Upcoming Workshops with Women Make Movies

Women Make Movies (WMM) presents its Fall 2011 Workshop Season.

They will be hosting the following workshops open to everybody….


Hear It From Your Peers: Kickstarter Success Stories

Wednesday, November 9 | 6:30-8:30 pm

$20 (reg rate) / $15 ( Pills discount rate)

Everyone seems to be starting a Kickstarter campaign these days to raise funds for their films – but not all of them reach their goal, which can lead to disappointment and abandoned projects. Hear from fellow filmmakers’ own successful experiences before you dive into this brave, new world. We are excited to have WMM’s Production Assistance Program filmmakers Gayle Kirschenbaum (MY NOSE: THE BIGGER VERSION Order ) and Kathy Leichter ( online HERE ONE DAY) and Associate Producer Noelle Barnes (HERE ONE DAY) come share their stories and give tips and guidance on how to ensure you hit your mark.


Fear of Fundraising: An Essential Overview of the Basics

Wednesday, November 16 | 6:30-8:30 pm

$35 (reg. rate) / $25 ( Order discount rate)

Fundraising for documentaries can be intimidating and even overwhelming for those who are new to it. But without it, even the best film ideas will never be realized. This workshop is designed for filmmakers who are considering a funding proposal, identify a likely project funder or pitch a project to a potential funder or broadcaster. Topics include: proposal writing, grant-seeking from private and government foundations, fundraising from individuals, and targeted appeals through events and on-line solicitations. Attendees will receive an essential packet of fundraising tips and resources. Presented by Tracie Holder, filmmaker, fundraiser and consultant to WMM’s Production Assistance Program.


Producing – Skill Building for Success

Wednesday, November 30 | 6:30-8:30 pm

$35 (reg rate) / $25 (discount rate)

Being a successful producer requires a wide array of talents, skills and knowledge. From raising money, to negotiating contracts with broadcasters and funders, to pitching your project, being a good producer is essential if you want to get your film made. Yet gaining the skills and learning the business aspects of film production can be challenging. This workshop will provide a rare opportunity to fine-tune your producing chops and offer you a place to ask your questions. Join critically acclaimed filmmakers of GIRLS LIKE US Purchase , Tina DiFeliciantonio (WMM Board Member) and Jane C. Wagner, whose current project was one of eight nationally to receive funding from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation and whose work has been screened and broadcast in countries throughout the world, and entertainment attorney Nicole Page, Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP and Head of Business Affairs, Engel Entertainment, Inc. (and WMM Board Member) to learn what you need to know to move your project forward.


Purchase Meet the Broadcaster: Simon Kilmurry of POV

Wednesday, December 7 | 6:30-8:30 pm

$20 (reg rate) / $15 (discount rate)

Join Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director of the PBS series “American Documentary,” whose programs including the production of the award-winning documentary film series POV. He has been involved in the production and distribution of over 200 POV films and has helped lead new initiatives to increase POV’s reach and diversity – including the broadcast of many films from the PA Program and WMM’s distribution program. Come to meet Simon and hear his advice about both getting into POV and finding general broadcast deals.


For more information, check out the WMM website online .