NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Flower Punk’ with Director Alison Klayman

Join us on Tuesday, February 2nd for a screening & conversation with Director Alison Klayman

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has sent his floral sculptures into space and sunk them to the bottom of the ocean, but most of the time, he thinks about the life and death of flowers. Flower Punk is a hypnotizing short documentary that brings you inside his work and process. After watching, you won’t be able to think about flowers the same way again.

Join director Alison Klayman to discuss her new film Flower Punk. We’ll talk about releasing a film in the time of COVID-19 and virtual screenings. Plus, updates on new work.

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Joyce Pierpoline


Watch the Film: Link to view sent upon registration

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Time: 4 PM EST




Alison Klayman was the youngest director named by The New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis on their international list of 20 Directors to Watch. Her debut feature Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded a US Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance. Her newest feature documentary The Brink was theatrically released in 2019 by Magnolia Pictures. Alison’s other films include Flower Punk, Take Your Pills, The 100 Years Show, Hooligan Sparrow and On Her Shoulders. Alison got her start in radio journalism and has contributed radio commentaries for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Her short form work includes directing for an episodic docuseries EP’ed by Alex Gibney for ESPN, Frontline PBS and multiple installments of the New York Times’ Emmy-winning Op-Doc video series. Her work is regularly screened and she is an invited guest speaker at major art museums and universities around the world. Alison graduated from Brown University in 2006 with an honors B.A. in History, and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew. Her mother Anna and father Barry are very proud. She is a member of the DGA and AMPAS, and currently based in Brooklyn.


NYWIFT Board Member Joyce Pierpoline (moderator) is an independent film producer and founder of Pierpoline Films, best known for producing controversial, character-driven narratives that tackle issues of gender and sexuality. Her most recent film, The Transfiguration, premiered in Un Certain Regard-Cannes Film Festival, other films include Sundance award-winning cult favorite TeethHappy TearsAngelica, and In the Company of Men. She currently serves on the board of BAFTA-NY where she is co-chair of the film and television committee. She is member of the European Producers Club, the European Film Academy, and the Producers Guild of America where she was founding co-chair of the Women’s Impact Network, promoting gender equality in the industry. Joyce began her career in Paris as head of international press for the Cannes Film Festival.

February 2 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.



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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.