Sign up for New York Women in Film & Television’s programs in May:
Producing a Dynamite Sizzle Reel: The Key to the Sale
Thursday, May 1, 6 pm
Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich Street)
TV and digital packaging agent Jim Arnoff will moderate an expert panel who will give you the insider’s take on how to produce an effective sizzle reel.
Call for Action: Designing a Campaign for Change
Monday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (20 Cooper Square, 7th Fl.)
Dynamic community engagement plans help contribute to a documentary’s success. Come to learn about successful proposals, finding community and affinity partners, and crafting social media and strategic screening campaigns.
In Collaboration with the Editors Collective: Bias in Reality Television
Thursday, May 8, 8 pm
Manhattan Edit Workshop (119 West 23rd Street)
The Editors Collective (EC) has partnered with NYWIFT to present a conversation about reality television content that promotes negative stereotypes.
NYWIFT Night Out
Monday, May 12, 6:30 pm
Pranna (79 Madison Avenue)
Are you a NYWIFT member? Are you interested in becoming one? Join us for our monthly Night Out. You’ll mix, mingle and get to know the dynamic and talented members and staff at NYWIFT, all in an informal setting!
Secrets of Crowdfunding Success for Female Filmmakers
Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 pm
NYWIFT Office (6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200)
Are you considering crowdfunding to raise money for your creative projects? Join Jane Applegate, a NYWIFT member, producer and one of America’s most respected small business experts, for an interactive, hands-on lunchtime workshop.
Women’s Work: Film, Television, Musical Theater & Game Composers
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 pm
This panel of talented musical storytellers promises to ignite a lively and engaging discussion about the issues that female composers face these days.
NYWIFT Member Screening Series Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged
Tuesday, May 20, 7 pm
Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue)
Directed by Megan Smith-Harris, Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged celebrates the courage and strength of burn survivors as they reclaim their lives after the devastation of fire. The screening is followed by networking at a nearby bar.
Power Player Breakfast: Producer Mary Jane Skalski
Thursday, May 22, 8:30 am
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (488 Madison Avenue)
Mary Jane Skalski has garnered critical acclaim and commercial success as a Executive Producer for Pariah and producer for Win Win, The Station Agent, and many others. She teaches at Columbia University and serves as the Senior Advisor for Gamechanger.
NYWIFT Member Panayiota Pagoulatos shares memories from her trip to Cannes 2022 - her first time back on a plane since 2019! She met with WIFTI leaders from all over the world and shared this sage advice: "If you find yourself at an international market or film festival—whether it’s the first or the fiftieth time—look for your people. Whether a business partnership comes out of it or not, staying connected, sharing your experiences, and hopefully learning a thing or two, that’s the pulse that will help keep you going in this tough-as-nails industry."READ MORE
Cynthia Lowen’s latest documentary "Battleground" offers an eye-opening window into the anti-choice movement, featuring three women from varying walks of life who have dedicated themselves to rendering abortion illegal. Per the Tribeca website: “Told with restraint and balance, director Cynthia Lowen seeks to clarify rather than condemn, and presents a new point of entry for this challenging topic.” While the film itself clearly aligns with progressive pro-choice advocates (who also appear throughout) it offers a fascinating perspective on the sheer systemic power of the anti-abortion movement and the perilous future, felt painfully today, of Roe v. Wade. "Battleground" was Executive Produced by NYWIFT member Ruth Ann Harnisch and co-produced by member Steffie van Rhee, who sat down with us to discuss the premiere and how this film – from this particular perspective – came to fruition.READ MORE
Violet Du Feng’s "Hidden Letters" tells the story of Chinese women trying to balance their lives as independent women in modern China while confronting the traditional identity that defines but also oppresses them. Connected through their love for Nushu—a centuries-old secret text shared amongst women—each of them transforms through a pivotal period of their lives and takes a step closer to becoming the individuals they know they can be. Hot off her 2022 Tribeca Festival premiere, Director Violet Du Feng, an Emmy-award winning documentarian, spoke to us about Nushu, modern-day China, women’s equality, and her filmmaking process.READ MORE
Signe Baumane’s "My Love Affair With Marriage" is a brilliant animated film for a decidedly adult audience. It’s a semi-autobiographical musical exploration of love, sex, romance, and gender as viewed through the lens of neurochemistry – not your average animated love story! New York Women in Film & Television was proud to present Baumane with a NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant for the film, and even prouder to then see it premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival! We sat down with Signe to discuss her wildly inventive, intelligent, and very fun film.READ MORE