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Flix Not To Miss: The To-Do List

The film summer isn’t complete without the teenage sex romp film. Running the spectrum from crude (Sex Drive and American Pie) to dramedy (The Sure Thing and Losin’ It ), rarely do these genre movies portray teenage girls eager to lose it with as much gusto and determination as teenage boys; that has now changed with...

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Terry’s Picks: August 13

Congratulations To: Gloria Steinem who will be awarded the Metal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. It is well-deserved. Oprah Winfrey was also named as a recipient. Check Out: the ten most exciting young women directors, according to Matthew Hammett Knott of Indiewire. Did You Know: Women scooped up half the Emmy nods for...

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2013 OMMA Awards

2013 OMMA Awards Jury We embrace New Media at NYWIFT in all its forms. The OMMA Awards have extended their deadline to enter to August 16th.  With “Best Vine Execution or Instagram Video” added as a new category this year, it will be exciting to see what this year’s all female jury selects in these...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Photo via thefeministwire.com Congratulations Katherine Oliver! Late-Night viewing gets a serious revamp at PBS, a playful one at MTV. Director Gwyneth-Horder Payton makes it known “I am the leader here.” Issa Rae’s awkwardness is fitting into Hollywood quite nicely. Philippa Gregory & Emma Frost’s The White Queen KILLS on Starz! – KELLY GLOVER

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Tweet of the Week

Disagree. Hiding the rare women of color who star in a film, even for neutral reasons, deserves specific criticism. http://t.co/0SviANHihU — Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) August 6, 2013 – @annelabarba //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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Flix Not To Miss: Blackfish

Before you take the kids to Sea World this summer, watch Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary exposé Blackfish (2013). Blackfish focuses on the dangerous job of Sea World trainers, which has been the subject of OHSA review for more than 20 years. Numerous trainers have been seriously injured or killed at aquatic parks, such as Sea World, all...

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Terry’s Picks: August 6

  Check Out: the Kickstarter for Pamela Green’s feature documentary, Be Natural, on the first female director, Alice Guy Blaché. Alice’s story has long been overlooked and I certainly hope Green’s documentary will shine a spotlight on Alice and her contribution to the birth of cinema. Impressed By: the tour de force work of costume designer Ruth Carter (a former...

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Female Directors Making the List

Still from La Pointe Courte by Agnès Varda  There was a bit of controversy bouncing around the internet last week when Spike Lee wrote a list of “essential” films stating, “I’ve Been A Professor At The NYU Graduate Film For The Past 15 Years.The 1st Day Of Every Class I Hand Out My List Of Films...

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Weekly Roundup

When does Shonda Rhimes sleep?! Congratulations Cheryl Boone Isaacs! This is worth posting again and again… HBO’s Fall (Documentary) line up has me considering pay cable. Orange is a hit! Taylor Schilling isn’t bad luck after all. Only 1 female? Well, there aren’t any Spike Lee films on his list either. – KELLY GLOVER

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Tweet of the Week

The Canyons may not be “good.” But it’s alive, and Lindsay Lohan is its soul http://t.co/VpxaEsdyxB — Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek) July 30, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js – annelabarba

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News and Documentary Emmy Nominees

We are very proud of our NYWIFT members nominated for an Emmy ( and in some cases multiple nominations) in the News and Documentary categories: Bobbi Birleffi – Producer/Director Laverne Berry Co-Executive Producer of Wish Me Away on Showtime Laurens Grant – Producer/Director of Jesse Owens on American Experience/PBS – Primary Researcher, Jesse Owens Shilpi...

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Terry’s Picks: July 30

  CHECK OUT: PowerWomen TV. It launched its full online programming recently. The online network’s founder and CEO, Amy Palmer, says, “Our content focuses on a women’s 360 approach to life — from business to style, from money to parenting.“ CURRENTLY ENJOYING: NYWIFT Member Alysia Reiner in Netflix’s original series, Orange is the New Black.  She gives...

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Flix Not To Miss: Women Who Rock

Along with movies, rock-n-roll is one of America’s greatest exports.  So this summer, let’s celebrate two of the best rock-roll-movies. Before she showed us The Kids Are Alright, Lisa Cholodenko wrote and directed Laurel Canyon, a great rock movie with one of the best parts written for an actress. Christian Bale plays Sam, an uptight doctor who...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP

photo from Salon.com Gravity Director Alfonso Cuaron defends choosing Sandra Bullock. NBC’s Tamron Hall’s new crime show hits close to home. Do we need more complicated women on TV? Yes, please! UPM Allegra Clegg loves the emotional & logistical difficulties of her career. – KELLY GLOVER

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Tweet of the Week

YOU GUYS. This is a thing. I love it: Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘Notorious R.B.G.’ Tumblr Is Amazing http://t.co/3RWva4G49Y via @HuffPostWomen — Kyle Jennings (@kylepjennings) July 24, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js – @annelabarba

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Power Players In the News

Christine Vachon and Sheila Nevins If you’ve ever attended a NYWIFT Power Player Breakfast you know what a unique experience it is – a crack of dawn opportunity to absorb the sage advice of a seasoned industry professional over a cup of coffee and croissant. Our most recent Power Player Breakfast speaker Christine Vachon, the...

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Terry’s Picks: July 23

Go Check Out: the Asian American International Film Festival. It runs July 24th through August 3rd and is a chance to see films from and about cultures as diverse as Nepal, Taiwan and even North Korea. You can find information on ordering tickets here. Excited: that The Heat surpassed the $100 million mark at the...

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Flix Not To Miss: An Action Trio of Kathryn Bigelow

Last week Entertainment Weekly published a list of the 100 All Time Greatest Movies. It is interesting to note that out of the 100 films, sadly only three were directed by women– Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (#74), Jane Campion’s The Piano (#92), and the Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstal’s Olympia (#84). None of these film made...

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