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Joanna Plafsky Executive Produced the documentary MY REINCARNATION, directed by Jennifer Fox. the film is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Program-Long Form. Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards take place on October 1 in New York.
(official HBO page: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/mondays-at-racine )
The film, from Academy Award-winning director, Cynthia Wade (Freeheld), follows Long Island, New York sisters Cynthia and Rachel as they open up their hair salon, called Racine, and 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. The story of what hair means to us quickly unfolds into a study of womanhood, marriage and survival
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NYWIFT member Barbara Masry and Adam Nadler's upcoming film A Wake Up Call: 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. Talented 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, will screen at New York Open Film Festival, on July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. The film was also an open selection at Big Apple Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, Queens World Film Festival, Zero Film festival, Film Festival of the Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and Coney Island Film festival. Jules was born in South Korea and raised in California. She is a graduate from Fashion Institute of Technology in Fashion Design, before studying Filmmaking at NYU, she made several short films; Laundry, Interviews and Boys from Coney Island. For more information Click Here.
Michele Baldwin & 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.
NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy’s original pilot teleplay “Pass/Fail” co-written with Jim Forbes of VH-1’s “Behind the Music” fame, is a finalist in the NYTVF’s first annual “Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge” and will advance to the network for consideration. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin also has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall.For more information, visit: Pass/Fail
Chicken written, directed, and starred by NYWIFT Member Jessica Sue Bernstein, won Best Short Film at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival down in North Carolina! Chicken is a beautiful portrait of temporary intimacy between two strangers that spend the night together.
illusion produced and directed by NYWIFT Member Jessica Hester received best cinematography at the BH Film Festival. illusion also received an honorable mention at Fear and Fantasy Fest for best Fantasy. The word "illusion" is called "maya" in Sanskrit which has multiple meanings, which are all centered on the idea that we do not experience the environment itself — but rather a projection of it, created by us. Similar to the definition, the film illusion, also has multiple meanings in accordance with the viewer's eye. The filmmakers have created multiple synopses of the film, based on how the viewer, would like to experience it.
Lauren Buchter, NYWIFT Member and film composer recently completed the score to the short film, Above The Sea. The film was shot on location in Shanghai, China and is the story of a young woman forced to take extraordinary risks in the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai when her life was threatened by a murderous policeman. The film recently had it's premiere at Lincoln Center, and has since received 5 awards, including official Jury Selection from the Columbia University Film Festival. It will screen again on Thursday, June 6th in L.A. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Out of Mind, directed by Kristi Jacobson, is a compelling journey into an often invisible part of the American justice system, the use of isolation and segregation in prisons. The film explores this divisive issue, commonly known as solitary confinement, through the experiences of those on both sides of the bars. Jacobson was chosen with six other documentary filmmakers by the Catapult Film Fund, which provides among the earliest and largest initial grants to filmmakers in the United States.
He's Way More Famous Than You, for which Dara Wishingrad was the Production Designer, opened the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival on April 1.
Mariette's film Elza has won the Paul Robeson Award for Best Film of the Diaspora in FESPACO 2013, the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Jessica Sherr was cast in the Hudson Theatre Ensemble's presentation of the New Jersey premiere of F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby, which opened April 5. More information.
In Montauk, by Kim Cummings, has been nominated for Best Romance Film at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.
Lillian, by Amanda Pennington, has been selected to screen at Cleveland International Film Festival as well as participate in Cannes Short Film Corner. This period film is inspired by Edna St Vincent Millay's poem "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed" and stars Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant.
Michele Baldwin & Tony Wilkes
Michele Baldwin and Tony Wilkes produced the new stage production of Imperfect Women of the Bible in Atlantic City, NJ, at the Dante Hall Theatre. It debuted on April 20.
Composer Nan Avant's latest work, Tributum, for Celtic Bagpipes and Chamber Orchestra, had its world premiere at the Celebrate World Music Concert on March 24 in Seattle. She has scored music for indie film, features, documentaries and shorts, and has won several awards for her film scores.
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>
Last updated: Oct. 16, 2013