Two Studies: A study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in partnership with National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP, of which I was the founding organizational Chairperson) and Wise Entertainment, shows how Hollywood has failed the Latinx community when it comes to their portrayal in popular movies – in terms of representation, stereotyping and inclusion (or lack thereof) in key positions behind the camera. In somewhat better news, the latest “Boxed In” study from SDSU’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film shows that female TV representation both on and off screen hit “historic highs” this year (though of course “historic highs” is still relative and women are not making up anywhere near 51% of any key positions).
Unequal Pay: Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim has left the project over pay disparity; she discovered that she was being significantly less than a male writer on the project.
Michele Clapton: This great video with 2019 NYWIFT Designing Women honoree Michele Clapton gives some insight in to her creative process designing the costumes for the final season of Game of Thrones (and it includes some of the costumes we were lucky enough to have on display at our event this year!).
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