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  • Thursday, October 06, 2011 6:28 PM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)
    We are so proud to be celebrating ten years of showcasing female filmmakers in Texas. This year’s line-up touts 15 short films with at least 11 female directors, 7 female producers, 6 female editors, 4 female students and 2 female cinematographers. It's not about 'chick flicks' it's about flicks by chicks!

    Check out the official selections for Day 3 of the festival here:
    Chick Flicks Film Synopses.pdf
  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011 7:18 PM | Trish Avery
    Members only event!  An intimate conversation and Q&A with Hockaday School alum and industry expert, Rogers Hartmann. 

    While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Rogers made her way to Los Angeles each summer, where she worked on a number of Roger Corman films and worked for Geena Davis during the release of Thelma and Louise.

    After graduating UT, Rogers moved to LA and was hired to assist a top literary agent and began signing writers, directors and authors.  For over 10 years as an agent at Sanford-Gross, Rogers worked with such clients as Nick Kazan, Richard Price and Ron Shelton, to name a few - then opened her own boutique literary agency.  Since then she has transitioned to management and producing. 

    Currently, her production company, Greenway Productions has partnered with Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan on Everybody Hates the Phone Company.  She is also working with Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) on an adaption of Beautiful Jim Key by Mim Eichler Rivas.

    In addition to her work in film and television, Rogers is a well-known activist for Dystonia and other neurological disorders and diseases.  She has appeared on Oprah with Michael J. Fox, The Today Show with Meredith Vieira and has given numerous speeches around the country.  Her foundation is called BEAT DYSTONIA.

    Log in as member to register.


  • Monday, August 08, 2011 1:25 PM | Trish Avery
    Don't miss your opportunity to connect one-on-one with these mentor experts on August 11 just prior to the Martini Madness!  RSVP required.  Space is limited.  For WIF.D members only.

    Featured Mentors:
    • Linda Dowell - Regional Branch Exec, Screen Actors Guild
    • Meg Gould - Assistant Director, Dallas Film Commission
    • Carolyn Hodge - Screenwriter/President, Dallas Screenwriters Association
    • Laura Neitzel - Writer/Producer, AMS Pictures
    • Lynne Moon - Production Designer, Moondrops N Props
  • Wednesday, July 06, 2011 5:24 PM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)

    In cooperation with the Asian Film Festival, Women in Film.Dallas’ Chick Flicks is pleased to present a special screening of WEDDING PALACE by Christine Yoo on Saturday, July 16.  WIF.D members are invited to attend this screening at a discounted rate and the reception afterward where the filmmaker will be in attendance.

     

    Click here for details about the film, filmmaker and cast.
  • Friday, July 01, 2011 6:00 PM | Trish Avery
    An intimate conversation and Q&A with Dallas' own Bonnie Curtis.  Having produced both major studio releases and independent projects, Bonnie shared her experiences and advice at our MEMBERS ONLY event on July 1.

    Attendees were treated to a brief look at her upcoming feature, Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close, now in post production.  Bonnie Curtis' credits include a close association with Steven Spielberg.  Together they worked on Hook, Jurassic Park,  Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. and Minority Report with Tom Cruise.  Fulfilling a long desire to work with a first time filmmaker, Bonnie produced The Chumscubber for first time director Arie Posen in 2005.  She is now in pre-production on Posen's next feature, The Look of Love, starring Ed Harris and Diane Keaton.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:13 PM | Anonymous
    Register by 5 pm Wednesday, May 4 and you will automatically be entered into the WIF.D drawing for a private consultation with film financing expert Louise Levison.

    WIF.D is giving away 4 private 30-minute consultations with Louise Levison for May 7 at Reel FX. To enter, register now for the Louise Levison seminar being held May 7, 9 a.m. – noon by clicking HERE.


    The cost to register is $20 non-members, $10 Women in Film.Dallas members.


    Louise Levison wrote the business plan for the most successful indie film in history, The Blair Witch Project. Ms. Levison has been creating business plans for films and film companies, as well as consulting on other aspects of the independent film business, for 25 years, raising as much as $300 million.


    If you want to cash in on the $9 billion independent film market, come to this workshop with Louise Levison, author of Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents.  Ms. Levison takes the mystique out of creating a winning business plan to raise film financing.  From the executive summary to the financial plan, participants learn how to research, organize, and present their case to investors.  Whether you are making one film or several, this seminar is for you.


