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  • New Officers Elected to WMFVA Board of Directors

    The WMFVA Board of Directors met in February to kick off the 2014 year, starting with an election of the executive team. Dr. Deb Havens, producer/screenwriter, Traveling Moon Productions, was returned to the Chair position after a two year hiatus from the board where she served a number of years as founding chair and past president. Stephen Paulsen, Office Manager at Lowing Light & Grip, was elected Treasurer. Liz Merriman, independent producer and filmmaker, was returned to her position as Board Secretary. Vice-Chair Kim Crozier will retain her seat as well. Chair Havens noted, "The Board is a great combination of fresh insight and solid experience with the WMFVA mission and operating policies. We are poised to transition with exciting new programs and services to begin our 10th year in 2015. We're all very excited about the possibilities!" Read more about new directions the board will pursue over the coming year in regular updates on this page and the WMFVA list serve.
  • Third Annual Eclipse Awards Open for Entries!

    The 3rd Annual Eclipse Awards Call for Entries is now open!  With added categories for Acting, Cinema Trailers and a People's Choice Award!  Sponsored by WKTV and the WMFVA!

    This year the Eclipse Awards will follow a nomination process for the 2014 award.  Content Creators in Toronto, New York, LA and London will view your work with nominations announced Monday, April 14 and the awards gala at City Flats Ballroom on Thursday May 1st.  Call for Entries closes on March 14, so don't delay!  

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Coming Up

To SAG or Not to SAG?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kathy Byrne, Director of TV/Theatrical for SAG-AFTRA in Chicago will present at the 4Wall held on Wednesday, April 23. She will discuss the new organization structure of SAG-AFTRA and how the new structure works for West Michigan, along with special contracts for filmmakers with low budget productions. She will also discuss the benefits of SAG-AFTRA membership and how to become a member. 

In addition to running the TV/Theatrical Department, she also is the head of Agency Relations for the Chicago local. This entails working with Franchised Agents in the Chicago market. Kathy is a firm believer in outreach to both actors and filmmakers who are beginning their careers, or who have worked on several film projects without realizing how easy it is to work with SAG-AFTRA actors and contracts. Prior to her position at SAG-AFTRA, Kathy was the Project Coordinator for Film and Television for the Chicago Film Office for nearly 20 years. In that position she worked with such projects as The Dark Knight, The Fugitive, ER, Wanted, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Public Enemies and Stranger than Fiction. She also was the Program Coordinator for the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival for 3 years.

Please join us!

Networking at 6:30 pm / Presentation 7:00 pm.

Koning Micro-Cinema, Wealthy Theatre

Members: Free / Non-Members $5.00

How to Pick and Win Film Festivals

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

There's more to getting your film entered in a film festival than a great story on film (but that doesn't hurt!). The idea behind this 4Wall is how to pick the right festival for your film, plus some behind the scenes secrets from those who know.

Meet Christian Gaines, formerly Director of Festivals at the American Film Institute, Director of the Hawaii International Film Festival, a past executive at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festival, and Director of Festival Strategy and Business Development for IMDB.com, overseeing the global expansion of  Withoutabox.com. Christian has served on numerous film festival juries including Sundance, South by Southwest, Montreal and Warsaw; has participated on numerous panels worldwide about film, film festivals and technology; has independently consulted for several film festivals; has attended many, many film festivals around the world; serves on the IFP Program Advisory Board, the Film Collaborative Advisory Board, and files periodically for the online independent film daily Indiewire.com.

In 2013, Christian became Executive Director of ArtPrize, the worlds largest art competition and a radically open, independently organized social experiment, attracting over 400,000 attendees and 1,700 artists competing for $560,000 in cash prizes, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Wealthy Theatre Koning Micro-Cinema (map)

Meet one of the hottest young filmmakers in the U.S. -- Grand Rapids, Michigan home-boy Joel Potrykus, who hangs with his film band Sob Noisse when not globe-trotting to film festivals. His first feature, Ape, won Best New Director at the 2012 international Film Festival Locarno in Switzerland, and toured the world the next two years. Before his follow-up feature Buzzard even premiered at SXSW, it was picked up by distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories, going on to screen at major institutions in New York City including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Indiewire listed Buzzard as one of the 10 most buzzed about films and singling out lead, Joshua Burge, as one of the top 10 actors to watch out for.

Don't miss this chance to hear these two take on this topic!

Networking 6:30pm / Presentation 7pm - 9pm

Koning Micro-Cinema, Wealthy Theatre

WMFVA Members FREE / Non-Members $5

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A few weeks ago I was asked to set-up live streaming for my client's sermons over the internet.  After the first day of streaming, I knew we could do better.  I reached out to the other professionals in the WMFVA community, and asked how could I improve the stream.  The responses were wonderful!  Now I have a higher quality video stream, can add graphics to the production, and will soon be able to deliver the stream via other media.  My thanks to all the talented people in the West Michigan Film Video Alliance.

—Del Yakes