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NYWIFT Announces Visions: TV Dramas by Maya Angelou and Momoko Iko

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September 24 Screening Co-Presented by NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund and Museum of the Moving Image to Feature Restored 1970s Films for Television by Women Filmmakers

NEW YORK, NY (August 30, 2016) – New York Women in Film & Television’s (NYWIFT) Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) will present Visions: TV Dramas by Maya Angelou and Momoko Iko as part of MOMI's on-going Changing the Picture series on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM at the MOMI.

The pioneering PBS TV series Visions, produced by Barbara Schultz from 1976 to 1980, presented 40 programs that brought together playwrights and directors to create dramas that addressed controversial topics in American culture. The movies, which included period films and contemporary dramas, gave voice to conflicting opinions and diverse groups within America.

Two of these important programs, recently preserved by NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) with funds from Nancy Malone, will be screened. Ann Deborah Levy, WFPF Co-Chair, Barbara Schultz, Executive Producer of the Visions series, and Sandra Schulberg, Visions series Story Editor and WFPF member, will introduce the programs. The screenings are made possible by KCETLink.

The Tapestry and Circles, two short dramas, both directed by Maya Angelou and scripted by Alexis De Veaux are set in the 1970’s and focus on young African-American women attempting to forge their own independent paths, despite the constraints and prejudices of their families and the society in which they have grown up. Total running time: approximately 90 minutes. 
Screening at 2:00 P.M.

The Gold Watch, written by Momoko Iko, tells the story of Japanese immigrants in a West Coast farming community as they cope with racism and internment in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Depicting a chapter of the American past that has been sadly neglected, the movie has special resonance today in light of our continuing national conversation on immigration and racism.   Total running time: approximately 90 minutes. Screening at 4:30 P.M

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, at 2:00 P.M. and 4:30 P.M., Museum of the Moving Image,
Celeste and Armand Bartos Screening Room, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens

Tickets are $12 regular admission, or $9 seniors (65+) and students (18+) with valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased on the Museum of the Moving Image website: http://ht.ly/hX5X303308s
Press may RSVP to Tkawamoto@movingimage.us.

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About the Women’s Film Preservation Fund:
The Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is the only program in the world dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of women in the industry through preserving films made by women. Founded in 1995 by NYWIFT in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), WFPF has preserved more than 100 American films in which women have played key creative roles. These include works by early feminists, women of color, social activists and artists that represent unique and irreplaceable contributions to our nation’s cinematic heritage. Films already preserved range from those of early pioneers, Lois Weber and Alice Guy Blaché, experimental filmmaker, Maya Deren, animator Mary Ellen Bute, to more contemporary documentarians Trinh T. Minh-ha and Barbara Kopple, and more. The WFPF is rewriting the film history books, one moving picture at a time. 

More information can be found online at: www.womensfilmpreservationfund.org  
Follow WFPF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWFPF . Email WFPF at: wfpf@nywift.org

 

About Museum of the Moving Image:
Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its stunning facilities—acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design—the Museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The Museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts.

More information can be found online at: www.movingimage.us  

About New York Women in Film & Television:
New York Women in Film & Television supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equality. The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,000 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members.

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Press Inquiries:

Katie Chambers --  Kchambers@nywift.org -- 212.679.0870
Tomoko Kawamoto -- kawamoto@movingimage.us -  718 777.6830


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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.

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