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Fabulous February Free Events Online
Conversations in America: Submissions to "2020 Vision"
LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program
Coming Together Through Creativity from The Actors Theatre Workshop
Black History Month - Online Events and Links to Explore and Learn
Conversations In America: 
“2020 Vision”—The Year We Saw Everything
(Submissions accepted February 14th - March 21st
from Valentine’s Day to the Solstice)
"It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone…” Michelle Obama

“Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.” Mahnaz Afkhami

“A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

"I just want to recognize that women are never congratulated for their hunger. We are never rewarded for taking up space musically. So, I just wanted to take a second to thank everybody for what we teach each other and that is to hunger for more, to not accept less, to make sure our voices are heard because the point of view that we have is required."
Jeanine Tesori, Composer

 No one is able to hide anymore. No one. 

We are still in a health, social, economic, political crisis which has impacted all of us. The stress of our lives multiplied over the last few years and exploded in 2020. Now time for change and renewal is at hand. How do we move forward?

How can we as artists discuss what justice for all of us looks like? What do we want for our future? How can we increase compassion and understanding to give voice to those voices that fall on deaf ears? How do we find ways for those deaf ears to hear, see and feel outside their understanding? Art can be the language of constructive action towards being heard. We want to work toward an understanding and developing movement forward through our art.

Some Topics to launch from:

Pandemic: How it has changed/impacted/escalated our lives

Discrimination: How has it changed? Not changed? What questions should we be asking?What are the answers? 

BLM: social/racial justice, behavior, protesting, outsiders looting, How we are coming together?

#MeToo: equal pay, equal treatment in the office, the world… constant harassment in life and work  

Division in the Country: We have never been so divided. How do we find common ground? How do we actually make these United States exactly that - United? Can we? Can this new administration?

Concentrate on one, or draw on more than one, it is all up to you and your imagination. Go for it! Written and performed pieces 3 to 5 minutes tops. 
We will host a virtual evening to perform, display, discuss and enlighten the many sides of these issues that impact us all. Looking for: Scenes, Short plays, Short films, Monologues, Music, Poetry, Dance, Paintings, Sculptures and Photography - again nothing to exceed 3-5 minutes.
The entire evening will run 75-90 minutes with no intermission and will be via Zoom link. We will have a cast of professional NY actors reading the chosen pieces, and all art for the evening - photography, paintings, sculptures, music - will be put on display.

As in the past, this is open to all members of our organizations and affiliate organizations (see the list here).

Send your submission to: conversations@womenartsmediacoalition.org

                   Theatre Unites the World!
A week-long celebration of 27 extraordinary international Theatre Women from 18 countries at the forefront of artistic excellence and social change.
Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program
Joan D. Firestone, Program Chair, Melody Brooks Executive Producer
Reserve your seat for the Award Ceremony, hosted by Film and Television star
Tamara Tunie, honoring Award-winner Hanane Hajj Ali from Lebanon.
Meet Finalists Iman Aoun (Palestine), Mallika Sarabhai (India), Maya Zbib (Lebanon) and Special Certificate Recipient Mihaela Drăgan (Romania) in a series of transformative conversations with U.S. counterparts.

Schedule of Events
All events are free and take place virtually at 1:00pm EST (U.S.)

February 15, 2021
24-hour Countdown
A journey around the world in 24 hours to meet GCITA Nominees & International Affiliates.

February 16, 2021
Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Ceremony
Hosted by Television and Film Star Tamara Tunie

February 17, 2021
How to Keep Creating While Everything Around You is Falling Apart
Interview with 2020 G/C Award Winner Hanane Hajj Ali with video of her work

February 18, 2021
Women On Stage and In The Streets: Three Leading Beiruti Theatre Artists
Co-hosted by the Lebanese American University New York Academic Center

February 19, 2021
Raising Social Awareness and Activating Change Through Theatre
Theatre women share strategies for using their theatre practice to make a difference

February 20, 2021
Theatre Education: Reaching Beyond the Stage
Arts educators discuss how theatre can be a powerful educational & affirmational tool at all age levels

February 22, 2021
The Dynamic Alliance of Theatre and Technology
Theatre makers share experiences in using technology to enhance their theatrical vision

Other Nominees
Jaspreet Saund (Canada), Sarah Berger (England), Faynia Williams (England), Katy Lipson (England), Lucy Kerbel (England), Beate Seidel (Germany), Avra Sidiropoulou (Greece), Andrea Tompa (Hungary), Kalpana Gagdekar (India), Deirdre Kinahan (Ireland), Edna Mazya (Israel), Burbuqe Berisha (Kosovo), Illire Vinca (Kosovo), Zana Hoxha Krasniqi (Kosovo), Sherry Lara Alingod (Philippines), Jung-Soon Shim (Republic of Korea), Hope Azeda (Rwanda), Dijana Milosevic (Serbia), Grace Gachocha Nakaka (Tanzania), Jalila Baccar (Tunisia), Lupe Gehrenbeck (Venezuela), and Jill Greenhalgh (Wales).

