NYWIFT Blog

#Muse40for40: Victoria Alonso (2015)

Victoria Alonso is the Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Marvel Studios, and her 2015 Muse Awards acceptance speech is among some of our favorites for both its humor and heart.

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Cynthia’s Picks: Sarah Finn, Ava Duvernay, Olivia Wilde

Sarah Finn: Casting Director Sarah Finn may the true superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – she cast more than a thousand actors in almost every single Marvel film since the first Iron Man– including all of the stars. It was a unique challenge that required thinking how the cast members might overlap in the...

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Cynthia’s Picks: Spring Drive, Career Summit, Marvel-ous Teamwork

Spring Drive: Now through May 13th is our Spring Membership Drive! Become a NYWIFT member and save 50% off the initiation fee. If you’re not yet a member of our supportive, dynamic community…what are you waiting for? Apply now! Career Summit: NYWIFT is thrilled to participate on the Center for Communication’s Women + Media Career...

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Below the Line: A Cut Above – Director of Photography Rachel Morrison

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison's arresting and haunting imagery has graced the screen in indies like Fruitvale Station, Dope and Mudbound. Most recently, she lensed the big budget feature Black Panther.

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Below the Line: A Cut Above – Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer (and NYWFT Designing Women honoree!) with an unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character. And this year she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work in Black Panther.

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Cynthia’s Picks: Barbara Hammer, Self-Advocacy Skills, Rotten Reviewers, Provincetown Summit

Barbara Hammer: Our industry lost a legend this week, pioneering queer experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. A recent Vanity Fair interview highlighted the inclusive spirit that was a hallmark of her work: “There is room for everyone.” Self-Advocacy Skills: Five powerhouse women offer advice on how to advocate for yourself – how to speak up about...

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Cynthia’s Picks: NY Women, Gender Parity, Captain Marvel

NY Women: Congratulations to the NYWIFT members selected to receive some of the first round of grants in the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment and Media’s “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund. Gender Parity: Kudos to the Tribeca Film Festival, whose 2019 lineup for competition films achieved gender parity for the first time....

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Terry’s Picks: Thumbs Down, Marvel-ous Director, Photo Exhibit

Thumbs Down: The latest study from Dr. Martha Lauzen from the Center for the Study of Women in Film & Television at San Diego State University shows that male reviewers dramatically outumber female reviewers, which can in turn affect how female-driven content’s visibility.  Marvel-ous Director: Cate Shortland will be the first woman to direct a...

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Terry’s Picks: NYC Pilots, Good News, Overlooked Women

NYC Pilots: Business is booming in New York, with 11 hour-long pilots shooting here this year. This ties with the previous record year, 2012. Good News: Although Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time wasn’t able to beat Black Panther at the box office, the films still made history, as both the #1 and #2 spots...

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Terry’s Picks: Deadline Extended, Diversity Matters, Broadway Exclusion

Deadline Extended: We have extended the deadline for submissions to The Writers Lab this year. Women over 40, you now have until 11:59 PM EST on March 5th to send us your scripts! Diversity Matters: As hoped, Marvel’s Black Panther had a wildly successful opening weekend – proof that gender and racial diversity can and...

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Terry’s Picks: New Code, Black Panther, Canadian Progress

New code: This weekend, SAG-AFTRA released a code of conduct that defines sexual harassment and other prohibited conduct in the workplace and sets forth employers’ legal obligations under both the union’s contracts and the law, including the need to provide ways in which members can safely report workplace harassment. Black Panther: I’m looking forward to...

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#SummerHours TV Episodes to Watch: Legion: “Chapter 4”

#SummerHours shares the love for director Larysa Kondracki, who tackled the very nature of storytelling and memory in an episode of the experimental and stylized FX series Legion. It is anything but a typical superhero show.

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Terry’s Picks: Super Girls, NYWIFT Pride, SWAN Day

Super girls: Marvel Studios launched a national contest that invites girls in grades 10 through 12 to create science or technology projects that “could make the world a better place.” NYWIFT pride: This a great profile on actor-writer-director-producer Erica Fae who, like so many of her fellow NYWIFT members, is a multi-talented artist creating her...

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Terry’s Picks: Victoria Alonso, Paul Feig, that’swhatshesaid

Congrats, Victoria: 2015 NYWIFT Muse honoree Victoria Alonso is the first woman to receive the Advanced Imaging Society’s Harold Lloyd Award, which is presented to a filmmaker who in the judgment of the Society has created a body of work, and specific achievements in 3D, that advanced the motion picture art form. Victoria is Executive Vice...

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Jessica Jones: A Kick Ass Show Women Can Be Proud Of

How Marvel's latest Netflix series raises the bar for women characters and social issues.

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Follow #nywiftmuse on Twitter for Muse Awards Buzz on December 10

The buzz about the Muse Awards is that it’s all about the speeches. It’s not a surprise as the event is an intimate gathering of women in entertainment and those who support them. It’s a safe place for women to talk openly about their experience in entertainment. This 2012 acceptance speech from Muse winner Mariska...

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Terry’s Picks: Women Speak Out, Jessica Jones, Carol

Speak out: The New York Times published a comprehensive look at women directors and executives, taking aim at the vicious cycle of sexism that pervades the industry. Super woman: This weekend’s big binge watch was Marvel’s new Netflix series, Jessica Jones. Many are calling it one of the best superhero shows ever, and it has...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: A SUPER HEROINE & FUNNY GIRLS

Marvel’s Jessica Jones releases on Netflix today! Female lead, lots of key female crew… #NetflixAndChill Lena Waithe of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is the new favorite Lena on the block. Meet Marylou Lim, the woman who literally dresses funny. From Reno 911 to Scream Queens Niecy Nash is still the funniest thing in uniform. “I’m...

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