More Coalition News for February 2017

Coalition Logo

for these upcoming free Coalition events in March:

Conversations in America: Under the Gun an evening of curated short pieces about gun violence
at SVA Theater on Monday evening, March 20

SWAN Day Film, Panel, & Reception
(w/ WomenArts, NYWIFT, & SAG-AFTRA)
at SVA Theater on Saturday afternoon, March 25
from School of Visual Arts Film & Animation - FREE EVENT!

Experience short thesis films from highly recognized SVA film and animation alumni, followed by an exciting panel representing
outstanding women in the film and television industry.
The panel will address the difficulties and challenges women filmmakers face
in their careers. 
Reception to follow.
Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
SVA Theater 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Aves.) NYC
Free and open to the public.  No RSVP necessary. 
from Actor's Equity Association & BOLD - FREE EVENTS! 

On the last three Mondays in February, the Eastern Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of Actors' Equity Association, in conjunction with BOLD, will host three groundbreaking events in honor of
Black History Month 2017.  

The Mountaintop
A Three-Part Jubilee Exploring and Celebrating 
the Black Experience in Theatre

EEO Committee Member and BOLD Diversity Specialist Bliss Griffin will lead a roundtable discussion exploring bias, institutional racism, and interpersonal racism faced by African-American theatre professionals. Participants will brainstorm to design tools that actors can use to address micro-aggressions and other race-related challenges that can occur in our unique work environment. We encourage people of all ethnicities and backgrounds to attend as we believe change is produced together.
Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Council Room - Actors' Equity Association
165 W 46th St, 14th Floor
Between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Let It Flo!: Radicalism's Rudest Mouth is a solo play written and performed by Caroline Stefanie Clay about the life of the late radical feminist attorney and author Florynce"Flo" Kennedy. The piece explores the life of this "unsung she-roe" in the struggle for gender equality and reproductive rights in the late 60's and early 70's. Written with the express blessing of Gloria Steinem, feminist icon and close friend to Kennedy, and Faye Kennedy, Flo's last surviving sister, the play playfully chronicles the life of this firebrand who was also one of the first Black women to graduate from Columbia School of Law. Her writings, courage, and intellect set rhetorical fire to many of the platforms at the core of both the Civil Rights and Women's Movements.
Monday, February 20, 2017
7 p.m.

Cherry Lane Theatre Mainstage
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014

In 2016 we got to hear so many beautiful untold stories, and see African Americans represented onstage in new, exciting ways. The Perspective wraps up Black History Month with a celebration of the past year's milestones in African-American Theatre. We hope this event will remind us that anything is possible and leave us inspired to continue to create change in the industry. We'll be honoring and spotlighting groundbreaking productions from the past year (Eclipsed, Shuffle Along, The Color Purple and more), their casts and creative teams with special performances and awards. Champagne toast!

Monday, February 27, 2017
7 p.m.

Council Room - Actors' Equity Association
165 W 46th St, 14th Floor
Between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

These events are free and open to the public, and space is limited. 
Seating for each event is first come, first served. 
Participants are subject to change based on availability.
If you would like to request ADA accommodations, please email eeo@actorsequity.org.
For more information on BOLD, please visit https://www.boldnyc.org/.
from the League of Professional Theatre Women - FREE EVENT!

LPTW Oral History: 
Tony Award Nominee Laura Linney 
Interviewed By James Naughton

An interview with three-time Tony Award 
& three-time Academy Award nominee

Laura Linney interviewed by James Naughton.

Monday, March 6

The Bruno Walter Auditorium
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
at Lincoln Center
At the corner of 65th Street & Amsterdam

This program is produced by Betty Corwin,
with Pat Addiss and Sophia Romma.

Free admission. First come, first seated.  
This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, a state agency, with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Oral History Project also enjoys continued support from the Edith Meiser Foundation. 
CLICK HERE to read about the event in Broadway World!
  from Women Make Movies

Creating Your Festival Strategy with 
Women Make Movies' Executive Director, 
Debra Zimmerman
Tuesday, February 21st | 12:00-2:00pm EST

Film Festivals are an essential component in launching your film, building your audience and gaining the interest of distributors and sales agents. Join WMM Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman as she explains the ins and outs of the film festival circuit and helps you figure out the best festival strategy for your film. Find out how to optimize film festival screenings with tips on generating buzz, gaining word of mouth, packaging your film, and navigating the scene once there. Come away from this workshop with a better understanding of how to market your film and to launch your feature, documentary, or short film. With more than 30 years at the helm of WMM, Debbie is one of the industry's leading lights when it comes to independent film distribution, marketing and financing as well as an authority on women's film.

Register here!
*This is an online event. You will receive a separate 
email with a link to access this webinar.
**Link to the webinar available to all participants 
for 3 months following.
Please note: if you prefer to register by phone, 
contact us at 212-925-0606 
ext. 310



Meet the Broadcaster with POV's
Executive Director/Executive Producer Justine Nagan
Wednesday, March 1st | 6:30-8:30pm

As POV enters its 29th season on Public Television, with recent films like 
Tough Love, Iris, The Edge of Silence, Art and Craft, and Out in the Night, it stands as the longest running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV films are known for their intimacy and unforgettable storytelling, their universality and timelessness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
WMM is pleased to welcome Justine Nagan, the new Executive Director and Executive Producer of POV and American Documentary in conversation. This is a chance to discuss all things new and relevant at POV and American Documentary's World Channel award-winning series, America ReFramed and to meet Justine in person for this up-close and in-person event!

