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AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase, New Participants

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2012 at 11:53AM

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women showcase will take place at the DGA Theater May 8. Each year, the Directing Workshop for Women offers eight women who have established themselves within the industry a tuition-free program of hands-on and classroom production experience as well as the chance to direct a short film.
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The AFI Directing Workshop for Women showcase will take place at the DGA Theater May 8. Each year, the Directing Workshop for Women offers eight women who have established themselves within the industry a tuition-free program of hands-on and classroom production experience as well as the chance to direct a short film.

The May 8 showcase, featuring guest speaker Neema Barnette ("Woman Thou Art Loose: On the 7th Day"), will screen works from directors Trisha Gum, Mako Kamitsuna, Bridget Palardy, Jane Pickett, Denise Plumb, Anika Poitier, Kit Pongetti and Wenhwa Ts’ao.

The next cycle of the program has just kicked off with emerging directors Shaz Bennett, Catherine Dent, Antoneta Kastrati, Lauren Ludwig, Stephanie Martin, Juliana Pernaranda-Loftus, Lisanne Sartor and Sarah Shapiro.

Here's more on DWW alumnae below, along with a video of the 2011 program:

Launched in 1974, over 250 women have been trained through this prestigious American Film Institute program. Notable alumnae include Tricia Brock (30 ROCK, BREAKING BAD, GREY’S ANATOMY), Jennifer Getzinger (MAD MEN, THE KILLING), Lesli Linka Glatter (MAD MEN, HOUSE, THE CLOSER), Randa Haines (CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, DANCE WITH ME) and Maya Angelou (DOWN IN THE DELTA), to name a few. Six AFI DWW alumnae were recently selected for the 31-participant 2012-2014 ABC-DGA Directing Program, which affords participants the opportunity to shadow veteran episodic directors and develop relationships with Disney-ABC Television Group network and studio executives: Velvet Andrews-Smith (Class of 2010), Amy French (Class of 2010), Lily Mariye (Class of 1999), Kimberly McCullough (Class of 2010), Casey Stangl (Class of 2007) and Jude Weng (Class of 1998). Karamuu Kush, a 2010 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program, was also selected for the ABC-DGA Directing Program.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.