#SummerHours Series: The NYWIFT #SummerHours blog series by members Mellini Kantayya and Kathryn O’Kane is back again this year with recommendations for your summer reading and watchlist. So far Kathryn has shared her thoughts on past NYWIFT Muse honoree Whoopi Goldberg’s latest book, and Mellini has created a list of bingewatch-worthy comedy picks.
Debra Granik: I saw Debra Granik’s new film Leave No Trace this weekend and it was great. Another example of her amazing talent as a director. She also directed Winter’s Bone, which gave Jennifer Lawrence her start. The same thing is likely to happen to Thomasin McKenzie, who gives a really good performance in the film.
Darya Zhuk: Congratulations to Darya Zhuk, whose debut feature Crystal Swan was selected by Belarus as its submission for the Oscars’ foreign film category. We honored Darya with the NYWIFT Outstanding Female Content Creator Award for her pilot The Real American at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) back in 2015. We’re proud to say “we knew her when!” Speaking of NYTVF, the festival returns for 2018 this week, July 14-19, having switched from a Fall to a Summer schedule to provide even more opportunities for content creators. Be sure to check it out.
On November 12, 2018, just one week after a record 117 women won their races for seats in Congress, seven NYWIFT members came together with She Should Run, a non-partisan nonprofit with a mission to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the United States, hosted by HBO. NYWIFT member Kristina Teschner, who participated in the program, recently signed on as the Co-Director of Creative Strategy & New Media at the Cabán for Queens campaign, and shares more about the natural evolution between filmmaking and political campaigning.READ MORE
Black Agents: Of the hundreds of talent agents working at the major Hollywood agencies, only a few dozen are black. The New York Times ran...READ MORE
Thelma Schoonmaker: Congratulations to 1995 NYWIFT Muse honoree Thelma Schoonmaker, who was honored this weekend with a BAFTA fellowship for her incredible 50-year editing career....READ MORE
It may seem Black Girl Magic in film is everywhere these days. But NYWIFT Board Member Leslie Fields-Cruz will share a secret with you: That “magic” isn’t really magic at all. It’s the result of more than a century of hard work, perseverance, and phenomenal endurance by black women media makers who’ve paved the way for a future that demands inclusivity, parity, and equal representation.READ MORE