Where are Women are Finding Success Directing Films? Infographic with Latest Stats

We all know that women do not dominate in the area of female directors, but did you know that there have only been fours (4) who have been nominated for an Oscar in 85 years?

Women in Film

Check out this infographic from Fandor, an online streaming movie service with a global library of independent films. The infographic offers up-to-date statistics including the recent (and relative) success in independent film for female directors.

Fandor Womens Directors Infographic

Fandor Womens Directors Infographic

21st Annual Pan African Film Festival Red Carpet on Opening Night

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Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Stephanie Garrett, were invited to come out and cover the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) for the opening night at the Director’s Guild (DGA) in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles premiere of “Vipaka,” directed by Philippe Caland. This year, PAFF selected 154 films, representing 34 countries (23 documentaries, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts).

Watch the 24 Video Interviews from the Red Carpet on YouTube

We interviewed Al Thompson, Ali Allie & Ruben Rey, Anne Marie Johnson, Antonique Smith, Antwone Fisher,Ramin Niami, Conroe Brooks, Dennis White, Elias Mael,Ella Joyce, JaNet DuBois, Jimmy-Jean Louis, Leon, Loretta Devine, Monica Calhoun,Pascal Atuma,Reatha Grey,Reggie Gaskins, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Dondre Whitfield, Tim Holmes, Trae Ireland, Vanessa Bell Calloway,  Vishnu J. Seeshai, and Wendell James.

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About PAFF
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is gearing up to take movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe. The film festival is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. Visit the PAFF website at www.paff.org. Follow the Festival at www.twitter.com/_PAFF

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12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival – Closing Night

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Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Stephanie Garrett, were invited to come out and cover the 12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival closing night at the Montalban Theater, in Hollywood. The Hollywood Black Film Festival ends on October 28th 2012. For more information on the 2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival please visit www.hbff.org.

"24 Hour Love" (Closing Night Film)
The greatest feeling in the world is when you learn to love! This feature showcases seven stories of everyday people experiencing love, laughter, life and relationships of the heart. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly….It’s all here. 24-Hour Love…what a difference a day makes! Writer, Don B. Welch , Director, Fred Thomas, Producer(s), Eric Tomosunas, Don B. Welch, Cast: Malinda Williams, Tatyana Ali, Keith Robinson, Eva Marcille, Flex Alexander, Chico Benymon with Lynn Whitfield and Darius McCrary

About the HBFF

Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.

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Thanks to Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations for the invitation.

12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival

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Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Stephanie Garrett, were invited to come out and cover the 2th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival opening night at the Montalban Theater, in Hollywood. The Hollywood Black Film Festival ends on October 28th 2012. For more information on the 2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival, and see a full line up of events, visit www.hbff.org.

Opening Night Red Carpet: “Note To Self” centers around a handsome and popular student-athlete who embarks on a journey of self-realization while navigating the choppy waters of a love triangle. The film stars Christian Keyes, LeToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Brian McKnight, Eva Marcille, Clifton Powell, Valarie Pettiford, Jason Weaver, Brely Evans, Sebastian Siegal, Willie Taylor, Mishon Ratliff, Brian McKnight, Jr. and more. Trey Haley directs from a script by Christian Keyes. Following the screening there was a Q&A with the director, writer and cast, and a college-themed after-party afterwards.

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About the HBFF
Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.

For more of Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report coverage please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook here:

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Thanks to Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations for the invitation.

How You Can Make the Most of #WebSeriesChat on Twitter

Why #WebSeriesChat?

Over a year ago Patrick from Slebisodes and Stephanie from MingleMediaTV decided to host a weekly chat to help bring together independent filmmakers, writers, actors, fans, producers of web series to share ideas and build community.

Initially, we were pulling in guests which was really fun to meet people outside of the LA web series world and then we would have topics from funding to marketing to budgets. But sometimes it gets old. We have always been open to suggestions from our community and have supported community events from festivals to Celebrate the Web.

With that said – there are some rules of the road that we all should follow. Here’s the business side of my brain along with feedback we’ve seen from others in the community who have tried to join the chat but have found it somewhat disjointed at times.

