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Winter/Spring 2014 Workshops

Master Class: Dawn Porter
Monday, April 14 | 6:30-8:30 pm
$35 (Reg Rate) | $25 (WMM & Partner Rate

How is it possible to have documentary filmmaking be your second career and then have your first film not only be accepted at Sundance but also win the Best Editing Award, in addition to airing on HBO? Dawn Porter, previously a practicing attorney for ABC News and A&E Television Networks, can tell you: “Be persistent, be fair, and be brave.” Her first film Gideon’s Army also received the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, was selected to participate at the HotDocs Forum and The Good Pitch, and continues to garner awards and screen at numerous film festivals. Her second documentary, Spies of Mississippi, aired on Independent Lens last February. And she is now working on the production of her third documentary, Trapped, for which she recently received a Catapult Film Fund grant. Join us at WMM for this intimate session with Dawn Porter and hear her talk about her process, her decision to become a filmmaker, the challenges she encountered as a first time filmmaker and the challenges she had to face when producing a second or third film. Dawn’s work can reveal key elements to starting a successful filmmaking career, from the passion for the story you want to tell and finding the right team for your project, to knowing how to approach potential funders and supporters.

From Idea to Implementation: Multi-platform Storytelling with Theresa Loong

Wednesday, April 9th | 6:30-8:30pm
$35 (Reg Rate) | $25 (WMM & Partner Rate

How do you approach multi-platform storytelling to increase audience participation for your project? And how do you do that creatively and accurately? Who do you need on your team? How much can that cost? The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of the transmedia landscape and to discuss a project from ideation to production. The session will enable participants to have the tools they need to articulate their transmedia project clearly. Join award-winning multimedia director and producer Theresa Loong, who will also present some examples of transmedia projects and will take a brief survey of participants’ potential projects.  She will cover some case studies including Feed Me a Story, a collaborative project for which she recently received an NEA Arts in Media grant. As founder of the interactive production company, FORM360, Theresa Loong has provided editorial and strategic consulting services to independent documentary filmmakers as well as AMC Networks, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Milestone Films and Time Warner and she has lectured on multimedia at NYU, The New School and Hunter College.. Her film Every Day Is a Holiday received support from ITVS and aired on over 200 public television stations.

Putting to Work Effective Publicity Campaigns and Strategies with Lucius Barre
Wednesday, April 2 | 6:30-8:30 pm
$35 (Reg Rate) | $25 (WMM & Partner Rate 

Well-planned public relations strategies contribute significantly to making some films hot topics; while, ill-conceived strategies can result in so many missed opportunities.   At what stage should a public relations campaign come into play? And how can you tell which strategies are most appropriate to a new project? Join seasoned publicist Lucius Barre for this session where he will review the building blocks of good public relations, from planning as soon as you begin production to campaign models for festivals, theatrical, broadcast and on demand releases, including what makes a good press package and techniques for developing talking points. Lucius Barre was the first crossover international publicist for Pedro Almodóvar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne (La Promesse) and Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner); and has promoted such well-established filmmakers as Errol Morris (A Brief History of Time) and Alain Resnais (Wild Grass).  In recent years, he has collaborated on the organization of the Locarno and Rotterdam Festivals and represented films from 19 countries at key festivals, markets and promotional screenings.

Pricing and Discounts

WMM Partner Rates are available to WMM Fiscally Sponsored Filmmakers, members of WMM Partner Groups and Friends of WMM. Click here for more information.

Why not sign up for both current workshops and save!
3-Workshops Regular Rate: $55.00 | 3-Workshops WMM & Partner Rate: $40.00

Location and Directions

All workshops take place at:
Women Make Movies, Conference Room
115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.925.0606

Refund Policy

No refunds will be given for any registrations.  If you are unable to make the workshop but notify us up to 24 hours prior to the actual workshop date, you may receive a credit for another workshop within one year. Workshops may be cancelled by WMM due to insufficient enrollment. All instructors are subject to change.

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This Series is funded, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.        



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