NYWIFT Blog

NYWIFT Black History Month Spotlight: Brianna Seagraves

Happy Black History Month! At NYWIFT we are celebrating the Black creators and artists in our membership, while honoring Black culture & cinema throughout history. Today’s spotlight is on our member Brianna Seagraves, an actress, writer, and award-winning producer. Brianna shares her acting inspirations and her directorial debut at the Billie Holiday Theater.

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Creativity and Angst through the Ages

In early August, NYWIFT made Kris Rey’s new feature I Used to Go Here available for streaming and presented a conversation with the writer/director and lead actress Gillian Jacobs. I Used to Go Here is the story of a young woman in her mid-thirties, Kate Conklin, whose first novel has been released and the consequences of a lack-luster response to the book.

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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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#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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Acting Up: Interview With Casting Director Brette Goldstein

Casting director Brette Goldstein has cast over 40 independent films—many of which have won awards and been official selections at major film fests, including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes—as well as numerous commercials and plays and several TV and digital projects. Goldstein was the resident casting director at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre in Washington, DC, for 10 seasons, and...

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Weekly Roundup: NYWIFT Exec Director on Lack of Women in Hollywood

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Weekly Roundup: Critics, Criticism & Where Are All the Women?

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Acting Up: Tips for Creating Your Website

As a producer, one of the things I look for online when I’m hiring actors is an up-to-date, easy-to-navigate website. I want to see their work and what they’re contributing to the business.  It is important to have an online presence, even if it’s just a single web page with your headshot and contact info Here...

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Acting Up: Soul Inspiration

This past month I had the opportunity to travel to Machu Picchu. Wow! Did that trip turn my vibration, my reality, my thoughts on their head. As time slows down for a bit this summer, I encourage you to inspire your soul. Do something extraordinarily out of the ordinary that will make this summer one to remember....

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Acting Up: Revamp Your Online Bio

Every six months or so, I always find myself looking over my website, Actors Access account and IMDB page to see if everything is up to date and current. This time around, as I read my bio, I could feel a heaviness. I just didn’t connect with what I was reading. So, I decided on...

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Weekly Roundup: Tonys Recap & Shonda’s Life Advice

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Acting Up: Create the Space

“Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” — Sanford Meisner Recently, I wrapped Melissa Rodwell’s upcoming film, and my “preparation” was the most abstract that I’ve ever worked with. I realized my job as an actor is to create the space for the work to show up. How did I do this? I took all...

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Acting Up: The Improv Audition

Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of my auditions have been improv/ad-lib. Although I still receive a character breakdown, research the players of the project (via IMDB, Google), and do my best to get a description for any new shows, the question remains, What am I going to do in the room? I love sides,...

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Acting Up: Lights, Camera, Audition!

In the midst of pilot season, I realized that most of my auditions sent out to LA are being put on tape. I have always found the “audition on tape” a bit elusive — what exactly is it? That’s why I leave it to the professionals and instead focus on knocking auditions out of the park. Whether...

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Acting Up: What’s Your Plan for 2014?

Photo: "El Fureidis" by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Pilot season is here. If you’re feeling left behind or like you need to catch up, that’s OK. Maybe you haven’t had a chance to figure out what you want to do or bring about this year. Give yourself some time to set clear intentions for 2014. It’s never to...

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Acting Up: Every House Has a Back Door

Sunbeam Castle by Rachael Towne on Flickr. I hear actors constantly talking about not being called in by a casting director. I feel their frustration and know the amount of energy they’re putting toward meeting casting directors and getting on their radar. If there’s a project you want in on, reach out to the producer, the writer, the...

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Weekly Film & TV News Roundup

Slut: The Play. Sasithon Photography. Teen actors from Slut: The Play discuss a serious issue among the selfie generation. Naomie Harris on the struggles of portraying Winnie Mandela. (video) Helpful phone apps for actors. Do (non)friends ask to meet for coffee? Charge them for it. Q&A with Teresa Lee, creator of NYC comedy web series #YouUp. Halle Berry helps Hannibal gain strength at the...

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