NYWIFT comes to SOHO International Film Festival with a selection of three short films showcasing talented members of the New York Women in Film & Television community in key creative roles. Exhibition screening followed by a conversation with the artists.
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 3 – 4:30 PM
Location: Village East by Angelika, 181-189 2nd Ave, NYC
Networking social to follow!
Free to attend, but donations to SOHO Film Forum are encouraged. Click here to learn more and donate.
About the Films
I Won the Lottery…
Dir. Jenn Shaw
Comedy/Mockumentary, 2021, 13 min.
A documentary crew chronicles the cut-throat world of Brooklyn parents vying for spots at the prestigious MLK Only Hope Charter School. I Won the Lottery… is a mockumentary-style short primed to showcase how American’s dire education system uniquely impacts Black students and parents. The storyline is rooted in an authentic examination of systematic failures that reserve opportunities for the few while pitting well-intended families against each other.
Jenn Shaw is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in sports and coming-of-age films. Her ESPN film $15 Kicks was executive produced by Spike Lee and earned a Black Reel Award. Her feature film The Pill is in development with tinygiant and in TIFF’s Break Through the Lens. Recently, she directed two shorts, I Won the Lottery… and Charlie and the Hunt starring Lauren Ridloff (Eternals, The Walking Dead). She was also the executive producer/director of Running While Black with Vice and Adidas. Currently, she is a director in the 2022 Tribeca Studio Queen Collective with her short, titled Gaps.
Dir. Julie Neira Campoverde
Horror, 2021, 14 min.
Set in Ecuador, Ofelia’s eyes are opened to what it means to become a young woman in society as she is stripped of her voice, power and freedom by her overbearing father while on a family camping trip to celebrate her 15th birthday. But Ofelia’s greatest threat may not even be human.
Julie Neira Campoverde is an Ecuadorian award-winning filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She won the BAFTA NY 2021 DLT Entertainment Scholarship with her short horror script for El Chuzalongo as well as an honorable mention for the Nyman Family Project Award in her 2nd MFA year at City College. El Chuzalongo, her Ecuadorian debut, won Best Editing at the CCNY Cityvisions Film Festival. Campoverde uses the horror genre as a platform to create awareness of worldwide issues like the obsession with social media (The Crossroads), dating apps (Saturday Night), and toxic masculinity rooted in Latinx and Hispanic culture (El Chuzalongo).
My Psychic Fairy Godmother
Dir. Emily Friedman
Documentary, 2020, 13 min.
A documentary short film about the inter-generational relationship between two Brooklyn-based mediums Emily Grote and Marge Othrow and how one house in Brooklyn brought them together by coincidence.
Emily Friedman is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and works as a producer and creative consultant and founder of the new media production company, Happy2BHere. She is also one half of the styling duo, Styled by Em & Tori. With over eight years of experience working in media production, her clients span from musicians like Cool Company and Nathanology to brands including TIME, Merck, eos, West Elm, Vilebrequin, and Gloria Vanderbilt. Her directing work has made the festival rounds, as her short film Pancakes has been featured in six festivals (NY Lift-Off, Kaleidoscope, Reel Affirmations, OUTStream, QueerBee, and Color’s of Love) as well as acquired for streaming on QueerBee.
Q&A moderated by:
Katie Chambers is a communications executive and event producer with a lifelong commitment to supporting artists and advocating for inclusion. She is currently the Senior Director of Community & Public Relations at New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), where she manages both Communications and Membership and produces Special Events including the Muse Awards for Women of Vision & Achievement. She received national recognition for her work at NYWIFT as one of Association Trends’ top “Young and Aspiring Executives” at their Salute to Excellence in Washington, DC, and was recognized by New York Society of Association Executives with their “Rising Star” award at the Synergy Awards. She was named Communications Chair of one of New Jersey’s leading volunteer organizations, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club, in Spring of 2022. Katie was previously a talent agent in the Youth & Young Adult Theatrical division at Abrams Artists Agency, representing young actors in theatre, film, and television, and has worked for leading entertainment companies including Buchwald, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Scott Rudin Productions. She has served on the Next Generation Committee of the NY Television Festival, produced a critically acclaimed play at the NY Fringe Festival, and her writing has appeared in Huff Post, Honeysuckle Magazine, and several printed essay collections. Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Drew University with a double major in English and Theatre Arts.
Special thanks to NYWIFT Board Member Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago, the Executive Director and Head of Programming at SOHO International Film Festival.
Program selections curated by Katie Chambers
Village East by Angelika
181-189 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.