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Women Make Movies WMM is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women. Visit us at www.wmm.com From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today’s headlines to smart, stunning films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in all genres, Women Make Movies (WMM), a non-profit feminist social enterprise based in New York, is the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women.
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Our Production Assistance Program assists women directors with their productions from concept through completion with fiscal sponsorship, consultations and other technical assistance. We work with creative, ground-breaking films which win awards at festivals around the world. Films and filmmakers we have supported have been nominated for or won Academy® Awards in 12 of the past 13 years.

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04/22/2021

Happening Now! Join us for our panel on representations of Asian and Asian women and how independent film can help shift the narrative: https://youtu.be/8mXjtHiaTxY

Join us for this important conversation TONIGHT at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm PT. Sign up (for free!) to attend: https://bit.ly/...
04/22/2021

Join us for this important conversation TONIGHT at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm PT. Sign up (for free!) to attend: https://bit.ly/ShiftingtheNarrative-WMM

Join us and Asian Women United for a live panel discussion about media representations of Asian and Asian-American women, objectification and fetishization, and how independent film can help shift the narrative. Register for this free event on April 22 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET: http://bit.ly/ShiftingtheNarrative-WMM

Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to its treatment of Asian women. Join us TONIGHT at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for...
04/22/2021
Hollywood Is Still a Nightmare for Asian Women

Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to its treatment of Asian women. Join us TONIGHT at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for an important discussion around media representation of Asian and Asian-American women with Asian Women United. RSVP to attend (free!): https://bit.ly/ShiftingtheNarrative-WMM

http://ow.ly/a9aD50EvezQ

‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao may become the first Asian woman to win the Best Director Oscar. But Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to its treatment of Asian women.

04/20/2021
Sisters Rising | Official Trailer

Sisters Rising Documentary spotlights Native women strengthening themselves and the women around them in order to heal from and bring awareness to sexual assault. It premieres on air and online TONIGHT at 8/7c on WORLD Channel's America ReFramed. http://bit.ly/ARF_SsRising

Congratulations to our very own Irene Lusztig for being named a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow! We are honored to dis...
04/19/2021

Congratulations to our very own Irene Lusztig for being named a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow! We are honored to distribute her films YOURS IN SISTERHOOD, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES, and RECONSTRUCTION. https://www.gf.org/announcement-2021/

Congratulations to our very own Irene Lusztig for being named a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow! We are honored to distribute her films YOURS IN SISTERHOOD, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES, and RECONSTRUCTION. https://www.gf.org/announcement-2021/

04/19/2021
"You deserve to be safe in your own home" | Sisters Rising | Excerpt #1

(CW/TW: S*xual assault)

"I could hold him accountable without laying a finger on him." Listen to the stories of Native American survivors of sexual assault and their fight to restore personal and tribal sovereignty against the backdrop of an ongoing legacy of violent colonization in Sisters Rising Documentary, airing on WORLD Channel's America ReFramed tomorrow, April 20 at 8/7c. http://bit.ly/ARF_SsRising #SAAM

Purchase the film for your classroom, library or instition here: https://bit.ly/WMM_SistersRising

SISTERS RISING to air on PBS via WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, upcoming live event with Asian Women United, $1 milli...
04/19/2021

SISTERS RISING to air on PBS via WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, upcoming live event with Asian Women United, $1 million in National Endowment for the Humanities funding, and more all in our April E-News! https://mailchi.mp/wmm/wmm-april-enews-041921

SISTERS RISING to air on PBS via WORLD Channel's America ReFramed, upcoming live event with Asian Women United, $1 million in National Endowment for the Humanities funding, and more all in our April E-News! https://mailchi.mp/wmm/wmm-april-enews-041921

WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be presenting a keynote tomorrow at Movies that Matter! She will discuss her...
04/18/2021
Keynote & panel: Women Take Action | Movies that Matter

WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be presenting a keynote tomorrow at Movies that Matter! She will discuss her personal observations on the appearance of women in film in front and behind the camera, followed by a panel with women from all over the world to discuss the position of women in the film industry. http://ow.ly/Po6a50Err9V

Debra Zimmermann of Women Make Movies will give a keynote discussing her personal observations regarding the appearance of women in film in front ánd behind the camera. The keynote will be followed by a panel with women in film from all over the world to discuss the position of women in the film in...

