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Cynthia’s Picks: Yellow Rose, Political Inspiration, Nancy Schwartzman

Yellow Rose: Congratulations to filmmaker Diane Paragas and her 2018 NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant winning film Yellow Rose, which will open the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in May. Combining drama, music and timely issues, Yellow Rose tells the story of a headstrong Filipino girl from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music star while facing the threat of deportation.

Political Inspiration: A new study posits that watching political dramas with a female lead could increase political engagement and boost viewers’ outlooks on women in politics. Representation matters!

Nancy Schwartzman: In a recent interview with Filmmaker Magazine, Nancy Schwartzman, director of the powerful and disturbing documentary Roll Red Roll about a high school gang rape, discusses how she crafted her film to specifically engage male audience members with the subject of sexual violence. 

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Cynthia Lopez Cynthia Lopez is the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television and an award-winning media strategist.

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