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NYWIFT board member Rachel Watanabe-Batton will be delivering the keynote speech at the Third Annual Women in Production summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The summit will focus on establishing the shift to inclusivity and respect for women in front of and behind the camera, as well as highlighting the changing landscape of film and television for women in production. Taking the spotlight on culture shift at the event are some of the most influential women in production today: Rachel Watanabe-Batton, Esther Pearl and Judiffier Pearson. Each will address the changing landscape from her own perspective, whether it’s getting work financed, providing mentorship to teen girls through film, or leadership issues within the industry. The summit will take place at the Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce de Leon NE) on June 16. Tickets are available for $25 on Eventbrite. Follow the Women in Production Summit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
NYWIFT members Paula Heredia (Producer, Editor) and Donna Zaccaro (Producer, Director) have released a new film titled To A More Perfect Union: US v. Windsor, a feature documentary civil and gay rights icon Edie Windsor and the case that made her so. The film will screen on June 13 at Regal Union Square and Landmark West 57th. Click here to find screening and ticketing information. Watch the trailer. Read the reviews in The LA Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
NYWIFT Member Viviane Silvera’s short film See Memory will screen in multiple cities in the next year. Her solo exhibition of paintings and film will take place at the Iron Gate East Gallery in Southampton, NY (the Spur, 280 Elm Street), starting Saturday, June 30 from 6-8 PM. See Memory launched a VR experience on AltspaceVR, a platform by Microsoft on Tuesday, June 5th. The film screened as part of the Scenes & Screens Festival via this link. Hand-painted animations from See Memory will be featured in The Cube Art Project in Lincoln, NE on May 18, 2019. But you don’t need to wait to see the film then—watch See Memory on Amazon today!
NYWIFT member Katie Irish is eligible for an Emmy Award for her work on the FX series The Americansin Area 22 – Outstanding Period Costumes. In addition to the Academy’s online viewing platform, and the FX Streaming Platform (both of which require screener codes from the Academy), you can view photos of her work on her website. Katie was recently interviewed by Racked about her work on the disguises for the show. Nomination voting for the Emmys begins June 11 and ends on June 25 at 10 PM PDST. Keep Katie in mind for your nomination due to her amazing work on the show!
NYWIFT member Katie Tibaldi is the producer of Street Fighting Men, a feature documentary that takes a deep, observational dive into the lives of three African American men: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, Street Fighting Men is a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself. Watch the trailer. The film will have its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 5 at 6 PM and will show again on June 9 at 5 PM at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Buy your tickets and learn more about the film.
NYWIFT member Jane Kotlyar has started her production company, JWalk Productions NYC, which is producing Family Drama: A Night of One Acts. Jane is producing and starring in the show. Family Drama consists of three short plays: “Bacon Clickbait,” “DisCards,” and “O Mother.” The performance will take place on June 14 at 7:30 PM at the Dixon Place Lounge (161A Chrystie Street). The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Bar proceeds directly support DP’s, artists, and the mission. Although admission is free, you must reserve your tickets through Eventbrite. Get your free tickets here.
NYWIFT member Romina Schwedler’s short film The Visit, starring Oscar Nominee June Squibb (Nebraska, About Schmidt) and Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity), is screening at the SOHO International Film Festival on June 16. NYWIFT members Macarena Carrizosa (photographer and videographer) and Nancy Ellen Shore (featured actress) worked on the film as well. The Visit follows Ben, who, devastated by the loss of his wife and son, responds to his mother’s sudden request for a visit. But when she announces the alleged arrival of his departed family, what he strives to sustain as a gentle encounter soon spirals into torment, finally revealing a most unsettling truth. Watch the trailer. Purchase tickets to the screening here.
NYWIFT member Shevaun Mizrahi is the director of Distant Constellation, which is screening at BAMcinemaFest on June 24 at 2 PM. Shevaun received a NYWIFT scholarship for her graduate film studies. Distant Constellation screened at the Viennale (winning the FIPRESCI Critics Prize), Seville (winning the best non-fiction Award), Jeonju (winning Best Picture Prize), IDFA (screening in "Best of Fests"), and was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and included in Film Comment’s list of Best Undistributed Films of 2017. Most recently, Shevaun was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim fellowship for her work on the film. Distant Constellation is a hushed, hypnotic documentary that floats ghost-like through the rooms and corridors of an Istanbul retirement home, an uncanny alternate reality where time seems to stand still as the world outside changes rapidly. Purchase tickets here.
