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 City soon – stay tuned for more info.
Annenberg Study: For the first time in over a decade, both the number and percentage of women working as directors on some of Hollywood’s biggest feature films have increased according to the latest study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. 12 women directed one of the top 100 films in 2019. While certainly not representative of the overall population, this is the first time we have seen a notable shift in hiring practices. Progress.
Celluloid Ceiling: Meanwhile, the latest Celluloid Ceiling Report from Dr. Martha Lauzen and the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that women are still largely unrepresented in more than just the director’s chair. Of the top 250 grossing films last year, 85% had no women directors; 73% had no women writers; 44% had no women executive producers; 31% had no women producers; 71% had no women editors, and 95% had no women cinematographers, with 31% having no women or only one woman working in any of those roles.
Multi-hyphenate artist Leah Curney - an actor, writer, and director - shares what keeps her organized and inspired, from notebooks to podcasts and more. Plus, she expounds on the one piece of advice that frustrated her...until the truth of it finally clicked.READ MORE
NYWIFT member Jodie Alexandra Taylor's documentary Pennhurst, which screens at the Member Screening Series on February 25th, was inspired by her visit to what remains of one of the largest and oldest institutions for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. One chapter of the story ended when the institution closed, but the fight for equitable treatment and representation for the disabled continues to this day. Making the movie inspired a fervent commitment on Taylor’s part to continue that dialogue and, in so doing, change the future narrative. Taylor sat down with us to discuss the film and its potential impact.READ MORE
Production Women: It’s time for more women behind the lens. From lighting to sound to stunts, costumes, sets, and beyond, learn about the many career...READ MORE
Sundance Success: Thanks to all who attended our two inaugural events at the Sundance Film Festival this year! Be sure to check out the photos...READ MORE