    Many thanks to our event sponsors:

       

                                              

              


  • Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:57 AM | Anonymous
    Women in Film.Dallas is pleased to be working with USA Film Festival during their 41st Annual Festival Week.  The festival has graciously provided WIF.D with an allotment of tickets for select screening that featuring women filmmakers.  All tickets are $10 and all proceeds entirely benefit WIF.D!

    The films included in the ticket special:
    • A Tribute to Malcolm McDowell with a film clip compilation honoring his work preceding the screening of feature film Pound of Flesh.  Writer/Director Tamar Hoffs also in attendance. Friday, April 29 @ 7:00p.

    • A Tribute to Barry Corbin with a film compilation honoring his work preceding the screening of feature film Nonames.  Writer/Director Kathy Lindboe also in attendance.  Friday, April 29 @ 7:00p.

    • Last Night is writer/director Missy Tadjedin's sexy and evocative debut feature set in New York City and is the story of a married couple that, while apart for one night, are each confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage.  Starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington.  Filmmakers in attendance.  Friday, April 29 @ 7:00p.

    • The First Grader is a stirring film about an 84-year-old Kenyan man who is on a quest to read and write while he faces challenges from the colonial past to limited resources to bureaucratic red tape.  Screenwriter Ann Peacock.  Filmmakers in attendance.  Sunday, May 1 @ 7:15p.
    Visit our Upcoming Events page for full details on ordering your tickets!
  • Friday, April 08, 2011 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    In cooperation with Studio Movie Grill, Women in Film.Dallas' Chick Flicks announces a free upcoming screening of HBO Films’ IRON JAWED ANGELS at the Royal Lane location of Studio Movie Grill. Stay tuned for date and time!


    IRON JAWED ANGELS tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

     

    The film stars Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Molly Parker, Julia Ormond, Patrick Dempsey, Vera Farmiga and Anjelica Huston.


    IRON JAWED ANGELS is both written and directed by women.


    Following the screening, Women in Film.Dallas will hold a brief Q&A to discuss women’s right in Texas and what it means to be a woman in politics. We hope the liberated women (and men) in Dallas will joins us for a liberated night of entertainment and education!

  • Thursday, April 07, 2011 2:03 PM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)
    UPDATE:  Our apologies for those of who you who were unable to download the PDF file.  The link has been repaired and works now!

    As part of our 10th anniversary celebration of the Chick Flicks Festival this year, we are sponsoring a short film script contest for the festival opener! The winning script will be produced and screened at the festival on Thursday, October 20 at the Angelika Dallas and posted here on our website. So, dust off your keyboard and get those creative juices flowing for a chance to see your work up on the big screen.

    For more details on the contest and how to submit, click on this file: Script Contest Info 2011.pdf
  • Saturday, March 05, 2011 11:52 PM | Deleted user
    A collection of shorts you won't see anywhere else -- March 10!

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day this month, WIF.D's Chick Flicks invites you to a special showcase of short films from women around the world. The Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) Short Film Showcase features filmmakers from California, Canada, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. Described by Chick Flicks Chair Lisha Brock as "fresh, funny, unexpected, controversial, quirky and visually stunning, the showcase has something to please men and women alike."


    Please join us for this special night of short films you won't see anywhere else in town. The evening will also include an array of silent auction items you won't want to miss either. Proceeds from all Chick Flicks events go to fund WIF.D's annual scholarship program.


    WIFTI Short Film Showcase
    Thursday, March 10
    7 p.m. Meet & Greet / Screening begins at 8 p.m.
    LaGrange in Deep Ellum, 2704 Elm St
    FREE to WIF.D members / $8 at the door for the general public.

    RSVP through Facebook here 


    It was 100 years ago when the United Nations put forth a day to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of Women past, present, and future. In places such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a National Holiday. This marks the 6th year WIFTI joins in that celebration with our Short Film Showcase. These films have first been selected by the participating WIFTI Chapters from submissions created by their members. Each Chapters' selections were sent to the WIFTI screening committee to compile this, the 2011 Showcase Program. The films were all truly wonderful and WIFTI congratulates all the filmmakers on their efforts. We hope this inspires you to make your own film for next year's celebration.

    What Kind of Planet Are We On? / 4 minutes
    Director/Co-Writer: Varda Hardy
    Chapter: Los Angeles, USA www.wif.org
    Film Synopsis: An alien applies for social security benefits. She is so happy to qualify, but an unexpected hitch turns her life upside down.