A number of WMM films are included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency e...
04/18/2021
WMM Films Included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency Exhibit

A number of WMM films are included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency exhibit! The exhibit aims to add visual presence and a deeper understanding of the precariousness female rights and freedoms in a time when these rights are under threat. Read more on our blog: http://ow.ly/fSfo50EpNsg

We are excited that a number of WMM films are included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency exhibit!

Join us and Asian Women United for a live panel discussion about media representations of Asian and Asian-American women...
04/15/2021

Join us and Asian Women United for a live panel discussion about media representations of Asian and Asian-American women, objectification and fetishization, and how independent film can help shift the narrative. Register for this free event on April 22 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET: http://bit.ly/ShiftingtheNarrative-WMM

Join us and Asian Women United for a live panel discussion about media representations of Asian and Asian-American women, objectification and fetishization, and how independent film can help shift the narrative. Register for this free event on April 22 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET: http://bit.ly/ShiftingtheNarrative-WMM

This month we elevate the stories of sexual assault survivors and look towards a future free of violence and harm agains...
04/15/2021

This month we elevate the stories of sexual assault survivors and look towards a future free of violence and harm against women. Don't miss WMM new release UNLEARNING S*X, featured this S*xual Assault Awareness Month - https://mailchi.mp/wmm/saam2021-041421

This month we elevate the stories of sexual assault survivors and look towards a future free of violence and harm against women. Don't miss WMM new release UNLEARNING S*X, featured this S*xual Assault Awareness Month - https://mailchi.mp/wmm/saam2021-041421

In a community outside of Chicago, hundreds of Muslim families believe they've been under surveillance for years. Filmma...
04/14/2021
The Feeling of Being Watched | POV | PBS

In a community outside of Chicago, hundreds of Muslim families believe they've been under surveillance for years. Filmmaker & journalist Assia Boundaoui uncovers one of the largest counterterrorism investigations pre-9/11. This Arab American Heritage Month, watch The Feeling of Being Watched on POV. http://ow.ly/rnac50EoM4M

In the Chicago suburb where journalist Assia Boundaoui grew up, most residents in her Muslim immigrant neighborhood believe they are under surveillance. Assia investigates and uncovers FBI documents…

WMM new release STATELESS (Dir. Michèle Stephenson) is now playing at Chicago Latino Film Festival through April 18! The...
04/14/2021

WMM new release STATELESS (Dir. Michèle Stephenson) is now playing at Chicago Latino Film Festival through April 18! The film captures the complex politics of immigration and race in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, using a combination of magical realism and hidden camera techniques. Please note the festival is geo-blocked to the mid-west! http://ow.ly/Lgj850EoAcU

WMM new release STATELESS (Dir. Michèle Stephenson) is now playing at Chicago Latino Film Festival through April 18! The film captures the complex politics of immigration and race in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, using a combination of magical realism and hidden camera techniques. Please note the festival is geo-blocked to the mid-west! http://ow.ly/Lgj850EoAcU

A study conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University finds that t...
04/14/2021
Percentage Of Top-Grossing Films With Female Protagonists “Dropped Dramatically” Last Year, Study Finds

A study conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University finds that the percentage of top-grossing films that featured female protagonists “dropped dramatically” last year, down from 40% in 2019 to just 29% in 2020. http://ow.ly/nafs50EnJKX

The percentage of top-grossing films that featured female protagonists “dropped dramatically” last year, down from 40% in 2019 to just 29% in 2020 – a decline of more than 27%, accordin…

04/13/2021
Watch Down a Dark Stairwell on PBS

When a Chinese American cop kills an innocent Black man, two marginalized communities must navigate an uneven criminal justice system together. Watch WMM-sponsored #DarkStairwellPBS now streaming on Independent Lens | PBS in the PBS Video app. https://to.pbs.org/3p4vqVn

Tomorrow at 2PM ET, join the Film Festival Alliance and Documentary Producers Alliance with DPA producers Sabrina Gordon...
04/13/2021

Tomorrow at 2PM ET, join the Film Festival Alliance and Documentary Producers Alliance with DPA producers Sabrina Gordon (QUEST), Chris Renteria (WHOSE STREETS?), and Rebecca Stern (TRE MAISON DASAN), along with Thom Powers (DOC NYC Festival Director) and moderator Barbara Twist (FFA Associate Director) for a webinar around the DPA's latest initiative – Producers Are Filmmakers Too. https://bit.ly/3u9ZkdI

