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NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Shorts Program

Join us for this month's NYWIFT Member Screening Series featuring short films. Featured filmmakers are Lisa Melodia (Big Girl), Felicia Bradford (January 30th), Angela Tucker (The Three of Us), Joan Caspi (Dumped), Melissa Haizlip (You're Dead To Me) and Diane Bradshaw (Despairity).  The filmmakers will be available for a Q&A immediately following the screening.

The series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.


Big Girl
Lisa Melodia (Producer/Director/Writer)
2013, 15:44 min, digital

Hannah is only six years old but her mom calls her a big girl.  Sometimes big girls don’t go to school.  Sometimes they have to tell the truth and other times they should tell lies.  Being a big girl means Hannah has to do things even when she doesn't want to.

Lisa Melodia's debut short film, Confidante, starring Gaby Hoffmann, screened at film festivals across the country including Mill Valley, Seattle International, and Athens International. Her latest short, Big Girl, began its 2014 festival run at Cleveland International, Maryland, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Nantucket. Melodia is currently developing her first feature film, set in her borough of Queens.


You’re Dead To Me
Melissa Haizlip (Producer)
2013, 12:45 min, digital
Andrea, a grieving Chicana mother, confronts an uninvited family member before her Día de los Muertos celebration.  By night’s end, death offers her a choice that she couldn’t make in life.

Producer Melissa Haizlip’s You’re Dead To Me, directed by Wu Tsang, won Best Short at the 2014 Imagen Awards, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Everybody’s Beautiful (Geneva) and Reel Rasquache. The film has screened at over 50 festivals, including the PBS Online Film Festival, LA ShortsFest, HollyShorts, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Frameline38 and NYWIFT’s Women Calling the Shots program at Hamptons International Film Festival. Haizlip’s documentary work-in-progress Mr. SOUL! screened at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival where it won the Audience Award.


January 30th
Felicia Bradford (Director)
2014, 14:53 min, digital 

Set in Harlem, New York, when the sun rises on January 30th, Rocky Lands is haunted by thoughts of the inevitable event happening the next day. The following 24 hours prove to not only be emotionally taxing, but she discovers her strengths and vulnerabilities and decides what Loyalty really means.

Felicia Bradford recently graduated from the City College of New York with an MFA in Media Arts Production and is a winner of the prestigious Bert Saperstein Award. As a producer, her film Sweet 16, has won numerous awards and entry into numerous film festivals.  She is currently producing and directing a webisode series entitled Impolite Conversations

Just The Three of Us
Angela Tucker (Writer/Director)
2014, 13 min, digital 

Just The Three Of Us is a short film about a couple in their 70's looking to spice up their marriage. Regina and Hank have been married for 50 years,but the passion fizzled out a while ago. Hank refuses to admit the limitations of his health, while Regina is desperately in need of an emotional connection at any cost. Starring Tony and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Uggams (Roots, The Cosby Show).

Angela Tucker is a writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes Black Folk Don't … a comedic, documentary web series in its third season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life”.  She also directed (A)Sexual, a feature-length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction. Tucker is also the Co-Producer on The New Black and produced Pushing The Elephant, both for PBS' Independent Lens. Recently she was selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s Women Mentorship Program.



Joan Caspi (Writer/Producer)
2014, 4:36 min, digital

Rachel (Rachel Feldman) is a confident, blonde, yoga instructor whose life was on track until her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her. Who hasn’t experienced the sting, the pain and the humiliation of being road kill for another’s ego?  Using humor and improv, along with an unexpected public service message at the end. Dumped illuminates human nature while gently reminding us that shit happens, when you least expect it.

Joan Caspi is a Writer/Producer. She attended The New School for screenwriting where her career as a nurse and retailer, became the fodder for her stories. Following a stint as a grievance counselor after 9/11, Joan wrote and produced her award-winning, animated short film, The Day My Towers Fell. Her experiences running a cooking group on a psychiatric ward, led to her writing a feature film script, Cooking With Gas, currently in development. Her lingerie shop, Wife Mistress became the basis for a television series for Lifetime. Dumped, her first web series is inspired by her being dumped.




Diane Bradshaw (Director)
2004, 10min, digital 

Despairity tells the story of a suburban mother and her son over the course of an evening, which is to say, every evening or any given evening.  These two people are lost in their own worlds.  They are crying for each other’s attention and love, and yet neither of them is receptive to the other’s overtures.  They don’t understand each other, yet they harbor a desperate need to connect. 

Diane Bradshaw, Esq. has produced and edited short films and appeared widely in film, television, theatre and concerts. Bradshaw has a background as an actor and is a member of SAG-AFTRA, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Actors Equity.  She is also an associate with the law firm of Helfand & Helfand.





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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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts