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Program Series: Listening In

  • 30 Jun 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Special Location
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We are thrilled to announce our program series, Listening In, returns on Sunday, June 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Listening In offers an opportunity to uncover the unique personal stories, thoughts, and ideas from some of the industry's most impressive and accomplished female creatives.

Exclusive to WIFT Austin members. Limited Space.

This Listening In will feature TWO panels!


First, actors Savannah Welch and Katherine Willis will chat about their experiences in front of the camera followed by a behind the lens panel!

About Kathrine Willis:

Katherine started acting in theater when she was 12 yrs old. Katherine is a wift member and a Texan. She is an incredible actor. Katherine is also a producer. 

She is  best known for her roles as Myrtle Hale in Killers of the Flower Moon (2023), Diana Lord in Tell Me Your Secrets (2021), and Joanne Street in Friday Night Lights (2006). She is also known for her work on: NBC's The Blacklist (2013), HBO's The Leftovers (2014), USA Network's Queen of the South (2016), and the Nat Geo miniseries The Long Road Home (2017).

About Savannah Welch:

Savannah is an Actor and a Musician. She is a Texan. Savannah has her own podcast 'Enough about Music' She sits down with some of the music greats, and talks about anything and everything, except music.  Savannah Welch is known for her acting roles in the HBO Max series TITANS, ABC's THE GOOD DOCTOR, Hulu's THE HANDMAID'S TALE, Oscar nominated film BOYHOOD directed by Richard Linklater; TREE OF LIFE starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain; and a recurring guest starring role as ex-Marine Dawn on the History Channel’s SIX. 


Our second panel features Director Alexandra Chando! Alexandra will be breaking down the script/scene from our Actors in the first panel, joined by women behind the lens.

Alexandra Chando is a Director, Producer, and Emmy nominated Actor. She got her start in the entertainment industry as an actress--with over 20 years of experience on network TV and film. Chando has been a series regular on shows for major networks like NBC, The CW, FOX and most notably playing twins on "The Lying Game", as well as guest stars on network series and a recurring role on Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete”. After becoming interested in directing, Chando began shadowing directors on network TV series (ABC’s “Mistresses”, Fox/Marvel’s “The Gifted”), totaling over 400 on-set hours. Since 2017 she has directed multiple short films, an independent TV pilot and most recently her first feature film, "And On the Eighth Day". As the Festival Manager of Mammoth Film Festival™ and the Executive Director of HER VOICE, an initiative aiming to create accessibility and opportunities to emerging female filmmakers, Chando has immersed herself in filmmaking and is dedicated to making strides in gender parity. In 2020, she launched “The Her Voice Podcast”, a podcast about getting candid and having meaningful conversations with females (and males) in the entertainment industry. Chando was a cohort in the 2022 class of the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program.


Jenni Wieland first made her name as a production accountant in Los Angeles and Austin, working at home and on-location around the globe. Though not seen as a particularly glamorous position, Ms Wieland found that her role as Accountant allowed her to work closely with and learn from some of the top Producers and industry professionals in the world, and it was this access that has allowed her to step into the roles of Production Supervisor and Line Producer. Jenni graduated from the RTF- film production program at the University of Texas at Austin in the 90s and moved to L.A. to work on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. After several years in Hollywood, she returned home to find a thriving industry and began work with such luminaries as Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, DAvid Gordon Green and Terrence Malick. Throughout her career, Jenni has always maintained a particular love of Independent films and hopes to continue to support artistic and important stories through her work. Jenni is also an accomplished French Horn player and has contributed to several recordings, live bands and even a few soundtracks.

This intimate fireside chat style conversation is hosted by our very own powerhouse, the Women in Film & Television Advisory Board's Mindy Raymond. They invite an industry friend to come and talk, and give members an exclusive opportunity to listen in. After the conversation, members, host and guest will have a chance to socialize-fostering new connections, inspiring new ideas, and making new friends.

**This program is exclusive to WIFT Austin members. Limited Space. RSVP is required.

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