Bluestocking 2018 will take place on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.
Screenings 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 details about our 2018 event!
BLUESTOCKING FILM FESTIVAL 2018 PRESENTS
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
Art of the Pitch
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.)
Crowdfunding to Build Independence
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!
Bluestocking 2018 Selections Judges
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.
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 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.
Raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Kellee Terrell holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia College of Chicago and an M.A. in African-American Studies from Columbia University.
In 2016, she was named an Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow for her first feature script “Gemma.” Her Black lesbian ghost horror love story was recently named a semifinalist in the 2017 Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest, the winner of the 2017 Pride Film & Plays LezPlay Screenwriting Contest and was chosen for the 2018 Athena/IRIS Screenwriting Lab.
Her MFA thesis film "Blame" has screened in over 30 festivals including the Academy-Award qualifying Athens International Film + Video Film Festival and the Cinequest Film Festival. And her Black lesbian zombie short "Goodnight My Love," won "Best Film 10 Minutes or Under" at the Bluestockings Film Series in 2013.
In addition to being a filmmaker, Terrell is an award-winning journalist whose articles and interviews have been featured in NPR, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Al Jazeera, Essence, The Root and Hello Beautiful to name a few.