About Our Summer 2018 Issue

The rapture of the crowds who will be streaming into film festivals all over New England is captured in this superb photo of a sea of faces loving what they are seeing. Our cover shot is of a Nantucket Film Festival event at the ever famous ‘Sconset Casino on the westerly side of the Nantucket Island.

Our cover is meant to inspire and to remind you that you need to plan well as this is a big year for fi lm festivals in New England. New England has a summer of them, many of them previewed in this edition. I hope you enjoy our previews and hot picks. Each festival has a unique personality and special character. For a diff erent perspective, try out volunteering to work at a festival. Every festival needs genuinely interested volunteers.

Festivals work year around looking for the fi lms that will be just right for their character, finding those films that you may otherwise not have a chance to see. Often a festival will give you an opportunity to see films before they are released and that can be exciting. Many of New England’s film festivals have special guests you will want to meet and mingle with. Read about them here.
All our festivals are a good place to do just that.

So it’s time, badges are being picked up. Lights will be dimmed as cinematic stories of every genre unspool to delight all of us.

Our cover photo is courtesy of the Nantucket Film Festival. Our Cover Design is by IMAGINE Design Editor Monique Walton.

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The Roxbury International Film Festival Commemorates Twenty Years of Independent Cinema Celebrating People of Color

June 20 – 30, 2018

Mandla (Oros Mampofu) works as a miner by
day, but is passionate about playing guitar and
dreams of making it big in the music industry.
Directed by Rea Rangaka. Photo by Patrick Toselli.

The Award-Winning LIYANA Opens #RoxFilm20 on Thursday, June 21 -Executive-produced by Thandie Newton
(HBO’s Westworld, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II, and Crash)

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night Closes #RoxFilm20 on Sunday, June 30 at Fenway – The romantic drama premiered in the NEXT category at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

LIYANA. directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp. Photo courtesy of the Roxbury
International Film Festival,

The critically acclaimed film LIYANA, that’s part animated fable, part observational documentary, officially kicked off the 20th anniversary of the Roxbury International Film Festival on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00pm at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Sakheni Dlamini, the film’s producer and
a graduate of Simmons College, was in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Directed and produced by husband-and wife team, Aaron and Amanda Kopp, LIYANA tells the story of how five orphaned Swazi children turn their past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective
fairytale, in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest to save the day. The film is beautifully illustrated by Nigerian born art director Shofela Coker, teacher and co-founder of Coker Co-op, a collective that creates comics, sculptures, and digital media, and was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and the Jury Award for Artistic Bravery at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa.

A photo from Chico Colvard’s BLACK
MEMORABILIA. Photo courtesy of BLACK

A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM: LOVE ON ELECTION NIGHT closes out RoxFilm on Sunday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. at State Street Pavilion at Fenway. The contemporary love story stars Omari Hardwick (Power on
Starz) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man, Star, Code Black) who meet on the night of the 2016 presidential election, fall in love, and challenge one another to pursue their broken dreams. Directed by Qasim Basir, the film also stars Jay Ellis from HBO’s Insecure and was executive produced by Good and Hardwick. Tickets can be purchased at https://m.bpt.me/event/3482771

Scene from LOVE JACKED. Photo courtesy of Inner City Films

Featured at this year’s RoxFilm is LOVE JACKED, a sophisticated small town romantic comedy centered around Maya, a headstrong 28-year-old with artistic ambitions and her father Ed, who wants a dutiful daughter to run the family store. Ed is shocked when Maya, asserting her independence, decides to travel to Africa for inspiration and returns with a fiancé who is not quite what he seems. The film stars Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson, Keith David, Mike Epps, Demetrius Grosse, Lyriq Bent, Marla Gibbs, Angela Gibbs, and Nicole Lyn and is directed by Alfons Adetuyi.

Poster LIKE FINE SILK directed by
Sandra Manzanares and Ben Mankoff. Design by Cubby Golden.

