NYWIFT Member Screening: When We Grow Up and No Crystal Stair

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of Cathleen Campbell’s dramatic short Langston Hughes’ “No Crystal Stair” and Grace Hannoy’s feature dramedy When We Grow Up

Watch the films: Any time Thursday, September 23rd at 3 PM through Monday, September 27th at 11:59 PM

Watch the Q&A (pre-recorded): Monday, September 27th

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 Films

Langston Hughes’ “No Crystal Stair”
Cathleen Campbell (Director, Writer, NYWIFT Member)
2020, 5 min 30 sec

A dramatic interpretation of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes’ poem with the famous line “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”

When We Grow Up
Zorinah Juan (Director)
Grace Hannoy (NYWIFT Member, Producer/Writer/Actor)
2018, 96 min

In this dramatic comedy, a multiracial family is brought together to help their mother cope with a crippling loss- the death of the family dog. When We Grow Up explores racial adoption issues, the redefining of the traditional American family unit, and the process of growing up at different stages of adulthood. Made by an entirely female crew, this award-winning film is a must-see.



Writer-Director Cathleen Campbell was profiled on Shadow and Act’s “Black Women Filmmakers Speak” series. She directed several short films: Langston Hughes’ “No Crystal Stair” (Black Harvest Film Festival, Uptown People’s Assembly, Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery (2020); Am I Buggin’? (about gentrification) streamed in the Reel Sisters Film Festival (2020); Outta My Name (an outsider’s sweet revenge tale) was televised and screened at several festivals. Two of her Black Lives Matter photographs were published in The Nation’s OppArt series this summer. She had her first solo exhibit — along with several group shows — in New York and Chicago in between 2014-2019.


Grace Hannoy is a New York-based queer female writer/actor/producer. She received her B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which she graduated with honors. Her recent work includes producing, writing, and acting in her award-winning feature length film When We Grow Up which travelled to eight film festivals throughout the United States, and is available to stream on Amazon. When We Grow Up was created by an entirely female team. Grace is committed to creating opportunities for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community in her work.


Katie Chambers (moderator) is the Community Engagement Director at NYWIFT, where she manages Communications and Membership. She received regional recognition for her work at NYWIFT from the New York Society of Association Executives with their “Rising Star” award at the Synergy Awards in 2020, and will receive national recognition when she is named one of Association Trends’ top “Young and Aspiring Executives” at their Salute to Excellence in Washington, DC, in 2021. Prior to joining the NYWIFT team, Katie was a talent agent in the Youth & Young Adult Theatrical division at Abrams Agency in New York City. She has served on the Next Generation Committee of the NY Television Festival, produced a critically-acclaimed play at the NY Fringe Festival, and has worked for Buchwald, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Scott Rudin Productions. Her writing has appeared in Huff Post, Honeysuckle Magazine and several printed essay collections. Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Drew University with a double major in English and Theatre Arts.


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.


September 23 @ 3:00pm — September 27 @ 5:00pm
3:00 pm — 5:00 pm (98h)

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.