AWD newsletter 09/30/17
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AWD works to support and promote the work, visibility, and professional development for female directors through a variety of programs including screenings, educational events, and networking events both for their members, and the general public.
Opening Weekend
"Different Flowers" is coming to eleven theaters. Morgan Dameron not only wrote, produced and directed her first feature film, she now is self-distributing as well.
When Millie, a sensible bride-to-be, bolts moments before her big Midwestern wedding with the help of her free-spirited younger sister, Emma, she embarks on a life-changing journey neither of them expected.

The comedy is playing in Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City, Chicago, and in six other midwestern markets.

Friday, September 29th until Thursday, October 5th.

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Festival Screenings
September 29th - October 1st
8670 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90211
Elaine Strutz will screen her short "Get Action" 
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 12:15 PM
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Vickie Sampson will screen her short "Shelby's Vacation"
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:15 PM
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Kathleen Davison’s psychological thriller series pilot "The Passage" is an official selection of ITVFest - Independent Television Festival.
A little boy from another era is watching Robin from the shadows and mystically eliminating her loved ones in order to isolate her for his own purposes.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at  5:15 PM
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5 PM

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New York Premiere
Directed by AWD member Catherine Gund, "Chavela" will screen followed by Q&A

Film Forum
209 W Houston Street, New York, NY 10014

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8:10 PM
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The afterparty will be from 10:00 PM-12:00 AM - location is TBA

Submission Deadlines
International Academy of Web Television Awards

The International Academy of Web Television Awards is offering our AWD members $25 OFF submissions. 

ABOUT THE AWARDS:  The IAWTV is now a division of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. The Caucus mission is “Leading the evolution of television by providing a creative forum for Producers, Writers & Directors to explore the issues of the ever-changing landscape of content and exhibition.” The IAWTV Awards support this mission by rewarding shows that expand the boundaries of independent television. 

The IAWTV Awards have been credited with launching Hollywood careers. Julian De Zotti, co-creator of “Whatever Linda” said, “Winning an IAWTV Award opened the door to our development deal with The Mark Gordon Company to turn our series into an hour-long TV show.”

The 5th IAWTV Awards, a celebration honoring the best in streaming series will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The Red Carpet will start at 5 p.m. The entire ceremony will be streamed live online.

To submit, check your inbox for instructions, or email Nikki Braendlin.

Interested in attending the IAWTV Awards show in October? Click here for Early Bird tickets 

International Academy of Web Television Awards

The Bentonville Film Festival Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on promoting underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships. The primary research partner of the Foundation is the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media(GDIGM). The Foundation believes that by convening the media ecosystem – advertisers, content creators and content distributors – in support of media that accurately reflects the gender balance and diversity of our country, it can create a seismic change in how we inspire young minds to do great things.

They have offered our members 20% off submission fees. For info on submitting please go their website. If your film is eligible, please check your inbox for the discount code, or email Nikki Braendlin.

Award Season
"Real Artists," a live action short by Cameo Wood, is the Festival Winner & Best Short Film at the 5th Skyline Indie Film Fest.

AWD Craft Enrichment Series
California Child Labor Laws from A-Z
Join acclaimed Agent for Studio Teachers and founder of Children in Film Toni Casala for a presentation that will empower members with the tools and information needed to successfully employ a minor in the entertainment industry. Children in Film provides resources for child performers and those who employ them. This presentation will give you the information necessary to obtain the proper permits, know when you need a teacher on set, and how many hours children can work and much, much, more.
Toni Casala has been a business agent for Studio Teachers since 1987. Providing Studio Teachers and answering Labor Law questions for more than 30,000 projects over 30 years has made Toni a child labor law expert. In 2000, Toni launched
This website provided the entertainment community with reliable, informative facts about child labor law in California and British Columbia, summarized in an easy to read format. Soon after, Toni launched Hollywood's first Child Entertainment Work Permit Service. Today Toni Casala continues to lead the way hosting a one of a kind social networking website connecting industry pros with child actors in a safe and positive environment, providing entertainment work permit services and child labor law information in all 50 states. And yes...she still represents Studio Teachers.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:30 PM - 10 PM
Welcome Reception from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Free For AWD Members - Questions? Email Lagueria Davis.

