Women in Film & Television - Atlanta 
WIFTA’s Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony recognizes those extraordinary individuals who have made valuable contributions to advancing the roles of women in the film and television industry. This year’s anniversary Gala promises to be a stellar event worthy of our impressive history as the 2nd oldest chapter of Women in Film in the country. Our honorees represent the epitome of success and are exceptional in their respective fields.  The Awards Ceremony serves as an opportunity for not only our Atlanta Chapter to applaud them for their outstanding achievements but also our local industry and community as well.


Jasmine Guy
~ Creative Excellence Award

Jasmine Guy danced her way into the heart of America with at the start of her career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. While in New York, Guy starred on Broadway in original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack as well as reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago. After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the pivotal role of “Whitley Gilbert” on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Living Single. Her most recent TV role as “Grams” on the popular series Vampire Diaries can be seen on the CW Network.

In addition to her impressive list on on-screen and on-stage cast mates, Guy has worked extensively in theater behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Miss Evers' Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Colored Museum, The Fourposter, The Nacirema Society, Broke-ology and Fool For Love; her most recent theatrical projects include God of Carnage at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, which is where she also directed the world premiere of the opera celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream.

Jennifer Brett
Individual Outstanding Contribution Award ~

Jennifer Brett is an accomplished journalist that has been keeping Atlanta in-the-know about what’s happening in the Atlanta entertainment industry for years. She shares her “insider information” via her Access Atlanta column, appropriately named The Buzz. Brett, a unique journalist, is known for dividing her attention equally to covering the major Hollywood studio films that are shooting in or have ties to Georgia as well as the independent productions that are shot here.

The Alliance Theatre
~ Organization Outstanding Contribution Award ~

The Alliance Theatre has become the lead producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people. They not only produce world-class work on stage, they also have one of the most successful and respected acting education programs in the country. The Alliance Theatre is a community of artists, administrators and business and civic leaders devoted to theatre arts and arts eduction. The people behind the Alliance Theatre include a dedicated staff , a generous volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and countless artists and instructors working to put the best theatre in the world on the stage every day.


Village Theatre is an improvisational comedy troupe that takes all of the material to fuel their stage performance from their audience. Since 2008, Village Theatre has been entertaining Atlantans (and even some Dora-Villians) with long and short form improv comedy multiple nights each week. Village Theatre's players bring experience from everywhere, including a spectrum of “day jobs,” that ranges from commercial real estate to medicine to law, and computery type things. All of this experience becomes fodder for spontaneous comedy. We’ve all gathered at the Village Theatre to improvise with a goal of always leaving our audiences wanting more.

Julie Gribble is an actress and country singer. Her resume is packed with national TV guest appearances, tours and festival appearances and she is also the face of brands such as Hotel Indigo. In addition, Gribble has numerous TV/Film licensing on major network shows, an endorsement with Martin Guitars and a large supporting role in a Sony Pictures film. Best part about all of this? She did it all on her OWN! Gribble is proof that hard work generosity, and honesty do pay off, which is why she's a perfect performer for the 2013 WIFTA Gala & Awards Ceremony.

WIFTA PSA Program - PSA Premiere
WIFTA, through its mentorship and PSA programs, generally creates at least one PSA for a deserving nonprofit each year. The Gala often serves as the inaugural public viewing of the PSA.

Student Scholarship Award Presentation
The recipient of this year’s Student Scholarship will be recognized along with our other honorees and awarded a check for $1,500 towards their education.

Silent Auction fundraiser
The Gala Silent Auction is WIFTA’s largest fundraising event of the year.  The proceeds of which enable us to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year.   Funds are also raised through sponsorships and a portion of the event’s ticket sales.

