My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Women in Film & Video Inc, Washington, DC, USA
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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