Copyright News: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemption for documentary films has expanded to include some types of fictional films. Now, filmmakers working on projects like biopics, historical fiction, and parodies can access copyrighted content without fear of liability. This is great news for narrative filmmakers trying to tell meaningful stories on a tight budget.
Melissa McCarthy: I saw Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? about celebrity biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel. (NYWIFT gave Marielle the Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant for her first feature film, Diary of a Teenage Girl.) Melissa McCarthy is absolutely amazing (and in a dramatic role!). Go see it!
NYWIFT Presents: NYWIFT is proud to co-present two films at DOC NYC this year: The Feminist, distributed by member Adriana Shaw’s Herflix, and This Changes Everything, directed by member Tom Donahue, produced by member Ilan Arboleda, and executive produced by member Madeline Di Nonno, Board President Simone Pero, and NYWIFT Muse honoree Regina K. Scully. DOC NYC begins Thursday.
Death Row Stories explores the fallibility of the ultimate criminal penalty, capital punishment. Narrated by current and former death row inmates, each episode of Death Row Stories seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system. Six NYWIFT members who worked on the show, including Board Member Kathryn O'Kane, share the insight they gained into the criminal justice system through their work on the show.READ MORE
Last month in New York City, Women's eNews held their annual 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and it was a night of celebration for a diverse group of honorees, all fearless leaders who are committed to advancing gender equality throughout the world...including NYWIFT's own Executive Director, Cynthia Lopez. We share a portion of Lopez's insightful remarks on how women can truly change the world.READ MORE
Designing Women: Thank you to all our honorees, presenters, supporters, volunteers and attendees for a truly fabulous 20th anniversary Designing Women Awards last week. Be...READ MORE
Feelin’ Like Film Distribution Reality Bites? Bite [Me] back! Four ‘A’ Takeaways from the NYWIFT Bite Me Panel
The team behind the independent feature Bite Me recently joined NYWIFT for a panel case study on how they flipped the film distribution paradigm from something you “get” into something you “do.” As they journey on their 40-city Joyful Vampire Tour of America, we recap some key nuggets of wisdom.READ MORE