The Roxbury International Film Festival (June 20-30) is a competitive festival that awards certificates in the categories of Audience Favorite, Narrative Film, Documentary Film, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Youth, Emerging Filmmaker, with a special award named after award-winning filmmaker Henry Hampton.

Zoe Renee as Summer in Nilia Mu’min’s ZINN. Photo by Bruce Cole.

On Wednesday, June 20, RoxFilm and the Museum of Fine Arts presented a free “sunset cinema” screening of BLACK PANTHER in celebration of Juneteenth. The screening was held at 8:30 p.m., on the Huntington Avenue lawn (weather permitting), with live music, lawn games, and art-making activities beginning at 7:00 p.m.

For aspiring filmmakers and producers, the festival is hosting the free event, “From Martin to MIT: A Conversation with Topper Carew” on Sunday, June 24 (Location/Time: TBA).

The intimate film gathering Dinner and a Movie returned on Monday, June 25 at the Haley House Bakery Café with Reelblack founder Mike D. discussing his new project Black Film Now, as well as the importance of supporting African American films and their directors.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, RoxFilm and Young Black Professionals bring a throwback screening of COMING TO AMERICA to Hibernian Hall on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Onyx Spectrum Technology, Massport, Boston Red Sox, SAG/AFTRA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Leah S. Randolph of HALO Productions, Black Star Enterprises, and more. The Festival will also feature Q&A with filmmakers, events and filmmaker hangouts.

Under the direction of Lisa Simmons, the Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) supports media makers of color and others who have an interest in creating and developing new and diverse images of people of color in film, video and performing arts. The festival collaborates with many arts institutions and organizations whose mission it is to promote and support independent artists and contribute to the creative economy of the Commonwealth.

Tickets are on sale at www.mfa.org.

Visit: www.roxburyinternationalfilmfestival.com/ to purchase festival passes and for more information.

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The 23rd Annual Nantucket Film Festival

Ben Stiller and Mike Birbiglia to Co-host 2018 Screenwriters Tribute; Adam Driver and Garrett Hedlund to Present

June 20 – 25, Island of Nantucket

Over the past twenty two years on the beautiful Island of Nantucket, the Nantucket Film Festival
(NFF) has mixed highly anticipated awards contenders with the fi lms of talented emerging and
established filmmakers. NFF has brought together the film industry’s most recognized screenwriters
and storytellers, including Tom McCarthy, Oliver Stone, Steve Martin, Judd Apatow, Tom McCarthy,
Beau Willimon, Kathryn Bigelow, Sarah Silverman, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Diane Keaton,
Robert Towne, Glenn Close, and Aaron Sorkin. NFF has also produced the All-Star Comedy
Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, and the insightful conversation series In Their Shoes With…®,
which has included Robin Wright and Beau Willimon with Chris Matthews, Tom McCarthy with
Bobby Cannavale, Molly Shannon with Michael Ian Black, and Bradley Whitford with Chris Matthews.

NFF’s star-studded six days of non-stop, jam packed special jewel in its crown is the Screenwriters Tribute held on Saturday, June 23, 2018. It’s the ticket not to be missed.

Actor, writer, director and producer Ben Stiller (THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED), TROPIC THUNDER, MEET THE PARENTS) and actor/comedian Mike Birbiglia (DON’T THINK TWICE, TRAINWRECK) will

Actor Adam Driver (STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON, Spike Lee’s BLACKKKLANSMAN) will present the Screenwriters Tribute Award to Oscar®-nominated writer/director Noah Baumbach. Driver has appeared in Baumbach’s THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED), WHILE WE’RE YOUNG and FRANCES HA, and recently completed shooting Baumbach’s latest feature opposite Scarlett Johansson.

Actor Garrett Hedlund (MUDBOUND, BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK) will present Andrew Heckler with the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. Hedlund stars alongside Forest Whitaker and Andrea
Riseborough in Heckler’s Sundance Audience Award-winner BURDEN, which will screen at the Festival.

There’s always great anticipations of the opening night fi lm selection. For the 2018 festival it’s Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES, written and directed by Shana Feste. The film tells the story of single mom Laura (Vera Farmiga) who is forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing father Jack (Christopher Plummer) from Seattle to LA after he is kicked out of a retirement home. The comedy also stars Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd, and Kristen Schaal.

