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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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FILM NEWS ROUNDUP

Amy Pascal makes Academy history. Director Ava Duvernay has stepped in to lead Selma into theaters. No matter your views toward her, Jenny McCarthy is a go! Should you accept that distribution deal? Here’s one opinion. Black women in hollywood. “Well, they’re moving on up!” Two women directed the doc Let Them Wear Towels about female sportswriters. Viewing should be mandatory. –...

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Tweet of the Week

guess i’m part of “Black Twitter” cause i actually give a shit about racism in america – http://t.co/kYAYpy29Hg — Amanda Lin Costa (@TheLoneOlive) July 17, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js –@annelabarba

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AVOID THE TRAP: ADVICE FROM LIFE COACH JIM ARNOFF

Life Coach Jim Arnoff interviewed by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching  A Jim Arnoff workshop attendee asked how she could hide on her resume the several years she spent caring for her ill father. This is indicative of what Arnoff calls “a trap”-  a way that female professionals unintentionally cut themselves off from...

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Flix Not To Miss: Fill The Void

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of an orthodox Hassidic Israeli family in Rama Burshtein’s excellent Fill The Void. Burshtein’s film follows Shira (Hadas Yaron), an 18 year old Israeli girl looking forward to her proposed pairing and arranged marriage to another boy her age.  When her older sister Esther dies in childbirth leaving behind her husband...

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FILM NEWS ROUNDUP

Photo by Phil Han/ZUMAPress.com In The Way, Way Back Toni Collette knowingly dates a jerk. We still love her. All hail! A new daytime talk show Queen arrives this fall. Comedian Whitney Cummings takes being funny very seriously. Watch footage from Danielle Gardner’s upcoming 9/11 doc. Grab tissue… If you’re okay with it, Tig Notaro will perform standup in your driveway....

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Tweet of the Week

This Dustin Hoffman clip that’s kicking around really is pretty wonderful. http://t.co/FqGLR0MHIC — Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) July 9, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js – @annelabarba (who couldn’t help crying when she watched it)

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Alysia Reiner’s ‘Inner Bitch’

Alysia Reiner photo by Josh Merwin. Award-winning actress and NYWIFT Member Alysia Reiner is not a bitch, but she does play one on the new Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Set in a women’s prison, Reiner portrays Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, the tough-as-nails assistant warden. Based on the memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a...

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Terry’s Picks: July 9

GO CHECK OUT:  Les Coquillettes opening at Museum of Modern Art on July 17th at 7:00 PM.  The film’s Writer and Director, Sophie Letourneur, will be there for an opening night with a Q & A.The film is about three women who attend the Locarno Film Fest and is hilarious.  It played at this year’s MOMA’s  New Directors/New...

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Women Behind the Lens: Cate Shortland

Filmmaker Cate Shortland Writer and Director Cate Shortland, shares her thoughts on balancing family with filmmaking, the benefits of TV writing, and discusses her most recent film, Lore, winner of multiple awards including the Cinematography Award, Golden Starfish Award for Narrative Feature, and the Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction at the Hampton International Film...

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FILM NEWS ROUNDUP

(source:hqparadise) UN Women + Geena Davis = Global gender film research. YES! Watch the trailer for Wadjda,the 1st Saudi film by a female director. Just what we need, another critical female. No seriously, we need it. We knew this would happen. ((fist pump)) Al Jazeera America snags Soledad O’Brien. Can we please have more, better female antiheroes to enjoy?...

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Tweet of the Week

One hell of an essay in @The_Rumpus : http://t.co/6L7wlueNvo — Sheila O’Malley (@sheilakathleen) July 1, 2013 – @annelabarba

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Flix Not To Miss: We Need To Talk About Kevin

The summer blockbusters are here to thrill and delight us with special effects; however, the psychological thriller is an overlooked genre that can deliver twists as jarring as any action movie. One such thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), a film based on the best selling book by Lionel Shriver, can easily be placed...

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Terry’s Picks: July 2

Check Out: the ads next time you’re on the subway. NYWIFT member Amy Nicholson’s documentary Zipper is currently showcased on subway cards and bus shelters as part of the “Made in NY” Marketing Credit. Nicholson’s film examines the battle over an American cultural icon, a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s amusement district....

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Get Social This Summer!

New York Women and Film and Television (NYWIFT) wants you to be more social this summer, not just with our fabulous organization but with other NYWIFT members as well.  We have over 4000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and 3000 followers on Twitter and we’d love to promote our members’ projects to the world! In July and August, if...

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FILM NEWS ROUNDUP

Whoopi Goldberg is giving us more than daytime talk show opinions. Who are you to judge? Female movie critics give advice to aspiring critics. This is “splendid” news from across the pond. Wait, Gabrielle Union was a mean, hateful, “little turd” to her peers?! Oh, Paula. (Hey, it’s everywhere. I had to post it) —KELLY GLOVER

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Tweet of the Week

When he says “terrorist” he means “a woman speaking.” Don’t forget this. #standwithwendy pic.twitter.com/fa49h6Kl3k — Andrea Phillips (@andrhia) June 26, 2013 – @annelabarba

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