Third Annual Croquet Tournament

A ONE DAY LADIES-ONLY CROQUET TOURNAMENT AND GARDEN PARTY to take place on October 17th, 2015 from 1pm-5pm at Culver Studios in Culver City. Parking is free. It'll be a fun day of food, cocktails, gift bags and of course croquet, with special guest speakers. A chance for women in Los Angeles, to have fun and network, while raising awareness for Women in Film's Mentorship Program.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL! Register now and enter the code CECE to receive a $25 discount. $75 per person for "day of" registration.


2014 Guest Speakers

GAYLE NACHLIS joined Women In Film as Executive Director in 2006 following a 29-year career as a Talent Agent and Vice President at the William Morris Agency. A graduate of the UCLA Theatre Department, Ms. Nachlis' knowledge of dramatic literature and Actors' Equity Business Affairs enabled her to run the agency's west coast legitimate theatre operations.  Over time she expanded her range in other areas of the industry, including negotiating major deals within WMA's television department.  As an agent, she represented many award-winning actors for stage, television and motion pictures including Jean Smart, Julie Harris, George C. Scott, Hector Elizondo and Jennifer Love Hewitt. When she took the reins at Women In Film Ms. Nachlis reviewed all programming and conducted surveys of our members and industry leaders.  As a result WIF trimmed the ideas that had little traction and created or expanded the programs that are relevant to the community.  She broadened WIF's reach with more and better television and new media programs.  Since the top three reasons people join WIF are networking, networking and networking Ms. Nachlis makes sure that workshop events provide opportunities for connection. Ms. Nachlis also believes in the importance of giving back and retooled the Mentoring and Internship Programs to enable accomplished professionals to support and nurture the next generation.  Her goal is to provide women with the resources they need to survive and thrive in the industry.  She hopes to build a dynamic community of passionate media makers both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

MARION ROSENBERG graduated from the Universities of Manchester, England and Grenoble, France. She started her show business career in the Bands and Acts Department of MCA. From 1960 to 1976 she worked in production on both sides of the Atlantic, on such films as I COULD GO ON SINGING (Judy Garland), THE BEST MAN (Henry Fonda), WHERE EAGLES DARE (Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood) and THE MISSOURI BREAKS (Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson). In l976 she became head of EMI Films in Los Angeles, and set up such productions as THE DRIVER, CONVOY and THE DEERHUNTER, on which she served as Associate Producer. In l979 she became Vice President of The Lantz Office, a talent and literary agency, whose clients included Bette Davis, Milos Forman, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Shaffer, Daryl Hannah, Theresa Russell, Liv Ullmann and Nastassja Kinski. In l989 she formed The Marion Rosenberg Office, representing such clients as Paul Verhoeven, Jeroen Krabbe, Claire Bloom, LeVar Burton, Jane-Howard Hammerstein, Norman Lloyd, and Martin Bell. In 1999, she transferred her company from agency to personal management and production. Clients include, in addition to the above, director Waris Hussein and novelists the late Allan Folsom, David Francis and Laird Koenig. She served as Executive Producer on Columbia's HOLLOW MAN and in 2001 produced an updated version of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS for CBS television. She was the Executive Producer of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Sam Mendes for Dreamworks. Marion co-founded BAFTA LA, and was its Co-Chair from 1987 to l995. Until 2008 she served as Chair of the UK Film Council US Advisory Board. She has served on the Board of the Association of Talent Agents, and is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has also served on the Board of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester (NAFUM). She is also a member of the Board of Women In Film and of the Board of Trustees of the Women In Film Foundation. She received the Britannicus Award from the British-American Chamber of Commerce in 1996. In 2001, Queen Elizabeth II made her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for services to the British Film Industry.

