NYWIFT Talks with “PURE” Director, Natalie Jasmine Harris

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NYWIFT Talks are free for all to attend.

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, let’s talk love and identity! We’ll speak with writer/director, Natalie Jasmine Harris to discuss her short, Pure, now streaming on HBO Max!

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 4PM ET
Cost: Free



Natalie Jasmine Harris is a Black queer filmmaker from Maryland currently based in New York City. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in May 2020. Her work spans narrative, documentary, and experimental forms but is centered around a mission to tell stories that capture coming-of-age experiences, showcase Black joy, and reimagine liberation for marginalized communities. Natalie’s most recent short film Pure  received The 2020 Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award and completed a film festival run that included over 40 festival screenings worldwide. The film received commendations from several film festivals that include ABFF, Outfest, The British Film Institute, The Pan African Film Festival, and many more. After placing as a Finalist in The 2021 American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Competition, Pure was acquired by HBO and is now streaming on HBOMax. Natalie is currently adapting the concept behind Pure  into a feature-length film of the same name that has received support from SFFILM, The Gotham (formerly known as IFP), and The Outfest Screenwriting Lab. www.nataliejharris.com


Barbara Vásconez (Moderator) 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. 


February 23 @ 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.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free 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.