Edie Hand Joined the Documentary Panel
Edie Hand is a businesswoman, speaker, media personality, filmmaker, and mom. She has authored, co-authored, or assisted in the development of more than 20 books. Her personal titles include inspirational books, cookbooks, and novellas. Edie has starred in national commercials, daytime television soaps, and has hosted numerous radio and television shows nationwide. She is also a long-standing member of the Alliance for Women in Media, the Alabama Broadcasters Association, a member of the Nashville Women in Film & Television, and Faith in Film organizations.
Edie’s family heritage is rich in songwriting, acting, and music from the Hood-Hacker Presley family and her legendary cousin, Elvis Presley. Edie and her son Linc Hand formed Hand ‘N Hand Entertainment, Inc. to develop films, music projects, and television programming.
- Tom Neff: Doc Producer, Director, and Founder of The Documentary Channel, Moderator
- April Anderson: Head Instigator of production company, Art As Air
- Cintia Cabib: Independent Producer, Videographer and Editor
- Edie Hand: Media Personality, Filmmaker, and International Author
- Mark Schlicher: Documentary Producer, Director, and Cinematographer
Doc Experts Share Creative Tips and Funding Resources
Collaboration is key!
Panelists shared some organizations they found helpful to work with while producing their documentary projects. A few organizations mentioned, that offer fiscal sponsorships or filmmaking grants, include :
- International Documentary Organization
- Women in Film & Television
- Video Action
- Women in Film & Video
- Alliance for Women in Media
- Faith and Film
- Nashville Women in Film & Television
- Financial Companies, CPAs
- Film Independent
How Do You Select Your Doc Topic?
- Select a story that inspires you - a story that you are passionate about and share that personal connection in your documentary.
- Do your research. Learn as much as you can about the topic.
- Collaborate with knowledgeable partners that can be the yin to your yang.
- Teamwork. Tap into the strengths of others on your team to augment your storytelling process.
How do you Break into Episodic Television?
Bethany Rooney started as a receptionist and worked her way up. Another way to get your foot in the door is tap into studio diversity programs. Diversity programs are looking to assist women directors. How do you get in? Direct a short.
Once you direct a short and it successfully runs in a film festival or respected venue, you can apply to any network or studio diversity program to get a directing opportunity.
Tips for emerging women directors:
- Shadow a director to learn the process.
- Learn something everyday. Work your craft all of the time.
- Keep being persistent. There's so many ways to make movies these days. Start with a scene. Then a sequence. Then a short. Then a web series. Build and write as you go.
- Stay informed. Watch YouTube tutorials. Keep learning every day. Attend forums and summits.
- Partner with someone that is knowledgeable to help guide you in your filmmaking.
- Find your passion. If it's screenwriting read scripts everyday and write everyday. If it's directing, follow the works of directors you admire.
- Join associations that can help you further your craft like the DGA, Alliance of Women Directors, Film Independent.
Women in the Director’s Chair Panelists:
- Donna Caldwell, Dir. Of Programming Nashville WIFT, Moderator
- KD Amond: Co-Founder at AZ If Productions, Nashville TN
- Arun Vir: Writer, Producer, Creator
- Linda Palmer: Director, Producer, Runaway Productions
- Bethany Rooney: Television Director Desperate Housewives, NCIS, and many more
- Meleisha Edwards: Dark Girls Two and Singleville
Created with images by Erica Lewis - "An instrument, is a tool or something that plays sound?" • Wonderlane - "Women recording video, of Tibetan Buddhist lama Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Lotus Speech, First Nations Longhouse, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada" • René Ranisch - "behind the scenes with Cooper from Berlin " • CoWomen - "untitled image" • Erica Lewis - "Confusion can lead to great things." • René Ranisch - "behind the camera "