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  • West Michigan Film Video Alliance selects Amy Heckerling, award-winning writer and director, to present at the 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series

    The two-day seminar and workshop is scheduled for September 9 & 10 at venue partner Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids

    Her filmsincluding major, generation-defining teenage hits Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, and slapstick riots like Johnny Dangerously and Look Whos Talkingare uncommonly intelligent mainstream comedies that are endlessly rewatchable.  Metrograph, New York City

    Register for Friday, Sept. 9 HERE
    Register for Saturday, Sept. 10 HERE

    Register separately for each day at links above.

    Friday, Sept.  9

    WMFVA Members $10; non-members $15
    7-9pm      Film screening of the classic film Clueless and Q&A with Amy Heckerling
    9-10pm    Reception with Amy Heckerling 

    Saturday, Sept. 10    

    WMFVA Members $75; non-members $85
    11:30am    Registrant check in
    12-1pm      Luncheon with Amy Heckerling
    1-3pm        Seminar "A Filmmaker's Perspective: Battle Scars and Victory Laps"
    3-3:30pm   Wrap-up social with refreshments

    WMFVA member registration begins on August 9, 2016
    Non-member registration begins August 16, 2016

    Space is limited. Register today
    (If youre not yet a member, you can become a member today.)

    Additional major community partners who are instrumental in supporting the WMFVA Visiting Film Artist Series include Meijer, Inc., Grand Valley State University, West Michigan Film Office, and Michigan Film Digital Media Office. University partners include Grand Valley State University Film and Video Program in the School of Communications and Calvin College Film and Media Studies. Friday night reception courtesy of Lowing Light & Grip, Saturday Snack Fest sponsored by Sound Post Recording Studios, and support for the WM Film Community provided by DVS.

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    Amy Heckerling, award-winning writer and director, is scheduled to lead the 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series (VFAS). Heckerlings talent and contribution to the industry has been recognized with a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Best Screenplay Written Directly for Screen, Women in Film Crystal Awards, and the American Film Institute Franklin J. Schaffner Award. The Visiting Film Artist Series, which debuted in 2015 with accomplished screenwriter Paul Schrader (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) to a sold-out audience, is dedicated to exploring the unique perspectives, experiences, and knowledge of professionals who have made a significant contribution to the art and craft of film.

    WMFVA developed the VFAS as an integral part of professional development opportunities for their members and others who live and work in West Michigan and contribute to its thriving film and digital media community and culture. The series is open to the public, though WMFVA members receive a discount and early registration privileges. New members are eligible for the benefits immediately upon joining. The VFAS appeals to the many area universities who offer distinguished film-related programs; the VFAS offers an important opportunity for aspiring filmmakers and content creators to connect directly with industry veterans.

    The VFAS is a two-day program that includes a film screening and Q & A by the film artist followed by a reception, a next-day two-hour seminar/workshop on the artists topic of choice, and includes a luncheon for seminar participants.

     We are thrilled to welcome such an accomplished artist to West Michigan and introduce her to the thriving film and digital media community here. We think shell be impressed with the talent and tenacity of the creative community here and we are excited to make the connection, said WMFVA Chair Deb Havens. Amy Heckerling has made a significant mark in the film industry, creating films with humor and heart that stand the test of time. She has successfully navigated a notoriously difficult industry and the knowledge and experience she can share with WMFVA members and others in our community is extremely relevant to todays challenges.

    Celebration! Cinema North is the VFAS venue partner for the event, ensuring a state-of-the-art film viewing experience for the Friday evening screening, with the workshop and luncheon held in the versatile and spacious Wave Room on Saturdayafternoon.

     Weve been presenting movies for more than 70 years in West Michigan, said Emily Loeks, Director of Community Affairs for Celebration! Cinema.  We get to be part of the magic that happens when people laugh and cry and connect with each other through the viewing of a movie.  We love to take opportunities to encourage local film-makers and are glad to support the WMFVAs efforts to bring inspiration and resources to students.

    Additional major community partners who are instrumental in supporting the WMFVA Visiting Film Artist Series include Meijer, Inc., Grand Valley State University, West Michigan Film Office, and Michigan Film Digital Media Office. University partners include Grand Valley State University Film and Video Program in the School of Communications and Calvin College Film and Media Studies. Friday night reception courtesy of Lowing Light & Grip, Saturday Snack Fest sponsored by Sound Post Recording Studios, and support for the WM Film Community provided by DVS.

