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Stranger Than Fiction
, the weekly documentary film series hosted by Thom Powers & Raphaela Neihausen and presented by IFC Center, launches the spring season of its 13th year every Tuesday nights at 7 PM for eight weeks, April 18 – June 6. Each event includes a discussion with the filmmaker or special guests, followed by a gathering at a nearby bar. STF is offering the IFC member priced discount ($14/ticket) for NYWIFT members. Show a copy of this email message to get the discount.  Standard disclaimers apply: one discounted ticket per member, available for in-person sales at the box office, while supplies last; discount offer will not grant admission to a sold-out show. The films directed by women this season include: Tokyo Idols (Kyoko Miyake), Step (Amanda Lipitz), One October (Rachel Shuman), Company Town (Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow) and The Gleaners & I (Agnes Varda, Q&A w/ filmmaker Kirsten Johnson). See details.

The following films premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) showcase work by NYWIFT members. U.S. Narrative Competition: Keep the Change (Anne Hubbell, Executive Producer), Love After Love (Leslie Bellamy, Costume Department), and One Percent More Humid (Lisa Thomas, Line Producer); International Narrative Competition: Nobody’s Watching (Veronica Mulero, Script Supervisor); Documentary Competition: The Departure (Laura Vigilante, Associate Producer); Spotlight Documentary: Get Me Roger Stone (Jill Woodward, Assistant Editor) and I Am Evidence (Mariska Hargitay, Producer, and Wendy Blackstone, Composer); Viewpoints: The Family I Had (Carolyn Hepburn, Producer) and My Friend Dahmer (Jamie Kirkpatrick, Film Editor); Special Screenings: Warning: This Drug May Kill You (Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer, and Wendy Blackstone, Composer). See details on each film on the NYWIFT website. If you're a member with a film screening at Tribeca, email communications@nywift.org and we’ll include your listing here.

NYWIFT member Carrie Hawks’ film black enuf*will screen April 27 at 7 PM at Verso Books (20 Jay St, Brooklyn). A queer oddball seeks approval from their black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop knowledge. Is it cool for black people to ski—or like Depeche Mode? The quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of blackness) skips from Missouri, to New York, and halfway around the world in this animated documentary. black enuf* interweaves stories from Hawks’ great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family & friends, and illustrated memories. The screening will be free and open to the public including a Q&A session with the director/animator. Watch the trailer and RSVP online.

NYWIFT member Katie Kupferberg designed the costumes for the independent short film The Bracket Theory, written and directed by Katia Koziara.  It screens at the Manhattan Film Festival on April 30 at 6 PM at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougall Street). Lucy has found an objective formula for love, but when New York City puts her theory to the test, she discovers new variables she never saw coming. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets.

NYWIFT member Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs opens May 3 at IFC Center. Ten years after retiring as a professional athlete, Kenny Anderson finds that basketball is easy, it’s life that’s hard. Still reeling from his mother’s death, the former NYC high-school prodigy and NBA All-Star loses a cherished coaching position, sending him into a midlife crisis. Facing his personal demons head-on, the charismatic Anderson must come to terms with his past in order to find a way forward. See details.

NYWIFT member Nina Streich invites fellow members to the Global Peace Film Festival’s free screening and discussion: The Day After: Did a Film End the Cold War? The event is May 4 from 6-9 PM at Tumblr Inc. (35 East 21st St.). In a recent episode of The Americans, the main characters watch in 1983, along with 100 million other non-fictional Americans, one of the most influential made-for-TV movies: The Day After, directed by Nicolas Meyer fresh off of directing Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. If the world had changed forever the day the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, you wouldn't have necessarily known it if, in 1983, you were watching football practice from the stadium stands in Kansas. Americans had internalized the dread that had been hanging over them since the USSR developed their own nuclear capacity. For decades the US and the USSR were locked in a morbid game with the apt acronym: M.A.D., Mutually Assured Destruction. But against that backdrop, life carried on. Register online.

