Still Image from The Dog
Congratulations To: NYWIFT Member Joanna Plafsky, Executive Producer of My Reincarnation, up for a News and Documentary Emmy this week. Crossing fingers for her tonight.
Hope To See You At: the NYFF51 LIVE: Spotlight on Documentary Filmmakers panel at the New York Film Festival on October 7 at 7:45 – 8:45 co-present by NYWIFT. a NYWIFT member Allison Berg will be one of the panelists. Her film The Dog is featured at the festival. Tickets are free. You can reserve them here.
Excited About: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield taking home the Emmy statue for best writing in a comedy for the series finale of 30 Rock, and Gail Mancuso was recognized in the best director category for an episode of Modern Family. Mancuso is only the second woman to win an Emmy for comedy director in the award show’s history.
Meet the New NYWIFT Member: LaKisa Renee
Welcome to NYWIFT, LaKisa Renee! LaKisa is a multitalented media/film industry professional, journalist, host, actress, videographer, voice artist, and award-winning makeup artist. She is the owner and Founder of LaKisa Renee Entertainment, a media, fashion and events company. As a media professional, she is a contributing journalist for Cultured Focus Magazine, In Black Magazine, and Steller Magazine. LaKisa spoke to us about her wide range of roles in media, fashion, and entertainment.READ MORE
Meet the New NYWIFT Member: Priya Mishra
Welcome to NYWIFT, Priya Mishra! Priya is an award-winning screenwriter and director. She wrote, directed, and co-produced her debut short film Bath Bomb in 2019. Currently, Bath Bomb and Only Business, the second film she directed, are both having successful runs on the festival circuit. A queer second-generation Indian immigrant, and a girl who lost her mom during her junior year of college, Priya’s work centers love, grief, acceptance, social-critique, and embracing your anger. Priya hopes that her work will make audiences feel more connected with other human beings, more angry at the state of the world, and more willing to improve it by embracing vulnerability and kindness. Priya spoke to us about identity, wildly fun times on set, and exploring grief through her creative work.READ MORE
Meet the New NYWIFT Member: Ifeyinwa Arinze
Please join us in welcoming Ifeyinwa Arinze to NYWIFT! Ifeyinwa is a neuroscientist-turned-filmmaker from Nigeria and is currently based in New York City. Her work draws inspiration from human behavior and prioritizes intimate portrayals of Black women and girls that are grounded in generosity and care. Her short film, Two or More, premiered at the 2022 New York African Film Festival and has screened at the 2022 Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2022 Bushwick Film Festival and 2022 TIDE Film Festival, where she received the 2022 NYWIFT Outstanding Woman Content Creator Award. Ifeyinwa spoke to us about why the TIDE Film Festival is special to her, her transition from STEM to the arts, and the inspirations behind her work.READ MORE
Tips on How to Publish on Amazon Kindle
Jean Criss recently designed and wrote her first children’s book and self-published on Amazon Kindle. Once she realized this publishing platform was so simple, she decided to move all her book titles over. She learned how to publish e-books, paperbacks, white paper, articles, and/or other newsworthy information in a quick and easy way. Jean shares her step-by-step digital publishing guide with the NYWIFT community.READ MORE