Org helps women Step Up

Filmmaker's Lab to focus on 3 female scribes, panels

Participants have been lined up for Step Up’s Women’s Entertainment Network Filmmaker’s Lab, a three-day event that marks the group’s inaugural workshop and fundraiser.

Discussion panels and workshops led by women in the entertainment industry will focus on the work of three unproduced female writers. The lab is presented in association with Writer’s Boot Camp, which donated their space in Bergamot Station for the event.

From more than 400 screenplay entries, Stacy Lee Weiss’ “Devil May Care,” Suzanne Michele Anderson’s “From the Lion’s Mouth” and Blair Tefkin’s “One Good Man to Drive My Car” have been selected.

The “Women in Representation,” “Women in the Studio World” and “How to Finance and Package” panels will be held each day, each one focusing on a particular screenplay.

Scheduled participants include Jane Berliner (CAA), Connie Tavel (Tavel Gross Entertainment), Nina Jacobson (Disney), Robin Schorr (Trimark), Anne Sterling (BV Motion Pictures), Bonnie Bruckheimer (All Girl Prods.), Jennifer Todd (Team Todd), Cindy Cowan (Initial), and director-screenwriter Kasi Lemmons.

Step Up’s mission is to raise money for philanthropic orgs each year through events that promote and support women in the entertainment industry. The group has chosen the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center as the beneficiary of this year’s efforts.

Started last July, Step Up claims a membership of some 300 women.

The Filmmaker’s Lab will take place May 7-9. For info on attendance or registration, call (323) 549-5347 or visit the Web site, http://www.stepup.org.