Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles shares the legacy of her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker, who helped women become entrepreneurs in the 20th century

On this edition of the Women’s Film Institute podcast, host, Scarlett Shepard, speaks with author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles about her book On Her Own Ground, which is slated to become a TV series about entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist, Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919). A’Lelia Bundles shares the legacy of her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker, the country’s first African-American millionaire, who helped women become entrepreneurs in the 20th century. Kasi Lemmons is attached to direct the series. Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has signed on to play Madam C.J. Walker, and will become a producer of the show. LeBron James, in association with his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, has joined the team as an executive producer. The series is still in development for the kind of limited series we’ve come to expect on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime.

Madam C.J. Walker’s story is one that should be in all history books. She worked as a washerwoman, making as little as $1.50 per day. She suffered from hair loss, and created a shampoo and scalp ointment to remedy her condition. She called it, “Wonderful Hair Grower,” and in 1910, she built a hair training school and factory, the headquarters of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Co. The company trained thousands of African-Americans to become “Walker Agents,” and provided opportunities to women who otherwise would have been maids, cooks, and laundresses to gain financial independence.

I got my start by giving myself a start.” – Madam C.J. Walker

By the time Madam C.J. Walker died in May 1919, she and her teaching faculty had trained more than 20,000 Walker agents. Tune in to our latest podcast episode with A’Lelia Bundles, and learn how Madam C.J. Walker inspired women to become entrepreneurs in the 20th century.

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. She is the author of The Script-Selling Game: A Hollywood Insider’s Look At Getting Your Script Sold and Produced.

Kathie will be at ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest held from June 23 – 25, 2017 in Los Angeles.  You can meet her and sign up for a private, half hour consultation at ScriptFest. She will help you fine-tune your pitch, script, and offer career advice. Private consultations will be scheduled on a first come/first served basis so book early to secure your spot.  Click here to purchase your session.

Opportunities are often found in the form of screenwriting competitions, where budding writers compete to win cash prizes, as well as making a name for themselves. Which screenplay contests should you enter in 2017? Kathie shares her personal list of screenwriting contests and fellowship programs worth entering. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS IN TV

Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s www.scriptfest.com

Podcast: Susan Silver, Author, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms

In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with trailblazer Susan Silver and comedy writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Susan talks about her latest memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets, and Sitcoms. Susan  has written for some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, creating laugh lines for Mary Tyler Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beatrice Arthur, Bob Newhart, and The Partridge Family. A female comedy writer in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, she is perhaps the first and only television writer to be featured in TV Guide wearing hot pants. 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. Sign up for FREE chapter here.

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

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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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The Director List Highlighting the Work of Women

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The Database – The database is a practical tool to help members of the film and television industries find female directors for their ODA’s, approved director lists, rosters, and any other projects that might require a director. There are over 850 directors included in the database and each one of them has directed either a feature-length film (narrative or documentary), television episodes, or they are seasoned commercial or music video directors. And, of course, they all happen to be women.
 The database includes filters geared toward the needs of producers or executives– covering medium, genre, region, etc. As the site grows, more filters will be added.

Please feel free to let us know what additional information will help you find the talent you need for your projects. Send requests to help@thedirectorlist.com.
Please note, the database is intended to be a starting point in your research on women directors and does not claim to be comprehensive or completely accurate, though best efforts have been made to achieve the latter. Please do your own additional research before making any decisions. 
If you are an agent or manager with a client you would like to add to the database, contact us atsubmissions@thedirectorlist.com and we will send you a submission form. Please make sure their experience fits within the parameters listed above before contacting TDL. http://www.thedirectorlist.com

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