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with Jeff Schimmel

Sat Sep 10 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Hyatt At Fisherman’s Wharf
555 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA

This is a TWO DAY Seminar – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm both days, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH AND SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH. Seating is VERY limited. Register online:

About Jeff Schimmel

Jeff Schimmel became a writer purely by accident, beginning his 25 year career by selling an idea for a Cold War spy thriller to a Hollywood production company while still in law school. After earning his doctorate degree, Jeff wrote two feature films with Rodney Dangerfield, one of which became the full-length Warner Brothers animated movie, Rover Dangerfield. This led to his first TV writing job on the top ten ABC sitcom, Full House.
After writing and producing a series of short films called The Schimmel Papers for Fox TV’s The Sunday Comics, he became a writer on the groundbreaking series In Living Color, then served as a producer on the last NBC special starring the legendary Bob Hope.

Soon after, Jeff sold a World War II film project based on a true life story to Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks Studios, wrote a comedy feature script for Oscar winner Martin Landau’s Pentagon Pictures at MGM/UA, and performed script consulting services on numerous TV and film projects. Over the years, Jeff has also written and/or produced several hour and half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, and has appeared on camera in many of them. More recently, Jeff spent three seasons as Supervising Producer and writer on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and has appeared as a TV comedy guest lecturer at L.A.’s Screenwriting Expo, contributed to the NBC/Pax TV game show Balderdash, and is now involved in the development of several reality TV projects.

In addition, Jeff has worked extensively with radio industry giants Clear Channel, Radio One, and Emmis Communications as creator and Executive Producer of many top rated radio morning shows around the country. 
Since 1985, Jeff has written and produced for TV and film stars such as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Bob Hope, Harold Ramis, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, George Lopez, Robin Williams, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget, Peter Boyle, Damon Wayans, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, David Alan Grier, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tim Meadows, Gene Simmons, Ken Jeong, Keenen Wayans, David Steinberg, John Stamos, Martin Landau, Kevin Pollak, Busta Rhymes, Cheech Marin, Carlos Mencia, and Jeff’s brother, late comedian Robert Schimmel.

Introducing Haitian Film Director, Rachelle Salnave

Find Out More About the Haitian Experience and Haitian Film Director Rachelle Salnave at the
Moonlite Haitian Restaurant & Bar – 3302 LAVENTURE DR, TUCKER

Friday, March 18 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

RSVP via Facebook at:

From Rachelle:
Please accept my invitation to play an important role in the fulfillment of the vision to make our community culturally and economically strong. Join me to create your personal access to improving the quality of life for Haitians in Atlanta, and to fulfill your desire to make a difference for the people of Haiti, and Haitians throughout the world.

On the program …

1. Introduction to The Haitian Alliance as an access to making a difference in our community and in Haiti
2. Introduction to Rachelle Salnave, film director, who is paving a pathway into the richness of community life
3. Networking with the movers and shakers in our community to raise funds for a new documentary about the Haitian experience entitled “La Belle Vie: The Good Life”

FELLOWSHIP: Sundance Native Lab Fellowship

Deadline: February 1, 2011
More Information:
Application (PDF):

Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program has created a Fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S. The Fellowship is a two-stage development opportunity for filmmakers with feature film scripts, documentary projects, and short film scripts. The first stage of development is an intensive 5-day workshop to be held May 23-27, 2011. During the workshop, Fellows receive intensive feedback on their projects from established screenwriters and directors.

Held at Sundance Film Festival, the second stage of the Fellowship advances the careers of the Fellows by providing networking opportunities with film professionals who advise them on the business of cinema.

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Native Lab Fellowship.

Applications must be received by February 1, 2011.

Announcement: Recording and Interviewing Workshops on Dec. 9th

Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters is conducting another round of basic recording and interviewing workshops in San Francisco on Thursday, December 9th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The three hour workshop is for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of projects–radio, online storytelling, oral histories, audio slide shows, family histories, and other multimedia endeavors. Both workshops will cover the same information so please only sign up for one session.

