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Bite Me: A Truly Independent Journey

Bite Me: A Truly Independent Journey

02 May 2019 @ 06:30pm

Join the team behind the independent feature film Bite Me for a case study on the film’s journey and the upcoming Joyful Vampire Tour of America that will feature screenings, capes, and Vampire Balls! Bite Me is a unique, while universally relatable, story about outsiders and an edgy, whip-smart, funny, heart-felt update to the rom-com genre. Naomi McDougall Jones (Writer/Actor/Producer), Sarah Wharton (Producer), Joanne Zippel (Executive Producer/NYWIFT Member) and Jack Lechner (Executive Producer) are inventing a fully democratic, filmmaker-empowered model of release that will change distribution from something you “get” into something you “do.”

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Latest news

Agnès Varda, a Belgian-born filmmaker often called the ‘‘godmother of the French New Wave’’ for early works such as ‘‘La Pointe Courte’’ and ‘‘Cléo From 5 to 7,’’ which broke hidebound narrative traditions and influenced future directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, died at her home in Paris in March. She was 90.

Take a look back on her incredible career.

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.

Barbara Hammer, the pioneering experimental filmmaker whose visions of life and love channeled a distinctly lesbian point of view, has died at the age of 79.

Read about her legacy. 

According to a new study put forth by USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, representation for women and people of color in top grossing films is higher than ever. The study examines leading and co-leading roles in the top 100 grossing movies of 2018 (as well as those from the preceding 11 years for comparison), in order to provide a glimpse of the breakdowns of leading characters in terms of gender and race/ethnicity.

The future is female.

In Dawn Scibilia’s feature documentary After the Vote, the story of women in the post suffrage era changes our understanding of women’s political history in America.

Learn more about the film, which is fiscally-sponsored by NYWIFT

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

  • Bite Me: A Truly Independent Journey

  • Documentary Distribution 3.0 - The New Normal

  • NYWIFT Night Out with LUMBERYARD Studios

  • Member Screening: The Rainbow Experiment



LATEST blogs

NYWIFT Member Spotlight
How I Built a Distribution Plan at Film Festivals

NYWIFT member Lara Stolman reflects on her unique path to success with her documentary "Swim Team" - using film festivals to expand her audience and find unique opportunities, even after the film's television debut.

Cynthia's Picks
Cynthia’s Picks: Director Disconnect, Board Elections, Ladies’ Morning

Director Disconnect: While the call for diversity in Hollywood is getting more bandwidth than ever, the movement toward inclusion is still not reaching the director’s chair.   Board Elections: NYWIFT members, don’t forget to vote in our Board Elections! Ballots have been emailed out to you and voting closes on May 1st. (If you missed...

WIFT Around the World
Sandra Schulberg Receives Berlinale Camera Award

Marking the 40th anniversary of the IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), Sandra Schulberg, IFP founder and a long-time activist on behalf of filmmakers working outside the Hollywood studios, was awarded the Berlinale Camera for her 40 years of service to the field at the EFM (European Film Market). NYWIFT member Heidi Philipsen sat down with Schulberg to reflect on her legacy of film preservation, and how much work is left to be done.

Cynthia's Picks
Cynthia’s Picks: Female Grips, Killing Eve, Thrones Queen, Lesley Stahl

Female Grips: The New York Times pays tribute to the few women who work as grips – one of the most grueling and important tasks on set. Killing Eve: This Glamour headline puts it best: Killing Eve is made for women by women…and it shows. Thrones Queen: Game of Thrones owes much of its success...


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