WMM February 2024 E-News


2 Special Free Webinars:
Celebrating WMM Filmmakers at the Oscars

Join us for these two special FREE webinars!
Celebrating WMM Filmmakers at the Oscars:
2 Best Feature Documentary Nominations

First Session TODAY, Friday, February 23 at 12 PM ET on Zoom

Two of the five films nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2024 Academy Awards® are directed by WMM filmmakers! Please join us for two webinars featuring: TO KILL A TIGER, a WMM Production Assistance Program film directed by Nisha Pahuja; and THE ETERNAL MEMORY, directed by WMM program alum Maite Alberdi.

On Friday, February 23, we'll have a conversation with director Nisha Pahuja and the women behind TO KILL A TIGER. Her small but mighty team started with the kernel of an idea and marched it all the way to a nomination –  and they're willing to share how they did it!

Then, on Tuesday, March 5, we'll sit down with Director/Producer/Writer Maite Alberdi and Executive Producer Julie Goldman from THE ETERNAL MEMORY to discuss their collaboration and what it takes to be an awards contender. Women Make Movies is proud to celebrate all our filmmakers, including the 20 (!!!) who were eligible and campaigned for this year's Academy Awards®, five who made it to the shortlist, and three who are nominated. Rising to the occasion can propel and expand your career in some very surprising and unforeseen ways. Don't miss these powerful conversations!   

In an effort to bring as much attention as possible to these remarkable women filmmakers, WMM is offering this series for free! We encourage you to donate if you are able so we can continue to deliver inspiring webinars to the independent film community. Find more information about how to donate to WMM here on our website. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

WMM Release A WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE Broadcast Premiere Scheduled for March 28!

We're excited to announce that WMM Release A WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE (dir. Zara Katz and Lisa Riordan Seville, prod. Kiara C. Jones) will be broadcast on WORLD Channel on March 28 as part of America ReFramed's 12th season. The film will launch "Liberated Lives," a theme curated by WORLD, which will be an on-going collection of films showcasing stories of individuals transitioning from incarceration to reintegration and the experiences of those who support them.

This wonderful film, which explores the legacy of mass incarceration and focuses on the caregivers on the outside, is available to book for screenings or purchase.

5 WMM Films and Filmmakers to Premiere at SXSW!

We're excited to share that 5 WMM films and filmmakers will have their world premieres at SXSW this year, including 3 Production Assistance Program films:

Also premiering are Shaking It Up: The Life and Times of Liz Carpenter, co-directed by WMM filmmaker Abby Ginzberg (Waging ChangeBarbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power) and Christy Carpenter, and Whatever It Takes, directed by WMM program alum Jenny Carchman. 

Congratulations to the filmmakers!

WMM Heads to CPH:DOX

We're excited to share that 7 WMM films and filmmakers are in the line-up at CPH: DOX this year, and Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be in attendance at the festival! Continuing its successful festival run -- including premieres at Venice, Toronto, DOC NYC, and Palm Springs -- WMM Release BYE BYE TIBERIAS (dir. Lina Soualem) will be screening at CPH: DOX. After great receptions at their world premieres at Berlinale, Production Assistance Program films INTERCEPTED (dir. Oksana Karpovych, prod. Giacomo Nudi) and REAS (dir. Lola Arias, prod. Gema Juárez Allen) will also screen. Additionally, new films by WMM filmmaker Ramona Diaz (AND SO IT BEGINS) and WMM program alums Eva Weber (MERKEL), Brett Story (UNION), and Yance Ford (POWER) will also premiere. Last but not least, we are excited that Carla Gutierrez, who edited WMM Release WONDER WOMEN!, will have the international premiere of her new directorial debut FRIDA.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards Are This Weekend: 2 WMM Films Up for Best Feature Documentary

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are this weekend, and we are excited to share that our new release BYE BYE TIBERIAS (dir. Lina Soualem, pictured above) and WMM-sponsored GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT (dir. Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster) are both nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category. Congratulations and we'll be cheering for you this weekend!

Read more on our blog.

We're Hiring: P/T Program Assistant - Production Assistance Program

We are currently looking for a Part-time Program Assistant who will report to the Senior Program Associate. The Program Assistant must be detail-oriented and will support the fiscal sponsorship program, including administering contributions and disbursements, handling production assistance administrative inquiries, filing reports, applications, and other materials, scheduling workshops and seminars, and other duties as assigned. Read more and apply
A recent study by the Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville, KY revealed the interconnection between the housing crisis and climate change. It is yet another example of how the message of new WMM release RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE (dir. Katja Esson, prod. Ann Bennett), while focused on climate gentrification in Miami, resonates with pressing issues faced by communities nationally. Learn more about this important film and book a screening now. Get your copy now.
A recent study in Kenya reveals the benefits of a "universal basic income," something that activist Ruby Duncan, featured in WMM release STORMING CAESARS PALACE (dir. Hazel Gurland-Pooler) has long been fighting for in the U.S. Learn more about this important film and book a screening now. Get your copy now.
In response to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that considers frozen embryos as children, the University of Alabama at Birmingham health system has paused certain IVF treatments, highlighting the complex landscape of reproductive rights. This decision underscores the significance of WMM films WMM releases AMERICA'S WAR ON ABORTION (dir. Deeyah Khan), ABORTION AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS 1970 (dir. Mary Summers, Jane Pincus, Karen Weinstein, and Catha Maslow), and others in our REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS collection that remain critically important as they explore the evolving challenges and legal battles surrounding reproductive healthcare.
The Biden administration's potential executive action to restrict asylum claims echoes themes in WMM release STATELESS (dir. Michèle Stephenson), which examines institutionalized racism and citizenship denial in the Dominican Republic. Get your copy now.
For more than 50 years, Women Make Movies has helped elevate diverse women directors and producers and improved equity in the film industry. The largest distributor of films by and about women in the world, WMM also supports hundreds of independent filmmakers each year with our highly successful Production Assistance Program. 
Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders:

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