Media: Documentary Film Grant Guidelines due 9/1

2015 Doc Film Landing Page Image_FINAL UPDATEThe John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 2015 Documentary Fund will open April 1. The MacArthur Foundation Documentary Fund seeks to support feature documentary films and interactive digital documentaries that combine engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Proposals will be accepted through September 1, 2015. https://macfounddocumentary.fluidreview.com/

Women’s Equality Day with special guest Gloria Allred

2cc2c57e-a1d5-4460-a401-c53c4d9acf4cIn this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with feminist lawyer and activist Gloria Allred about her passion for fighting for victims’ rights and women’s rights. Gloria talks about the upcoming 95th anniversary of how women won the right to vote. Have you ever wondered what Gloria Allred would do if she were President of the United States? Tune in to find out. Listen here:

This podcast episode was part of Women’s Equality Day 2015! The Women’s Film Institute was proud to co-sponsor the West Hollywood City Council and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board for an empowering and inspirational event commemorating the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. The celebration  featured an address by special guest speakers Gloria Allred,  Attorney, Women’s and Civil Rights Activist and founding partner of Allred, Maroko & Goldenberg (AM&G) and Lisa Bloom, Attorney, NBC News Legal Analyst, and founding partner of The Bloom Firm.  The event featured video shorts, a raffle, and an interactive photobooth and followed by a reception. The Women’s Film Institute was proud to co-present the following short films at the event:

Syria: Brides of Peace – In the early days of Syria’s uprising, sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love, and carried banners calling for peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Upon their release, each sister became a bride once again under circumstances that also called for tremendous bravery: in the midst of a sectarian war and despite death threats from their extended family, both married outside of their religion.

Miss Todd‘ is a short, animated musical about the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane, made at the National Film and Television School, England.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Register Now: http://conta.cc/1HEOShy

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Women’s Equality Day with guest speakers Gloria Allred & Lisa Bloom

The Women’s Film Institute is proud to co-sponsor the West Hollywood City Council and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board for an empowering and inspirational event commemorating the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. The celebration will feature an address by special guest speakers Gloria Allred,  Attorney, Women’s and Civil Rights Activist and founding partner of Allred, Maroko & Goldenberg (AM&G) and Lisa Bloom, Attorney, NBC News Legal Analyst, and founding partner of The Bloom Firm.  The event will also include featured video shorts, a raffle, and an interactive photobooth and be followed by a reception. The Women’s Film Institute is proud to co-present the following short films at the event:

Syria: Brides of Peace – In the early days of Syria’s uprising, sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love, and carried banners calling for peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Upon their release, each sister became a bride once again under circumstances that also called for tremendous bravery: in the midst of a sectarian war and despite death threats from their extended family, both married outside of their religion.

Miss Todd‘ is a short, animated musical about the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane, made at the National Film and Television School, England.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Register Now: http://conta.cc/1HEOShy

 

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NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab at ARC (Artist Retreat Center)

logo-colorNALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab at ARC (Artist Retreat Center)
Selected Fellows will be invited to the Vermont ARC (Artist Retreat Center) OCT. 3-11 where 8-12 diverse women filmmakers will workshop their documentaries, narrative scripts, or digital projects with distinguished mentors. Within this supportive environment, fellows present their work, participate in focused mentoring sessions, and connect and network for support and project accountability, creating a growing community of artists working together to increase their own successful project completion, and to raise the voices and success rate of women of color filmmakers in the media industry. Application deadline: August 17, 2015 Apply here: http://www.nalip.org/theresidencyutm_campaign=nl_july31_15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nalip

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Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard Inks ABC Studios Deal

 

_78194894_reesewitherspoongettyReese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s production company Pacific Standard has signed a two year an exclusive broadcast deal with Executive Vice President, ABC Studios Patrick Moran. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Patrick and his team at ABC Studios, a company who genuinely share our goal of creating great roles for women, ” Witherspoon and Papandrea said.

