NYWIFT Member Screening: In the Moon’s Shadow

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of the comedic drama In the Moon’s Shadow, which is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT and distributed by Green Apple Entertainment. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by NYWIFT Special Projects and Finance Associate Easmanie Michel. 

Watch the film: Any time Thursday, June 16 at 3 PM through Tuesday, June 21 at 11:59 PM

Watch the Q&A: Tuesday, June 21 at 5 PM ET

Cost to attend: Free for NYWIFT Members; $2 for Non-Members

Please register in advance in order to receive the links.

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting (or in this case, a virtual theatrical setting). We hope you will join us in celebrating the work of our talented NYWIFT members!


Please note: if you would like to “bring” a guest, the guest must be registered separately with a separate email address – links to view the films are individually crafted for each registered email.

About the Film

In the Moon’s Shadow
Alvin Case (Director)
Thomas J. Kesolits (NYWIFT Member, Executive Producer)
Debra Lord Cooke (Actor and Producer)
Elissa Piszel (Actor and Producer)
Comedic Drama
2018, 90 min

In The Moon’s Shadow is a comedic drama about two estranged sisters, Lisa, a workaholic, and Karen, a recent widower. In response to Karen’s plea, Lisa joins her at their family cottage on a lake in Maine. They then find themselves on a journey to the Sand Hills of Nebraska to witness a rare northern hemisphere total eclipse of the sun. Karen’s deceased husband Tom, was an “eclipse chaser” her estranged daughter-in-law Emily, requests she bring her father’s ashes to the eclipse. Learn more about the film here

In the Moon’s Shadow is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT. NYWIFT’s fiscal sponsorship program, which is open to all members, allows filmmakers to access foundation and government grant funding that may only be accessible to nonprofit organizations or fiscally sponsored projects. It also provides the incentive to donors that their contribution to the project is a charitable deduction for income tax purposes. Learn more


Born in Dominican Republic, Alvin Case (Writer/Director/DP) studied fine art at university, and taught himself cinematography with a borrowed 16mm camera. In 2010 his video art piece “3 studies of Color Charged Particles in Dialogue with John Bell’s Arm” was selected for exhibition at Scope Art Basel. His narrative feature film debut, The Whirlpool, premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam and screened in competition at the FEST: New Directors/New Films in Portugal. Since then, he has been consistently working on motion picture projects of various scales and genres including documentaries. His 2018 hybrid film The Nude was selected as best feature documentary at the Innuendo Film Festival in Italy. In 2019 the feature drama In the Moon’s Shadow, which he directed for producers Debra Cooke and Elissa Piszel, premiered at the Maine International Film Festival. The film features an extended scene captured during the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse and a soundtrack written and produced by LadyLamb.

Debra Lord Cooke has enjoyed a career as an actor, acting coach, casting director, and producer. Casting credits include Man Without a Face, In the Bedroom, and Empire Falls.Film acting credits include: The Girl Who Got Away, The Congressman, Sometime Other than Now, and Cake: A Love Story. Theater credits include: A Cavalier for Milady, Light Up the Sky, Three Viewings, Punch and Judy, Becausehecan, and August: Osage County. Debra was also the managing producer as well as actor in the feature film screening here, In the Moon’s Shadow,  shot in Maine and Nebraska which was honored as a Finalist Best Feature at LA Femme International Film Festival 2020.For more information on Debra’s credits visit imdb.me/debralordcooke and debralordcooke.com.


Easmanie Michel (Moderator) has worked continuously in the film and television industry since 2004. Michel’s work on films includes TransporterHoot and Miami Vice. Television projects include Miami Ink and Burn Notice. Michel is currently producing the feature Caroline’s Wedding, which she co-wrote, which was a finalist for the New York University Fusion Film Festival and it was also one of the scripts selected to participate in the Women at Sundance Financing and Strategy Intensive in 2016. In February of 2018 the script was the Grand Prize Winner of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. Michel received the New York Council on the Arts Individual Artist grant for Caroline’s Wedding 2019 and she is currently completing Certificate in Financial Accounting at NYU. She also has Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Presented courtesy of

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series is produced by Katie Chambers

Special thanks to Carlina Rivera and the New York City 2nd Council District
for discretionary funding for the NYWIFT Member Screening Series.http://https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=365867412120511

June 21 @ 5:00pm
5:00 pm — 6:00 pm (1h)

Virtual Member Screening
Watch the film on Vimeo and Q&A on Zoom.
Please register to receive links.



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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.