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Acclaimed Script Consultant Kathie Fong Yoneda talks about how she made the leap from Secretary to Studio Reader in Hollywood

In this podcast episode, Kathie Fong Yoneda talks about the power of networking and how building relationships with key influencers helped her rise from secretary to studio reader. She has over thirty years of experience working in film and television. She was the first Asian female hired on a full-time basis at Universal back in 1969. She has worked for such prestigious studios as Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, focusing on analysis and development of live action/animated film, television, novels and web series projects. Read more: http://womensfilminstitute.com/2017/06/16/kathie-fong-yoneda/

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Podcast Episode 1: Filmmaker Abigail Disney shares her passion for documentary filmmaking

NO TABLOIDS Abigail Disney, founder and the president of the Daphne Foundation, poses for a portrait session on March 1, 2009, New York, NY. Abigail Disney And Leymah Gbowee, Oprah Magazine, April 1, 2009 New York, NY United States March 1, 2009 Photo by Gabrielle Revere/Contour by Getty Images To license this image (17374130), contact Contour by Getty Images
In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with Abigail Disney about The Armor of Light as well as Disney’s passion for documentary filmmaking and filmmaking process. Disney offers her advice on filmmaker distribution and networking. She also discusses the available funding opportunities for full-length non-fiction films from her production company, Fork Films. Listen here:


Podcast Episode 2: Women’s Equality Day with special guest Gloria Allred

In 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. She will be a guest speaker at Women’s Equality Day in Los Angeles on 8/26/2015. Have you ever wondered what Gloria Allred would do if she were President of the United States? Tune in to find out. Listen here: http://womensfilminstitute.com/2015/08/21/gloriaallred/


Podcast Episode 3: The Art of Securing Funding For Filmmakers

In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with Morrie Warshawski. Warshawski is the author of many articles and two books on fundraising, Shaking The Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants And Donations For Film And Video. Morrie offers some really helpful tips on raising money for filmmakers. Learn how to secure funding for your film from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Listen here:


Podcast Episode 4:  Fernanda Rossi, aka “The Documentary Doctor”

In this episode, Fernanda Rossi discusses story structure and how to organize your footage to develop a compelling story. She shares some really great advice on the art of making a fundraising trailer that attracts funders, and how to pitch your film to agents, networks, studios, and investors.  Listen here: http://womensfilminstitute.com/2015/12/03/fernandarossi/  


Podcast Episode 5: Thomas A. Crowell, Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers

In this episode, Thomas discusses how to protect your film,  how to get a script to a popular Hollywood actor/actress and how a film can benefit financially from state film taxes and product placement. Listen here:



Podcast Episode 6: Trailblazer Susan Silver and comedy writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show talks about new memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets, and Sitcoms

Susan Silver has written for some of the greatest sitcoms of all time, creating laugh lines for Mary Tyler Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beatrice Arthur, Bob Newhart, and The Partridge Family. Susan was a trailblazer when she began her writing career in 1971 at The Mary Tyler Moore Show. A female comedy writer in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, she is the first and only television writer to be featured in TV Guide wearing hot pants. She also dated some of Hollywood’s most desirable leading men and even had a run-in in with Richard Nixon (non-romantic, thank you very much). Now, Susan dishes about the highs and lows of both her comedy career and love life in her new memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex,  Secrets, and Sitcoms.  Listen here: http://womensfilminstitute.com/2017/04/23/susan-silver/




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