We are very excited for this year's special focus at IDFA: "The Female Gaze," several days of film programming culminating in an afternoon of discussion, panels and debate on the role of women in documentary on November 22. A group of 15 women directors, including filmmakers from our distribution program Kim Longinottoand Safi Faye, curated a program of 28 old and new documentaries directed by women, featuring WMM's FILMING DESIRE - A Journey Through Women's Film. You can see the entire list of filmshere.
WMM continues its long tradition as IDFA attendees and supporters. Executive Director Debra Zimmerman and Acquisitions Director Kristen Fitzpatrick will be at IDFA all week! Kristen will be working with the IDFA Academy, and Debra will be speaking on a panel during the Female Gaze program on November 22.
From our Production Assistance Program, CITIZENFOUR, 1971, and TEA TIME will be showing at the festival, and BLUE ID has been selected to participate in the IDFA forum. Distribution filmmaker Kyoko Miyake's (SURVIVING THE TSUNAMI) film TOKYO GIRLS will also participate in the IDFA forum.
Visit the IDFA website for the full program listing, including the Forum and Docs for Sale!
Congrats to Director Laura Poitras of CITIZENFOURwho will receive the inaugural Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence! CITIZENFOUR will be screening at the festival along with Sundance award winner E-TEAM, SXSW winner THE GREAT INVISIBLEand the highly anticipated NYC premiere of VESSEL.
Two WMM Production Assistance films win MacArthur Documentary Fund Grants!
Congratulations to Yance Ford and Vaishali Sinha, whose films STRONG ISLAND and ASK THE SEXPERT were recently awarded MacArthur Documentary Funds! The MacArthur Foundation received nearly 400 proposals in response to its most recent open call for independent documentary film proposals, and only fifteen were chosen for support. We are honored that two out of the fifteen supported projects are part of the WMM Production Assistance Program. The fifteen grants totaled more than $2 million for documentary film projects that "examine serious, timely issues all over the world in creative, engaging ways." Read more about these projects and the other films chosen here.
In other grants news from the Production Assistance Program, Marielle Heller's film THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL recently received a grant from Cinereach and Susan Zeig just received a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for her project EDUCATION: A Community Concern!
LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
Upcoming broadcasts from distribution you don't want to miss:
WMM's Amy Aquilino & Emily Sternlicht will be in attendance at NMM November 8-12 in Charleston, SC! If you're attending be sure to stop by Suite 303 for coupons, raffles and more! At our suite, visitors can view a complete collection of new releases anmmd catch special sneak previews of upcoming 2015 releases including our fantastic newest HBO acquisitions, PRIVATE VIOLENCE and REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG! Be sure to mark your calendars for WMM's Market Mania presentation on November 9 at 1:40pm.
We will also be showing films at these noteworthy stops:
WMM has partnered with Gathr Films to bring I AM A GIRL to a theater near you! Individuals can host a screening event for their friends, family, fellow students, co-workers and community.
Nominated for four Australian Academy Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, I AM A GIRL is an inspirational feature-length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. I AM A GIRL was the Signature Film Partner at this month's International Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations.
Follow this link and click Gahtr It! to become a FILM CHAMPION of I AM A GIRL today!
For more information about I AM A GIRL see the WMM catalog.
END THE YEAR WITH 5 FILMS FOR 65% OFF
As 2014 winds down, Women Make Movies is thrilled to offer any 5 films for 65% off in the entire collection*, including this diverse list of award winning titles! As the leading distributor of films by and about women, WMM's catalog features a world renowned collection of educational resources proven to enrich lesson plans and engage students of any discipline. This is the FIRST discounted offer on 2013 releases! Take a look at some of WMM's curated subject areas to fit the needs of your classroom, organization and library. Take advantage of this incredible offer until December 31, 2014.**
**Enter offer code YESDE14 to apply your 65% discount. You must purchase 5 films for the discount to be applied. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Other exceptions may apply. Offer expires 12/31/2014.
WE ARE SEEKING WINTER/SPRING INTERNS
Internships are still available for the Winter/Spring 2015 term in our distribution, marketing, production assistance/fiscal sponsorship, and administration departments!
The ideal candidates will be studying film studies and/or women/gender studies and have an interest in human rights and social justice issues. Qualified candidates will demonstrate excellent communication skills; strong organizational skills; the ability to multi-task, work independently and work well under pressure; and will take initiative. Familiarity with Internet research, Microsoft Office Suite, and PC platforms is necessary. Knowledge of and interest in feminist media a plus.
All candidates must submit an Internship Application form, resume, and references.
The internship application can be found here. Spread the word!
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES CONFERENCE ROOM AVAILABLE TO RENT
Our beautiful, fully equipped conference/screening room is centrally located on 29th Street and 6th Avenue in NYC. The room is available hourly, 24/7, and seats between 25-30 people depending on desired setup.
Room includes: 60" plasma monitor, PC/Mac/iPad hookups, DVD player and WiFi.
Rates: Prices vary from $35-$50 an hour, depending on use needs and day/time.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on rates and booking.
Congratulations to Laura Poitras, whose film CITIZENFOUR, was just nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award!
Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For over 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Women Make Movies. By Women. About Women. For Everyone.