Women in Film and Television Atlanta Proudly Present a Special March Program

    Behind the Camera: an Evening with Female Producers, Directors and Executives 
Tuesday, March 31, 2009?
Time: 6:00 – 6:30 PM Registration & Refreshments?
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Program
Please RSVP to: wifta.rsvp@gmail.com


Cost: FREE for WIFTA Members, $10 for Non-Members, $5 for Students with a valid ID
?(Cash, check or credit card payments accepted)
Location: YourAct Studios
3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA 30079
(see below for directions)


Food and Beverages provided by
Allied Visions Catering

Guest Speakers:

Angela Gomes – Director/Writer/Producer

Angela Gomes started her film career as an AD Trainee, graduating from the Director’s Guild of America’s Assistant Director Training Program in 1996.  After years of working as an Assistant Director on projects like “Moesha”,  “Crossing Jordan”, “The Shield” and “Big Momma’s House 2”, Angela decided to transition from Assistant Director to Writer/Director.

 Over the last few years Angela has kept busy. She became a Director member of the DGA in 2005 when she directed an episode of the UPN comedy “Eve”.  Since then she directed several music videos and a concert video for “Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang” as well as two “webisodes” for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”.  Last year she wrote and directed the short film “Happy Hour” as part of the Woman’s Angle Director’s Program.  “Happy Hour” can be seen as part of the “Battle of the Sexes” program of this years Atlanta Film Festival.  Recently Angela partnered with State Line Films to write, produce and direct the TBS microseries “My Manny”, which can currently be seen at www.tbs.com/shows/mymanny.  Currently, Angela is prepping to shoot season two of “My Manny”.


Joan Karpeles – Producer/Executive

A native New Yorker, Joan Karpeles has built her career and company in Atlanta over the past 25 years.   She is the owner of Joan Produces, a collaborative production company that creates award-winning communications for advertising agencies, nonprofits and corporations. Whether it’s a commercial, documentary or for training, telling the story is always at the heart of the project.  As the executive producer of the company, Joan is involved in every aspect of the production process providing her clients with a clear understanding of project objectives, budgets and schedules.  

 Joan is proud to say, “television made me what I am today”.  And that is evident in her work.  See for yourself at www.joandproduces.com.


Kathleen Kelly – Director/Producer

Kathleen received 2007 Emmy Award for a public service announcement made in conjunction with Women in Film/Atlanta and Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Taskforce to End Child Prostitution.  She also produced and shot the SXSW award winning documentary film “The Journey”, which  received the 2001 SXSW Film Festival Audience Choice Award, the 2003 Most Memorable Film from 2001 for South by Southwest Film Festival’s 10 year anniversary, and the Audience Choice Award for the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival. She also directed and shot “Soccer in the Streets” a short documentary, and was an original producer for “The Note” feature film screened on the  Hallmark Channel in December 2007.

Tasha L. Johnson, Moderator


Heading North on I-85N (from Atlanta)
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd.
Turn RIGHT onto Clairmont Rd toward Emory University/Decatur
Go approx 4 miles to N Decatur Rd.
LEFT on N Decatur Rd
Continue through intersection at Dekalb Ind Way (Walgreens on left)
Up to top of hill on RIGHT
Turn RIGHT on Francis past yourACT sign
Turn RIGHT into parking lot

Heading East on I-20E (from west Atlanta)
Take I-20 into Atlanta to I-75/85N.
Follow I-75/85N thru downtown to split
Exit I-85N
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd. and follow same directions as above.
Heading South on I-75S (from north of I-85)
Take I-75S
Exit LEFT onto I-85N.
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd.
Follow same directions as above
Heading North on I-75N (from south of I-85)
Take I-75N
Bear left at split to I-85N
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd.
Follow same directions as above

Heading South on I-85S (from south of “Spaghetti Junction” – intersection of 75 & 85)
Take Exit 91 – Clairmont Rd

Turn LEFT onto Clairmont Rd toward Emory University/Decatur.
Follow same directions as above

From Gwinnett County heading South on I-85S (from north of “Spaghetti Junction”)
Exit onto I-285E
Exit 39A – US 78 towards Decatur
Follow directions below for I-285
From I-285 (East Side Perimeter)

Take Exit 39A – US 78 towards Decatur
Merge onto US 78 W / Hwy 29 Lawrenceville Hwy
Go past Quiktrip on right
Merge LEFT into left turn lanes, turn LEFT on Dekalb Industrial Way (KFC on left)
Continue to Walgreens on left, turn LEFT on N Decatur Rd
Go to top of hill on RIGHT

Heading West on I-20W (from east of I-285 East Side Perimeter)
Exit onto I-285N towards
Take Exit 39A – US 78 towards Decatur
Follow same directions above for I-285

From downtown Atlanta (surface streets)
Take Ponce de Leon Ave NE (US-23/US-29) from downtown to Decatur (East)
KEEP LEFT after train overpass (do NOT follow E. Ponce right into Decatur)
Ponce de Leon becomes Scott Blvd
At Marathon gas station, turn RIGHT on N Decatur Rd (NOT a hard right on Medlock Rd)
Continue on N Decatur Rd past intersection with Dekalb Ind Way (Walgreens on left)
Up to top of hill on RIGHT
Turn RIGHT on Francis St just past yourACT sign
Turn RIGHT into parking lot