NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘What Breaks The Ice’

Join us for a screening of What Breaks The Ice screening from October 21st through 26th, followed by a conversation with Rebecca Eskreis, Megan Elizabeth Bell, Brianna Quick, Greta Zozula, and Katie Leary. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan.

Two girls, from different worlds, form a deep and unlikely friendship in the sweltering summer heat of 1998. Their fun and carefree days quickly turn cold as they find themselves at the center of a mysterious murder.





Screening Dates: Film available on Topic from Thursday, October 21st starting at 9:00AM through Tuesday, October 26th.

Q&A: Tuesday, October 26th at 4:00pm ET.

How to See the Film: A link will be sent out

Cost: $2 NYWIFT Members / $3 Non-Members + Q&A is Free for all



Rebecca Eskreis is a director, writer and producer whose work has screened at numerous international festivals, including SXSW, TIFF, SIFF, deadCenter, Savannah, Munich, Stockholm and Thessaloniki. Her directorial debut project, What Breaks the Ice (Goldcrest Films), received the Sandra Adair/Empowering a Billion Women Grant for promising female filmmakers from the Austin Film Society, and was selected for the Austin Film Society’s Artist Intensive, hosted annually by Richard Linklater. The project was also a finalist for the 2016 Mayor’s Office of New York/Women in Film/Producers Guild Financing Lab. It premiered at the 2020 Woodstock Film Festival as a drive-in double feature alongside a special presentation of Francis Lee’s Ammonite. The film will be in released by Cinedigm in the fall of 2021.

Megan Elizabeth Bell is a bicoastal Production Designer and Documentary Producer working across television, feature films and commercials. Meg recently designed You Should Have Left, directed by David Koepp and produced by Kevin Bacon. Other recent projects include Neil LaBute’s Out of the Blue, the Snapchat Original Series, Breakwater, and the Matthew Gentile’s American Murderer.

Brianna Quick is a California based costume designer and fashion stylist. Some of her recently released design work include the films Old Henry directed by Potsy Ponciroli and starring Tim Blake Nelson and Jordan Wayne Long and Matt Glass’ Ghost of the Ozarks at which made its world premiere this year at the Austin Film Festival.

Greta Zozula is an award winning Cinematographer based in New York City. This past year, she shot The Half of It directed by Alice Wu and produced by Likely Story for Netflix which won best narrative feature at the Tribeca Film Fetival; Materna directed by David Gutnik which won best cinematography at Tribeca; and Becky directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. Greta was included in the Rising Stars article for American Cinematographers for 2020.

Katie Leary is a producer and of award-winning independent film, documentary and theater projects. Her film, All These Small Moments, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to producing What Breaks the Ice which premiered as a drive-in screening at the Woodstock FF in 2020, Katie directed the narrative film, Wake, which is currently in post-production.



Gretchen McGowan (moderator) is an award-winning producer and the Head of Production for Goldcrest Features in New York City where she oversees titles such as CarolMojaveSlumberRestrepoCarrie Pilby and Danger, Close. Gretchen has collaborated with Sebastian Junger on five films and she is now working with Junger and Fisher Stevens on a new film about the Mexican cartels and the caravan. Gretchen independently produced Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control, a Focus Features release and Magnolia Pictures’ American Swing. While Head of Production with Mark Cuban’s HDNet Films, Blow Up Pictures and Open City Films she supervised over 25 features including RedactedEnronBroken EnglishBubbleLovely and Amazing and Coffee and Cigarettes. She line produced The DancemakerBuffalo ’66Two Girls and a GuyAmerican Psycho and Heavy.

October 26 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

Free Virtual Q and A



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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.