Bluestocking 2018

Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4


Evening screenings on Friday and Saturday will be held at the Talbot Auditorium in Luther Bonney Hall at University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. Stay tuned to this page for more upcoming details about the 2018 event!


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Crowdfunding to Build Independence

WHERE: Maine College of Art Osher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 522 Congress St., Portland



Thinking about making an amazing movie or show? GREAT! We wanna watch it. But first: how are you going to fund it, and - when you’re finished - who’s going to watch it? Most people think about crowdfunding simply as a fundraising tool, but it is so much more than that: it’s a great way to start (or continue) developing a direct connection with your audience, which, as we all know, is essential for building a sustainable film career that leads to distribution and the opportunity to, you know, make more than one thing.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Why audience building is essential for a film career (and crowdfunding)

  • How to define, find, talk to, and grow your audience

  • How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (incl. goal, incentives, communication plan)

  • Why staged financing might be right for you

Fun fact: attendees of this workshop have a 100% success rate on Seed&Spark!

Art of the Pitch

WHERE: Maine College of Art Osher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 522 Congress St., Portland



Before we get to tell our stories, we have to learn how to tell the story about our stories. Knowing how to convey the specifics about your upcoming project in a dynamic, succinct way can land you not only investors, but collaborators, audience members, and more. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What makes a good pitch

  • How to tailor your pitch to different audiences

  • Why a little research can go a long way

  • Why practice is perfect

Most importantly, this workshop will give you a chance to practice refining your own pitch in a safe, encouraging environment. Who should attend this workshop? Anyone who has a great story to tell to potential collaborators, investors, and audience members (i.e. EVERYONE who has a movie to make.)


Christina Raia


Christina Raia is an NYC-based writer and director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and the Crowdfunding Director at Seed&Spark. Her work, a collection of short films, a web series, and two feature films, has gained a large online following through multiple crowdfunding campaigns. She has been covered by press outlets such as Indiewire, AfterEllen and BuzzFeed. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York. Find Christina on social media: @craia9


“Seed&Spark is honored to partner with Bluestocking Film Festival to bring tools and resources to female filmmakers so that they can make their work in a sustainable way. It’s a natural fit.”

—Julie Keck, Head of Education & Outreach


Bluestocking 2018 Selections Judges


Edwige Charlot

Born and raised in Paris, France of Haitian heritage, Edwige emigrated to the United States at the age of 9. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking with honors from the Maine College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in New England, Oregon, New Jersey, and New York. Edwige was awarded the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist award in 2013 and a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant in 2011. Edwige has participated in several group shows that explored issues of race and identity, including The Other Side of Shade (2013) and Undoing Racism in the Joanne Waxman Library at the Maine College of Art (2009). In addition to her art based projects, Edwige has been an artist resident at Tides Institute & Museum of Art in Eastport, ME, the Quimby Colony in Portland ME and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT. She is currently an advisor to the People of Color Fund at the Maine Community Foundation and runs a strategy and design consultancy, Creative Approach co. She lives in Portland, ME with her husband and son.

Currently the Interim Associate Director of Artists At Work at the Maine College of Art and a volunteer at McAuley Residence 

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Annie Kelly Cormier

Annie Kelly Cormier holds a Master's in Film from Boston University and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Cormier has worked as a producer, director and researcher for several Maine production companies. Her filmmaking focus is working with “real” people to help them tell their stories. Currently, she works at Maine Medical Center as a Patient Relations Coordinator and recently attended a workshop in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.  Cormier lives in Falmouth, Maine with her son Ray and her very cool cats.


Wilma L. Davis

Wilma Davis is Associate Producer, Dramatic Films, at HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, the television & film production company of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, dedicated to the creation of original science programs that capture compelling stories of discovery. Prior to joining Tangled Bank Studios, she worked in feature film development and production with Hollywood filmmakers for over ten years. In her earlier career, Davis worked as a Broadcast Business Manager in Manhattan advertising agencies. She holds an MS in Film from Boston University and a BS in Communications from Emerson College.

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Shaula Evans

Shaula Evans is a writer, editor, poet, playwright, and translator, as well as an actor and director. She founded online writing community The Blackboard (2012-2014) and is a former reader for the Athena List. After living in Canada, France, Japan and South Korea, she currently resides in the US.


Manon de Reeper

Manon is the founder and editor in chief of independent magazine Film Inquiry and Women In Media’s Director of Technology. She has a master’s degree in Criminology and is a programmer and screenwriter.


Jennifer Fischer

Jennifer Fischer is a writer, producer, and arts educator committed to highlighting shared human experiences and creating art that cultivate empathy and understanding. She wrote her first short film, Rachel’s Fortune, in 2007. The film screened at film festivals across the country and was recognized as the Best Film for Youth at Toronto’s COMMFest. Her latest film projects, SMUGGLED and THE wHOLE, have also screened across the United States, with SMUGGLED screening internationally as well. She developed and produced both projects. SMUGGLED has been featured by NBCLatino, ABC, Univision and Fusion, and THE wHOLE premiered at the ACLU’s 50th Anniversary Human Rights Conference in New York City and has also been featured by major media outlets, such as NBCBLK and Vice News. It will screen at the Global Impact Film Festival in Washington D.C. in August. Her essay “Coffee Can Change” was published in It’s Not All About You: Young Adults Seeking Justice, edited by Julie Richardson Brown and Courtney Richards, published by Chalice Press. She also penned the essay, “The Feminist Act of Telling A Man’s Story” for the online publication Bitch Flicks in 2015.

Fischer curates short films for the City of Santa Clarita's 10x10 Variety Show and organizes and moderates filmmaking panels for their New Heights Artist Development Workshops. She currently volunteers her time with phbalanced film's supporting their Reel Women Real Change program and has written for Ms. in the Biz and the Directed By Women blog.


Melinda Fox

Melinda Fox is an experienced organizer who served as fundraising executive for The Humane Society of the United States, including forming their political arm, and as Vice President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition before joining a startup in business development for the world’s fastest growing social action platform – Boards roles have included the International Girls Rock Camp Alliance, and Reel Grrls, the first media arts center in the U.S. training girls in media production. She’s now Co-Founder & CEO of Tanji – the first movie-ticketing app connecting audiences to women-centric content in theaters and online.


Naomi McDougall Jones

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, and producer. She is currently in post-production on her second feature film, Bite Me, which will premiere in 2018. Naomi’s first feature film was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. Naomi is an advocate and speaker for bringing gender parity to cinema. Her TEDTalk, What it’s Like to be a Woman in Hollywood, has received nearly 1M views.