Saturday, May 21, 2016

Who is TWiFM?

We are industry professionals and community business experts and WE work, create, build, test, show, champion for YOU! If you want to confer with colleagues, attend workshops, seminars, free movie screenings, panel discussions, focus groups, champion fellow members projects and network with like-minded professionals including filmmakers and film workers throughout the state, join TWiFM and we connect you to a diverse community of industry professionals ready to lend a hand, open a door and build a  bridge.

Did you know?

TWiFM mission is accomplished through the educational programming including workshops, specialized classes in different areas of crew and cast work. Ongoing “Meeting of the Month” with a recognized national and/or local expert and a interactive panel discussions with professional experts and the entertainment community in each area of Tennessee mentioned above. Educate as well as engage community experts to advance TWiFM membership on their career path’s as well as providing opportunities to champion ongoing and finished projects of our membership at multiple showcase screenings and in festival.

Members in our organization enjoy many benefits. Aside from belonging to a respected, professional, statewide organization, our members will join the diverse ranks of working industry leaders, movers and shakers in every department above and below the line.

Join TWIFM and immediately be recognized as members of the global organization Women in Film and Television International, a respected voice of more than 14, 000 female film makers and film workers in 50 countries. 

Additionally our members are immediately welcomed to membership in NAMAC. A national organization offering their members many opportunities to advance professionally in the industry. Just one example… Now in its 16th year The NAMAC. Creative Leadership Lab in conjunction with Sundance Institute, this is an organization whose vision encompasses multiple platforms from employment opportunities to funding. Their resources are available to members only and that means TWIFM members. 

We engage industry experts to advance TWiFM membership on their career path as well as providing opportunities to champion ongoing and finished projects at multiple showcase screenings and in festivals. 

TWIFM’s mission is accomplished through educational programming including workshops and specialized roundtable format symposiums,  in various areas of crew and cast work. Ongoing “Meeting of the Month” with a recognized national and/or local expert and a interactive panel discussions with professional experts and the entertainment community in each area of Tennessee mentioned above.


Meet the Board

Our organization’s board is populated with a group of successful women in the film, TV, media industry and business community. 

* Nancy Puetz - President
* Sheyla Paz - Vice President / Co-Director Diversity Engagement & Programming
* Robin Barnes - Secretary 
*Tara Stone - Treasurer
*Jennifer Hansen - Director of Membership
*Jill Melody - Director of State Membership & International Outreach 
*Tonya Osborne - Director of Public Relations & Media
*Kemberlee Bonnet - Director of Social Media 
*Christin Baker - Co-Director of Diversity Engagement & Programming
*Mercedes Jones - Director of Corporate, Community & Government Development. 
*Elke Ridenour - Director of Development & Co-Director of Diversity Engagement and Programming 

Advisory Board

*Raquel Thomas - Advisor to the Board At Large
*Molly Secours - Development and Program Adviser 
*Beth Harrington - At Large Adviser from Afar
Christopher Cotton - Legal Advisor/Counsel 

Featured Member  

Raquel Thomas is the Client Services Specialist at Left Brain Digital… From set decoration to casting to the producer’s chair, Raquel Thomas has grown into a dynamic and multi-faceted television professional. As a key player at Nashville’s Left Brain Digital, Ms. Thomas has overseen the production of the award winning Johnny Dynamo web series as well as other successful LBD projects such as The Accidental President and Mr. Frost. She serves as the Executive Producer on  The Line, a new and bold Television Pilot and the upcoming, Church-wood.

While web series and television projects have been her main focus over the past 6 years, Ms. Thomas is currently working on her first feature film, The Body Sculptor, which wraps principal photography later this summer. Her next film project, Ellie Blunt, is scheduled to begin later this year, and she is excited at the idea of working on a film that is centered around a strong, female character that is thrust into a most unfortunate family tug of war. For Raquel Thomas, slowing down is not an option, and the word NO doesn’t appear to exist in her vocabulary.


Upcoming Events 

Meet The Board: August 22, 2015 at the George Jones Museum from 6-9PM, 129 2nd Avenue North, next to the WildHorse Saloon.














