Project Funding Series—Part 3 Working the Film Festival Circuit: Getting a Return on the Investment

Date of Event: June 21, 2011, 6:30 PM

Location of Event: Microsoft 1290 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York

Description of Event: A film festival screening is your premier chance to grow your audience and make the professional connections that will further your project, as well as your career. It is also a marketplace for distribution opportunities and press reviews that generate buzz.

NYWIFT has assembled a panel of top festival programmers and sales agents to guide you as you prepare for your screening. They'll reveal the materials you should have available, provide advice on invitation lists and let you know who to hire, as they help you make the most of your festival experience.
Panelists include: Marian Masone, Director, Festivals and Associate Director, Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, producer of the New York Film Festival, Martha Tien, Program Manager, Asian American International Film Festival

Registration Fee: $30 to NYWIFT members $45 to Nonmembers
RSVP by prepayment online


Project Funding Series: Nuts & Bolts of the Digital Toolbox - Content Creators Expand the Budget Horizon

Date of Event: June 20, 2011, 6:30 PM
Location of Event: Tribeca Screening Room 375 Greenwich Street New York, New York
Description of Event: Consider the producer's paradox - while budgets shrink and fundraising becomes more challenging, access to affordable technology and a variety of digital platforms continues to grow. Old rules are being broken as new paradigms emerge.
In a unique rapid-fire presentation, a panel of experts reveal innovative methods to get your project off the ground. Whether it's through crowd-source funding, collaborative media, product placement, or other tactics designed to enhance a production, the Digital Toolbox will expand your budget horizon. With Carole Tomko, GM MyDiscovery and Jocelyn Shearer, Vice President, Footage Sales, DiscoveryAccess.
Additional scheduled panelists: IndieGogo, presented by Erica Labovitz; PlaceVine, presented by Chase Norlin.
Registration Fee: $30 members $45 non-members
RSVP by prepayment online


Grant Writing Bootcamp

Date of Event: June 18, 2011, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location of Event: TBD, New York, New York
Description of Event: A hands-on workshop on writing effective grants. Panelists include: Eleanor Whitney, Program Officer for External Affairs and Fiscal Sponsorship at New York Foundation for the Arts; Slava Rubin, CEO IndieGoGo; Elena Dubas, New York Foundation for the Arts
Registration Fee Morning only:
Pre-registration: $40 members $55 non-members
At the door: $50 members $65 nonmembers
Registration Fee Whole Day:
Pre-registration: $75 members $100 non-members
At the door: $90 members $125 for non-members


June 2011 Awards Lunch

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12 noon-2 p.m.
Location of Event: Sardi's
Description of Event: Christine Jones (Scenic Designer) receives the Ruth Morley Design Award; Jessica Burr (Artistic Director of Blessed Unrest) receives the Lucille Lortel Award; lunch and networking

Contact Information: purchase at Brown Paper Tickets, 1 800 838 3006 option 1 - event code 175569

Checks may be sent before May 30 to: LPTW PO Box 2292 NY NY 10108
Registration Fee: $65 includes lunch


NYWIFT screening series: Where Less Is More

Date of Event: Jun. 28, 2011, 7:00 PM

Location of Event: Anthology Film Archives 32 East Second Avenue New York, New York

Description of Event: This month's NYWIFT Screening Series takes us around the world on a journey into the hearts and minds of women from every walk of life. From locations as far away as Greece and Turkey, to the nearby parks of Brooklyn, join us as we venture into the lives of some very fascinating folks.

Short films by: Jill Woodward, Pass TRESpass; Therese Shechter - How I learned to Speak Turkish; Iva Radivojevie - Thread; Tova Beck-Friedman - Her World; Elena TaJo - I am I: A Tribute to Margaret Cho; Zelda Patterson – Better

Registration Fee: $6 for NYWIFT members (Present your membership card, and/or tell them you are a NYWIFT member)
$7 for Women in Production, Women Make Movies, DCTV, IFP, Center for Communications, Shooting People, Arts Engine/DocuClub members, Guests of Cast and Crew, and Students (Present your membership card and/or tell them of your affiliation to your respective group.)
$9 for Non-Members

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the screening at the Anthology Box office. Cash Only-No credit cards.


Newsletter: A Note from Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.
WAM is collaborating with the
Screen Actors Guild Foundation
to bring you:
A Conversation and Q&with
Eileen Fulton
moderated by our own
leslie Shreve!

