I make films like a girl

I make films like a girl. Well maybe not me, personally. See last night, Thursday August 18, 2016, instead of hosting my weekly Entrepreneur Social Club here at modernized historic venue NOVA 535, I spent time with WIFT. Wift who? Women In Film and Television. WIFT. WIFT Florida, specifically, tonight. The lovely ladies were here to schmooze, laugh and connect. To network and expand their contacts, and to enjoy time with fellow filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, cast and crew. Feature films and docs, web series and TV commercials, shorts and indie scripts, there was a bit of it all. The common thread here was the love of film. Everyone in attendance, no matter what set, or direction they’re coming from, are ALL film LOVERS. And some are lucky enough to do it for a living. Ready Set, ACTION!2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-phone-212605

Director and Screenwriter of “Cold Dead Hands” Lynne Hansen easily won the coolest T-Shirt award by sporting her I Make Films Like a Girl. After strolling through our gorgeous brick and bamboo courtyard, guests entering NOVA were all greeted warmly by the delightful Melissa McNerney Cooper. Then immediately introduced to the yummy smells and tastes of Asian Street Food from sponsor Hawkers, a fabulous new restaurant here in DTSP, located at 1235 Central Avenue. 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27362016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-phone-1853532016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-phone-1855282016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2771

One of tonight’s most colorful speakers was Rich Roddman, Color Corrector, of Silver Box Studios. Rich demonstrated the latest and greatest with DaVinci software. Who knew there was so much more to learn about color, thanks Rich!2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27382016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2789 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2741 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27432016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2764 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2767 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27702016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27762016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2782 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2784 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2786Was nice to see my pal Sophia, as lovely as ever. Good luck with your new salon!2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2794 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27962016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2832

Towards the end of the evening, people are mingling and enjoying each other, and I’m zipping around taking photos, and while they (below) were waiting for their DP to get his shot just right, I swooped in, BAMM!! SMILE!! BOOM!! FLASH!! POW! like the old Bat Man TV Show and was outta there with my prize photos!2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2798 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2800 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2801 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2805

Canadian filmmakers Marie-Claire Marcotte (above left) and Rebecca Nicole Davey (below facing us) were visiting from our fav northern neighbor, as they’ll be shooting some of their upcoming web series right here in St. Pete, a bit sunnier and warmer option to their lovely Toronto. Best of luck ladies! Let us know how we can help! PS for those not in ‘the know’ TIFF is one of the world’s BEST Film Festivals. I’ve been four times, and LOVED IT!! 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2806 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2809 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2812 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2814 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2816 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2818

I’m still unsure if I need to genuflect when in the presence of my long time pal Tony Armer, now the Commissioner of St. Pete Clearwater Film Commission. The ladies did always surround him before he was crowned, so it must be the brains, charm and handsome rugged good looks, and not (only, haha) that he may be able to get you a part in that upcoming film….. Tony!! 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2822 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2825 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-28272016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2843 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-28292016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2836 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-27932016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2838 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2839 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-2842 2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-phone-205901

I hope you all enjoyed our Thursday night adventures. Join us Thursdays for the Entrepreneur Social Club, 6:00 – 8:30 pm most always here at NOVA, except when we’re tossed out onto the streets, most willingly, by the lovely lady filmmakers! And if you are a lady in the film world, reach out to Rose Rosen of Casting by Rose, our hostess with the mostess (below right) and join her and the ladies of WIFT. Again it was a fabulous night, and as always it was great seeing our charming pal Jonathan Van Dyke (below to right of me). See you all at our wild, annual adults only Halloween party NOVAWEEN!!2016 0818 WIFT-Women-Film-TV-at-venue-NOVA-535-DTSP-phone-212919

PS If you are looking to host your own event here at our world-class historic venue NOVA 535, you can get started here, email sales(at)nova535.com or call/text us at 949.873.6682. Ciao for now!

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