AWD newsletter 12/31/17                          Join AWD Now
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AWD works to support and promote the work, visibility, and professional development for women-identifying and gender non-conforming directors through a variety of programs including screenings, educational events, and networking events both for their members, and the general public.
Let's Make 2018 the Best Year Yet for AWD!
Happy New Year to our members and supporters! It is my honor to share with you an overview of AWD's goals for 2018 and how you can be part of it. 
As AWD expands and builds on the successes of 2017, we are focused on hiring an Executive Director who will strengthen our relationships with industry leaders and make AWD a bigger presence in the entertainment industry. There is currently no position in the industry that is dedicated to advocating for gender parity and inclusion for women directors; our Executive Director will be that person. The Executive Director, with the endorsement of AWD’s Board, will also expand our Career Advancement Programs, spearhead our Film Development Pipeline, and oversee a Film Finishing Fund. You can support our 2018 goal of hiring an Executive Director by donating here. All contributions will be deeply appreciated.
In February, our new website will launch which will include a searchable database for our directors. This powerful tool will allow producers, executives, and agents to easily find AWD directors who fit their projects. And, as always, we will preserve and expand our robust partnerships with diversity programs, managers, agents, and other industry professionals; and continue to offer mentorships, career advancement opportunities, and craft enrichment both within and outside of the organization. Additionally, AWD will work with Executive Service Corps’ Developing Development Program to create a sustainable development plan so AWD will be able to serve its members and community for years to come. 
Alliance of Women Directors is, and has always been, the voice of both emerging and experienced directors, whose talents behind the camera make them a force to be reckoned with. AWD would not be what it is today without the efforts of our former and current Board Members, Committee Chairs, and member volunteers. I want to thank them for all of their hard work and encourage you to get involved and volunteer with AWD this coming year. We need you and welcome you to volunteer for a committee. Let’s make 2018 the year of record-breaking success and achievements!
With gratitude, 
Jennifer Warren
AWD & We Do It Together Drive the Conversation
AWD is proud to partner with We Do It Together for a series of panels on shifting the culture of sexual harassment. The expert panelists will discuss the origins of the current dangerous and pervasive culture and propose targeted and concrete solutions that favor exchange and inclusion. The filmed panels will serve as the basis for development of a detailed plan of action and pro-active strategies.

HuffPost covered the inaugural event hosted by Chiara Tilesi of We Do It Together on December 13, 2017 at the Soho House. The panel included Jennifer Warren (AWD Founder and Chairwoman), Melissa Goodman (Director of LGBTQ Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at ACLUSO), Sharon Waxman (Founder and Chief Editor of The WRAP), Jeremy Kagan (writer, producer, director and tenured professor at USC), and Frances Fisher (actress, director and activist).

The second panel will take place on January 25th at USC. Please refer to your email for more information about attending the event.
News from AWD Atlanta Branch
AWD Atlanta Branch Now Accepting New Members!
The Atlanta Leadership team is hosting its official Kick-off Meeting of 2018. Join Aileen Michelle, Chaun Pinkston, Lou Simon, Raeha Kim, Starlett Hill, and Terri Vaughn to learn more.

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 4:00-5:30p
Marriott Marquis - Downtown Atlanta
Festival and Distribution News
Upcoming Festivals and Screenings
AWD member Céline Tricart's virtual reality film The Sun Ladies VR will screen during Sundance Film Festival 2018.
VR Mobile Program 1
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Half the Picture, a documentary feature by AWD member Amy Adrion will screen in Sundance Film Festival 2018's Documentary Premieres section.

Tuesday-Thursday, January 23-25, 2018, times vary, in Park City & Salt Lake City
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AWD member Vickie Sampson will screen her film Shelby's Vacation at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers Auditorium as part of the Short Film Series.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7pm
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#NonaHendryx Transformation, a film by AWD members Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges, will also screen during Short Film Series at the WeHo City Council Chambers Auditorium.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7pm
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AWD members Shea Butler and Stacey K. Black's web series Trouble Creek will screen during Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema in March 2018.
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber, a film by AWD member Svetlana Cvetko, will screen during Focus on Female Directors 2018 program at the Egyptian Theatre.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
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AWD member Edina Kishonthy's film In A Dream will screen during the Miami Beach Film Festival.

