Caregiver Crisis: Our sister chapter WIFT Australia just released an interesting study, called “Honey, I Hid the Kids!” which details the significant challenges parents and other caregivers in the film and television industry in Australia. 74% of respondents reported the impact of caring work on their role in the industry as negative; anecdotes include people hiding the fact that they have children, people taking on more than a full-time load in order to survive, and some who have had to leave the industry altogether, resulting in an industry-wide loss of knowledge and expertise.
NewFest Screening: I hope you’ll join me at NewFest on Saturday, where I will moderate a conversation with Caroline Berler (director), Rebecca Benson (producer), Gil Talmi (composer), Jenni Olson (filmmaker/subject) , Barbra Hammer (filmmaker/subject) , Su Freidrich (filmmaker/subject) and Rachel Reichman (filmmaker/subject) after the special screening of Caroline’s documentary Dykes, Camera, Action!, which examines queer women’s cinema from the mid-twentieth century through today. (Fun fact: Caroline is a former NYWIFT intern! I’m proud to say “we knew her when.”)
Photo Display: If you missed our Women Calling the Shots photography exhibit this summer, you can see selections from it at IFC Center during this week’s Greenwich Village Film Festival. The showcase features films of and by NYWIFT members, celebrating women at work in film, television and digital media.
Cynthia’s Picks: Barbara Hammer, Self-Advocacy Skills, Rotten Reviewers, Provincetown Summit
Barbara Hammer: Our industry lost a legend this week, pioneering queer experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. A recent Vanity Fair interview highlighted the inclusive spirit that...READ MORE
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund Crosses the Atlantic with 1970s Classics of Feminist Filmmaking
A year ago, an email arrived in our Women’s Film Preservation Fund mailbox from Tamara Anderson, Cinema Curator at the Barbican Centre in London, who had discovered our 2015 Carte-blanche series at MoMA, Women Writing the Language of Cinema. Would we curate a smaller series, focusing just on Second Wave Feminist films, for their multi-arts celebration Art of Change? What has resulted, Artists and Activists: Second Wave Feminist Filmmakers, will screen as a series over Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 at the Barbican.READ MORE
The WFPF Screens Four Experimental Films at MoMA’s “To Save and Project” Festival on January 22
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund: Four Experimental Films will screen January 22nd in The Museum of Modern Art’s annual festival, To Save and Project. The four recently preserved films by Barbara Hammer, Victoria Hochberg, Peggy Ahwesh, and Sheila Paige, all carry a common thread of movement towards a future from the past. WFPF Co-Chair Ann Deborah Levy gives us a preview.READ MORE
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund 2016 Grants are awarded to five groundbreaking works from the 1920s and 1970s
The NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund's (WFPF’s) 2016 grants have now been awarded. The films include three shorts from the 1920’s by pioneering filmmaker Angela Murray Gibson and two important films from the 1970’s, SISTERS! by Barbara Hammer and Women’s Happy Time Commune by Sheila Paige. WFPF Steering Committee Co-Chair Ann Deborah Levy explains why these particular films are important to women's legacy, and how you can help.READ MORE