Tomorrow at 2PM ET, join the Film Festival Alliance and Documentary Producers Alliance with DPA producers Sabrina Gordon (QUEST), Chris Renteria (WHOSE STREETS?), and Rebecca Stern (TRE MAISON DASAN), along with Thom Powers (DOC NYC Festival Director) and moderator Barbara Twist (FFA Associate Director) for a webinar around the DPA's latest initiative – Producers Are Filmmakers Too. https://bit.ly/3u9ZkdI

04/12/2021
PRIMAS | Tailer

Two teenage cousins in Argentina embark upon a program of theater, dance, and circus that helps them process the complex trauma and heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods. Discover their story and more in our collection of films for S*xual Assault Awareness & Prevention: http://bit.ly/WMM_SAAM2021

Firelight Media and the Jerome Foundation have grants and fellowships for filmmakers at all stages of their careers! Joi...
04/12/2021
Meet the Funders: Firelight Media & the Jerome Foundation

Firelight Media and the Jerome Foundation have grants and fellowships for filmmakers at all stages of their careers! Join us for our next webinar to discover what these funders have to offer! Register to attend: https://bit.ly/FirelightJerome

Firelight Media and Jerome Foundation join us via webinar to discuss the funding and additional filmmaker opportunities they have to offer

The Ovarian Psyco-Cycles are confronting injustice, racism, and violence on the streets of Los Angeles, one bike ride at...
04/11/2021
Watch OVARIAN PSYCOS Online | Vimeo On Demand

The Ovarian Psyco-Cycles are confronting injustice, racism, and violence on the streets of Los Angeles, one bike ride at a time. Ovarian Psycos - Documentary: now available to watch on Vimeo On Demand: http://ow.ly/ytkN50EkPQB

A film by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle US | 2016 | 72 minutes | Color -- Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles,…

Don’t miss Lucille Rhodes & Margaret Murphy’s portrait of Alice Neel (included in WMM’s THEY ARE THEIR OWN GIFTS), curre...
04/10/2021
THEY ARE THEIR OWN GIFTS Featured in The Met’s Retrospective of Alice Neel

Don’t miss Lucille Rhodes & Margaret Murphy’s portrait of Alice Neel (included in WMM’s THEY ARE THEIR OWN GIFTS), currently on display as part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s retrospective: Alice Neel: People Come First. View the exhibit now through August 1. http://ow.ly/AJxU50EkNCN

Alice Neel: People Come First, a retrospective exhibit of American artist Alice Neel (1900-1984) is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Included in the exhibit is the Alice Neel portrait of WMM release They Are Their Own Gifts (Lucille Rhodes and Margaret Murphy).

WMM release and sponsored program, SISTERS RISING will be airing on WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed on April 20th! Read...
04/09/2021
Sisters Rising To Air On World Channel’s America Reframed On April 20

WMM release and sponsored program, SISTERS RISING will be airing on WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed on April 20th! Read more about the announcement on our blog: https://www.wmm.com/sisters-rising-to-air-on-world-channels-america-reframed-on-april-20/

WMM release SISTERS RISING (Dir. Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck), made with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program, will be airing on WORLD Channel’s 9th season of America ReFramed on April 20th. In SISTERS RISING, Native American survivors of sexual assault fight to restore personal...

04/09/2021

Join us in supporting Documentary Producers Alliance's Initiative - Producers Are Filmmakers Too. Read their open letter to Film Festival Programmers, Marketing Directors and Publicists here: http://ow.ly/F9MJ50EkL8Z #ProducersAreFilmmakersToo #DocProducers

We are so sad to hear the news of the passing of Beth Bird, the wonderful filmmaker of EVERYONE THEIR GRAIN OF SAND, whi...
04/09/2021

We are so sad to hear the news of the passing of Beth Bird, the wonderful filmmaker of EVERYONE THEIR GRAIN OF SAND, which WMM has distributed for many years. Beth was a deeply caring, generous filmmaker who helped many with her good works in the film community while her film showed her deep commitment to humanity. Sending condolences to her family, her wife and son. We hope to host a screening of her film with them in the future. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=198289101

