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Eric Ford-Holevinski's film, The Restaurant, by Hayride Films, has been accepted by the NewFilmmakers festival in New York City! The film will be presented Oct. 18 at 9:30 PM, at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave @ 2nd Street. Many of the cast and crew will be in attendance. Tickets go on sale the day-of at 5:30PM. For more information go to http://newfilmmakers.com/. Andy made a deal with a demon. He manages a small but ambitious Italian eatery called Scoppa. The demon's black magic lures patrons to the restaurant; in return, Andy feeds guests to the demon, who dwells in the basement. It was all going smoothly, business was booming, reviews were glowing...Until the busboy found out. The Restaurant is a comedy horror film influenced by such classics as Ghostbusters, The Evil Dead, The Frighteners, and An American Werewolf in London. NYWIFT member Diane Bradshaw and husband Tom are associate producers on the film.

NYWIFT member Sydney Smith’s hello is a modern fable about an introverted young Brooklynite whose sole companion is a beloved pet fish. Herby spends his days busking as a living statue of The Tin Man, at once immersed in and protected from a disheartening world.  When a mysterious young woman and her curious pup move into the apartment next door, they rouse Herby from his narrow existence. It has been accepted into The Kerry Film, Festival, in Killarney, Ireland, which takes place Oct. 19-22. (Details here.) It also recently won an Award of Excellence from the BEST SHORTS COMPETITION.  The film premiered at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in May, as part of New York International Shorts. 

After Party
, a feature film starring Rachel Nichols and Steve Guttenberg and costume designed by NYWIFT member Jevyn Nelms, will screen at the Chelsea Film Festival at AMC Lowes 34th Street on Oct. 20 at 1:30 PM. Charlie throws New York’s best parties; where downtown artists, uptown intellectuals, hipsters and hangers-on gather to drink, dance and be seen. Yet right under the surface of the decadence is fear. Fear of success, fear of being alone, and fear about what the world looks like when the party’s over. Tonight is going to be one of Charlie’s most memorable parties. It’s also her last, but not even she knows it. After Party is the winner of the 2017 Best Comedy Feature Award at the Madrid International Film Festival. Individual tickets are $13. Buy tickets.

NYWIFT member Margaret Galbraith is the director of Stickman: The Roosevelt Wilkerson Story, a deeply moving documentary about a Dallas homeless man, Roosevelt Wilkerson, whose passion for carving walking sticks connects him to a world beyond the streets and launches him on an incredible journey. Within the backdrop of the American South, with its history of slavery and segregation, the film shows how the power of the human spirit can overcome the rigid boundaries of social class and race that still pervade society. Stickman debuted at the USA Film Festival in April and most recently won Best Documentary Feature at the Frame4Frame Film Festival. The film will be shown at LA Femme Festival Oct. 19-22 in Los Angeles, and tickets can be found here with the code "special." Look out for showings in Portland by following the Portland Film Festival website. The film will also be screened as part of the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas at the AMC Palace 9 on Nov. 10 with $10 tickets available at the door. Check out the Stickman website, and watch the trailer! The film is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT.

NYWIFT member Wendy Stuart Kaplan’s short film Fragile Beauty will debut at The Chelsea Film Festival on Oct. 21 at 1:30 PM at Lowe's AMC (312 West 34 St.). Wendy is the producer, narrator, and host and her husband is the director of photography. Traveling to the remote Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia, Fragile Beauty is a documentary short exploring the customs of the Hamar, Karo, and Mursi people, their day-to-day lives, that have stayed much the same through centuries. But the question is, how different are they from us, and how much longer will they remain that way? The challenges of their unique way of life, their extreme adornment, elaborate body painting, and piercings, are now being threatened by the outside world. Their story is told through a narrative and interviews by Wendy Stuart Kaplan with extraordinary visuals by Alan Kaplan. Tickets are $13. Buy tickets (it’s in Short Film Series 7).

Member Denise Dragiewicz and her husband Marc will be showing two films and hosting a panel discussion at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival on Oct. 24 from 5-7 PM in NYC, Madagascar Wildlife and Fire Subterranean: The Burning of Borneo's Peat Swamp Forest. The films will also screen alongside The Poachers Pipeline. Takes place at the Cinema Village Theater (22 East 12th Street). Tickets are $18. Buy tickets.

