Check Out: the ads next time you’re on the subway. NYWIFT member Amy Nicholson’s documentary Zipper is currently showcased on subway cards and bus shelters as part of the “Made in NY” Marketing Credit. Nicholson’s film examines the battle over an American cultural icon, a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s amusement district. The films opens August 9 and will be available on iTunes. The “Made in NY” Marketing Credit provides free co-branded advertising to productions that shoot the majority of their projects in the five boroughs.
Just Read: that LA’s new Mayor, Eric Garcetti, promises to work “to eliminate the tangle of fees and rules that make filming here more like ‘Les Miserables,’ instead of ‘Fast and Furious’ like it ought to be.” It is interesting to note that California doesn’t have any of the incentives in place that we have here in New York State.
Go See: The Heat written by Katie Dippold, directed by Paul Feig and starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I saw last weekend and it is very funny, a women’s perspective is very apparent. The Heat 2 has already been announced.
Terry Lawler is the Executive Director of NYWIFT. Tune in every Tuesday for her picks of the week.
Finding your tribe is one of life’s greatest pleasures—and losing it is one of the greatest sorrows. In NYWIFT Member Amy Nicholson’s beautifully observed film Happy Campers, working-class Americans gather every summer at a seaside trailer park in Chincoteague, Virginia, to enjoy the simple pleasures of a scrappy, no-frills vacationland, and each other’s company. When a developer buys the land and reimagines the property, the inhabitants of this shabby Shangri-La wistfully eke out the joys of one last summer together as a melancholic twilight hangs in the air. Happy Campers just made its world premiere at DOC NYC, where it received a Special Mention for the Grand Jury Prize. Amy spoke to us about her unique process making this film, biggest challenges and triumphs, and the commodification of some of life’s simplest pleasures.READ MORE
Thank you to everyone who attended the 39th Annual Muse Awards on Thursday! It was such an honor to receive the Made in NY Award...READ MORE
Board Buzz: Great news from several NYWIFT board members! The Tale – produced by Simone Pero – continues to rack up award nominations, including a...READ MORE
Life Lessons: Be sure to read Manohla Dargis’ brilliant piece in The New York Times about what movies teach us about being a woman. She...READ MORE