Past Gala Honorees

Jane Fonda* Producer, Activist & 2x Academy Award Winning Actress

Julia Roberts* Academy Award Winning Actress

Bonnie Arnold* Animation Film Producer, Toy Story; Associate Producer, Dances with Wolves

Patricia Neal Academy Award, BAFTA, Tony & Golden Globe Award Winning Actress

Grace Zabriskie Actress, Fried Green Tomatoes & TV’s Twin Peaks

Terry Tingle* Senior VP, Turner Entertainment

Vivian Jones* Executive Producer Karmavision Films

Michael Parver* CEO, Michael Parver & Associates Motion Picture Advertising & PR Firm

Rebecca Chase ABC News Correspondent

Monica Kaufman* 1st African American & 1st Woman News Anchor in Atlanta

Shay Bentley Griffin* Emmy Award Winning Casting Director

Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer, Iron Jawed Angels & The Namesake

Brenda Hampton* Creator/Producer TV’s 7th Heaven & Fat Actress

Kay Hallahan* Writer/Founding Member of WIFTI

Deidre McDonald* Emmy Award Winning Producer & Educator

Debra Martin Chase Famed Producer, Princess Diaries & The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Creative Excellence Award

Julie Dash Director Daughters of the Dust 1st Feature Film theatrically distributed by an African American Woman, Outstanding Achievement Award

Maria Fleet* Producer & Cinematographer Outstanding Contribution Award

Fran Burst Terranella* Award Winning Director & Producer Outstanding Contribution Award

Kathleen Fitch* Vice President Post Production, Crawford Communications

Myrna Moore* Emmy Award Winning Producer & Host, Turner Broadcasting

Annette Stillwell* Casting Director & CFO of Stillwell Casting

Melissa Goodman* Executive Director of SAG/AFTRA, Outstanding Contribution Award

James Ivory Award Winning Director, Merchant Ivory Films, Lifetime Achievement Award

Suzan Satterfield* Emmy Nominated Filmmaker, Outstanding Achievement

Elisabeth & Afemo Omilami* Actors & Activists; Directors of Hosea Feed the Hungry, Humanitarian Award

Tracy Martin* Award-Winning Filmmaker & Creator of The Woman’s Angle, Woman to Watch Award

Eleanor Ringel* Acclaimed Film Critic, Creative Excellence

Janet Tiller* Account Manager, Eastman Kodak, Outstanding Contribution

Bailey Barash* Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker & Producer

Angi Bones* & Dianne Ashford* Creators & Founders of Symmetry Entertainment

Crystle Clear Roberson* Award Winning Filmmaker & PSA Director

Rhonda Barrymore* Motion & Still Picture Make-up Artist & Founder of Help Me Rhonda Cosmetics

Teresa Dickey* Vice President & General Manager of Cinema Concepts

Cheryl Dunye Award Winning Director & Writer

Gala Highlights Include:

The WIFTA 39th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony, which is being sponsored in part by GWCC, Oz Magazine, Projections, Inc. and Pink Productions will be held on October 20, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom (bldg B) starting at 7:30pm. GWCC is located at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA. The event is open to the public but tickets are required; they're currently on sale. Go to www.wifta.org. The evening promises to be an unforgettable evening with a phenomenal roster of honorees and performers. Here's a look at the line up:


Melissa Bernstein & Mark Johnson
~ Industry Trailblazer Award

Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are the Executive Producers behind two of the most talked about TV shows today. Breaking Bad has been nominated for, and won, Emmy and other awards; Rectify, just released in 2013, is already following suit with a TCA Award nomination under its belt already. Clearly, the pair knows how to make good TV...and they’re sure to see repeat success with their third show, also shooting in Georgia: Halt & Catch Fire. While certainly notable for his television credits, Johnson is also the Producer / Executive Producer behind several unforgettable movies. The short list of his most memorable films include: Rain Man, The Notebook, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, My Sister’s Keeper, What Lies Beneath, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. With the girth of work that this duo has contributed to the entertainment industry and the successes of those works, it’s clear why WIFTA has chosen Bernstein and Johnson as its 2013 Industry Trailblazer Award recipients.

