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Member Screening: The Rainbow Experiment

Member Screening: The Rainbow Experiment

28 May 2019 @ 07:00pm

Join us for this month’s Member Screening showcasing the film The Rainbow Experiment (Christina Kallas, Writer/Director/Producer) starring members Lauren Sowa and Catherine Cobb Ryan. The members will be available for a Q&A immediately following the screening. The screening series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.

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Latest news

NYWIFT is pleased to announce the presentation of two grants funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation. The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant supports the production of a dramatic feature film from a female second-time feature film director over 40 years of age. Grant funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production.

This year’s first-place $7,500 grant has been awarded to Lydia Dean Pilcher’s Liberté  A Call to Spy, and the econd-place prize of $2,500 has also been awarded for the first time this year to Suzanne Guacci for T11 Incomplete.

Read more about the winning projects.

A recent study shows that 64% of TV writers with diverse background have encountered discrimination while at work.

Read the statistics.

NYWIFT member Jill Salvino’s documentary Between the Shades explores the shades of being gay by exploring what connects us all: love. Recently featured in The New York Times, the film is now available on iTunes and for educational release.

Learn more.

Congratulations to the NYWIFT members who received some of the first round of grants in the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment and Media’s “Made in NY” Women’s film, TV & Theatre Fund! A total of 63 women-led projects were selected to receive a combined $1.5 million in funds.

Read about the member projects.

A new study shows that the influence of female leads in TV political and legal dramas is linked to increased real-life political engagement.

Representation matters.

New NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez began on January 1st, 2019.

Read her greeting to the NYWIFT community.

  • "As always and even more so today, women in our business are taking up the mantle of courage and truth-telling and consciousness, and they move and inspire me. We are awake now in a way we have never been before."

    - Actor Judith Light, accepting her 2017 NYWIFT Muse Award

  • "My faith is renewed by the way I experience this vanguard moving through the world with such grace at such a complex time. Speaking truth to power and creating a legacy for the women and the men who follow."

    - Actor Judith Light, accepting her 2017 NYWIFT Muse Award

upcoming events

  • Member Screening: The Rainbow Experiment

  • Designing Women

  • Power Player Breakfast: Terry Lawler

  • NYWIFT Annual Member Meeting and Night Out - June 17th, 2019

  • Member Screening: Scripted Shorts



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