In the last five years, women accounted for just 3% of the cinematographers among the 250 top-grossing films. No female DP has ever been nominated for an Academ
“In the last five years, women accounted for just 3% of the cinematographers among the 250 top-grossing films. No female DP has ever been nominated for an Academy Award. Director and cinematographer Elle Schneider, is trying to change those figures - in part, with a Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers. Below, in a guest post, Schneider explains why it’s necessary.” @elleschneider @Indiewire #WomenInFilm #HSFFAlum
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HollyShorts Film Festival Presents: 2:30pm: Women in Film
In the ever-changing world of new media, there are more opportunities available for filmmakers everywhere to make their mark on the digital landscape - especially women. Hear from top female filmmakers and producers that have used the new tools and avenues available to make their mark and achieve success in the industry, and how you can do the same. Enjoy a night of drinks, networking, and a great panel of industry experts who will identify challenges and opportunities that male and female filmmakers and content creators alike are facing today. Every ticket includes a FREE drink ticket and all attendees will be automatically entered in a raffle that offers a chance to win over $1,000 worth of software and prizes from sponsors such as Final Draft, Jungle Software, Pond 5, and more! About the panel and speakers: With the new possibilities that are to available filmmakers and content creators today, there are many questions to be answered: What new opportunities can all filmmakers leverage in today’s world of new media? What challenges still exist for women? Our accomplished panel will discuss all of these challenges and opportunities as well as outline the possibilities available for writing, casting and portraying women in the digital age. Panelists Include: Moderator - America Young America Young is most happy when she is doing 12 things at once. She is a director, actress and professional stunt woman. She was the Executive Director and one of founders of The Feel Good Film Festival (2008-2011), Panel Producer for AFI Festival, and a Founding Board member of The Santa Catalina Film Festival (2011-current). A show she co-created has been licensed and is in production with POW! (Stan Lee’s production Company) and Comediva. She has stunt coordinated the feature films/shows “April Showers”, “Nuclear Family”, “Collision” and music videos such as “Hot and Cold” (Katy Perry), “Outta My Head” (Ashley Simpson), “Scream” (Chris Cornell) and “Pocket Full of Sunshine” (Natasha Beddingfield). She has directed 3 web series, Groupidity, Damsels & Dragons and Catherine & Annie. America is in post on a scripted comedy pilot that she directed starring and about Professional Wrestlers. She proud to be a director on “Locked in” (a short that is part of Girls!Girls!Girls!) and even prouder to be an executive producer on the whole “Girls!Girls!Girls” project. She so is excited that all her years of production expereince, web knowledge and geek obsessions/expereince are culminating into getting to direct the feature film The Concessionaires Must Die! When America’s not kicking the crap out of Super-Heroes that support the Superhuman Registration Act, bossing around professional wrestlers or setting herself on fire, she enjoys telling stories, sipping herbal tea and sharpening her pair of Sai. Deniese Davis, Producer, Issa Rae Productions Deniese Davis has produced countless music videos, short films and online media. In the web-series realm, she is best known for producing the made-for-web short “Underneath your love” directed by and starring Michelle Phan that has garnered over 4.8 million views on YouTube and Issa Rae’s award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, which accumulated over 13 million views with both seasons combined. Alongside producing for Issa Rae Productions, she most recently served as Executive in Charge of Production for Marlon Wayans’ new digital network “WhatTheFunny?!” (WTF). Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Deniese graduated from CUNY-Brooklyn College in New York with a BA in Film Production. She is also a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory (MFA, Producing ’12), where she was the recipient of the prestigious Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Scholarship and the 2012 recipient of the Debra Hill Fellowship that is given by The Producer’s Guild of America (PGA). Elisabeth Fies, Writer/Director Elisabeth Fies is the actor/writer/director/producer of the award-winning feature thriller “The Commune,” for which she became the first no-budget female filmmaker to attend the prestigious Masters of Horror dinners. Elisabeth was an associate producer on no-budget triumph “Conventioneers,” winner of the 2006 Independent Spirit Award in the John Cassavettes category. Her unproduced feature screenplay “Pistoleras” won Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s Best Thriller category. Elisabeth’s undergraduate UCLA years included interning at Debra Hill Productions and doing stunts as monsters on the The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. With a prestigious grant from Do Something, Elisabeth