NYWIFT member Linnette Harrigan was an invited music delegate at Canadian Music Week (CMW) in May 2018. Linnette appeared on the panel for CMW's Spotlight On USA speaking on the topic of music supervision and licensing in TV and Film in the United States. Linnette and her team at Linnette Harrigan Media are happy to offer discounted rates to NYWIFT members. They provide expert music, licensing, clearance and other services to assist filmmakers, producers, etc. Contact Linnette at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NYWIFT member Sandra Luckow will be honored at The New Haven Documentary Film Festival on June 4 as she celebrates 20 years teaching filmmaking at Yale University’s School of Art. Sandra’s senior thesis film Sharp Edges, which is the basis for I, Tonya (2017), will be shown as well as a micro short she did on the Diana Automata Clock at the Yale Art Gallery. Some of Sandra’s students’ work from the past semester will be shown as well. The day will finish with Sandra’s 1996 documentary Belly Talkers (read Variety’s coverage of the film), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The event is free and open to the public and the screening information can be found here.
NYWIFT member Sherry Amatenstein, along with Amy Ferris and Blair Glaser, are leading the workshop Women Writing to Change the World, taking place from June 8 – 10 in Rhinebeck, NY. This workshop will allow attendees to spend a weekend meditating, connecting, and writing. Through small group work, sharing, and creative writing prompts, attendees can develop their portfolio significantly. This retreat is open to all women who are ready to break their silence and manifest the spirit of unstoppable community and connection. Return home with reading lists, writing exercises, information, and specific tactics to stay super-charged and in the creative flow. Register online and learn more about the workshop.
NYWIFT member Paula Landry with Stephen Greenwald’s new edition of the book The Business of Film: A Practical Introduction is coming out this Summer! The book looks at current practices of the business, from financing through production to distribution. This new edition is updated to reflect the massive changes in the business, including the entrance of new players (Google, Netflix, Amazon), the enactment of new tax incentives, and the changing pre-sales landscape. Available in June! Pre-order on Amazon in Kindle or Paperback format.
NYWIFT member Jill Salvino’s Between the Shades is an LGBT documentary that shows the universality of love. The film will have its LA Premiere on June 11 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Purchase tickets here. This documentary seeks to put faces to the letters that make up LGBTQI and how those letters have evolved and expanded over time. The film examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love. Watch the trailer. Support the film when it screens at Dances With Films as one of only 6 feature documentaries in the festival. Don’t forget to follow Between the Shades on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Jean Criss, NYWIFT Communications Committee Member has two new announcements. Jean Criss’ new intimate apparel brand CRISSCROSSIntimates.com has recently celebrated her one-year anniversary – servicing women and men with post-operative breast surgery, any stage or phase post-recovery with her undergarment collection. Jean was thrilled to receive a call from Hollywood after they picked-up on one of her recent Intimate Apparel blogs and asked if she would be interested to be one of the exclusive sponsors of the “2018/2019 Celebrity Luxury Gift Bags and Red Carpet Style Lounge”. Jean was invited to the summer MTV Awards, fall Emmy Awards and winter Academy Awards & Golden Globes. Starting with the fall events, she will provide a special CRISSCROSS Intimates gift to ALL nominees, and other celebs and media outreach attending. Jean has recently appeared on Modern Living TV with kathy ireland® on WeTV and Bloomberg International TV a few times in the past 6 months and co-produced this trendy video. Please shop and follow CRISSCROSSIntimates.com and contact email@example.com for further media inquiries.
On May 16, 2018 Jean Criss received the National Distinction for Successful Women in Business in All Sectors from WomenInBusiness.org for her innovation and leadership as a woman business owner. WIB Founder, Toby Nadler and Presenting Host, Adria Gross, shared that "Jean is a creative entrepreneur and innovative dynamo with a single purpose – revolutionary design… with an eye on client-driven media and marketing strategies. She sought to extend her brand into the world of women entrepreneurs and industry business owners by joining many organizations.“ For media, marketing or press inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYWIFT member and first-time filmmaker Alexandra Dean and co-executive producer Susan Sarandon are the female creatives behind Hedy Lamarr telling her own story in her own words in the new documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. The film premieres as part of the PBS series American Masters on May 18 at 9 PM on PBS (check local listings). Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr’s looks overshadowed her true legacy as a technological trailblazer in communication systems. Lamarr never publicly talked about her life as an inventor but in 2016, debut director Alexandra Dean unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life. Combining this newly discovered interview with intimate reflections from her children, closest friends, family and admirers, Hedy’s story is finally brought to life. Visit the PBS website to stream the film or check programming times.
