S.W.A.N Recap: In case you missed our Support Women Artists Now (S.W.A.N.) Day this Spring, our good friends at SVA have made the Q&A available for viewing online! See filmmaker Sabrina Gordon discuss her documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez with Michelle Materre.
Women’s Equity: Kudos to Equity, which opened this weekend and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The first-ever female-driven Wall Street film, Equity is produced by, written by, directed by, production designed by, hair/makeup/costume designed by, and stars women! Listen to director Meera Menon discuss the film, which she says “normalizes female ambition,” on the Women and Hollywood blog’s podcast.
Don’t Blink: Congrats to NYWIFT member Laura Israel, whose documentary Don’t Blink – Robert Frank has had such a successful run at Film Forum that is has been extended for two weeks! Catch the documentary by August 9th.
Welcome to NYWIFT, Kilara Sen! Kilara is a Japanese female stand-up comedian and actor, moving to New York this summer. Kilara currently is hosting "Japanese Whisky Lockdown" and "Japanese Whisky World" on Dekanta TV. She also appeared on international TV such as Asia's Got Talent, Paul Hollywood Eats Japan, and Welcome to the Railworld. Kilara is gender non-conforming (she/they), a "hikikomori" survivor (a form of severe social withdrawal), and had a wonderful year at Historically Black Colleges. Based on her experiences, she shares her strong and funny voice on mental health, feminism, and diversity. She believes that everyone should be as special and unique as a unicorn. Also, she is the voice breaking stereotypes of Japanese women: the New Pink. Kilara thinks of herself as a Pink Unicorn. Kilara spoke to us about breaking down stereotypes, community support, and finding liberation through comedy.READ MORE
Sundance Bound: We are thrilled to see so many NYWIFT members headed to Sundance with films this year! We’ll be announcing a panel in Park...READ MORE
Reel Equity: Tell the entertainment industry that you support members of historically female crafts in their demand for Pay Equity by signing your name to...READ MORE
Representation Matters: Kathryn O’Kane was among the five NYWIFT board members who joined me at the Women’s Media Summit in Provincetown, MA, last month. She...READ MORE