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Member Yaara Sumeruk's short film Ringo was staff-picked the week of March 23 on Vimeo and got over 30,000 views that week alone. Ringo is a dark comedy about a lonely middle-aged mother who hires a young male prostitute for an evening. It premiered at The Locarno International Film Festival. Watch the film here.

Member Richarda Abrams spoke on a panel of playwrights to a sold out crowd on March 23 at the League of Professional Theatre Women's Networking Monday's Roundtable Discussion: Writing Plays By, For and About Women. The event was held at TheaterLab. Pictured left to right: LPTW Board Member/LPTW Networking Committee Co-Chair/ Actress/Playwright Richarda Abrams, Playwright Fengar Gael, Playwright Lee Hunkins, LPTW Co-President/Dramaturg/Playwright/Moderator Maxine Kern.

Member Leah Streetman was interviewed in a recent International Business Times article about expanding new music exposure in non-traditional places through television tie-ins. Leah is the president of Triton Creative Group, an entertainment agency specializing in music supervision and licensing for Film, TV, and Advertising. Their talent division includes a diverse roster of musicians, composers, and screenwriters.

NYWIFT Board Member Maura Kelly interviewed member Erin Day about her work as the Festival Director of the New York Television Festival. This interview is part of Maura’s “Disruptive Women” blog series for The Huffington Post.

Congrats to member Lilian Mehrel, winner of the Nancy Malone directing award, for her film The Lonliest's mention in the New York Times!

NYWIFT member Ann Deborah Levy’s experimental video Rain Painting, featuring images of the landscape seen through the rain “painted” windows of a car, will screen at International Video Art Festival, Camaguey, CUBA, March 31 – April 4 in a program of experimental documentaries guest-curated by NYWIFT member Tova Beck-Friedman. More info on Ann's work can be found here.


NYWIFT member Ann Deborah Levy's experimental video On the Train to Kutna Hora...and Back, which features images of the Czech countryside, often abstracted by dreamlike reflections, shot from a train, will screen in New York City on March 25 in the Another Experiment By Women Film Festival at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $6.00 at the door. For more information on Ann Deborah Levy’s films click here and for more info about the event click here.


Member Meredith Riley Stewart's original web series Southern Dish premiered at SXSW on March 15! To view the trailer of the web series click here.

The 18th annual New York International Children’s Film Festival chose member Hanna Hemila's hand drawn animation feature film Moomins on the Riviera as part of their official competition section. The film screened on March 14 at the School of Visual Arts Theatre and on March 15 at the IFC.

The film is based on Tove Jansson’s original comic strips written for London Evening News in 1955. The film premiered in London Film Festival in October 2014 and has been sold to over 40 countries for theatrical distribution. The film was received extremely well in Finland during the autumn 2014, it was just released theatrically in Switzerland, in France and in Japan. The English are to launch the film in May with 250 copies. Hanna Hemila is the producer, co-director and co-writer of the film. The director of the film is French Xavier Picard, who is also the co-director and one of the writers. Other writers are Leslie Stewart, Annina Enckell and Beata Harju.

Congratulations to NYWIFT Board Member Annetta Marion's show, Oprah's Master Class, whcih won in the category of Outstanding Variety Series at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards! 

NYWIFT Member Jennifer Snowdon did the make-up for over 40 of the interviewees of the PBS documentary August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, including James Earl Jones! She was called to work on the project by fellow NYWIFT members Nicole London (Line Producer) and Caroline De Fontaine-Stratton (Associate Producer).

Carl's True Love, a short play by NYWIFT Member Lee Eypper, will debuted at The Many Faces of Love:  A Valentine's Day Monologue Festival on February 13. The festival featured an array of monologues expressing the many sides of love: celebration, obsession, possession, passion, heartbreak, loss, regret, jealousy, exhilaration, gratitude. The event was produced by Writers-A-Go-Go in association with Hudson Warehouse.

Member & filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris is working on a documentary called Boy / Blue, â€‹which has been featured in Good Morning Wilton and with a front page spot on Hooplaha.com (4 million views a month and voted one of the top ten "Happiness Web Sites" by Huffington Post).


The Prime Minister of Austria held a special screening of THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD for all foreign ministers in the EU who are assembled in Vienna for a global conference on nuclear non-proliferation. The Obama Administration sent a delegation to the event and to this screening for the first time ever in the history of this ICANN conference. Produced by Member Mark Romeo.

NYWIFT Member Sarah Hanssen directed a video with The Wall Street Journal's Kelly Crow about Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amoros. Check out the writeup in WSJ!    


Men of the Cloth, directed by NYWIFT member Vicki Vasilopoulos, and official pick of DOC NYC 2013, creates a portrait of three Italian master tailors and was screened at the Take 2 Documentary Film Festival at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, in December. Read more about it at http://menoftheclothfilm.com/

, co-produced by NYWIFT member Thea Kerman and directed by Afia Nathaniel, was Pakistan's Official entry to the Academy Awards 2015. Dukhtar (Daughter) is a thriller set in Pakistan. The story follows a mother on the run with her ten-year-old daughter on the eve of the child’s forced marriage to a tribal leader. They are relentlessly hunted for bringing dishonor to their families. As the chase intensifies, the mother meets a truck driver whose destiny entwines with hers and kindles a forbidden attraction. The trio embarks on an epic journey through the stunning landscape of Pakistan where the quest for freedom comes with a price.

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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