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  • Monday, October 27, 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to the Dallas Voice for the wonderful article about Allison Tolman, and the 2014 Topaz Awards.

     

    To see the full article, click below:

     

    http://www.dallasvoice.com/tag/ruth-buzzi

     

    Allison Tolman to Receive Topaz Award from

    Women in Film Dallas 

     

    Allison Tolman - the Baylor grad, co-founder of Second Thought Theatre and award-winning star of this season’s hit series Fargo - will join legendary comic Ruth Ruzzi as the recipient of a Topaz Award, presented by Women in Film Dallas at their annual gala on Nov. 22.

     

    Tolman received an Emmy Award nomination (she lost to Kathy Bates - not bad) and a Critics Choice Award as deputy Molly Solverson on Fargo. She is familiar to Dallas stages, but has spent the last several years in Chicago. Buzzi, of course, is the iconic comedian, best remembered for her days on Laugh-In opposite Lily Tomlin and Arte Johnson.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wednesday, October 08, 2014 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

     

    For more information, contact:

    Angie Thompson

    scholarships@wifdallas.org

     

     

     

    WOMEN IN FILM DALLAS ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS FOR THE
    2014 GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    DALLAS, TX – October 3, 2014 – Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) announced its 2014 Grants and Scholarship recipients at the 13th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival on October 2 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.  As the local Dallas chapter of Women in Film celebrates its 30th year, the 2014 WIFD Grants and Scholarship Program makes available to female filmmakers two grants and one college tuition scholarship.  Since 1991, WIFD has proudly provided 40 women in the North Texas area with a nearly $60,000 in college tuition scholarships and finishing fund grants.  

    “This grants and scholarship opportunity is an exciting time for women in our industry to celebrate their creative talents.  Making these funds available to women who are completing a film or completing their college education in film, embodies our Chapter’s mission to Empower, Promote, and Mentor,” said Angie Thompson, 2014 Grants and Scholarship Chair.

    The 2014 $3,000 Film Finishing Fund’s recipient is director/ writer, Courtney Ware for her feature length film, Sunny in the Dark. The story is about the parallel lives of two individuals and the dark places they experience. The WIFD Finishing Grant provides funds for an existing project that is 90% completed and ready for post production (or finishing) services.

    Lauren Cater, a documentary film maker and MFA student at the University of Texas Denton, is the 2014 Scholarship recipient. The $3,000 College Tuition Scholarship provides financial assistance to a female college student majoring in film, television, or video production at an accredited North Texas college (undergraduate or graduate).  Lauren is currently pursuing her higher degree in documentary film, after completing her undergraduate degree in film and television at UNT.

    Jade Basinski, a 12th grade Greenhill student, is the 2014 recipient of the $500 High School Production Grant. The high school grant gives a female high school student the means to create an original short film (4 – 10 minutes).  Jade’s animated projects have already established her as a stop motion filmmaker. Her films have screened at the Texas High School Division of South by Southwest in 2013, the High School Division of the Dallas International Film Festival, and the Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

    Women in Film Dallas is a non-profit organization and part of a global community that empowers, promotes and mentors women in the film, television, and digital media industry through networking, recognition, and educational opportunities.

    To learn more about Women in Film Dallas, the Grants & Scholarship Program, and upcoming Women in Film 30th year celebration events, visit www.wifdallas.org.

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  • Monday, October 06, 2014 1:55 PM | Anonymous

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    For more information, contact:

    Kerri Navarro

    topaz@wifdallas.org

     

    RUTH BUZZI TO BE WOMEN IN FILM DALLAS HONOREE

     

    DALLAS, TX October 5, 2014 Award-winning actress and comedienne, Ruth Buzzi, will be one of this years Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) honorees at the WIFD Topaz Awards on November 22, 2014 at 7 for Parties in Dallas.


