WE WOMEN WARRIORS SCREENS IN DC to commemorate International Women’s Day
Friday, March 8th & Monday, March 11th 2013
In Colombia’s war-torn indigenous villages, three brave women from distinct tribes use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival.
Warfare between the guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and armed forces imperils Colombia’s 102 aboriginal groups, dozens of which face extinction because of the conflict. Trapped in a protracted predicament that is fueled by the drug trade, native women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope.
Friday, March 8th at 12 PM
Voice Of America -Wilbur J. Cohen Building Auditorium
330 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, 20024
Discussion to Follow with Filmmaker Nicole Karsin & Omar Martinez of the Latin America Working Group
Hosted by VOICE OF AMERICA
Refreshments courtesy of Teaism
Admission is free, but RSVP is requested
Please visit www.wewomenwarriors.com & click on DC Independent Film Festival
Monday March 11th at 7:30 PM
Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW, (One block from Columbia Heights station on Green & Yellow lines)
Panel Discussion to Follow with Gimena Sanchez, Virginia Bouvier, Lisa Haugaard, & Nicole Karsin
Tickets are available at www.wewomenwarriors.com
$5 Minimum Per Ticket & Suggested Donation $15-20
Half of the screening’s proceeds will support the Kankuamo women’s collective in the film.
DC Independent Film Festival
March 6 – 10, 2013
As the oldest independent film festival in Washington, the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) has a storied history of presenting extraordinary films. It showcases cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. DCIFF was launched in 1999 to nurture independent film. As a competitive festival, all films are Washington DC premieres and many are U.S. and world premieres.
Our City Film Festival
March 9-10, 2013
The Our City Film Festival is the only festival that showcases DC-focused films. We encourage filmmakers to make films that will bring our communities together and celebrate the rich cultures, stories and scenes that make up Washington, DC.
DC Environmental Film Festival
March 12 - 24, 2013
The DC Environmental Film Festival seeks to further the public's understanding of environmental issues - and solutions - through the power of film and thought-provoking discussions with environmental experts and filmmakers. The 21st annual DC Environmental Film Festival is presented in collaboration with 75 partnering venues across the Washington area. This year’s Festival screens a record 190 diverse and arresting films from 50 countries and features 110 Washington, D.C., United States and world premieres.
DC Shorts Mentors: 7 Workshops for Better Filmmaking
DC Shorts champions short filmmaking. Through the Mentors project, we encourage filmmakers to develop the skills to create outstanding short films. Taught by film professionals and peers, these interactive sessions are designed to build upon one another, creating skills needed to better compete in the festival circuit — or regional editions of the 48 Hour Film Project.
WEEKEND 1: The Story
Saturday, March 2, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Film begins and ends with the story. Yet for many filmmakers, crafting a succinct tale is often the most difficult part of the process. During this session, filmmakers will create a story based on the techniques from local storytellers. Then, participants will re-imagine the story as a poem, understanding how themes and mood affect every directorial choice. Finally, area improv comedy writers and performers will engage all participants to act out their stories, and learn how on-the-fly changes can strengthen the final concept.
Sunday, March 3, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Building upon the previous day’s work, participants will work hear tips and techniques from local writers on how to translate their story into a fully-realized screenplay. With assistance from writers and producers, participants will write a 3-5 page script. At the conclusion, the scripts will be read aloud, and each work will be critiqued.
WEEKEND 2: Behind the Scenes
Saturday, March 16 10:00am – 3:00pm
Producing is much more than tracking expenses. Learn from professional producers with local and national credits about what they really do to make find money, make their investors happy, negotiate spaces and equipment, work with the unions — and keep the director true to his/her vision. How do you find the right talent for your production? What are casting directors look for? We will examine casting from all angles — with tips for both filmmakers and actors. At the end of the session, participants will hold a cold-call casting session to select actors for the next day’s session
Sunday, March 17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
A director’s vision must be clear. But how do you impart that vision onto a diverse cast and crew? This day-long experience will bring local directors together to talk about their techniques and war stories. Actors chosen the day before will return for an exercise to rehearse a scene from a prepared screenplay (preferably the one created the weekend before.)
WEEKEND 3: Cameras, Lights & Microphones
Saturday, March 30 10:00am – 3:00pm
Visuals and sound are key to a quality film. First, meet area DPs and camera operators and learn special techniques to ensure that your shot is well framed, in focus — and at an exposure which will make for easier color correction. Learn to shoot under low-light, direct sun and other difficult conditions, and how to use a small light kit to improve any shot. Then learn why sound is more important to audiences than picture — no matter how beautiful. Learn from sound professionals the tips and tricks to obtain the a solid sound recording, why ADR is a myth, and ways to salvage what went wrong.
WEEKEND 4: I Made My Movie, Now What?
Saturday, April 13 10:00am – 3:00pm
The effective marketing of your film is an essential part of the creative process, yet one often overlooked. Filmmakers of every skill level will gain a thorough understanding of how to create effective and targeted promotional print, guerrilla and social media campaigns — for little cost.
Sunday, April 14, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Most independent films find an audience through the film festival circuit. Learn why a planned festival strategy will save money in the long-run, and how to find, research and apply to festivals worldwide. The session concludes with a Q&A panel with local festival directors — ask any question and learn what really happens in the programming room.
The workshops may be purchased individually or as a month-long pass.
Single Session – $30
Weekend Pass (both classes over a single weekend) – $50 (save $10)
Session Pass (all 7 classes) – $160 (save $50)
Register today at http://dcshorts.com/mentors
Space is limited. We recommend registering early.