RICHMOND – ‘Started From the Bottom’ Screening – August 7th

ART 180 teens have created a new 12-minute documentary Started From the Bottom that investigates Shockoe Bottom’s history and communicates the young filmmakers’ perspectives on the area’s future. A trailer for the documentary can be seen here:

Teens will screen Started From the Bottom at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. August 7 at Atlas, ART 180’s art center for teens. Each screening will be followed by a community discussion facilitated by the young filmmakers. The reception is family friendly and open to the public. Complimentary frozen yogurt treats will be provided by SweetFrog, with toppings from Lyons Magnus, while supplies last.

The documentary is part of Face It: ART 180 teens challenging perceptions—an event that spotlights work created in three recent teen programs at Atlas. Other projects presented include original hip-hop songs and mixed media collages focusing on different stereotypes the young artists face in their lives and how they overcome certain perceptions about them. The exhibition will be on display at Atlas through August 27. Atlas is located at 114 W. Marshall St. in Jackson Ward. Summer hours for the gallery are Monday and Friday 10-5pm or by appointment.

Taekia Glass, Program Director
Michael Guedri, Program Manager
804-233-4180 |



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reel Affirmations Film Festival – August 28th-30th – TICKETED

On Friday August 28th through Sunday August 30th, Reel Affirmations will hold their annual festival bringing 3 days of NEW AND EXCITING international, documentary, short and feature films from all over the world to Washington as well as panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A and celebrations.

WHEN: August 28, 2015 at 7pm – August 30, 2015

WHERE: Tivoli Theater (3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010)

CONTACT: Kimberely Bush (Email:; Tel: (202)-682-2245)

Visit Reel Affirmations’ website to learn more about the festival and to purchase tickets/passes!


HAMPTON ROADS – Virginia Production Alliance General Meeting – August 4th

The Hampton Roads chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance will sit down with Julian Johnson and Cetre Pegues of the upcoming TV show, Traffick Stop.

They will also be holding a Freelance Professionals panel. The panelists will speak on the opportunities open to freelancers and small business owners in Hampton Roads’ local production industry.

Who’s on the panel?

Jon Abrahams of Jpixx, local filmmaker/editor Matt Burchfield, and from Cox Creative Services Video Production Manager, Will Rodriguez!

If you’re a recent graduate or preparing yourself to venture out into the freelance market, make sure you’re at this meeting to find out how to better set yourself up for success!

Tuesday August 4th
Regent University Communications Building – Screening Room A

Meet and greet at 6:30PM, Meeting starts at 7PM
Meeting is free for all VPA members, $5 fee for all non-members


COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Aaron Jackson to teach mini Film Workshops – August 9th – TICKETED

Aaron Jackson star of NBC’s California Dreams will be teaching mini Film Workshops while he is in town for PhantomCon and filming his next hit TV show, Coney Island.

Where: Holiday Inn – 401 Roslyn Road, Colonial Heights, VA
When: August 9th, 3pm-7pm

This event is open to anyone! Slots for Aaron Jackson’s workshops typically fill up fast, so don’t delay in purchasing passes!

Class passes can be bought online at keyword: Aaron–or to avoid surcharges, through PayPal SingerTraceyLynn@Hotmail.Com . Local actors can pay in person.

3pm – 4pm Improv w/Aaron! (Appropriate For All Ages) $20
4pm – 5pm Slating For Film! (Appropriate For All Ages) $20
5pm – 7pm Cold Read Auditions! (Contains Some Mature Scripts) $30
Take All 3 Classes For $50

Facebook Wall Event: Link
For additional questions or concerns email

Also, if interested in buying tickets to PhantomCon to see Aaron & other Coney Island actors (along with former Broadway ‘Christine’ from Phantom of the Opera, Kimilee Bryant) buy online at keyword: PhantomCon or through PayPal SingerTraceyLynn@Hotmail.Com .



RICHMOND – Sound Mastering Needed – PAID

“A woman goes for her morning jog only to find out that, if she stops running, she will die…”

RUN, a independent feature film shot in Richmond and to be released this fall, is in need of a good sound person to master the film.  This is a paid position and will have a tight deadline.  Please send your resume, complete with reel, references, and rates, to

Please put “Sound Mastering God” in your subject line to get past the spam filters.  Thanks and good luck!


FAIRFAX – “The Rangers” Screening – July 23rd – TICKETED

The Rangers: A Shadow Rising–the action/adventure film that The Forge Studios’ team has worked so passionately on will be screening at The Angelika Film Center at Mosaic from 7-9pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on The Forge Studios’ website.

The Angelika Film Center at Mosaic is located at 2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031.