    Currently residing in the DFW area, Buzzi is a Golden Globe Award winner, Television Hall of Fame Inductee, NAACP Image Award winner, and 5-time Emmy nominee. Known best for her character, Gladys Ormphby, on Rowan and Martins Laugh-Inand Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, Ms. Buzzi was a regular performer on Sesame Street as Ruthie the Finders Keepers shopowner. Before graduating from Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts with honors, she earned her Actors Equity Union card at age 19 launching a career that has included theater, television, feature films, music videos, and commercials, for which she won a Clio Award. After nearly 60 years in entertainment, Ms. Buzzi continues to work and is active in fundraising for the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Medina, Texas.


    Women in Film Dallas, celebrating its 30th anniversary, established the Topaz Awards in 1987 to honor distinguished Texas women and men who, through their own vision, have made outstanding contributions to the film and television industry. Previous honorees are a veritable whos who of Texans in the entertainment industry, including Linda Gray, Phylicia Rashad, Cyd Charisse, Larry Hagman, Ginger Rogers, Dale Evans, Linda Ellerbee, Debbie Allen, Peri Gilpin, and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden.

    Women in Film Dallas is a non-profit professional organization of women and men committed to empowering, promoting, and mentoring women working in film, television, and screen-based media by providing networking and educational opportunities. The Topaz Awards benefits the WIFD Grant and Scholastic Fund.

     

    To learn more about Women in Film Dallas and the 2014 Topaz Awards, visit www.wifdallas.org.

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  • Friday, September 05, 2014 2:00 PM | Anonymous

     

    Every year, WIFD produces a PSA for a North Texas non-profit. This year, we have selected Dwell with Dignity, a group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating, soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for impoverished families including furnishings, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Their attention to interior details takes these families out of survival mode and into a place of positive emotional living.

     

    To learn more about Dwell with Dignity, please visit Dwell With Dignity. 

     

    WIFD looks forward to creating a quality PSA for this deserving organization. 

  • Wednesday, September 03, 2014 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Women in Film Dallas is excited to announce its members will be featured in the upcoming KERA programming series, FRAME OF MIND.

     

    Frame of Mind was created by WIFD's Suzanne Dooley and Marlis Schmidt in 1991. The series has since been produced by Bart Weiss of the Video Association of Dallas since 1995.

     

    On September 11th, the short film by WIFD's Iris LopezCielo Lindo, will be featured. 

     

    On November 20th, Episode 12 celebrates 30 years of Women in Film Dallas, and will air various films from the Chick Flicks series. The show features Duck Food, directed by Dewey Taylor and produced by WIFD member Sara Roberts; Raspberry Jam, directed by WIFD's Courtney Ware and produced by WIFD member Meredith Burke; and The Long Run, directed by Laura Lilia Treviño and David Garcia.

     

    To Read the full Art and Seek article, click on the link below:

     

     http://media.kera.org/2014/08/27/frame-of-mind-brings-independent-films-to-kera/

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Dallas Morning News columnist Alan Peppard reports WIFD to honor Allison Tomlin, Emmy nominee and Critics' Choice Award winner. 


    Ms. Tolman will be an honoree at this year's 2014 Topaz Awards ceremony (to be held November 22nd).

     

    To read the article, please click the link below:

     

    http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/fargos-emmy-nominee-allison-tolman-coming-back-to-dallas-for-topaz-awards.html/  

  • Monday, August 18, 2014 9:59 AM | Anonymous

     

      

     

    DALLAS, TX – August 18, 2014 – Emmy nominee and Critics’ Choice Award winner, Allison Tolman, will be one of this year’s Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) honorees at the WIFD Topaz Awards in Dallas on November 22, 2014.
     
    Kerri Navarro, WIFD Topaz Chair, said, “We are delighted to make this announcement. Allison was selected because of her diligence to craft and career. WIFD Topaz Awards celebrates achievement, dedication, and trailblazing. Allison is the embodiment of that and more.” 