Women in Film, 4221 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Parking:  Underground Parking Structure (Free)

Upcoming Workshops
Film Powered
"Codegirl" - Screening And Discussion With Lesley Chilcott

Hosted by Vidiots and sponsored by Seed&Spark, this quarterly Film Screening Series spotlights groundbreaking feature films with intimate filmmaker Q&As programmed exclusively for the Film Powered community.

Please join the screening of "Codegirl" (2015) and a discussion with director/producer Lesley Chilcott.

From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, "Codegirl" follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world's fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.

Lesley Chilcott is an award-winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. She was a producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" and the rock documentary "It Might Get Loud." Other notable Chilcott-produced films include "Waiting For Superman," for which she was awarded a win by the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary.   

Lesley directed the coffee documentary "A Small Section Of The World" and teen darling "Codegirl" which, after it’s theatrical release, toured the world through a program with the US State Department. Her short film "Codestars" garnered over 20 million views online. Lesley also directs commercials and branded content at Splendid & Co and hosts the popular screening series "The Doc Club" for the Producer’s Guild in Los Angeles. Lesley is an Executive Producer on "An Inconvenient Sequel," currently in theaters.

As with all Film Powered events no guests are permitted.  You must rsvp to attend.  Admittance will be permitted by checking names against the rsvp list.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 - 5:00 PM

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Upcoming AWD Event
'The Future is Female'

AFM Studio, Loews Hotel

Sunday, November 5, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
It is no surprise that Wonder Woman is the highest grossing action movie in 15 years. Women make up over half of the world’s population, and are a driving force in theatrical box office as well as television, cable and digital viewing. This Roundtable will highlight how female-driven stories can expand your audience and profitability. Our panel will explore the benefits of developing strong female leads and hiring women directors, producers and writers for your next mega-hit.

Moderator: Wendy Calhoun, Writer/Producer, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED

Production Notes

Kathleen Davison is heading to NYC to direct the first three episodes of the new comedy web series, "Tech Bettys," a romp through a tech start-up company from the perspective of the only two female employees. The project is also in development as a standard cable series. Check out the tagline: “Oh. Thank God. A woman.”

Festival Winner Cameo Wood is competing in the Hometown Heroes Challenge from Seed & Spark with her campaign for a science fiction feature film that will shoot in her hometown of Pittsfield, MA.
Click to check out the Challenge.

AWD Tour Bus
The Art of Directing Television

Sponsored by Glenfiddich Single Malt AWD members had a chance to study episodes directed by Kimberly Peirce and Anna Mastro. The case study was followed by a discussion of the anatomy of an episode, moderated by AWD Board Member C.M. Landrus. The event was presented with CBS Television on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Finding, Choosing & Hiring A Director of Photography

Members of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC) and the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) came out in numbers to learn from seasoned directors and cinematographers. The panel with Romell Foster-OwensNancy SchreiberSandra ValdeLexi Alexander & Trish Sie, moderated by Jen McGowan, was hosted at Light Iron on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Found In The World Wide Web
Susie Singer Carter and Valerie Harper stop by the KCAL9 studios to discuss their award-winning short film "My Mom and the Girl."
AWD Honorary Member Lesli Linka Glatter:  The Pool of Female Directors Is “Wide and Deep” by Laura Berger, September 15, 2017
Visiting 40 year veteran sound editor transitions to director Interview with Vickie Sampson by Carli Scalf, September 12, 2017
Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel by Justin Kroll, September 11, 2017
Amazing "First" Women on Time Magazine Covers by , September 8, 2017.
Time Magazine shines a spotlight on 46 remarkable, contemporary women who’ve achieved greatness and some astonishing firsts.
AWD Honorary Member Mary Lou Belli on Directing NCIS: New Orleans by , September 7, 2017
Debunking 3 Myths Hollywood Still Believes About Female Directors

Has Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Rescued (or Ruined) Hollywood? by  August 15, 2017

Female TV Directors Share Stories, Talk Ryan Murphy’s Half Program at FX Panel by Rachel Montpelier, August 10, 2017
Success of ‘Wonder Woman’ Could Pave Way for More Female Directors by , June 14, 2017
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The next issue will appear Wednesday November 1, 2017.
Submit your announcements by Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at midnight. 
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