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Screening/Reception:  <i>Warrior Women </i>

Screening/Reception: Warrior Women

20 Feb 2019 @ 06:30pm

Join NYWIFT and Vision Maker Media for a reception, screening and conversation for the upcoming documentary Warrior Women by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle. In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families. Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children – including her daughter Marcella – into the “We Will Remember” Survival Group as a Native alternative to government-run boarding schools. Together, Madonna and Marcella fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Special guests Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcella Gilbert will join the filmmakers in a conversation moderated by Producer Yvonne Russo.

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Congratulations to the many NYWIFT members who had films at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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

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NYWIFT is proud to endorse the new guidelines from the Documentary Producers Alliance, aimed at establishing best practices for U.S.-based filmmakers and funding organizations in their designation of producer credits.

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The latest “Celluloid Ceiling” report from Dr. Martha Lauzen, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, released on January 3rd, 2019, shows that despite increased media attention on gender disparity in Hollywood, no real progress has been made.

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USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s annual “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair” report published in January 2019 shows the number of black directors reached a historic high in 2018, though representation and intersectionality among other demographics remained flat.

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In memory of director, actor and producer Penny Marshall, who passed away in December at the age of 75, we take a look back at her hilarious and heartfelt speech from the 1994 NYWIFT Muse Awards.

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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

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