NYWIFT Virtual Hangout and Salon Talk with Vision Maker Media

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our November virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends at Vision Maker Media!

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement.

We will begin the evening with a brief salon conversation between Vision Maker Media Executive Director Francene Blythe-Lewis and NYWIFT Board VP Yvonne Russo to discuss organizational initiatives, followed by an hour of speed networking. The hour will be broken up into smaller chunks of time, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. 

NYWIFT hangouts are a safe space to ask entertainment related questions, seek advice, employment and other industry opportunities. Prep your elevator pitch and get ready to make connections!

As always, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend and mix, mingle and get to know our dynamic and talented members and staff in an informal setting.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

6 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Free to attend. 



Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, November 17 at 2 PM EST in order to attend. 

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media empowers and engages Native people to share stories. We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. We help Native filmmakers hire trained crews and use professional equipment to make stories come to life. We give Native filmmakers access to professional workshops, internships, and fellowships. We bring Native film to your community through your local PBS stations, community screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and diversity-led film festivals. We empower and equip the next generation of storytellers through traveling youth media programs.

About New York Women in Film & Television

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. NYWIFT brings together more than 2,500 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 50 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 15,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.

Opening Salon Conversation

Francene J. Blythe specializes in cultural education, cultural arts programming, and executive management in the arts by building sustainable grant programs, curating cultural art programming, creating philanthropic partnerships, and advocating for cultural voices in the arts and media. Her passion to inspire others with knowledge and discovery has helped expand learning and understanding of Native peoples in the Western Hemisphere, and worldwide. With twenty years’ cumulative experience in media making and the arts, Blythe recently joined Vision Maker Media as the new Executive Director and where her father originally established the organization as the Founding Executive Director located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Vision Maker Media is a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded entity that brings Native content to public television. Beforehand, she led strategic program planning and developed art grant opportunities, as the Director of Programs at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, located in Vancouver, Washington/Portland, Oregon.

Yvonne Russo is an award-winning producer, director and writer of film and television specializing in inspirational Indigenous and cross-cultural stories. As an independent producer, Russo has worked on a diverse range of productions in over 16 countries from Rajasthan, India, to the East African Nation of Rwanda. Recent credits include Woman Walks Ahead; the HBO mini-series Lewis and ClarkViva Verdi!; and Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust. She’s a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Co-Chair of the Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee. She is also a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and Tribeca All Access Program Fellow, and is on the board of The Language Conservancy, which works to revitalize endangered languages. She’s a contributing author for The Huffington Post and Produced By Magazine. Yvonne Russo is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation, and the VP of Membership on the NYWIFT Board of Directors

November 17 @ 6:00pm
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm (1h 30′)

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.