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#Muse40for40: Maggie Gyllenhaal (2014)

We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!


#4: Maggie Gyllenhaal

By Tricia Nolan

Oscar-nominated and Brooklyn-based mother, activist, actress and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal has spent much of her career making independent films, and has accrued a body of work that is both bold and complex. From her breakout sadomasochistic role in The Secretary, to her boundary-pushing, compelling performance in The Kindergarten Teacher, Gyllenhaal has not followed the blockbuster path, opting for films that challenge the way we think.

Gyllenhaal has been a prominent figure in the #TimesUp movement against sexual harrasment and gender inequality. This NYC-born daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwrtier Naomi Foner, plans to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter.

“The biggest thing I have learned is that the entire spectrum of feeling is required to actually be alive. Pain, despair, anxiety, terror, along with deep pleasure, curiosity… all of it is part of being alive. If you push out the unpleasant side, you don’t get to be alive.”

(photo used from 2018 Designing Women)

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Tricia Nolan

Tricia Nolan Tricia Nolan is a veteran writer-producer and emerging director. After a decade of delivering polished, high-quality creative of all sizes, both live-action and animation, at Nickelodeon, MTV and VH!, Nolan was tapped to produce and direct the weekly magazine-style series "What’s Next!" for A&E Networks. After a successful run as Head of Production at the bi-coastal Dogmatic, Inc., supervising worldwide campaigns for global brands, Nolan produced the documentary "$ellebrity," featuring unfiltered interviews with stars such as Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston. Tricia has directed several short films of her own, which have screened at such prestigious festivals as AFI, Seattle, Nantucket and the Hamptons. Her most recent short, "On The Run," was made as a proof of concept for her upcoming dramatic thriller entitled "In The Grip." Follow her on twitter @tnolan2 www.tricianolan.com

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