created the indie TV show “Kids Know it All!” After earning her Masters degree from New School University in Media Studies, she became a Project Lead on a corporate multimedia project estimated to have generated $400 million for the company. She then returned to UCLA to study screenwriting in the renowned Professional Program. Since 2010, Elisabeth frequently writes and directs with her sister Brenda Fies. In 2013, the Fies Sisters had three feature screenplays win or place in the top 3% of several industry contests. They are currently in production writing, producing and directing their second feature film of 2014, with a third slated for this fall. Over a dozen of the Fies Sisters’ acclaimed film shorts can be viewed at www.TheFiesSisters.com Julie Marsh, Writer & Story Consultant Julie Marsh is a writer and professional story consultant with over 15 years experience developing stories and intellectual properties for film, television, games and the web. Julie worked for a decade as a development executive for films before becoming an independent development consultant. Her clients include film and television writers, plus book authors and game developers who, collectively, have worked with every major studio in Hollywood. She also consults with production companies as an outside story editor. Writing credits include Disney/ABC cartoons and 5 short films for the 48-Hour Film Festival, including the award-winning “Silver Patriot” which she co-produced. She also produced a short film for the Dances With Films film festival. Julie created the DVD “Genre Works: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Horror” for Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s Expo series available on Amazon.As a game writer, Julie wrote for Wooga’s breakout Facebook game Pearl’s Peril, which has sustained 2 million+ weekly active users for the last year. She also worked on Acclaim’s hit MMO, “9Dragons,” and directed two HTML games for the company. Julie has an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Miami and a B.S. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Evette Vargas, Co-Founder, Digital-Reign With a repertoire spanning film, TV, digital content, mobile, games, comics and music, Evette Vargas is emblematic of Hollywood’s new breed of multimedia talent. Described by the New York Times as an artist to watch, Evette is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Digital-Reign, a transmedia production company. At Digital-Reign, Evette oversees development of original content for film, television, mobile apps, games, comics, animation and interactive media. Evette show-runs and directs her award-winning sci-fi action thriller digital and TV series, DARK PROPHET, winner of an NBC/UNI production award, starring Henry Rollins (Sons Of Anarchy) and rising-star, Chase Fein (Suburgatory). Evette’s award-winning one-hour crime pilot, GYPSY KINGDOM, has attracted Academy-Award nominated actor, Danny Aiello. Evette is packaging her award-winning one-hour action pilot, ECHOES. Evette’s comedy script, KINGNAPPED, won a Top 30 spot in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Evette’s action thriller feature, WITHER, was a Sundance Film Festival Screenwriting Lab Finalist. Evette was born in New York, where she graduated with honors from NYU Tisch School Of The Arts with a degree in filmmaking. Evette earned her MFA in Screenwriting and Showrunning from UCLA. Evette learned to tell stories at the dinner table, where the imagination ruled. Event Sponsored By:
Some flirt with the line between life and death, but for Kim Garland; she embraces it and injects it into her filmmaking. As a writer and director Kim has developed her filmmaking style around the congregation of those who celebrate life and mourn death, having grown up above her family’s funeral home in New York City. In Kim’s supernatural shorts trilogy she utilizes the space to challenge her characters with the idea of life and the act of death.
Kim Garland biography:
Kim Garland is a screenwriter and director from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. She is a co-owner of City Kid Films, a co-founder of Scriptchat, and a columnist for Script magazine. At Script, she covers her ongoing experience writing and directing her first films in the column, Write, Direct, Repeat.
Kim graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Creative Writing and began her career in book publishing at Random House while continuing to write fiction. She studied screenwriting at The New School University in NYC and transitioned to the film industry through her work in literary acquisition at Braven Films, a production company headed by Producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth).
Kim made her directing debut in 2012 with the award-winning short film Vivienne Again, a supernatural thriller she shot in her parents’ Manhattan funeral home. Shortly after, she directed her second short film, Deal Travis In, a supernatural thriller starring Nick Sandow (Boardwalk Empire, Orange is the New Black).
Films written and directed by Kim Garland have screened at numerous film festivals, including Fantasia International Film Festival, HollyShorts, Dragon*Con, New York International Short Film Festival, Flyway, NewFilmmakers New York, FilmColumbia Festival, and the Big Apple Film Festival.
