Women in Film & Video DC (WIFV) will present the Women of Vision award on Nov. 12 to Joan Darling and Dawn Porter, whose contributions to film and television arts, stated WIFV, have made them stand-outs in an industry still dominated by men. The event, which celebrates creative and technical achievements in media, will be held at The George Washington University.
A conversation with the award winners moderated by Elizabeth Blair, National Public Radio’s arts and culture reporter, will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a VIP reception with the honorees. The ceremony kicks off Script DC, Nov. 13 – 15, which brings together aspiring filmmakers with established professionals in seminars, screenings and networking opportunities. More information about the event and Script DC is available at wifv.org/scriptdc
Darling, considered the first woman director of the modern age, is an actor, writer, director and producer. She was the first woman nominated for an Emmy® for television directing and is most known for her work in The Mary Tyler Moore Show; M*A*S*H; Magnum P.I.; Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; and Rich Man, Poor Man. Her film, First Love, was featured by TCM in their Trailblazing Women event in October. Darling will be leading an all-day master class in directing at Script DC.
Porter, a Georgetown University Law School graduate, is an award-winning writer, director and producer, and the owner of Trilogy Films. Her 2013 documentary Gideon’s Army aired on HBO and won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award, the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for Serious Moonlight, Spies of Mississippi, Rise: The Promise of my Brother’s Keeper, and is currently working on Trapped, a documentary about the fight for women’s health centers in the South. Porter will be sharing her producing expertise on several panels at Script DC.
Rebecca Bustamante, WIFV board president, stated, “Long before the Sony hack and JLaw’s classy response, Joan and Dawn showed us it was possible to break through the celluloid ceiling and bring their unique vision to a broader world. We salute them and all women seeking to realize their artistic dreams and make their voices heard.”
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