NISHA GANATRA Writer/Director. Nisha just wrapped production as Producer/Director for Transparent on Amazon. The series will premiere this September and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker and Carrie Brownstein. Nisha's acclaimed début feature, Chutney Popcorn with Jill Hennessy, won Audience Awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Newport Film Festival, Paris International Film Festival and Madrid International Film Festival and Best Feature Film Awards at the Outfest Los Angeles, San Francisco Gay and Lesbian film festivals, Munich Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Milan’s Italian Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.Her sophomore feature, Cosmopolitan starring Carol Kane and Roshan Seth premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was selected by Input as one of the top ten films shown on public television. It was the only narrative film chosen for this distinction. Nisha directed Cake with Heather Graham, Sandra Oh, Taye Diggs, Cheryl Hines, and Sarah Chalke for LIONSGATE Entertainment and First Look International Pictures. Nisha's work for television includes Transparent on Amazon (Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass Amy Landecker and Carrie Brownstein) Steven King's Haven for SyFy, the movie Fast Food High starring Alison Pill, and she wrote the The Cheetah Girls: One World for Disney. She wrote and directed Beholder for the ITVS/PBS series FUTURESTATES, a modern day TWILIGHT ZONE series starring Jessica Pare (MadMen), Michael McMillian (True Blood), Rupak Ginn (Royal Pains), Michael Mosley (Scrubs) and Elaine Hendrix. Beholder screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and South By Southwest Film Festival and at Outfest Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Recently, Nisha directed The Hunters starring Robbie Amell, Alexa Vega and Victor Garber and Michelle Forbes. And Pete’s Christmas starring Molly Parker, Bailee Madison, Zachary Gordon and Bruce Dern. Nisha just completed Code Academy as writer/director for the ITVS/PBS series FUTURESTATES, Code Academy stars Alexa PenaVega, Renee Felice Smith, Carlos PenaVega, Makenzie Vega and Janina Gavankar. Her latest feature film is being produced by Laurence Mark Productions (JULIE AND JULIA, DREAMGIRLS). Nisha has also been presented with Women In Film's Original Vision Award and was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's Indie Filmmakers to watch.

NICOLE RIO. Growing up in a “show business” family Rio has developed a range of skills in the film industry, building a strong foundation as both an actor and a producer. Rio got her start in acting with Honorary Academy Award winning film producer Roger Corman. After a run of staring roles in her late teens and early twenties, Rio decided to explore her desire to work “behind the scenes” of filmmaking, establishing her own company, Lemuria Films. She aligned herself with the likes of Paramount Executive David Madden (Cort/Madden Productions) and Hart Brothers Entertainment (through which Bella Cinema Film Company was born) before moving into the position of VP of Development for Superluminal Films. Rio continued her quest by working for Academy Award winning producer and co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, Brian Grazer. Throughout, Rio had continued to “fine tune” her skills as an actress with some of the most prominent acting coaches in Los Angeles. Her acting career had enjoyed resurgence in 2013 as the lead role opposite Eric Roberts and Ricco Ross in a new thriller entitled “Story of Eva”, in which there are set plans for a sequel. She is founding partner of two separate, recently formed production companies, both striving to bring forth stories which invoke new levels of thought, and inspire not only personal passion, but the collective consciousness we share as both viewer and film maker. The first, RioVey Films, she partnered with Brent Harvey, and the second, Purple Frame Entertainment, with Sebastian Shirati, which is scheduled to begin shooting it's first feature length film in 2015, RED SKY MOURNING, based on true events focusing on the humanitarian aspect in bringing to light the true message about Syria and the Syrian people seeking liberty and equality. The story is told through the eyes of the characters on both the American side and Syrian side experiencing the atrocities being carried out in the region.

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TESSA BELL began her career in media at CBS Sixty Minutes and the CBS Evening News. Her career was cut short by the arrival of her beautiful daughter, Emma, and the choice – unusual at the time –not to return to CBS, but craft an independent career in film and television. Immediately two opportunities presented themselves: creating the FYI Column for the brand new Premiere Magazine, and producing films for Bell Atlantic. This work led to the building of Infinity Films & Video, Inc. a film and video company producing for Fortune 500 companies, and finding the time to create more inspiring entertainment in the form of short children’s films. Since moving to LA, Tessa has produced two features: “Bipolar,” a thriller starring Emma Bell and Andrew West, directed by Jean Veber, and “Life Inside Out,” a family drama directed by Jill D’Agnenica, a multiple award-winning family drama, now playing at the Laemmle in Pasadena. Tessa is the Chair of the Women In Film Public Service Announcement Program.

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