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Louisiana Indigenous Filmmaker Workshop

Panelists included: Jolene Pinder, Create Louisiana & Carol Bidault WIFT LA President

New Orleans Film Festival 2018!

WIFT-Louisiana's First Actress To Actress Virtual Panel!

Women In Film and Television-Louisiana aired our first Virtual Panel on July 25th. Actress To Actress was the first of panel of our series that will showcase the careers of Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, Actresses, and all other filmmaking positions in our industry. We delved into various topics such as our global pandemic crisis and it's effects on our entertainment industry, body positivity, Black Lives Matter and roles for People Of Color (POC), advice to aspiring filmmakers, and much more!

 

Our panelists of filmmakers included: 

WIFT-LA President, Shameka Gray

WIFT-LA Secretary and Education Chair, Keota D. Picou

WiFT-LA Sponsorship Chair, Bianca Siplin

Multi-Media Personality, Chenese Lewis

Actress, Producer, and Writer, Lakesha Glover

Actress, Director, and Producer, Sylvia Grace Crim

Actress, Producer, Writer, and Director, Tracy Norwood

Watch Actress To Actress on YouTube!

https://youtu.be/g8CHNSCLtos

If you are a filmmaker who is interested in joining our future panels, please email Keota D. Picou at wiftlasecretary@gmail.com

Life Out Loud Master Class

Women In Film & Television-Louisiana has partnered with Actor and Film Coach, Mark Craig for an Actor's Workshop! This workshop is free to WiFT members. We know our chapter is thriving with actors who have been supporting WiFT and the film industry. 

Class begins on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at 7:00pm via Zoom. Confirmed actors will receive a Zoom link and password.

UPDATE: Entrance to this workshop is now closed but we are working to produce more workshops in the future. So stay tuned!

WiFT-Louisiana Actor's Workshop with Mark Craig!

Women In Film & Television-Louisiana has partnered with Actor and Film Coach, Mark Craig for an Actor's Workshop! This workshop is free to WiFT members. We know our chapter is thriving with actors who have been supporting WiFT and the film industry. 

Class begins on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at 7:00pm via Zoom. Confirmed actors will receive a Zoom link and password.

UPDATE: Entrance to this workshop is now closed but we are working to produce more workshops in the future. So stay tuned!

June-July 2020.

WiFT-Louisiana's Board Election

Cast Your Vote! 

 

June 17, 2020

 

Qualifications

As President:

  • Must be a full member in good standing for a minimum of 1 year.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Must be a committee chair for a minimum of 6 months.

 

Qualifications

Board of Directors:

  • Must be a full member of good standing for a minimum of 6 months.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Cast your vote via email to wiftlouisiana@gmail.com.

 

If you have any questions about your membership status, contact our VP/ Membership Chair, Amy Le at wiftlamembership@gmail.com.

If you have any questions about casting your vote, contact our Secretary/Education Chair, Keota D. Picou at wiftlasecretary@gmail.com.

*Please note that voting is exclusive to members only.

June 17th, 2020.

WIFTI-International Competition Showcase for WIFTI Members!

Women In Film & Television International

 

Have you been having the quarantine blues? Yeah, we know how it is. WIFTI has a great collaboration coming up! WiFTI Chapter Members "MADE AT HOME" short film competition is here! And ALL WIFTI MEMBERS are invited to submit your short films of 3-5 minutes! Click the link below for more information to sign up! 

https://www.myhomemoviefestival.org

May 2020- July 2020.

New Orleans Film Society: From NOLA with LOVE

The New Orleans Film Society has launched a new online streaming channel, From NOLA with LOVE, a catalog of 40 films from New Orleans filmmakers, which were in the official selection of the most recent New Orleans Film Festival. All proceeds from the campaign will benefit participating filmmakers, at this time when they need it the most. Click the link below for more information.

FNWL Website

https://nolalove.eventive.org/welcome

We all miss our Louisiana film events. And the New Orleans Film Society created an exciting way to keep us connected. Take a look at this new streaming service to watch 40 films from New Orleans that were a part of the film selections from the New Orleans Film Festival.

FNWL FaceBook Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/911452119292949

NOFS Social (tag us in your posts): 

Twitter: @NOFS

Facebook: @neworleansfilmsociety (New Orleans Film Society)

Instagram: @neworleansfilmsociety 

LinkedIn: @sundanceinstituteOfficial Hashtag: #FromNOLAwithLOVE

May 1, 2020- June 1, 2020

WIFTI May Webinars

Coming up in May

WIFTI World Wide Webinars in collaboration with @carla_2020_conference! Tune in wherever you are in the world! You’ll hear about everything from how to become a screenwriter after having played in a band with Björk, to how to understand a global crisis from your living-room. We’re so proud to invite creatives from around the world to discuss with WIFTI members how we can rethink and recreate our industry, systems and stories – together with you! 

