2016, and plan for the future.
As a 501(c) 3, WiFT LA hosts its annual membership meeting every June. This year we will meet at the new offices of advisory board member Jaye Calhoun.
We have tripled our membership since last year and plan to double that. It can't be done without you.
Be counted. Be there!
WiFT LA Member: YOU
June 2017 Member Spotlight
May 2017 Member Spotlight
WiFT LA Member: Misty Talley
In 2008 Misty Talley began her film career as an assistant editor. Within a few years she was an editor working on a mix of feature length films, shorts, and documentaries. In 2011 she directed her first short 'Soup's On!' and in 2013 went to the Cannes Film Festival with her short 'Ten to Sing' after it was accepted into the shorts corner. With her editorial background she prides herself on her detail oriented and purposeful film making approach. Most recently she has begun directing feature length films and in 2015 became the first woman to direct a Syfy channel original movie,' Zombie Shark'. In 2016 she followed up her Syfy channel debut with her second feature for the channel, 'Ozark Sharks'. Misty operates a production company, Fable House, with business partners Sam Claitor and Matt S. Bell.
Visit the Fable House website to find out more: http://www.fablehouse.tv
April 2017 Member Spotlight
WiFT LA Member: Sheri Leigh Myers
March 2017 Member Spotlight
WiFT LA Member: Michelle Benoit
A Scots-Irish-Cajun from the southwestern Louisiana prairies, over the last twenty-five years Michelle has worked in the field of visual story telling. She has written, produced and directed films, documentaries, museum installations and videos, and been recognized with numerous awards and acknowledgments. She has been Artist-In-Residence at the University of New Orleans, teaching screenwriting and filmmaking in the MFA Film Program as well as at LSU. She produces, writes, and directs for Côte Blanche Productions.
For more information, visit her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0072255/
WiFT LA Member: Daneeta Jackson
February 2017 Member Spotlight
Daneeta is a filmmaker, visual artist, transmedia storyteller, and partner at ElekTrik Zoo Films, Inc. She has written, produced and directed short-form narrative, documentary, experimental, and long-form films, projection art, commercial, PSA, branded videos, social media spots and web videos that have been seen in 21 countries around the world.
Her award-winning narrative film, “Destiny lives Down the Road,” screened at major festivals and led to a commission from the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center to produce “Chalmatia: A Fictional Place Down the Road,” funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. The installation included over 400 photographs, 86 text pieces, an hour-long film, and an installation component. She is in post for a new hybrid film entitled "Nicabob."
January 2017 Member Spotlight
WiFT LA Member: Kimberley Rivers Roberts
Kimberly Rivers-Roberts is an actress, motivational speaker, rap artist (aka Rapper Queen Black Kold Madina ), music producer and lifetime resident of New Orleans. "Trouble the Waters" her 2009 Oscar® nomination for best documentary, the 2008 Sundance GRAND JURY prize winner, 2008 Full frame film festival Grand jury prize winner and the 2008 Gotham indie film award winner.
Her latest project: “Fear No Gumbo”, is an edgy documentary about protecting what is yours. It exposes how in the aftermath of the mass devastation of Hurricane Katrina, individual and organizations have tried to exploit the community, from Disaster Tourism, to sub-par "new" home construction, to half built Community Centers, where can underprivileged communities draw the line? Where is the line between "fair use" and "Cultural appropriation"? It also shows the rich culture and many charms the city has to offer – exactly what many are fighting to save.
July 2017 Member Spotlight
WiFT LA Member: Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Davies Clarkson, born in New Orleans, is an American actress and recently became a Honorary Member of Women In Film & TV Louisiana. She has starred in many leading and supporting roles in films such as The Station Agent, The Pledge, The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, High Art, Dogville, Good Night, and Good Luck, Easy A, and Cairo Time. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe for her performance in Pieces of April (2003). She twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Six Feet Under. In 2015, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Elephant Man.