The five women doc directors qualifying for Oscars (image via IndieWire).
Championing: Veena Sud’s mystery drama The Killing, which has just been picked up by Netflix for 6 final episodes.
Feeling Triumphant About: Women filmmakers and filmmakers of color racking up the awards. Women filmmakers swept half the AFI Awards last week, and at least five feature-length documentaries by women of color qualify for Oscar consideration this coming year.
Excited to Congratulate: Trailblazers Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey on being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor. Here’s to many more years of amplifying women’s voices for social justice and equal rights!
Terry Lawler is NYWIFT’s Executive Director. Tune in every Tuesday for her picks of the week.
NYWIFT member Luchina Fisher’s powerful new film The Dads features fathers tackling tough, complex issues of parenthood, masculinity, and more – learning to love and support their children the best they can. On a fishing trip with Matthew Shepard's father, five disparate dads discuss their love, hopes and fears for their trans kids in this short documentary. The film is screening now at DOC NYC, where is was named to the festival’s influential awards short list. We spoke to director and producer Luchina Fisher about her personal connection to the dads, her exciting Netflix opportunity, and the film’s superstar supporter.READ MORE
Welcome to NYWIFT, Eunice Levis! Writer and director Eunice Levis is a first-generation Dominican American from the Bronx, New York. Eunice's work focuses on genre-bending stories that combine her love of horror, sci-fi, thriller, and fantasy, often through a diasporic lens. She seeks to disrupt and challenge dominant narratives around technology, race, gender, history, and diaspora identity by altering the stories we tell about them. Eunice spoke to us about her early inspirations, her latest work, and how genre stories offer a unique opportunity to challenge the status quo.READ MORE
Found is a compassionately told story of the girls finding one another, finding their homeland, and finding themselves. Director Amanda Lipitz and Producer Anita Gou spoke with NYWIFT Board Member Christina Kiely about the experience of making the film and the powerful and often unexpected stories that emerged in the process. This is part two of their conversation.READ MORE
Found is a compassionately told story of the girls finding one another, finding their homeland, and finding themselves. Director Amanda Lipitz and Producer Anita Gou spoke with NYWIFT Board Member Christina Kiely about the experience of making the film and the powerful and often unexpected stories that emerged in the process. This is part one of their conversation.READ MORE