Noted art forger Mark Landis (Photo by Shane Lavalette, courtesy of Art and Craft)
TAKING A TRIP THROUGH: history, with Glamour’s The 75 Most Important Women of the Past 75 Years, which includes film and television heavy hitters like Lucille Ball, Julia Child and Barbara Walters. The magazine also approached prominent women (like actresses Rosario Dawson and Olivia Munn) to nominate their own.
CALLING FOR: your support of Art and Craft, the phenomenal documentary project of director and NYWIFT member Jennifer Grausman. The film examines the fascinating 30-year legacy of Mark Landis, one of the nation’s most prolific art forgers, whose notoriety significantly increased after discovery by a Cincinnati-based museum registrar. Art and Craft is currently raising money to finish postproduction on Kickstarter.
HOPING TO SEE: at least one of the screenplays from the Athena Film Festival’s Best Unproduced Screenplays with Strong Female Protagonists make it to the big screen.
Terry Lawler is NYWIFT’s Executive Director. Tune in for her picks every Tuesday.
Meet the New NYWIFT Member: Eunice Levis
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
Meet the New NYWIFT Member: Amanda DiMartino
Let’s give a warm welcome to new NYWIFT member Amanda DiMartino! Amanda is a director, producer, and editor committed to audience engagement. Some of her career highlights include collaborations with brands such as Harper’s Bazaar, Peloton, NBCUniversal, SYFY, Complex, KIDZ BOP, The Berlin Film Festival, Standard and Poor’s, and The Hollywood Reporter. Altogether, the 500-plus videos she has worked on have garnered more than one billion clicks and views while generating more than $1 million in revenue. She spoke to us about working with Bad Bunny and Usher, and why exploration is key to success!READ MORE
Meet the New NYWIFT Member: Mohana Rajakumar
Welcome to NYWIFT, Mohana Rajakumar! Mohana is a South Asian American scholar, novelist, screenwriter, and stand-up comic whose work regularly explores feminist themes. Some of her most notable literary accomplishments include winning the She Writes New Novelist Award in 2011 for her coming-of-age novel An Unlikely Goddess and the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 for Love Comes Later. She co-wrote and appeared in the short film Me Against the World, directed by Kali Bailey, which appeared in NYWIFT’s “Women in Film Night” at the 2022 Montauk Film Festival. Mohana has resided in Qatar since 2005. She spoke to us about working across various art forms, her writing process, and the special honor that comes with writing a banned book!READ MORE
My First Ever Sundance Experience!
"My first time covering the Sundance Film Festival in-person was everything I expected it to be. Fun, intense, inspirational, exhausting, and such an honor. Overall, the experience lived up to indeed be the experience of a lifetime. A journalist’s dream, especially mine." Tammy Reese shares her favorite star-studded moments from her trip to Park City for Sundance 2023!READ MORE