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We’ve been away awhile…

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

We have been super busy for quite some time this year, and we want to apologize for having been M.I.A.! We have big things coming up in 2012, so we hope you will come back for all the details, as things unfold. Shooting a feature film, launching a new ChickMakesFlicks site, a film festival… These are just a few of the things we’ve been diligently working on that will mark this new year. We will be launching our new site soon (which you will be able to find at ChickMakesFlicks.com), and we’d love for  you to be there for all the amazing happenings! So, keep checking back for more information.

Thanks for your patience, and we hope you have a stellar year!

-The Ladies of ChickMakesFlicks

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Celebrate Cognac’s Birthday and the Launch of the “Ladies Behind Lenses” Film Festival!

28 May

Come Out to Celebrate Cognac’s Birthday & the Launch of the “Ladies Behind Lenses” Film Festival!

Clear your calendar for Wednesday, June 8th! The Women’s Mafia and the team of creatives at Rocketlight Films and ChickMakesFlicks are hosting a super-hip Fundraiser for the upcoming Ladies Behind Lenses Film Festival and the event will also celebrate the Birthday of Intrepid Celebrity Reporter, Cognac Wellerlane.

Cognac is well known for covering high-profile media events like the Emmy’s, the Tribeca Film Festival, The Hamptons Film Festival and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She will be presented with the first annual Women’s Mafia Boldness Award, the first of many awards that will be presented in the Film Festival to women who contribute to high quality Film-Making, Directing, Acting, Cinematography, Writing and more!

Wednesday June 8th
The Polar Lounge, 201 East 24th Street, New York
Pink Champagne Bar 7:30 – 9:00pm
Appetizers and Dancing till 11pm and later

Get your tickets and early bird Film Festival Passes here, securely through PayPal, by clicking the links below!

$30 Online, $40 at the Door (as space permits), $95 ticket and VIP Festival Pass.

Press and media can RSVP to Marcy@womensmafia.com

$30 Ticket

Ticket with Early VIP Festival Pass $95

Off to Cannes!

11 May

This week, our blogger Chickmakesflicks, is heading to the Cannes Film Festival!

Her film was accepted into the Cannes Short Films Corner, and we couldn’t be more proud of her! So, fresh from the excitement of covering the Tribeca Film Festival, she is off again, and we wish her the best of luck…

And that all her dreams of Cannes, can come true!

Out of the Darkness and into Cannes!

16 Apr

Rocketlight Films is proud to announce…

Out of the Darkness 

has been selected to participate in the 64th annual Festival de Cannes Shorts Corner!

We would like to give a huge shout out to everyone who worked so diligently on this film!

A big thanks to all its creators, actors, & supporters for all their outstanding collaboration and for their continued support!

↑↑Click the OotD pic above, to see the official film profile on the Cannes Film Festival website!

Also, check out the site for FlickChick Nikki Roberts latest directoral project, Botes al Amanecer! The team recently finished casting the film, so the site will be updating soon.

SEE YOU IN CANNES!

The ChickMakesFlicks blog will be there, in Cannes, doing event coverage, getting some great pictures & video, and reviewing some films! CMF blogger, Chickmakesflicks, is definitely going to France! And we would also like to send blogger, BarefootCineaste, as well, to help cover this absolutely incredible event! We are all extremely hopeful that this’ll all work out!

*Congrats on being selected, and GOOD LUCK at the Cannes Film Festival to both, Out of the Darkness & Chickmakesflicks!!!*

~BarefootCineaste, Fingeronthepulse, & Erraticolors 

Be our Facebook fans!

18 Mar

Hi!
You’re reading this, and that’s amazing to me, so thank you! Since you have stopped once, would you mind swinging over to our Facebook fan page and hitting the “like” button? Thanks again for coming to the CMF blog, come again soon, come often!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ChickMakesFlicks/146221855436735

Check out the CMF About Pages!

12 Mar

Come check out the CMF About Pages! Find out a bit about the CMF bloggers and their take on the topics at hand. The About Pages are getting updated as we get new bloggers, so new “profiles” will be added soon, so keep checking in. Also there are new CMF About Pages coming next week, so keep your eye out for those as well! Thanks for reading!

