Posts by: Margarita Sophia Cortes

New Kids’ Series Featuring Native American Character Launches This Summer

Indigenous representation is scarce in children’s programming – and TV programming in general. The new PBS animated children's series "Molly of Denali" hopes to change that.

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21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2019 Honors Cynthia Lopez

Last month in New York City, Women's eNews held their annual 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and it was a night of celebration for a diverse group of honorees, all fearless leaders who are committed to advancing gender equality throughout the world...including NYWIFT's own Executive Director, Cynthia Lopez. We share a portion of Lopez's insightful remarks on how women can truly change the world.

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NYWIFT Member Spotlight: ‘Love & Vodka’ at the Cannes Film Market

NYWIFT Member Heidi Philipsen and a team of University of Michigan alums are heading to Cannes in their efforts to obtain funding for Love & Vodka – a fish-out-of-water romantic comedy set in Ukraine. Personae Entertainment’s producer/director Heidi Philipsen (Darcy) has teamed up with screenwriter/co-producer R.J. Fox to bring his story to the big screen, along with co-producers Niko Meissner (Darcy), Kathryn McDermott (First Knight), and associate producer Jon Wilson.

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Director Julie Dash Receives Grant From The National Endowment for the Humanities

Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, a documentary about the life and works of Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, which is currently in development with NYWIFT Muse Honoree Julie Dash as director, has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The film is produced by NYWIFT Board member, Rachel Watanabe-Batton and Dash, with Patricia Williams Lessane, PhD. and Juanita Anderson as co-producers.

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New Four-Part Comedy Series “Half Life” by Patty Carey Debuts May 10

#GreenlightHer Winner Patty Carey’s Comedy Series ‘Half Life’ Premieres May 10 on NYC Life Winner of NYC’s First-Ever Pilot Competition for Stories by, for, and about Women Offers Hilarious Insider’s Look at the Film Industry from a Mom’s Perspective Larisa Oleynik, Finnerty Steeves, and Nancy Giles star in four-part series   Patty Carey’s Half Life,...

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Member Spotlight: Oscar-Nominated Producer/Director Lisa Cortes with Two Films at 2019 Tribeca FF

Oscar-nominated producer (Precious) and director Lisa Cortes makes it look so easy at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival with TWO films making their world premieres, including the festival opener. As producer of the documentary The Apollo, the NYWIFT member took a few moments to chat with us on our “Women Crush Wednesdays” podcast about what...

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Member Spotlight: HIIT Bootcamp and Support ‘Roadhead’ Film Project

Director, Christa Haley and Executive Producer, Marie O’Connell are young NYWIFT members who are working on a large-scale short film entitled “Roadhead.” The short narrative film is set in the near future after an economic collapse has devastated America. When fuel is scarce, two teenagers named ‘Brooke’ and ‘Weasel’ steal a car and set out...

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Having fear and doing it anyway

Award-winning Director Jennifer Fox and NYWIFT Board President and Producer Simone Pero Discuss the making of The Tale

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Chavela Director Catherine Gund Shares Lessons on Feminism, Women Filmmakers and Music

We sat down with director Catherine Gund to discuss her personal connection with the artist, how Chavela is still relevant today, and of course, the music. 

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Women Taking Leadership in New Global Fund Backing Female Filmmakers and Their Diverse Stories

It's a whole new ball game at Sundance - women are taking charge! Eos World Fund has announced its newly formed Global initiative to finance visionary female filmmakers around the world in an effort to galvanize innovative stories told by women.

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Women Calling The Shots – A swinging pendulum over an active volcano

NYWIFT Board VP Margarita Sophia Cortes wrote about the recent Hollywood sexual harassment firestorm in our HuffPost column - addressing the importance of speaking out, supporting one another, and no longer letting the boys club get its way.

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Signature Move Director Jennifer Reeder is Surrounded by Women Behind the Camera

Signature Move is a multi-cultural romance about life, love and lady Lucha-style wrestling is opening in NYC this Friday, October 13th. We caught up with filmmaker Jennifer Reeder as she heads to Friday’s opening screening event to get her perspective on breaking down doors.

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Moving Forward: Fresh New Year

The Globes were a mess, few women #OscarNoms, new let down study blues, Moving Forward: all-female cast, superpower women and NYWIFT call for submissions!

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The Road to Muse 2015

Through all the challenges, New York Women in Film & Television continues to champion the voice of women every year with numerous grants, scholarships, programs and events in support of women such as the Muse Awards.

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Moving Forward: Women in Comedy

November 9, 2015 – by Margarita Sophia Cortes and Destiny Lilly I remember watching the Emmy’s when Jon Stewart and a sea of white men in suits filled the entire stage to accept their award. The screen panned out just far enough to fit all the men on stage. I think Jon even joked about...

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She’s Got Funny Tales From The Dark Side

Comedy Makers: Tale From The Dark Side November 9, 2015 – by Margarita Sophia Cortes Get ready for another fun-filled night with a mixed panel of women writers, producers, directors and show runners in “Comedy Makers: Tales From The Dark Side” presented at Carolines on Broadway on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 New York Women in...

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NYWIFT Member Spotlight

Behind-the-scenes with Costume Designer Ornella Chiossone  – by Margarita Cortes   Through the power of social media, I was contacted by an up and coming costume designer, Ornella Chiossone, who was working on a film project in Brooklyn. She met me on the first day of production inside the trailer, nestled between the wardrobe she...

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NYWIFT ON MOVING FORWARD: Focus on TV Directors

Recently, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) made a call to action to hire more new women and minority TV directors in an effort to level the playing field within the industry. This call subsequently came weeks after the DGA revealed their latest Six-Year Study which showed 82% out of 611 new TV directors were...

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