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NYWIFT member Lisa Reznik's Film Society of Summit will screen Before Stonewall on March 16 at 8 PM, followed by a discussion with director Greta Schiller, at MONDO (426 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ). Before Stonewall provides an informative and engaging portrait of the history of LGBT experience in America. Using filmed recollections and a wealth or archival material, it traces the social, political, and cultural development of the LGBT community. In 1969 the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village transformed a routine police raid into the beginning of the LGBT movement with three nights of rioting-an event which has since become a cornerstone of modern gay history. Before Stonewall moves through 20th century history and examines the social and cultural context leading up to this "sudden" burst of political energy: highlighting the social experimentation of the Roaring Twenties, to the discovery of the true size of this "hidden society" during World War II, to the scapegoating of homosexuals during the McCarthy era, to the development of the early homophile rights movement. Learn more.

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York
2018 lands at Cinema Village on March 16-22. SRFF’s Fifth Edition launches 70 films from 35 countries that cover a broad range of socially relevant™ stories about immigration, women and girls, human trafficking, climate change, aging, mental health, disability, social justice, homelessness, LGBTQ rights, VR/360º films and more. Close to 50% of the films in the selection are directed by women and deal with women-oriented issues. One of the shorts, Journey without a Map, is directed by NYWIFT member Jill Woodward. There are also NYWIFT member panelists on the industry workshops, including Cheree Dillon the documentary editing panel, Wendy Lidell on the distribution panel, and Felicia Greenfield on the Spotlight panel on Women, Gender Equality and Human Trafficking. SRFF is a non-profit film festival designed to shine a spotlight on international and local filmmakers who raise awareness for social issues, in response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling on screen. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Watch the trailer here.

NYWIFT member Jill Salvino’s film Between the Shades is screening at the 2018 Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image on March 17 at 6 PM. This feature length documentary that explores the many shades of being gay by what connects us all: love. The film looks at love though 360 degrees of parents, children, and generations. The participants will represent a large range of age groups, ethnicities and professions. They are male, female and those who are still yet to be defined. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here! The film will also show at QFest Philadelphia, QFest St. Louis, and the Thin Line Doc Fest in Texas. Don’t forget to follow Between the Shades on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

NYWIFT members are invited to attend select events of the first Australian International Screen Forum NYC, taking place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from March 20 – 22. View the full schedule here. March 20 screenings include Mountain, followed by a Q&A with director Jennifer Peedom and narrator Willem Dafoe at 2:10 PM, and Shame (30th Anniversary Screening), followed by a Q&A with lead actress Deborra-lee Furness at 4 PM. March 21 events include a screening of the fully restored version of Starstruck, followed by a Q&A with director Gillian Armstrong at 2:30 PM, and a Conversation with Former HBO Documentary President and NYWIFT member Sheila Nevins, moderated by Lesli Klainberg at 2:40 PM. Click on the event links for time and location information. For each event, use the code “NYWIFT” at the top right corner during check-out to redeem one of a limited number of free tickets exclusively for NYWIFT members!

NYWIFT member Victoria Negri is the producer of the feature film The Fever and the Fret by Cath Gulick, which is world premiering at the Museum of the Moving Image with the Queens World Film Festival on March 23 at 8:15 PM. In the film, a shy, artistic loner growing up in the Bronx, 14-year-old Eleanor (Adelina Amosco) is tormented at school because of the large birthmarks on her face. At night, she begins visiting another world, vast and desolate, where she encounters another being who is like her. But when Eleanor is forced into a confrontation at school, she faces a series of unexpected consequences and may have to leave her other world behind forever. NYWIFT member Frances McGarry also stars. The Fever and the Fret involves an incredibly diverse team, with all-female producers, writer, director, editor, and a majority cast of Asian-American actors. Watch the trailer. Buy tickets to the premiere here, and use discount code QWFF18 at checkout! 

NYWIFT member Claudia Murdoch’s film, The Invaders, has been included as one of only 23 short films as an Official Selection of the Vail Film Festival in Colorado. Written and directed by Mateo Márquez and produced by Carrie Radigan and Claudia Murdoch, The Invaders is about when a girl is followed home, and she finds herself facing a sinister force that threatens her entire existence. Watch the trailer. Buy tickets to the film’s screening in the Shorts Group 3 on April 7 at 1:30 PM at Blue Starlite Cinema by signing up for a Sched account. Learn about festival passes here. Don’t forget to follow the project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!