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ITVS Digital Open Call

ITVS_logo_RGB_400x400The Digital Open Call is a new initiative. Please read all application requirements carefully. Please be sure to read the How To Apply page for details

The Digital Open Call provides up to $50,000 in R&D funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, and from any viewpoint, for public media’s digital platforms. Projects must be in development, and cannot have begun principal production. The Digital Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories. Carefully review the full eligibility criteria before beginning an application.

 

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The doc that the Washington Post deemed “too radical, too weird and too far ahead of its time for any distributor to touch” has finally resurfaced!

Year of the Woman from Year Of The Woman on Vimeo.

In the fall of 1973, a documentary following women’s rights proponents at the 1972 Democratic Convention played at a small Greenwich Village theater to crowds wrapping around the block. But after a limited run, the film disappeared for more than 40 years. Now, thanks to Huffington Post reporter Rebecca Traister, this doc that the Washington Post deemed “too radical, too weird and too far ahead of its time for any distributor to touch” has finally resurfaced.

The Year of the Woman was shot by an all-female crew including Barbara Koppel, Claudia Weill, Martha Coolidge and more, and captures the likes of Coretta Scott King, Shirley MacClaine, and other well-known feminist leaders of the 70s. Together, these talented and ambitious young women provide us with an extraordinary lens through which we may examine this upcoming election when a woman, rather than seeking leverage from male candidates, may actually *be* the candidate. Watch the film now, only on Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/yearofthewoman

Read more about its incarnation and miraculous comeback; highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/lets-go-full-crocodile-ladies/

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Seven New ‘Twilight’ Shorts Directed by Female Filmmakers Keep the Franchise Alive

cdn.indiewireThis Monday, the seven finalists in a “Twilight” short film competition presented their work to a theater full of fans and industry insiders.

Back in October of 2014, Lionsgate, the studio behind the film series, and Stephenie Meyer, who, of course, wrote the “Twilight” novels, announced that the franchise was very much alive. The most exciting part of this news, in our world at least, was that female directorial hopefuls would be chosen to make the short films, based on “Twilight” characters, that would serve to keep the female-driven franchise going.

The competition, borne of a collaboration between Meyer, Lionsgate, Women in Film and the crowdsourcing program Tongal, received 1,300 script submissions. 150 directors pitched to direct (Written by Laura Berger of Women & Hollywood). Read more: http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/seven-new-twilight-shorts-directed-by-female-filmmakers-keep-the-franchise-alive-20150716

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Ava DuVernay’s Advice: Ask for what you want!

Ava DuVernay is best known as the director of Selma, her film account of the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As #BlogHer15 drew to a close, founder and editor of Women and Hollywood Melissa Silverstein sat down with Ava in a fireside chat. On the agenda: the intersection of race, gender, art and history.

http://www.blogher.com/blogher15-goes-out-big-selma-director-ava-duvernay-melissa-silverstein-women-hollywood#ooid=tla3lhdjq2qQAeP5dJ5mgbRHNYcleoBF

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Angelina Jolie Will Direct A Netflix Film About The Khmer Rouge

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15:  Actress-director Angelina Jolie attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15: Actress-director Angelina Jolie attends the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

Angelina Jolie is joining Brad Pitt to reinvent Netflix for the big screen.

The streaming service, which is delving into original feature film development, announced their partnership with Jolie on Thursday night. The actress-filmmaker will direct an adaptation of the 2000 memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. Written by Loung Ung, a human rights activist and Cambodian author, the memoir tells her story of surviving the Khmer Rouge regime after she was separated from her family and trained as a child soldier in 1975 during the Cambodian Genocide.

Jolie and Ung met in Cambodia in 2001 and the actress said the memoir changed her understanding of children’s experience of war. “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” Jolie said in a press release. “They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.” Jolie’s 13-year-old Cambodian-born son, Maddox, will also be involved in the film. The adpatation, which will be available to stream in late 2016, will begin production ahead of Jolie’s upcoming film with husband Pitt, “Africa,” which has been postponed to finalize the script. (Written by Erin Whitney -Associate Entertainment Editor for The Huffington Post): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/angelina-jolie-netflix-film-cambodia_55b231afe4b0224d8831d45c

 

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