Women of Film Conference 2004

Women of Film Conference '04

Fairfield Inn-Marriott
Roseville, California
July 17, 2004

Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Commissioner Beverly K. Lewis
(right) with Julia Richardson

*Conference Highlights:

  • This was the first Women of Film Conference coordinated by TDA Entertainment designed for women who work in film and women who are seriously pursuing a career in film to network, encourage, educate, and inspire each other.

  • Everyone networked immediately! Filmmakers, writers, actresses, a film commissioner, a production assistant, and a makeup artist quickly introduced themselves and discussed their experiences working in film.

  • Susan Johnston traveled to Roseville from Los Angeles and educated everyone about the filmmaking process from writing a screenplay to editing the film. Also, Susan showed us a few minutes of her current project, "Room 32."
  • Film Commissioner Beverly K. Lewis shared all of the filmming locations available in the Placer-Lake Tahoe areas, and told us about other filmmakers who have chosen to shoot their films in these areas. Both Susan and Beverly were approachable and answered all of our questions. Unfortunately, scheduled speakers Sara Cooper and Cheryl McIntire had emergencies arise and could not attend.
  • P.F. Chang's provided us with excellent food for the luncheon and the Fairfield Inn provided us with a cozy environment for a very friendly event. This was especially a treat considering the conference had a last minute change to this location. Everyone who attended this year is excited about next year's conference! 

    Producer Jo Haskin (left) and Filmmaker Louise E. Baker (right)

    Left to right: Executive Director/Producer Katrina Wilson (Planetary Voices Institute, Inc.),
    Actress RitaAnne Yarrington, Actress Kara Rountree, and Actress/Producer Susan Johnston

    Beverly K. Lewis with Production Coordinator Judi Kriss ("Halloween: 
    The Curse of Michael Myers"), and RitaAnne Yarrington (far right)

    Left to right: Writer/Producer/Director Terri Dawn Arnold (standing in back in red),
    Makeup Artist Julia Richardson, Susan Johnston, and Actress Marie Bain

    All photos were taken by Mary O'Neal. Mary is a production assistant.

  • *Scheduled Speakers:

    Sara Cooper and Cheryl McIntire
    Sara and Cheryl are co-owners of Cooper McIntire Casting. Sara is also Director of the Northern California Film Gala and Locations Manager for Calaveras Film Commission. Cheryl is Film Commissioner for Calaveras, and works with the Northern California Film Gala.

    Susan Johnston
    Susan is an actress, singer, and producer. Her film credits include "I Am Sam" and "Room 32." She has starred on the network television shows "Crossing Jordan" and "Providence." Susan performs with the group Rumours-A Fleetwood Mac Experience. For more information about Susan, you may visit her Web sites at: www.susanjohnston.biz and www.selectservicesfilms.com.

    Beverly K. Lewis
    Beverly is currently Director of Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office, and has produced and directed award winning PBS documentaries. She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from UCLA Film School, and has worked in production most of her career, serving on various media panels, and reviewing media grant applications at the state and local level. Also, Beverly has worked on commercials, music videos and independent films. In addition, she has hosted an entertainment law seminar and presented her work at film festivals around the world.


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