We are so sad to hear the news of the passing of Beth Bird, the wonderful filmmaker of EVERYONE THEIR GRAIN OF SAND, which WMM has distributed for many years. Beth was a deeply caring, generous filmmaker who helped many with her good works in the film community while her film showed her deep commitment to humanity. Sending condolences to her family, her wife and son. We hope to host a screening of her film with them in the future. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=198289101

Join Women Make Movies for a webinar on funding and development opportunities for documentary filmmakers and artists wit...
04/08/2021

Join Women Make Movies for a webinar on funding and development opportunities for documentary filmmakers and artists with Firelight Media and the Jerome Foundation! Register to attend April 14 at 12pm ET: https://bit.ly/FirelightJerome

Join Women Make Movies for a webinar on funding and development opportunities for documentary filmmakers and artists with Firelight Media and the Jerome Foundation! Register to attend April 14 at 12pm ET: https://bit.ly/FirelightJerome

Join us for a webinar on funding and development opportunities for documentary filmmakers and artists with Firelight Med...
04/07/2021

Join us for a webinar on funding and development opportunities for documentary filmmakers and artists with Firelight Media and the Jerome Foundation! Register to attend April 14 at 12pm ET: https://bit.ly/FirelightJerome

Join us for a webinar on funding and development opportunities for documentary filmmakers and artists with Firelight Media and the Jerome Foundation! Register to attend April 14 at 12pm ET: https://bit.ly/FirelightJerome

For many filmmakers, Catapult Film Fund is the best first grant for their next production! Join us and co-founder Lisa K...
04/06/2021
Meet the Funder: Catapult Film Fund with Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

For many filmmakers, Catapult Film Fund is the best first grant for their next production! Join us and co-founder Lisa Kleiner Chanoff for a webinar covering all the funding and mentorship opportunities Catapult has to offer. Register to attend TOMORROW at 12:00pm ET: https://bit.ly/Catapult-WMM

*If you can't attend live, a recording and any supporting materials will be sent to registrants.

Catapult Film Fund is here to help get your project off the ground with research & development funds, filmmaker retreats, mentoring, & more

Call for entries for Catapult Film Fund & True/False Film Fest's Rough Cut Retreat is now open through 4/30! Join us for...
04/05/2021
Meet the Funder: Catapult Film Fund with Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

Call for entries for Catapult Film Fund & True/False Film Fest's Rough Cut Retreat is now open through 4/30! Join us for our next webinar with co-founder Lisa Kleiner Chanoff for an inside scoop on Catapult's various funding opportunities. Register to attend: https://bit.ly/Catapult-WMM

Catapult Film Fund is here to help get your project off the ground with research & development funds, filmmaker retreats, mentoring, & more