-The ChickMakesFlicks… Chicks  ; )  Chickmakesflicks, Fauxgoraphobe, FingeronthepulseBarefootcineaste, & Erraticolors!

CMF’s FingerOnThePulse is going to SXSW!

8 Mar

So, CMF followers, remember how I promised to fill you in on some of what we have been working on, well… ChickMakesFlicks was invited to come to a press mixer to talk to some really cool up and coming bands down in Austin, at the South by Southwest music and film festival!

I don’t know about you, but we here at CMF think that is pretty freakin’ awesome! And we are super excited!

Fingeronthepulse will get to interview designer and trend setter Jac Vanek as well as the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, Jamie Tworkowski.
In case you don’t know what TWLOHA is, here is the mission statement from their website:
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
There are 10 bands Fingeronthepulse will get to interview! They’re from all across the country, and they all sound really cool. Lovebettie, is the only band with a chick in it at this event; but between MusicChick Alexandra Naples of Lovebettie, ChicChick Jac Vanek and Jamie Tworkowski from TWLOHA, I think there may be just enough Awesome & BadAssChick to give all the guys a run for their money! Here is a list of some of the bands: O’ BrotherDeath On Two Wheels, & Playing Dead. To see the rest of the bands in attendance, you will have to wait for Fingeronthepulse‘s blog post! So check back in with ChickMakesFlicks!!!

Cupid’s Undie Run – Come One, Come All, Come Have a Ball!!

8 Feb


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Bobby Gill, Co-Race Director
Cupid’s Undie Run
301.437.6838
http://www.cupidsundierun.com
bobby@cupidsundierun.com

The Second Annual Cupid’s Undie Run is Sold Out!
Media Passes Still Available to Film the Fun.

Washington, DC – Picture this: Five hundred runners, near freezing temperatures, a Valentine’s Day run on Capitol Hill… in nothing but underwear.

It’s all in support of the Children’s Tumor Foundation – the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes painful and debilitating tumors to grow on nerves throughout a child’s body.

The Cupid’s Undie Run, Washington’s first ever undie-only race, is completely sold out again! In last year’s debut event, more than 600 runners strutted their stuff through Washington’s snowpocalyptic streets while reporters and spectators butted elbows to get a peek.

This year, the event’s organizers have outdone themselves. Participants have been competing to raise money and have already amassed over $40,000 with much more expected in the days leading up to the run.

“We were blown away with the turn out and publicity we received last year,” said Brendan Hanrahan, Cupid’s Undie Run’s co-founder.  “We honestly thought it was going to be just us and a few friends. Little did we know we were in the process of creating DC’s signature Valentine event!”

The 1.1-mile underwear run begins and ends at the historic Pour House Bar & Restaurant, where participants will gather for pre and post run festivities including prizes for the top fundraisers and best outfits.

Cupid’s Undie Run Event Schedule for February 12, 2011:

(Noon) Runners gather in their skivvies at the Pour House for pre-run libations
(2:00 p.m.) Roads close and the scantily-clad runners hit the cold streets of DC
(2:30 p.m.) Post-race celebrations begin back at the Pour House with door prizes, drink specials and awards for the top fundraisers

For more information or to donate online, please visit http://www.cupidsundierun.com.  For sponsorship or media inquiries, please contact bobby@cupidsundierun.com.  A few media passes are still available and are required for members of the media wishing to enter the party.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest non-government organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder effecting children that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and sever chronic pain . Today there is no cure for the disease and there are frighteningly few treatment options. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a Charity Navigator 4-Star charity and prides itself on efficiency, spending 82.4% of its revenue on program expenses and less than 8% on administrative costs.  Neurofibromatosis affects roughly 1:3,000 births in the U.S. and is in desperate need of new discovery, which is why 100% of funds raised through Cupid’s Undie Run goes to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.


Bobby Gill | Director
Cupid’s Undie Run | Benefiting The Children’s Tumor Foundation
bobby@cupidsundierun.com | @CupidRunDC | 301.437.6838

Girl on Girl crime: What’s the source of competition in the bizz.