We will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it looks), how to use interviews in conjunction with images, field recording techniques, recording equipment and more. The workshops are customized to fit the projects you are working on.
People who attend come from radio, newspapers, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, writing, libraries, web design and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.
The fee is $115. Of course, there will be a snack. The workshops are held in Francis Coppola’s historic Zoetrope building in North Beach. The address is 916 Kearny Street (at the corner of Columbus).
If you, or someone you know is interested, email and let us know which of the two workshops you would like to attend.
See you there,
The Kitchen Sisters
The Kitchen Sisters Productions
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Promotional Tools

I receive tons of questions regarding the best promotional tools for filmmakers and emerging actors. I’m not a marketer by profession, but after 10+ years of blogging/web-site experience, I’ve become pretty handy with the next generation of promotional tools!

When you’re on a budget and have to rely on a combination of your “Spidey-senses” and your network(s), one can become pretty adept at navigating the best and the worst tools.

Starting…NOW… the IBWFF will provide a series of posts regarding the best tools for your budget.

If you’re looking for additional resources, don’t forget to check out the “Downloads & Resources” section of this site for handy –and mostly FREE– tools!

Free Writers Workshop for Vets

Ben Garant (“Reno 911!” and screenwriter for “A Night at the Museum”) will be leading a FREE workshop for veterans at the Writers Guild Foundation in Los Angeles in May 2010. He is encouraging people to come out and support a great cause, and this is your opportunity (vets) to get the advice on the screenwriting craft from one of the best in the business! (Yes, this is for veterans.)
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The Business of Show Biz: Career Intensive for Actors

Only a very small portion of an actor’s time is spent acting.

The successful actor spends the majority of his or her time pursuing work. The business of acting is this pursuit.

While there exists a dizzying array of acting classes, it is difficult to find a class or workshop that covers the work getting, marketing tips and techniques that are the tools for building a career.

Without these tools it is possible to continue acting every now and then as a hobby indefinitely. However, if building a career is your goal this workshop is for you. In this class you will:

*Create an effective Picture and Resume
*Organize your life around your goals
*Avoid industry scams
*Meet with a SAG/AFTRA franchised Talent Agent
*Learn to market yourself and more

8 Wednesdays, March 3 – April 28

The Phoenix Theater Annex
414 Mason Street, San Francisco

11am – 2pm


  • Before 2/17/10 $250. per month Early Bird Special!
  • After 2/17/10 $275 per month
  • Register early, class size is limited
Velina Brown is a busy stage, screen, and voice over actor, with credits at the Tony and Obie award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, ACT, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and the Magic Theater among others. Recent screen credits include Trauma, Bee Season, Maladaptive, and Milk.

For the past two years she has also been a career advice columnist for Theater Bay Area Magazine.
(415) 928-0592

Looking for Talent!! Conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc…

DISCLAIMER: This event is NOT sponsored or hosted by the IBWFF. This is a re-post. As with any audition or casting call announcement, you are strongly encouraged to use your best judgment in attending an audition or casting call. It is your responsibility to contact local authorities if you suspect illegal activities, exploitation or violence from the hosts, attendees or other parties in attendance


Are you a FEMALE MC with a slick flow, crazy style, and great stage presence? Or are you a FEMALE VISUAL ARTIST, SPOKEN WORD POET, or DANCER? Are you also politically conscious and inspire others through your work?

If so please apply for Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

We are looking for conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc… Who are interested in performing on:
Saturday March 6th, 2010
at Hostos Community College
in the Bronx
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

If interested please apply by:

  1. Going online to
  2. Click on “Vol. 3: 2010”
  3. On the left hand side of the page you will see the link “Participant Application
  4. Click that link, and apply!

Please email if you have any questions


Description of the Event:
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 3, Back to Our Roots, will be honoring International Women’s Month by shedding light and creating awareness on Environmental Injustices and Educational Inequalities and their impact on women of color.
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen will bring together women of color educators, students, environmentalists, djs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists, dancers, healers, pastors, organizers and activists. We will come together through a hip hop showcase to express our solidarity with women’s rights!

The South Bronx is a community that has been in constant resistance, seeking justice in education and the environment. It is a community resisting pollution, asthma, toxic wasteland, and budget cuts for art, music, and gym programs. It is a community that lacks access to healthy fruits and vegetables, adequate health care and after school programs. The South Bronx’s need for reproductive and sexual health education is highly reflected in its high levels of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
In place of access to healthy alternatives, the South Bronx has an over abundance of jails and prisons.

However, the South Bronx is not lost. It has experienced a period of healing through leadership guided by community organizations and collectives. This leadership has lead to the creation of new parks, food co-ops, recycling programs, and successful cultural community centers. We have won many amazing victories as a community!
Join us as we fuse our energy, our politics, our ancestry, our traditions, art, song and dance into a brew for Environmental Justice and Education Equality.