We are not “Cat Herders” 

  • We announce via Twitter and Facebook the topic of the day before #WebSeriesChat starts, we also tweet it during the chat – so @MingleTVNetwork @Slebisodes or searching on #WebSeriesChat in Twitter will provide you with what we are talking about for that week.
  • If we have an invited guest, we encourage you to join in the conversation and ask questions about their series or expertise.
  • We ask that you keep OFF TOPIC conversations off #WebSeriesChat during the hour – you are free to chat with anyone on Twitter – but keep the #WebSeriesChat hashtag off if it is not related to the current topic
  • We ask that you keep your promo tabled until the end of chat as the last 5 minutes are dedicated to self-promo.

Respect your fellow creator.

Twitter is not like a BlogTalkRadio or Stickam show where the hosts can hold the conversation / topic without being interrupted by the chat room. In a Twitter chat – your off-topic tweets are in the stream. These tweets to other participants are a distraction and are disrespectful to the guests who have agreed to join the chat and share their expertise for that brief time period.

  • If you don’t like the conversation topic – then don’t use the #WebSeriesChat hashtag and hold your own conversations separately.
  • If you don’t like the conversation topic – and have a topic you’d like covered – tweet to @Slebisodes or @MingleMediaTV and suggest it for coverage for a future #WebSeriesChat session – that way your topic will get the attention it deserves
  • The weekly #WebSeriesChat is hosted by @Slebisodes @MingleMediaTV and we’re the hosts and the leaders of the “show” – so respect us, the guests and or the topic selected for the week – we’re trying to support the community and it is not all about YOU when it’s time for the weekly #WebSeriesChat on Twitter – it’s about the topic/guest.

With that said – we are huge supporters of the Web Series community – we provide services to many web series by promoting their series through listings and hosting on our respective sites. We are panelists at festivals and industry events and have made the weekly chat something we didn’t give up on like so many others before or during us – it’s not easy to promote and hold chat every week – and we do it. We also are trying to bring NEW people into chat so you are exposed to other ways to launch your series successfully.

You may agree that sometimes the topic has been beaten to death over and over  in chat and nothing new is shared – hence the need to come up with new and fresh topics that are planned by @Slebisodes & @MingleMediaTV for that next #WebSeriesChat.

There are other weekly chats from other industries on Twitter and they are very focused and the audience is very in-tune with what is going on for that week. We want #WebSeriesChat to be fun and engaging – but if you aren’t happy with the topic, you don’t have to stay and disrupt it – we won’t hold it against you.

We want to make this chat something that helps all involved with web series meet new people, learn new things and we always welcome your suggestions AHEAD of TIME to making it even better.

Thanks for participating and supporting the weekly chat.

Melody Storm at the Bel-Air Film 2011 Festival Red Carpet Opening Night

The 4th Annual Bel-Air Film Festival (http://www.belairfilmfestival.com), an independent international film festival recognized for celebrating cinema in one of Southern California?s most prestigious and storied communities kicked off it?s opening night on October 12, 2011. Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakers access to a series of film panels, exciting music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry?s top professionals. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, Short Films, Student Film and Comedy. The festival also hosts both opening and closing night galas. To watch the Red Carpet Report video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html. For photos of this event please visit our Flickr community at http://www.flickr.com/photos/minglemediatv/sets/ or to watch more red carpet coverage subscribe to our channel on YouTube.

Bel-Air Film 2011 Festival Red Carpet Opening Night

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The 4th Annual Bel-Air Film Festival (www.belairfilmfestival.com), an independent international film festival recognized for celebrating cinema in one of Southern California’s most prestigious and storied communities kicked off it’s opening night on October 12, 2011. Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakers access to a series of film panels, exciting music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry’s top professionals. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, Short Films, Student Film and Comedy. The festival also hosts both opening and closing night galas.
To watch the Red Carpet Report video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html. For photos of this event please visit our Flickr community at www.flickr.com/photos/minglemediatv/sets/ or to watch more red carpet coverage subscribe to our channel on YouTube.