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NYWIFT @ Tribeca: In Conversation with Festival Director Cara Cusumano

We kick off our Tribeca coverage with a conversation with Cara Cusumano, Festival Director and VP of Programming! Cara previews exciting changes to this year's festival - including a new name! - as well as some special appearances and events.

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NYWIFT Women’s History Month Spotlight: Janine McGoldrick

Janine McGoldrick is a veteran entertainment executive who has created and implemented strategic distribution and communications campaigns for television and film, including for the 2017 Academy Award-winner "The Salesman." She discusses her work on that campaign, her initial transition from politics to entertainment, and making her first documentary, about an invisible disease that confounds doctors.

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NYWIFT Women’s History Month Spotlight: Tammy Reese

Tammy Reese is a multimedia content creator who loves everything theatre, entertainment, media, and film. She is an award-winning actress, writer, and journalist, and the Founder & Lead Publicist of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media. She discusses her inspirations, balancing work and family, her favorite interviews and more.

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NYWIFT Women’s History Month Spotlight: Kelsey Marsh

NYWIFT Member Kelsey Marsh is a Line Producer at NowThis currently overseeing their Earth and Impact partnerships. She has six years experience in managing inspiring, entertaining, and educational productions for broadcast and digital platforms. Kelsey shares how her experience in the Peace Corps led her to a career combining media and service, her Women's History Month inspirations, and more.

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NYWIFT Women’s History Month Spotlight: Leah Curney

We continue to celebrate our creative members who are making innovative impacts through entertainment, media, film, and television, with a special spotlight our NYWIFT Women Crush Wednesdays Podcast team members. Today writer, director, producer and performer Leah Curney discusses her latest short film, her introduction to NYWIFT through the New Works Lab, women's history inspirations and more.

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NYWIFT Women’s History Month Spotlight: January Green

Happy Women's History Month! At NYWIFT as we continue to celebrate our creative members who are making innovative impacts throughout entertainment, media, film, and television, we would like to spotlight our NYWIFT Women Crush Wednesdays Podcast team members. Today's spotlight is January Green, a Manager of Digital Marketing Copy, SEO & product description pages, aspiring screenwriter, and imaginative feature film writer.

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WIFT Around the World: Cross-Border Collaboration with WIFT Alberta

Recently, the New York Women in Film & Television Women Crush Wednesdays podcast team had the pleasure of connecting with the Storylines podcast, produced by our sister WIFT organization, Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA). NYWIFT podcast co-host Leah Curney shared what we learned from our sisters up North!

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Cynthia’s Picks: COVID-19 Emergency Resources, #WomenCrushWednesdays Podcast, Lab Extension

COVID-19 Emergency Resources : We have compiled the NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory which continues to update daily. Please continue to check back and if you have suggestions to add please send them to us.  #WomenCrushWednesdays Podcast: The latest episode of our NYWIFT podcast features a discussion of the COVID-19 crisis and how NYWIFT will offer resources...

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Cynthia’s Picks: NYWIFT Podcast, Queens World, #NYWIFTHerstory Posts

NYWIFT Podcast: The NYWIFT #WomenCrushWednesdays podcast is back for 2020! Listen, rate and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Anchor. In the latest episode, Janine McGoldrick gives a rundown of the latest in NYWIFT news and programming and Leah Curney welcomes filmmaker Naomi McDougall Jones back to the podcast to discuss her new book The...

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Cynthia’s Picks: Muse on TV, Ashley Eakin, Maysoon Zayid

Muse on TV: NYWIFT is thrilled to announce that the Muse Awards will make its broadcast premiere on CUNY TV in celebration of Women’s History Month! The one-hour program will feature highlights from each speech at the 40th anniversary event, as well as exclusive red carpet interviews. The premiere is this Monday 3/9 at 10...

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What’s in Your Toolkit: Leah Curney

Multi-hyphenate artist Leah Curney - an actor, writer, and director - shares what keeps her organized and inspired, from notebooks to podcasts and more. Plus, she expounds on the one piece of advice that frustrated her...until the truth of it finally clicked.

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Throwback Thursday: NYWIFT on No Rest for the Weekend

This Spring, NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers sat down with host Jason Godbey on his indie film podcast No Rest for the Weekend to discuss the rise of women in media, the continued challenges they face, NYWIFT's mission and how the organization creates a supportive network for women to get ahead in their careers. 

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Cynthia’s Picks: Latinx Stars, Expanded Opportunities, Listen In

Latinx Stars: The Hollywood Reporter wisely points out…amid the call for diversity in entertainment, particularly inclusive casting, why don’t we have more Latinx movie stars? Part of it, of course, comes down to unconscious bias – which we all need to work on identifying and correcting. Expanded Opportunities: The Academy has voted to expand the...

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Member Spotlight: Oscar-Nominated Producer/Director Lisa Cortes with Two Films at 2019 Tribeca FF

Oscar-nominated producer (Precious) and director Lisa Cortes makes it look so easy at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival with TWO films making their world premieres, including the festival opener. As producer of the documentary The Apollo, the NYWIFT member took a few moments to chat with us on our “Women Crush Wednesdays” podcast about what...

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Cynthia Picks: Be Natural, NYWIFT Podcast, Meet Jane

Be Natural: NYWIFT is proud to co-present a special screening of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché – the first female filmmaker and inventor of many modern filmmaking techniques – at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, in honor of Women’s History Month. The documentary features clips from several Guy-Blaché films preserved by...

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Terry’s Picks: Dialogue Study, Rachel Feldman, Dope Queens

Dialogue Study: The Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering recently released preliminary results of a study on the representation of gender, race, and age in a collection of about 1,000 films. One of the major goals of the study was to determine the extent to which female characters were essential...

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Terry’s Picks: Shot Callers, Be Here Now, Negative Numbers

Shot Callers: Listen to NYWIFT’s brand new Shot Callers podcast – a great way to get to know our fabulous members as they talk about their careers and the state of the industry. Be Here Now: NYWIFT member Lilibet Foster talks to IndieWire about her new documentary Be Here Now, which follows the inspiring journey...

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Weekly Roundup: Dinners, Movies, Podcasts & ‘Wonder Woman’!

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