Sunday-Monday, January 14-15, 2018
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In A Dream will also screen during Flathead International Film Festival.

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28, 2018
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Six AWD members will screen their shorts at TCL Chinese 6 Theaters during HollyShorts January 2018 Screening, followed by a Q&A: Alexis Ostrander with "Bambina", Rachel Goldberg with Neighbors, Star Victoria with Transmute, Maggie Mahrt with Unbound, Shea Butler with The Trial of Ben Barry, and Bola Ogun with The Water Phoenix.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7pm
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Distribution and Premieres
AWD member Carey Lundin's five-episode web series The WORST Travel Show premiered on Facebook Watch. New installments are released every Thursday mid-day.
AWD member Varda Bar-Kar's Cage Free project premiered on YouTube and Facebook and accumulated 3 million views combined within a week.
AWD member Cindy Baer's quirky comedy  ODD BRODSKY had its VOD premiere (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, etc..) and can be enjoyed alongside the film's screenplay
Dog Park, a film by AWD member Jade Jenise Dixon, had its VOD premiere on multiple platforms. The film can be enjoyed on DISH Network (on demand), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.
The Scarapist, a psychological thriller by AWD member Jeanne Marie Spicuzza, had its SVOD premiere on Amazon.
AWD member Trish Sie's feature film Pitch Perfect 3 premiered theatrically in US and 15 other territories coming in third at the box office during the crowded Christmas weekend.
Cartwheels music video by AWD member Samantha Shada for Alicyn Packard premiered on Facebook as part of the singer's new album Heartbeat of the Universe.
AWD member Robyn Paris' four-episode mockumentary web-series The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? premiered on Funny Or Die.
Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer, a documentary by AWD member Leslie Zemeckis, will premiere in March 2018 after being acquired by Cinema Libre Studio for wordwide distribution.
Completed Festivals and Screenings
AWD member Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner's film Darcy screened in Schenectady, NY, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Share your directorial successes on AWD Facebook page and
by tagging your Instagram set photos with @AWD_directors.
Submission Deadlines
Approaching January 2018 application deadlines:

Documentary Narrative New Media Distribution Finishing Funds (features and shorts) Shorts Other deadlines and submissions information can be found at:
Awards Season
Shelby's Vacation, a short by AWD member Vickie Sampson, received Award of Merit from Best Shorts Competition.
AWD member Jade Jenise Dixon's film Dog Park won Best Ensemble Cast award at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival.
Web series Trouble Creek, by AWD members Shea Butler and Stacey K. Black, received multiple Awards of Merit and Special Mentions from the Best Shorts Competition.
AWD members Shea Butler and Stacey K. Black were also the winners of Best Directing 2017 Award from International Online Web Fest for Trouble Creek.
AWD Craft Enrichment Series
TV Director and DP Relationship Workshop
The AWD Craft Enrichment Series presented a TV Director & DP Relationship Workshop as its closing event of 2017. TV Director of Photography John Smith broke down, step by step, what it takes to get through pre-production, production, and post. Attendees also benefited from the input of other AWD members who work regularly in the episodic field. CES looks forward to developing more practical workshops and events in 2018.
Members Successes and Updates
AWD board member Kate Rees Davies and AWD member Rachel Feldman participated in the FiveThirtyEight initiative to develop the next Bechdel Test. Read to find out which top 50 films of 2016 passed the 12 updated test versions.
Rebel without a Crew and AWD member Bola Ogun is one of the five filmmakers participating in Robert Rodriguez's new $7k feature challenge.
Ripped from the callsheets: Nancy Hendrickson will co-direct Boomers, the new web series she co-created ... Cindy Baer is in post-production of her web series Soci Circle ... Kayden Phoenix is in pre-production for Jalisco ... Amy Adrion was interviewed by KPCC's The Frame about Half the Picture ... Kate Rees Davis moderated a career growth panel, which also included Michelle Kantor ... Cindy Baer taught a “Film Festival Secrets” class at Canon Burbank ... Alle Hsu directed Our Way Home ... Donna Wheeler participated in Canon ShootOut ... Valerie Resciniti completed her film Limbo ... Sue Vicory will participate in the Indie Film Showcase panel during Sundance Film Festival 2018 ... Jen McGowen chatted with The Other 50% ... Kaye Kitrell completed 94 episodes of her Late Bloomer Show in 2017
Send your updates for the next newsletter edition by January 25, 2018 at midnight to
Volunteer Spotlight

