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.
The second part of Christina Kiely's two-part interview with All In: The Fight for Democracy co-director Lisa Cortés, conducted on Zoom in anticipation of her participation at the NYWIFT 2020 Creative Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Industry and Funders in Conversation next week.READ MORE
All In: The Fight for Democracy is the essential new documentary the LA Times called “an eloquent history lesson on voting rights.” Co-directed by Lisa Cortés and Liz Garbus, the film tells the painful history of voter suppression in America as it traces the story of gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and her 2018 run in Georgia. Oscar-nominated producer NYWIFT Member Lisa Cortés (Precious, The Apollo, Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion) joined NYWIFT Board Member Christina Kiely to discuss All In: The Fight for Democracy, why it matters so much right now, how they pulled it off during the pandemic, and why Stacey Abrams’s story needed to be the spine of the film – apart from the fact that we love her.READ MORE
All In: If you haven’t seen All In: The Fight for Democracy yet on Amazon, do it – it’s a must-see, especially now. Filmmakers Liz...READ MORE
In early August, NYWIFT made Kris Rey’s new feature I Used to Go Here available for streaming and presented a conversation with the writer/director and lead actress Gillian Jacobs. I Used to Go Here is the story of a young woman in her mid-thirties, Kate Conklin, whose first novel has been released and the consequences of a lack-luster response to the book.READ MORE