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NYWIFT Screening Series: Shorts Program

NYWIFT's Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street). There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening, and an after-party with cash bar and complimentary food at Dempsey's Pub, 61 2nd Avenue (between 3rd and 4th Streets).

Join us for a screening of short films: Caught, Her Telling Heart, I Am Julia, The Johnson Merger and Salam Ghourba.

Hannah is “caught”—she has spent her life trying to do the right thing, but despite her efforts she cannot win the sought-after affection of her mother or the respect of her scheming brother. Hannah finds solace in softball. But, in the end, she must make some tough decisions. This nontraditional sports film is directed, produced, and edited by member Elizabeth Page, written and produced by Lori Martini, and produced by member Maria Rusolo.

Elizabeth Page has been a writer and director for many years. Her plays include Spare Parts, produced by Olympia Dukakis. Page has won six Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild Awards while writing for daytime television. She has also made two award-winning short films: Red White and Blue and The Pilgrim.

Maria Rusolo is the founder of ROAM Pictures, whose first production Withdrawal was selected to be part of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant Program. The film went on to screen at festivals worldwide, taking home honors at the Mexico International Film Festival, SINY Film Festival and 58th Columbus International Film Festival.

Her Telling Heart

When a young woman's secret past resurfaces in the form of realistic nightmares, she begins to fear the evil vulture-eye of her watchful uncle. Edgar Allan Poe's timeless chiller The Tell-Tale Heart takes on a feminist perspective and a suspenseful new twist in this short film by Eli Meissner, with music by Dan Lazarescou. The film won First Place for Best Performance/Experimental Film at the 2012 Park City Film Music Festival.
Eli Meissner (aka Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen Meissner) has nearly 20 years' experience in theater and indie film. She began her career in Berlin, as an apprentice at Theatre 89, before acting and directing with the English Theater Berlin. Her other career highlights include interviewing Shirley McClaine at the Berlin Film Festival; performing Off-Off Broadway; and studying at Stella Adler Studios.

I Am Julia

16-year-old Julia recently moved from Colombia. Now attending an inner-city high school, she finds herself as a fish out of water. Longing for her home country, and with her sister as her only friend, Julia must fend off bullies and struggle with a language problem. The film's producer and writer, Marisol Carrere, plays the role of the mother. The film's director is David Capurso.

Marisol Carrere received an ACE Award 2010 for her bilingual performance in Oh! Yantay. She won an HOLA Award and an ACE nomination for her role as Lina in You Always Forget Something/Siempre se Olvida Algo. Her other film and television credits include Conscientious Objector The Movie, BQE, Dreamers, Guiding Light, Que Le Parece (Telemundo), and a PSA about HIV on MTV.

The Johnson Merger

Maintaining a strong work ethic is the way to climb the corporate ladder, and Celeste is one merger away from tapping the glass ceiling. Could a titillating proposal help her put the merger to bed? This comedy about mistaken identity by Nyna Sargent marks her directorial debut. The film is Jewel Mendoza's first project as Executive Producer.

Nyna Sargent, through her production company Lucky14 Films, has worked in film since 2001, mainly as an Art Director. She also worked with a talented group of afterschool and summer camp kids, creating short films and talk shows. Sargent was the Associate Producer of the Best Alternative Short Film Festival.

Jewel Mendoza is pursuing her dream of being an independent filmmaker. With drive and a little bit of tenacity, she struggled to write and serve as Executive Producer of her first work, The Johnson Merger. The screening of The Johnson Merger marks the first steps in a journey to produce quality films with realism, depth and authenticity.

Salam Ghourba

In an underprivileged Moroccan neighborhood, Fatima receives a letter from her husband in exile. She is waiting anxiously to join her husband, who migrated to France over a year ago. Does the letter bear the good news that will potentially relieve her and her son from an indeterminate future? The film, by Lamia Alami, has received festival awards and recognition in both the U.S. and Europe.

Lamia Alami is a “nomad” rooted in the spirit of a rich mixed heritage. She is half Moroccan and a quarter Swiss/quarter Polish. Alami was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, where she draws most of her artistic inspiration and fuel. Her passion for social activism and cultural exploration are her core reasons to write and direct films.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are made possible, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Additional co-sponsorship by Tyrone Jackson, Internet Media and Entertainment, Inc.

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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.

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