2016 Women in Film & Television International  Short-Case  CALL FOR ENTRIES 

The Women in Film & Television International Short Film Showcase (“WIFTI SHORT-CASE”) is a powerful demonstration of our members’ creativity, vision, and artistry. Founded in 2004, the Showcase not only presents selected films from WIFTI Chapters around the world; some of the recent Showcase short films have been nominated for Academy Awards received distribution deals, garnered recognition around the world. Last year for the 10th anniversary, WIFTI Short-Case received 869 submissions from 58 countries.

About WIFTI:Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) is a global network comprised of over forty Women InFilm Chapters worldwide with over 10,000 members,dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and digital media.

CRITERIA: 

 FREE to all current members of Women in Film Chapters around the world. These members are eligible to submit their film(s) through their respective chapter or directly to Showcase Producers. Narrative films, animation, documentaries, are all permitted. 

 The films must be directed by a woman AND involve a woman in another key role (i.e.: writer, producer, editor, director of photography etc.) 

 Run time must be under 15 minutes. 

 Less than 2 years old, created (2014 and later) 

 Final deadline is October 15. We also offer an “initial” evaluation where filmmakers can ask for feedback of their films. Early Deadline is September 1. 

SUBMISSION FORM: 

1) Submit your Video: Upload your video to VIMEO or other site – secured, password protected for use of WIFTI Showcase producers, judges and Chapter representatives ONLY) 
2) Submission Form: The Short Film Showcase Submission Form can be downloaded at WIFTICHAPTERS.org or wifti.net. 


2016 Deadlines: 

September 1, 2015 Early Submission 

October 15, 2015 Final Deadline for Entries 

January 8, 2016 Final Short-Case Announced 

February 8, 2016 Jury Selection of Award Winners 

March 8, 2016 WIFTI Short-Case Screenings 

If you have questions please feel free to contact: 

WIFTI Short Film Showcase Producer: Carol Bidault de l’Isle (WIFT Louisiana) 

(Email: wiftishowcase@gmail.com) 


Cast/Crew Opportunity 

If you have a project, please submit it to us for posting just like the ones we have listed below. Send your project info to info@twifm.org so we can post it on the TWIFM website.


CASTING CALL FOR BILINGUAL LATINO TALENTS & more!

Paz Communications is producing a romantic comedy/drama play called Tea for Four and is holding auditions. 

The stage play "Tea for Four" is a bittersweet romantic comedy for a Hispanic cast of four — two men and two women and a few bit players. Please email headshot & resume to sheyla@spanish-tvtucanal.com for consideration. Visit www.facebook.com/TeaForFour to learn more about the stage play.


Open Casting Call for new feature film starring Robin Givens & Darrin Dewitt Henson "Products of the American Ghetto” 

Aug 8th 2015. 
Lakewood Stadium
70 Claire Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
8am to 4pm 

The line will be cut promptly at 4pm. Callbacks for major roles will be the same day after 4pm. You will receive callback during your audition if interested. PLEASE BRING HEADSHOT!!! The casting will be held inside the offices of the football stadium. To download sides for the audition please visit http://mister23.wix.com/pagcasting

NATIONWIDE CASTING: A new MTV series from the creators of Catfish: The TV Show 

Do you feel like a friend or loved one is hiding something from you? A new MTV series from the creators of Catfish: The TV Show is looking to help people who feel left in the dark by their friends or loved ones, and are now seeking the truth. If someone you love is harboring a big secret, you deserve to know the truth. Solid relationships are based in truth and honesty, and we want to help you move towards an open and honest future. 

-Do you have a friend or family member who disappears for long periods of time and you want to know where they truly go? 

-Are you fed up with a friend or loved one giving excuses that simply do not add up?

-Are you concerned your loved one could be living a double life?

-Is your friend or family member lying about their job?

-Could someone in your life be hiding an affair or secret relationship? 

If you can no longer ignore suspicious behavior, we want to hear your story.  With the guidance of our team, we want to help you get to the bottom of strange behavior, and finally get the answers you deserve.

