Independent Film Arizona

March Meeting: Women in Film

Tuesday, March 1st, 7pm Downtown,
Connect Coworking
33 S. Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

IFA March 2016 Newsletter

As always we want to thank you for coming every month to be part of the amazing Independent Film Arizona community.

March is National Women’s Month and it is our pleasure to invite you to celebrate with us the amazing work of women in the filming industry.  Our panel, “Women In Film”, which was put together by Ms. Jana Segal, will bring an array of local women who have contributed enormously to the industry.

Remember, IFA meetings are free and open to the public, but we also strongly encourage you to take the next step and become a member.  For only $25.00 a year, you can be part of this amazing group of people who strive to help the independent filmmakers of Southern Arizona. Academic memberships are also available for free for actively enrolled students.

You know that being on time is one of the keys to success, so we’ll see you there at 7:00 PM.

Grísel Wilson
Independent Film Arizona

Women in Film 

Opening Statement

courtneyThere will be a pre-recorded opening statement by Courtney Marsh, director of “Chau: Beyond the Lines,” an Oscar Nominated Documentary Short in 2016.

Panel Bios

kathrynKathryn Bertine wrote two books about her life as a professional figure skater and cyclist, and then worked as a journalist at ESPN and served as the Senior Editor for espnW. She produced, wrote and directed, “Half the Road” about women cyclists. As an advocate for equality in women’s sports, Kathryn started a movement to bring parity to women’s professional road cycling, starting with the Tour de France.

heatherHeather Hale
 directed two pilots, many commercials, and the feature thriller “Absolute Killers” with Ed Asner and Meat Loaf. She wrote the Lifetime Original Movie “The Courage to Love” starring Vanessa Williams and Stacey Keach.

anneAnne Dalton provided photography and writing for AZ Public Media. She produced her first documentary, “The Price of Silence,” raising awareness on the rising trend of domestic minor sex trafficking in Southern Arizona. She continues to focus her documentary work on health topics. She mentors others by facilitating the IFA documentary group and workshops.


francesFrances Causey acted as national editor and producer for CNN. The team won Emmys for their coverage of the Oklahoma City and Olympic Park Bombings. Frances’s documentary, “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, distributed in over 50 countries. Frances was honored with the Women’s International Film and Television Jury Award for that effort. Frances has become an environmental advocate by presenting, “Ours Is the Land,” her short documentary about the proposed Rosemont open pit copper mine south of Tucson encroaching on the Tohono O’odham ancestral burial grounds.


sarahSarah Sher is a classically trained film and television professional whose disciplines are in writing, directing, and editing. Sarah co-wrote and co-directed (with Dick Fisher), “Stardust and the Bandit.” It won Best TV Pilot at the California Film Awards. With some spare time and good friends she created “The Pet Friendly Traveler,” which is due to begin airing on American Public Television in 2017.


janaModerator: Jana Segal-Stormont is an award-winning  screenwriter, who produced and directed her short scripts, “The Bath-a-holic” and, “Desert Angel.” As the founder of Reel Inspiration, Jana organized the Reel Vision Filmmakers Conference and several directing workshops. For the last 10 years, she has written reviews promoting meaningful films. After discovering that less than 7% of studio productions were directed by women, Jana did some research to find out what happened to all the women filmmakers. That resulted in the article “Incredible Invisible Women Filmmakers” and this forum.