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Career Transitions

  • 20 Sep 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Ninth Street Independent Film Center
  • 15


  • current BAWIFM members
  • Women Only Event
  • Paid BAWIFM student membership
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Career Transitions

Back to school always feels like a time of renewal and change

What would you change in your career?

 Industry Professionals with careers in film or media share how they transitioned from one job (or career!) to another  and what their jobs entail!

Speakers to include:

Toni Tru, Lise Swenson, Jane Selle Morgan &

Barbara Townsend 

Toni is a filmmaker, freelance videographer and sound mixer.  She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to have a career as an application development engineer. She recently took a leap of faith to pursue filmmaking.  Her passion is to tell stories that illuminate, inspire, and educate.  In her short time as a filmmaker she's produced videos for non-profits, recorded sound for commercials, made a short film about a local SF activist, and filmed two NGO's in India.  She credits mentors, friends, optimism and perseverance for her quick start in her new life. 

Filmmaker: Lise Swenson

Swenson's artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards and grants, one of which was the Creative Work Fund which enabled her to seed production on her first feature length social justice film. “Mission Movie” is a fictional adaptation of true-life stories from the Mission District of San Francisco and was screened internationally, winning five awards, two for Best of Festival. Swenson also served as producer and assistant director on "Strange Culture", a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson which premiered at Sundance. Most recently she was Filmmaker in Residence at the deYoung Museum where she produced an alternative iPhone tour entitled dYinterpretaion, a journey through the deYoung museum with artist Lise Swenson. For more information on her media installation work please visit Swenson has been a media arts theory and production instructor at the college level since 1987 and has been an active member in Bay Area media arts since the early 1980s. In 1984 she co-founded and co-directed ATA, (Artists' Television Access), a non-profit media arts access, exhibition and education facility. She then went on to serve for many years on the ATA board as President and was also a Film Arts Foundation board member and a member of the SF Art Institute Artists' Committee. In 1995 Swenson founded TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools), a nonprofit that works within school programs and community organizations to teach the fundamentals of media literacy and moviemaking. Today, Swenson is working on her latest feature film, "Saltwater" and a feature documentary, “An Unexamined Life”.

Jane Selle Morgan, Producer, Director, Content Wrangler for Studio B Films, Inc -- Digital Filmmaking Experts in Berkeley
A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Jane Selle Morgan is a producer and director for Studio B Films in Berkeley. Jane originally studied acting professionally but soon jumped to the other side of the lens and went to film school in Southern California. After a student academy award nomination, she continued filmmaking personally and professionally - her short films have aired on IFC, AMC, MTV and PBS. After running her own production company and producing branding films for Microsoft, and (garnering multiple Telly Awards along the way), Jane moved up to the Bay Area last year to join the Studio B Team. Most recently, she teamed up with her husband to produce a 14-min dramedy that began its festival run at the prestigious Palm Springs International Shortfest. Jane is known for producing and directing the first season of the smash online series The Guild which as a series has scored 12+ million hits on YouTube and airs on Netflix. Her favorite activities include hiking the hills of Tilden with her family and brown dog and finding the best organic strawberries at the farmer’s markets with her blonde 3 year old person. 

Date & Time: Thu, Sept 20, 2012 from 7 to 9pm

Location:  Ninth Street Independent Film Center
FREE to BAWIFM members (both students and professionals), $10 to pre-register, $8 for students
$12/$10 at the door!

Unlike our quarterly mixers, this is a
Women's Only event.

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