 

Line-up for May, sign up via link in bio:

Rewriting The Story - Rewriting History?
Margrét Örnólfsdóttir in conversation with Dögg Mósesdóttir
13th May, 4pm / Reykjavik Time

What Should We Be Writing Now?
Tara Armstrong in conversation with Peggy Thompson
20th May, 2pm / Vancouver Time

How To Wrap Your Head Around a Global Crisis?

Rebecca Day in conversation with Helene Granqvist
27th May, 4pm / London Time

@wiftinternational @carla_2020_conference #genderequality #womeninfilm #staysafe

WIFT-LA May VIrtual Alice Evening

WiFT-Louisiana will hold our monthly Alice Evenings via ZOOM(US) this month and going forth until further notice. The positive is that we can get comfortable in our homes while enjoying our favorite drinks together. Let's continue to strengthen our bond and meet our new members! 

Let's Turn It Up on Tuesday and network!

"United, Empowered, Resilient!"

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74010241057?pwd=SHdHTVFjalZpbjFmc0FaTzNKNVZjdz09

WIFT-Louisiana Wine Down Wedneday

A New Virtual Approach!

WiFT-Louisiana is dedicated to keeping us United and Empowered. We are resilient! Join us for our new monthly WiFT Wine Down Wednesday while enjoying your favorite drink. This month we will focus on relief efforts as well as speaking with our fellow WiFT-LA member an Actress, Stylist Bartholomew about real estate opportunities! So get out your laptops, cell phones, and tablets then get comfortable. Let us raise a virtual toast in gratitude!

WiFT Wine Down Wednesdays will be hosted on ZOOM (US).

 

Click Below To Join

https://www.cognitoforms.com/RealtorStylistBartholomew/WIFTPresentsWineDownWednesdayOWNITRealEstateEdition

If you need assistance with logging in, please contact our Treasurer/Events Chair, Ashley James at wiftlatreasurer@gmail.com

RoadMap Writers Online Course

Women In Film & Television-Louisiana has partnered with Roadmap Writers to bring our members a special training course! Roadmap Writers is a leader in screenwriting education and has helped over 150 writers get signed, optioned, staffed and produced. This 1 week program will walk each writer through script development, pitch preparation and marketing help! If you need any further assistance email joey@roadmapwriters.com

 

VISIT THIS LINK TO SIGN UP!

https://www.roadmapwriters.com/pages/1-week-online-program-with-roadmap-writers-wift-nola

March Alice Evening with Kandy Robertson

Kandy Robertson is a Social Media Expert, who is also Director of Marketing of her Social Media Marketing Agency (Conquer Marketing Agency) with more than 15 years of experience working in the entertainment industry and succeeding with creating her own multiple small businesses, including being an Executive Producer for a Reality TV Show (Kocktales & Kandy), as well as coordinated 3 charity events advocating against human trafficking, and more.

 

A multi-passionate entrepreneur, she makes it her mission to help small businesses, influencers, and brands succeed. Author of 2 books, 1 named Editors Choice Best Book of 2019 and #1 Short Read for Business and Money and upcoming release of “From Peasant to Empress” on her childhood brought up by Cambodian refugees, overcoming PTSD, domestic violence and abuse, to building empires. In the book you will learn to overcome trauma and manifesting your own empire. 

 

Featured on Voices of America and the CNN Freedom Project, member of For(bes) the Culture.

 

You can find Kandi on all social media platforms as @ikandyland

Location:

Second Line Stages (5th Floor)

Date:

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.

Time:

7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments served.

*Non-members may attend up to two(2) Alice Evenings.

WiFT-Louisiana HeadShot Pop Up with Global Impact Marketing Group

WiFT-Louisiana has partnered with Global Impact to bring our members a Headshot PopUp!

Come get your updated actor/actress, business or modeling headshot done for the incredibly low price of $35!

A portion of the proceeds go to the WiFT-Louisiana. 

Real Screen Summit 2020

REAL SCREEN 2020 – JANUARY 27 – 30, 2020 / Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

 

Attend the Real Screen for one day for $425 or a full pass for $1399 (regular price $1750). To register, please contact Carol Bidault, MediaFusion Entertainment, by December 11, 2019

A unique opportunity for members of Women in Film & TV US chapters.

Do you have a documentary, unscripted and non-fiction idea, pilot, series, web-series that you feel is ready for primetime?

Do you want to meet the top buyers and learn what they are looking to buy?

Here is an opportunity for you. REAL SCREEN 2020 is around the corner.

