Screenwriting seminar with Steve Cuden, author of “Beating Hollywood” June 5, 2016


Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh (WIFM) and Carnegie Screenwriters co-host a special event with Steve Cuden, author of the newly released Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays Sunday, June 5, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre, 1449 Potomac Avenue, Dormont, PA, 15216. The non-profit’s fundraiser will feature Steve Cuden’s seminar, “The Three C’s of Screenwriting: Character, Conflict and Catharsis” and includes a copy of Cuden’s Beating Hollywood for all attendees. For authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, actors, and anyone with a passion for storytelling, the event includes insight into three of the most essential screenwriting elements. Following the seminar, Cuden will sign copies of his book. Light refreshments will be served. Admission $35 and may be purchased through the Women in Film and Media website. One of the leading authorities on writing for the stage and screen, Steve Cuden, wrote over 90 produced teleplays, and created the international hit, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical. Cuden, who currently teaches screenwriting at Point Park University, has been writing scripts and educating students for over two decades. His book, Beating Hollywood is an invaluable resource for just about anyone who writes for and about film and television, including novices, expert writers, professionals, and storytellers of all kinds who write for screens big and small. Learn more about Mr. Cuden as he explains what makes a story a story: https://www.facebook.com/PointParkU/videos/10154203808117958/ Tickets cost $35 and will include a copy of his book, a seat at the lecture, and refreshments at the reception.

Learn more about Mr. Cuden as he explains what makes a story a story:https://www.facebook.com/PointParkU/videos/10154203808117958/ TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE:  https://www.123signup.com/register?id=pkrrc

This event is sponsored by Carnegie Screenwriters.





WIFMPIT extends condolences to our friend Kim Moses on the passing of her husband, Ian Sander.

Kim and Ian

Kim is from SWPA and was an OPAL award winner in 2011. Our condolences are with her and her family. Ian and Kim worked alongside each other. This article highlights their work together and their talents.



Meet WIFM’s new Executive Director

Emily Stark

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Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg with a dual major in Communications (Media Studies) and Visual and Performing Arts.  Throughout her career she has held leadership positions in several organizations, including the Digital Media group, Performing Arts Society, Chorale, Visual Arts Society, and many others.  She has previously worked at PPG Industries and Excela Health.  In addition, she demonstrated her commitment to serving nonprofit organizations through her involvement with the Blackburn Center’s “Walk a Mile” event.  Emily has also worked on a handful of films, including an Emerson University feature film: Crown oEmily S Cameraf Gamma directed by Elliot Sheedy.  Because she aspires to pursue a career in film, she has extensively studied film theories and demonstrates a passion in semiotics, feminist analysis, iconography/iconology, and the auteur theory.   She wrote, directed, and edited her Visual and Performing Arts capstone piece while incorporating a feminist auteur approach.  Emily has a strong background in screenwriting, directing, and editing and is very excited to be a part of Women in Film and Media.

You can contact Emily at EmilyS@wifmpit.org


WIFM Scholarship - Group 1

Front – 2015 WIFM Scholarship winners; Mina Hoffman, PPU; Sheryland Neal, Chatham; Hannah Snyder, PPU Back: Lisa Smith-Reed, Jessica Pachuta, Jeanne Josefcyzk, Donna Belajac, Faith Dickinson

Women In Film and Media Pittsburgh

Our Mission

Women in Film and Media (WIFM) Pittsburgh is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to improve the status and portrayal of women in film, television, and other screen-based media in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.

Our Community

WIFM comprises dynamic professionals, both men and women, who represent every aspect of the industry: producers, directors, cinematographers, production crew, actors, talent agents, accountants and lawyers.

Our Activities

We serve our community by facilitating their access to opportunities in industry. In addition, we lend our services to non-profit organizations helping women and children. Our programs and events include workforce skills development through mentoring and training workshops; production of public service announcements for non-profits dedicated to women and children; and industry partnerships that further our mission. WIFM is a chapter of Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), a global network comprising over 40 chapters worldwide with more than 10,000 members, dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women in industry.

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