Register here!

The Secrets of Documentary Proposal 
Writing with Michelle Materre

Thursday, March 9th | 12:00-2:00pm EST

Michelle Materre, Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film at the New School, joins us for a vibrant and thought-provoking webinar to challenge you to make your documentary proposals not only better, but successful! Professor Materre teaches courses such as Race, Ethnicity and Class in Media, Demystifying Distributing, Storytelling through Visual Analysis. In 2005 she received The Distinguished University Teaching award. Early in her career, she was a staff writer/producer for Henry Hampton's Blackside Productions, and an assistant story editor for MGM/UA in the feature film division. As a founding partner of KJM3 Entertainment Group, Inc., a film distribution and marketing company that specialized in multicultural film and television projects, she directly managed the marketing and positioning of 23 films including the successful theatrical release of Daughters of the Dust, the highly acclaimed film by Julie Dash.

Register here!

All WMM workshops and events are open to the general public and our offices are ADA compliant.
Call for Apprentices!

We are looking for a few fabulous young arts & media professionals to become part of the new Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Apprentice Program, to work alongside our board members, committee members, and organization leaders as either support for committees or to serve as liaisons between our board and our member organizations. 

For just a few hours a month, you will have the opportunity to participate in the workings of the organization, and also to be mentored by a practicing professional in your field.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us immediately at volunteers@womenartsmediacoalition.org and give us your contact info and your discipline--also let us know if you're already a member of any of our member orgs.


WMM: Black Women Directors Film Series at BAM!




"One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970-1991" assembles dozens of titles, of varying lengths, genres, and countries of origin, spotlighting two decades' worth of provocative, 
profound, personal, and political moviemaking..."
- Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
"...The result is an exhilarating tapestry of voices, some speaking in consort, some resisting consensus. That also describes much of the work in "One Way or Another," which despite its framing feels unbound. There's so much to discover..." 
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
A scene from ILLUSIONS, directed by Julie Dash

We are thrilled to announce that 17 films distributed by Women Make Movies will be featured in the new BAMCinematek series, "One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970-1991." This dynamic program runs February 3rd-23rd, and features acclaimed and award-winning films by Black women film directors. Click here for screening times and tickets.

On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash's 1991 masterpiece, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for that landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series all worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen.

Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking. "One Way or Another" is co-programmed by BAMcinĂ©matek's Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre; founder, host-producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School. Kudos to Michelle Materre who is a WMM board member!

Click on the images and titles for more film information.

"Dancer Linda Martina Young portrays the four Black women described in Julie Dash's dance film set to Nina Simone's stirring ballad."
- UCLA Film & 
Television Archive


"One of the most brilliant achievements in style and concept in recent 
American filmmaking..."
- Clyde Taylor, 
Guest Curator Whitney Museum of Art

prairie house

"Celebrates the nourishing, uplifting effect of visions but makes very clear their terrible 
pain and cost."
- Jennifer Dunning,
New York Times

remembering thelma

Guggenheim Award-winning filmmaker Kathe Sandler provides viewers with a lively profile of dance instructor and performer Thelma Hill.


"Pays homage to this exceptional woman while disclosing the illusions inherent in notions 
of gender."
- Martha Gever


Two adolescent girls get into a fight at school and are suspended. The incident is the focal point for an examination of racial attitudes within both girls' families as well as institutional racism in school.

"**** Entrancing. Displays warmth and a down-to-earth quality that coincides with the author's writings. This wonderful portrait is a mixture of beautiful pacing and personal artistic vision."
- American Film and Video Association Evaluations

a different image

"Extraordinary, a fresh and clear expression of an acute sensibility."
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

perfect image

Bright and imaginative in its approach to its subject, PERFECT IMAGE? exposes stereotypical images of Black women and explores women's own ideas of self-worth. 


"What is marvelous about this film is that it makes clear that Fannie Drayton has got a life outside her job... and that what she really loves is that other life and that independence."
- Valerie Smith
Interviewed in Iris: 
A Journal About Women
your children come back to you

"Director Alile Sharon Larkin's film masterfully presents a child's perspective on wealth and social inequality."
- Samuel B. Prime

"A brilliantly innovative reflection on Black womanhood."
- Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
on becoming a woman 

"An excellent resource for schools, churches and community groups that are working to prevent
 teen pregnancy."
Marian Wright Edelman
Children's Defense Fund
the maids

"Provides a unique, insightful look into one of the last vestiges of colonial relations between blacks and whites."
- Kimberly Everett
Media Alternative Project

Picking Tribes

"A delightful, provocative film invoking a universal response to the 
search for identity."
- Newark Black Film Festival


"...A catalyst for in-depth discussions of intimate relationships. Dynamic 
and entertaining!"
- Gloria Gibson-Hudson
Black Film Center Archive, Indiana University

#StageOpps #StageOppsApr21

  #StageOpps #StageOppsApr21 ​Brought to you by the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition and  WomenArts    Submission Opportunities Newsl...