Coming Together Through Creativity
Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm EST - FREE
from The Actors Theatre Workshop

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone but it has also created opportunities to connect with people in our community in new ways. When we discovered in March that our creative educational programs were just as life-changing online, we developed a new class that would allow us to connect with each other while learning creative exercises to combat the stress of a more isolated life.

Join us for our free class, Coming Together Through Creativity, led by our Artistic Director and Founder Thurman E. Scott, 
on Wednesday, February 17th at 7PM ET,
as we use our voices to build new bonds
during these unprecedented times. 


February E-News from Women Make Movies


Join us for a MasterClass with Belly of the Beast Filmmakers Erika Cohn and Angela Tucker

Join us for this special MasterClass, Emmy-award winning filmmakers Erika Cohn and Angela Tucker (director and producer, respectively, of the newly released film BELLY OF THE BEAST, which is on Variety's list of Oscar predictions). They will speak about their careers as directors and producers, previous films and how they financed and made them, how they got them out to the world through festivals, distribution and impact/engagement campaigns, who they partnered with, and how to get those grants. They will also discuss that all-important relationship of director/producer. Click here for more information and to register. This is the first webinar of our winter '21 series; others will be announced soon. Sign up for our NEWS YOU CAN USE newsletter to make sure you hear about them. 

Women Make Movies at Sundance

We are thrilled to see WMM filmmakers and program alums premiering six films and two VR projects at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. FAYA DAYI, made with the support of WMM's Production Assistance Program, will have its world premiere at the festival as well as USERS by Natalia Almada, whose films EL GENERAL and ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY are distributed by WMM. Also premiering are AILEY (Producer, Lauren DeFilippo), AT THE READY (Maisie Crow), TRY HARDER (Producer, Nico Opper), and PRESIDENT (Camilla Nielsson). View the complete lineup and purchase your tickets here.

Michèle Stephenson, director of WMM's newest release STATELESS, will be premiering her latest VR project: THE CHANGING SAME: EPISODE 1, and Grace Lee (dir. THE GRACE LEE PROJECT) will also be showcasing her latest VR projecBEYOND THE BREAKDOWN at the festival as well. Both projects can be viewed on-demand throughout the duration of the festival with the purchase of a pass.  

Don't miss fantastic panels with Michèle Stephenson (dir. STATELESS), Katja Esson (dir. FERRY TALES, POETRY OF RESILIENCE), Grace Lee (dir. THE GRACE LEE PROJECT), Dawn Porter and others. Join GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Mary J. Blige, NOVA Way, DJ Camper and BELLY OF THE BEAST director Erika Cohn for Lyric and Music: Songwriting Voices in Film. We are excited to see six of the twenty-two jury members are WMM filmmakers, including Julie DashKim Longinottoand Joy Buolamwini, an MIT Media Lab researcher featured in WMM new release CODED BIAS, which premiered at Sundance in 2020. Read more 

New Release! STATELESS is Now Available for Screenings!

Winning Best Feature Documentary at BlackStar Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs, amongst others, WMM newest release STATELESS, directed by Panamanian-Haitian filmmaker and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member Michèle Stephenson, reveals the depths of racial hatred and institutionalized oppression that divide Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We are excited to announce that STATELESS is now available to purchase and book for screenings.

WMM and the Academy

This year, 93 international features and a record 238 documentaries are eligible for the Oscars. Included are WMM new releases CODED BIAS (dir. Shalini Kantayya) and BELLY OF THE BEAST (dir. Erika Cohn & prod. Angela Tucker), films made with the support of our Production Assistance program: Venezuela's official selection, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA (dir. Anabel Rodriguez Ríos), Kenya's official selection, THE LETTER (dir. Maia Lekow & Christopher King), MR. SOUL! (dir. Melissa Haizlip), THE FIGHT (dir. Elyse Steinberg), and new films from program alums: Dick Johnson is Dead (dir. Kirsten Johnson), JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (dir. Dawn Porter), amongst many others. Best of luck to all! On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 6 PM ET, Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be co-hosting a panel discussion with ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA filmmakers. Register here

WMM Seeks Administrative & Finance Manager

WMM seeks an Administrative & Finance Manager with exceptional administrative and organizational skills to manage the organization's overall finances, human resources, and office admin, including facilities and IT (thru vendor). This position will work closely with the ED and staff to ensure that strong operational systems are in place. The ideal candidate for this position has significant experience in arts and/or non-profit management but is also knowledgeable of business or earned-income organizations. View the full job description and apply.