Please send an email with a description of your story, along with your name, location, phone number and photo of yourself. Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster. Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers. To submit an audition please visit: https://mtvcasting.wufoo.com/forms/mtvs-catfish-season-4-casting-application/ 


A token of appreciation 
We want to say thanks to our web guru Bennet Payne from Left Brain Digital for making a very profesional website for TWiFM. We appreciate your talent very much!

Until next time, see you at the movies!

About TWiFM
Tennessee Women in Film and Media, Inc. (TWiFM), a Tennessee nonprofit corporation is organized, operated and dedicated exclusively for educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) IRS code, to advance the professional development and opportunities for Tennessee Women in Film, Entertainment and all Screen-Based digital media and promote equity in the aforementioned industry for women as film/media makers and film/media workers.
For more information about us visit: www.twifm.org

2016 NaFF 

The 2016 Nashville Film Festival had another successful run this year and the TWIFM members were there to support our fellow filmmakers. Many of our members have participated through the years on film preview teams. Some of the most popular fan favorites begin their Nashville Film Festival journey in an NPT screening room.  Our members including Katy Chevigny and Christin Baker have participated as panelists and judges for the festival which is a testament to their talents. Additionally some of the membership attended the NAFF screenwriter’s workshop. There was a lot of useful information and terrific panel lectures. The writer producer of Napoleon Dynamite, the writer of Back to Compton and a writer from the popular television show, Empire were on hand to share their journeys and provide plenty of take-aways for the attendees. We were also represented on the Red Carpet by Sheyla Paz who has a history of capturing the best interviews. Thanks Nashville Film Festival, Ted Crockett and Brian Owens and staff for providing a showcase for our Tennessee community and curating a thought-provoking and   highly entertaining festival. If you are considering the 2017 Nashville Film Festival as a place to submit your project, check out www.nashvillefilmfestival.org for dates and costs. For a list of nearby film festivals including due dates check out www.filmfreeway.org

Additionally some members attended the 2016 NaFF Writer’s Conference. There was a lot of useful information provided for attendees and terrific panel/lecture Q &A’s.It was an honor to speak with industry superstars as Writer/Director Sean Colvin part of the team writing and producing Napoleon Dynamite, Writer, Andrea Berloff pictured here, writer of Straight Outta Compton and Malcolm Spellman, writer and producer of television show Empire.


“The Benefits of Gusbandry” Screening

TWiFM hosted a panel discussion on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 during the Nashville Film Festival with  Portland-based director Alicia J. Rose and producer Lara Cuddy in which they screened their current YouTube webisode original series "The Benefits of Gusbandry".

After enjoying several episodes of the series, Rose and Cuddly held court during a hilarious panel discussion as well as an illuminating question and answer session. They focused on the  concept, writing, shooting, production, marketing strategy, and management of the project. Please check out their hilarious web series here: The Benefits of Gusbandry 

Look for TWiFM VP Sheyla Paz’s in depth Red Carpert interview with Alicia and Lara featured on Entertainment Circle

Memphis, a Strong Supporter of TWiFM

Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission 

Memphis has seen members of TWiFM more than a few times in the last couple of months. We appreciate the help provided to TWiFM by the Memphis/Shelby County Film Commission in our pursuit of projects and members. A special shout out is in order to Linn Sitler and Sharon Fox Le Guin for their support and information sharing on locations and contacts. We look forward to increasing our visibility in the beautiful region of Memphis and Shelby county and widening our chapter’s footprint.

Our Members on the Go

- We are happy to report on Jill Melody, former TWIFM member and past board member, Producer, Writer, Director oF MS Incorporated that she has been winning audiences and hearts on her festival run with Ms Incorporated, formerly HR. TWIFM Members, Alex Van Zeelandt, Emily Steele, Josephine Getz, Nick Pride, Robin Barnes, Kemberlee Bonnet and Nan Puetz all had the honor along with a Nashville cast and crew to be part of this wonderfully clever film.  

