2013 Industry Panel

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sandbox Williamsburg

257 Grand Street
(corner of Roebling Street)

(For directions visit our Venues page)


3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Getting It Made: Production Tips From Women Who Make Films
Presented by Center for Active Learning

Whether you’ve got an idea for a script floating around in your head, or you’re working on a project that you need a little guidance with, this panel of distinguished filmmakers have the answers to all of your questions.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Project Development – Getting the idea on paper
  • Casting Getting the right actors
  • Budgeting – The No/Lo budget project
  • Funding – Crowdfunding strategies and finding grants
  • Marketing – Getting people to see your work




Terra Renee

For the past 15 years, Terra Renee has served as the Founder and President, of African American Women In Cinema Organization, Inc. (AAWIC). AAWIC is dedicated to providing a platform and showcase for experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors. The organizations’ mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. Before she founded AAWIC, Terra studied filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), and film directing at the School of Visual Arts. Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Renee associate produced several independent films including," Island Alicia", a feature which was the official selection of the Cannes film festival UN Certain Regard category.

Ms. Renee has served as a judge for some of Hollywood's most prestigious awards such as the Emmy Awards, Student Academy Awards-Oscars, New York Film Festival and NATPE. Ms. Renee was featured in Essence Magazine representing the Wal-Mart Voices of Color Film Series. In addition, she was the recipient of 2011 NAACP Woman of the Year Award as well as the Living Legends Award by the New York Greater Chamber of Commerce.


Annette DantoAnnette Danto is a filmmaker and Professor in the Department of Film at Brooklyn College. A twice-awarded Fulbright Scholar in Filmmaking, she has directed documentaries for international nonprofit organizations including Pathfinder International, United Nations Development Fund for Women, the Ted Turner Foundation and the Gates Foundation. Her work has often been used to strengthen educational outreach campaigns addressing women’s health, economic development initiatives and girls education. Recent documentaries include: The Never Ending Path (2005), in permanent collections of 85 academic institutions globally, and Reflections On Media Ethics (2011). Danto holds degrees from McGill University, Columbia University and New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Grants/Awards include: Fulbright Scholar in Filmmaking (2002, 2004), Tow Fellowship (2004, 2008), Eastman Foundation Award (2007), Ted Turner Foundation (2001).


Angela Tucker is a writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature length documentary aboutAngela Tucker people who experience no sexual attraction available on iTunes and VOD this summer and Black Folk Don’t … a satirical, documentary web series in its second season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life.” She is a Co-Producer on The New Black, a feature length documentary currently in production about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements. The film was honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access. Angela is also the Series Producer for the PBS documentary series, AfroPop. She was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There, she produced several award winning documentaries including Pushing the Elephant (PBS’ Independent Lens) about a Congolese mother and daughter separated over 12 years. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where she was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship. Tucker is based in Brooklyn, NY and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl.

Eve Pomerance is Senior Producer at and co-founder of Major Motion Pictures, LLC. She has been working in the film industry for twenty years. She specializes in casting and arranging finance and distribution for movies. Her credits include: "As Good as Dead," "Festival of Light" "Bombays Most Wanted," "Until Dawn" (Sony Video Game), "Tim Maia" for Mauro Lima and "Mu Xim" for Tim Sternberg. her upcoming projects include: "Gurus and Gangsters," writer-director, Richard Squires; "Son of the South," writer-director Barry Brown, Co-Producer, Stephen Nemeth,  "Sleeping Shepherd," writer-director, Frank Hudec, Co-Producer, Stephen Nemeth, "Apparations," based on Raven Bowers Best Selling novel trilogy and "Pain" writer-director Stephen Weeks, "The Countess of Prague" a series for TV, writer-director, Stephen Weeks.


After several years of working in technology in hardware support and as a client/server application developer,  followed by stints in marketing and as a brick & mortar business owner, Stella McGovern decided to follow through on her entrepreneurial instincts and co-founded Crowdzu in 2012. She has also been a core team member of WILLiFEST since its inception.




The panel is being organized by and will be moderated by Joanna White-Oldham of the Center for Active Learning who has organized and moderated several panels and film screenings in the past. She is also the Panels Coordinator for WILLiFEST.



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