Tell me a quirk about yourself:
I guess the big quirk about me would be that my family is in the funeral home business and that I grew up in the brownstone building above my family’s funeral home in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.
Probably as a result, I’ve always been fascinated by that thin line between life and death and you can definitely see that in my work today.
When I decided to direct my first short film, I started by getting permission to shoot in our funeral home and then came up with the story idea. I knew having a free and unique location was my greatest asset going into my first film so I built everything around that prime resource.
Tell me about your column for Script magazine:
I write a monthly column for Script magazine called Write, Direct, Repeat. It’s geared to screenwriters who want to learn about directing their own work, but the type of content I cover also applies to directors in the early stages of their careers.
I’ve covered a variety of topics so far, including a hands-on project that takes you through the steps of directing a scene for the first time and another piece on selecting your first film to direct. I’ve also covered script development, table reads,lookbooks, film festivals and lots more. Coming out in early June, my next article will be on marketing your short film.
Where you are in your trilogy of shorts?
I’m two-thirds of the way through creating a trilogy of supernatural shorts, that are set in a covert world in NYC where people can resurrect from the dead. The films in my Resurrection Trilogy (as I’ve been calling it) are stand-alone, each with their own stories and characters, and offer a glimpse into this world through the people trying to survive in it.
Before diving back in for the third film, I needed to take a step back and develop this world much more completely to see where it was heading beyond the shorts. My goal is to share a more in-depth story about the people in this world, either as a feature film or as a serialized story, so while I’m writing the third short, I’m also developing this into a much larger world.
You can watch the first two films of the trilogy online at my website.
What are you working on right now?
I’m developing two new short films. The first is a science fiction short I plan to shoot this year and the second is the final film of my Resurrection Trilogy.
In addition, I’m working on two new feature scripts. One is a supernatural thriller — a ghost story with a twist — and the other is a horror film I’m writing with Brad Johnson. Brad is also a columnist for Script magazine and this is our first script as collaborators.
All of these projects are in different stages of development ,but I’m very excited about each of them. I absolutely love genre films and each of these projects will give me a chance to try something new as I continue to develop my filmmaker’s voice and visual style.
If you had an unlimited budget and time to create your next film what would you make?
I don’t think an unlimited budget would change the type of stories I would tell, so I would continue to move forward with the projects I am already planning, but it would probably change the scale with which I could tell those stories.
As a genre filmmaker, I would always love access to more tools to create believable, fantastical worlds, whether that’s using practical or in-camera or visual effects to create something surprising and transporting. Visual and special effects are definitely areas where a bigger budget could bring in a lot more choices.
I would also want to spend more time in prep working closely with key cast and crew to find the best solutions to all of the challenges we’ve set out for ourselves with the film. If I could throw money at prep and buy more time to really work out the details with every department before getting on set, then I think that would be money well spent.
Who is your dream team to work with? (dead or alive)
I currently work with some very talented people who I would want to continue working with. My dream team would include my most trusted collaborators plus the hires they each felt would help them to do their absolute best work.
But in the end, I would love to work with my usual collaborators no matter what the budget. They bring original ideas to the table and work diligently to achieve them. They have impeccable taste and refuse to settle. That’s my kind of team!
Tell me about what it is like to be a woman in the film industry:
The stats are daunting, no doubt, and as much as I would love to be viewed as a filmmaker, and not separated out as a “female filmmaker,” the reality is that day hasn’t come yet. The old guard does not share power without revolution and one way or another revolution has to come.
Who has been your inspiration in the film industry?
I’m most inspired by the other independent screenwriters and filmmakers in the trenches with me. These filmmakers have day jobs and families and school loans to repay. The world isn’t waiting with baited breath to watch the next film or read the next script they produce, but hell if they don’t get up every day and pursue filmmaking with an obsessive passion that is a hallmark of the arts.
In my filmmaking circles, every day someone gets a win and someone gets a loss. But the winner doesn’t just disappear and move up to a better class of friends and the loser isn’t kicked out and ostracized. Instead, we pat ourselves on our backs or lick our wounds, but either way, we never stop pushing forward. I am most inspired when I see someone just like me refuse to take no for an answer. If they can do it, then I can do it, too.