Presentations from Executives from Discovery, National Geographic, Entertainment One, Fuse, A&E Networks, Facebook Watch, Lifetime, MGM TV, Science Channel, PBS, TLC, Animal Planet, History, BET, CineFlix, CBS, Bravo, HGTV, Smithsonian, Food Network, (for full list see: https://summit.realscreen.com/2020/speakers/)

Meet top creators, buyers and distributors of unscripted and non-fiction programming for 4 days of panels, pitching and networking, Roundtable Luncheon, meet a Mentor, Speed Pitching, Meet top executives and Commissioning and Development Executives Breakfast, Top talent agencies – Gersh, WME, ICM, RealExchange, BBC Studios, Cocktail Parties, Realscreen Award Gala.

REAL SCREEN 2020 – JANUARY 27 – 30, 2020 / Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

Unique opportunity for Women In Film & TV members

 

Attend the Real Screen for one day for $425 or a full pass for $1399 (regular price $1750). To register, please contact Carol Bidault, MediaFusion Entertainment.

 

About REAL SCREEN:

The Realscreen Summit is the most important non-fiction film & television industry event. Now in its 20th year, this highly anticipated annual event is dedicated to the development of business and creative opportunities for those in non-fiction and factual programming and content creation. Companies such as: Discovery, National Geographic, Entertainment One, Fuse, A&E Networks, Facebook Watch, Lifetime, MGM TV, Science Channel, PBS, TLC, Animal Planet, History, BET, CineFlix, CBS, Bravo, HGTV, Smithsonian, Food Network, and many, many more.

For more information, contact: cbidault@mediafusionent.com.

Industry Informant: Featuring Katie Pryor ( WiFT Baton Rouge)

WiFT-Louisiana would like to give a much deserved shout out to our Baton Rouge Chair, Portia Washington! She is producing many events and programs in Baton Rouge, so if you're in the area stop by at some events. We are women empowering out fellow sisters!

 

Join our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge for Industry Informant: Featuring Katie Pryor!

 

Location:

Beauregard Gallery & Bistro

715 Europe St. Baton Rouge, La. 70802

.Date:

Thursday, February 20th, 2020.

Time:

6:30pm-10:00pm.

WiFT-Louisiana February Alice Evening

Moebina Smith

“Executive Power on the Go”

 

If you ever want to know, what it is like to be an “Executive on the go”; from Single Mom, Television Producer to President, meet Mogul Moe Smith. Ms. Smith is the 2017 new “Executive Power on the Go”. Ms. Smith was born in Uptown New Orleans were she began her professional career in Fine Arts and Theater. As an alumnus of one of the most prominent and prestigious fine arts schools in the State of Louisiana called, “New Orleans Center of Creative Arts (NOCCA), Ms. Smith passion for creative arts allowed her to write many screenplays and television shows around the world. Many of Ms. Smith friends call her affectionately by “Moe”; others around the world professionally call her New Orleans most creative “Golden Child”. 

 

As a mom, top executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, screenwriter, poet, producer, as well as artist; Ms. Smith has never forgotten her spiritual roots. Her passion for people and the true realities of life helped her to develop a vast amount of creative and artistic talents. Ms. Smith creative talent and strong passion for children allowed her to create one of the most sought after creative art schools in New Orleans called, “Creative Kids Fine Arts Academy”. Ms. Smith who earned her Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in the field of “Counseling”; wrote one of the most compelling children’s books called “Wish, I Had A Dad”. “Wish, I Had A Dad”, is a very heart warming and compelling self-help children’s book that focuses on the real absences of a father in a young boy’s life, and the emotional toll that it has on a young boy as he transitions into manhood.

This month’s Alice Evening will be a prime time to learn how to move forward to your next milestone and make a breakthrough. Join WiFT-Louisiana to network and connect with other women filmmakers. 2020 is your year, it is our year!

 

Location:

Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130.

Date:

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020.

Time:

7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings, after which you must become a member to attend any following meetings.

Award Winning Leader and Film Producer, Aaron L. Williams will be our January Alice Evening guest speaker!

Welcome to the New Year! 

 

This month’s Alice Evening guest speaker is Film Producer, Aaron L. Williams! We are very honored to have him in attendance. Mr. Williams founded Academy of Motion Picture Development in 2010, which is a film training and workforce development program in Louisiana that has taught and employed over 200 residents seeking employment in film and television. He is also responsible for founding and funding Louisiana's first ever and largest film camp, Motion Pictures Development Camp, hosted by Digital Media in Baton Rouge. If you are looking to learn more about film producing as well as to network with others in our film industry, attend WiFT-Louisiana’s Alice Evening. We look forward to your attendance.

Check out http://aaronleewms.com and IMDB for more info about Aaron L, Williams!

 

Location: 

Second Line Stages (5th Floor)

800 Richard Street, 70130.

 

Date:
Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 2020.

 

Time: 

7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments served.

*Non-members allowed to attend up to 2 Alice Evenings only.

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 2020.

Budgeting and Financing Workshop for Independent Filmmakers

This month WiFT is holding our Budgeting and Financing Workshop for Independent Filmmakers. This program is meant for producers, as well as directors, writers and actors that need to understand how decisions get made as to which films get financed.