NYWIFT member Maria Soccor will screen her new short film Kicks at Cannes May 17 at 11 AM, Palais H. If you know anything about the sneaker culture or sneakerheads, this film will certainly entertain you whether you have a sneaker fetish or not. Four sneakerheads of varying Amerasian descent are brought together by their quest to be the first to buy the hottest new sneakers, the Yakisoto’s. As an intense racial discussion ensues through their heated conversation, they eventually realize how they are different, yet alike at the same time. For more information about her film, go to: www.KicksTheShort.com
NYWIFT member Robin Grey’s Purple Dreams will be featured at the New York African Film Festival on May 20 at 4 PM at the Francesca Beale Theatre at Lincoln Center. Robin Grey serves as the executive producer and Joanne Hock serves as the cinematographer and director of the film. The film is produced through Grey and Hock’s production company GreyHawk Films and Grey recently established Arts Empowers, an organization advocating for arts education. This inspirational documentary follows six high school students on an emotionally-powerful, three-year journey in racially-biased Charlotte, North Carolina. With access to the arts and academic mentors, the film’s subjects have the potential to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and gang-related violence. Purple Dreams bears witness to the need for arts education, especially in underserved communities. Watch the trailer. Purchase tickets here and learn more about Purple Dreams on through the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
NYWIFT member Kate Phelan’s Visit 57, which was featured at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival as part of the annual Women Calling the Shots NYWIFT Program, premiered on Vimeo on May 11. The film follows Kate’s 57th visit to the fertility doctor, when she has a moment of clarity. Watch the film here.
NYWIFT member Frances McGarry is the host of The Trauma Brain Project, a podcast released online. Christina Kotlar, another NYWIFT member, is the producer of the podcast. The Trauma Brain Project is a unique theatrical narrative about the personal journey of one of its survivors, playwright Dayle Ann Hunt. Actress Marsha Mason talks about her role in the play and how the arts can spark a conversation about early sexual trauma. Following the NYC performance, a panel of neurologists, psychologists, and body-oriented psychotherapists discuss the relationship between early sexual trauma, PTSD and its hidden effects. Listen to the recent episode starring Marsha Mason and a panel of specialists, part of Fran’s body of podcast work entitled First Online With Fran.
NYWIFT member Alice Elliot’s Miracle on 42nd Street is showing June 4 from 6-8 PM at the NYU Tishman Auditorium at Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington Square South). Although tickets are free, they are accepting via PayPal. All donations are tax-deductible and go to licensing the archival footage for educational and broadcast screenings. The suggested donation amount is $15.00. Watch the extended trailer here. Miracle on 42nd Street is a fascinating documentary about the history and impact of the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex in New York City. Starting with the history of the blighted Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the facilities’ initial commercial failure in the mid-1970s, the story recounts how – in a moment of bold inspiration or maybe desperation – the buildings were “re-purposed” as subsidized housing for people who worked in the performing arts. RSVP to the screening on June 4.
NYWIFT member Amy DePaola’s film Amydee will screen with NewFilmmakers NY at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue) on May 16 at 8 PM. Amydee will screen alongside two other short films about combat sports. If you are a boxing junkie, this is a good night for you! The film is about Amy: after surviving a physical assault on the steps of her apartment, Amy DePaola has been keeping a low profile while visiting a local boxing gym. When a young woman turns up dead in her neighborhood, Amy is forced to face her fears again, revealing that her real fight is far from over. Tickets are available at the door for $15. Watch the trailer and read the essay on the making of Amydee and Amy’s creative process.
NYWIFT Members Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron are screening their film Out of My Head several times in the next month. It will be preceded by Susanna’s short narrative film House of Teeth at screenings at BIFF, showing on June 1 and 3. Purchase tickets for screenings at BIFF here. In Out of My Head, a filmmaker, seeking treatment for her daughter's migraine attacks, discovers a confounding neurological disease and learns why a devastating condition, afflicting nearly a billion people worldwide, remains so deeply misunderstood. Watch the trailer here. The film will be playing at The Jacob Burns Film Center on May 21 at 7 PM with a Q&A with Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron to follow. Purchase tickets for the May 21 screening. The film has been selected for the 13th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF). The film will also screen at New Haven Documentary Film Festival on June 7 at 7 pm. Tickets for the June 7 screening can be reserved online for free.