As an all volunteer-run organization, AWD prospers because of the hard work and enthusiasm of our earnest volunteers. Here we recognize some of our talented members who invested their time, energy, and positive attitudes into helping AWD and its members reach their fullest potential.

Nicolette Daskalakis has been a member of AWD since 2016, when her former directing professor Jennifer Warren suggested she check out the organization. Nico got involved with AWD after her first meeting, photographing the events, designing promotional materials, and assisting with running the events.
Because of volunteering, Nicolette enjoys the opportunity to interact with fellow members on a more personal level and was inspired by the advice and the AWD community during the Patty Jenkins Fireside Chat. A passionate, intuitive, and rebellious director, Daskalakis directs, shoots, and edits short form and digital content, focusing on fashion, beauty, dance, and lifestyle, while also writing prose and poetry.

As the recipient of the Grand Prize at the SAC Fashion on Film Festival, she currently seeks to partner with a producer to secure financing for her first feature film - a punk, LGBTQ+, coming-of-age story. See Nicolette Daskalakis' recent short Smash Face and reach out to her about her feature.
Marcy Boyle has been a member of AWD for two years and participates and contributes her time, attention, and effort as part of her drive to increase career opportunities for women in entertainment. Volunteering on the Fundraising Committee, with its goal of bringing on an AWD Executive Director, is a natural extension of her philosophy.
Boyle's love for science fiction representations of the future stems from her past - an inspiring computer programmer mother - and manifests itself through the projects and events she leads, like the keynote lecture on VR at KAIST University and her feature Nobody Can Cool. Marcy's dedication to the craft also makes her a decisive, logistic, and prepared filmmaker.

Passionate about female representation in front and behind the camera, Marcy is the co-founder of a virtual reality startup HOT BIT VR, currently raising its seed round and looking for advisors to help strategize the build of her prototype. With a goal to meet people with expertise in building media companies, ad tech, e-commerce, and next gen entertainment, Boyle predicts a new film/video game hybrid in the VR/AR sphere that she calls XR (mixed reality). Ask Marcy Boyle to tell you more about the future of filmmaking.
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AWD Members Attend Web Series Class
AWD member Tina Cesa Ward answered many questions during her "Web Series: Everyone's Doing It. How Can I?" class that took place at the Women In Film LA offices. AWD members in attendance learned about marketing options, budgetary constraints, and how to benefit from direct access to viewers. As an experienced creator of multiple award-winning series with distribution on multiple platforms, Ward shared her hands-on experience, highlighted the collaborative aspect of working in the new media realm, and stressed planning ahead for the long-form versions of the project.
AWD Members Enjoy Power Lunch
Entertainment attorney Nina Ameri, in an effort to represent more females in the business, hosted ten AWD members for lunch at her One LLP offices. She shared advice on legal matters and discussed client relations that affect the projects currently in development by the attending AWD members .
Found on the World Wide Web
Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird has accumulated over 100 award nominations and almost 50 award wins.
Nine Baltimore-based filmmakers, all women, and their projects will share $400,000 in grant money from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media at the Johns Hopkins University.
Patty Jenkins will receive Variety's Creative Impact in Directing Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival & Palm Springs ShortFest, the first female director to receive the honor.
Hungary's Ildikó Enyedi of On Body and Soul has been short-listed as foreign language feature for the Oscars 2018 - the only film directed by a woman.
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The next issue will appear on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
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