 

About Carol Bidault

Carol Bidault de l’Isle is an award winning producer, specialized in international motion picture/television financing, distribution, media asset acquisitions and management. She brings with her over 30 years of industry experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In 2010, Ms. Bidault moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to open the new headquarters of MediaFusion Entertainment, LLC. She recently produced Cut Off (Brad Dourif, William Baldwin, Jean-Marc Barr); in pre-production & development features on three continents (US, Europe and Middle East).

 

Free for members, $25 for non members, discounts to NOVAC, NOFF.

 

RSVP wiftlouisiana@gmail.com 

 

Location:

Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

WIft-LA's Budgeting and Financing Workshop for Independent Filmmakers!

This month WiFT is holding our Budgeting and Financing Workshop for Independent Filmmakers. This program is meant for producers, as well as directors, writers and actors that need to understand how decisions get made as to which films get financed.

 

About Carol Bidault

Carol Bidault de l’Isle is an award winning producer, specialized in international motion picture/television financing, distribution, media asset acquisitions and management. She brings with her over 30 years of industry experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In 2010, Ms. Bidault moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to open the new headquarters of MediaFusion Entertainment, LLC. She recently produced Cut Off (Brad Dourif, William Baldwin, Jean-Marc Barr); in pre-production & development features on three continents (US, Europe and Middle East).

 

Free for members, $25 for non members, discounts to NOVAC, NOFF.

 

RSVP wiftlouisiana@gmail.com 

 

Purchase Admission: 

 

https://www.wiftlouisiana.org/workshops-panels

 

Location:

Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.

6:30pm-8:30pm.

Lecture by Carol Bidault

IRIS AWARD GALA- Honoring Award Winning Actress, Rutina Wesley!

Women In Film & Television-Louisiana will hold our annual Iris Award Gala at the prestigious Marigny Opera House! Last year was an amazing experience and we look forward to this year's gala to be just as amazing, if not better! We will have great music provided by a DJ, delicious catering, and good times created by our WiFT-Louisiana atmosphere. Raise a toast to all of our accomplishments this year.

 

Award winning actress, Rutina Wesley, made her on-screen debut as the main character in the film How She Move, from British director Ian Iqbal Rashid. She then won the role, Tara Thorton, in the HBO series True Blood in 2007. In January 2015, it was announced that Wesley had been cast in a recurring role on the NBC drama series Hannibal. She portrayed Reba McClane, "a blind woman who enters into a relationship with Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), and helps soothe his murderous urges—at least at first." 

 

Wesley appeared as Liza Warner in the fourth season of Arrow. In 2016, Wesley was cast as lead character in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar, produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. 

 

Rutina has been nominated for a Scream Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actor's Guild Award, NAACP Image Award, and a Black Reel Award.

We'll see some notable faces, friends, and fellow sisters and brothers of our film industry.

 

So let's make Iris Season the season!

 

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

 

Location:

Marigny Opera House

725 St. Ferdinand.

Date:

December 11th, 2019.

Time:

7:00pm- 9:30pm

Tickets:

Free for WIFT-LA Members

$30.00 for Non-Members

$20.00 for 1 guest of WiFT-LA Member

November Alice Evening: with Guest Speaker Ashton Leigh

Ashton Courtney Leigh, a New Orleans native, was introduced to the entertainment industry at a very early age via pageants, commercials, theatre and modeling. She has worked often, garnering an impressive resume, as a versatile actress of mixed heritage (Caucasian, Native American, and Mediterranean.) Leigh holds a degree in International Studies/Business with a minor in French from The University of New Orleans and is also experienced in the areas of Dance, Broadcasting, Stunts, and Voiceover.

 

Whether you're an actress or actor working hard to hit your next career milestone or a director who is interested in learning the actor's craft for your next project, this is an Alice Evening to attend.

 

Location: 

Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, Nov. 12th 6p-9p.

*Complimentary Refreshments served. 

Kickback at The Three Keys: New Orleans Film Festival 30th Anniversary!

Sunday, October 20 @ 10 PM-1 AM

Open to All Access Pass-holders Only.

What better way to close out the weekend than with a NOLA style kickback at Three Keys in the Ace Hotel New Orleans. Dance to the sounds of a DJ through the lush and design-forward lobby bar and enjoy a cash bar and flowing specialty cocktails inside Three Keys. If you want to jazz up your look a bit, stop at the DARE by Dionna J Glitter Bar.  Most cities don’t party so hard on a Sunday, but New Orleans isn’t most cities.

 

*The New Orleans Film Society is offering WiFT-Louisiana members An All Access Pass for only $150 (Compare our discount to the Standard General admission of $340)! Contact WiFT-Louisiana @ wiftlouisiana@gmail.com for the code.

 

Sponsors: WiFT-Louisiana, Fire Starters

ACE Hotel, Sunday, October 20th.