     

    Tolman, a native of Sugarland, Texas, is a 2014 Emmy nominee and Critics’ Choice Award winner for her work as Deputy Molly Solverson on the FX series, “Fargo.” After graduating from Baylor University, she moved to Dallas, Texas where she co-founded Second Thought Theatre. In 2009, she was accepted into Chicago’s Second City’s Conservatory Training Program. Before her work on “Fargo,” Tolman wrote and performed sketch comedy and satire with several groups in the Chicago area.   


    Women in Film Dallas, celebrating its 30th anniversary, established the award ceremony in 1987 to honor distinguished Texas women and men who, through their own vision, have made outstanding contributions to the film and television industry. Previous honorees are a veritable who’s who of Texans in the entertainment industry, including Linda Gray, Phylicia Rashad, Cyd Charisse, Larry Hagman, Ginger Rogers, Dale Evans, Linda Ellerbee, Debbie Allen, Peri Gilpin, and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden.

    Women in Film Dallas is a non-profit professional organization of women and men committed to empowering, promoting, and mentoring women working in film, television, and screen-based media by providing networking and educational opportunities. The Topaz Awards benefits the WIFD scholastic fund. 
     
    To learn more about Women in Film Dallas and the 2014 Topaz Awards, visit our website, www.wifdallas.org and Facebook page Women in Film Dallas.

     

    For more information, contact: 
    Kerri Navarro
    214-649-6526
    topaz@wifdallas.org

     

     

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:37 PM | Anonymous

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

    Leah Chen Baker

    chickflicks@wifdallas.org

     

    DALLAS, TX – July 21, 2014 – Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) is now accepting short film submissions for the 2014 Chick Flicks Film Festival. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Women in Film Dallas is pleased to present the 13th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival on October 2nd at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

     

    The 2014 Chick Flicks Chair, Leah Chen Baker, is looking forward to receiving submissions, “This year, I am thrilled to announce that the Festival will introduce cash prizes, a national judging panel, and an expanded program!"

     

    The Chick Flicks Film Festival is looking for narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental short films in any genre with a runtime of 35 minutes or less. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2012. Festival categories include: Female Filmmakers and Flicks by Texas Chicks. Female Filmmakers is open to shorts directed by a woman, or if women are in two (2) or more of the following above-the-line positions: writer, producer, director of photography or editor. Flicks by Texas Chicks requires all of the above and ties to Texas.  

    Submissions are accepted now through August 28th, 2014. Early Bird registration ends on July 31st, 2014. Accepted film selections will be notified by mid-September 2014.

     

    Cash prizes and awards will be announced at the screening on October 2nd at the Angelika Film Center.

    The Best of the Fest winner will receive a $1,000 award.

     

    The Best Student Film winner will receive a $300 award sponsored by Black Irish Girl Productions. (A current and valid student ID is required.)

     

    The Texas Award and Audience Choice winners will receive prize packages. 

     

    Women in Film Dallas is a non-profit organization and part of a global community that empowers, promotes and mentors women in the film, television, and digital media industry through networking, recognition, and educational opportunities.

     

    To learn more about Women in Film Dallas and the 2014 Chick Flicks Film Festival submission process, festival fees, guidelines and requirements for each category, visit www.wifdallas.org,  or go to www.chickflicksfest.com.

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  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    The application period is now closed for the 2014 Women in Film Dallas Grants and Scholarship program. Submissions were due June 30th.

     

    WIFD is pleased to announced it received a record breaking number of quality applicants this year. 

     

    The winners will be announced at the Chick Flicks Festival on October 2nd at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.

     

    Women in Film Dallas heartily thanks all those who applied and wishes everyone the best of luck! 

  • Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:58 AM | Anonymous

     

    Women In Film Dallas is pleased to announce it will sponsor the screening of the film, PRETTY ROSEBUD at the Asian Film Festival.

     

    The screening will take place on Monday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center. The Angelika is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, #230, Dallas, TX 75206. 

     

    The Asian Film Festival Dallas runs from July 10th - July 17th.

     

    For information regarding the film, festival, and tickets, please visit:

     

    http://asianfilmdallas.com/films/pretty-rosebud/

     


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