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NYWIFT's Archive Committee Interviews Top Women Filmmakers
The committee helps to preserve women's contributions to film, television and digital media

In November 2012, NYWIFT’s Archive Committee interviewed a diverse group of women from various aspects of film, television and digital media. Three crews, plus several volunteers, taped the interviews at the Art Institute of New York City in Tribeca.

Those interviewed shared how they started in the entertainment industry, what obstacles they faced as women when they began their careers, how the working environment has changed, and what it has meant to be part of a community of women professionals that NYWIFT has supported and promoted.

Rachael Horovitz and Elaine Norkus.<br>(Photo credit: Charlie T Photography)
Rachael Horovitz and Elaine Norkus.
(Photo credit: Charlie T Photography)
The Interviewees

  • Ina Archer, Producer-Director
  • Wendy Blackstone, Music Composer
  • Kay Chapin, Feature Film Script Supervisor 
  • Nell Cox, Director
  • Peggy Daniel, Documentary Producer
  • Sonya Friedman, Distributor and Marketer
  • Nelsa Gidney, Film Distributor
  • Rachael Horovitz, Feature Film Producer
  • Lisa Padovani, Costume Designer (Designing Women Honoree)
  • Nina Rosenblum, Documentary Producer 
  • Cecile Starr, Professor and Educator 
Director Nell Cox is interviewed by Christine<br>Knowlton. (Photo credit: Charlie T Photography)
Director Nell Cox is interviewed by Christine
Knowlton. (Photo credit: Charlie T Photography)
The Crew

Cinematographers for the interviews were Jamila Allston, Libby Casinelli, and Jennifer Hahn. Interviewers for the day were Barbara Abrash, Jane Altschuler, Norma Davidoff, Lynda Kaplan, Christine Knowlton, Elaine Norkus, Marcie Setlow, Susan Strickler, and Drake Stutesman. Co-chairs Marcie Setlow and Norma Davidoff were in charge of production; Lynda Kaplan headed up interviews and scheduling.

Other volunteers included Peggy Daniel; Elizabeth Solomeina, set design; Jennifer Snowdon, makeup artist; Molly Weinreb, hairdresser; and Charlie Torrence, production stills. Our Art Institute interns were Amanda Bawn, Sandra Grant, Jewel Joachim, Julie Manso, Lissany Richiez and Amanda Robertiello.

Special thanks to Roz Sohnen, who teaches at the Art Institute, for arranging and managing our day there.

About the Archive Committee

The Archive Committee captures, on video, the professional lives of women from all areas of the entertainment industry. Ultimately, these interviews will be made available both online and as part of an extensive physical repository to students, scholars, and anyone else who is interested in the careers of women in film and television in New York. There are now over 100 interviews with women from a broad spectrum of careers in film, television and digital media.

Help preserve women's contributions to the industry.

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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