“Big Girl,” part of the NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Shorts Program on February 24 at Anthology Film Archives.
New York Women in Film and Television’s February programs are filling up fast, so make sure to RSVP soon.
Women Who Run the Show
February 5, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tribeca Film Center
375 Greenwich Street
(Between N. Moore and Franklin)
What does it take to run a successful non-scripted show today and stay ahead of the competition? Savvy, enterprising women executive producers from various television genres will discuss what it takes to get a show made and on the air. Whether you are a novice producer just starting out or a seasoned producer looking to run a show of your own, you will have plenty to take away from this discussion. More.
NYWIFT Night Out
February 9, 6:30-8:30 PM
Pranna, 79 Madison Avenue at 28th Street
Are you a member of this great organization? Interested in becoming one? Join us for our monthly NYWIFT Night Out, where you can mix, mingle and get to know our dynamic and talented members and staff in an informal setting on February 9th at 6:30pm. More.
Lunchtime Skills Workshop: Reducing Stress, Taking Control of Your Life
February 11, 12:30-2 PM
NYWIFT Conference Room, 6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
The good news is that stress is self-created. The better news is that there are easy ways to turn stress into being centered and calm. This interactive workshop will give you the tools and insights on how to take control of your life. Learn how to respond rather than react, set boundaries with others and yourself and see choices in every situation. Create a plan to achieve the right mix of your entertainment career and personal life to give you more energy for both. More.
International Focus: Nigerian Cinema and Culture
February 17, 6:30-8:30 PM
MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenues)
NYWIFT’s International Focus is a quarterly series that celebrates the artistic, cultural and historic contributions of global cinema. This month the series will feature the evolution of Nigerian cinema throughout the diaspora. Nigerian cinema, oftentimes referred to as “Nollywood,” celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and is the second largest film industry in the world. Join us for a lively conversation and celebration with talented actors, musicians, producers and directors as they share their journey and films. More.
Documentary Storytelling and Advocacy
February 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Fl.
This panel examines the rise of Impact Distribution as the trend for documentary filmmakers. Over the past several years, the prominence of social issue-oriented films has raised several questions. Do documentarians today need to also become activists and advocates for social issues? Or does the option still exist for filmmakers to simply create compelling stories that benefit society and culture in more diffuse and subtle, but, perhaps, no less impactful ways? Join us for what will be an energetic conversation on the present state of documentary storytelling. More.
NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Shorts Program
February 24, 7-9 PM
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street
Join us for this month’s NYWIFT Member Screening Series featuring short films. Featured filmmakers are Lisa Melodia (“Big Girl”), Felicia Bradford (“January 30th”), Angela Tucker (“The Three of Us”), Joan Caspi (“Dumped”), Melissa Haizlip (“You’re Dead To Me”) and Diane Bradshaw (“Despairity”). The filmmakers will be available for a Q&A immediately following the screening. More.
Interactive Media and the Audience as Collaborator
February 26, 6:30-8:30 PM
Today, filmmakers tell stories with the use of mobile and online tools that encourage audience participation and collaboration in the process. This panel will explore the creative ways that producers have employed interactive media in their storytelling approach through collaboration with media tech experts, selection of the right content for different platforms, and forging collaborations that push the reach of projects. More.
(Edited on Feb 3, 2015, at 4:35 pm EST.)
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