NEWS & UPDATES

CODIKOW TURNS ON – POWER UP
ROSENZWEIG & CODIKOW JOIN FORCES FOR “SIMPLE PLEASURES”
CODIKOW FILMS FEATURED IN CREATIVE SCREENWRITING MAGAZINE
CODIKOW FILMS ARRANGES SOPHIE B. HAWKINS AND JOAN JETT TO PERFORM
A NEW MILLENNIUM, A NEW CENTURY, A NEW LOOK FOR CODIKOW
CODIKOW HOSTS THE INSIDER SCOOP TO GETTING YOUR FILM PRODUCED
WOMEN IN FILM FEATURES CODIKOW FILMS IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE
CODIKOW FILMS LANDS ON MOONDANCE
HOUSTON PAN-CULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL LURES CODIKOW FILMS VP TO SPEAK
CODIKOW FILMS HOSTS PITCH PANEL FOR PAN-AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

CODIKOW TURNS ON – POWER UP

POWER UP (Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP) the organization for gay women in Hollywood, founded by producers Stacy Codikow, Amy Shomer and K. Pearson Brown, announced the appointment of its board of directors: producer Jan Oxenberg (Chicago Hope, Once and Again), director Lee Rose (Truth About Jane, It’s a Girl Thing), producer Andrea Sperling (But I’m a Cheerleader, Prozac Nation), Jehan F. Agrama (President, Bold New World; family business Harmony Gold), director Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader, Popular), Marcus Hu (Co-President, Strand Releasing), director Debra Chasnoff (Deadly Deception, Academy Award winner), executive producer Leslie Belzberg (Coming to America, Honey I Shrunk the Kids), Roberta Bennett, Esq. (Partner, Anderson & Bennett) and Bill Melamed.

Amy Shomer, Stacy Codikow, K. Pearson Brown

The mission of this ‘girls’ club is to promote, encourage and support the vision and integration of women in the entertainment industry. POWER UP is ready to take on the challenge. The aim is to create new opportunities for gay women in the entertainment industry through networking events, roundtables, seminars and discussions, and other career development tools to integrate ideas into action. POWER UP is creating a support system that encourages and promotes a healthy positive self-image and allows members to network with one another as well as with other industry professionals. Membership is open to any personnel working in television, film, media or new media who support the group’s mission.
JOIN POWER UP NOW
joinPOWERup@aol.com

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ROSENZWEIG & CODIKOW JOIN FORCES FOR “SIMPLE PLEASURES”

Documentary filmmaker Torrie Rosenzweig has teamed with indie producer Stacy Codikow to make SIMPLE PLEASURES, the follow-up feature documentary to her award-winning, directorial debut SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: A HISTORY OF DENIAL, narrated by Emmy winning actress Sharon Gless, was on the 1999 Academy Awards Shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. It received awards at Worldfest Flagstaff, San Luis Osbiso Int. Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, and Columbus Int. Film Festival.

Rosenzweig has directed and produced several episodes of BIOGRAPHY for A&E; Network, including the two-hour special “Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess” and “Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady”. She served as associate producer of the MOW’s CAGNEY & LACEY “Together Again” and “The Return”.

Clockwise left to right: Intern Bibi Ong, Sound Recordist Jayme Roy, Director of Photography Chuck Barbee, Intern Marcella Esparza, Sound Recordist Galen Handy, Assistant to Producer Jaclyn Ranere, Director Producer Torrie Rosenzweig.

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CODIKOW FILMS FEATURED IN CREATIVE SCREENWRITING MAGAZINE Creative Screenwriting Magazine, now in its seventh year of national publication, July’s issue hosts a new column that will profile production companies that are open to queries from writers. One of the two companies chosen for the premiere issue is CODIKOW FILMS.

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CODIKOW FILMS ARRANGES SOPHIE B. HAWKINS AND JOAN JETT TO PERFORM

Gigi Gaston (Director and Manager of Sophie B. Hawkins), Stacy Codikow and Sophie B. Hawkins hang out before the Media Awards.