September's Alice Evening is presenting powerhouse attorney, Bri Whetstone!

September's Alice Evening is presenting powerhouse attorney, Bri Whetstone!

 

Bri Whetstone graduated from Tulane University with honors in English and Film Studies. She then worked in Business Affairs at LucasArts in San Francisco where she handled copyright applications, drafted contracts, managed international trademarks, and drafted the Lucas Companies' social media policy. Bri returned to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law school and focused on entertainment and intellectual property law. During school, Bri clerked for Provosty & Gankendorff, a local entertainment law firm, and handled several complex matters for some of New Orleans' biggest musical acts. Since graduating magna cum laude from law school, Bri has continued to develop an entertainment and intellectual property law practice that had helped numerous musicians, artists, writers, chefs, and filmmakers.

 

This will be an evening to gain knowledge on how to protect your rights and your work. Don't miss this opportunity to learn valuable skills. 

 

Location:

Second Line Stages (5th Floor)

800 Richard Street, 70130

Date:

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019.

Time:

7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings. Thank you for being a true professional.

August WIFT Wednesday!

WiFT Wednesday in August!

WiFT Wednesday is around the corner. Enjoy this time with our fellow sisters and brothers during the hottest month of the year. Relax with drinks, food, and quality time. Let's raise a toast!

 

Location:

Oak Wine Bar 

8118 Oak Street, 70118.

Date:

August 21st, 2019.

Time:

6:00pm-8:30pm.

August Alice Evening

Mari Kornhauser

Writer

 

Mari Kornhauser is an award winning writer and director with three featured films produced and distributed. She has worked on assignment for various studios such as Sony and 20th Century Fox and sold a reality pilot to A & E. She also writes for television, her most recent produced credits are for HBO’s Peabody award winning show, TREME, created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. One of her episodes,"Slip Away", was a Pen Finalist. Recently, she wrote her first three-act play, “Renovation”, which was work-shopped and produced by ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans. She has just finished an audience interactive one-act play,"Seeking Asylum", which starred WiFT-Louisiana's President, Shameka Gray, as lead. She has created a web-series (in post production) and is developing a one-hour television series. In addition, she is a tenured Full Professor at Louisiana State University where she teaches film and television writing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

 

Jason A. Waggenspack

Head of Possibilities

The Ranch Film Studios

 

A Baton Rouge native, Jason studied film in New York before graduating from the University Of New Orleans. Professionally, he has worked his way up from the bottom, from location managing to producing feature films and helming The Ranch Film Studios. He started a development company called Neutral Ground Films in 2007 that has produced multiple shorts, music videos, documentaries and iPhone Apps. He has also been a producer on the feature films MAGGIE, THE LOOKALIKE and THE TRUE DON QUIXOTE. In 2014 Jason founded The Ranch Film Studios in Chalmette, LA where he is titled the Head Of Possibilities (CEO). He has played an integral part in landing some of the biggest films to hit Louisiana. A list that includes TERMINATOR: GENISYS, FOCUS, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, to name a few. As Executive Committee Board Member and Treasurer for the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA), Jason played a crucial role in maintaining and stabilizing the film tax credit incentive program. Additionally he is a board member of The Cool Cooperative, a graduate of Leadership St. Bernard and won the George Wood Memorial Award from the University of New Orleans.

 

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard St, 70130 (5th Floor)

Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019.

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

WIFT-LA Baton Rouge Membership Mixer

Are you interested in learning more about Women in Film and Television- Baton Rouge? Well you are cordially invited to WiFT Summer Membership Mixer! This will be a great time to get to know one another and build solid relationships with our WiFT sisters and brothers. 

Date:

August 2nd, 2019

Time:

6:00pm-8:00pm

Location:

The Heron Downtown

625 Convention St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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WIFT-Louisiana's July WIFT Wednesday!

It's almost that time to enjoy libations at our next WiFT Wednesday. Come mix and mingle with our fellow sisters and brothers. There will be drinks, food, and quality time to be had. So let's raise a toast for our WiFT Wednesdays!

 

Date:

Wednesday, July 17th.

Time: 

6:00pm-8:30pm.

Location:

Oak Nola

8118 Oak street, 70118.

WIFT-Louisiana's July Alice Evening

Hello current WiFT members and future WiFT members! We're going to do something a bit different for July's Alice Evening. For this month's Alice Evening we will focus on networking. And as you know, building professional relationships is the core of our industry. Come enjoy complimentary refreshments and wine with us. And remember to bring your business cards or other forms of communication to be ready for use. We look forward to having you in attendance!

 

 

Location: Secondline Stages

800 Richard St. (5th floor)

Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

Join us for our WiFT Wednesday's Happy Hour!

