NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Julia’

NYWIFT invites you to a screening of Julia starting Monday, March 28th to Friday, April 1st. Followed by a conversation with directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Yvonne Russo.

Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12 year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey.

Screening Dates: Film available from Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st.

How to See the Film: Links will be sent out on Monday, March 28th

Q&A: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 4:00pm ET. 

Cost: $2 Member/ $5 Nonmember 




Julie Cohen and Betsy West are Academy Award-nominated, Emmy winning filmmakers who directed and produced the theatrical documentary RBG. Their film Julia was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics last year and shortlisted for an Oscar. My Name is Pauli Murray premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios. Their latest documentary Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down premieres this spring at the SXSW Film Festival.

Yvonne Russo, an award-winning producer, director and writer of film, television and animation. She’s currently directing RING OF FIRE: The Life of Annie Mae Aquash  an activist who fought for Indigenous rights with the American Indian Movement. She’s producing with Amy Kaufman, Caroline Waterlow and Jake Gyllenhal’s Nine Stories. She’s also serving as a Producer on KELLY’S BAR  an indie drama about a Mi’kmaq Indian man and an Irish-American woman who fall in love in an impoverished and racially divided 1980’s South Boston. She’s producing with Casey Affleck.  She is the creator, director, producer and writer of TINY TOT NATION  an animated children’s series currently in development with Vision Maker Media. She is currently serving as director, producer and writer of the feature documentary, VIVA VERDI!  about life inside Casa Di Riposo per Musicisti of Milan, the home that Giuseppe Verdi built in 1896 for retired opera singers and the incredible musical artists who live there. VIVA VERDI  is currently in post production. As an independent producer, Russo has worked on a diverse range of national and international productions in the United States and over 17 countries from Rajasthan, India, to Rwanda. Russo is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well the Producers Guild of America where she served on the Board of Governors. She was Founder and Co-Chair of the PGA Diversity Workshop, is a long-standing member of SAG/AFTRA, and the Co-founder and Director of The Akatubi Film/Music Academy, which focuses on teaching Native American youth entertainment and new media production. Russo is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation.



March 30 @ 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.

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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.