NYWIFT member Becky Goldberg edited the most recent episode of the documentary series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. The series explores the evolution of sci-fi from its origins as a small genre with a cult following to the blockbuster pop-cultural phenomenon we know today. Featuring Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, and many more. You can catch re-airings of her episode, episode 2 themed Space, on AMC or amc.com. New episodes of James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction air Mondays at 10/9c on AMC.
WONDER DRUG by NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy won the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Screenplay at the 2018 Richmond International Film & Music Festival. For more information, please visit www.caitlinmccarthy.com.
Two of Caitlin McCarthy's pilot teleplays -- “Pass/Fail” and “Free Skate” -- have moved on to the Second Round in the 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) Scripts Competition. Only the top 15% of scripts submitted advanced to this round. Official Selections will be announced later in May. For more information, visit www.caitlinmccarthy.com.
NYWIFT member Lucia Spina will present We Will Schoolhouse Rock You!, a concert celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the animated television series Schoolhouse Rock! on May 6 at The Laurie Beechman Theater in The West Bank Café (407 W 42nd Street) for two shows at 7:00pm & 9:30 pm. The evening will feature everyone’s Schoolhouse Rock! favorites including “Conjunction Junction,” “I’m Just A Bill,” “Interplanet Janet,” “Three Is A Magic Number,” and “Interjections!” taking you back to Saturday mornings in front of the TV with a never-ending bowl of cereal and all the Pop Rocks you could handle. Use code ROCKME5 to save $5 off the cover charge ($25 general admission). Buy tickets and stay up to date through their Facebook page.
NYWIFT Member Taylor Coriell is the executive producer and showrunner of You’re the Pest, will be releasing a new episode weekly starting with Episode 2 this Wednesday, April 25 on YouTube. The pilot episode was originally released in 2016 and the show will continue at 12:30 pm on Wednesdays. Watch the Season 1 Teaser here! The show is a comedic webseries about two estranged friends who take over their parents' extermination company in Queens. The cast and crew are excited to entertain and inspire the next generation of young women to take matters into their own hands when things don’t go as planned. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.
NYWIFT member Heidi Philipsen’s feature film Darcy is having its LA premiere at the Silicon Beach Film Festival on April 27 at 9:30 PM. The screening will take place at Cinemark 18 (6081 Center Drive). Buy tickets online. Darcy is a coming-of-age tale about an innocent teenage girl living with her parents in a seedy motel on the edge of town and the stranger who changes her world. Watch the trailer and visit the film website.
NYWIFT member Frida Torresblanco-Weiss is a producer of the new film Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, which opens April 27. In Disobedience, a woman returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. The film is directed by Sebastian Lélio (director of the Oscar-Winning A Fantastic Woman). Watch the trailer. Read reviews of the film in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Purchase your tickets here.
NYWIFT member Stephanie Trudeau is performing in Chavela: Think of Me at Pangea Restaurant (178 2nd Avenue – NYC) at 7 PM on May 3 and at Gardenia Restaurant & Lounge (7066 Santa Monica Blvd. – LA) at 9 PM on June 15. Stephanie will perform in this docu-cabaret performance of the life and music of the iconic Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas, a trailblazer who conjures discussions of gender issues, gay rights, immigration, and Mexican culture. All set within the art world and social milieu of mid-century Mexico City when it was the cultural capital of Latin America, the songs, stories and images in the show honor Chavela’s life and her friendships with people like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Liz Taylor and Pedro Almodovar. Buy tickets to the NYC event ($20 advance, $25 cash at door).
NYWIFT member Charzette Torrence’s drama series Jillian’s Peak has been selected to be read at two film festivals. Charzette and her writing partner Danielle Johnson’s aim is to combat the negative stereotypes of the LGBTQIA community though there writing, in particularly about, lesbian women of color. Jillian’s Peak is a selection for the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival in the short screenplay category. The short screenplay will be read on May 13 at 4:30 PM at the Producers Club (Theater 5) at 358 West 44th Street. Buy tickets here. The New Media Film Festival will have a live screenplay read of Jillian’s Peak on June 17 at 4:30-6:30 PM at UCLA (James Bridges Theater) at 235 Charles E Young Dr. Buy tickets here.
