Past Events

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Film Funding Panel event. 


The most difficult aspect of a creative project is often how to fund it.  On October 9th, Women in Film Cincinnati brought together funders and filmmakers for a one-of-a-kind discussion on how to access funding from local foundations, arts organizations, companies and individuals.

WIF board member and NKU Professor Sara Drabik had many students attend. “Many young filmmakers are brimming with talent and ideas, but have no idea how to navigate the financial needs of a production,” says Drabik. “When access to free gear and facilities disappears after graduation, how do they connect with resources?”

“It took me a year to raise private funds for my PBS documentary “Cincinnati LEEDs the Nation,” says Laure Quinlivan, WIF Cincinnati board member and owner of LQ Consulting with 20+ years producing award-winning film and video. “Private donors like Frisch’s and The Wilder Foundation supported my film about our City’s sustainability and community engagement successes building District 3 Police HQ.  I trust many more local companies and individual donors may want to fund local filmmakers to support the arts and bring important local stories to light.”

Beth Sullebarger, Executive Director of The Stephen H. Wilder Foundation says her organization believes in film’s power to communicate. “I believe that film and video can reach and motivate people more effectively than print media can, and there’s a need for more local foundations to underwrite local filmmakers,” says Sullebarger.

Andrea Torrice, a Cincinnati-based documentary producer with a 20-year career of films covering issues including race relations, immigration and global warming, has received national attention and funding, but says local support has always been a struggle. “Local funding for these important issues was meager at best,” says Torrice. “And some funders have a policy of not funding documentaries.  Why? How will you keep our talented producers here if you don’t support our work?”

To explore this important issue, WIF’s October 9 panel discussion featured funders sharing criteria used to select projects, deadlines and best practices.

Panelists included:

KRISTEN SCHLOTMAN is the Executive Director of Film Cincinnati. She has been with the commission since 1997 and began by coordinating production. Her many credits include, The Blunderer, Carol, Miles Ahead, Ides of March, Secretariat, Dreamer, Traffic, In Too Deep, Seabiscuit and Elizabethtown.
JIM SZEKACS has worked for the Ohio Arts Council for more than 13 years, starting as a grants office associate.  As a regional organizational programs coordinator, Jim works with organizations applying to and receiving operational funding, project funding, and special initiative funding, including programming that builds cultural diversity. Wearing many hats within the agency, he is also the records retention specialist, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and the agency safety marshal. Jim received a B.A. from The Ohio State University, where he graduated with distinction in English literature and with a second major in political science. Jim also earned his Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to working for the OAC, Jim was a professional musician and has had work experiences in music instruction and education, as a music columnist, and in the credit investigation field.
DR. DAVID MERKOWITZ is the Assistant Director of Ohio Humanities. He joined the organization in 2011 after completing his doctorate in urban history at the University of Cincinnati. He has managed Ohio Humanities’ media grantmaking among other responsibilities since 2013. Originally from Cincinnati, he currently resides with his family in Westerville.
BETH SULLEBARGER has served as Chair of the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation for more than a decade. Established in the 1940s, the Wilder Foundation was created to support investigation of civic issues affecting Cincinnati. Projects supported by the Foundation include documentaries such as The New Metropolis, Trees in Trouble, the Lincoln School Story and Cincinnati LEEDs the Nation; America’s First Net Zero Energy Police Station. Beth has a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and 35+ years of experience working with government, developers, architects, and non profit organizations. She has also served on the Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board and as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association.
KARA SHIBIYA is the Director of Grant Programs for ArtsWave, Greater Cincinnati’s local arts agency and the nation’s first and largest united arts
fund.  She oversees all grantmaking programs and works with arts organizations to help advance ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action, a 10-year community investment strategy. Prior to ArtsWave, Kara worked as professional fundraiser for nearly a decade. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from New York University and a B.F.A. in Performing Arts from Northern Kentucky University. She is a member of Greater Cincinnati Impact 100.
COLLEEN O’CONNOR is the Workforce Development Director of Creative Professionals, and manages ArtWorks’ programming for professional artists and creative entrepreneurs. Specifically, she leads recruitment and workforce development training initiatives, builds partnerships, and helps set strategic goals and measure program impact. Colleen holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Dayton and completed her MA in Nonprofit Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Prior to joining ArtWorks in 2013, Colleen worked in New York City at the School of Visual Arts, as well as the Brooklyn Museum and various galleries. Colleen is extremely passionate about public art, community engagement and creative place making, and has curated two exhibitions (2012) on the impact of digital technology on perception and society.
JASON VAUGHN has been CEO of Cincinnati-based Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants since Spring 2016. Under his leadership, the Company has worked to celebrate, renovate, and innovate the brand – through menu development, significant infrastructure enhancements, more than 30 restaurant remodels, off-premise growth, and brand expansion including the recent opening of Frisch’s Carew Tower location downtown, and a new Dry Ridge KY location opening in September. Vaughn is active in the community as a board member for Adopt A Class, Centennial Ambassador for DAV, and member of Rotary International.