As part of WAM's mission to encourage interaction between our member organizations, we would like to invite you to come hear from a woman who has crossed industry borders and worked in
TV, Cabaret, Film & Theatre!

Eileen Fulton is best known for being the first "bad girl" on television, when she created the role of Lisa Miller on the CBS Soap, "As The World Turns" over 50 years ago.  However, it was onstage in the Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that Eileen found a balance in her ability to perform both onstage and on TV. In the morning she would tape an episode of As the World Turns, then she would be on a Broadway stage for the matinee performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and by evening she would be back onstage in the Off-Broadway musical, The Fantasticks. Fulton has also appeared in five independent films, is an established recording artist and critically acclaimed cabaret performer.

A Special Networking Reception will be held after the event. We look forward to meeting you and continuing the discussion on issues of importance to you!

RSVP Required.  Seating is limited.  If you would like to attend, please send an email to rsvp@sagfoundation.org with "Eileen Fulton" in the subject line by Wednesday, June 15th.  Also, please indicate if you would like to bring a guest.
  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
7:00 PM  (Check-in starts at 6:15 pm)

Screen Actors Guild
360 Madison Avenue, 14thFloor  
(Entrance is located on 45th)

Moderated By
leslie Shreve

Have questions for Eileen? Email them to leslie with your RSVP to  rsvp@sagfoundation.org   

leslie is a past president of WAMCoalition, and is a current Special Advisor to our board. Her activism includes serving on the National Board of AFTRA; the Council and Grants Committee for the EAG; and the steering committee for the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital's Crime Victims Treatment Center.  leslie is honored by her uniquely long term as National Chair for the Women's Committees of both AFTRA and SAG.  


NYWIFT Screening Series: Back Walking Forward sponsored by Loreen Arbus Productions

NYWIFT Screening Series: Back Walking Forward sponsored by Loreen Arbus Productions

Date of Event: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 7:00 PM
Location of Event: Millenium Film Workshop; 66 East 4th Street; New York
Description of Event: Back Walking Forward, Kavery Kaul's inspiring documentary about a young man's struggle with the aftermath of traumatic brain injury, was just completed, and is already getting raves. Tickets sold out weeks before its debut screening at the Sprout Film Festival. Director of the festival, Anthony Di Salvo, reported that “In the festival's eight years, we've never had such an overwhelming response to a film.”
Screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kavery Kaul, led by Jennifer Merin.
Contact Information: NYWIFT: 212.679.0870
Registration Fee: Free
RSVP online

Power player breakfast: Molly Thompson, VP indie films for A&E

Date of Event: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Location of Event: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, 488 Madison Avenue, New York
Description of Event: May's power player, Molly Thompson, was named one of the ten most powerful people in documentaries by the PBS blog Doc Soup. Join us for breakfast and hear how Thompson rose from her first job in television, as an intern at the PBS show Currents, to become Vice President of A&E IndieFilms, the A&E network's feature documentary division – a department she launched.
Thompson's ability to cultivate a filmmaker's creative vision is evident in the productions she executive produces. These have included such acclaimed documentaries as Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Jesus Camp, nominated for an Academy Award; Nanette Burstein's American Teen, which won best director at Sundance 2008; and the Oscar-nominated, Sundance award-winner Murderball.
Contact Information: NYWIFT: 212.679.0870
Registration Fee: $20 to NYWIFT members; $30 to Nonmembers
RSVP by prepayment online


Designing Women 2011

Date of Event: Monday, May 23, 2011, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location of Event: Macy's Herald Square 16th Floor Auditorium Enter at 151 West 34th Street
Description of Event: You are cordially invited to attend Designing Women, NYWIFT's gala tribute to those unsung heroines of production – the costume designers, makeup artists and hairstylists who complete the look of a character and influence the world of fashion and style.
Honorees: costume designer Janie Bryant, makeup artist Linda Melazzo and hair stylist Diana Sikes, and the entire costume, makeup and hair design team of Nurse Jackie.
Contact Information: NYWIFT: 212.679.0870; info@nywift.orghttp://bit.ly/iRF5jT
Registration Fee: $75 to NYWIFT members, Local 798, Local 829 and Local 764 members; $125 to Nonmembers
RSVP by prepayment or online


Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts Open House

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Location: Primary Stages Studios, 307 West 38th Street, Suite 1510
Description: Join Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) for an evening of networking with the greater theatrical community. All interested in supporting the future vitality of the theater are welcome. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Contact: Kate Canary
212.840.9705 x 215
Registration Fee: None


Linda Lavin Interviewed by Michael Riedel

League of Professional Theatre Women
Linda Lavin Interviewed by Michael Riedel

Date: Monday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
Description: LINDA LAVIN, Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and Tony® Award-winning actress, will be interviewed by New York Post columnist and theatre critic, MICHAEL RIEDEL.
Contact Information: Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Registration Fee: Admission is Free, First Come-First Seated


Newsletter: May 2011

Our New Name

That's right! Our name is now:
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

We changed it to better suit our growing national impact as well as ease of use. WAMCo is still deeply grounded in our root mission:being the link between our member organizations as we collaborate to impact the various topics that affect women in our industry through advocacy, networking, and events.

