AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women

The American Film Institute’s 2011 Directing Workshop for Women participants presented their short films earlier this month at an event at the DGA in Hollywood, hosted by Lisa Cholodenko (“High Art,” “The Kids are All Right”).

Over 250 women have participated in the program and, interestingly, most of the successful alum of the program have become directors of television programming.

Of the eight films presented by 2011′s directors Amy French, Jennifer Glynn, Rachel Goldberg, Kimberly McCullough, Lisa Robertson, Courtney Rowe, Tina Salmassi and Velvet Andrews Smith, “Commerce,” written and directed by Lisa Robertson, was chosen by The Adrienne Shelly Foundation to receive a production grant that will enable Robertson to explore the production of a feature film from her material.

Robertson’s short stars Joel Gretsch (“V,” “The 4400″), Annabeth Gish (“Mystic Pizza,” “The West Wing”) and Noel Fisher (“Twitlight: Breaking Dawn,” “The Riches”), and presents a traditional family man being

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