NYWIFT Blog

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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Flix Not To Miss: The Bling Ring & Spring Breakers

Young women turning to a life of crime for kicks – a popular subject in two recent films that make a great double bill. In theaters now, The Bling Ring is Sophia Coppola’s follow up to the spectacular Somewhere (2010). The Bling Ring tells the true story of a group of California teenagers who break into celebrity homes while...

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Terry’s Picks: June 25

Ava Duvernay and NYWIFT member LeVera Sutton at the premiere of Venus VS. Excited About: Ava Duvernay’s Venus Vs. It premiered last night at the Paley Center. It is a knock out, to use the wrong sports metaphor. It will be the opening film of ESPN’s Nine for IX series and premieres on July 2....

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NYWIFT EVENT FLASHBACK: Ava DuVernay

“Renewed Energy with Women Filmmakers of All Stripes” Director Ava DuVernay discusses the future of women in film at a NYWIFT Film and Q&A Event held November 27, 2012.  DuVernay was the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance for her film, Middle of Nowhere.  – MICHELE ST JOHN (@theReelScoop)

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Film News Roundup

Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images. Melissa McCarthy doesn’t embrace Hollywood’s limitations. Director Freida Mock discusses her poignant documentary Anita. The highly anticipated 50 Shades movie has a woman writer AND director! This comedy actress roundtable is hilarious. As President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke tries to build diversity. We can thank Bill Murray for a bit of...

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Tweet of the Week

Two is Just Too Many Women for Spiderman to Deal With | Women and Hollywood http://t.co/x6dC59SlNO — Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) June 19, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js From the @NYWIFT list NYWIFT Members. – @annelabarba

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Flix Not to Miss: Fish Tank

  Fish Tank written and directed by Andrea Arnold was a break out hit for one of its stars Michael Fassbender and it put Arnold on the map as a director when it won a BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film.  Fish Tank stars Katie Jarvis (Mia) as a 15 year old girl living in a...

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Terry’s Picks: June 18

Go Check Out: the entertaining and quirky My Best Day, now playing at re-Run in Dumbo.  The film’s director, Erin Greenwell, is the recipient of a NYWIFT Nancy Malone Directing Award. Just Read:  this article by director/writer Maria Giese about the potential use of the “null hypothesis” as a remedy for women in the US....

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Film News Roundup

Matilda The Musical. Photo credit: Joan Marcus. Females ruled the Tony Awards! Joss Whedon has “Much” to say about feminism & female superheroes. Sooo, do actresses over 40 have clout or not? Consider changing the name of your Facebook fan page. The Real talk show is geared towards younger women of color. Holla! To all women directors,...

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Tweet of the Week

Muckraking Journalist Filmmaker Laura Poitras: Ahead of Surveillance Scandal, Making War on Terror Doc with Assange: bit.ly/109X6fh — Laurens Grant (@LaurensGrant) June 11, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js From the @NYWIFT list Women-Driven Films –@annelabarba

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LAFF Spotlights Female Editors

LA Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain We’re excited to read in a Variety article that the LA Film Festival will be spotlighting the achievements of women in the film industry: “Stephanie Allain, in her second year as the festival director, says the fest aims to celebrate the contributions of women each year, with 2013 featuring...

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Advice to Beginning Female Filmmakers

The advice to young female filmmakers in this Film Courage video by filmmakers Elle Schneider and Lily Cade, is good advice to women in the industry in general: Be compatriots not competitors. Don’t get so wrapped up in “it’s a man’s world.” Don’t encourage the tokenism. More than one woman can be in the writer’s...

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Flix Not to Miss: ‘Take This Waltz’

I’ve been a fan of Sarah Polley as an actress from the early days of her career as Atom Egoyan’s muse in The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica, and later, in the lovely My Life Without Me by Isabel Coixet. I heard wonderful things about her first feature, Away From Her, so I was excited to see her sophomore effort, Take...

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Film News Roundup

Photo via Pinkmag.com. 23 of the “best ever” series were written or created by women. Behind The Candelabra costumer Ellen Mirojnick on Speedos, fur and more! Deadline’s Nikki Finke vs. The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman. Chick fight? Issa Rae prefers the web and enjoys being an Awkward Black Girl. Women over 40 in Hollywood are doing the damn thing!...

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Tweet of the Week

If This Young Woman Was In My Fashion Magazines Growing Up, Maybe I’d Still Read Them bit.ly/13E2mVF #MissRep via @upworthy — Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) June 5, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Ainee Fatima, the first hijabi to be featured in Seventeen magazine:  From the @NYWIFT public list Women-Driven Films. Miss Representation is a documentary film and international campaign....

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After 50 Years, Will We Finally Get a Woman Doctor Who?

Helen Mirren wants to be the next Doc (we love this idea!). Big news this week for Doctor Who fans: the show’s lead actor is out the door. For those who don’t watch the British hit series, Slate’s XX factor breaks it down: The Doctor is basically immortal. In the biggest power grab in the history of...

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