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Two PA films have national broadcasts this week:
NATIONAL BIRD (dir. Sonia Kennebeck, prod. Ines Hoffman Kanna) and JACKSON (dir. Maisie Crow). 

In NATIONAL BIRD, Sonia Kennebeck gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes
of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. The film will broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens on May 1st. Be sure to check your local listings for air times.

With JACKSON director Maisie Crow takes an intimate look into the lives of three women living in the Deep South entangled in the complexities of accessing reproductive healthcare. Showtime will broadcast the film on May 2nd at 7:30 PM and, beginning May 3rd, it will be available On Demand. 


ennifer Brea's film UNREST 
will screen at the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas on May 5th at 8:00 PM. 

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is "all in your head.

Buy tickets to the screening and see more about the Bentonville Film Festival here.


Women Make Movies would like to wish the best of luck and congratulations to all the PA filmmakers being screened or presented at HotDocs and HotDocs Forum this year. Here's a list of those films:
ASK THE SEXPERT (dir. Vaishali Sinha), A BETTER MAN (dir. Attiya Khan; prod. Christine Kleckner), UNREST (dir. Jennifer Brea), and MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER (dir. Ann Shin);
93QUEEN (dir. Paula Eiselt; prod. Heidi Reinberg), THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED (dir. Assia Boundaoui, prod. Jessica Devaney), RAJADA DALKA/NATION'S HOPE (dir. Hana Mire). 

For the full festival line-up, click here.

The Production Assistance program accepts fiscal sponsorship applications on a rolling basis. Click here for more details.


Filmmakers, film producers and distributors: develop your film with Making Queer Documentary at UnionDocs May 19-21. Led by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cheryl Furjanic (BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS), this intensive three-day workshop will explore all aspects of creating documentary for social impact with an LGBTQ lens. Click here to learn more, see the schedule, and register. 


In this panel presentation, veteran and emerging Third World Newsreel filmmakers, along with present-day activists, will talk about the organization's history. Clips of films about the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, New York City transit workers, street vendors and more will illustrate how independent filmmakers and labor activists have and continue to collaborate through social change media. Featuring clips from films including THE BLACK PANTHERS to THE WRECK OF THE NEW YORK SUBWAYS to THE RIGHT TO VEND, and speakers Christine Choy, and Peter Barton, former Newsreel member. 

Click here to register for event and contribute to the organization. 


Call for Entries! The 2017 Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media Content Fund (PMCF) deadline is approaching on June 5th, 2017. Send us your program concepts and proposals. The PMCF is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, limited series or short web-based digital video (no longer than 20 minutes, for distribution on PBS.org or another public media web platform) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms. Funding includes up to $100,000 for R&D, production and completion & $25,000 for digital media.
Submit your application by Monday, June 5th here

About WMM:
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. 


A Case Study | National Bird
Screening and Discussion with Sonia Kennebeck & Ines Hofmann Kanna
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 | 5:30 - 9:00 PM EDT

How does a filmmaker attach Wim Wenders and Errol Morris to Executive Produce her feature-length documentary debut? Find out when director Sonia Kennebeck joins us for a case study on her thought-provoking, accomplished documentary NATIONAL BIRD. Kennebeck will be joined by producer Ines Hofmann Kanna in a stimulating conversation tracing the team's journey from seed of an idea through the making of, the financing and their premiere at the 2016 Berlinale and broadcast on Independent Lens. We'll offer a screening of the film at 5:30pm, followed by the case study at 7pm. You do not need to attend the screening to join us for the workshop. 
Please note: If you prefer to register by phone,
 contact us at 212-925-0606 ext 310


Meet the Festival Programmer | Thom Powers of Toronto International Film Festival & DOC NYC
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 4:00 PM EDT

In recent years TIFF has been the launching pad for documentaries such as I Am Not Your Negro and He Named Me Malala while DOC NYC, America's largest documentary festival, showcases over 200 films each year. What are these two prestigious festivals looking for? What should you know before submitting? How can you best take advantage of your festival experience if your project is accepted? Thom Powers, Documentary Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and Artistic Director for DOC NYC, will join us to answer your questions. The deadline to submit to TIFF is June 2nd so this is a great opportunity to get the inside scoop on making your film stand out!

**A copy of this webinar will be available to all registrants

Please note: If you prefer to register by phone,
 contact us at 212-925-0606 ext 310


How to Oscar-qualify Your Film in NYC with Erika Dilday of the Maysles Documentary Center & Jake Perlin of the Metrograph Cinema
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 6:30 PM EDT

WMM is thrilled to welcome Erika Dilday of the Maysles Documentary Center, the only independent film house north of Lincoln Center devoted exclusively to documentary programming, founded by the late, great Albert Maysles, and Jake Perlin, Artistic Director and Programming Director for the Metrograph, a new downtown cinema recently celebrating its first anniversary. Erika and Jake will discuss how to work with them to qualify your film for an Academy Award, how much it costs and when you should start planning. They will also talk about how to submit your film to their programming lineups throughout the year. Included in the workshop's handouts will be the official rules 2017 Academy Award submissions. Bring your questions to what is sure to be an informative event!
Please note: If you prefer to register by phone,
 contact us at 212-925-0606 ext 310

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

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 with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation with encouragement from Rebecca Gregg.



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