NYWIFT member Heidi Philipsen’s feature film Darcy will have its world premiere at the Twin Cities Film Festival in Minneapolis on Oct. 24 at 5:30 PM. The film is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT. It's summer break and fifteen-year-old Darcy is working in her family's motel, a seedy operation on the edge of town. Sustaining the motel is the practice of taking in occupants who have until only recently been incarcerated—an arrangement that Darcy’s parents have made with the Department of Corrections for a price. Those people desperate to sleep for a night are the strangers lurking the halls, never knowing who is shooting up, or of the pimp leading a man to a working-girl next door. The idealistic Darcy sees the motel’s residents only as people, not realizing the danger she might be in. Appearing like a vision from the cover of the romance novels she sneaks off to read in the woods. Darcy’s eyes open a bit wider and her feelings are tapped a little deeper when the older, handsome and brooding Luke checks into the motel. Slowly beginning to come of age surrounded by people that society wants to forget, along with an alluring stranger whose arrival sparks the possibilities that life has to offer, Darcy is presented with a decision to make: Stay close to the mundane life she knows and loathes, or venture off into the uncertain but undeniably tempting world outside of the motel’s doors. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets.

NYWIFT member Sandra Luckow’s That Way Madness Lies is the opening night feature at the Big Apple Film Festival Nov. 1 at 9 PM at SVA Theater (333 West 23rd St). One woman and her family trek the broken mental health system in an effort to save her brother as he descends into madness. Beginning as a testimony of his sanity, his iPhone video diary ultimately becomes an unfiltered look at the mind of an untreated schizophrenic. Tickets are $20. Buy tickets.

WIF LA member Mina Chow’s Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair? makes its world premiere Nov. 3-4 at the 9th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF NY) in NYC. Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs.  For generations of Americans, World’s Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow became fascinated with World’s Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  Beginning with their stories, Mina shares this legacy and the American values that inspired her to become an architect. She is excited to go to the 1st World's Fair in China.  With over 73 million visitors, the Shanghai World Expo breaks all attendance records for any event in human history.  But what she discovers there not only destroys her confidence as an American architect; it is symptomatic of a country that has lost its way. With her dream destroyed, Mina begins a search for answers … to find out what happened to the vision of World’s Fairs ... and what happened to America. See details and buy tickets.

There are multiple NYWIFT members’ films being featured in YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival from Nov. 3-11! Patty Schumann, the festival director, and Annetta Marion, an advisory board member of the festival, are both NYWIFT members, and proud to be featuring the work several NYWIFT members at this year's YoFiFest. NYWIFT member Jenn Shaw’s $15 Kicks and member Francesca Andres Charcoal will be playing on Nov. 5. NYWIFT member Claudia Murdoch produced Time is the Longest Distance, which is playing Nov. 8. Amy Leland, another NYWIFT member, edited the film Sundown, which is playing Nov. 4. NYWIFT members have a special offer of 20% off single, two-, and three-day passes! Go to yofifest.com and enter the passcode YOFIDAY to access your pass for Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Saturday and Sunday, or just Saturday or Sunday! 

WIFV DC member Jody Hassett Sanchez is the director and producer of the film More Art Upstairs, a documentary that will have its New York premiere on Nov. 15 at the IFC Center as part of the DOC NYC series. More Art Upstairs follows four accomplished artists as they compete at ArtPrize, a populist experiment that’s challenging the art world’s hierarchy by giving the public the power to decide which art will win almost half the $500,000 in prize money. With unmatched access to artists, organizers, jurors and visitors, the film captures the entire wild ride of this competition. The result – a thoughtful yet exuberant experience about this curious confluence of paintings, populism and the notion that art can express something important about what it means to be human. Purchase your tickets to the New York premiere! Visit the film website, Facebook, and Twitter, and learn more about DOC NYC here

invites NYWIFT members to exclusive Festival programming not open to the public on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. On Oct. 25 join SundanceTV for an exclusive screening of Rosehaven, their new Australian comedy series, followed by a talkback with series creators/stars. The screening will be followed by an exclusive Happy Hour presented by SundanceTV. Oct. 26, join the NYTVF for back-to-back events at 4pm and 5pm. Refinery29's Chief Content Officer Amy Emmerich will sit for a keynote address at 4 PM. At 5 PM, Topic and their Senior Vice President of Editorial Anna Holmes, discuss She’s the Ticket, the new docu-series capturing the stories of five pioneering female candidates running for office in 2017 and 2018. The panels will be followed by a Happy Hour at 6 PM. In addition, the NYTVF is happy to invite NYWIFT members to their Oct. 28 Development Day Pro Workshop - featuring panels on all aspects of TV production - including Off-Camera Work, On-Camera Results: Production Pros, Presented in partnership with NYWIFT, and featuring NYWIFT members and Designing Women honorees. Panels start at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM at Helen Mills Theater and Event Space. To RSVP, please email RSVP@nytvf.com and mention NYWIFT and note which event you would like to attend.