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Does anyone know if Scarlet Road has closed captioning?
Hello, After Wing (all women co-working space) closed due to COVID, the Writing group we had formed, continued to meet online and support/critique/inspire each other. We all have different goals: some finishing a novel, their first or second; others working on/publishing short stories or memoirs; others yet, like me, starting to write short stories that I will to turn into film scripts. We followed Iowa Writers Workshop format: every week we write short paragraphs on the given theme: revealing character through setting, prop, dialogue etc. and also critique 5000 word submissions of 2 participants. It worked great! We’ve been doing it for 18 months by now and everybody says it is the best writing workshop they have ever participated in. It got me thinking why not organize a zoom Film Editing workshop. We all know how incredibly important it is to get feedback while editing. We’d meet once a week on Zoom for an hour or so and would workshop one rough cut that we had all watched prior and then spend 30 min? discussing it: first going around and saying what really works and then going around again and giving specific suggestions that could improve it or what’s not quite clear etc. The filmmaker just listens, does not explain or talk. If they have questions to the group, we’d answer them. In the remaining 30 min or so, we may screen short (1-2 min) “studies” on a given subject (revealing character through setting, prop, dialogue etc.), to keep everyone getting something useful each week. We are thinking 6 participant’s? Please DM to Irina if: - You have rough cut you want to workshop. - Your short bio If I get a lot of responses (I will also reach out to colleagues through other channels), I’ll form several groups according to experience and intentions. Thanks, Irina irinapatkanian.com https://vimeo.com/irinapatkanian
Dear filmmakers! We are looking for your films!
After some festival screenings in 2019 and 2020, this short film by Aster V. Delgado's Art is now online: https://youtu.be/DSLJOb6UPxs Sixteen-year-old 'tomboy' Ning-ning grows up on a duck farm in the Philippines and has to help her father a lot. Recently, though, she has been spending more and more time with a girl from school. But one day, her father discovers something that shatters Ning-ning's world... Aster V. Delgado about her film: "Ever since the story of a young 'tomboy' growing up on a duck farm was told in le***an circles in the Philippines in the early 1990s, I held on to the idea of turning it into art. Her story should be cherished and not forgotten! However, only the basic plot is based on what I heard back then - the rest is my creation."
Join the Reality Poets alongside filmmakers Andres "Jay" Molina and Alexis Neophytides for a sneak preview of their forthcoming documentary, FIRE THROUGH DRY GRASS, and a conversation about #ownvoices pandemic storytelling. Wed., Oct. 21 at 7:30pm rsvp for Zoom link: [email protected] Want to help make sure this story gets heard and seen widely? Donate to support post-production and promotion costs, payable via the film's fiscal sponsor: https://www.wmm.com/sponsored-project/fire-through-dry-grass/. Look forward to seeing you at the event: firethroughdrygrass.com
TANTO TIEMPO (35mm) - awarded to Cheryl Quintana Leader (Bruin Gymnast/English/Women's Studies Major) to write, direct and produce via Universal TV/NHMC about her mother Maria de la Luz, who grew up 3rd Gen American in Texas to signs enforcing "No Negros, No Dogs, No Mexicans, No Jews) -- while we have a 2nd Gen American Male of no color in the White House   ). She was the first woman ever in the 10 year history of the program chosen - first to produce and air her program in over 85% of U.S. Synd. TV market -- first to ever share Latina/o stories about and by American Latina/os in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month   TANTO TIEMPO (Universal/MCA TV - 26:00) on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/130802904?ref=em-v-share distributed by Women Make Movies. TANTO TIEMPO, Written in 4 days, prepped in 5 weeks and shot in 5 days (12 locations, 12 leads and 20 extras), is a 35mm short film which was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle -Washington DC Award, Best Short at San Jose, San Antonio and Chicago Children's Film Festival, a National Educational Gold Apple and an Induction into the Museum of Modern Art/NY's Xicano Retrospective Archives. TANTO TIEMPO was also part of the first ever hour-long televised special "The Hispanic Heritage Project: An American Experience" highlighting original Latina/o stories (created by and about Latina/os - via NBC-4 Los Angeles) and aired nationally to 85% of the U.S. market during Hispanic Heritage Month w/host Edward James Olmos and sponsors AT&T, Kodak & Very Special Arts.
A very important new documentary coming soon by director NINA MENKES about the women and the visual language of cinema!
Julie Taymor has scored a number of firsts. She was the first woman to win a Tony award for Best Direction of a Musical, The Lion King, which has earned more money than any entertainment title in box office history. Taymor is also known for her magical use of puppets and masks. Her latest project is a movie called The Glorias about Gloria Steinem. She’s hoping that the life story of one of the world’s most famous feminists will inspire people in these challenging times. Julie Taymor talks to me about her dreams, her fears and her passions. Listen here https://bit.ly/nowwhatpodcast Thanks to Julie Taymor for speaking to me on Now What? A Podcast About Re-Invention & Big Life Decisions
Her latest project, a movie called The Glorias, is about Gloria Steinem. Julie Taymor is hoping that the life story of one of the world’s most famous feminists will inspire people in these challenging times. The Lion King director talks to me about her dreams and her fears on the new episode of Now What? A Podcast About Re-Invention & Big Life Decisions https://www.facebook.com/100000137689815/videos/3855789657768919/
Lion King director Julie Taymor talks about her new film The Glorias Movie, her hits and misses and life in the pandemic on Now What? A Podcast About Re-Invention & Big Life Decisions out this week. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=744029466176879&extid=2y44eR4tzk1DWB01
Today is #WomensEqualityDay and we’re celebrating #HelenReddy. Her voice inspired a nation and #IAMWOMAN continues to empower women across the globe to fight for equality. Please help us celebrate Helen’s inspiring voice by sharing the video on your own social pages. Feel free to post your own video paying tribute to Helen Reddy! Hear her Roar on September 11th!