THE INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES IS PRESENTED ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH AT:
LA Film School
6363 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
The Independent Film Series is one of the most popular membership benefits WIF has to offer. On the 3rd Wednesday of every month, ten months out of the year, WIF screens members’ feature films, documentaries and shorts – free of charge - at the Hannon Theater at Mount St Mary's.
Each evening starts with a 6:30pm reception followed by a 7pm screening. IFS screenings are open for attendance to WIF members only, and the participating filmmakers must bring at least one member of the cast or crew to participate in a Q&A follow-up. In the past, many filmmakers brought the whole production team, making for an extraordinary evening to explore the business of collaboration and for exchanging ideas.
Before each screening, the audience sees a 5-minute PSA Production promo, showing the most recent WIF/PSA projects.
Members who participate in the IFS have the advantage of the WIF website to promote their screening to the full membership of the organization. It is the perfect demographic to screen a film in search of distribution.
In the last 8 years, many films screened through the WIF Independent Film Series have gone on to acclaim and recognition as well as distribution and network deals. Some of the projects include:
Director: Cynthia Wade
Producer: Vanessa Roth
Winner 2008 Academy Award: Best Short Documentary
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Producer, director: Helen Lesnick
Purchased by Showtime
ALL OUR SONS: THE FALLEN HEROES OF 9/11
Director, editor: Lillian E. Benson
Acquired by PBS
THE MAGIC OF FELLINI
Director, writer: Carmen Piccini
2002 Academy Award-Nominee, Best Documentary acquired by the Sundance Channel
Producer, director: Carissa Phelps
This documentary about child prostitution went on to be promoted in USA Today and on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Producer, director: Denise Hamilton
Sold to AOL/TV
Producer: Former WIF President Hollace Davids
This documentary about the life of Van Gogh was picked up by Universal
Director: Valerie Red-Horse
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
A Native American documentary about the Navajo code talkers was picked up by PBS
CLOSE TO HOME
Producer: Vanessa Roth
Launching the WIF Independent Film Series in 2000, the film went on to a feature spot on Oprah! and was picked up by Discovery Health Channel.
THE HISTORY OF THE IFS
Founded by WIF’s VP of Membership Candace Bowen in 2000, the program was triggered by a particularly competitive Sundance Film Festival that year. What happens, Bowen wondered, when the festival is over and the chance to show the distribution world your film shuts down? In an increasingly competitive and ever changing theatrical climate, many feature films and documentaries miss the opportunity to find their audience simply because of lack of access.
Universal’s Hollace Davids was President of Women In Film and producer Gale Anne Hurd, Rose Catherine Pinkey and Kodak’s Kathy Mazza were on the Board when Bowen pitched the idea of the Independent Film Series. The enthusiasm was across the board and for two years, Kodak donated their 40-seat LA screening room once a month. The IFS moved to the Hollywood Entertainment Museum for three years, and then to The Lot before hooking up with Landmark and their new facility on Pico. As of July 2008, the IFS will once again be hosted by the Eastman Kodak Screening Room, located at 6700 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.
"We started the IFS to service the members. We showcase our members’ films with the hope they will find an audience for their remarkable projects." Candace Bowen, Chair
For more information on WIF’s Independent Film Series, contact: