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CineWomen NY

Founded in 1994, CineWomen NY was a grassroots, multicultural, multiracial organization, whose mission was to support the work and advancement of women in the film and television industries. CineWomen NY produced educational programs, networking events, and activities to encourage and nurture women’s projects and artistic vision, and provided forums and opportunities for their work to be seen. CWNY was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1996.

Elizabeth Multer served as the first president. Original board members included Loren Segan, Kim Martin, Marcy Lefkovitz and Jennifer Lytton. Other key people who helped build CWNY’s foundation include John Ziaukas, Jennifer Winston, Cecelia Gilchriest, Michele Gorchow, Licia Hurst, Melisse Seleck, Christiane Siebert, Michele Blackwell, Bridgette Davis and Sabrina Peck.

CWNY joined forces with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) in September 2008, as members of NYWIFT, we remain dedicated to providing a secure forum, to developing the number and range of opportunities available for women in these industries, and to fostering a strong, independent, creative spirit.

We are most appreciative of the hard work and devotion of our Founders, Past Presidents and Board Members:
Jillian Abbott
Geralyn Abinader
Michele Arnov
Dianne Barnes
Abra Bigham
Michele Blackwell
Jessica Burstein
Maria Cabrera
Chris Cavanagh
Carol D. Chambers
Lisa Cron
Beth Ann Dailey
Rena De-Levie
Louise Fleming
Liz Foley
Jen Gerould
Cecelia Gilchriest
Laurie Gregg
Topping Haggerty
Georgia Hilton
Licia Hurst
Tina Kacandes
Stacey Kelly
Charlotte Kinstlinger-Bruhn
Andee Kinzy
Marcy Lefkovitz
Tema Levine
Elizabeth London
Lenore Lyons
Jennifer Lytton
Kim Martin
Annetta Marion
Alison McMahan
Joan Michelsen
Joanne Morton
Patty Mulcahy
Beth Multer
Sabrina Peck
Luisa Pretolani
Maria Pusateri
Geeta Raval
Francesca Rizzo
Fernanda Rossi
Miriam Rothstein
Maiko Sakai
Nyna Sargent
Loren Segan
Christiane Siebert
Melisse Seleck
Lara Anne Slife
Paolina Weber

CineWomen NY is deeply grateful to the following individuals for their ongoing help, support and guidance:

Signe Baumane

Meira Blaustein
Executive Director/Co-Founder
of the Woodstock Film Festival

Cheryl Dunye
Director, screenwriter
and filmmaker

Judith Helfand
Award winning filmmaker,
activist and educator

Deborah Kampmeier
Director and Producer

Sabine Hoffman

Marilyn Horowitz
NYU professor, writer, producer,
writing coach, and script doctor

Terry Lawler
Executive Director
New York Women in Film & Television

Claudia Raschke Robinson

Eva Saks
Director and Producer

Robert Siegel
Entertainment Attorney


The committees are designed to provide you with a regular, ongoing, "safe" environment to get feedback on a current project or to learn about some aspect of filmmaking that is important to you. Going to Groups is also a good tool to keep your project(s) on track.

NYWIFT/CWNY Screening Series
CineWomen NY is dedicated to bringing women's cinema projects to a larger audience. To that end, we partnered with the Pioneer Theater/Two Boots to create a monthly evening of shorts and features from the female point-of-view. Beginning January 2008, CWNY joined forces with NYWIFT to co-host the screening series together and now alternates programming each month. The series runs on the 4th Tuesday (7-9 pm) of every month except December and August. Our screenings include a Q&A with the filmmakers, followed by an afterparty. Pioneer Theater is located at 155 East 3rd Street, off Avenue A in New York City.

Show and Grow
Show and Grow was designed to give you and your project a boost. It's your opportunity to show your work at any phase and get feedback from a group of experts. Show and Grow is held on a request-only basis - you request, we put one together for you so it could be customized to fit your focus, need or help you solve a particular problem.

Workshops designed to help members at every level of their careers, CWNY offered a variety of workshops from industry professionals.  

The Actors Gallery
Our on-line casting directory.

CWNY is very proud to have been a part of some of the special screenings and panels presented by the Donnell Media Center over the years. These programs were always free and open to the public.

The Donnell Media Center is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, containing an important collection of over 5000 videotapes and 8,500 16mm films which include everything from independent experimental videos to documentaries to Hollywood films. Their Film Video Study Center, a vast and invaluable resource, is open to the public.

Special presentations included:
* Rarely Screened Masterworks by Pioneering Women Filmmakers, March 2003
* Pioneering Filmmakers, a Women's History Month celebration, March 2004
* Feminism/Post Feminism on Film: Is the Women’s Movement Still Necessary?, March 2006
* abecedarium:NYC . Introduced during Video and Digital Art by Women Since the 1960s, May 2008

We would like to thank Elizabeth McMahon of the NYPL for her ardent support and assistance with organizing these programs.

Donnell Media Center
of the New York Public Library
20 West 53rd Street
New York, New York 10019

CineWomen NY Soiree
The definition of a soiree is, "...an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose." Our only purpose here was to offer film folk a nice relaxing atmosphere to come out, meet each other, and have some fun. Free food was served and reduced priced drinks were available. You didn't have to be a CineWomen NY member to go. You didn't even have to be a woman. All are welcome. Bring your friends. Bring your relatives. Bring your friend's relatives — as long as they are filmmakers, crew, cast or film lovers. Just show up, mix, mingle and enjoy... no hassle and nice people...

CineWomen NY was a proud member of The New York Women's Media Council - a coalition of nonprofit associations that serve women working in the communications field. Its mission is to provide an industry forum for mutual support, relationship building, information sharing and coordinated action. The member organizations represent more than 5,000 women across every media discipline.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts