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 Late Night is one of the first comedies all about workplace inclusivity.
Booksmart Buzz: The disappointing box office returns from the Olivia Wilde-directed comedy Booksmart, which had been hotly anticipated on the indie circuit, leads to questions about whether women in film are held to an unfair standard. (But don’t count it out yet – it could still be a hit.)
Thumbs Down: The latest report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television, led by Dr. Martha Lauzen, shows a slight uptick in female film critics this year: 34% of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were written by women. But, as the report notes, “not only do men account for the majority of our filmmakers, they are also more likely to have the last word on the quality of our films.”
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Designing Women on June 11th. It’s just a week away and we’re looking forward to a fantastic celebration!
On January 13, 2020, the same day that the 2020 Oscars nominations were released — with not a single woman nominated for Best Director for the 87th time in 92 years — the founders of Women’s Weekend Film Challenge (WWFC) opened up applications for their first Los Angeles-based event to advance women in the film industry. The organization’s goals are to provide an intensive networking opportunity for female filmmakers while telling women’s stories on screen. WWFC founders say that the reason so many women apply to the challenge is because they know that the film industry revolves around connections — and WWFC provides the perfect opportunity to make them. Co-founder (and NYWIFT member) Katrina Medoff explains why the group is more relevant than ever.READ MORE
Sundance Bound: We are thrilled to see so many NYWIFT members headed to Sundance with films this year! We’ll be announcing a panel in Park...READ MORE
NYWIFT member Jean Criss offers an exclusive recap of the December 2019 event "Costumes, Couture and Conversing with Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer Donna Zakowska," at FIT SUNY hosted by the State of New York Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development. The conversation focused on Zakowska's acclaimed work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.READ MORE