NYWIFT Blog

AmeRican Poet Tato Laviera: Affirmation in the words, rhythms and blended language of an influential Nuyorican poet

Poet Tato Laviera pushed the boundaries of language, inspired the spoken word movement, and defined the Nuyorican experience. As an artist he innovated: he combined music, theater, poetry, dance, the power of dramatic contrasts and a commitment to social activism to create a new type of poetry. As both a poet and performer, he documented his own experience and affirmed his community’s worth, redefined its sense of identity. NYWIFT member Vivian Hernandez Ortiz discusses her film about Tato's legacy, which screens as part of this weekend's NYWIFT Member Screening.

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She Said, She Said: Denise Rogers, Cait Johnston and Sarah Elisabeth Brown

NYWIFT members Denise Rogers, Cait Johnston and Sarah Elisabeth Brown discuss the NYWIFT New Works Lab affinity group, which brings together actors, writers and directors to collaborate on readings throughout the year. Hear how they developed their stories, and how their involvement in NYWIFT helped them take those stories to the next level.

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: WRITING TWEETING, DIRECTING, WINNING.

Meryl Streep funds an important screenwriting lab, NYWIFT will manage the process. What was Lars Von Trier & Thomas Vinterberg’s “Dogme 95″ and how did it impact women directors? The most informative article on effective Twitter usage I’ve read to date. #Awesome Showrunner Nahnatchka Khan discusses Fresh Off the Boat and The B—-. A “throwback” article with director Crystal Moselle about The Wolfpack. These (mostly...

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Weekly Roundup: NYWIFT Muse Awards, Golden Globe Noms & THR Power 100 List

(L-R) Loreen Arbus, Wanda Sykes, Abigail Disney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Bailey, Dawn Ostroff, Judy Gold, Alexis Alexanian, and Terry Lawler at NYWIFT’s 2014 Muse Awards. NYWIFT’s 2014 Muse Awards honored Maggie Gyllenhaal, Wanda Sykes, Dawn Ostroff, Mary Bailey, and Abigail Disney. Ava DuVernay makes history, and other Golden Globe news! Meet the women on this year’s The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 List. Melissa Joan...

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