NYWIFT member Katie Tibaldi’s feature documentary Street Fighting Men, and short film, Community Patrol, will both be having their Michigan and Detroit premieres this coming weekend (April 14 and 15) in Detroit, MI at the Freep Film Festival, a documentary festival put on by the Detroit Free Press. Both films screened in Detroit and feature Detroit stories. Street Fighting Men celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep, observational dive into the lives of three African American men: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. See details. Community Patrol follows a minister as he tries to rally the community to shut down a drug house. See details.
Fran Capo is a comedienne, actress, author, spokesperson, motivational speaker, radio host and 6-time world record holder. She has appeared on more than 450 TV shows and 4500 radio shows including “Entertainment Tonight”, “Dr OZ”, "Good Morning America”, and Australian TV’s #1 show called, "The Morning Show on 7”. Her 20th book, Hopeville: The City of Light hit #11 on Amazon. Fran Capo is currently the radio host of Fran’s World on WestchesterTalkRadio.com which airs on the last Friday of every month that she produces in the Hudson Valley. She is now also being featured in two upcoming films. An animated cartoon called Herbie and the Smushies where she is the voice of a French bulldog which premieres at the Ripley Grier Studio in NY (April 14) and Father and Father premiering at the Sunscreen Festival in St. Petersburg Florida (April 28). Fran is also doing peak performance motivational speaking on every continent-- including Antarctica! Check out www.francapo.com for more info.
NYWIFT member Cleo Handler wrote and produced and member Katie Kupferberg designed the costumes for the short film Out to Lunch, now available to watch on Vimeo! It was made by a strongly-female creative team (writer / director / producer / editor / star) and filmed through a uniquely female perspective. Out to Lunch explores the feeling of being a woman alone in a city. It plays with the idea of neurosis, and the fine line between overreacting and trusting your instincts, asking the question we wrestle with every day: “Am I in danger? Or am I just being crazy?” Watch it now.
Angela Atwood's Lady Hunters announces back-to-back World and NYC Premieres in the Kansas City (April 14) and Manhattan Film Festival (April 21) this month! Lady Hunters is a dramatic dark comedy that follows three girlfriends on a moms’ weekend retreat to the Adirondacks, who learn a heinous gang rapist has been released from prison nearby. Incensed by the atrocious nature of the crime against a teenaged girl, and incarceration of only one of its perpetrators, the women find themselves novice killers and arbiters of justice. NYWIFT member Angela Atwood wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the film, along with her favorite cinematographer, NYWIFT member Lauretta Prevost. This is the pair's fourth film project together. They received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant and shot the 15-minute short on Arri Alexa with Primo Prime lenses, in upstate NY. Women and Hollywood writes: “This project promises great action and a space to laugh at the world’s absurdity. More importantly, though, its protagonists speak to the very real situation in which many of us now find ourselves: first-time, ordinary people who must step up, speak out, and take action.”
Laverne Berry is one of the voter rights volunteers followed in the new documentary Capturing the Flag. Capturing will have its world premiere on April 8 at the Full Frame Film Festival. Capturing the Flag tells the story of Election Day 2016 from the deeply personal perspective of a diverse team of volunteer voter protection workers that represents the final line of protection for each American citizen’s right to vote. Capturing the Flag is seeking tax-deductible donations through the fiscal sponsor Independent Documentary Association. Please go to the website and click to donate. Every dollar raised will help the project’s outreach get more people involved in conversation and action around voter rights as we run up to the midterm elections. Please support Capturing the Flag. Watch the trailer.
Catch NYWIFT member Francesca Van Horne’s one-woman show Tales from the Trundle on April 18 and 20 at The Duplex! This original one woman show is about surviving abuse, battling the New York court system, divorce, and healing. Told through various characters, tears, Paris, laughter, Hollywood, friendship, romance, sex, and ultimately the greatest gift of freedom, which is that of self-transformation and self-love. Buy tickets for April 18. Buy tickets for April 20. Tickets are $15. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Lara Stolman’s Swim Team, recipient of the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant, is now on Netflix! Swim Team tells a universal story of parenting, coming of age, coping with adversity, and finding hope when a community comes together and creates its own solutions. Three swimmers from the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive team of teens on the spectrum, strive to rise above their disability in and out of the pool. Watch it now!
