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NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Short Films

Join us for this month's NYWIFT Member Screening Series featuring short films. Featured filmmakers are Stephanie Sellars (La Vie en Gris), Lola Jimoh (Love in Zodiac), Hannah Leshaw (Write with Me...), Fouzia Najar (Semiotics of Islam), Amy Leland (Echoes) and Marissa Kelton (Kissed by Inspiration). 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.


La Vie en Gris
Stephanie Sellars (Writer/Director/Actor)
2012, 10 min, 16mm

A struggling American actress becomes entangled with her old French director in a seductive game of cultural confrontations.

Stephanie Sellars
is a New York-based filmmaker, writer, and performer. Her short films have won awards and screened at festivals including Big Apple Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline San Francisco, DC Shorts, New Filmmakers, Cinekink, and on IFC. Stephanie studied film at La Femis in Paris and Columbia University School of the Arts where she received a MFA in 2013. She is currently writing and producing the web series Lust Life for You Tube, starring Veronica Willow, who is the protagonist of her first feature film Lust Life, which is in development.



Love in Zodiac

Lola Jimoh (Director/Writer)
2013, 21 min, digital
A horoscope love advice columnist unknowingly pushes away love while searching for it. Candice is a young, upscale, over-confident writer who has the #1 love advice horoscope in New York, Zodiac Love. However, despite her prophetic predictions about love, her love life sucks! She’s still trying to get over her ex, when she meets Kenneth, a new writer on the job. He grabs Candice’s attention but she doesn’t know his sign. So the hunt begins to find out his sign only to find that love is more than the Zodiac.

Lola Jimoh
was born in the Bronx, NY to a Nigerian father and biracial mother. She started writing and directing plays in high school and college. After graduating from college with a BA in Communications and Theatre, she directed music videos, produced her own award winning lifestyle show Lifestyles By Lola and ultimately her first short film Love In Zodiac. Lola's love for writing and directing was influenced by the void she felt there was in the industry with regards to roles for women. Currently, she is working on a documentary about a young female Nigerian poet.



Write With Me...

Hannah Leshaw (Writer/Director/Co-Producer)
2015, 9.5 min, digital
A woman longs for a songwriting partner but, terrified of the vulnerability inherent in the act of creating, retreats into the safety of her mind.

Hannah Leshaw
is an award winning Bronx-based writer and filmmaker. Her work focuses on the nature of emotional intimacy in familial, romantic and platonic relationships, exploring both the ways we experience that intimacy and the ways we wish we did. Her first three short films screened at a variety of festivals including the Female Eye, BendFilm, Soho International, Flickers , Bare Bones, NYC Downtown, Big Apple and IndieWorks. Her most recent film, Write with Me...,was partially funded with a grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts and was accepted at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.



Semiotics of Islam
Fouzia Najar (Director)
2015, 7 min, digital
Inspired by a 1975 experimental feminist film, Semiotics of Islam combats Islamophobia by highlighting the media's role in misrepresentation.

Fouzia Najar
is a Kashmiri-American filmmaker from Buffalo, NY. She has worked for award-winning production companies Kartemquin Films, ABC News and Jigsaw Productions, and her work has aired on The Weather Channel and CNN. Fouzia most recently worked on a documentary series that examines the death penalty in America and co-founded Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, a media collective dedicated to ethical practices and representation in storytelling. She is currently part of a team developing a miniseries on genius.



Echoes

Amy Leland (Writer/Director/Editor/Producer)
2014, 10 min, digital
A young married couple, deeply in love, walk through New York City on a gray morning wrestling with a personal tragedy as they face a gut-wrenching decision just as they reach the Brooklyn Bridge.

Amy Leland
is a film director/editor. Current projects include the short film Echoes, a feature documentary in production, and a feature script in development. She is an editor for CBS Sports Network. She spent three seasons as the assistant editor on Inside the Actors Studio. She has served as director or editor for numerous web series and short films. She is a stage director with 20+ years of experience, and received her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. Amy is a member of Creative Cinema Circle, IFP and NYWIFT.


Kissed by Inspiration
Marissa Kelton (Producer/Actor)
2013, 10 min, digital
Barnes has just put the finishing touches on his Dream Girl Lipstick campaign proposal. Unfortunately, his boss is not pleased... Barnes must come up with a better ad by the next morning. In the middle of his work, Barnes falls asleep. Magically, the ad comes to life and decides to save Barnes' job and the campaign – but can they all agree on how they should be immortalized?

Marissa Kelton
's acting credits include Sugar! (directed by NYWIFT’s Shari Berman), Sleepers (received a Silver Telly Award in 2012) and Down Under. Currently, Marissa is a production executive for Canton Theatrical on a new musical entitled Pop Nation, an homage to an era when boy bands and pop princesses ruled the world... the late 90's! Marissa has been a member of NYWIFT since 2011.

Premiere: Immigrant /First Generation Women's Production Workshop Video
Three short films, including Coming and Living in America, Borders Inside and Out and Luna's Story: The Importance of Accepting Yourself, which were produced by immigrant and first generation women at NYWIFT's production workshop. The workshop was part of the NYWIFT Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film, a screening series and production workshop funded by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (District 30) through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.The workshop was conducted by Third World Newsreel.




NOTE: This event is not handicap accessible.



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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
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