Women in Film and Television Atlanta “One Person At A Time”

 Women in Film and Television Atlanta

2009 Public Service Announcement “One Person At A Time” Benefiting

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness


August 18, 2009- (Atlanta, Ga.)- Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) has joined forces with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness and public relation firm Edleman to produce a public service announcement designed to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in Atlanta and to help make a difference in ending the problem “One Person at a Time”.


“This year’s WIFTA PSA will spotlight the issue of chronic homelessness by showing that homelessness can affect anyone – and that anyone can help”, said WIFTA’s VP of Professional Development and PSA Producer, Shani Harris Peterson. The PSA reaffirms that it doesn’t matter what race you are or if you are an elderly man, woman, teen, child or family, homelessness affects thousands of people everyday. The question is, “Can we end this?” and the answer is….Yes, we are ending this – one person at a time.


WIFTA is proud to announce that this year’s “One Person At A Time” PSA director will be Angela Barnes Gomes, an accomplished director known most recently as the creator and Executive Producer of the hit TBS micro-series “My Manny.” Angela currently has a development deal with TBS for two additional series. (More information listed below)


Other contributors associated with the 2009 WIFTA PSA include: director of photography, Alfeo Dixon; sound recordist, Aron Siegel, camera and lighting equipment by PC&E Atlanta; casting by Alpha Tyler; catering by Allied Vision, Inc., Subway, and Taco Mac; craft Service by Publix; post production by Billingsley Post and Graphics/ Breen Smith Advertising; music by Tre’ Peterson/Yellow Room Studios; and make-up by ‘Help Me Rhonda”.


About the WIFTA PSA Program:

Each year WIFTA partners with a local non-profit to produce a PSA to help raise the public profile of their organization and charitable cause and provides production and distribution services pro-bono to the community on their behalf. All this is accomplished by utilizing the talents and skills of current WIFTA members and volunteers.



Through the annual PSA Program WIFTA seeks to:

– Provide needy and under-funded non-profit organizations with a successful way to publicize their services to the community.

– Nurture & promote the advancement of women directors by affording one or more talented female members the opportunity to serve as the Director of that year’s PSA/Campaign.

– Encourage members and the local community to contribute their time and resources to perform community service vital to the well being of our society.


Past Recipients

2008 | Girls Inc. of Atlanta

2007 | Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA)

2006 | Juvenile Justice Fund/ CEASE/ Mayor’s Task Force Against Child Prostitution

2005 | Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)


For more information about WIFTA and the PSA Program go to www.wifta.org .


About Angela Gomes – WIFTA PSA Director:

Angela Gomes started her film career as an Assistant Director trainee, graduating from the Director’s Guild of America’s Assistant Director Training Program in 1996. After years of working as an AD on projects like “Eve”, “Crossing Jordan”, “The Shield” and “Big Momma’s House 2”, she decided to transition from assistant director to writer and director. A member of the DGA since 2005 when she directed an episode of the UPN comedy “Eve”, she has directed several music videos, a concert video for “Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang”, two “webisodes” for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” and the short film “Happy Hour,” which was shown as part of the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival. Gomes is also the creator and executive producer of the hit TBS micro-series “My Manny,” which will begin a second season this July. She wrote the majority of the episodes and directed half. Angela currently has a development deal with TBS for two additional series.


About Women in Film and Television Atlanta:

(WIFTA) is a Georgia-based non-profit organization affiliated with other national and international Women in Film and Television chapters and dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video, and other screen-based media. With an emphasis on education and training, we serve our members and the community by providing access to opportunities, supporting our members’ work, fostering greater public awareness of their efforts, and encouraging high standards of professionalism.


About United Way:

To find or give help, call United Way 2-1-1