Turn Up the Heat and Let the Soul Simmer, as We Stir this Soup for the Hip Hop Soul!


Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010
Where: The Hostos Center for Arts and Culture
450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY
(Main Theater)
Time: TBA (most likely 2-5pm)
This event is FREE and open to all ages.
for more information about the event, please
visit our website @
or email

Kathleen Adams and Lah Tere, Founders of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice. Our mission is to create a dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all women of color to express themselves through their art.

Indie Filmmaker Resources from S.A.G. Indie

Your friends at the Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) have created an “indie” version at SAGIndie ( An interesting concept, but it’s up to you, the filmmaker, to decide if it’s helpful.

There are a number of administrative forms to keep your set and crew on-track –your investors will love that. No more little pieces of paper, random receipts, and indiscriminate scheduling.

You can even put a call out for casting, and add your business to their directory.

More info:



Click for More Info:

We accept full-length features & MOWs, short film scripts, and TV scripts (1/2 hour)

Final Submission Deadlines: 15 May & 15 November

All participants receive a $50 coupon toward a Writers Place script consultation. In this sense, everyone wins! One coupon per script. Coupons expire six months after submission.

1ST Prize:
Certificate of achievement, plus submission to top agents and producers, free Final Draft Screenwriting Software or commensurate cash, a one-year subscription to any two of the magazines cited below.

2ND Prize:
Certificate of achievement, screenplay submitted to a literary agency, and a one-year subscription to any two of the magazines cited below.

3RD Prize:
Certificate of achievement, screenplay submitted to a literary agency, and a one-year subscription to any one of the magazines below.

5 Indispensable Websites for Filmmakers

If you’re a 21st century movie-maker, then youcan’t pass up the following sites to help promote your film! Most of your audience will hear about your film through an online presence, not your uncle at church. Make sure you have an email account to sign up for any of these sites!

5. Bullet Film

For free you can upload your film, and setup a film presence for your audience. If you have a trailer, that’s even better!

4. IndieGoGo

IndieGoGo is new on the scene, but is already impacting filmmaking and filmmakers! Get people to donate to your film, communicate with your fans, and network with other filmmakers! (And don’t forget to “friend” IBWFF when you get there!!)

3. Film

Where else can you find the ultimate, international film festival guide? Better site for the larger film festivals, like the Berlin Film Festival or the San Francisco Film Festival.


Convert almost any digital media to another format, including adjustments for sound, frames, size, etc. …and it’s all for FREE!

1. YouTube

YouTube is the film-/video-/movie-maker’s crack. The cons, is that your film is available …to everyone. If you have some old film school clips just sitting around, upload them and create a buzz and discussion around your work!

6 Friendliest Venues for Showing Your Film!

As the curator and founder of the International Black Women’s Film Festival, you can believe I’ve scoped, prodded, questioned and “dealt with” a whole bunch of screening venues in San Francisco and Oakland.

To save you the hassles and the headaches, here are the “friendliest” and best locations to show your film!

Rental Fees:

$ = Cheap  | $$ = Affordable |  $$$ = You May Miss a VISA Payment |  $$$$ = You May Need to Sell a Kidney

Click the venue title to link go to their page

6. Kaiser Center – Lakeside Theater (Lake Merritt – Oakland)

Kaiser Center - Lakeside Theater

300 Lakeside Drive, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA, $$$$

Great folks who will work with you. Caveat, the charges for audio-visual are separate from the charges for the rental of the venue itself, so you’re going to receive two separate invoices …which adds up. Second, you have to provide your own projection equipment. They have audio, but you’ll need a digital projector. Third, the nickel-and-dime-ing can start to add up. What may seem affordable at first can quickly balloon into the $3,000 to $5,000 range if you’re planning a full on event with a reception, live entertainment and screening. However, it’s definitely a workable space and non-video groups like theater groups and dance companies can definitely benefit.

5. Sundance Kabuki (Japantown – San Francisco)

1881 Post Street @ Fillmore, $$$$

The renovations that were done on this place are amazing! I’ve had the personal tour of seeing some of the changes, including their sustainable design, which includes bamboo flooring that simulates wood. A big plus is that they have a restaurant next door, and a bar, just in case you win the lotto and would  like a dining and dancing with your debut. (The San Francisco Film Society uses this space, so either you’ll think it’s the coolest spot ever, or just over saturated.)