    Participating WIFT members;
    Varda Hardy-Writer, Director/WIFLA
    Jamie Bullock-Producer/WIFLA
    Karen Lavender - Producer/WIFLA


    Abandon ME /19 minutes
    Writer/Director: Sayer Frey
    Chapter: Minneapolis, USA www.MNWIFT.org
    Set in 1947 rural America, a desperate woman haunted by childhood memories abandons her aging mother in a cornfield. Abandon ME represents a deeply internalized form of visual storytelling rich with metaphoric layers and symbols, which elegantly unfold into a message of hope and empowerment for women.

    Participating WIFT members;
    Sayer Frey- Writer, Director, Editor/ MN WIFT
    Wei K. Pun- Director of Photography/NY WIFT
    Erin Rasmussen- Executive Producer/MN WIFT


    Picking Up Feets / 3 minutes
    Writer/Producer Illustrator: Debrainna Mansini
    Chapter: New Mexico, USA www.NMWIF.com
    Feets, an adventurous cat, teaches a family of girls about challenging the order of things and the magic of a hug. Picking UP Feets is an animated short based on the children's book Picking Up Feets by Debrianna Mansini and Anne Litt, illustrated by Debrianna Mansini.

    Participating WIFT members;
    Debrainna Mansini-Writer-Producer-Editor-Illustrator-Actor/NMWIF
    Lori Romero-Producer/NMWIF


    This is Her/12 minutes
    Director: Katie Wolfe
    Chapter: New Zealand www.wiftnz.org.nz
    In life there are no fairytale endings, one woman's account of what the future holds for her. Katie wanted to do a film that took a cliché problem and present it in a new light. "The passing of time makes the implausible a reality."

    Participating WIFT members;
    Katie Wolfe - Director/WIFTNZ
    Kate McDermott-Writer/WIFTNZ
    Ginny Loane- Cinematographer/ WIFTNZ
    Lisa Hough-Editor/WIFTNZ
    Felicity Letcher-Producer/WIFTNZ
    Rachel Lorimer-Producer/WIFTNZ


    BraveHeart / 5 minutes
    Writer/Producer: Khadijah Kuranga
    Chapter: The Foundation for Women in Film and Television in Nigeria
    BraveHeart is a small portion of a Television Docudrama series about people in the midst of poverty that have refused to be burdened, clamed down, affected or loose focus. In this piece Mama Emma, a recent Widow & Mother of three, has had all the money her husband left her stolen from her. Now she must find a way to survive.

    Participating WIFT Nigeria members:
    Khadijah Kuranga- Writer-Producer/ WIFT Nigeria
    Muna Iyanam- Associate Producer/WIFT Nigeria
    Grace Babasoia- Writer/WIFT Nigeria


    Sis /11 minutes
    Writer/Director: Deborah Haywood
    Chapter: UK www.wftv.org.UK
    What happens when the older sister in charge of them ignores two innocent young girls? This daring look at the life of our children today offers us a cautionary tale of neglect.

    Participating WFTV UK members:
    Deborah Haywood-Writer-Director/ WFTV UK
    Tina Pawlik-Producer/WFTV UK
    Numerous crew members


    Small Currents /19 minutes
    Director/Producer: Carolyn Combs
    Chapter: Vancouver, Canada www.Womeninfilm.CA
    Tabitha, a single mom, has moved to a larger city to start again. Caught between a desire for intimacy with Hassan, a new acquaintance, and her sense of tradition and responsibility as the daughter of a fundamentalist Christian, she relies upon the insight of her six year-old daughter to help change her life.
    Participating WFTV members:
    Carolyn Combs-Director-Producer/ WFTV
    Kirsten Slenning-Actor-/WFTV


    Leger Probleme (Little Inconvenience) /9 minutes
    Writer/Director: Helene Florent
    Chapter: Montreal, Quebec Canada www.FCTNM.CA
    The life of an ordinary man becomes very different on a day that seemed like every other.

    Participating FCTNM members:
    Helene Florent-Writer-Director/FCTNM


    WIFTI would like to thank the following for making this DVD possible:
    - Media Central for sponsoring the WIFTI trailer.
    - HDNM Entertainment for creating the WIFTI trailer.
    - LIghtningwood Pictures for compiling the Short Film Showcase.
    - Legacy Filmworks for providing FedEx delivery.

    For more information on any of these Films, Filmmakers or their Chapters, click here. Full bios of these wonderful filmmakers can be obtained online.


    * Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) is a global network comprised of some 37 Women In Film chapters* worldwide and over 10,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.

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