WiFT-Louisiana cordially invite you to our WiFT Wednesday Happy Hour! It's that time again to raise a toast and mingle. This will be a great way to get to know our new and long standing sisters and brothers. Join us at the Bayou Wine Garden to celebrate our members and enjoy our festivities!

Location:

Bayou Wine Garden

315 N. Rendon Street (Mid City)

Date: 

Wednesday]y, May 22nd, 2019.

Time:

5:30pm-8:30pm

* Attending members must be 21 years of age to enter.

May Alice Evening with Ms. Saundra Roberson

Ms. Saundra Roberson is a 41 year employee of Caddo Parish Public Schools, currently employed as a Systems Analyst in the Information Technology Department.  During her career, she has had the opportunity to work at the elementary, middle and high school levels prior to transitioning to the Administrative Office.  Her first experience in grant writing came by happenstance, as the grant writer at the middle school where she was employed suddenly took an extended leave of absence.  The principal assigned the grant to the inexperienced Ms. Roberson, who became a grant writer overnight.  The grant was completed and the school received the State of Louisiana grant for their Brighter Futures program for teenage mothers.  Seeking to further her grant writing education, Ms. Roberson completed a grant writing workshop under Grambling State University professor Dr. Willie F. Daniel in 2010. In the ensuing years, she has written grants for private organizations including churches, computer learning centers, GED programs and early childhood learning centers. In addition to her Caddo Parish Public Schools career, Ms. Roberson is a certified paralegal and commissioned notary public, both of which have proved beneficial in her grant writing endeavors, as research is the key to a successful grant writing campaign.

 

LOCATION:

Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street

Date: 

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.

Time: 

7:00pm- 9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

Film Production Accounting Workshop with Film Production Accountant Veteran, Tamara Henderson!

This month, our Education Committee will hold a Film Production Accounting workshop, which will be taught by Tamara Henderson, a brilliant Film Production Accountant!

Tamara Henderson is a 7 year veteran of Film Production Accounting and a member of the local 161 union. Her background in budget creation and project management lent itself well to production accounting where she moved up quickly after starting in 2011. Tamara has been a Key Accountant for the last 3 years on independent and studio films with budgets anywhere from 10 to 50 million. Part of her success is due to a keen understanding of the different approaches needed for independent movie work versus studio, including funding and reporting. The variety of projects she has completed means that she has worked with every major accounting software on the market, and is savvy in three different state tax incentive programs.

 

Whether you're interested in honing your production skills or would like to expand your film industry knowledge, this is an important opportunity to grab. Attend this class and leave with stronger skills to utilize in your career.

 

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street (5th Floor)

Date: Tuesday- April 16th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Tuition: FREE to WiFT members

$100.00 for non-members

Non-members can Purchase Tickets here.

April Alice Evening with NCIS Associate Producer, Lizzie Smith!

Our April Alice Evening will be lead by Film and Television Powerhouse, Lizzie Smith!

 

As an Associate Producer on NCIS: New Orleans, Lizzie communicates information between departments, serving as a liaison to the Executive Producer. She also makes creative decisions, especially when it comes to the photography usage on the show. Lizzie is hoping to continue to move forward and work on shooting her own shorts in New Orleans, before applying to future directing programs, which is an aspiration of hers.

 

This is a must attend event. Come join us for this in-depth learning experience and networking opportunity.

 

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street (5th Floor)

Date: April 9th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

Female Filmmaker Festival

Art Klub and WIFT Louisiana presents the 3rd Annual Female Filmmaker Festival on International Women's Day!

Friday, March 8th at 1941 Arts Street.

Doors open at 7:00pm.

Screening begins pro aptly at 7:30pm.

Q & A following with the filmmakers.

Come celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th with a slate of films directed by local women filmmakers.

This year's line up will include short narratives, docs, experimental pieces, music videos, a pilot episode, and even work from featured films by incredible women in our community!

Tickets are $15*, which will be divided amongst the women sharing their work. Your attendance goes directly back to supporting these filmmakers as they continue to build their careers and artistic visions here in New Orleans. So come have drink, watch some diverse and wonderful new work, and support local artists!

Art Klub and Women in Film and Television Louisiana have partnered together to present this event, with the artistic direction of Meryl Murman.

Films By:

Emily MacKenzie

Weenta Girmay

Lizzie Guitreau

Sarrah Danziger

Jane Geisler

Riley Teahan

Daneeta Loretta Jackson

Nisa East

Lizzie Parmenter

Maja Holzinger

Victoria Greene

Francesca Caruso

Sandy Parker

Claire Bangser

Shannon Stewart

Steph Smith

Lily Churgin

Meryl Murman

More at artklub.org

*No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

WiFT-LA February Alice Evening will be lead by the film industry's top-tier professional, Carroll Morton!

Our February Alice Evening will be lead by one of our film industry's top professionals, Carroll Morton!

This is a must attend event. Come join us for this in-depth learning experience and networking opportunity.