CNN Films’ LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito will close the festival. The documentary reveals the personal side of iconic comedian Gilda Radner through rare personal recordings and journal entries.

Morgan Neville’s (2018 NFF Honoree) WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? will screen as the festival’s centerpiece film. The documentary depicts the life and legacy of the late Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a longtime Nantucket resident.

For the ninth year in a row, NFF will screen a Disney• Pixar film on opening day. This year the
studio will showcase the anticipated animated feature INCREDIBLES 2, with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger, and director Brad Bird reprising their characters from the first film.

Returning programs at this year’s Festival include In Their Shoes…®, a conversation between MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Noah Baumbach, Adam Driver, and Ben Stiller; as well as the daily Morning Coffee With…®, a daily kick-off discussion between attending writers, directors, and new host Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, Ed).

Also returning is Women Behind the Words, sponsored by Lifetime, which had its inaugural event in 2015, focused on gender inequality in the entertainment industry. Following a year of new conversations and developments in the wake of #MeToo and the Time’s Up movements, NPR’s Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg will moderate a conversation to discuss what comes next. Guests include actresses Jeanne
Tripplehorn (Big Love, WE ONLY KNOW SO MUCH) and Alysia Reiner (Orange Is the New Black, EGG), television writer/producer Sera Gamble (Lifetime’s upcoming You, The Magicians), and actress, director, and producer Miranda Bailey (SWISS ARMY MAN, YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY).

Additional film programming announced as part of the 2018 Festival includes a special screening
of documentary feature BALLET NOW, directed by Steven Cantor, and executive produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and actress Elisabeth Moss, on the fi nal day of the Festival, Monday, June 25. Cantor will also be present for a post-screening conversation.

This intimate documentary provides a candid behind-the-scenes look at the world of ballet, following New York City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck, the first woman to curate the Music Center’s famed BalletNOW, as she attempts a fresh new approach by merging the worlds of ballet, tap, and hip-hop together through a groundbreaking one-of-a-kind performance. Throughout the film, as Tiler faces the demands of an incredibly challenging production, she is driven to show young people the beauty,
possibilities and freedom of dance and expression. Executive Producer, Paul G. Allen has always had a passion and commitment for the classical arts, and hopes that showcasing the ballet world and the arts as a whole will continue to inspire and engage younger audiences, while affecting enthusiasts.

Also revealed were six Short Film Programs, including Miguel Alvarez’s ATLANTIC CITY featuring Raúl Castillo, Ross Kauffman’s BOY BOY GIRL GIRL featuring Katie Holmes, Pete Lee’s DON’T BE A HERO featuring Missy Pyle, and Tom Cavanagh’s TOM AND GRANT featuring Cavanagh and Grant Gustin, his costar
from The Flash; as well as a new program putting the spotlight on some of the year’s most-honored shorts.

The Short Film groupings and descriptions will lead you to want to see each of them; COMEDY, REMIXED: Humorous stories showcasing comedy in all its shades; EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT:

In these narrative shorts, when things are going wrong, you can wait for the tide to turn or fix it yourself; IT’S ALL TRUE: Nonfiction stories – animated, interviewing, reminiscing, probing, reporting, observing, and illuminating; KIDS SHORTS: Live-action and animated stories for children ages four and up; LIFE CHAPTERS: Two true stories of women asserting their rights during the Sexual Revolution and terminally-ill patients claiming their power in their last days; and SHORTS OF THE YEAR: A collection of official selections and jury winners from the best film festivals around the world. Pre-game your
Oscar Shorts selections here.

