Crowdfunding Highlights

NYWIFT Member Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner is raising funds for her film, Love & VodkaLove & Vodka, a culture-clash, romantic comedy celebrating the Ukrainian-American transatlantic friendship, is about a Michigan writer who, after learning of the war in Ukraine, races to finish the script about love & vodka to bring back the one who got away. The deadline to donate is May 31. Learn more and donate.


NYWIFT Member Shanna Riker is raising funds for the short film Speechless. The film is the third installment in Honey & Hemlock’s film series exploring raw emotions through the female lens. The first two films in the series are doing quite well in the festival circuit. The Austin Revolution Film Festival recently named Shanna their female filmmaker of the year. The deadline to donate is May 14. Learn more and donate.

NYWIFT Member Natalie Jasmine Harris is helping to raise funds for the feature-length documentary Together. The film was born out of a short film series that gives those with lived experience in the foster care system a chance to tell their own stories. The film, which has been 10 years in the making, tells the story of a Vietnamese American family torn apart by war, family separation, and abuse. After more than 40 years apart three sisters find each other, reconnect with their cultural roots, and help each other heal from a legacy of abuse. The film aims to break the stigma and culture of silence around such issues that exist for women everywhere. The deadline to donate is May 19. Learn more and donate.


NYWIFT Member Carol Dorn has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise post-production funds for her new short film Fresh Scent. The film is about a woman in London finding unexpected hope after struggling with grief. Fresh Scent stars fellow NYWIFT Member Eve Austin. Learn more and donate.

NYWIFT Member Chloe Levine is crowdfunding for her film Bloom. Bloom is the story of a young girl’s journey through her PTSD as she tries to reconcile with generational trauma. I want to explore how pain affects our relationship to our inner selves and thus how we see the world. Learn more and donate. Bloom is a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project.


NYWIFT member Monique Hazeur and award-winning writer Tyler Young are co-producing the comedic short film Dying Laughing, and are currently crowdfunding! Death has a funny way of bringing people together… Dying Laughing is about a struggling standup comedian, in trouble with the feds, who moves back to her small town and takes a job at her father’s mortuary to save enough money to flee the country. Grammy winner Burt Blackarach and Grammy-nominated Demonte Posey are also on board as music supervisor and composer. Learn more and donate.

NYWIFT Member Alexandra Engelson (producer) is crowdfunding for her film, Color of Autumn. The film is an adaptation of a short story inspired by true events of writer Constance Nicole Jackson’s first encounter to racism in 1966 Chicago. The film will begin principal photography in November. The deadline to donate is Dec 31Learn more and donate.

NYWIFT members Cristina Doikos (producer), Tiffany Hodges (writer), and Amy Leland (director) of FairSay Films are in pre-production and are raising funds for their the short film, Displaced. Inspired by true events, the narrative explores the dehumanization of America’s immigration system. It follows volunteers that accompany undocumented immigrants to their court and ICE appearances. Learn more and donate. All donations are tax-deductible. Displaced is also a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored film!

The producers of There I Was…When Nothing Happened are raising funds to move their project into production. There I Was…When Nothing Happened, a self defense anthology, will feature 40 top-tier protection professionals each telling a story about a time they avoided violence through skills like awareness, evasion, humor, or de-escalation. It’s high time the protection industry spent more time on these pragmatic skills rather than physical skills we might only use two or three times in our lives. The project will feature NYWIFT member Teja VanWicklen. Learn more and donate.



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