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Periodically throughout the year WMM hosts one-off, "Industry Workshops" with professionals from all backgrounds in the industry. These are special opportunities to ask questions, get sneak previews, and learn new skills and techniques from the best in biz. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events on the calendar! 

Join us for a two-part Industry Workshop in which we will be talking about what you need to know about film festivals, and how to navigate all things sound on your next project. Mark your calendars and secure your tickets now! 

WHERE: Broadwater Black Box (6322 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038)


TICKETS: Click here to purchase tickets (Member discounts are applicable). 

What To Know About Film Festivals

After a successful festival run with her feature film 20 Weeks, writer/director Leena Pendharkar shares some of her thoughts on the dos and don'ts of festival submissions, and making the most of your festival run.

Leena is an award-winning writer and director working in film, television and new media. She recently premiered her sophomore feature film, 20 WEEKS (starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison, Sujata Day and Michelle Krusiec) at the Los Angeles Film Festival and also wrote and directed the short film, DANDEKAR MAKES A SANDWICH (Grand Jury Prize - Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles / and Vimeo Staff Pick). Her feature script, DAYS WITH DANDEKAR, won a Tribeca All Access grant and was work-shopped in the FIND Screenwriters Lab. Her first feature film, Raspberry Magic with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, screened in over 25 film festivals (Audience Award - Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and Dove Family Friendly Seal of Approval). Leena has also worked extensively in new media, and her satirical sketches, So Natural, were featured on Fail Blog and Funny or Die. Her short films for her YouTube channel, So Natural TV, have been showcased on Hello Giggles, the Comediva Network and more and she has also made commercials and done design/digital strategy work for clients Mapquest and Michael Pollan through her company, Spicy Mango Productions. Leena is an Assistant Professor in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches classes in filmmaking and new media production. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Documentary Film/New Media from the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. www.leenap.com


Navigating Sound w/ Jason Stare & Catherine Black

Being an empowered filmmaker means having a working knowledge of sound, from pre to post production. It's not just about hiring the right sound person, but about what you can do to ensure you get quality sound. Jason Stare and Catherine Black will lead a discussion including several topics, ranging from "serving the story" to sound formats to on-set equipment to post- sound deliverables.

Jason Stare is a drummer, sound designer, re-recording mixer, production sound mixer/boom op, and visual artist from New York. He graduated from S.A.E. Institute in Los Angeles with a certificate in audio engineering and the Maryland Institute College of Art (M.I.C.A.) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Jason is also the drummer for The Submarines. The fusion of Jason's visual art and audio background gives Jason a leg up when working in film. His life’s experience is based in visuals and sound and as a result he knows intuitively how to tell a story through sound by enhancing the visuals, and understanding the cohesive relationship between picture and sound. Recent projects Jason has worked on include the documentary, Active Measures with Hilary Clinton, recording A-list talent such as Aimme Mann, Miguel & Chicano Batman, Michael Douglas, Larry King, Mike Tyson and more, production sound on Elizabeth Blue, The Art of Self-Defense, and post-production on the horror feature Underneath. Jason has experience is features of all genres, VR, shorts, corporate, commercials, music and more. jasonstare.com

Catherine Black is an award winning Canadian actress, artist and Director-Writer. An actress for 25 years, Catherine is best known for American Psycho, performing with Christian Bale, starring with Crispin Glover in The Donner Party (Showtime), multiple guest starring roles, such as Odyssey 5, Blue Murder and most recently on Playing House (USA) and leads in independent features. Catherine’s extensive practice as an actor and artist has rooted her artistic vision in filmmaking. Her filmmaking debut, the multi award winning ‘sexy and surreal’ short film, De Puta Madre A Love Story (2014), WON Catherine both Best Director (London IFF 2015), Best Lead Actress (Madrid IFF 2014) for her performance, and Best Cinematography (Columbia Gorge IFF 2014) along with multiple Jury Awards, Special Mentions and nominations Internationally. Catherine's latest, a 20 min TV series proof of concept, Girl Trip, WON Audience Choice at Hollyshorts Monthly (2017), and is currently on the festival circuit and available to watch online. catherineblack.com