Inexcusable Behavior: Hollywood was rocked by a New York Times exposé of on decades of sexual harassment allegations leveled at producer Harvey Weinstein. This story is pervasive at all levels of the industry, and we’ve heard similar stories from many of our members. While Weinstein may be the most hypocritical and highest profile, this type of behavior is not “breaking news.” The industry is rife with sexism in all areas, not only from head honchos but from, say, the camera op who picks on the young woman in craft services, or the male actor who gets inappropriate during a love scene. We are glad The Weinstein Company took quick, decisive action by firing Harvey and that this has apparently become unacceptable behavior for top brass, but how is it being enforced down the line or in companies where women don’t feel they are able to speak out? This horrifying, pervasive behavior reminds us of the importance of solidarity, how women have to share knowledge to protect each other, how some predators unfortunately disguise themselves as “allies,” and how we need to keep the conversation going. NYWIFT offers a safe space to talk about these issues and will offer support to those who need it. Kudos to all who spoke out.
Frances McDormand: 2002 NYWIFT Muse honoree the legendary Frances McDormand granted a rare interview to the New York Times Magazine.
Timeless Issue: The October issue of Italian Vogue doesn’t feature anyone under age 60.
Casting News: Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) led the cast of Diane Paragas’ musical drama film Yellow Rose along with Tony...READ MORE
Love, Gilda: Lisa D’Apolito’s acclaimed feature documentary Love, Gilda, about legendary comedian Gilda Radner, hits theaters nationwide on September 21st. The film was fiscally sponsored...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
Throughout history, and specifically film and television history, women have been early to identify and seize opportunity in emerging fields—only to be edged out of those fields, and their history, once they become mainstream. Mellini Kantayya shares four great reads about the women pioneers of early Hollywood.READ MORE