NYWIFT member Richarda Abrams
, was recently featured in a reading of Sister Soldier
of the Shadow Series
at LaMama for Black History Month. She will also be seen performing in Womanspeak
on March 8 and First By Faith
, a self-written one person show about Mary McLeod Bethune for Actors Equity Association's Women's history month, on March 24. She also will be involved in the workshop production of a play about homelessness at the Actor’s Studio in April.
NYWIFT member Gail Gendler
, formerly the Senior Director of Acquisitions for Sundance
Channel LLC and IFC, has recently been promoted to Vice President of Acquisitions for AMC
Networks/Sundance Channel Global.
NYWIFT Member, Tracey D. Smith
is a Media Publicist and Editor-at-Large. She recently published the Winter 2014 Cover interview and fashion editorial with Allstate spokesman
Dennis Haysbert for Edge Magazine
. For a closer look at the issue click here
Priscilla J. (“Sally”) Mattison
, a NYWIFT member, has two articles: An Overview of Synchronization Licenses
and An Overview of Master Use Licenses: Film and Television Uses,
recently published in the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers 2014 publication, Licensing of Music – from BC to AD (Before the Change / After Digital)
. She gave a presentation about the articles at the 48th annual MIDEM conference in Cannes, France. For a preview of the article click here
Lilian T. Mehrel
, the new recipient of the NYWIFT scholarship at NYU film school, recently finished production of her short film A Crack.
For a preview of the trailer click here
SERVICE: When Women Marching Home
is a documentary shot, edited and co-produced by NYWIFT member Marcia Rock
, alongside Patricia Stotter. SERVICE: When Women Marching Home was recently nominated for a NY Emmy. For more information click here
of Iyalode Productions
is a NYWIFT member, founder of the Women of Color Arts & Film (WOCAF) Festival in Atlanta and creator of a new and exciting interview series Indigo Tongues
, that brings the inspiring voices of trailblazers of African descent into one platform. The series debuts with a women in media segment: this month's episode features NYWIFT member Mariette Monpierre
directed by Jennifer Fox and executive-produced by NYWIFT member Joanna Plafsky
, was recently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Program: Long Form.
The Oscar-nominated documentary short Mondays at Racine
made its broadcast premiere Monday, October 14 at 9PM and will have several broadcast repeats. NYWIFT member Maria Pusateri
worked as an associate producer on the project and former member Vanessa Bergonzoli
acted as co-producer. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade (Freeheld
) follows Cynthia and Rachel, two sisters from Long Island, New York as they open their hair salon called Racine and begin to offer free beauty services for women undergoing chemotherapy. Determined to make their customers feel beautiful, the sisters give women who are losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes a sense of normalcy and dignity in a traumatic and uncertain time. This story of what hair means to us quickly unfolds into a study of womanhood, marriage and survival.
Kissed by Inspiration
is a short film featuring the work of three NYWIFT members: Marissa Kelton
(Producer and Actor), Véroniqué N. Doumbe
(Editor) and Malika Franklin
(Colorist). Set in the 1950s, the film tells the story of an ad campaign fighting for survival. It premiered at the tenth annual Big Apple Film Festival in New York City, and has also been screened at Shorts Block 11 at Tribeca Cinemas.
Join filmmaker Dami Akinnusi
Saturdays on MNN (cable channel 34 and online) as she hosts Ancester House
and interviews guests live from 5:30 to 6:30PM on this popular weekly television show. To view this week's program details, including a list of her latest topics and guests, click here.
If you have a story that you are interested in sharing with New York City, Dami would like to hear from you. Please contact her click here
NYWIFT member Barbara Masry
and Adam Nadler's upcoming film A Wake Up Call
is a film about coping with cancer was featured in the Brooklyn Eagle. The story dramatizes two Brooklyn families, Syrian-Jewish and African-American, touched by breast cancer, one with insurance and one without. Actors Mira Sorvino, Dan Hedaya, Peter Jacobson, Ashanti and Amanda Setton are also attached to the project. To read more Click Here
NYWIFT member Jules Suo's short film 528 New York
, screened at the New York Open Film Festival on July 3, 2013. The film was also an open selection at Big Apple Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, Queens World Film Festival, Zero Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival and the Film Festival of the Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. Suo was born in South Korea and raised in California. She has made several other short films: Laundry, Interviews
and Boys from Coney Island
& Tony Wilkes
NYWIFT members Michele Baldwin
and Tony Wilkes
, co-produders with Area Bay Productions, present Elizabeth's Precious Kitty
at the DC Black Theater Festival. Elizabeth’s Precious Kitty
is a sensual and highly stimulating, erotic, farcical play that promises to shock and titillate the audience as they’re taken on a sexy, voyeuristic fantasy view inside the life of a middle age virgin Dominatrix who under stress from forces is trying to take away her “precious kitty.” To purchase tickets Click Here
and Support them at Kickstarter
Laurie Layton Schapira
NYWIFT member Laurie Layton Schapira was interviewed by Geoff Brady on WBAI FM on Monday, June 10 on the subject of Jung's concept of the"Shadow."
To listen to the interview
Independent Feature, Dukhtar
, produced by NYWIFT member Thea Kerman and directed by Afia Nathaniel, was chosen for IFP's Annual Independent filmmaker Labs. 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 dishonour 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.
Malika Franklin & Véronique N. Doumbé
Woman to Woman
, directed by Malika Franklin and co-directed by Véronique N. Doumbé, is available online. Doumbé has completed work on Ndolo Films' first International co-production <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v%</body>