Posts by: Mellini_Kantayya

Below the Line: A Cut Above – Production Designer Hannah Beachler

Production Designer Hannah Beachler created the iconic looks of "Creed," "Moonlight," and Beyonce's "Lemonade" before taking on the fictional world of Wakanda in "Black Panther," which won her a 2019 Academy Award. She is the first-ever African American - male or female - to take home that honor.

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Below the Line: A Cut Above – Film Editor Joi McMillon

Joi McMillon made Oscar history in 2018 when she became the first African American woman nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing for Moonlight. But the road to the Oscars wasn’t straight or smooth.

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Below the Line: A Cut Above – Costume Designer Edith Head

This Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the oft unsung yet always vital contributions of those working below the line. Join NYWIFT blog contributors Kathryn O’Kane and Mellini Kantayya as they celebrate a few of the many women in history and making history—“Below the Line: A Cut Above.” We start with costume legend Edith Head.

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Five Tax Takeaways: Changes for Filing this Year

There are some significant changes to the tax law this year, many of which particularly affect freelancers and entertainment industry multi-hyphenates. Mellini Kantayya breaks down some of key differences to look out for as you prepare to file for 2018.

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The Art of Directing and Running a Show: Takeaways from a Conversation with Annetta Marion and Kathryn O’Kane

At a recent NYWIFT program, board members (and director/showrunners) Kathryn O’Kane and Annetta Marion discussed the unique role of the showrunner, and the combination of skill, gumption, and inspiration essential in helming a show.

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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Women in Early Hollywood

Throughout history, and specifically film and television history, women have been early to identify and seize opportunity in emerging fields—only to be edged out of those fields, and their history, once they become mainstream. Mellini Kantayya shares four great reads about the women pioneers of early Hollywood.

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#SummerHours Summer Reading: Books for Actors (That Have Nothing to Do with Acting)

Mellini Kantayya shares the books about mindfulness, presence and intention that can inform the acting and audition process.

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#SummerHours #BingeWatch-Worthy Drama Picks

Mellini Kantayya offers two very different - but equally addictive - drama series for your summer #bingewatch.

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#SummerHours #BingeWatch-Worthy Family Content: Three Fun, Feminist Picks for the Whole Family

Mellini Kantayya offers up three fun, feminist, and family-friendly binge-worthy picks for all ages and genders to fill your #SummerHours. If you're not careful, you might get even more addicted than your kids do!

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#SummerHours #BingeWatch-Worthy Comedy Picks

Our #SummerHours series makes a triumphant return just as the NYC temperatures start to heat up! In the first edition of our Summer '18 series, Mellini Kantayya offers her side-splitting #bingeworthy comedy picks.

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Trailblazing Through the Decades: Maleni Chaitoo (2010s)

NYWIFT member Maleni Chaitoo is an actress and a producer. She is known for her appearance in the “New York, I Love You” episode of Master of None and her role as Kayla on the web series Don’t Shoot the Messenger, on which she is also an executive producer.

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Trailblazing through the Decades: Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000s)

In 2000, writer, director, and past NYWIFT Writers Lab mentor Gina Prince-Bythewood blazed a trail with her film Love and Basketball. Not only was the film a critical and commercial success, it won the Humanitas Prize and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

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Trailblazing through the Decades: Sandra Osawa (1970s)

Sandra Osawa is a director, producer, and writer. She is a member of the Makah Nation of Washington State. One could argue that news coverage of Native American issues is still vastly lacking today. Thus, Sandra Osawa was a true ground-breaker in 1974 by directing, producing, and writing NBC’s first news program on Native American issues

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Trailblazing through the Decades: Esther Eng (1930s)

In honor of Women's History Month, NYWIFT looks back at some of the remarkable women who have shaped the film, television and digital media industries through the decades. We kick off the series in the 1930s. Esther Eng was a film director who also worked as a writer, producer, and distributor. She had an international career, making films both in the United States and Hong Kong. She was the first woman to direct Chinese language films in the U.S.

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WIFT Around the World: Meet Women in Film and Television—Toronto!

Whether you’re cast in a project that shoots abroad or you’re a producer on a quest for locations and tax credits, we’re all finding ourselves traversing the globe more than ever. Getting to know (and joining) our sister Women in Film & Television organizations around the country and the world can be a resource of unending value. We're pleased to premiere our new "WIFT Around the World" column, which will introduce NYWIFT members to Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) chapters across the globe. First up, Mellini Kantayya reports on her visit to the Toronto office.

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#SummerHours: Take an “Issa Rae” Day!

#SummerHours fangirls over all things Issa Rae - TV, web and book!

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#SummerHours: Book to Screen…and Back Again: The Girl on the Train

NYWIFT #SummerHours suggests watching the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' novel - not just for the thrills, but for the makeup artistry.

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#SummerHours: Book to Screen…and Back Again: Postcards from the Edge

Read the book then see the movie - or vice versa. Either way is a win with Carrie Fisher's Postcard from the Edge.

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