NYWIFT Blog

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 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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State of the Industry: A Conversation of Lydia Darly of the Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab

The voices of Black, Middle Eastern, and Latinx artists have long been marginalized. But at Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab, they take center stage. Actor, filmmaker, writer, producer, and film programmer Lydia Darly discusses why she co-founded the festival (where NYWIFT is proud to present an Outstanding Female Content Creator Award), and what she hopes to see from the 2020 edition which, like so many recent events, is going virtual. 

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State of the Industry: A Conversation with Ariel Wan of the Michigan Theater Foundation

Ariel Wan, Director of Programming, Marketing and Sales at the Michigan Theater Foundation offers insight into how local art house theaters have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and what they are doing in order to survive.

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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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A Review of “Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan” by NYWIFT Member Gaudys Laxury

Gaudys Laxury shares her thoughts on fellow NYWIFT member Dipti Mehta's one-woman show "Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan," now playing at the New York International Fringe Festival. "Honour" offers a fun and poignant look at the exotic, dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist.

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: FUNNY BUSINESS, AGEISM & ACTION

Image via The Hollywood Reporter Even when discussing sexism, racism & death threats these women are still “effin” funny! Watching the 2015 Tony Nominees “In Performance” will put you in a great mood. (VIDEO) Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz has “commandments” to thrive in today’s new economy. This ageism chart supports what Maggie Gyllenhaal and thousands...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith  Photo Copyright: ITV VIA DIGITAL SPY Downton’s Laura Carmichael (Edith) discusses her character’s happiness. $250 + Makeup Artist Robin Mathews = Dallas Buyers Club Oscar Nom. Have a Theater degree? Hollywood may be the perfect next step. These TEN new grants from Tribeca Film Institute are much appreciated! 2013 Scientific & Technical Oscars were awarded. All...

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