Posts by: Katie Chambers

What’s in Your Toolkit: Olga Slobodchikova

NYWIFT member Olga Slobodchikova works as an assistant editor on major documentary projects for HBO, Netflix and Amazon. She shares with us her favorite software tools, how to stay calm during a wildlife encounter mid-production in the Cambodian jungle, filming teen protestors in Russia, covid "sanity walks," and much more from her exciting career.

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What’s in Your Toolkit: Linnette Harrigan

NYWIFT Member Linnette Harrigan is a music supervisor, producer, entrepreneur, and musician. She shares what she keeps in her toolkit - both literally and metaphorically - and fills us in about the new app she's created for Apple and Android called "Elevate Your Music."

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Kavery Kaul’s Long Way from Home Explores Bias through the Eyes of High School Students

Hailed by historian Robin Kelley as “one of the most powerful and inspiring documentaries of our era,” NYWIFT member Kavery Kaul’s Long Way from Home is the moving and provocative story of three remarkable girls entering ninth grade at top schools steeped in bias towards race, class, and culture. Though the film was made nearly 15 years ago, the issues still resonate in today’s climate of racial injustice and civil unrest. Kavery sat down to discuss how she put together this incredible portrait  and what – if anything – has changed in our culture in the years since.   

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Olympia Premieres Online July 9th

The feature length documentary, Olympia, celebrating the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis,  will have a national LIVE streaming premiere in North America on July 9th at 8pm ET, followed by a Q&A, with a special premiere screening in Greece and Europe at 1pm ET on July 10th and an exclusive ‘virtual cinema’ release beginning Friday, July 10th.

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What’s in Your Toolkit: Kristin Reiber Harris

Artist, animator, and educator Kristin Reiber Harris shares with us what's in her animation toolkit, and how she's staying centered while sheltering in place during COVID-19. 

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What’s in Your Toolkit: Sarah Barker

NYWIFT Member Sarah Barker is an accomplished and passionate producer with a decade of experience turning ambitious ideas into award-winning television and live events. Oh, and she also happens to be an astrophysicist! Yes, that's right: she is an astrophysicist, science communicator, and science-advocate, committed to enthusing people about learning. Sarah does this by creating engaging factual television, and enthralling live events. Sarah shared with us what she keeps in her toolkit, here on Earth...

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What’s in Your Toolkit: Adetoro Makinde

The trip to the Sundance Film Festival can be daunting - but NYWIFT Member and Women Independent Producers (WIP) President Adetoro Makinde has ventured to Park City eight times, so it is safe to say she is a  Sundance pro! We caught up with her on the eve of the festival to try to glean some wisdom...and see what's in her toolkit both at Sundance and on set. 

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#Muse40for40: Meryl Streep (1983)

For our final #Muse40for40 installment we had to of course give a shout out to the indomitable Meryl Streep. Meryl was honored in 1983, and the photo of her cheeky over-the-shoulder smile as she modeled a NYWIFT jacket has become an indelible image for our organization.

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#Muse40for40: Abigail Disney (2014)

Abigail E. Disney is an American documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and social activist. She produced the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and is the executive producer, writer, and director of The Armor of Light, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary.

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#Muse40for40: Sarah Barnett (2015)

When we honored Sarah Barnett with a Muse Award in 2015 she was the President and General Manager of BBC America; under her leadership the network enjoyed awards recognition and a ratings surge for popular programs including Orphan Black, Doctor Who, and Killing Eve.

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#Muse40for40: Dawn Ostroff (2014)

Dawn Ostroff is currently the Chief Content Officer of Spotify, and leads all aspects of the streaming service's content partnerships across music, audio and video. When we honored Ostroff at the Muse Awards in 2014, she was President of Condé Nast Entertainment, and had held senior roles at 20th Century Fox Television, Michael Jacobs Productions, and the Kushner-Locke Company.

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#Muse40for40: Lizz Winstead (2015)

Lizz Winstead received the 10th annual Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award. The acclaimed comedienne, radio and television personality, author and blogger for The Huffington Post is also the co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio network.

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#Muse40for40: Mary Bailey (2014)

Mary Bailey was the script supervisor on Rosewater, August: Osage County, Men In Black, and A League of Their Own, among other notable films. With a career spanning more than 50 films and several TV projects, Bailey has worked with a range of producers, actors, and directors, including Mike Nichols, Sofia Coppola, Nancy Meyers, Jonathan Demme, and Scott Rudin.

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#Muse40for40: Victoria Alonso (2015)

Victoria Alonso is the Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Marvel Studios, and her 2015 Muse Awards acceptance speech is among some of our favorites for both its humor and heart.

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Meet the New NYWIFT Board Members: Kerry Fulton

With her company Evenfield Entertainment, producer Kerry Fulton is looking to do just that: even the playing field. That's a mission we can certainly get behind. She brings her experience working in the global TV and film market to NYWIFT as one of the newest additions to our Board of Directors.

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Meet the New NYWIFT Board Members: Gretchen McGowan

As summer heats up, New York Women in Film & Television gears up for the start of our new year – and with it, new faces join our leadership team! Next up, meet Gretchen McGowan, an award-winning producer and Head of Production at Goldcrest Features.

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Meet the New NYWIFT Board Members: Alex Cirillo

NYWIFT member Alex Cirillo is a director, producer and the Co-Founder of Big Vision Empty Wallet, an inclusion-focused incubator that produces content that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Next up, she brings her talents and passion for inclusion to the NYWIFT Board of Directors.

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NYWIFT Member Jill Salvino Brings LGBTQIA Documentary “Between the Shades” to Schools Nationwide

NYWIFT member Jill Salvino is an accomplished storyteller and commercial director with over 200 awards to her name, including an Emmy. But one of her proudest accomplishments is also one of her most recent – her feature documentary directorial debut Between the Shades. Profiled in The New York Times in April under the quippy headline “How Gay Are You?” the documentary asks just that, yet so much more. Salvino spoke to us about the process of making the film, working with her documentary subjects and what she hopes to accomplish with the film’s educational release.

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