4. San Francisco Main Public Library (Civic Center – San Francisco)

100 Larkin Street, $

This 235-seat gem of  a theater is tucked (or hidden) away in the basement of San Francisco’s Main Library. This site would have been my number-one choice, but the Coordinator, Amanda Hall, was sent to a different location, and replaced by a less friendlier version. The tech people are fantastic, and patient. The requirements are a bit archaic and confusing, but if you get someone who was as great as Amanda, you’ll just be slightly confused and overwhelmed. Also, remember, this is the PUBLIC library. Any and all manner of the public may just join your screening…

3.  Foreign Cinema (Mission District – San Francisco)

Between 21st and 22nd Streets, $$$$

Fine dining, wine and film… who could ask for anything more. The configuration may be a little quirky and uncomfortable, but it’s a good atmosphere for fundraising, premiere screenings and special occasions. The big plus is that they have other areas within the complex for either small, private dining, or a more lavish reception area.

2. The Oakland Museum (Lake Merritt – Oakland, CA)

1000 Oak Street, $$$

The 2009 International Black Women’s Film Festival held it’s gala opening at the Oakland Museum of California, and the venue was absolutely beautiful. Other local groups use the museum often, including the Bay Area’s First Friday group. The only drawback is: 1) They’re closed for renovations, and 2) the air-conditioning gets turned off after 5:00 pm.  Other than that, look for their  re-opening!

1. The Delancey Street Theater (South Beach – San Francisco)

600 Embarcadero Street, $$

The absolute best kept secret in San Francisco! This clean, professionally equipped theater is hidden within the Delancey Street complex on Embarcadero. It is run by the Delancey Street Foundation, a substance abuse recovery center, and it is one of the best models I’ve seen of a social entrepreneurship in action. This is the fourth time I’ve used this venue, and it’s a gem in the yuppified South Beach crown. It’s also a great example of the what San Francisco is really about. Check them out!

Who Are the Worst?

No vendetta, but I’ve had horrible luck trying to schedule bookings at the following places. Granted people are busy, but when you’re basically giving them money, you just expect a little better service, and maybe a better attitude out of some of them. (Sorry we weren’t Pixar, but we had the money, too…) Maybe you’ll have better luck or a secret decoder ring for getting a response.

1. The Victoria Theater (SF) – Stank attitude.

2. Museum of the African Diaspora (SF) – Just unresponsive. UPDATE: They’ve improved their online information and there’s now a better response time. However –according to the website– you can only rent the salon for screenings. If that’s not true, then the website should be updated.

3. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) – Always an excuse why the screening room is booked or scheduled for something else… no matter how early you try to book it. UPDATE: There’s a new Executive Director, so maybe you’ll do better. (Caveat, you now have to rent the screening room in conjunction with one of the other spaces, which now puts this into the $$$$ category.)

4. African American Museum and Library (Oakland) – So unresponsive I just assumed they were shut down.

5. 111 Minna Street (SF) – Talk about passive-aggressive. Emails, nothin’. Telephone call and an actual connection with the instructions, “Sure! Just email me the details!” Crickets.  I’ve tried on several occasions for several years, and they just have their own posse and their own agenda… I guess.

(This is a reminder that the arts in already in dire straights and we cannot afford to “pick and choose” which arts groups deserve to be treated with respect, or even equal treatment.  Hopefully, this list will encourage other art/film exhibitors to have a positive experience with businesses and organizations that want your business and will help you to have one less headache added onto your already stressful schedule.)

Attention Filmmakers: Discounted studio rental rates in July – just $59/hr!

Come to Silicon Valley Studios in July and receive special discounted rates all month for your film, photography, or creative project! With two production stages, office facilities, dressing room, lounge area, and more, Silicon Valley Studios is your premiere production destination! And now with our new green screen backdrop and a variety of lighting equipment on hand, Silicon Valley Studios offers the highest quality of studio service!

Hourly- $59/hr
Half Day – $199
Full Day – JUST $399!

Also, our space is perfect for meetup groups, networking events, or customized presentations! Check out our site at for more information or give us a direct call at 650.210.3632 today to see how Silicon Valley Studios can bring your next production to life with this limited month offer!

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Developing Characters for the Big Screen – London

Host: Alicia Blumross and the BFI street geniuses
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
London, United Kingdom