Filmmakers of various experience levels working in different genres will share short personal videos on a film funding experience.

Filmmakers included:

MEG HANRAHAN is an award-winning documentary maker, media producer, and owner of Meg Hanrahan Media. She recently completed A Force For Nature: Lucy Braun, a one-hour documentary for public television broadcast and public screenings. Her credits include two Emmy award winners: Sacred Spaces of Greater Cincinnati (2008) and Cincinnati Parks: Emeralds in the Crown (2009). She has museum installations at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cleveland Health Museum, and Ft. Worth Zoo. She is an adjunct in the eMedia Department at UC Blue Ash College, and is Vice President of the nonprofit Voyageur Media Group, Inc.  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

TARA JAYN & NATALIE LYNCH have been collaborating for many years, recently taking on the challenge of producing short films. After successfully fundraising for their short film, Imaginary Friends, and taking it to countless festivals, they self-produced a second short, Panic Button, and an on-going web-series titled Natalie and Tara Try Stuff. They are currently wrapping up writing their newest project, a web series, with intentions to crowd fund and film next year.
AYMIE MAJERSKI is a filmmaker with an extensive background in development, production and post-production spanning the past 15 years. As owner of Barking Fish, Aymie has developed and produced nationally recognized entertainment projects including: American Fighter with UFC’s Rich Franklin, Rebound: A Basketball Story with Nick Clooney, 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King with Pete Rose, 7 Below – a psychological thriller starring Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames, and many more. Aymie is skilled at bringing the pieces of a project together and seeing it through to final delivery. Aymie’s producing style combines a laid-back life philosophy coupled with un-compromised business acumen.
LAURE QUINLIVAN is a Peabody and EMMY award-winning documentary filmmaker and media producer. She is President of LQ Consulting, creating videos for companies and non-profits. Her documentary Cincinnati LEEDS the Nation: America’s First Net Zero Energy Police Station (2017) is airing on PBS and has had several local screenings. Laure’s 2001 documentary Visions of Vine Street helped spark the renaissance in Over the Rhine. Laure served 4 years on Cincinnati Council, and led WCPO-TV’s I-Team for 13 years. She’s on the board of Women in Film Cincinnati and active in Cincinnati Rotary Club.
PAMELA A. THOMAS is the Executive Director, Founder, CEO and Curator of Black Folks Make Movies (BFMM) and the FADE2BLACK Film Festival, Oct 11 -13, 2018.  She is originator & producer (with Bestor Cram, Northern Light Productions, Boston) of the award-winning documentary, Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies for PBS documentary series, The American Experience. Recognized as a critical lynchpin bridging the informational gap in Black cinema history, Midnight Ramble was ten years in the making.   Pam’s research and promotion of ‘race movies’ and early Black American cinema history has led to lecture engagements at Harvard, Howard, Boston College, Stanford and many universities, and Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History and the Hong Kong Film Center in China.
ALLYSON WEST is an award-winning producer and director based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is the founder and Creative Director of Cincinnati’s Cindependent Film Festival. The latest narrative from Turn West Productions, Texican, has attended 15 film festivals and won awards in 6 major categories as well as being nominated for over 30 honors in 2017. Allyson produces and hosts the weekly podcast, Script Shop, and creates live performance work in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a BFA in Acting from the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and studied under Barbara Marchant at the William Esper Studio in Manhattan, New York. Allyson serves as a judge for the Deep in the Heart Film Festival, the Twister Alley Film Festival, and was voted
“Best Local Filmmaker”  by Cincinnati CityBeat’s readers in 2018.

