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 was a hallmark of her work: “There is room for everyone.”
Self-Advocacy Skills: Five powerhouse women offer advice on how to advocate for yourself – how to speak up about your needs, seek out allies and champion your own work. It’s key to getting ahead.
Rotten Reviewers: Within hours of Captain Marvel’s release a staggering 58,000 online reviews of tanked its rating on Rotten Tomatoes — leaving the film with an abysmal (and inaccurate) score of around 30%. Armchair critics have made similar efforts with ethnically diverse and female-driven films like the Ghostbusters remake, Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Finally, Rotten Tomatoes has taken action – deleting the “want to see” score, disabling comments before a film’s release, and revising the layout; future changes may even include having “verified” reviewers. All this to protect inclusive films from the rage of angry fanboys.
Provincetown Summit: Want to advocate for women in the media and get involved on a grassroots level? The next Women’s Media Summit in Provincetown is March 23rd – attend this weekend to help chart the course of the summit’s future.
Recap: NYWIFT Talks Black Lives Matter and Just Mercy with Scott Budnick, April Grayson and Donna Hylton
NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia López moderated the July 1, 2020 installment of NYWIFT Talks with the team behind Just Mercy, a powerful and thought-provoking true-story film which follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson, and was available to rent for free across all platforms earlier this Summer in response to the Black Lives Matter movement following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.READ MORE
NYWIFT member Jodie Alexandra Taylor's documentary Pennhurst, which screens at the Member Screening Series on February 25th, was inspired by her visit to what remains of one of the largest and oldest institutions for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. One chapter of the story ended when the institution closed, but the fight for equitable treatment and representation for the disabled continues to this day. Making the movie inspired a fervent commitment on Taylor’s part to continue that dialogue and, in so doing, change the future narrative. Taylor sat down with us to discuss the film and its potential impact.READ MORE
Emmy Highlights: Kudos to both Alex Borstein and Michelle Williams, who used their Emmy platforms to remind us all – especially women – how advocating...READ MORE
Life Lessons: Be sure to read Manohla Dargis’ brilliant piece in The New York Times about what movies teach us about being a woman. She...READ MORE