Finally, the third edition of Enter the Story: Virtual Reality Experiences has been unveiled, including MY AFRICA, narrated by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o; TAKE EVERY WAVE: LAIRD IN VR featuring Laird Hamilton; and immersive titles straight from the VR arcades at SXSW and Tribeca: DINNER PARTY, FIRE ESCAPE, and MY JOURNEY

The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jonathan and Jill Burkhart in 1996 to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the fine art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. Since then, NFF has become one of the premier destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the preview screenings, unique signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. In addition to screening over one hundred fi lms across six days, NFF presents the Screenwriters Tribute, In Their Shoes…®, our daily Morning Coffee With…®, and other Signature Programs.

The 23rd Annual Nantucket Film Festival runs from June 20-25, 2018. Festival passes and ticket packages are currently on sale now on the NFF’s website (www.nantucketfilmfestival.org).

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It’s Our Birthday!

Come for the party, Stay for the best networking in New England!

Please join Carol Patton and IMAGINE for a trip down memory lane….
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 * 6:30 – 9:30pm

$20 per person in advance (click the button above to rsvp and pay)

Brookline’s Best Burger Bar
195 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445

(right next to the Green Line T-Stop Brookline Village)

Sliders for Everyone!

Come Meet and Say Hello to

Special Guest Film Guru David Kleiler
who wrote Establishing Shot for IMAGINE Magazine in our early days! David has helped hundreds of filmmakers and still consults and shares his vast knowledge and favorite films under the banner of Local Sightings.

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About Our April 2018 Issue

Jeff Rosica is the new CEO and President of Avid Technology. He brings with him extensive experience in sales and marketing with a knowledge of technology application. Mr. Rosica has additional background in operations and in the mergers and acquisitions fields. He has over thirty years of experience
in his industry and holds four patents as well as an Academy Award for Technical Achievement for Camera.

Jeff speaks with passion about Avid and its future. “It’s an amazing company, a New England Company that Bill Warner started back in 1987. The footprint that we have is not just for the creatives in Hollywood, but for the industry as a whole.” Avid provides collaborative solutions for the entire production team whether it be film, television or music production. Jeff affirms, “Avid is a unique technology firm. We obviously have a lot of tools that we use to help the creative community with their storytelling and what they are trying to do.”

Avid will shine in Las Vegas at Avid Connect, a function of the Avid Customer Association (ACA) that precedes NAB). He calls it the NAB primer. In five years, the ACA has grown to over 25,000 participants who provide feedback on how the technology Avid provides can work for them in the future. They vote and Avid listens.

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Elaine Rogers Reps Sonja O’Hara Inking Huge Deal for Scripted “Astral” Series

Adaptive Studios, which recently rebooted HBO’s Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has acquired the rights to Astral, a dramatic thriller digital series created by Canadian filmmaker and actress Sonja O’Hara.

Sonja O'Hara Astral
Sonja O’Hara walking the red carpet at 2017 Streamy Awards where O’Hara was nominated for “Best Indie Series” for “Doomsday”.

O’Hara (Amazon’s Creative Control) is also set to act and direct in the short-form series, a rare inclusion for indie episodic acquisitions. O’Hara, who is a speaker this week on the Indie TV panel at SXSW, said, “This is the time to be a female filmmaker and I’m excited to collaborate with Adaptive Studios to bring this provocative, inclusive, feminist story to life.”

Series Synopsis:

ASTRAL is a provocative digital series that follows three unfulfilled millennial girls who share an out-of-body experience in a packed subway car and are scouted to attend an exclusive academy of Astral Projection.

About Sonja O’Hara:

Sonja O’Hara in “Ovum”

O’Hara landed the overall deal by meeting Adaptive‘s VP of Development, Digital at ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) in Manchester, Vermont, a boutique festival for the world’s best indie creators and executives, where O’Hara’s previous series Doomsday won “Best Series”.O’Hara previously created and starred in Doomsday, a critically acclaimed web series she made independently (see the first two episodes on Amazon Prime). Her pilot was awarded “Best Series” at ITVFest, HollyWeb Fest and Brooklyn WebFest and was nominated for the 2017 Streamy Award and the 2018 Indie Series Award. She also won “Best Director” at the prestigious New York Television Festival and was chosen as one of the “Ten Filmmakers To Watch” by Independent Magazine.

