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NYWIFT Member Spotlight: Arlette Thomas-Fletcher

NYWIFT member Arlette Thomas-Fletcher is a multi-talented filmmaker and production executive. She has handled every creative and technical aspect of media production during her decades-long career, writing, directing, and producing her own projects and those of others. Arlette is a published author and has several books on Amazon, including her children’s book Dreamer’s Journey, which was just released. She is currently working on an animated series called The Cat Faced Cat.

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Meet the New NYWIFT Member: Achiro P. Olwoch

Please join us in welcoming Achiro P. Olwoch to the NYWIFT community! Olwoch is a queer artist in exile from Gulu in Northern Uganda, currently living in New York. She is an award-winning writer, director, and producer with several series and shorts to her name, and is currently writing a novel and two memoirs. Her play The Survival recently had its debut performance at Lincoln Center, produced by the National Queer Theatre. She spoke to us about living in exile, her artistic journey, and her resilience.

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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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Wild Nights with Emily: A Retake on What You May Have Believed about Emily Dickinson

What happens when an esteemed comic actress like Molly Shannon, a screenwriter with a quirky perspective and a penchant for cinematic originality, political causes and literary scholarship, and a legendary American poet who some say has been misunderstood and misinterpreted by decades of academic critics collaborate?

"Wild Nights with Emily" happens. The unique film, thoroughly original and entertaining, is inspired by the life of Emily Dickinson. It’s also a creative spin on a literature professor’s reinterpretation of Emily Dickinson’s life and personal relationships. 

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The Business of Adaptations: Top Takeaways

Movies like Brokeback Mountain, The Irishman, and Little Women have more in common than mere artistry, critical acclaim or commercial success. They were all adaptations of literary works. But before getting your pens out, there’s more to it than you think. Literary works are great resources for screenwriters in search of stories, but to negotiate the business end and avoid pitfalls or potential legal liabilities, you need advice from experts. The NYWIFT Business of Adaptations for Film and TV virtual program brought a panel of industry powerhouses to weigh in.

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What’s in Your Toolkit: Caitlin McCarthy

Writer Caitlin McCarthy's strategy when times get tough? "Routine is my savior."

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Cynthia’s Picks: Two Studies, Unequal Pay, Michele Clapton

Two Studies: A study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in partnership with National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP, of which I was the founding organizational Chairperson) and Wise Entertainment, shows how Hollywood has failed the Latinx community when it comes to their portrayal in popular movies – in...

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Cynthia’s Picks: Kim Snyder, Male Allies, Writers Lab

Kim Snyder: Kudos to Kim Snyder, CEO of our partner Panavision, for her incredible commitment to supporting women at all stages of their lives and careers. Forbes published a great interview with Kim, focusing on how she helps women advance in the industry and the particular support and consideration she gives to working parents. Male...

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Cynthia’s Picks: Empowering Advice, Kyra Sedgwick, Roku Channel

Empowering Advice: Forbes offers 10 top tips for navigating Hollywood as a female creative. Kyra Sedgwick: Kyra Sedgwick’s Big Swing Productions has partnered with SeriesFest for the Women Writing Competition to discover and celebrate bold new series with a distinctly female perspective. The winning female artist(s) will receive a year-long development deal with Big Swing Productions and a...

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Terry’s Picks: Easmanie Michel, The 94%, Man’s World

Easmanie Michel: Congratulations to NYWIFT Finance and Special Events Associate Easmanie Michel, who is the winner of the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest! From more than 1600 entries received, judge Francis Ford Coppola and the Zoetrope staff have selected Easmanie’s Caroline’s Wedding as the winning script. We are proud to say “we knew her...

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Terry’s Picks: Writers Lab, Kimberly Steward, Watch List

Writers Lab: Submissions for The Writers Lab 2017 open tomorrow. We’re thrilled to have Meryl Streep back providing funding for the project for the third year in a row! Kimberly Steward: Congratulations to Kimberly Steward, who is only the second black woman producer – after Oprah Winfrey – to have her film nominated for an...

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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: BOARDROOMS, PINTEREST & WRITING BANKABLE SCRIPTS

Photo via TED Conference/Flickr We really need more women HERE in Hollywood. Women In Animation wants “50-50 by 2025.″ I think they’ll succeed. Transparent & Mad Men screenwriter Bridget Bedard got lucky–after LOTS of hard work. Next time you’re on Pinterest, check out this board & this one. What’s another 3 hours? Hmmm…, this “sell your screenplay” claim may actually...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: DRAMA’S QUEENS, LIFETIME’S NEW THEME.

Photo courtesy The Hollywood Reporter  This dramatic actress roundtable is one of the most poignant. In case you missed it, here’s a preview of the 2015 Tony Awards performances. Women In Film is accepting applications for their 2015 Film Finishing Fund. Invaluable writing tips to help you become the “Script God” your stories need. Critics agree, Sarah...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM, HOLLYWOOD SEXISM & WALL STREET

Erin Baiano for The New York Times History is made as Anne Pasternak becomes The Brooklyn Museum’s 1st female director. She’s baaack! Nikki Finke’s new website promises great fiction and proceeds to writers. “It’s an intense sickness.” Melissa McCarthy, Salma Hayek, Aishwarya Rai & Parker Posey discuss Hollywood’s sexism. Dear Writers, screencraft.org has screenwriting contests. Deadlines...

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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:ROSIE LEAVES, S.EPATHA MERKERSON & LAVERNE COX JOIN NEW SHOWS.

[getty src=”462681638″ width=”406″ height=”594″] The View will lose a different Rosie than originally speculated. Brainstorming, outlining, first drafts and other tips for a successful screenwriting career! What’s next for Dakota Johnson after Fifty Shades of Grey? (VIDEO) Comedian Margaret Cho turned her pain into a successful comedy career. S. Epatha Merkerson joins Chicago Med and Laverne Cox...

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