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NYWIFT Masterclass Series: Nonfiction Audio Development
01 Nov 2023 @ 06:30pm
Join NYWIFT for our inaugural Masterclass Series: Non Fiction Audio Development with critically-acclaimed Podcast Creator and Producer Jamie Zelermyer.
In this series of three masterclasses, through case studies and conversation, creators of all levels will learn about development through completion – starting with an initial idea through to a finished audio piece. Use this seminar to help jumpstart your next creative endeavor!
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NYWIFT Member Elivia Shaw is a producer and co-editor of the fascinating new documentary How to Have an American Baby, which just make its New York Premiere at DOC NYC 2023. The film is a a nuanced, behind-the-scenes look into the booming shadow economy catering to pregnant Chinese tourists who travel to America to give birth in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies. Told through a series of observational vignettes, and with extraordinary access to the maternity hotel industry and their clients, the film outlines the invisible contours of the underground birth tourism industry and its unexpected actors in the U.S. and China, while probing deeply into the lives of several protagonists caught up in the phenomenon. What results is an intimate and compassionate portrait of women’s reproductive journeys, family, traditions, and capitalist desires. Shaw spoke to us about her collaboration with director Leslie Tai and the unique joys and challenges of the project.
NYWIFT Member Emily Sheskin’s return to DOC NYC 2023 is particularly meaningful. In 2017, she attended the festival with her short film Girl Boxer, about a 10-year-old champion female boxer and her adoring father. Six years later, Sheskin returns with a feature-length film following the same family, now facing an entirely new set of challenges. In Jesszilla, New Jersey’s own Jesselyn Silva, a three-time national boxing champion, is on her way to superstardom, dominating the junior ranks at the age of 15. With her every step of the way is her father, Pedro, a single parent who helps her navigate coaches, training schedules, and the angst of teenage life. When a devastating diagnosis threatens the father-daughter tandem, the pair turn to each other to fight their greatest opponent yet: cancer. Director and Executive Producer Emily Sheskin spoke to us about her unique journey following this family.
NYWIFT member Ilja Willems heads to the 2023 DOC NYC Festival with not one but two exciting new short films. Friendly Fridges shows how the new heart of the community is popping up in every neighborhood—in the shape of refrigerators. And When the grass must go follows a landscaper from Nevada who is removing grass lawns under a first-of-a-kind state law that will save water during an ongoing drought. Willems spoke to us about how these two disparate films align with her creative sensibilities, the joy of screening in NYC, and more!
Join us on a remarkable journey talking to Ambriel Pouncy, a trailblazing Web3 founder and executive, who has revolutionized the intersection of digital and physical landscapes. Her visionary approach has sparked customer loyalty, sustainability, and optimization across fashion, media, and entertainment industries. In our conversation today, we’ll explore her expertise in Web3 technologies, the Metaverse, and spatial computing—innovations reshaping the industry. Ambriel’s multi-passionate talents extend to brand development and marketing for luxury, where she crafts impactful experiences that resonate with audiences.