 

Carroll Morton has served as the City of New Orleans Manager of Entertainment Industry Development and has worked in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy since 2009.  In that capacity Carroll advises the city on public policy for the film and entertainment industry, provided support for the city’s legislative efforts, developed workforce training programming and worked with non-profits to implement those programs.  She has produced events to market the film industry both locally and at the Sundance Film Festival.  Beginning in 2015 Carroll expanded her role to include managing the work of the 2018 Tricentennial Commission producing events and programming to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans.  She currently serves on the advisory board for The New Orleans Film Society and Women in Film and Television.

 

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street (5th Floor)

Date: February 12th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

 

* Note that non-members may receive up to two (2) complimentary entries into our Alices Evenings, afterwards, you must become a member to attend any further Alice Evenings.

WIFT-Louisiana Will Attend The 72nd Cannes Film Festival!

It is that time of year again - - Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner.

If you are interested in attending and would like to Share an apartment with other WIFTI WOMEN members in each apartment in a Cannes France, from May 13 to 27 (Festival - May 14 to 25). The cost for each person for the apartment stay is up to 1500 euros for 2 weeks (14 days). 50% deposit NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT due immediately, full payment due: March 24th (The deposit is NON Refundable IF YOU are not able to find a person that will take your place. ) PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

Here is the official description:

Apartments in Cannes, France - Ideal Location, within 10 Minute Walk To The Palais De Festivals

Apartments will be within the “Banane” of Cannes, within walking distances, secured by licensed Real Estate agents. These are recently renovated to a high standard and fully furnished. These apartments you are situated near the Palais de Festivals where all the film business is centered. The promenade and surrounded by the many bars, restaurants and designer shops that Cannes has to offer.

The apartment offers easy access to the train station with its links to Monaco and St Tropez if you fancy visiting these wonderful, popular locations in France.

There is a wonderful, welcome atmosphere in Cannes and many things to do include wonderful, leisurely walks along the beach, many fantastic restaurants and bars as well as easy access to local bakeries, markets and supermarkets if you fancy something a little closer to home!

If this is your first time in Cannes, we definitely recommend that you stay with other women, and join the American Pavilion. You need to really set up your meetings with organizations, business partners BEFORE you go. There are several websites that can help you.

You must have a Market badge* (See Below) to enter the Palais des Festival. To go to the Pavilions and other related events, the Festival badge is sufficient

2) To Register for Cannes Film festival: (opens February 1)

a) Festival (free) http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/participer/accredit

 

b) Market pass http://www.marchedufilm.com/en/accreditations

 (consider the Producer's Workshop)

 

3) American Pavilion (Pass info pending) Here is their website – https://www.ampav.com/cannes/

 

For more details please contact Carol Bidault, cbidault@mediafusionent.com

January Alice Evening will be graced by Powerhouse Actress and Philanthropist, Necar Zadegan!

Come join us at our next Alice Evening on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019!

Our special guest for this meeting will be powerhouse actress and philanthropist, Necar Zadegan!

Necar Zadegan is a recent transplant to the Big Easy and stars as Special Agent Hannah Khoury in the CBS global franchise series, NCIS: New Orleans. A versatile actress known for a career on stage and screen, she made her Broadway debut when she originated the role of the Leper in Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize nominated and multi Tony award accoladed “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” opposite Robin Williams. 

Ms. Zadegan garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of First Lady turned president Dalia Hassan on Fox’s hit series “24” and most recently for her delicate portrayal of Layla Shokrani alongside Tim Robbins and a Holly Hunter in the HBO drama “Here and Now” from Oscar winning screenwriter, creator Alan Ball. In the Bravo comedy on Netflix, “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”, Ms. Zadegan plays the much beloved character written for her by show creator Marti Noxon, of fashionable and high powered attorney, Delia Banai. The show aired its fifth and final season last June. The year also saw Ms. Zadegan join the cast of the ABC hit “The Good Doctor”.  Other series regular roles include her portrayal of Dr. Gina Bandari on “Emily Owens MD” and in the lead opposite Greg Kinnear in the FOX comedy “Rake”. Some highlights from her many other credits include roles for Steven Spielberg company produced series “Extant”,  opposite Sean Bean in spy series “Legends” and a very memorable turn as the Queen of Iran in Showtime”s critical success “Masters of Sex” opposite Michael Sheen, with whom she also starred opposite in the Columbia Tri Star film, psychological thriller “Unthinkable” alongside Samuel L. Jackson.  She appeared with Adam Sandler in Judd Apatow’s “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” and played the title role in “Elena Undone” which enjoyed success at independent festivals worldwide. 

Ms. Zadegan has worked at some of the worlds most prestigious theaters including The Mark Taper Forum, the Royal Dramatic Theater of Stockholm, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many more, and toured internationally in the Persian language production of “Satellite with Love”. 