- Ava Leigh Stewart, Board Member has just finished a book of poetry in the midst of preparations for the Southeastern International Film Festival. She is also producing a web-based television series in conjunction with the festival called “Love, Look, Listen” hosted by Brian Ashley Jones.

- Member Josephine Getz with her Stars on Guitars was asked to create a special piece for the “Hits for the Homeless” recent private fundraiser headlined by Montgomery Gentry. Josephine’s artwork is one of a kind and is featured in the homes of many country music stars and celebrities. She will be designing a special guitar for the September 13 and 15th screening event of Routes Jukebox. Get ready to bid for your own art guitar.. It is going to be amazing.

- Our board member, writer/director Beth Harrington's film has just started screening on Netflix.   President/CEO of Tello Films, Christin Baker has just been awarded Best Drama Audience Award for her web series Maybelle. Christin is also a board member of TWIFM

Featured Member

* Laurie Ritz Charland member of Tennessee Women in Film & Media and WIFTNashville enjoys acting. She has appeared in the ABC Television Show Nashville multiple times and with other local media. She also works for the Nashville CVB. She is also a longtime and tireless community volunteer at Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Wine Auction, TWIFM and many other non profit events in the area. Her husband Lee is a featured regular with the new television show Nashville Flipped. Laurie is a welcome addition to Nashville as she is faithful in her support of Independent film, the city and all its residents. We appreciate her support of our mission.  

* New Member Siobhan Maher Kennedy of Liverpool is a former 80’s UK pop star.  She was the lead singer in  a band called River City People amassing many hits in the 80’s. She recorded for EMI records, moving  to Nashville with Debbi Peterson of the girl Group the Bangles in 1993 to record a duo album called Kindred Spirit for Miles Copeland's  (The Police) label IRS. I fell in love with the recording engineer Ray Kennedy and relocated to Nashvile for the past 21 yrs. Raising two girls she has continued to do some singing/duets with Steve Earle and Richard Thompson and background live and studio vocal work. Siobhan recently sang background vocals on the movie soundtrack for I saw the Light, the Hank Williams biopic.
In 2015 Kennedy was asked to appear in her hometown, Liverpool for the amazing  Liverpool International Music Festival. She sang with an all girl band from Liverpool collaboration called Herstory and also appeared in the documentary, Routes Jukebox that was created for the festival by a great new female director Jernice Easthope who is also a member of TWIFM. Thank you for your support!  

Sponsor partners include: Heavy Artillery, Nashville Film Festival. Nashville Universe, Harvest Beverage, A Vintage Affair, Liverpool International Music and Film Festival, Elke Ridenour, Tello Films, Fuel Film Memphis, the Louisiana Film Prize, Memphis Film Prize, NFI, Kroger, Back to Cuba Cafe, Samia’s Catering, Bongo Java, Pan-Gier Security Specialists, Southeastern International Film  Festival. 

Upcoming Events 

SAVE THE DATE and MAKE RESERVATIONS!!! Firearms For Films has only 50 spots available.

Firearms For Films: Saturday, June 26 from 8:30-1:00 pm 

A hands-on tactical training workshop and seminar demonstrating the aspects of weapons training and awareness. All three of the programs offered by licensed trained experts.


Part 1:  “Don’t Bring a Derringer to a Zombie Apocalypse!”  Proper handling and use of weapons to assure technical authenticity. Determine with accuracy the appropriate weapon for different situational needs in each genre of action filming. For example petty crime, gang warfare, terrorism military, natural disasters  and Sci-fi call for different weapons along with different stance and movement. Nothing is more telling and frankly distracting than when a film character uses the wrong weapon and/or doesn't know how to hold or discharge  in combat. Participants will learn weapon techniques, SWAT, disarming and situational formations, gunshot reaction/kickback, weapon loading and unloading, etc.

Part 2:  “There’s No Cutting of Wires.”  the team of training experts includes an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) expert in defusing IED’s. He will explain the do’s and don’ts of explosives including safety protocol. There is no cutting of wires in the real world.

Part 3: Military Working Dogs (MWD) . Attendees learn the use of Dogs as partners/associates for multiple genre. MWD expert will share the facts about usable techniques and proper knowledge of K-9, Bomb/Explosive Dogs as well as  Cadaver dogs, trained for global post-disaster situations.  Learn and understand the “real time”sequencing.  


