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WMFVA launches innovative podcast “Film Talk”
New promotion for filmmakers in West Michigan
The West Michigan Film Video Alliance (WMFVA) is excited to announce the introduction of a new podcast “Film Talk” dedicated to promoting filmmakers and filmmaking in West Michigan.
The podcast is part of new initiatives launched during the year of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance 10th anniversary celebration. “The WMFVA has been enormously influential to date in the development of a regional film industry,” says Deb Havens, founding and current Chairperson of WMFVA. “We needed to challenge ourselves to meet the next ten years and beyond - especially now that the legislature has eliminated film incentives.” The podcasts currently feature 5 interviews from filmmakers including
Jeff Varga, Oscar-winner for special effects on Terminator II; Joel Potrykus, winner of the prestigious international Locarno Film Festival; Jennell Leonard, Executive Director of the Michigan Film Office; Rick Hert, Film Commissioner, West Michigan Film Office; and John Serba, Film Critic for MLive/ Grand Rapids Press. A new podcast will be added weekly every Friday.
Havens credits the expertise of WMFVA Board Vice-Chair Monica Sparks for adding the new dimension to promoting the regional film industry and profiling local filmmakers. “When Monica joined the WMFVA Board of Directors, she brought her experience as a radio host and media maven for The Monica Sparks Show on TALK 1230 WTKG radio in Grand Rapids and her corporate development and consulting company NetworkingDiva.org,” says Havens. “She has guided us through programming formats, technical issues, and brand development. Our membership has much to thank her for.”
About WEST MICHIGAN FILM VIDEO ALLIANCE
Since its inception in 2005, WMFVA has encouraged mentor/apprentice relationships between seasoned filmmakers and newcomers to the field, and supported local artists in the film industry. WMFVA has organized and hosted—on an ongoing basis—professional seminars, educational workshops, screenings of Michigan-produced films, and social gatherings to promote professional networking at area film festivals. A 501c3 non-profit charity, the WMFVA welcomes tax-free charitable donations.
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WMFVA and UICA team up to bring notable film artist, writer/director Paul Schrader, to Grand Rapids
The West Michigan Film Video Alliance announced a new partnership with the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) to bring a notable filmmaker to Grand Rapids for a two-day presentation and workshop.
“Thanks to a grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), we’re bringing Mr. Paul Schrader, writer/director (Taxi Driver, Hardcore, Raging Bull, American Gigolo), to Grand Rapids for an
innovative visiting artist program this September,” said Deb Havens, founding and current Chairperson of WMFVA. The grant was written by well-known local actor and WMFVA member Victoria Mullen, who has successfully written grants on behalf of a number of nonprofits in West Michigan.
“The goal of the ‘Visiting Film Artist Series’ is to share with our West Michigan film
community the talent, knowledge, and artistic vision that produced an acknowledged
contribution to the world of film and/or television,” says Havens. “Paul Schrader is a
Grand Rapids native and an internationally known screenwriter and filmmaker. We are
very privileged to be able to bring him here.”
The program includes a Thursday, September 3rd afternoon press panel at 4 pm, followed by a screening of one of the filmmaker’s notable works with remarks, a question and answer panel, and a reception at the UICA beginning at 7 pm. Tickets
($15) for the screening and reception will be available to the public. UICA and WMFVA members will receive discounted admission ($10), and WMFVA Film Premier members will enjoy free admission. (Reservation procedures will be announced at a later date.) A
reception featuring local craft beer, wine, and appetizers will follow the Q&A.
On Friday September 4th, UICA will host a three-hour morning workshop with Mr. Schrader from 9 am–12 pm for up to 50 student and professional filmmakers. The workshop will be followed by a luncheon with Mr. Schrader limited to workshop participants. Tickets for the workshop and lunch are $85 and will be available online and at the UICA Guest Services desk starting in July.
The WMFVA and UICA formed a partnership in 2014 to develop the concept of the Visiting Film Artist Series. For more information about the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs visit the website (link below).
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Individual Membership $40
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The mission of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance is to promote a thriving film and video production community in West Michigan.
Our members are dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking, commercial, and corporate production.
The WMFVA has a rich history of working across the community to provide educational programs, resources, networking, and support to filmmakers and producers since we launched in 2005. At the same time we work with regional, state, and national business, educators, and policy makers to support filmmaking and production as vital to Michigan’s 21st century economic diversity and growth.
Open Projector Night SHOWCASE at UICA
Friday, August 7, 2015
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The WMFVA proudly hosts the Open Projector Night SHOWCASE at the UICA Theater. Films square off in a competition to choose the winner among those that have received the highest praise from audience members attending earlier Open Projector Nights. Join us for refreshments and prizewinners.
Visiting Film Artist Series Will Feature Paul Schrader
Thursday, September 3, 2015
and Friday, September 4th - a special two day event!
The WMFVA is proud to announce the Visiting Film Artist Series, a new program in partnership with Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) that brings cinema masters and local filmmakers and film aficionados together for a weekend of film-focused education and entertainment.
We launch the first event of the series with screenwriter and director Paul Schrader known for his films Taxi Driver, Hardcore, Raging Bull, American Gigolo, and more.
Thursday, September 3:
7 pm WMFVA/UICA Members $10, Non-members $15 WMFVA Premiere Members FREE
Film Screening and Q&A with Paul Schrader
Reception featuring appetizers, local craft beer and wine (cash bar) to follow
Friday, September 4
9 am – 1 pm $85 (includes lunch) Limited availability
Filmmaking Workshop led by Paul Schrader, followed by a casual catered lunch
Founders' Day Picnic
Friday, September 25, 2015
The annual WMFVA community picnic takes on special meaning this year when we honor our original founders and invite back all former members of the WMFVA Board of Directors. Join us for special fun, games, food, and surprises. Location TBA.“
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