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NYWIFT Member Screening: Pennhurst

NYWIFT Member Screening: Pennhurst

25 Feb 2020 @ 07:00pm

Join us for this month’s NYWIFT Member Screening showcasing Jodie Alexandra Taylor’s feature documentary Pennhurst. The filmmaker 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. The screening will take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.

Pennhurst is a story of segregation, abandonment, and the meaning of home as told by the people that lived in, worked at, and crusaded for one of the largest and oldest intellectual and developmental disability institutions in the United States. The facility, in its closing, challenged society’s perception of those with intellectual disabilities and ultimately fought for better rights –  rights that are still being fought for today.

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NYWIFT mourns the passing of Lucy Jarvis. She was a visionary in our industry and leaves a profound legacy. She was one of the first producers –man or woman – to film at the Kremlin in 1963, she filmed a profile of Fidel Castro in Cuba, a look at the Louvre in the early 1960s, and she produced Barbara Walters’s first ABC shows.

The latest letter from NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez pays tribute to Lucy and shares our exclusive interview with her from NYWIFT’s Video Archive Project. 

Read the letter.

Congratulations to all of the NYWIFT members who premiered projects at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival! 

Learn about the films. 

Thanks to all who joined us for the incredible 40th Anniversary Muse Awards!

See some of our favorite moments.

Three NYWIFT members have been nominated for the 92nd Academy Awards in three different categories.

Please join us in congratulating the nominees.

Women made “unprecedented gains” as protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2019, according to the latest installment of It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World, an annual report out of San Diego State University and The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, led by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, which found that women achieved “recent historic highs” as lead characters in last year’s biggest hits.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will present the film Home Movie (1973) by Jan Oxenberg, preserved by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Saturday, January 11th and Thursday, January 16th.

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New York State has passed a TV diversity tax credit bill to boost the hiring of female and minority writers and directors.

See the details.

A report from the Directors Guild of America showed that half of the TV episodes that aired in the 2018-2019 television season were directed by women and/or people of color.

Letter from the Executive Director

NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez shares holiday greetings, previews Muse and looks back at the strides we’ve made in 2019. 

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Congratulations to the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), which received the Outstanding Support of Archives Award from the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York on October 21st.

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2018 NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film grantee Yellow Rose has been picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions! Congratulations to filmmaker Diane Paragas.

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NYWIFT is proud to partner with Women in Film LA and the Actors Fund to help expand WIF LA’s Sexual Harassment Help Line hours and support services to accommodate members of the NYC community.

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  • "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

  • NYWIFT Member Screening: Pennhurst

  • The Wrong Kind of Women

  • NYWIFT Night Out with NYU - March 2020

  • Women are Funny

  • NYWIFT Member Screening: Catherine Opie b. 1961 and AmeRican Poet Tato Laviera

  • Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World

  • Retirement Planning for Freelancers - April 2020



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