Hollywood Camera Seminar May 3-12 with Discount for WIFC Members

Hollywood Camera Work is putting on their final seminar series in Chicago May 3-12. The three-part series includes a Green Screen Intensive and two Camera Directing workshops: Raw Techniques and the Masterclass in Staging and Blocking. These courses are especially beneficial for female directors looking to increase their confidence and the ability to retain authority on-set. This has been a major issue for many women who have had the experience of having their power undermined by a male DP.
WIF Chicago members are offered a 15% discount!
Here is a link to the Website: http://www.hcwseminars.com



Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith

A Film by Women in Film Members Shuli Eshel (36 minutes, 2013)

Place: At the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc.

31 W Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654

(Between State and Dearborn)

Date: Sunday May 19, 2013

Time: Doors open at 3:00 PM for tickets (close at 5:00 PM)

3:30 PM—-Short introduction by Shuli Eshel

Screening of documentary

Followed by a Q & A and DVD signing

Admission: $5

Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith recounts the life of Shuli Eshel, an Israeli born Chicago filmmaker, as she reconnects with her childhood passion for dancing through Salsa. The documentary weaves the themes of family, survival, friendship, love, marriage, divorce, feminism and peace activism. Shuli’s film career has been driven by her feminist consciousness and her passion to make this a better world. Clips from her documentaries highlight work that proved important, ground-breaking firsts in Israel and the United States. Chicago’s multi-racial and multi-ethnic Salsa community join Shuli as they relate their passion for Salsa and underscore Shuli’s belief that “It is NEVER too late to reconnect with your childhood passion or any passion you might have, and use it for the rest of your life”.

For more information contact Shuli at eshelred@aol.com 773-868-4140

DVD Premiere Special $20, (retail price is $29.99)

For more information contact Shuli at eshelred@aol.com, 773-868-4140

Parking: Lots of Street Parking on Sunday OR 12 hours in the parking garage located within the Grand Plaza building. Garage entrance is directly adjacent to the Instituto Cervantes lobby on Ohio, as well as one block south on Grand. $8.00 with validation from the center.


Doc Screening at IIFF

Today We Saw the Face of God, by director Mercedes Kane, about a Chicagoland medical team during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, will screen at the Illinois International Film Festival in Chicago the weekend of 12/1.

To learn more or purchase tickets, please click here.

DP Lisa Wiegand Speaks to WIFC

Detroit native and LA based cinematographer Lisa Wiegand met with us in July at Daufenbach Camera. Wiegand discussed her current dream project as

Director of Photography on the hit NBC series Chicago Fire. The fire-fighting drama is shot entirely in Chicago and stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, David Eigenberg, Monica Raymond and Lauren German.

Wiegand has an extensive career photographing award-winning independent features and television. She’s worked on shows including Necessary Roughness, Dollhouse and The Wedding Band, an upcoming musical comedy starring Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau and Melora Hardin, about a group of guys who are very serious about playing cover songs at weddings and large events. The one-hour series is set to premiere on TBS later this year.

Wiegand has also been featured several times in American Cinematographer Magazine and was awarded for her “Excellence in Cinematography” by the American Society of Cinematographers. Her films have been distributed in theaters, on television, and DVD as well as seen in festivals around the world.

WIFC Annual Members Only Meeting


WIFC held their Annual Meeting in May at Chicago’s Rock Bottom Brewery. The annual members only event offers an opportunity to meet and hear nominees and current board members present a brief overview of their committees and goals for the organization. Chicago’s first woman of film and Publisher/Editor of ReelChicago.com, Ruth Ratny delivered a keynote address.