New Name - Same Great Mission

We look forward to continuing to grow with our membership, our industries and our world.

On March 23rd, we presented our Collaboration Award to playwright Stefanie Zadravec, DG(left) & director Daniella Topol,  SDC (right) for their collaboration on The Electric Baby.

The event was magnificent, and the crowd was large and enthusiastic. The raffle prizes were a big hit and the networking was legendary. We have heard back from so many people about how inspiring the night was, and how they've already made plans for the next one!
Check out our Find us on Facebookpage for pictures &  feel free to "tag" yourself! 

Events of Interest
 (Org leaders - please share your events with us at our website)

Linda Lavin Interviewed by Michael Riedel (via League of Professional Theatre Women)

Spring Workshop Series (via Women Make Movies)

Bistro Awards (via Sherry Eaker) 
(with a 10% Discount for WAM Coalition members!)

(via Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) 

Cross-Org Meet & Greets
This new event series is an opportunity for two of our member organizations to get to know each other better  - as a whole and one-on-one - through a social networking evening.

Our first Meet & Greet introduced members of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). After some terrific networking warm-ups, people ate, drank, and talked well past the official ending time.  We are excited to continue this series every few months.

We'd love to hear from your organization about what other organization you'd like to connect with - give us a shout-out atwamcoalition@gmail.com!

In This Issue



We are pleased and honored to welcome our newest boardmembers:
Donna Devlin-Young
Joanne Dorian
Stacey Jackson
Ylana Kellar

Joining our ProfessionalAdvisory Council:
Katie Rosin of Kampfire Public Relations

Join Our Mailing List


Nothing official yet, but those in the know are saying that the Coalition is pairing up with some extremely talented women in the film and jazz arenas to bring you an exciting event in October!)

And keep your ears open for some of our signature events, such as:

 - Blatent Self Interest Networking Event -

- Just About Networking -

and our newest:
- Cross Org
Meet & Greets -
See more details in this eblast!


kef theatrical productions presents FIRST PRIZE by Israela Margalit

Date: April 28 – May 21, 2011
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8:00, Mon at 7:30
(additional performance Sunday, May 1 at 7:30)
Location: The ArcLight Theatre – 152 West 71st Street, NYC
Between Broadway and Columbus (1, 2, 3, C to 72nd St.)
This world premiere production by renowned concert pianist and award-winning writer, Israela Margalit, explores a young woman's quest for glory and fulfillment in the cutthroat world of classical music. Inspired by her real-life experience, Margalit weaves a story of colorful characters with wit, charm, passion and dynamic classical music. The production features Margalit's piano playing from her numerous internationally acclaimed recordings.
Contact: For group discount rates contact info@kefproductions.com
Tickets: $18 - all performances


