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.
Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer (and NYWFT Designing Women honoree!) with an unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character. And this year she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work in Black Panther.READ MORE
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
Production Designer Hannah Beachler created the iconic looks of "Creed," "Moonlight," and Beyonce's "Lemonade" before taking on the fictional world of Wakanda in "Black Panther," which won her a 2019 Academy Award. She is the first-ever African American - male or female - to take home that honor.READ MORE
Joi McMillon made Oscar history in 2018 when she became the first African American woman nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing for Moonlight. But the road to the Oscars wasn’t straight or smooth.READ MORE