Crowdfunding Highlights

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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