Office Manager Position Available Women Make Movies

From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today’s headlines to films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in all genres, Women Make Movies is the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women. WMM is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women of color, lesbians, and older women to apply.
We are looking for a smart, savvy, hardworking individual who can work independently in a busy, fast paced office. We want a superstar who is socially aware, feet firmly planted on the ground, and knows how to get the job done efficiently and effectively! Please have a strong sense of work ethic, especially with regard to showing up to work on time, every day. The right candidate will have at least two years experience in an office management position, with an understanding of office administration and maintenance, and excellent methods of communication. We are looking for someone to grow with the organization, who is able to understand the big picture, and who can successfully juggle multiple tasks in a productive and polite manner. The ideal candidate must also have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, be able to effectively prioritize, and must be willing and able to wear multiple hats.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
•Responsible for all day-to-day operations and functions of a 12-person office.
•Responsible for managing all aspects of the Front Desk, which includes supervision of receptionist/front desk intern, and when needed serving in the role of receptionist for the organization.
•Responsible for the Intern / Work Study Program •Primary liaison with Building Superintendent •Assist Administrative Manager with Human Resources (recruitment, hiring, training, insurance, payroll)
Skills, Qualifications and Other Requirements
•Mandatory 2 - 3 years experience working in an administrative position (preferably with some supervisory experience) •Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft platform.
•Proficiency using organizational contact database and mailing lists.
•Detail oriented and strong organization skills.
•Excellent writing/communication/customer service skills.
•Must be comfortable on phones!!
•Sense of humor appreciated.
•Experience with a non-profit or media arts organization helpful.
•Commitment to multi-cultural feminist media.
•Friendly, professional, and pleasant demeanor.
Founded in 1972, Women Make Movies (WMM) is a non-profit feminist, media arts organization dedicated to the distribution and exhibition of films by and about women. Women Make Movies’ Production Assistance (PA) Program provides assistance to emerging and experienced women directors in the production of new documentaries, fiction and experimental films.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email resume with a letter noting relevant experience and salary history to jobs@wmm.com. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. Please indicate Office Manager in the subject line and tell us where you saw the posting. Women Make Movies offers a competitive salary, as well as an excellent benefits package including employer-paid medical and dental insurance, long term disability, retirement plan, vacation, and paid holidays. Women Make Movies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women of color, lesbians, and older women to apply.
Email: jobs@wmm.com


Newsletter: Collaboration Award Gala

New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media
It's Almost Here!
Please Join Us March 21st for the 2011
Collaboration Award Gala
Dear SAG Membership!

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, you automatically belong to the Coalition. Part of our mission is to bring women together to for the betterment of us all. We'd like to introduce you to some women who have done just that, and because you are a SAG member, we're offering you a discount!
(See the sidebar for your discount code.)

You are invited to our Collaboration Award Gala, honoring the winners of our Collaboration Award, which is designed to recognize successful collaborations among women from different specializations on new works or works in progress. There is a wine reception at 6pm, with the presentation beginning at 7pm. You'll get to hear the winning collaborators speak about their journey together, as well as meet with industry leaders. And, as with every Coalition event, there will be opportunities to network with other wonderful women in our fields. Hope to see you there!

Shellen Lubin and Cat Parker
Co-Presidents, NYCWAM  

Collaboration Award Gala
A Celebration of Women working with Women

NYCWAM is proud to announce the winners of its internationally recognizedCollaboration Award: playwright
Stefanie Zadravec (Dramatists Guild) and director Daniella Topol (Stage Directors and Choreographers) for theircollaboration on The Electric Baby.

Monday, March 21st, 2011
Wine reception at 6pm, Presentation at 7pm
Gershwin Hotel 7 E. 27th St., Btwn Madison and 5th

In addition to the award winners, we will also be honoring two additional projects:
Slashes of Light
collaborators Judy Tate & Melissa Maxwell, and
collaborators Anita Chandwaney & MEH Lewis.

Please join us, and the fabulous
lyricist/composer/librettist team
Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich,
in a night designed to honor, celebrate, and strengthen the ties of women in our industry!

Oh, and did we mention there were raffle prizes?

We always have wonderful raffle prizes and this year is no exception! Here's a sneak peek at a few items you might get to take home...

LOMBARDI tickets (courtesy of Andrew Frank)
Handmade Necklace (courtesy of Grandma Tommy)
Dance classes (courtesy of Stepping Out Studios)
Basket of Eve Pearl products (courtesy of Eve Pearl)
Facial Creme (courtesy of Badescu Skin Care)
Seminars at The NetWork (courtesy of Paul Michael)
Tickets may be purchased at  our website. 

Use the code
to get your discount! 

Questions or comments can be sent to


Actor's Equity Association    
Amer. Fed of Radio & TV Artists
Dramatists Guild
League of Prof Theatre Women
NY Women in Film and TV
Screen Actors Guild
Stage Dir & Choreographers
Writers Guild of America


Dancers Over 40
The Rehearsal Club
Women's Media Center
Women Make Movies

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for making this event possible:

Screen Actors Guild
Sherry Eaker
The Rehearsal Club
& Gale Patron
Yvonne Curry

Quick Links...

The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media, Inc.,
(soon to be renamed Women in Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.)
was organized in 1990, bringing together unions, guilds and professional organizations to work toward the advancement of women in the performing arts and media industries. The Coalitionaddresses and actively pursues improvements in social conditions, such as education, health care and equal opportunity, which affect the quality of life of members. We are committed to being the link between our member organizations as we all seek to impact the various topics that affect women in our industries. 

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