Women in Film and Video of Maryland

Behind the scenes

August 01, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To promote women in the film and television industries. Members are involved in various occupations within film, television and related industries, including producers, directors, stylists, casting directors and agents, actors, entertainment attorneys, composers, accountants, screenwriters, photographers and technicians. Founded in 1988, Women in Film and Video of Maryland is a founding chapter of Women in Film and Television International, a new umbrella organization for 40 WIFTI chapters worldwide.

Latest accomplishments: The group sponsored last year's world premiere of Steve Yeager's Sundance Award-winning film, "Divine Trash," a documentary about the early career of John Waters, at the historic Senator Theatre. Yeager and co-producer Cindy Miller are longtime WIFV members. April's Maryland premiere of "Mixed Blessings: How to Succeed Despite the Love & Support of Your Family" was a benefit event for WIFV and the Family Tree, a child-abuse-prevention organization. The film was written and produced by two WIFV members, Mary Hardcastle and Shelley Morhaim. WIFV sponsored the attendance of three stars -- Timothy Bottoms, Kim Lankford and Kelly Curtis. Also, WIFV members have written and produced public service announcements and informational videos for the Women's Housing Coalition, the House of Ruth and HERO (Health Education Resource Organization).

On the horizon: WIFV annually honors a woman in the film and television industry with the Charm City Award. This year's award will be presented to documentary filmmaker Lisa Lewenz at a dinner Sept. 30. Morgan State University student Samantha Codes will receive WIFV's first scholarship/mentorship award Sept. 9 during its monthly meeting.

About WIFV: Membership: 200. Operating budget: $10,000.

Where: P.O. Box 22841, Baltimore, 21203. Call 410-685-FILM.

Teresa Herold, president of the board of directors: "For many generations, women have been working in the area of film and television but haven't received the credit due to them. Getting the word out about women working in this business is what Women in Film and Video is all about. We have 41 chapters worldwide but are still trying to reach the women working in countries where politics keeps them from getting recognition."

Members of the board

Laureen Benson-Hall

Sharon Boyle

Ruth Brinkman

Carol Davis-Coughlin

Gayle V. Economos

Anne Frith

Jack Gerbes

David Keister

Tom Kiefaber

Gerald H. Lean

Maggie MacNamara

Dovile Mark

Frank Morgan

K.P. Morton

Samantha Poindexter

Martha Royall

Lisa Rene Scott

Susan Branch Smith

Donna Pia Vocci

John Waters

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