New Mexico Women in Film kicks off its 2017 “Brown Bag Lunch & Learn” series this Friday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1pm at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, Room 7 (7521 Carmel NE). Bring your lunch and listen to the lecture “From Inspiration to Perspiration: Lessons Learned” by award-winning writer/producer Catherine Fridey. Fridey won a 2016 NMWIF scholarship for her short film work. Her lessons include how the process and mindset can change from writing a short script to the actual production of a short film. Admission to this event is free to NMWIF members. Nonmembers can get in for a $10 suggested donation. For more info go to nmwif.com.
Speaking of New Mexico Women in Film, the nonprofit organization’s board of directors is looking for a part-time administrative assistant. Candidates must be detail-oriented, able to multitask and proficient in various computer programs like Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat. Familiarity with social media is also a plus. Responsibilities include updating the membership directory, compiling the newsletter, managing email and assisting the president, vice president, treasurer and elected officers of the NMWIF board. Salary is dependent on experience. New Mexico Women in Film is a local outreach network committed to “the professional development and achievement of women in the film and television community though mentorship, networking, education and community.” To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to NMWIF Vice President Shelene Bridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Your Dream
The New Mexico Film Foundation continues to find new ways to support independent filmmaking in New Mexico. Just this week the nonprofit organization started taking applications for its brand new “New Mexico Girls Make Movies” grant. All New Mexico ladies between the ages of 12 and 25 are invited to submit an original screenplay (five pages or less), short story, poem, comic book, play or any other story that you would like to see turned into a short film. You have until March 15 to get your story and application in. The winner will be chosen the first week of April and will have a chance to receive a $1,000 production budget, plus the support of a professional film crew to realize their short film vision. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary. Winners will have the opportunity to learn about set design, costume design, camera, sound and other crew positions while making the short. In addition, winners will get an invitation to the New Mexico Film Foundation Gala at the Governor’s Mansion in April, where the winning story will be performed as a staged reading. To download an application and a parental permission form, go to nmfilmfoundation.org/grants.