5 Feb

Okay, so it’s no surprise to anyone that Hollywood is a rough business that can get downright nasty.  And for the ladies behind the scenes, the power struggle against the “good ol’ boys’ club” is well documented.

However, I wonder would this fight for power and position be made easier if all women, especially those who have managed to wield some kind of power, came together as a totally united front? You know what I’m talking about too!

Girl fights.
The backstabbing.
The gossiping.
The sabotaging.
The bitchy things we think, say, and do to fellow women in the workplace.
If this cuts too close to home,  I challenge you to read on.

A little friction is good for ya!

Sure, there are plenty of groups, boards, and coalitions that summit and commit strong words to making change… but why isn’t there enough of this coveted change?  Yes, money plays a big factor! Dollars and “a name” will get your movie made, even if the script sucks — Trust me, I’ve been a witness!  And 95% of the time, those women who are established studio filmmakers, will get their projects funded, but for a budget much less than their male counterparts.  Surely, there are high-ranking ladies running the top production studios in Hollywood… so why can’t they look out for their fellow FlickChicks? Not every female director is asking to direct the next “Fried Green Tomatoes”, great film all the same, but still a niche “chick-flick”. So what is it?

I often speculate that; when ladies in the bizz finally get some money, power, and position, after years of (maybe) not having it, the thought of sharing it with, and/or fighting other women for it, may conjure up the fear of losing what took so long to get. No matter how delusional the notion may be!  And maybe that’s why there is such a disparity of “female protegés”, whether they be directors, producers, writers, or what have you.  Am I right in what I’ve come up with? In the way I have found to explain this to myself?

This distinct lack of protégés business doesn’t affect the men of Hollywood like it plagues its women. On this, I am 100% sure, for instance, some definite & specific examples quickly come to mind, of Spielberg protégé’s.  Famous directors, such as Robert Zemeckis, M. Night Shyamalan, and James Moll, Spielberg’s personal in-house documentarian — man,  that is a sick job!  The only rarity I could add to that line up, that now makes Spielberg a pioneer (and one you can’t totally resent), is Drew Barrymore.  However,  with her last name and long running history with the “berg” it’s no surprise.

Even Spielberg was the protegé of someone. And that someone was Francis Ford Coppola.  He’s a nice fella by the way. Come on, even Martin Scorsese mentored Spike Lee, so you can’t say it’s a race thing….Or is it?  Are women competitive with each other along the basis of races?  Can the same be said about competition between women within the same race, especially minority groups? That’s a touchy subject that I will no doubt touch on another time.

And in this game, the generation gap, though a factor that some may want to throw in a person’s face, is an argument that holds no weight.  In this land, 40 is the new 30, and 30 the new 20, and 20 is the new “Beiber”, the younger you are the more valuable.

So, I’m lead to believe that this whole thing of not enough women truly lifting up one another, no matter what, even for the sake of a legacy (something the men seem to do just fine) comes from FEAR!

Success for ladies in power positions is such a rare thing, like the last water skin in the desert… it’s survival of the fittest.

But does it have to be this way?  Like our argument to this country’s oil barons, whom we are fighting now for clean energy, more people can get around and make it if we learn how to distribute the wealth. Right?  So if this idea were adopted, would the playing field for women in film be leveled a bit?

What do you think?

The trinity is complete!

31 Jan

We have a new member to the CMF team! Badass and amazing thy name is Fauxgoraphobe!

She totally understands what we’d like to accomplish, and what Chickmakesflicks is all about. And we believe she will bring an incredible voice and opinion to the blog, even if she isn’t the one blogging! Just talking to her makes you think about things in new and different ways, she is funny, and smart, and I know you’ll love her as much as we do! And with her addition, I think we are really ready to kick this thing off now!

So, now we are three, and Fauxgoraphobe will essentially be the CMF music guru, but in truth, she is an all-around genius! (It’s quite a helpful thing that we all know at least a little about a lot, as we work to expand into all areas of entertainment…) I think she is a genius, even though she doesn’t think she deserves my accolades, she does!!! Just wait, you’ll see…

Oh, and you can follow her on Twitter @fauxgoraphobe!