NYWIFT Member Projects at the Hamptons Doc Fest 2019

Mirra Bank, previous NYWIFT Board President and current NYWFT Advisory Board Member, will screen her film, No Fear No Favor, for its world premiere at this year’s Hamptons Doc Fest!

This year’s festival will be taking place from December 5th-9th, 2019 at the Bay Street Theater and the Southampton Arts Center. See the 2019 schedule.

A 2018 recipient of the NYWIFT In-Kind Post Production Grant, No Fear No Favor is also the recipient of this year’s Filmmakers’ Choice Award! Congratulations!

In the heart of Zambia’s vast Kafue wilderness, where women and men risk their lives to counter losses from Africa’s poaching crisis. No Fear No Favor enters their world to explore the ways they have staked their future on sustaining African wildlife. One, a single mother raising three young girls, does high risk undercover work, and is routinely arrested along with poachers she has identified. Another is a former elephant poacher who now works as an armed guardian who protects orphaned baby elephants. A third helped rescue the infant elephant, Suni, who had been mutilated with an ax by the poachers who killed her mother. He is now Education Manager for Kafue National Park, reaching thousands of schoolchildren every month. 

Mirra Bank is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, whose groundbreaking films have reached wide audiences.  A selection of her previous films include: The Only Real Game, Best Documentary at the NY Indian Film Festival; Last Dance, short-listed for an Academy Award; Nobody’s Girls, a PBS prime-time special; and Enormous Changes, premiered at Sundance and Toronto. Bank is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, a MacDowell Fellow and film panelist, a member of New Day Films and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

No Fear No Favor will screen Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at 6pm at the Bay Street Theater. Buy your tickets!

Another past recipient of the Fund for Women Filmmakers – The Woman of Her Word Audio Description Grant, Driven to Abstraction by Daria Price will also screen at the festival.

Driven to Abstraction will screen on Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 2pm at the Bay Street Theater. Buy Tickets.

More on the Fund for Women Filmmakers.

Hamptons Doc Fest, now in its 12th year, is a nonprofit organization founded by filmmakers to champion and celebrate the rich, diverse and challenging world of documentary film. Recognizing and honoring films and filmmakers who deserve a closer look.

We would also like to recognize NYWIFT Member Jamie Wallace who is the festival’s marketing director. Jamie asked us to let NYWIFT members know that Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is offering a discount to festival attendees. Be sure to check it out.

The festival’s 12th year lineup brings audiences rich and diverse docs for 5 days “all docs all day.” Welcoming filmmakers, documentary film lovers and area students to the historic villages of Sag Harbor and Southampton, New York for dozens of films, discussions, panels, media labs, awards and celebrations. In these intimate, walkable settings, festival-goers enjoy the local area’s many shops, restaurants, inns, museums, and parks in between the screenings of outstanding new documentary films accompanied by discussions with the filmmakers.

Find out more information on the Hamptons Doc Fest.