Melissa McBride
~ The Georgian Award

A veteran commercial, voice and television actress, Melissa McBride began her acting career shortly after college. She made her prime-time network television debut guest-starring on Matlock opposite the late Andy Griffith in a two-part special.

Additional credits include The Mist, directed by Frank Darabon; the festival award-winning film Lost Crossing, directed by Eric Blue; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, directed by Peter Care and produced by Jody Foster. For television. McBride's appearances include Dawson's Creek, Walker Texas Ranger, Profiler and American Gothic; the television movies Living Proof with Harry Conick, Jr., Pirates of Silicon Valley with Noah Wyle; and A Season In Purgatory based on the book written by Dominick Dunne, with Patrick Dempsey; along with numerous television commercials.

In the music scene, McBride played "Lucy, the messed up dressed up waitress opposite Martin Sheen in Diamond Rio's music video "It's All In Your Head." She was the voice double for Anne Bancroft in the 2008 animated feature Diego.

In addition to her on-camera and voice acting, McBride has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.

McBride currently stars at "Carol Peletier" on AMC's The Walking Dead.

Maria Howell
~ The Georgian Award

Maria Howell stars as Grace in NBC's "Revolution." Howell is an actor, singer and voiceover artist. She is often remembered as the choir soloist from the movie "The Color Purple" but has certainly gone on to make her mark as an accomplished performer since then. As an actress, Howell has appeared in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, Meet The Browns and House of Payne. Her other television credits include Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, Vampire Diaries, Past Life, Detroit 1-8-7, as well as the acclaimed theatrical release The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. She worked alongside Mario Van Peebles and Wendy Raquel Robinson in the series The Game, on Queen Latifah's Single Ladies, and on USA's hit show Necessary Roughness. Most recently, she played Cameron Diaz's doctor in What to Expect When You're Expecting, and the role of “Mrs. Easle” in the movie Firelight, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Throughout her career, she has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia, Howell relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and performed weekly at Sambuca Jazz Cafe for nine consecutive years--from 2002 to its closing in December 2010. She and pianist Bill Wilson held the distinction of being the longest-running act at the Atlanta location. Howell has released several CD recordings, with the most recent release titled "Reflections," a retrospective collection.

Columbus, Georgia's Ink (Atia Boggs) and Brunswick, Georgia's Jow (Joseph Davis) are the unbelievable team that make up the musical phenomenon known as Vintage Nation. This acoustic duo has an unbelievable, even unimaginable, sound that few musicians, singers, songwriters can bring. Soulful, rich earthly and rhythmic, this duo breaks the mold of any genre of music Theirs is a fusion of sounds inspired by some of the top acts in the music industry--Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman just to name a few. As a result, Vintage Nation's music is a blend of smooth, smart lyrics gently bathed in sweet yet energetic harmonies. That, coupled with Jow and Ink's guitar-strumming, produces a sound that penetrates audiences right down to your core from the very first note.

Project 7 is a one-of-a-kind professional contemporary dance company that brings an energized sense of contemporary dance to Atlanta through engaging experiences with our audiences, giving back to the community, and setting a positive example for young dancers. Under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham, Project 7 members commit to the company with the utmost professionalism and are performers, leaders, and educators in all disciplines of dance. Since its establishment in 2007, Project 7 has been recognized in Dance Magazine for its "edgy, explosive L.A. contemporary jazz" style. Founder, director, and choreographer, Cherrise Wakeham, has had her work with Project 7 reviewed by ArtsCritic ATL as being a "contemporary style with an undercurrent of risk-taking and emotional honesty." The company has been invited to both The Joyce Theatre and Pulse National Galas in New York City. Entering their seventh season, Project 7 continues to bring their style of movement to the Atlanta area by hosting workshops at local studios, guest performing for charitable events, and producing 2 full-evening length shows.

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