Since 2000, we have learned a lot about how to put creative vision and digital technology to work in service of bold ideas and the public good. We think of the companies, organizations and individuals who hire us as partners. We share with you the same approach we take with our own creative endeavors: values-based strategic planning, responsive project management, and a belief that inspiration and imagination are of practical benefit to any initiative.
Incorporated in June of 2000, Wovie began as a way to produce and distribute independent film projects. Marilyn looked at the web and saw how new media technologies would be put to work by artists. Anne jumped on board with characteristic enthusiasm. Within six months of starting the company we had developed and produced two educational animated series for the nonprofit sector, were in preproduction on our first feature film project, and had incidentally become a premier user interface design and backend development team because, well, it was early days and you couldn’t just upload a video to YouTube.
By the end of that first year, the .com bubble burst.
Wovie weathered the crash with innovation, imagination, strategic agility and a commitment to doing work that matters. We stayed in touch with our values, doubled down on creativity, and kept adapting to the changing landscape of online technologies by learning and staying lean.
By 2009, Anne and Marilyn were veterans of the tech economy, accomplished digital media artists and had both been invited to join the faculty of undergraduate and graduate writing and interdisciplinary arts programs. During an extended foray into academia, they each found new passion for their work—Marilyn through the theory of nonfiction narrative, and Anne in feminist pedagogy.
Marilyn left her faculty position in 2013 to put theory back into practice, first as an information technology policy strategist for the State of Washington and going on to develop award-winning video services for public agencies. By mid-summer of 2018 she’d produced and directed more than 60 films for the state including such pieces as Shots Fired, We Love Our School and Volunteering.
Anne resigned her faculty position in 2016 in order to bring her full attention to independent projects, including a series of site-specific multi-media installations concerned with issues of equity, as well as long-format writing and film projects.
Through it all, we have maintained Wovie. It has always been here. And now, as we approach 2020, we are thrilled to continue creating and collaborating with great partners to help make a more loving and compassionate world.