New York Women in Film & Television’s events for April 2014:
Power Player Breakfast: Jana Bennett, President, A+E Networks’ FYI & LMN
Thursday, April 3, 8:30 am
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, 488 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
A+E Networks executive Jana Bennett, who manages two of the company’s fastest growing networks, will speak about her broadcasting career spanning global markets at A+E, BBC, TLC and Discovery.
Writing Seminar: Engaging the Feminine Heroic
Monday, April 7, 6:30 pm
Writers Guild of America, East 250 Hudson Street
Author Dara Marks will dig into the creative process, exploring female characters and the interior terrain of strong storytelling. While many writers are familiar with the Hero’s Journey, its counterpart, the Feminine Heroic, is often lost or distorted when employed in literature. The former aims to discover, defend and declare; in contrast, the feminine aims for communion and connection. Attendees will discuss these themes as related to narrative devices and developing effective stories.
Documentaries for Television: Extending Your Reach
Wednesday, April 9, 7 pm
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
With the growing demand for documentary content in broadcast television, questions emerge regarding the acquisition process, connecting with television executives and producing successful, appropriate content. Join the folks behind Mysterious Human Heart, Detropia and Mondays at Racine for a panel on how network partnerships can expand a documentary’s reach.
The Ultimate Confidence-Building Workshop
Thursday, April 10, 12:30 pm
NYWIFT Office, 6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
Does a lack of confidence hold you back in your entertainment career? Do you feel intimidated at networking events? Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, this workshop by Jim Arnoff, a certified career coach and television packaging agent, will give you the insider’s technique to embrace your strengths and pitch with confidence.
Go Green! Greener Alternatives for Your Production, Your Home and Your Life
Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 pm
NYWIFT celebrates Earth Day with a Go Green! panel featuring women at the forefront of today’s environmental issues. They will discuss what we can do for a greener planet. From NYC neighborhood initiatives to greening film and TV productions to the future of the rain forest, Go Green! will be a lively and informative conversation.
NYWIFT Member Screening Series: CAN
Tuesday, April 29, 7 pm
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street
How does one heal from mental illness? Pearl Park’s documentary CAN follows Can Truong, a war refugee who was among the millions of boat people who fled Vietnam in 1979, as he searches for healing, dignity and recovery from bipolar disorder. A Q&A will follow the screening.
We are thrilled to welcome new NYWIFT member Isi Laborde! Isi is a Brooklyn-based actor (AEA, SAG/AFTRA). Her film roles include Return to Montauk, directed by Academy Award-winner Volker Schlöndorff, and Jay-Z’s music video “Smile,” directed by Grammy-winner Miles Jay. She has had TV appearances in Facebook TV's Strangers and Paramount's Younger. Theater credits include The Bacchae at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club and Skip to My Lou at Theater for the New City. Isi spoke to us about her craft, how she kept up her creativity during COVID, and her dream role!READ MORE
Let’s welcome new NYWIFT member Ekaterina Korshunova! Ekaterina (or Kate for short) attended Moscow’s RUDN University where she graduated with a degree in journalism. Kate currently works as a freelance social media coordinator and producer. She has filmed and produced promotional videos for many local businesses as well as major brands. She spoke to us about her move to the US, her teaching philosophy, and her dreams for the future.READ MORE
Welcome, new NYWIFT member Ching Juhl! Ching is a Chinese American filmmaker, video journalist, and music educator who has directed, filmed, edited, and produced three feature films, promotional videos, and hundreds of shorts. Her feature documentary My Yang Gang Diary, which she shot entirely on an iPhone 11, won Best Feature Film Award at Toronto Documentary Film Festival in 2021. Ching spoke to us about the benefits of shooting on iPhone, the intersection of music and filmmaking, and the friends who brought her to NYWIFT.READ MORE
Let’s give a warm NYWIFT welcome to new member Elizabeth Ramjit! Elizabeth is an accomplished film/video editor with 10 years of experience in film and tv production and advertising. Elizabeth loves bringing awareness to current events and pressing world issues, to inspire important conversations among her audience. She’s always interested in new opportunities to explore new avenues of content, and enjoys brining her unique perspective to her collaborators’ projects. Elizabeth spoke to us about what stories inspire her, her dreams for the future, and why she could be #YourFavoriteFemaleEditor.READ MORE