Elaine Rogers
Elaine Rogers of Meister, Seelig & Fein

O’Hara is repped by Elaine M. Rogers of Meister Seelig & Fein and managed by Pulse Films.

About Adaptive Studios:

Adaptive Studios, the studios behind Coin Heist (Netflix), has made a push into digital content with the launch of The Runner for Verizon’s go90. The upstart studio that has put an emphasis on short-form content for digital platforms, has closed a $16.5 million Series B round of funding, led by AMC Networks with participation from Atwater Capital. Adaptive’s partners to date have included HBO, Netflix, Verizon, Miramax, FX Networks, YouTube Red, Fox Animation, 21 Laps, Lionsgate, Gunpowder & Sky, Bona Fide Production and Blackpills. The series will be executive produced by Perrin Chiles, TJ Barrack, Marc Joubert, Stephen Christensen and Kate Grady.

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Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Announces 2017 Nominations


Boston MA – Nominations for the 24th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group’s nominating committee this past weekend.
Luca Guadagnino’s lush coming of age CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was dominant among the 36 films nominated, winning 9 nods, including Director, Production Design and Best Actor. Placing second was I, TONYA, starring Margot Robbie, which earned 7 nominations including Best Actress and Editing.

Both films were also among the Best Movie nominations. The other films rounding out that category were Japanese legend Koreeda’s AFTER THE STORM; LITTLE BOXES, starring Nelsan Ellis in his last role; and Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON, which was the 3rd most nominated film, garnering 6 nods.

More than 20% of the nominated films this year were helmed by women, including BEACH RATS’ Eliza Hittman, who earned a spot in the Best Director category. Other films with female directors that got nominated were MUDBOUND, Dee Rees’ stunning sophomore effort; FACES PLACES, legendary filmmaker Agnes Vardas’ likely last film; and the charming feline doc KEDI, Ceyda Korun’s debut feature film.

In the Society’s most prestigious category, the Buried Treasure, the nominees are: DAVE MADE A MAZE, a unique adventure film about a frustrated artist and his creation; the compelling documentary THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, about an icon of the queer and trans movements; Dee Rees’ MUDBOUND, a story of 2 families working the same land in 40s Mississippi; PATTI CAKE$, whose eponymous white lead dreams of being a rapper; the latest from the Dardennes brothers, psychological drama THE UNKNOWN GIRL; and WINDOW HORSES, an animiated film based on a graphic novel written by its Asian-Canadian director.

The Buried Treasure is the only category with eligibility requirements:
nominated films must have earned less than $250,000 in its U.S. theatrical run. Members submit 1 film they feel strongly was given distributional short shrift and deserve a wider audience. Once the final ballot is set, all members voting in the category must verify that they have watched at least 5 of the nominated films.

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film highlights its commitment to independent and foreign film in style, holding its CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS ceremony in early spring. This latest edition will be an intimate dinner held Sunday March 18th at a venue to be announced later in the month, and the public is invited to join Chlotrudis and members of Boston’s film community.

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group that teaches people to view film actively and experience the world through independent film, and encourages discussion. The group works with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers.

Visit its website, www.chlotrudis.org, for more information, and join its Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest news.

Here follows the complete list of the nominations for the 24th Annual Chlotrudis Awards:

After the Storm
Call Me By Your Name
I, Tonya
Little Boxes

Dave Made a Maze
The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Patti Cake$
The Unknown Girl
Window Horses

Hirokazu Koreeda for After the Storm
Eliza Hittman for Beach Rats
Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name
Kogonada for Columbus
Brett Haley for The Hero
Jim Jarmusch for Paterson

Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name
Sam Elliott for The Hero
Nelsan Ellis for Little Boxes
Harry Dean Stanton for Lucky
Ethan Hawke for Maudie
Adam Driver for Paterson

Brooklynn Prince for The Florida Project
Margot Robbie for I, Tonya
Aubrey Plaza for Ingrid Goes West
Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water
Holly Hunter for Strange Weather

Michael Stuhlbarg for Call Me By Your Name
Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project
Barry Keoghan for The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Bill Paton for Mean Dreams
Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water

