Members in the News

Below are just a few of the most recent accomplishments of our talented members! If you want to join this dynamic community, we hope you will consider applying for NYWIFT membership.

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NYWIFT member Eve Austin will appear in a virtual production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon. The story revolves around the escalating problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Mel Edison has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age during an economic recession. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which exacerbates Edison’s plight as he and his wife Edna deal with noisy neighbors, loud sounds emanating from Manhattan streets up to their apartment, and even a broad-daylight burglary of their apartment. Eve will be playing the part of Edna Edison. The play will stream Saturday, Feb 20 at 3pm ET. Email EveAutin1@gmail.com or Mike@weekendplayreadings.com for a VIP invitation link.


 

WATER FALLS, New York City, NYWIFT Member Ann Deborah Levy, director, digital video, 12 minutes, is included in the Film-Makers’ Cooperative’s “New Work/New Year 2020” program of short experimental and independent films.  The program is currently screening virtually and the entire 2 1/2 hour program can be rented or films can be rented individually.  The rental fees go to support this important 60-year-old, filmmaker-run distributor of avant-garde and independent moving image works. The program Q & A and panel discussion, takes place this Feb. 13 at 2:30pm (Eastern Standard time) virtually via Zoom. For more info and to watch the program and Zoom panel, please visit:  https://film-makerscoop.com/screenings/panel-discussion-new-year-new-work-2020


 

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is now available to stream on Netflix. The docu-series tells the story of college student and tourist Elisa Lam who vanishes, leaving behind all of her possessions in her hotel room. The Cecil Hotel grows in infamy. Original music for the series was composed by NYWIFT member Wendy Blackstone. Watch now.


 

Chemistry, a short film from NYWIFT member Cynthia Silver, is an official selection at the Woodstock Film Festival. In the middle of a long day of chemistry tests, up-and-coming actress Naomi nails the scene and charms the room. Despite her obvious talent, she leaves on a bit of an awkward note. Unaware that the audition tape is still rolling, the casting director and producer candidly discuss Naomi’s audition and the implications of casting a mixed-race actress to play a white woman’s daughter. The film will screen as part of the festival’s shorts program and will be available to watch Feb 15-21. Learn more and register.


 

The Sundance panel, Bridging the Gap: Media Accessibility & Audio Description is now available to stream on Vimeo. The impact, creative power and reach of audio description accessibility assets being included as part of the film deliverables can be very rewarding. Incorporating and embracing an equal audience share mindset provides inclusive access to the extensive efforts and investments of creating media content. Often overlooked is the language of audio description interpreting visual content on screen to accommodate blind and low vision audiences. The panel was moderated by Michele Spitz (NYWIFT Member, voiceover artist, public speaker, and philanthropist.) Michele is the sponsor of the Woman of Her Word Grant. Watch now.


 

Queer Suffragist, a short documentary from NYWIFT member Tilke Hill, is now streaming on WNED/PBS and YouTube. The documentary is a video essay echoing the waves of change by non-conforming suffragists Margaret Chung, Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Carrie Chapman Catt. This triumvirate knew in the essence of their beings that voting was a fundamental right and that women are fundamentally equal to their male counterparts. They are the bastions of change because they existed in their own truths in addition to fighting for equality.
 Watch now.


 

She Should Run – Cyprus, a documentary from NYWIFT member Petra Terzi, is an official selection at the Paris International Film Festival. Cyprus is the last divided country in Europe, the film explores in depth the recent history of Cyprus, the Turkish invasion (1974), human rights, gender equality through the witnesses of nine women involved in politics in Cyprus. The festival will run Feb 4-14. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Fempeak, a YouTube series highlighting women in business, has released an interview with NYWIFT Board Member Kerry Fulton. Kerry speaks about her experiences as a film industry veteran and Founder of Evenfield Entertainment, a company that finances and produces films by women with an ambition to balance popular culture. Watch the interview.


 

NYWIFT member Beth Ann Dailey is hosting BreakThrough: Creativity Coaching for Writers and Filmmakers. Writing and creating can be a solitary practice, but you don’t have to do it all by yourself. A coaching group can provide accountability, support, motivation, and structure to help you meet creative goals. The online, eight-week program will be small (4-5 people) and focused on setting and meeting goals, and moving past blocks. Perfect for those who want to start and finish projects, submit their work, and consistently prioritize and make time for their creative efforts. The course will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm ET and will run Feb 3 – Mar 24. Learn more and register.