Stacy Codikow along with her assistant Jaclyn Ranere volunteered their efforts in securing and coordinating the musical performances of singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins and rocker Joan Jett for the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel, April 15th. Sophie B. Hawkins opened the show with her new song “Lose Your Way” which segued into the hit “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”. The sellout crowd of 2,000 was then energized by Joan Jett’s performance of “Bad Reputation”.
Elizabeth Taylor received The Vanguard Award and Anne Heche received The Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Presenters included Sharon Stone, Carrie Fisher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Steven Weber, Delta Burke, Illeana Douglas, Jane Curtain, Camryn Manheim, Garry Marshall, and Jay Leno.

Jaclyn Ranere, Stacy Codikow, Joan Jett, Dr. Alicia Burke, and Thommy Price (Joan Jett’s drummer) relax after soundcheck.

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A NEW MILLENNIUM, A NEW CENTURY, A NEW LOOK FOR CODIKOW
Codikow Films boldly steps into the new millennium with a new website that offers easier access. The new site offers more tips for the new filmmaker and more links to other important film-related sites. As well, the site gives the new filmmaker even deeper access to Codikow’s staff.

The Philadelphia-based development firm, Collective Web Development, responsible for this fabulous new look is run by principle Tamara Gray.

For more information on the services available through Collective Web Development, visit their website at

http://welcome.to/cwdinc

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Stacy Codikow currently hosts THE INSIDER SCOOP TO GETTING YOUR FILM PRODUCED for the Hollywood Indie Network at:

http://www.indienetwork.com/codikow

Ask Questions.

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WOMEN IN FILM FEATURES CODIKOW FILMS IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE

Women In Film is the professional organization founded in Los Angeles in 1973 with the commitment to recognize, develop, and actively promote the unique visions of women in the global communications industry. With a membership roster of the most famous who’s who in town, this organization is the “premiere” Hollywood Club for both men and women.

Read about Codikow Films at:

http://www.wif.org//features/codikow.html

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CODIKOW FILMS LANDS ON MOONDANCE

The first annual Moondance International Film Festival was held in Boulder, Colorado January 14-16, 2000. The festival promotes and encourages women screenwriters and independent filmmakers, allowing them to have an opportunity to screen their work for an international film community. Codikow Films joins the list of prestigious presenters for two workshops. Their first presentation, “Women in Film: Strategies for Success” teaches women filmmakers what they need to know and do to really succeed in the young, male-dominated shark pit of Hollywood. The second workshop “How to Pitch Your Story & Get It Sold” covers the fine art of pitching a screenplay or concept to the Big Boys & Girls and how to make that sale.

Visit Moondance on the web at:

www.moondancefilmfestival.com

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HOUSTON PAN-CULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL LURES CODIKOW FILMS VP TO SPEAK

Ancestral Films sponsors the 3rd Houston Pan-Cultural Film Festival, February 10-13, 2000. This year’s Festival focuses on the Asian Diaspora, including films from Canada, China, Honduras, India, Japan, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam, and the United States. VP Sherri James has been brought in to present two workshops, “How to Pitch Your Story & Get It Sold” and “Everything You Wanted to Learn in Film School…But They Neglected to Teach,” based on Stacy Codikow’s book, which addresses proven techniques for succeeding no matter where you are in the industry.

Visit Houston Pan-Cultural on the web at:

http://www.ancestralfilms.org

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CODIKOW FILMS HOSTS PITCH PANEL FOR PAN-AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Established in 1992, PAFF is the largest festival in the United States dedicated to the exhibition of Black Films. This year the festival, which is being held February 10-22, 2000, will be hosted by actor-director-musician Malcolm Jamal Warner. Codikow Films has been tapped to host a panel of industry experts who will discuss the art of pitching and what makes a successful pitch.

Visit the Pan African Film Festival on the web at http://www.paff.org