Ever find yourself struggling to make and commit to choices in auditions? On stage? In life? Learn how to say yes to yourself using the tools of improv comedy. Plus, find out how to apply these same techniques to support the choices of your scene partners. No improv experience necessary–just a willingness to say “Yes, And…”
Sarah Zureick-Brown is an Atlanta based writer and performer. She is graduate of the Meisner program at The Robert Mello Studio. Sarah performs regularly at Highwire Comedy Co. where she also teaches and coaches.
Highwire Comedy Co. is Atlanta’s source for improv, sketch, and standup comedy shows and classes. At Highwire, we train actors, writers, and people curious about comedy using a performance-centered approach. We empower our community of artists to create comedy in their own style on stage, script, and screen, and in turn, we entertain audiences with original scripted and improvised works. Find out more at www.highwirecomedy.com.
Guest teacher, Ken Feinberg, will be teaching this week.
Congratulations, you have a callback! Doing romantic comedy? What do you do? How can you make the most of your call back, while at the same time creating comedy and allowing yourself to be vulnerable and romantic?
In this class, you will receive sides ahead of time. Come in prepared to work. Actors might be paired with a partner or work alone. The first 14 actors to RSVP will be guaranteed to work. The rest will be dependent on time. Click here to register.
Award-winning director, master teacher and acting mentor Ken Feinberg will run the class as a film directors call back. Dress appropriately for a call back.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Short Film Showcase! We had a great turnout with over 100 people in attendance. Please see below for all the winners:
Best Short Film
Amanda Brooke Avery for LEAVING CHARLIE
Best Female Representation
Special Mentions/Jury Award
IN A HEARTBEAT
Special Mentions/Jury Award
For more information on the filmmakers and their films, please see below:
Directed by:Carrie Finklea
Set in Sicily, Abby meets her girlfriend’s conservative mother for the first time. When the encounter goes awry, she decides to take matters into her own hands –Italian style.
Directed by: Amanda Brooke Avery & Diane Calhoun
A young queer woman discovers and re-evaluates her boundaries in life and in her job as a stripper.
Directed by: Jessica Adler
With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.
Directed by: Lauryn Johnson
Fourteen year olds were interviewed with the objective of learning their story.
Directed by: Milad Jarmooz
Setareh has been abused by her husband the day after their wedding.
Directed by: Isabel Hickok
Bloom, whose literal Chinese translation is “flower open,” explores the story of Rose, an Asian-American woman who struggles to find self acceptance in spite of a societal white beauty standard that works against her.
Directed by: Sara Eustáquio
Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends. At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference. ‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
Directed by: Eva Kaminsky
A lonely New Yorker is forced to examine the monotony of her life when confronted with the terrifying possibility of attending her 25th High School Reunion.
Directed by: Howard J. Davis
Set in modern day Montréal “C’est Moi” explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France. How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?
An Actor Prepares?
Directed by: Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp
An ode to “An Actor Prepares” by Constantin Stanislavsky as a how-to instructional… Or more like a how-not-to.
Wonder Woman has become a global hit with both critical acclaim and large box office numbers. Much of this success has been down to one woman, director Patty Jenkins. She is the first female director to make a film with a budget over $100 million and now holds the record for the best box office debut for a female director. So far the film has grossed over $430 million worldwide.
Jenkins attributes the film’s success to the change in cinema audiences. The director told Forbes: “There was such a obsession in the industry that teenage boys are the primary target box office. That actually changed quite a while ago and the bottom fell out of that because of piracy. But the industry has had a hard time shifting to acknowledging that they need to hit a more diverse audience.”
Many females in the industry will be hoping that Wonder Woman is the first step to a big change in the film industry rather than an anomaly. The Forbes article notes that only 4% of directors in Hollywood are women and only a very small number work on the more popular action and thriller genres.
Wonder Woman is Patty Jenkins’ second feature film as a director. Her first was the highly acclaimed 2003 drama Monster starring Charlize Theron who won an Oscar for her role. The Hollywood Reporter attributes Wonder Woman’s success to the storytelling and direction of Monster. They believe that Jenkins’ deep understanding of characters, whether the story is about a serial killer or a superhero, is why audiences were able to connect with Wonder Woman.
It is a surprise then to realize how big the gap was between her two films. Despite directing several television episodes in the intervening years it is clear that cinema has missed out on a big talent. It is also fair to point out that if a male director had produced a debut film as successful as Monster the call from the studios would have come much sooner.
Wonder Woman has been seen as the first viable DC film to be in direct competition with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The other DC Universe films, Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, while performing well at the box office were not well received. In a twist of fate Jenkins was signed up to direct the second Thor film but left after creative differences over the film’s direction. Marvel’s loss has clearly been DC’s gain as Wonder Woman holds a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 66% for Thor The Dark World.
Interest in superheroes and supernatural humans is currently the most profitable genre in cinema. This knock on effect has been felt across the media with leading gaming site Slingo launching a slot game called Zeus based on the famous Greek god who also happens to be Wonder Woman’s father in the film. With the success of Wonder Woman, fans can expect even more games and movies that are indirectly linked to her powers and heritage.
While Jenkins is not officially singed on to direct the next Wonder Woman film it is highly unlikely that Warner Brothers will want to disrupt a winning formula. Now the rest of the film industry has to follow and start putting their trust in more female directors.
General Assembly | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
FREE for WIFTA Members | $20 for non-members
Join social media experts for a social media workshop geared toward film professionals in all aspects of the industry/ Learn how to brand yourself through various social channels to further your online presence.
Greer Howard and Beth Keener from The Local Lense and WIFTA Social Media Director Tammi Jones Tanaka will provide their perspectives during mini workshops followed by a Q&A at the end. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and beyond.
Attend 6:30-7:00PM for extra assistance. Arrive early for a mini workshop on how to set up social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Volunteers will be on hand to who need the most basic instruction on how to start a page.
Victoria Spencer Smith will be teaching this week!
The Actor Prepares will assist actors into getting behind the story through their own body and soul. This workshop will start with finding all the clues in the script then moving into the performance. Every actor will have an opportunity to take up their work as themselves merging with their character in the story. We will be working on famous movies and/or television scripts for this one.
June 27, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Atlanta Movie Tours 327 Nelson St SW Atlanta, GA 30313
Each year Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), often in conjunction with Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), hosts a short film showcase that highlights the work of talented filmmakers throughout the Southeast and beyond. There is a focus on uplifting the works of strong women filmmakers, crews, and leads. We accept entries from independent filmmakers from all genres – drama, comedy, action, sci-fi animation, spiritual/gospel, documentary and experimental.
In an effort to merge the art and film communities in Atlanta, WIFTA is connecting with local artists to to include a local performance art piece in the Showcase.