WOMEN IN FILM & VIDEO INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   70 reviews

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Location: 4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 305 Washington DC 20016 USA

Mission: Established in 1979, Women In Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV-DC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement of women in film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. We work closely with industry agencies to promote opportunities for women in the industry; their achievements; and on-going professional development.  There are currently 1,000+ members in the DC Chapter.  We are also part of an international network of 40 chapters with more than 10,000 members worldwide.
Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic
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Women In Film @ Video, Washington, D.C. allows those like me with books which are, "Movie Options," to connect with experienced individuals who serve to educate, to inspire, and to guide us through a process which is unfamiliar turf. "Movie Options," are coveted, but more coveted is the time when the Option is initiated and a film dialogue begins. Through WIFV, in one day's time, one can see levels we did not know existed in the filming process, how people search for sets, design--And especially tender to me are the times when members can save dollars, for other members are so generous as to share their equipment as well as to report mistakes along with what was done well as they became a name in films.//Recommended articles for reading help us to filter out a lot of time wasted and go to the sources of knowledge the board and members may share.//There is a personal touch to so many events which makes us proud that such film library and talent exist in our nation's capital.//"Pinkhoneysuckle," my mid-century story of Agrarian Southern Appalachia had to be researched for dates and events of 60s included three assassinations and left a nation fully insecure, but this non-profit welcomes us to come in no matter where we are from--"Use our materials," so my novel covering Bible Belt, almost 19th century living, all the way through really growing up in Washington, D.C. has a central source which will have filmed all this former cotton field labor child could record--For women and children were so overworked in the south after the diaspora north--But WIFV is apt to be a film directors dream work place--Where else can one go and know pictures of Washington on fire as I witnessed will be filed and ready to support, "Pinkhoneysuckle," the novel as it becomes a wrapped up film. // We existed white and black, and we worked together to get crops in, and most other Appalachian writings will take you to coal country. Non-Profits will not have taken families with white skin out of the pictures--For in the cotton fields--We were all just trying to have a l00 lb. day, for three dollars could purchase dime store shoes. Poverty, the great equalizer; is part of unspeakable acts, so I'm one of countless who never dreamed that Washington, D.C. would not be just for homecoming, but the proof and story of my Appalachia exists where this, a number 1 non-profit has kept the footprint of our lives however it possibly could.//The best ingredient for WIFV success is that same equality spread out like a doormat, and once you've crossed in to it--Even with a large membership--The board President and all of those who serve there realize the challenges for the young as well as those who are older, and therein--They are setting up for a bright future.

Hollywood could learn greatly from these magnificent women and men--The, "Care," factor is something so unique to this group that one splendid moment--It would appear that these folks care enough to dance on the head of a pin. I congratulate those who nominated and chose WIFV once again this year. Thank you.

Barbara Everett Heintz, Author of, "Movie Option," "Pinkhoneysuckle," a story for adults and especially for history buffs, nurses and social workers who read it and come away realizing, "White Trash," and, "Hillbilly," are as unkind as any other name calling of human beings.

Congratulations to WIFV.
Barbara Everett Heintz, "Pinkhoneysuckle," Author

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Women In Film in Washington, D.C. has welcomed me and my Film Option book, "Pinkhoneysuckle," in to a world where I had no understanding. We, on joining are welcomed, and library and film services are made known with the kindest of welcomes. I read the news letter with amazement as I learn every thing from the language and complexity of film--Then I breath deeply to see this 3000 plus member organization allow people to offer services from anything to do with film or to search for housing or a particular job. The price of membership is negligible to the offerings from the best of film libraries to technical support to we technically challenged persons who knock at the door of WIFV. Any person who has an interest in great film will see results of so many studies, reports of foundations and for the young and excited, I see internships and scholarships which you will find no place else. There is an over tone of excitement laid out before us about whatever is going on across the country in film at any level, and I am surprised that I have felt such a personal and early comfort in laying forward issues regarding film in our country when my area is writing. I guarantee that one will learn something through this boundlessly generous organization just by asking, for at no point has someone failed to respond to this novice who knew nothing of how my book could transform from book to film. Generosity is the number one anchor of WIFV which I see open to all, and along with that--Hospitality, and placing the two together was like coming home to a good mother after a long time being away. I do thank Washington D.C., and the workers from directors to volunteers who keep this organization at a level of humility even with its wondrous works and generous support. May each know that we are aware out here as members, and I gladly give my name to this 5 Star organization. Thank you. Barbara Everett Heintz

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I would endeavor to hold on to the spirit which has brought it to where it is at this time, for the measure of its worth is not overstated in its best reviews.

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I first learned about WIFV when I was a WIFV intern and aspiring filmmaker in 2004. From my very first day in the office, I realized how much the organization served the needs of over 1100 members. The phones never stopped ringing and the WIFV list served was a vibrant forum for jobs, opportunities, and discussion about the DC film industry. I loved every minute I spent in the office-- this time allowed me to see not only how a small staff of two people could do enormous things included dozens of public events each year, but also, advocating for women both for jobs in the media but also the representation of women in the media... That same year, I was utterly inspired by the Women of Vision gala when I had the chance to see honoree Carrie Fishcer speak in addition to other major women leaders in the industry. That one evening inspired me to follow my dream to work in film production and to create visionary goals for myself.

Since then, WIFV has continued to be a huge source of opportunities and friendship for me. In 2011, WIFV became the fiscal sponsor of my documentary, The Last Song Before the War, and, with the help of Melisssa Houghton, the film received an NEA grant for post production and outreach. Today, the film is playing in festivals around the world.

I can't say enough good things about WIFV or Melissa Houghton. The organization has opened so many doors for me, that I can't imagine my career without them. Finally, the camaraderie and support of every member that I meet is incredibly touching. Whenever I have the chance to give back, I do.

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I would wish it had more funding so that it could do more of the same great work!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Women in Film and Television is an amazing resource for film professionals of all levels in the industry. The newsletter is invaluable, and the events are warm, educational and productive. I highly recommend becoming a member, and meeting other like-minded people. Membership is worth it's weight in gold.

- monda raquel webb, writer/producer

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2013

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Women in Film and Video is a great resource because for sharing information and events. I have make great contact that have provided me with great possibilities, and met wonderful people who are doing what I am, or already working in their field. My hope is that by participating in this discussion more people will become aware of this great organization.

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Great contacts.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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