TWIFM Anniversary Screening/membership: July 9 at 6:30 PM

TWIFM is celebrating its first anniversary. Free for members. We will host a film screening in partnership with OnLocation Memphis Film Festival. 

Got a project going on? Please sent us the info to share it with our members in our next newsletter!!!

Come and get acquainted with us.  We are a collaborative group of film/media industry professionals, business leaders, supporters and enthusiasts who together work towards creating great opportunities for our members throughout the State of Tennessee. 

Join TWiFM today to connect with a diverse group of film/media professionals. Attend a wide variety of workshops, seminars, free movie screenings and panel discussions to further develop your art, connections or love for all things film/media. Engage in focus groups, preview films, attend a screening, let us champion your project and help us to celebrate others.  We help you build relationships with TWIFM members and industry professionals across the state of Tennessee, nationally and in the global markets and a wide variety of ancillary business to help complete you projects. We have access to a group of people who are in our community to lend a hand, open a door and create a pathway to your future success. 

The Tennessee State Chapter of International Women in Film joins over 15, 000 members and more than forty chapters in the  world. The community/industry momentum building through TWIFM has been achieved due to the support of our members.

Together we are strength, a voice, a force. Join us and become a member today. You can count on us to be on the front lines to lead, beside you to collaborate and behind you for support.

Join today. www.twifm.org info@ twifm.org, 615-567-3771


About TWiFM

Tennessee Women in Film and Media, Inc. (TWiFM), a Tennessee nonprofit corporation is organized, operated and dedicated exclusively for educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) IRS code, to advance the professional development and opportunities for Tennessee Women in Film, Entertainment and all Screen-Based digital media and promote equity in the aforementioned industry for women as film/media makers and film/media workers.


For more information about us visit: www.twifm.org

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Supporting Collaboration and Equality for all Women in Film, TV & Media

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Who is TWiFM?

We are industry professionals and community business experts and WE work, create, build, test, show, champion for YOU! If you want to confer with colleagues, attend workshops, seminars, free movie screenings, panel discussions, focus groups, champion fellow members projects and network with like-minded professionals including filmmakers and film workers throughout the state, join TWiFM and we connect you to a diverse community of industry professionals ready to lend a hand, open a door and build a  bridge.

Did you miss our Meet & Greet?

If you missed our event Meet & Greet the board, don't worry! We have an update for you. The event held at the beautiful George Jones Museum had an amazing view from the balcony to the riverfront. About 40 people attended to get to know the organization and the board members. We welcomed 11 new members. Keep checking back to see when we’ll get together again. 

Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook page here: Meet & Greet the Board

Make sure to click the LIKE button once you are there! 

Continuing to Make Strides in the State…

TWIFM is a proud participant and honorary sponsor of the On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival which took place September 3-6, 2015. From the red carpet and opening night VIP Party to industry panel discussions and networking,  TWIFM President Nancy Puetz and Vice President Sheyla Paz were busy meeting with and speaking to the local and international community at the festival. Thanks to Angela Green, ESQ. and her staff for a great festival and the warm welcome we received.

Shout out to Karen Francis and Kathleen Davison, two fabulous examples of women filmmakers achieving success in the industry. We will be back next year.  To learn more about the festival, please visit: www.onlocationmemphis.org

Upcoming Events 

Latino Short Films Showcase September 29th 

Call For Latino Shorts

Tennessee Women in Film & Media is calling all Latino filmmakers in our state to submit their short films for a screening at an upcoming event. Shorts should be under 15 minutes of length. A focus group will follow the showing. Submit by September 15, 2015 at our  website: www.twifm.org

Director/Producer/Writer and Executive Director Ava Leigh Stewart will be on hand to answer your questions and provide information about the upcoming SouthEastern International Film Festival.


