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NYWIFT Industry Screening: 'The Letter Room' with Screening + Q&A

NYWIFT Industry Screening: 'The Letter Room' with Screening + Q&A

02 Aug 2021 @ 04:00pm

Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat. Followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the creative team Elvira Lind, Sofia Sondervan, and Gena Konstantinakos. Moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer.

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The NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund in partnership with HERFLIX will That Man of Mine (1946), featuring Ruby Dee & the all-female band The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, in celebration of Juneteenth.

Stream the film starting June 1.

The NYWIFT Womens Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is nominating two WFPF-preserved films for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry: Betty Tells Her Story and The Wobblies. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women makers.

You can help us by nominating them too!

Learn more and make a nomination today. 

Letter from the Executive Director – May 2021

NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez previews Spring, pays tribute to those in our community who we have lost, and celebrates Ann Roth’s Oscar win with a look back at NYWIFT Archive Project interviews. 

Read more.

Congratulations to 2015 NYWIFT Designing Women Honoree Ann Roth, who won an Oscar for Costume Design for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom!

Learn more about Ann.

Marjorie Kalins-Taylor: In Memoriam

Past NYWIFT Board President Marjorie Kalins-Taylor had a long and distinguished career as a producer, executive producer, and senior production executive. 

Watch our Archive Project interview with Marjorie.

Rent Emily @ the Edge of Chaos through Kino Marquee starting May 7, 2021, and part of the proceeds will support NYWIFT! Thanks to a rare brain tumor, comedian Emily Levine suddenly understands quantum physics and chaos theory and sets out to save humanity. Emily @ the Edge of Chaos is executive produced by former NYWIFT board member Thea Kerman, and directed by the late Wendy Apple.

Rent the documentary now!

Dear Producer has released the results of their first Producers Sustainability Survey. The in-depth report seeks to answer one main question: Is film producing a sustainable career, as it exists today? 

Read the full report.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) stands with the AAPI community.

We are horrified and heartbroken by the eight murders in Atlanta, and the wave of racism and hatred that inspired them. 

Hate has no place in the rebuilding of America or our industry in a post-pandemic world. We encourage you to seek out, watch, and support media that includes positive, truthful, and nuanced portrayals of diverse cultures.

Read our full statement.


The Writers Lab US launches in the UK & Ireland, bringing the only virtual script development program for Women Over 40 across the pond. Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films announces their support for the UK & I venture, joining US Lab supporters Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey.

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This year, The Writers Lab will expand to welcome television writers along with narrative feature screenwriters for its seventh annual retreat.

Learn more.

New York Women in Film & Television board member and Black Public Media executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz has been named to Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Black Leaders and Executives list for 2021. 

Congrats, Leslie! Read more.

Lilly, is set to move into production with Patricia Clarkson cast as lead Lilly Ledbetter. The upcoming indie feature will be spearheaded by NYWIFT member Rachel Feldman (Director, Co-Writer) and NYWIFT Advisory Board President Simone Pero (Executive Producer.) Feldman received the 2016 recipient of the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant for the film.

Learn more.

NYWIFT mourns the recent passing of longtime member Joan Micklin Silver. Joan was a pillar of the New York City film community. Her first film, Hester Street expanded the marketplace for American indie film, broke down barriers for women directors, and expanded the horizons for representation of immigrants on screen.

Read about her legacy.

NYWIFT has partnered with Women in Film LA and Women in Film & Television Atlanta on the Hire Her Back Fund, which provides micro-grants to women in our industry impacted professionally and financially by COVID-19.

Grants are distributed by The Actors Fund.

Learn more and apply now.

NYWIFT is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant, Sarah Knight and Signe Baumane, as well as our scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to the winners!

NYWIFT member and past Muse Award honoree Julie Dash’s Illusions has been named to the National Film Registry!

The groundbreaking short film was preserved with support from the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund.

Read more.

We recently wrapped our Women Who Dared Documentary Series, six films presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA) October 23 – November 30 celebrating women throughout history who advanced positive social change.

Click to learn more and watch the talkbacks.

Watch NYWIFT Ravenal Feature Film Grant recipient Yellow Rose, now playing in select theaters!

Plus, you can stream the soundtrack.

Learn more.

Thanks to all who attended our NYWIFT 2020 Creative Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Industry and Funders in Conversation. 

Read on about the speakers and topics. 

NYWIFT has compiled a list of resources – financial, personal, and professional – for those struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

Check out the NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory.

Submissions for the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund are open through February 1st. The WFPF funds preservation of films made by American women everywhere and films made in the US by women from other countries. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded for film preservations biennially. 

Apply now.

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Presents Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Production During COVID-19

Review their suggestions. 

On one of our recent NYWIFT Talks, we invited several award-winning documentary filmmakers and activists to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and their life’s work as changemakers on the front lines of social and racial justice movements.

Watch the full conversation now.

  • "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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