NYWIFT Members' Crowd Sourcing Projects
It Took 50 Years: Frances Goldin and the Struggle for Cooper Square has launched an on-line campaign with Indiegogo to raise funds for post-production. The feature-length documentary chronicles a successful fight by Lower East Side residents to save their community from the forces
Burning Child follows Theodore on the night following his son's death. Upon the discovery of his son's broken wind up doll, he becomes possessed with the desire to fix the toy, and therein "fix" his situation. As he tries, his world becomes increasingly surreal, forcing him to confront himself. The film is written and directed by NYWIFT Next Wave Member Kelsey Brewer.
The Kids Menu is a short comedic film about Old School Brooklyn vs. New School Brooklyn, clashing in a local pizzeria. When set-in-his-ways Italian pizzeria owner Carmine (Vincent Pastore, The Sopranos), meets headstrong young mom Kat (Nyle Lynn, Comedy Central) tensions - and calorie counts – rise in this funny, family-friendly film that will have everyone laughing and craving pizza! The film is written by Richard Vetere (The Third Miracle) and directed by Paul Borghese (Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn). NYWIFT member Maayan Schneider is co-producing this film with 11 other women producers, led by Nyle Lynn, under the auspices of Collaborative Media Productions.
Violation is a short film about a female combat veteran whose PTSD is triggered by street harassment. A year after returning from war, Shayla is still struggling to adjust to civilian life when she is preyed upon by Mark while traveling alone to work in the pre-dawn hours of Brooklyn. When an out of service train leads them to the same bus stop, the run-of-the-mill incident triggers Shayla’s PTSD to violent results. With the support of her war forged friends Tamara and Lisa, Shayla finally comes to terms with her combat experience and embraces the path of a warrior. Violation is fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television and donations are tax-deductible.
Grazers is a documentary following a group of small farmers with big ideas who struggle to start a cooperative to sell their grass-fed beef. Along the way these farmers are almost undone by a broken food system and their own naiveté. The project filmed by Sarah Teale and Lisa F. Jackson has almost reached completion and is now in need of funds for post-production.
Finding Jenn’s Voice is a documentary film that examines Intimate Partner Homicide. When Jennifer Snyder was murdered by her boyfriend, we learned that pregnant women are more likely to die from homicide than any other cause - a shocking statistic that receives little media attention. Finding Jenn’s Voice examines the universal signs of dangerous relationships, and gives a voice to the survivors by challenging the media for their reporting and portrayals of violence against women.
Finding the Mother Lode is a documentary exploring the early Italian immigration to California through the stories of men and women in seven communities. The documentary which is currently a 104 min film has the opportunity to be broadcast on PBS but will need to be cut into three 30-minute films. For this, color correction, sound mixing, rights to the archive material and distribution fees the filmmakers are looking for funding through their Indiegogo campaign.
Nia on Vacation
The Great Despair
The Viking of 6th Avenue
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.
Last updated: Oct. 15, 2014