NYWIFT member Candy Kugel will be honored at “An Evening with Candy Kugel” at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7 PM. Her new film, I, Candy (2018) will be screened at this event. In I, Candy, the process of deconstructing a childhood drawing triggers the artist’s reflections on a personal history with anti-Semitism, political activism, and life choices affected by luck and determination. Displaying an encyclopedic range of animation techniques with remarkable dexterity, I, Candy is a testament to Kugel’s pioneering 45-year career in the field. Animation artist and historian John Canemaker joins Kugel to discuss her legacy as a woman artist in the traditionally male business of animation. Tickets will go on sale here on April 9.
NYWIFT member Bari Pearlman has directed two upcoming episodes of the new season of Death Row Stories. The series seeks to unravel the truth behind capital murder cases and pose tough questions about the death penalty. “Snitch Work” about the case of Walter Ogrod in Philadelphia, premieres at 8 PM ET on April 8 on HLN, with “Family Lies” about the wrongful incarceration of Anthony Graves, premiering on May 13. Bari and NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane produced last October’s “True Crime” panel, where Bari joined a discussion about the particular relationships and responsibilities that develop in working in this genre. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, Death Row Stories is executive produced by Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions. Brad Hebert, Dave Snyder and Stacey Offman also serve as executive producers. Watch the series trailer and learn more.
La Chana, a project fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT, and produced by NYWIFT member Deirdre Towers, is screening on April 11. The film is about one woman’s strength to overcome life’s challenges. The film brings the audience under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returned to the stage after a 20-year break. Along the way, La Chana reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career. Legendary Flamenco dancer La Chana will perform after a screening of her Award-winning documentary film on April 11 at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center (129 West 67th Street) at 7 PM. Director/Producer Lucija Stojevic will introduce the film, and, following the screening, La Chana will dance accompanied by Flamenco singer/musician Diego Amador and his percussionist son Diego Amador Jr., who are La Chana's family members and spectacular artists themselves. Buy tickets online, by calling (212) 501-3330, or at the box office. Visit the film website and watch the trailer here.
NYWIFT member Mellini Kantayya is opening for Aparna Nancherla for the How I Learned Series at Union Hall on April 10. Buy tickets online for $8 each (only persons of 21 years of age or older will be admitted). How I Learned features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a rotating theme. It's been named one of "Five Best NYC Storytelling Series" by Time Out New York, and CBS New York calls it one of the "Best Comedy Shows Hosted by Funny Women." Born on the Lower East Side in 2009, the show now takes place in Brooklyn every last Wednesday of the month. Mellini Kantayya is an actor, writer, and humorist. She is the critically acclaimed author of Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry). She has written for OkayPlayer and was a regular contributor to Huffington Post Comedy. Mellini’s most recent acting credits include The Defenders (Netflix) and The Night Of (HBO).
NYWIFT member Sandra Luckow’s film, That Way Madness Lies, is screening April 11 at 6:30 PM for free! This important film is a documentary about one man's paranoid schizophrenia, told in-part from his point-of-view with a collection of iPhone video clips he made before being committed to the Oregon State Hospital in Portland, Oregon. It has been described by Pete Earley as the “...most honest portrayal of how severe mental illness ravages families and lives that I’ve seen!” For more about the film and filmmaker, please visit the film website. This screening is co-presented by the Barnard Athena Center for Leadership Studies, the Barnard Film Studies Department, and the Columbia Global Mental Health Program. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Sandra Luckow, and light refreshments will be served. RSVP here, and follow the film on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
NYWIFT Members Carolina Ravassa and Francesca Van Horne star in Saint Nicholas, a feature film directed by Jose Esquea that was released by Amazon, iTunes, and Xbox recently. The film follows Nicholas De La Cruz, a high-powered defense attorney, who is also a functioning addict. While preparing to defend a childhood friend, who is a noted criminal, the stress of the case drives Nicholas into a tailspin of self-abuse. This leads to him confiding in a therapist, who can hold her own against the dominating Nicholas. What Nicholas discloses about his past, present, and future, will change his life forever. Watch the trailer and look out for the film on streaming sites!
NYWIFT member Diane Orr’s short documentary film, Sea Squirts, A Cautionary Tale of Oysters in the Hudson River, has been nominated for Best Documentary in Southern Georgia Short Film Festival, and will be screening April 14. Diane served as the director, producer, and cameraperson of the production. View the full festival schedule here and visit the festival website for ticketing information.
