NYWIFT & IFC Films Industry Screening: ‘Happening’

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) & IFC Films invites you to a screening of Happening at the IFC Center on April 21st at 6:30pm ET.
Followed by a Q&A with director Audrey Diwan, actress Anamaria Vartolomei, and  National Director, Arts & Entertainment Engagement, Caren Spruch.
Introduction and Moderation by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer.

France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.






Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm ET

Location: IFC Center – 323 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Cost: Free



Audrey Diwan is a French director of Lebanese origin, who began her career studying journalism and political science, before writing and publishing several novels (La Fabrication d’un mensonge, De l’autre côté de l’été…). Deciding to devote herself to screenwriting, Diwan penned a number of scripts for Cédric Jimenez (The Connection, The Man With the Iron Heart, The Stronghold) and collaborated with directors Teddy Lussi Modeste, Gilles Lellouche and Valérie Donzelli. As a director, she has established a very personal and intimate vision. Her feature debut, Losing It (2019) starred Pio Marmaï and Céline Sallette. Her second, Happening, adapted from Annie Ernaux’s book recounting her illegal abortion in the 1960s won the coveted Golden Lion at the 78th Venice Film Festival and features a cast of stellar emerging French acting talent (Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet-Klein, Luana Bajrami). Happening will continue to screen at festivals around the globe and will be released theatrically in the US by leading independent distributor IFC Films in 2022. 

Anamaria Vartolomei is a French-Romanian actress. She began her career as a child actress in the film My Little Princess (2011). She won the Lumières Award for Best Actress and the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in Happening (2021). She appeared on the UniFrance and Screen International list of rising French talents to watch.




Caren Spruch is the Senior Director of Arts & Entertainment Engagement for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She founded the organization’s program to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through the arts. Caren collaborates with producers, directors, and writers to advise them on incorporating health and advocacy messages into their television and film scripts. She also works closely with prominent artists to engage them in publicly supporting Planned Parenthood’s mission in the media, on social media, and at events.

Jamie Zelermyer (moderator) has been a New York based Producer and Production Executive for the past 20 plus years. Currently she is Producing IFP Week 2019 which is a signature program of the Independent Feature Project (IFP). Most recently she was the Program Manager of Made In New York: Pilot Competition, a program founded by The Mayor’s Office of Film Media and Entertainment to tackle gender inclusivity in the television industry. Jamie Executive Produced the two winning half hour pilots and Executive Produced season 1 of the winning show entitled Half Life starring Larisa Oleynik and Nancy Giles. Prior to this she produced Ratter starring Ashley Benson and Matt McGorry which was released by Sony Worldwide in March 2016. She was the VP, Physical Production at Focus Features / Rogue Pictures for six years ending in November 2012. At Focus she oversaw such movies as AdmissionOne DayJane EyreSin Nombre and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Prior to Focus Jamie was a Line Producer and Production Manager working on films such as Igby Goes DownBoys Don’t Cry and You Can Count on Me. Over the years, she has had the privilege to work with a number of notable directors including Steve McQueen, Lone Scherfig, Kenneth Lonergan, Cary Fukanaga and Kimberly Pierce. Jamie is on the board of New York Women in Film and Television, and is an adviser on NYWIFT’s The Writers Lab, a program for female writers over 40 funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. She is a graduate of Bard College. 


This event proudly supports Planned Parenthood 

Special Thanks


April 21 @ 6:30pm
6:30 pm — 10:00 pm (3h 30′)

323 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014



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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.