After the discussion, a spirited Q&A session commenced. Watch this space for video of the entire event, coming soon.

Sponsors of the event include the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation,The Westin, Barking Fish, LQ Consulting, and Woman’s City Club.  Women of Cincy is a partner with host Women in Film Cincinnati,







Cincinnati LEEDS the Nation
America’s First Net Zero Energy Police Station
Documentary by WIF member Laure Quinlivan
Sunday, October 1, 2017,  6 – 8 pm
Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place, Cincinnati 45204

Cincinnati LEEDs the Nation highlights Cincinnati’s environmental leadership and the unusually strong role the community played in the design and location of the new police district headquarters. The film illustrates how police and citizens can work together successfully to forge new bonds in a diverse and geographically expansive cluster of 14 west side neighborhoods comprising District 3.

Join us on Sunday, October 1 to celebrate Cincinnati’s first-in-the-nation accomplishment, meet the filmmakers and others who made it all possible.  We’ll have refreshments plus a post-film discussion featuring filmmaker Laure Quinlivan, videographers Glenn Hartong and Brendan Jeffrey and composer Alex McKenzie. Theater capacity is 200 and we ask that you register in advance to avoid over-filling the venue.  To reserve your seats, RSVP to (513) 402-2310 or write to us at including your name, contact info and number in your party.

Happy Hour Mixer, Wednesday May 3, 6 -8 pm

If you work in film, television, or digital media, join us to discuss how the new Cincinnati chapter of Women in Film might enahnce your career and film events.

Wine and light bites will be served.

Mini Microcinema 1329 Main St., OTR.

Women in Film Cincinnati presents the Insider’s Guide to Film Festivals
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The Insider’s Guide to Film Festivals

February 5, 2017

International film festival directors Anne Chaisson from The Hamptons International Film Festival, Deb Pinger from the Reel Abilities Film Festival and Mike McNamara from the MidWest Film Festival will talk about:

• What is hot on the film circuit?
• Which film festival best fits your work?
• What do you need to know before submitting your film?
• How can you meet film distributors?
• Why are film festivals important for filmmakers and communities?

Iron Jawed Angels
Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati Public Landing
Saturday, September 24, 2016  Screenings at 3 and 7 pm
Post-Film Discussion with Laure Quinlivan and Melissa Currence (3 pm), Melissa Godoy and Desirae Futel (7 pm).

An emotional and timely film, not shown in local theatres, IRON JAWED ANGELS is the story of how two feisty, smart, independent young women changed the course of American history.

Cincinnati World Cinema, the League of Women Voters and Women in Film Cincinnati present IRON JAWED ANGELS. Hilary Swank, Anjelica Huston, Julia Ormond & Frances O’Conner bring engaging, heartfelt performances to the true story of the lengthy struggle for American women’s right to vote.

Using contemporary music and modern cinematography, IRON JAWED ANGELS tells, in a way that is accessible and appealing to young and old alike, the little known story of how the Women’s Suffrage Movement overcame violence, imprisonment, divisive politics and an indifferent president to amend the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Voting is a hard-won, important civic responsibility – to encourage community participation tickets for this event are $5.00. For trailers, film and event details, speaker bios, directions and tickets, please visit or call 859 957 FILM for assistance.

Race to Execution
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
UC College of Law, 2540 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, 45221
5:30 Reception | 6:00 Screening | 7:00 Panel

Race to Execution
explores the deep and disturbing link between race and the death penalty in America. Following the stories of two Death Row inmates – Madison Hobley of Chicago, Illinois and Robert Tarver of Russell County, Alabama – the film interweaves their compelling personal stories together with groundbreaking scholarship. Revealing how race infects our capital punishment system, Race to Execution invites dialogue into the larger community about this systemic crisis within our justice system.

Race to Execution reveals that once a victim’s body is discovered, the race of the victim and the accused deeply influence the legal process: from how a crime scene is investigated, to the deployment of police resources, to the interrogation and arrest of major suspects, to how media portrays the crime, and ultimately, jury selection and sentencing. Beyond DNA and beyond innocence, the shameful open secret of our capital punishment system is — and always has been — a matter of race.