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!).
NYWIFT Member Talya Tibbon's Sky and Ground tells the harrowing tale of one Syrian family's three-month journey from Greece to Germany feeling violence in their homeland. Facing setbacks, heartaches and threats of deportation, their determination propels them towards a better future. In advance of the film's screening as part of the NYWIFT Member Screening Series, Talya discusses her process and how being an "outsider" is an asset to documentary filmmaking.READ MORE
Emmy Panel: Check out the September 27th episode of the No Rest for the Weekend podcast for a fun recap of our NYWIFT Season Kickoff:...READ MORE
Our NYWIFT member abroad, Heidi Philipsen, sits down with WIFT Hamburg co-founder Verena Gräfe-Höft to talk the state of the industry and her new film Pelican Blood, which is making waves at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.READ MORE