NYWIFT Talks with Founder and CEO of CREW, Sharon Nelson

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In this week’s NYWIFT Talks, join the Founder and CEO of CREW, Sharon Nelson. This discussion will cover CREW’s mission and what it means for women in film. We’ll also discuss women’s history and how documentary filmmakers can amplify those unheard voices. 

This conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vásconez.

Date: Tuesday, December 8th

Time: 12:30 PM EST



CREWTV is an OTT, ISP (10-channel) network that is currently on all Apple products as well as in Google Play. In the app stores, it is listed as CREWTV and currently is “free” to download. By the end of this quarter, it will also be available on Amazon Fire and Roku. The network is owned by Sharon Nelson (Born in Guyana, South America, who is a US Citizen). It was purchased in late April 2020 to facilitate the NYS Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment.



Sharon Nelson is the Founder and CEO of CREW – Civically Re-Engaged Women, a nonpartisan professional development and leadership training organization with the Flagship “Parity Politics” and “SHEroes” campaign programs where she believes there is a seat for all leaders at this table. In 2016, Sharon founded Seneca Falls Revisited, a Women’s nonpartisan Conference for Civically Engaged Women at Riverside Church in NYC. In 2018, this conference was relocated to the Hyatt Regency, Rochester as part of a 2-year NYS Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment which gave Women the right to vote. The conference was hosted by CREWTV. Sharon is a member of the Advisory Board of the NYS Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and is the President Emeritus of the National Women’s Political Caucus – NY.

Sharon re-established and re-imagined the Caucus, at the time a 46-year old organization in 2015 after a 10-year hiatus. Sharon launched a professional development course at City University of New York where women attended a 12-week course “Parity Politics” to learn how to “Run for Office” or become a Campaign Manager. For 30 years she has worked with several campaigns and administrations including The Historic Nelson Mandela “World” Tour; the administration of the106th Mayor of NYC; The Honorable David N. Dinkins; and the 1992 Inauguration of President Bill Clinton. She also provided strategy and support to NYGOP Mayoral Candidate, Nicole Malliotakis in her 2017 run for office. Sharon has served as Executive Director of the Summer Jobs Program at the New York City Partnership and launched a similar jobs training and education program for the City of Syracuse, NY. Earlier in her career, Sharon served as the Publicist for the decennial Census in NYC. Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award.


Barbara Vásconez is the Program Manager at New York Women in Film & Television. Before joining NYWIFT, she held the position of General Manager at the Quad Cinema for three years. She has worked for a variety of film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Hamptons Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, DOC NYC, and the Nantucket Film Festival. Her spare time is spent programming panels and creating unique community engagement opportunities for the New York Latino Film Festival. In 2019, she launched and founded the Ville Film Festival in Somerville, New Jersey. In 2020, she joined the Ecuadorian Film Festival as Co-Director. Her educational goals include working to develop film programs in New Jersey that improve film education for low income students. She works on amplifying the Latinx community and speaking on important issues like immigration and minimum wage. She is committed to the importance of film as a means of community engagement. Barbara has a degree in Film and Video Production from the School of Visual arts in NYC and holds a Business certificate from W.O.R.C in Philadelphia. 


Thanks to CREWtv


December 8 @ 12:30pm
12:30 pm — 1:30 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.