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Member Screening: Sky and Ground

Member Screening: Sky and Ground

22 Oct 2019 @ 07:00pm

Join us for this month’s NYWIFT Member Screening Series showcasing Talya’s Tibbon’s Sky and Ground. 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.

A ground-level immersion into the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time, Sky and Ground accompanies the Sheikh Nabi clan, a large, extended Syrian-Kurdish family, as they painstakingly make their way from their home in Aleppo, bombed out by the war, to the Idomeni refugee camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia. Their goal is Berlin, where they will reunite with family members and seek asylum, but first they must make the arduous and dangerous journey through as Europe decides to close its borders to refugees.

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Latest news

Toss It, a new film by NYWIFT member Michele Remsen, is now available to stream on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Vimeo! An “anti-romantic comedy,” Toss It blends screwball comedy with an open-hearted deep-dive into family dysfunction. The film was the recipient of the NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant.

Read more about the film and about Michele. 

In a study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in partnership with National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Wise Entertainment, research proves that Hollywood has failed the Latinx community when it comes to their portrayal in popular movies.

Read “Latinos in Film: Erasure On Screen & Behind the Camera”

NYWIFT is very pleased to welcome our new Board President Jamie Zelermyer, along with a powerhouse roster of new and returning board members for the 2019-2020 season.

Get to know Jamie.

The 2019 NYWIFT Summit: Inclusion, Equality and Safety, presented a series of conversations that addressed vital issues of gender and pay gap, diversity/inclusion and sexual harassment. The Summit established forward-moving strategies to create change in these areas with an eye towards mobilizing support and leadership for the future.

See the recap.

The latest the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) Inclusion Report Card with data from the 2019 TV Staffing Season shows states that women and minorities showed slight gains in the 2019-2020 TV series staffing season compared to a year ago, despite disruptions in the hiring process caused during the 105-day standoff between the guild and Hollywood’s talent agencies.

See the details. 

Congratulations to NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film grantee Yellow Rose, which was the opening night film of the 2019 Asian American International Film Festival in New York City! 

Learn more. 

Dr. Martha Lauzen along with the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film released their annual “Thumbs Down” report. The study accounts for critics working in all print, broadcast, and online outlets for Spring of 2019.

This year’s report concludes that male film reviewers still outnumber women about two to one –as women only represent 34% of film reviewers in the U.S. as compared to last year’s 32%.

Learn more.

NYWIFT Executive Director shares her updates after seven months with the organization.

Read her note 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

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Talya Tibbon’s “Sky and Ground” Puts a Human Face on the Refugee Crisis

NYWIFT Member Talya Tibbon's Sky and Ground tells the harrowing tale of one Syrian family's three-month journey from Greece to Germany feeling violence in their homeland. Facing setbacks, heartaches and threats of deportation, their determination propels them towards a better future. In advance of the film's screening as part of the NYWIFT Member Screening Series, Talya discusses her process and how being an "outsider" is an asset to documentary filmmaking.

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