May 15th African-American Women in Film (AAWIC) Encore Series provided great insight about what it takes to work in the entertainment industry. The event, which was titled, “An Evening with Roni Wheeler,” explained more about line producing, budgeting and union contracts.
Terra Renee of AAWIC explained more about the organization. “African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness of talented women filmmakers,” she said. AAWIC’s website goes into detail about the organization, stating that AAWIC is dedicated to creating a showcasing platform for novice and experienced filmmakers, directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers. “It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals,” states the site.
AAWIC’s mission also includes creating, exploring, and expanding opportunities for minority women filmmakers within the entertainment industry through publicizing and increasing different filmmaking resources; showcasing the work of minority women filmmakers through script readings, film festivals and other developmental projects; producing industry panel discussions, seminars, and workshops; and developing a database of contacts within the film and television industries as well as providing general information to minority women in the entertainment industry.
The Women in Film Encore Series is one of the events AAWIC uses to help foster relations and contacts within the entertainment industry.
“This series have been designed to educate those who are looking to gain insight about various careers within the film and television industry,” said Renee. The event’s guest speaker, Roni Wheeler, is a professional who has worked over 15 years in the industry. Wheeler’s credits include Waiting to Exhale, Ghost, Single White Female, Law & Order, and The Chris Rock Show.
Renee said the series was promoted “[t]hrough our e-blast list as well as social media which include Facebook and Twitter.” The promotion—and the event—were very successful.
“The event went very well,” said Renee. “Those who have attended received the information that they were looking for. The best part of the event was when our speaker told some behind the scene stories which were funny, surprising and inspirational.”
If you’re thinking about creating your own type of film series, Renee states to build your audience. “Continue to plan and keep up the momentum once you get started, your audience will build!” she said.