2016 Women in Film & Television International  Short-Case

ENTRIES - DEADLINE Approaching

The Women in Film & Television International Short Film Showcase (“WIFTI SHORT-CASE”) is a powerful demonstration of our members’ creativity, vision, and artistry. Founded in 2004, the Showcase not only presents selected films from WIFTI Chapters around the world; some of the recent Showcase short films have been nominated for Academy Awards received distribution deals, garnered recognition around the world. Last year for the 10th anniversary, WIFTI Short-Case received 869 submissions from 58 countries.

About WIFTI:Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) is a global network comprised of over forty Women InFilm Chapters worldwide with over 10,000 members,dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and digital media.

CRITERIA: 

 FREE to all current members of Women in Film Chapters around the world. These members are eligible to submit their film(s) through their respective chapter or directly to Showcase Producers. Narrative films, animation, documentaries, are all permitted. 

 The films must be directed by a woman AND involve a woman in another key role (i.e.: writer, producer, editor, director of photography etc.) 

 Run time must be under 15 minutes. 

 Less than 2 years old, created (2014 and later) 

 Final deadline is October 15. We also offer an “initial” evaluation where filmmakers can ask for feedback of their films. Early Deadline is September 1. 

SUBMISSION FORM: 

1) Submit your Video: Upload your video to VIMEO or other site – secured, password protected for use of WIFTI Showcase producers, judges and Chapter representatives ONLY) 

2) Submission Form: The Short Film Showcase Submission Form can be downloaded at WIFTICHAPTERS.org or wifti.net. 


2016 Deadlines: 

September 1, 2015 Early Submission 

October 15, 2015 Final Deadline for Entries 

January 8, 2016 Final Short-Case Announced 

February 8, 2016 Jury Selection of Award Winners 

March 8, 2016 WIFTI Short-Case Screenings 

If you have questions please feel free to contact: 

WIFTI Short Film Showcase Producer: Carol Bidault de l’Isle (WIFT Louisiana) Email: wiftishowcase@gmail.com


Featured Members 

Jill Melody is an award winning  SAG-AFTRA actress, producer, director & writer. Jill studied her craft at New York Film Academy in LA & at North Carolina School of the Arts. In addition to appearing on stage & in movies, Jill has been in many television commercials and is also a popular Voice Actor and spokesperson for multiple companies including Genesis Diamonds. Her voice has also been heard on many corporate training videos including for “Harley Davidson”, & Advant, Inc. Her latest project, the TV movie “HR” is currently in post production.

Directed by Jill Melody, HR will keep you amused and engaged. She leads a comedic cast as the charismatic, but trouble-making Human Resource Director Alexis Lennox; whose antics and schemes keep her staff panicked and unnerved. What will she be up to next, and how will her HR coordinator manage to pull off another Corporate cover up of Alexis's dubious actions? Set in a human resources department in Nashville Tennessee, "HR" is a humorous look at one day in a truly dysfunctional yet laughable environment. 

Christin Baker is a filmmaker, producer, and co-founder of Tello Films, a web-based distribution company that produces lesbian original content. The website provides access to its content via a monthly subscription: you might say it’s the lesbian Netflix. After attending MTSU graduating in MASS COMM she was Student Body President. She is a voting member of the Writers and Producers Guild. An expert now in distribution and funding,she has more than ten original film projects finished. Currently filming in Nashville with an all Nashville Crew, Baker is going to be actively involved in engaging and welcoming a diverse community to TWiFM.

Tello films produces and distributes innovative, high-quality web series’ with a lesbian focus. Lesbian/queer characters are front and center, therefore the stories she tells respect the range and variety inherent in being queer. Tello films’s characters and subscribers are allies, mothers, daughters, bosses, explorers, dreamers, doers, go-getters, and go-get-hers. Learn more at www.tellofilms.com 

About TWiFM

Tennessee Women in Film and Media, Inc. (TWiFM), a Tennessee nonprofit corporation is organized, operated and dedicated exclusively for educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) IRS code, to advance the professional development and opportunities for Tennessee Women in Film, Entertainment and all Screen-Based digital media and promote equity in the aforementioned industry for women as film/media makers and film/media workers.

For more information about us visit: www.twifm.org