Ms. Zadegan was born in Heidelberg, Germany and raised in Northern California. She studied theater and dance on a performance scholarship at the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with honors and a BA degree in English Literature. She also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She speaks Persian, French and German and has learned Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew while working in those languages. 

Ms. Zadegan is an ambassador for BuildOn.org and travels with them around the world building schools for children.

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard St., 70130 (5th Floor)

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

A Rewarding Opportunity From FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS, INC.!

Front Row Insurance Brokers is offering Women in Film members a special discounted rate on Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. E&O policies cover liability costs—legal fees and damages—incurred as a result of being sued for things like copyright violation or misappropriation of likeness. The program is underwritten by Chubb, one of the largest writers of E&O policies for the film industry. 

 

Front Row is the #1 brokerage in Canada specializing in Film and Entertainment, and one of the largest in North America. We leverage our size and experience to negotiate the best possible rates with the insurance companies, which is why we are able to offer Women in Film members this exclusive, discounted rate on E&O policies (and other production related insurance coverage). 

 

Front Row has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. We have insured billions in production budgets, and we have over 50 specialized employees across our offices to provide you with experienced production insurance advice. Our staff arranges insurance for episodic television, feature films, TV movies, documentaries, commercials, shorts and more.

 

As brokers, we work for you, not the insurance company. We understand film and can provide you with the kind of empathy, support, and expertise you will only find with a specialized brokerage.

 

For more information or to get a quote, contact:

 

Stacie O’Beirne
646-849-4114

stacie@frontrowinsurance.com

 

OR CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE LINK:

 

https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/wif-producers-errors-omissions-liability-insurance

https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/wif-blanket-annual-production-insurance-application

https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/women-in-film-insurance-program

https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/women-in-film-production-insurance-application

 

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WiFT Louisiana's 2018 Iris Award Gala

The time is near to celebrate with WiFT~Louisiana at our 2018 WiFT-LA Iris Award Gala! We are always excited to celebrate with our members and supporters in honor of our fellow sisters and brothers who are trailblazing in the film industry. During the festivities we will honor our 2018 Iris Award Winner, Alissa Kantrow, who is the Unit Production Manager of Oscar contender film Green Book! So it would be a delight to have you and your guests attend. Refreshments and drinks will be served. This year our gala will be held at the beautiful Marigny Opera House, a converted 1853 church!

 

Click Here to purchase your Gala tickets. Stay tuned for more details to come!

 

Location:

725 St Ferdinand St, 70117

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Date: December 13, 2018.

Tickets: $25.00 (Non-Members)

WiFT-LA November Alice Evening

WiFT- LA is holding our monthly Alice Evening. This is a great opportunity for current, new, and prospective members to meet and connect with one another. We host Alice Evenings every second Tuesday of the month. We look forward to your attendance!

SPECIAL GUEST for this Alice Evening will be Max Hass!

 

Max Hass is an entertainment attorney who specializes in music licensing, a hot topic for filmmakers these days. Max will chat about the importance and necessity of securing rights for music used in our films.

 

Max Hass

Action Potential Entertainment, LLC

actionpotentialent.com

 

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130

Date: November 13th, 2018.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm.

WIFT-L.A. MIXER

WIFTI, WIFT-US, and WIFT- Louisiana is having a top tier networking event! We are teaming up with the Alliance of Women Directors, WiFT-US, WiFTI Board members, Women in Media, and a few more! This will be a MUST ATTEND Networking event! Register on Eventbrite or email wiftlouisiana@gmail.com.

 

Location:

Fairmont Hotel-Lobby Bar

        101 Wilshire Blvd.

         Santa Monica, CA, 90401

          Date: November 6, 2018.

     RSVP: wiftlouisiana@gmail.com

    (cash bar)

September - WIFT Louisiana New Orleans Monthly Alice Evening - Tuesday, Sept 11, 7pm

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every second Tuesday of the month)

7 pm to 9 pm

 

Location: Second Line Stages, 800 Richard Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

September - WIFT Louisiana Baton Rouge Branch Monthly Alice Evening - Wednesday, Sept 19, 7pm

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every third Wednesdays)

7 pm to 9 pm

 

Location: Bottle & Tap

11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

October - WIFT Louisiana Baton Rouge Branch Monthly Alice Evening - Wednesday, October 17, 7pm

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every third Wednesdays)

7 pm to 9 pm

 

Location: Bottle & Tap

11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

October - NOFF & WIFT Louisiana present Screening: SAME GOD, Thurs 10/18 6:30pm & Wednes 10/24 1:15pm

​WIFT will also be the community partner for the film Same God, a Louisiana feature by Louisiana filmmaker Linda Midgett. This documentary screenings are listed below: 

Thursday, 10/18, at the Broad at 6:30pm

Wednesday, 10/24, at the Advocate at 1:15pm

Various locations: See description below