More about The Rangers: A Shadow Rising.


RICHMOND – The 48 Hour Film Project Screenings – July 25th & 26th – TICKETED

On Sunday, July 19, Richmond 48HFP teams submitted the results from their weekend of blood, sweat and tears – a completed film! Just a couple of day prior these were only ideas in heads of filmmakers and now they have come to life.

You won’t want to miss seeing the films at their Premiere Screenings!

Tickets: $10 per screening or $15 for the four. CASH ONLY at the theatre or click here to purchase online.


Group A: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 @ 1:30pm
Group B: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Group C: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 @ 1:30pm
Group D: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 @ 4:00pm

The Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street, Richmond 23221

Box office opens 30 minutes before screening. Skip the line and buy your tickets in advance!


Christianburg/Blacksburg – Acting Family Wanted for Television Commercial – August – PAID

Access (Advertising and PR) is looking for an acting family for a television commercial for a non-profit health organization. A family of four or five would be ideal.

It is a one day shoot in Christiansburg/Blacksburg. They are expecting to get all the shots in one day and would like to pay around $500 for the family, but would consider adding a travel stipend.  Non-union. Total buyout.  Great videographer, should be a very nice project. Good cause. Send photos and contact info to

The deadline for photos is August 5th and they are looking to shoot the week of August 10th.


DC/NOVA – Casting Workshop with Barry Shapiro – August 15 – $99+ fee

HUGE NYC Casting Director is coming to DC/NOVA on Saturday, August 15th to meet youth and adults, ages 7 and up. Barry Shapiro has auditioned Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Denzel Washington, JLo, Whitney Houston, and more. Last chance for “Early Birds” to register and save is THIS Friday, July 24th!

Work with Barry in a Commercial audition intensive, PLUS meet a DC Talent Agent/Manager in a fun, jam-packed audition intensive. Click here to learn more and register. Limited spots available.

Also, new sessions of Moonlit Wing’s PERFORMING ARTS CAMP begin 7/20, 8/3, 8/17 at 4 locations. Ages 7-14 star in a brand new show and experience movie-making, dance, improv, swim-time and more. Jr Director program available for ages 15+.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: register before Friday, July 24 and save!
Youth ages 7-15: $99 ($129 after July 24; extra $30 off for siblings)
Adults ages 16 and up: $149 ($179 after July 24)

Providence RECenter (7525 Marc Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042)

LIMITED SPOTS! Once you register you will be emailed a confirmation with times/details and payment instructions.

Email any questions. See you in the spotlight!


ONLINE – Docs in Progress Crowdfunding Webinar – July 23rd – FEE

Coming up next Thursday, July 23, Docs In Progress will be hosting an online panel discussion on crowdfunding for documentaries. With more and more traditional grant funders becoming ultra-competitive or focused on finishing funds and outreach, crowdfunding has become a ubiquitous part of the fundraising process. In a landscape where seemingly everyone is running a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign, how do filmmakers find success? This webinar will showcase some success stories and strategies for running your own successful campaign. Some of the questions we will address:

  • How do you identify a realistic fundraising goal and timeline?
  • Should you aim for an all-or-nothing of flexible funding model?
  • What are creative ways to reach and reward supporters?
  • How do you plan for the intensity of outreach during the campaign?
  • How do you create an effective pitch video and social media strategy to accompany the campaign?


The panel is being moderated by Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg and will feature four local filmmakers who have successfully raised funding for their projects through crowdfunding: Chithra Jeyaram from Real Talkies (Foreign Puzzle), Lance Kramer from Meridian Hill Pictures (City of Trees), Kiley Kraskouskas from Thinking Forward Media (Last Song Before the War and Dear Walmart), and Hilary Linder from Kudzu Films (Indivisible).

Thursday, July 23 from 7:00-8:30 pm EST (that’s 4:00-5:30 pm for folks on the west coast)

Online through Fuze Meeting. You will need access to a computer or laptop, Internet access, and either access to Internet Audio or ability to call in.

Only $35 if you select this as a perk on Docs In Progress’ own Indiegogo campaign

Find out more at



YORKTOWN – Intensive Workshop – August 14-17 – $550 fee

Summer Intensive Workshop
August 14th-17th  ~ Yorktown, VA
Launch Your Career to the Next Level 

What’s in Your Toolbox?
This workshop not only includes 4 days of premier training with Celebrity Acting Coach,AARON JACKSON, but you will also come away with a professional Head shot by SARA HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY and your very own Actor’s Website designed by LISA WASSEL.

