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.
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
In the throes of finals and gearing up for next semester, we had an opportunity to talk shop with the Director of the Stony Brook Killer Films MFA in Film program (& NYWIFT member) Magdalene Brandeis about how the program is turning the film school model on its head.READ MORE
Mindy Kaling: CBS Sunday Morning profiled Mindy Kaling, who spoke candidly about not seeing people like herself represented on screen, and how her new film...READ MORE