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NYWIFT Member Screening Series: The LuLu Sessions

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street.

Join us this month for S. Casper Wong's feature documentary debut, The LuLu Sessions

Unlike anyone you've ever met, LuLu is a hard-living, chain-smoking rebel with a heart. Aka Dr. Louise Nutter, she's a poet with a potty mouth, farm girl, ex-cheerleader, world-class biochemistry pioneer and beloved professor. LuLu has just discovered a new anti-cancer drug when, at age 42, she learns she has terminal breast cancer.

The LuLu Sessions records via video diary the journey S. Casper Wong shared with her mentor, best friend and on-again-off-again lover over the last 15 months of LuLu's life. Her compelling film chronicles how the two women test the limits of their bond and take on life's ultimate adventure, shedding old presumptions and values while adopting new ones in the process. Reflective, intensely honest and surprisingly humorous, this unforgettable documentary makes life’s last journey accessible in ways rarely seen on screen.

S. Casper Wong
is a New York-based writer, director and producer. Her narrative feature screenplay, OO1, won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Grant, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at Urbanworld Film Festival and a Sloan Fellowship. Her award-winning short Shirts & Skins, had been screened internationally, shown on IFC, and is part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe Collection. She is currently in production for Staying Well, a feature documentary on integrative East-West medicine and the global health crisis. This collaboration with UCLA is also being developed as a three-part television series. Wong is in post-production with Becoming, a doc about Chinese adoptees in American families. Prior to receiving her MFA in film production from NYU, Casper was a senior attorney for IBM, specializing in international intellectual property and antitrust law. She holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. in bio-medical engineering from Columbia. She is also a reiki practitioner and an award-winning cartoonist.  See more at: lulusessionsfilm.com/filmmakers/#wong

Laura Minnear - Editor / Co-producer
Laura draws on an eclectic background in field biology, philosophy, fine arts, percussion and dance to inform her filmmaking interests and style. She began work in documentaries for PBS-Frontline/NOVA and HBO, and has since gone on to edit and produce award-winning independent non-fiction films. Blast! (co-editor) has had over 100 screenings and broadcasts worldwide since its premiere at Hot Docs 2007. Highlights include B
BC Storyville, Sheffield Doc Fest, NHK-Japan, and NASA Headquarters. Girl With Black Balloons (editor, co-producer, co-writer) premiered and was chosen “Best of the Fest” at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2010, later winning a Grand Jury Prize at DocNYC2011.  In 2009, Laura broadened her focus to include journalism, where her work for Dan Rather Reports has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious honors, including a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, multiple awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and in 2011, Laura was named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews.

Tiffany Peckosh
- Associate Producer
Tiffany is a film producer and editor based in New York City. Her recent credits include the award-winning feature-length documentary Icebound (co-producer), which was part of IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries, premiered at IDFA,and will have an upcoming broadcast on the BBC. Tiffany also recently completed Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist (editor), which was selected to screen as part of the Iranian Studies Initiative at Columbia University and New York University and as part of Tulane University's Peace Conference.  Other credits include narrative feature-length films, Bluebird (additional editor) starring Adam Driver (Girls) and John Slattery (Mad Men),  which was recently listed as one of the BEST FILMS OF 2013 by Indiewire, and The Citizen (consulting producer), which will be released theatrically later this year. Tiffany spent over five years as an in-house documentary producer for Academy Award-nominated,  Emmy-winning, and Peabody-winning director, Daniel Anker. She is currently working on a feature-length documentary for CNN Films.

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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.