Kirin Kiki for After the Storm
Bria Vinaite for The Florida Project
Laura Prepon for The Hero
Allison Janney for I, Tonya
Golshifteh Farahani for Paterson
Carrie Coon for Strange Weather

Call Me By Your Name
I, Tonya
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Little Hours
The Shape of Water

Call Me By Your Name
Dave Made a Maze
The Shape of Water

Samuel DeShors for Call Me By Your Name
Elisha Christian for Columbus
Pascal Marti for Frantz
Andrew Droz Palermo for A Ghost Story
Dan Laustsen for The Shape of Water

A Ghost Story
Good Time
I Am Not Your Negro
I, Tonya

Call Me By Your Name
Good Time
I, Tonya
The Lure
Phantom Thread

Call Me By Your Name
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Little Hours

After the Storm
I, Tonya
The Salesman

Abacus: Small Enough to Fail
City of Ghosts
Faces Places
I Am Not Your Negro

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All About Our 2018 Imaginnaires Awards!

First of all, Happy New Year everyone!

While 2017 definitely had its ups and downs, we are very happy to be promoting 2018 as the Year of the Woman in the New England region as well as on the national stage! To kick off this new era in the industry, Imagine News is throwing its annual Imaginnaires Gala TOMORROW night. January 9th, from 7pm to 10pm at the beautiful Venezia restaurant just south of Boston. Imagine, stunning views of the Boston skyline over the water, amazing food, great drinks, and one of the local industry’s top annual networking opportunities New England’s film & television movers and shakers converge to celebrate those who have made a strong impact over the past year.

We have been sending out regular announcements about honorees and presenters and, in case you missed it, would like to offer an overview of them all here. Read on!


The Year of the Woman – Our “Imaginnaires”

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante mega-supporter of
Film Tax Credits.

State Rep Ann-Margaret Ferrante
State Rep Ann-Margaret Ferrante

Casey Sherman, author of “The Finest Hours” and “Boston Strong” will be presenting to Massachusetts Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester, an articulate and significant supporter of MA Film Tax Credits.

Rhode Island Film Office Assistant/Director Carol Conley supports Independent Filmmakers.

Carol Conley Rhode Island TV and Film Office
Carol Conley

Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office is presenting to Carol Conley – Carol is a constant in that office supporting major studio and independent filmmakers who develop and bring their work to the Ocean State. She also directed and produced the award winning short film PENTITENCE.

Casting Director Lisa Lobel consistently casts Boston’s best performers.

Casting Director Lisa Lobel
Casting Director Lisa Lobel

Angela Peri, Boston Casting Founder and Casting Director will present to Boston Casting’s Lisa Lobel. Lisa is the driving force behind the Performance Institute at Boston Casting bringing major learning opportunities to performers in New England.

WIFV/NE’s Juliet Schneider who went the extra mile to save WIFV/NE in New England.

Juliet Schneider
Iridium Productions President Juliet Schneider

Alecia Orsini, President of Women in Film and Video in New England presents to Juliet Schneider, a freelance animator and owner of Iridium Productions. Juliet has served on the WIFVNE Board since 2011, and is the Immediate Past President and she always goes the extra mile for its membership.

Our “Shooting Star” is Ava Fratus, a very young woman born to perform.

IMAGINE’s Shooting Star is Ava Fratus, the young star of the film SNOWLAKE. She was born to perform. Photo courtesy of Goldilocks Productions.

Ava always knew she wanted to be a performer; that she was born to do it. And lucky for this little girl from Boston, the people around her knew it, too. And now, thanks to her performance in the film SNOWFLAKE, we all know it now.

Producer Kristen Lucas, Goldilocks Productions, will introduce Ava and present her with her “Shooting Star” Award. Lucas discovered Ava when judging a talent contest. She knew at once she had found her “Snowflake,” a script she had in development for some time. SNOWFLAKE won an award at the Boston International Film Festival and Ava won Best Actress at the Shawn Shea Memorial Film Festival.

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