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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

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Jeff Varga, member of an Oscar-winning team VFX 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.



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 hostedon an ongoing basisprofessional 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.

To Donate: Steve Paulsen, WMFVA Treasurer 616.885.2961 steve@wmfva.org

Media Contact: Deb Havens, WMFVA Co-Founder/Chair 616.885.2961 deb@wmfva.org


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