NYWIFT Blog

The Art of Directing and Running a Show: Takeaways from a Conversation with Annetta Marion and Kathryn O’Kane

At a recent NYWIFT program, board members (and director/showrunners) Kathryn O’Kane and Annetta Marion discussed the unique role of the showrunner, and the combination of skill, gumption, and inspiration essential in helming a show.

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7 Tips to Building a Successful Partnership to Create an Oscar-Nominated Film

In the inaugural conversation of NYWIFT’s new series Master Collaborations: The Power of Creative Partnerships on May 23, 2018, director Kahane Cooperman and producer Raphaela Neihausen opened up about how they worked together to create Joe’s Violin – and its road to being nominated for the Academy Awards.

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AfriAmerican Immigrant Screening: Local Stories, Global Themes

In Astoria’s historic Kaufman Studios, filmmakers from the African diaspora shared local stories that reverberated deep into universal themes and questions as part of New York Women in Film & Television’s Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories screening on May 31, 2018. Featured in the fourth season of this NYWIFT series highlighting narrative and documentary films about the New York immigrant experience, these short films tackled issues ranging from the #MeToo movement, to President Trump’s travel ban, to the immigrant experience, to what it means to be American, among many more.

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Three unique and historic approaches to exploring gender on film

In their seventh program in the series From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film, the Women’s Film Preservation Fund and UnionDocs present three significant films of the 1970s which consider ideas around gender in various contexts. WFPF Co-Chair Kirsten Larvick offers a sneak preview.

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Five Takeaways – True Crime Stories: Relationships and Responsibilities

True crime producer Dana Rossi shares insights from NYWIFT's panel on the relationships and ethical responsibilities of true crime documentary filmmakers.

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True Crime: Relationships and Responsibilities

There is no doubt that the “true crime” documentary genre is thriving and that such film and television projects are enjoying unprecedented buzz. Studies show that women are their biggest audience, and broadcasters are taking notice. By the nature of their work, non-fiction storytellers are always considering how to present and represent their subjects through the creative process. But how is that further complicated in the “true crime” space, when the stakes might literally be life or death? Where do they draw the line between journalism and entertainment?

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Introducing the New WFPF Series From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film

History is perfectly capable of repeating itself. Issues from the past that seem dated have a way of rearing their ugly heads once more to become present-day concerns. In an age when our collective memory can be short, and in the era of “disposable media,” the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and UnionDocs (UNDO) present FROM THE VAULT: WOMEN’S ADVOCACY ON FILM, a series of nine programs of preserved documentary films, screened monthly. The series considers the relationship of these films to contemporary nonfiction storytelling and makes a strong case for their preservation and continued study.

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Creating Empathy in Virtual Reality: 10 Takeaways

NYWIFT’s Documentary Committee brought together a panel of Virtual Reality producers and filmmakers who are conquering this emerging vehicle for storytelling in powerful ways on May 9th, 2017, with Creating Empathy in Virtual Reality: The Challenges and Success of Immersive Experiences. Brittany Rostron offers the top ten takeaways.

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New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley: Defying Gender Roles, Embracing Community

We shine the spotlight on New York City Council Member of Elizabeth Crowley, who has supported NYWIFT Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories series since its inception in 2015.

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10 Takeaways from the NYWIFT “Casting Comedy: Funny People On-Camera” Panel

NYWIFT member Mellini Kantayya shares the top 10 nuggets of wisdom from NYWIFT's panel on TV comedy casting. Learn whether or not to ad-lib, button it, stalk (answer: definitely no), and self-tape.

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Sound Advice: Avoid (or Fix) the Two Biggest Mistakes in Sound Design

Mismatched ambient noise and clothing rustle are the two biggest mistakes in sound design, according to award-winning sound designer, editor and mixer Paul Michael. At a recent NYWIFT program, he explained to how to avoid - or fix - these problems.

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“Knowledge is Something Nobody Can Take Away from You:” Yvonne Ng Discusses her Student Academy Award Win

NYWIFT scholarship recipient Yvonne Ng, a Singaporean immigrant who came to the U.S. to study photography, discusses inspiring women, her powerful short film Cloud Kumo, and her Student Academy Award win.

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Taxes for TV & Film Professionals: Q&A with CPA Nancy L. Adams

"Can I deduct it on my taxes?" CPA Nancy L. Adams answers this question and more, allaying some of the major fears of film & TV freelancers.

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10 Takeaways: NYWIFT’s “Producer Boot Camp for Digital”

What are the steps to bring your digital project from concept to completion? Producer Julie Gomez taught the ins and outs of producing in the online era at NYWIFT's "Producer Boot Camp for Digital," hosted by RED Digital. Member Mellini Kantayya shares her top 10 tips.

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5 Tips for Securing Your Economic Future

Be prepared! NYWIFT Board member Kathryn O'Kane shares some of the key points from the NYWIFT financial planning workshop presented by Fortis Lux Financial.

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Made in NY: Comedy Makers Brings Laughs and Insight to Carolines

"Made in New York." What could be better? As New York Women in Film & Television, it's who we are and what we do. NYWIFT presented an eclectic group of talented and dynamic comedy makers who "make it all happen" in NYC - from behind the scenes to the front lines – at this year’s Women in Comedy panel at Carolines on Broadway. Member Jean Criss recounts the highlights of the evening.

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Life’s Better When You Know What’s Inside the Brain of Refinery29’s Amy Emmerich

NYWIFT member Marzy Hart shares her top five takeaways from the Power Player Breakfast with Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer at Refinery29, a leading digital lifestyle media company for women.

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Join the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund at the New York Film Festival: Two Preservation Events

The NYWIFT Women's Film Preservation Fund has two exciting events at the 54th Annual New York Film Festival this week, both a panel and a screening. WFPF Co-Chair Ann Deborah Levy gives us the inside scoop.

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