NYWIFT members are invited to the School of Visual Arts’ 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival May 5-8. Since 1990, SVA’s Dusty Film & Animation Festival has become one of the country’s foremost events to discover exceptional new talent in film and animation. The Dusty Festival gives BFA Film and BFA Animation thesis students the unique opportunity to exhibit their work to industry professionals, family and friends. The festival culminates in the eminent Dusty Awards, attended by luminaries and distinguished guests from the film and animation industries. This year the Dusty Awards will be held May 8 and NYWIFT president Alexis Alexanian will present the New York Women in Film & Television Award. The Dusty Awards will stream live on May 8 at 6:30 PM EST on dusty.sva.edu. The Dusty Festival is produced by Annie Flocco, producer/director and NYWIFT member.

The Drowning
, new film by NYWIFT member Bette Gordon (Variety) opens theatrically at IFC Cinema on May 10.The film is based on Border Crossing, by Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker, and stars Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, and Avan Jogia. The Drowning is the story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert-witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case. Complex, riveting and unafraid to tread deep, murky psychological waters, this is a story of shifting identities that will keep you guessing until the very end. Screening time/day for discount tickets for NYWIFT members will be announced next week. See details.

Returning for its 4th biennial year, HCX’s Haiti Film Fest is a celebration of leaders and trailblazers in Haitian film. Taking place during Haitian Heritage Month in venues throughout Brooklyn, this festival will showcase the authentic soul of Haiti and its Diaspora through the lens of film. Featuring over 25 movies, along with panel discussions and networking receptions, the 2017 edition of Haiti Film Fest is one you won’t want to miss! The festival runs May 11-14. See details.

NYWIFT member Ela Thier’s Tomorrow Ever Afteris playing at Cinema Village May 5-11. Shaina lives 600 years in the future. War, greed, prejudice, poverty, pollution, violence, loneliness, depression – these are things that she’s read about in history books. When an accident in a physics experiment sends her on a time-travel journey to our times, she assumes that everyone around her is honest, generous and caring, as she recruits the help that she needs to get back home. Q&As May 5 & 6 at the 7:10pm & 9:10 shows. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets. (Tomorrow Ever After was named the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ Movie of the Week!)

Join ImageNation for a limited run of Nefertite Nguvu's In the Morning, preceded by the short film Night Shift, directed by Marshall Tyler. NYWIFT is proud to co-present the screening on May 6 at 4:30 PM. NYWIFT members get $2 off tickets at that screening using discount code NYWIFT at checkout (reg. $12). Nefertite Nguvu will be present for a Q&A at the May 6 screening. In the Morning is about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. Permutations of passion, sorrow, joy and brutal honesty fuel the lives of a group of nine inter-connected New Yorkers. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning. See details and buy tickets.

The musical biopic Thirsty, directed and co-written by the late NYWIFT member Margo Pelletier, produced by member Lisa Thomas and co-written by member Laura Kelber, will screen as part of the Workers Unite Film Festival on May 6 at 6:30 PM at Cinema Village (22 E. 12th St.). Where does a drag queen come from? A bullied boy from the projects finds his voice in Thirsty. Tickets are $10. Buy tickets. The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity. The Festival aims to showcase student and professional films from the United States and around the world which publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. Learn more.

, a comedic sketch shot and produced by NYWIFT member Shoshanna Withers, will screen May 6 at 4 PM at Producers Club – Theater 5 (358 W. 44th Street) as part of the NYC Independent Film Festival. Withers shot with a RED Camera in 4K, and worked with a woman directors, writer and actors. Cauliflower is a poetic 2 min sketch of millennials denying ignorance. It will be presented as part of the Short Sketch Comedy Videos program. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets.

Named one of the coolest film festivals in the world, ABFF (American Black Film Festival) has something for everyone. Whether you love movies, make movies or are looking for emerging new artists, come connect with influencers in the film & TV industry. Celebrate new talented artists. Enjoy top notch entertainment. Educate and empower yourself through master classes, panel discussions and their all-new Careers in Entertainment Center. It takes one opportunity to change the course of your future. Get away to the ABFF, June 14-18 in Miami, and discover what all the noise is about! Use code NYWIFT20 to receive a 20% discount on your SOBE or DECO pass! Register online.