NYWIFT member Eshia Alvarado recently directed her first project, a short dance film, entitled Synchronicity. The film tells the story of two disparate individuals, initially defined by their inward relationship to self, who find one another through movement. Overcoming their trepidation of becoming enamored, they realize they are worthy of love and unknowingly complete each other. Watch the film here! Visit Eshia’s production company, Moonstruck Films, online, and follow Eshia on Instagram.
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!
NYWIFT Member Jean Criss has a diverse background and specializes in writing, media, fashion and as an inventor. Jean has recently been recognized with her work as a new Intimate Apparel designer for luxury post-surgical undergarments designed for women and men. Her award-winning collection launched less than a year ago and already she has over 250 hand designed SKUs and styles – a colorful collection of chic, comfortable compression undergarments with matching panties, leggings, accessories and inspirational products. There’s even undergarments for men too. As a ten-year breast cancer survivor, she put her media and tech experience into play by creating trendy undergarments for any stage or phase of breast surgery. She continues to use her media expertise from cable TV and production and recently debuted a new :15 sec branding video about her own brand. Jean will return to WeTV and Bloomberg International on April 26th, 2018 at 7:30pm with a revised show segment airing on Modern Living TV with kathy ireland®. Jean will be appearing on Talk Radio NY podcast with Noreen Sumpter June 5th, 2018 streaming live on air and Facebook. She will be featured in upcoming leading publications such as LumiNation on the use of color psychology as a form of healing for patients during recovery, and is a featured columnist in New Focus Daily and Women Owned Business Club magazines. Jean continues to express her vision with her ISO accredited and utility-patented designs and shares ideas about advancements in breast health and wellness on her bi-monthly CRISSCROSS blog. At NYWIFT, as a Communications Committee member, you can find Jean blogging and tweeting about their upcoming events. She will participate at the annual Columbia U/NYPresbyterian Breast Cancer Management Conference in May where she blogs about advancements in breast healthcare. You can preview her collection and learn more about Jean In the News here. As an Author and writer, she is inspired and most creative when writing. She has a passion to speak about media, business and being an entrepreneur and recently did so at LIM College with 30 Fashion Merchandise students. You can follow Jean and learn more about her other business ventures by following her on social media, links also found on her home page.
NYWIFT member Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison, of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., was recently appointed to the Philadelphia Film Advisory Task Force. More information about the task force is available here. The Task Force considers the history of the film industry in Philadelphia, evaluates the current state of the film industry in Philadelphia, and develops strategic plans for the re-establishment of Philadelphia as a competitive destination for film and television productions.
NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar's short film and music video Crying F.U. Lady Rap won a 2018 Indie FEST Film Award of Recognition. The video is a comical look at Pat's heart felt tears from election night November 2016 through today. Pat now proudly wears those tears as a badge of honor as we watch a comical visualization of lies and broken promises from LGBT issues and DACA, to health care and taxes told to us by this current administration living in the White house. These lies will adversely affect a wide variety people who live in the USA to the point of sheer madness. Pat’s asking all of us to exercise our rights to stop the liars and this insanity. Watch the trailer here.
Need a shot of sunshine to get you through the dregs of winter? The award-winning Caribbean-set movie musical Bazodee, starring Trinidad and Tobago music sensation Machel Montano, is now available on iTunes. Written and produced by NYWIFT member Claire Ince through her and partner Ancil McKain’s Brooklyn-based Indiepelago Films, Bazodee tells the story of Anita, (newcomer Natalie Perera), the daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman who's engaged to a wealthy London suitor for the sake of her father's business when she meets Lee (Montano) a local musician whose magnetic charisma derails Anita's best laid plans. Bazodee is directed by Todd Kessler, the maker of teen thriller and cult favorite "Keith", and also features Bollywood icon, Kabir Bedi. The film has as its backdrop, the exuberant, hot-blooded Trini carnival and was shot entirely on location in Trinidad and Tobago. Bazodee premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and went on to be released nationwide in the US in 2016, playing for a record nine weeks in New York. It also wowed audiences at a number of festivals including the London Asian Film Festival where it won Best Music and the People's Choice Award. The film’s soundtrack, produced by Machel Montano, is also available on iTunes.
Last updated: Jun. 12, 2018