    Related Programming:

    Thursday, September 1, Downtown Grand Rapids, GoSite and Parsleys

    6:30-7:30pm  Diverse Perspectives in the Teen Comedy Film Discussion - a casual discussion in the comfortable GoSite space at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, evaluating the films of Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless) and the ways in which viewers identity with and are often influenced by characters on screen.

    7:30-9:00pm  80s vs. 90s: Fast Times vs. Clueless Trivia Night - After the discussion, walk across the street from the GoSite for a lively game of trivia pitting these two generation-defining classics against each other. Drink & food specials, and prizes for trivia winners!

    Attendance for both is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, September 8, GVSU Allendale Campus, Lake Superior Hall Room 154

    6:00 7:00pm  Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Porkys: Gender Perspective in the Teen Comedy presented by film scholar Kerri VanderHoff based on the essay http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1058&context=mcnair

    Lecture presentation and Q&A, attendance is free and open to the public.

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  • The WMFVA Wants You!

    Become a WMFVA Member!

    Now is a great time to join the WMFVA! 

    If you join now your membership will be good until the end of 2016!

    Check out our great membership levels;

    Individual Membership $40

    Corporate Membership $100

    Student Membership $20

    Want more information on what you get at each level? Click here to learn more and join, http://wmfva.org/join_or_renew.php

  • Our Mission...

    The mission of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance is to promote a thriving film and video production community in West Michigan.

    Our members are dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking, commercial, and corporate production.

    The WMFVA has a rich history of working across the community to provide educational programs, resources, networking, and support to filmmakers and producers since we launched in 2005. At the same time we work with regional, state, and national business, educators, and policy makers to support filmmaking and production as vital to Michigans 21st century economic diversity and growth.

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Coming Up

Diverse Perspectives in the Teen Comedy Film Discussion

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:30-7:30pm
Grand Rapids Art Museum GoSite
101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Amy Heckerling arrives in Grand Rapids for a screening and discussion of her classic film Clueless on Friday, September 9. Get your Valley Girl on and forget about searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie. Instead, join us for a casual discussion in the comfortable GoSite space at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, evaluating the films of Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless) and the ways in which viewers identity with and are often influenced by characters on screen.

After the discussion, walk across the street from the GoSite to the Parsley Mediterranean Grille for a lively game of trivia! (See description)

80s vs. 90s: 'Fast Times' vs. 'Clueless' Trivia Night

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:30-9:00pm
Parsley Mediterranean Grille
80 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Lots of people might like to forget the 80's but no one captured the decade like Amy Heckerling in the now classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She did it again for the 90s with Clueless. She'll be here in person September 9 & 10 (see below) to discuss her writing/directing career that includes Look Who's Talking, Johnny Dangerously and more.

After finding depth and meaning in the discussion of how these films reflect and influence American life, it's time for a quick refresher on Spicoli words to live by including the obvious "People on 'ludes shouldn't drive." 

Whether you can recite the dialog from those films--in your sleep? -- or not,  walk across the street from the GRAM  GoSite for a lively game of trivia. Pit your fandom for these two generation-defining classics against each other. Drink & food specials, and prizes for trivia winners! 

Attendance for both is free and open to the public. 

'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' and 'Porkys': Gender Perspective in the Teen Comedy

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 6:00 7:00pm
GVSU Allendale Campus
Lake Superior Hall
Room 154

Teen comedies in the 80's were often described as "raunchy" with topics focused on teen dating, sex, and bathroom humor--gee, how times have changed! But does it make a difference if the director of a teen sex scene is male or female? Find out how director Amy Heckerling brought a feminine perspective to a male fantasy --and they said it couldn't be done! -- with a fascinating presentation from member of the WMFVA Board of Directors and film scholar Kerri VanderHoff.  

Click on the link below to read the essay that launched Kerri's film career.  

Lecture presentation and Q&A, attendance is free and open to the public.

scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1058&context=mcnair

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A few weeks ago I was asked to set-up live streaming for my client's sermons over the internet.  After the first day of streaming, I knew we could do better.  I reached out to the other professionals in the WMFVA community, and asked how could I improve the stream.  The responses were wonderful!  Now I have a higher quality video stream, can add graphics to the production, and will soon be able to deliver the stream via other media.  My thanks to all the talented people in the West Michigan Film Video Alliance.

—Del Yakes