Do you know who you are, what you have to offer and how youfit in the business? This workshop will give you the tools you need to be asuccessful working actor. Learn how you are perceived and how to best marketyourself as an actor. Aaron has helped hundreds of students launch their careersand achieve their goals. Aaron shares his 30+ years of experience in the industry with his students through this unique workshop, working closely with each individual to finely hone their craft.

Actor’s Training:
Learn how you are perceived in front of the Camera.
Learn how your instincts can help you in the audition room.
Improv: Get to know yourself and think on your feet.
Learn a sure-fire technique to break down your character/scene.
How do you stand out from the crowd? Making great choices and committing to them!
Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.
Learn what it takes to land the role.

Actor’s Take Away:
Professional photo session with hair and makeup and one-look head shot
2 page Actor’s Website to include head shot(s), bio and resume

Only$550 for EVERYTHING!

Hours: Friday: 3-9pm, Saturday:9am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-7pm, Monday: 8am-4pm

Registration is filling quickly. We are capping the class at 10 students. Please don’t hesitate to register.

Direct link:,, 213-453-6059


VIRGINIA BEACH- Actor needed for CBN Re-enactment, Paid $100

Hello Virginia Beach Actors!

He is in need of an African-American male actor, age range (20-30), for a re-enactment of drug use (non-speaking role). Filming is Wednesday 7/22 from 7am to 1pm. Can provide footage for reel after production. Please send head shots and resume’s to as soon as possible. Thanks!

Jarrod Anderson
700 Club Features Producer


HAMPTON ROADS- Actors Needed for CBN testimony on CBN/ Regent campus this Fri., July 17th, Now $30

Woman, between 40-50 years old.  To play an inmate at a “jail” talking to another inmate and handing her a phone number to a rehab center.  Shoot will take place in a hallway of a building on CBN/Regent campus this Friday, July 17th, at 3:30.  Please send snapshot.  $30.  Contact Matt Vilkas.  E-mail:

Man or Woman, between 50-60 years old.  To play a judge in a “divorce court.”  Shoot will take place on the CBN/Regent campus this Friday, July 17th, at 4pm.  Please send snapshot.  $30.  Contact Matt Vilkas.  E-mail:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Writing/Pitching Panels – Narrative, Animation, Gaming, Comedy, & more – July-Aug – TICKETED


Marilyn Atlas Seminar:  Adapting Books to Screen
Terse, Tense, and Tight:  Taming Books into Screenplays and Teleplays

Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Interface Media Group, 1233 20th Street, NW (Dupont Circle South Metro)
$15 WIFV Members / $30 Public
RSVP here

This seminar will discuss how to tighten and trim the rich literary material you’re drawing from for the purposes of a well-honed screenplay or television.  You have to make smart, market-driven choices. You have to find a way to balance your loyalty to maintaining the integrity of the book, while keeping in mind the quicker pacing and more streamlined story needs of film/TV scripts.

Marilyn Atlas is the award winning producer of Real Women Have Curves. She is currently developing the feature Lucy Luna and the cable movie Brides’ March for Lifetime Television, and a limited television series. Ms. Atlas also is the personal manager to many actors and writers.

Besides being an award winning producer and manager, Ms. Atlas has been a guest lecturer at many writers’ conferences and presented various workshops at Harvard, UCLA, U. of Wisconsin, and Emerson, to name a few. She is also featured in the book Write Now! from Penguin/Tarcher Publishing (Jan 2011).


Join Michael Wiese Productions and WIFV in a panel about pitching, storytelling, and writing for film and television.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Interface Media Group, 1233 20th Street, NW (Dupont Circle South Metro)
$15 WIFV Members / $30 Public
RSVP here

After the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch their film/television stories or ideas for animation or video game series in breakout sessions! Authors from the Michael Wiese Productions team will provide feedback for the pitches.

Participating MWP Authors:
Laurie Scheer, Writers Advantage
Kathie Fong Yoneda, Script Selling Game
Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis, The Complete Filmmakers Guide to Film Festivals
Ellen Besen, Animation Unleashed
Paul Chitlik, Rewrite 2nd edition
Jeffrey Michael Bays, Between the Scenes
Robert Denton Bryant and Keith Giglio, Slay the Dragon: How to Write Great Video Games
Will Akers, Your Screenplay Sucks
Steven Kaplan, Hidden Tools of Comedy
Jennifer Grisanti, Storyline and Change Your Story, Change Your Life
Ken Lee, VP of Michael Wiese Productions

Bonus for Attendees!
All MWP books will be available for sale at a 40% discount for all attendees.

6:00-6:30 pm Networking
6:30-7:15 pm Panel Discussion
7:15-8:30 pm Breakout Sessions