In honor of Women’s History Month and the Oscars weekend, Heartland Films, Inc., Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International presented “Women Filmmakers Showcase 2022”, a special event held at Laemmle Film Center Santa Monica on Oscar weekend. The panel followed an exclusive cocktail reception at the hypnomagnetism offices of holistic healer Richard Garnier, Ph.D.
The invitation-only event brought together a panel of the biggest established names and rising stars in the industry, including Morgan Dameron, Anna Fishbeyn, Peggy McCartha, Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest and Dee Wallace. Award-winning filmmaker Sue Vicory, founder of Heartland Films, moderated the hour-long panel, which she also hosted.
At a special reception, Sue Vicory presented Dee Wallace with a special award. During the presentation, Vicory said, “Making a Difference Woman of Influence awarded to Dee Wallace for her significant contribution within the motion picture industry and the world at large.”
Sizzle reel of the event, highlighting the Wallace award show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFF6f_lmK08
Full panel available to view:
Alongside Vicory, event panelists and co-producers Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna were holistic healer Richard Garnier, Ph.D., Gabrielle Stone, E! Founder Larry Namer, Pooja Batra, Mister D of BTYQWN, Erika Stasiuleviciute, Dr Jacqueline Nguyen, Maria Darkina and many more.
Morgan Dameron is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. She wrote, directed and produced a feature film, Different Flowers, with Emmy Award-winning Shelley Long. The film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, won Best Feature at the KC Film Fest, and was released theatrically in 2017. Its screenplay Monkey Girl placed on the 2019 Bitch List, Favorite Screenplays from the film industry who pass the Bechdel test, was selected for the second round of the Sundance Film Festival production track, and was a second round for the 2019 Austin Film Festival. Its pilot script Upbeat! also advanced to the second round of the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition. As a participant in Ryan Murphy’s HALF initiative, Ms. Dameron followed Gwyneth Horder-Payton in season 7 of American Horror Story. She was also selected for the Paul Feig FUSE mentorship program and a competitive Producer Caucus grant.
Anna Fishbeyn, Founder and President of XOFeminist Productions and Anteriya Films, is an award-winning stage and film star, filmmaker, director, author and actress. Her film Galaxy 360: A Woman’s Playground, which she wrote, directed and stars in, had its red carpet, world premiere at AFM 2021. The preview version of the film was screened to a packed house at the Cannes and Big Apple festivals and was a finalist in the Sundance New Frontier exhibition. Ms. Fishbeyn has written and starred in the award-winning web series Happy Hour Feminism and directed and starred in Invisible Alice, a musical short currently on tour. Pre-production has begun on his upcoming film How To Seduce Your Dinner Guest, as well as two optional television pilots, the comedy Healthy Nuts and the drama Infidelity Club.
Peggy McCartha has loved photography all her life. She is known as the industry’s most savvy head photographer in Los Angeles. She has brought over 30 years of professional photography experience into her cinematic expressions. Ms. McCartha has worked with great cinematographers, including Meosha Bean and multiple Emmy Award-winning Michael Brueggemeyer. She has had the opportunity to be a cinematographer and cinematographer for several major projects and loves being involved in telling stories, especially thought-provoking stories that change our world. She also enjoyed working as a 2nd assistant director, producer and editor.
Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest is a playwright, screenwriter, teaching artist, entrepreneur and mother living in Plattsburgh, NY. For 17 years, his plays were produced in theaters across the United States and Canada. His screenplay, Avec Son Pinceau (With Her Paintbrush), was commissioned by Ita Bullard and was highlighted as part of the Indie Entertainment Showcase Panel held at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. His book After The Question was published in 2014 in collaboration with an award-winning documentary produced by Heartland Films. After the Question is now in pre-production to become an animated film. She is currently working on a screenplay commissioned with Heartland Films titled The Latin Rose.
Dee Wallace was born Deanna Bowers and grew up in a religious home in Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in theater education and taught a year in high school before leaving for New York to seek fame and fortune in 1977. She quickly landed co-starring roles, which which led to guest star roles, which led to films. Four years after leaving Kansas, Blake Edwards cast her in the hit movie 10, which led to Joe Dante’s The Howling. Steven Spielberg saw her and called her to audition for Used Cars. She didn’t book this, but Mr. Spielberg called her when ET the Alien arrived, and offered her the role of Mary. She then worked for other greats like Lewis Teague (Cujo) and Peter Jackson (The Frighteners). Ms. Wallace is also a clairaudient channel and has written six books on the art of self-creation. She has a live radio show called Conscious Creation and hosts monthly webinars on the subject.
The panel was moderated by three-time Telly Award-winning filmmaker Sue Vicory, who has been creating films and community projects through her nonprofit production company Heartland Films, Inc. since 2003. Her works include Homelessness & the Power by One, the feature documentaries One and Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future and the shorts Absent and 1898, The WF Norman Story. In 2015, she founded Team XX, an all-female team of 25 filmmakers that created the award-winning film Down Stage.
She is the founder of womendocumentaryfilmmakers.com and recently created a historical documentary titled Original Jayhawker. Ms. Vicory was named the 2020 recipient of the Côte d’Azur Film Festival’s Annual Industry Achievement Award and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Washburn University, her alma mater.
Event partners included Indie Entertainment Media, French Riviera Film Festival, filmfestivals.com, Hypnomagnetisme, Social Sparkling Wine and Chef Ryan Rondeno. Gift bag sponsors included Dr. J’s Natural, Laritzy Cosmetics, Mesolyft, My Power of One, Nature2U, Peaches Skincare and Skin Co USA. The event has partnered with luxury silk scarf designer DiFiore New York, who will donate $30 for every sunflower scarf sold to the people of Ukraine.
Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International have produced many successful special events for the industry, including the annual “Global Film Showcase” in partnership with ROSKINO during the Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film, the annual “Production Without Borders” during the AFM, the annual “Indie Entertainment Showcase” in Park City, and “A Salute to Akira Kurosawa” with Chinese Jinke Entertainment in Cannes in 2017, as well as many others. The companies have co-produced events and worked with top entertainment and tech brands, including E! Entertainment Television, Eurocinema, Metan Global Entertainment Group, 8K Miles Media Group, Maverick Entertainment, Sony Interactive, Oculus, Cinando, Euromed, ECU Film Festival, Creative Coalition, Davines North America, Vesilind, FanVestor, and many more.
Photo credit: Tshombe Sampson