TWO EXCITING NIGHTS. 15 FEMALE-DRIVEN FILMS.
Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4
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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!
BLUESTOCKING 2018 PRESENTS
THE DIRECTOR'S CRAFT & FEMALE REPRESENTATION
Saturday, August 4
Maine College of Art Osher Auditorium
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Maria Giese is a writer-director and founder of Women Directors in Hollywood. Currently attached to two feature films, Giese was elected in 2013 and 2014 as the first ever DGA Women Directors Category Representative, and was appointed co-chair of the DGA-WSC Proposals Subcommittee providing the first official conduit between the DGA Women's Steering Committee and the DGA National Board. Giese is the recipient of numerous awards and has taught film & TV production at UCLA Extension, lectures regularly, and writes extensively about the under-representation of women directors in America on her blog. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and UCLA's Graduate School of Film & Television.
Kate Kaminski has been working as an independent filmmaker in Maine since 1990. With partner Betsy Carson, she founded Gitgo Productions in the mid-90s. Together they have produced four DIY features, as well as short fiction and non-fiction works that have screened around the world. In 2011, Kaminski founded the Bluestocking Film Series, a curated short film festival that requires films to feature a female protagonist and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test. It is Maine's women in film event and the first to receive Sweden's A-Rate (indicating Bechdel-compliance). Kaminski has a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Film Production. In addition to filmmaking and serving as Bluestocking’s Artistic Director, Kaminski is an adjunct faculty member at University of Southern Maine and Maine College of Art.
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
Jody Lauren Miller
Jody is known for her smart, clever comedic storytelling style, heavily influenced by her extensive improv comedy background. She's been featured as one of SHOOT Magazines “New Directors”, won a Gracie Award as well as a handful of digital and branded content Make-an-Ad competitions. Jody regularly writes, produces and directs the ongoing, original, viral, comedy series, SKITTERED "Your tweet, made funny". Miller cut her teeth in the business working as an award winning on-staff producer, director, writer with NFL Films where she had a hand in many of the most notable NFL Films productions to date. Currently Jody is taking her unique perspective and tackling sexism in the biz with her documentary "Just Ad Man".
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 – Change.org. 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.
Stephanie Jeter is a writer, director and producer from Chicago, Illinois. After graduating with the help of a writing scholarship from DePaul University’s film program, Stephanie has spent most of professional career freelancing on various network TV shows, blockbuster feature films, and commercials. She has worked with companies such as Showtime, Sony Pictures, Fox Television Studios, Warner Brothers, and BET. Her short film Searching for Isabelle was awarded the Individual Artist Program grant from this city of Chicago in 2017 and is currently making its rounds on the festival circuit in 2018. She has several feature-length film, music video and web series projects in development including a crime thriller centering around a black female detective, an intersectional sci-fi anthology series, and a period drama about her family’s history in Chicago.
Michelle Kantor co-founded Cinefemme as a graduate student at San Francisco State University and has served as Executive Director since 2007. She is an award-winning writer/director and producer dedicated to creating a more inclusive industry by empowering women to greenlight themselves through Cinefemme. (For full bio, see "Who We Are.")
Jen Ponton is an actress and screenwriter, currently playing fiercely feminist fat activist 'Rubi' on AMC's Dietland. Films include IFC's Free the Nipple and Love on the Run, and official selections at Tribeca, SXSW, and Sundance. Television: 30 Rock, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, OITNB, The Good Wife, and more.
Zoé Salicrup Junco
Zoé is an award-winning director & producer. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Zoé has created content for Sony, ESPN, AOL, and more. Her narrative short films have screened in festivals including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Clermont Ferrand, and HBO NY Latino Film Festival list. She’s a Cinefestival/Sundance Latino Screenwriters Project Fellow, a Sundance Women’s Financing Intensive Project Fellow, and an executive producer at the post-production company, Beige. www.zoesj.com
Alix Bannon is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. Her films have played at festivals worldwide including Middle Coast Film Festival, Rainier Independent Film Festival and Edinburgh Short Film Festival. Her short film, Forgiveness, won best short film at the Amsterdam Film Festival and she was the winner of the filmmaking frenzy contest at the Stanley Film Festival for her short White Island. She is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and currently works in production finance for HBO.
Led by Christina Raia (see headshot and bio above).
Crowdfunding to Build Independence
WHERE: Maine College of Art Osher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 522 Congress St., Portland
WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 | 10:30 AM
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
WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 | 1:30 PM
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.)
“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
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.
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.