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Webinar: Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World

Webinar: Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World

31 Mar 2020 @ 06:00pm

To the outsider, the person holding the film camera is a story teller and change maker, living a dream life, filled with travel, awards, honor and recognition. To the documentary filmmaker, the possibility of creating transformational change through art is a calling. Yet it is a calling that exacts deep costs: financial, emotional, psychological, and physical. The documentary business is a long odds game fraught with disappointment and struggle. Underpinning these struggles is the elusive act of making a sustainable living at the career.

NYWIFT and The D-Word co-host a panel discussion to shed more light on this much-needed conversation and to explore avenues of greater filmmaker support. 

Moderated by Doug Block (The D-Word), panelists include Rebecca Day (Producer/ Psychotherapist), Kelsey Koenig (Impact Partner Films), Heidi Reinberg (Documentary film maker) and Chithra Jeyaram (Documentary film maker).  

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Letter from the NYWIFT Executive Director:

Click to see our latest update on COVID-19 resources for the NYWIFT community – including our member survey and upcoming webinars.

Watch shorts projects by our talented members in the 3rd Annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival, presented in partnership with GoIndieTV!

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Congratulations to the 12 NYWIFT members who had films in the 2020 Queens World Film Festival!

Learn more about the projects.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant to Ashley Eakin for her narrative short film Single, which confronts the complexities of being disabled and dating. Single will premiere at SXSW 2020.

Learn more about Single.

The ruling in the Harvey Weinstein New York trial has proven that women’s voices are not only are being heard but deserve to be recognized for the courage it takes to speak up. The women that testified in the trial not only had the courage to confront their trauma but have the resilience to finally move forward. NYWIFT commends all of those women that came forward regardless of their own personal or professional detriment – as well as all who rallied around them to protect and support.

Read our full statement.

NYWIFT mourns the passing of Lucy Jarvis. She was a visionary in our industry and leaves a profound legacy. She was one of the first producers –man or woman – to film at the Kremlin in 1963, she filmed a profile of Fidel Castro in Cuba, a look at the Louvre in the early 1960s, and she produced Barbara Walters’s first ABC shows.

The latest letter from NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez pays tribute to Lucy and shares our exclusive interview with her from NYWIFT’s Video Archive Project. 

Read the letter.

Thanks to all who joined us for the incredible 40th Anniversary Muse Awards!

See some of our favorite moments.

NYWIFT is proud to partner with Women in Film LA and the Actors Fund to help expand WIF LA’s Sexual Harassment Help Line hours and support services to accommodate members of the NYC community.

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A new report from San Diego State University (SDSU) finds that more than 10% of the directors on last year’s top films were women, which was more than twice as many as in 2018 and the highest number in over a decade. Dr. Martha Lauzen and the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film have released The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2019, and its findings once again show how progress has been made off-screen in terms of gender equality.

See how far we’ve come – and how far we have to go.

For the first time in over a decade, both the number and percentage of women working as directors on some of Hollywood’s biggest feature films have increased. In the newest update of the Inclusion in the Director’s Chair Report run by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, we see multiple new statistics involving inclusion and diversity that are worth paying attention to.

Learn more.

  • "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

  • Webinar: Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World

  • Webinar: NYWIFT Talks: Virtual Theatrical Experiences with Wendy Lidell

  • POSTPONED: Retirement Planning for Freelancers - April 2020

  • Webinar: NYWIFT Talks Distance Learning with Dr. Kimberly Greene



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