 

#LIKE, a film by NYWIFT member Sarah Pirozek, is now available to stream on Apple TV and Prime Video. On the first anniversary of her younger sister’s death, Woodstock teen, Rosie, discovers the mysterious man who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide, is back online trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she finds a darker side she never knew she had, as she takes justice into her own hands. Watch now on Apple TV or Prime Video


 

Life Reflecting, written and produced by NYWIFT member Melissa Farris, is available to stream on YouTube. The short film focuses on stories told by three individuals, reflecting back on very different challenges in their lives. Even though the characters never meet, their stories are intertwined over more than a decade, tied together as their lives crossed in surprising ways. Learn more and watch.


“Joan Kane & Gary Morgenstein: Taking a Bite of a Sweet Divide”, is the latest episode of NYWIFT member Fran McGarry‘s podcast, First Online with Fran. In the latest episode, Kane and Morgenstein talk about their off- broadway production of A Black and White Cookie, and the difficulties involved in staging a show during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen now


 

Veto, co-written and co-directed by NYWIFT member Julie Petrusak, is now available to stream on YouTube. Veto depicts a wife’s unraveling after her husband confronts her with a tough diagnosis. The short film originally premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival in 2019 and it is now available for streaming on YouTube as part one of a three-part short film series presented by Whole Picture Films. Watch now


 

Lust Life, a film from NYWIFT member Stephanie Sellars, will have its feature debut at the Berlin Independent Film FestLust Life Love’s plot centers on the lifestyle clash between a bisexual, polyamorous sex blogger, an unhappily married realtor, and their free-spirited lover. The film will be available to stream Feb 11-15. Learn more


 

Lust Life, a film from NYWIFT member Stephanie Sellars, will have its feature debut at the Berlin Independent Film FestLust Life Love’s plot centers on the lifestyle clash between a bisexual, polyamorous sex blogger, an unhappily married realtor, and their free-spirited lover. The film will be available to stream Feb 11-15. Learn more


 

Women in Blue, directed and produced by NYWIFT member Deirdre Fishel, will broadcast on PBS Independent Lens. The feature documentary looks at policing from a virtually unseen angle — that of women officers fighting to reform the Minneapolis Police Department. It offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the MPD, chronicling a department—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd. The film reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks a critical question: could increased gender equity and more women — especially Black women — contribute to greater public safety? Watch the trailer. The film will air Feb 8. Learn more.


 

Tho(ugh)ts: Thots, by NYWIFT member Shauntay Cherry (Actor, Producer), will premiere digitally on Feb 3. The film follows a woman who is challenged to see past her own relationship insecurities when she experiences a telepathic connection to the women around her. Learn more register


 

Identity Theft, a short film from NYWIFT member Ali Ahmed, is available to stream on Vimeo. Identity Theft is a coming of age dramedy about a first-generation Muslim-American. The non-budget short was shot by Ahmed on his iPhone with no equipment or crew. Watch the film. Enter password: identitytheft.


 

The Brown Club in New York and Brown Media Group are hosting a virtual  watch party and live conversation for Making the Case. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for whom legal arguments were daily currency, examines her handbags, revealing a corner of the mind that argued and won historic cases. Justice Ginsburg shows how this ubiquitous accessory is a rich starting point for whole stories and worlds. The Q&A will feature director Jennifer Callahan and filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton. The discussion will be held Jan 27 at 3PM ET. Learn more and register.


 

#LIKE, a film by NYWIFT member Sarah Pirozek, is an official selection of the Woodstock Film Festival and is available to rent via Vimeo on demand. On the first anniversary of her younger sister’s death, Woodstock teen, Rosie, discovers the mysterious man who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide, is back online trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she finds a darker side she never knew she had, as she takes justice into her own hands. Rent the film.


 

A Happy New Year e-Card, a short video from NYWIFT member Stephanie Stender, is available to watch on YouTube. Someone has sent you a Happy New Year e-Card! Take a moment to reflect on all the happy times from 2020, as you prepare for another great year ahead. This dark comedy tells the story of Betsy as she tries to keep her head up throughout 2020, no matter what is thrown her way. Watch now.


 

Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary, the feature documentary from NYWIFT member Julia Newman, is now available to watch on Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon Prime & DVD! Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist of all time, was a world renowned celebrity, greeted like a rock star when he appeared in public. An anti-war firebrand,Einstein also spoke out on issues ranging from women’s rights and racism to immigration and nuclear arms control. But today, his image has been neutered into that of a charmingly absent-minded genius. He was, in fact, a powerful force for social change and a model for political activism. Rent the film.


 

The NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund is proud to announce that Illusions, directed by NYWIFT member Julie Dash, will be preserved by The Library of Congress’s National Film Registry. Every year the film registry preserves twenty-five films that showcase the range and diversity of American film heritage. Illusions was preserved in 2009 by a WFPF grant to Women Make Movies and is available to stream on The Criterion Channel. Watch now.


 

Zitkala-Sa, an animated short from NYWIFT board member Yvonne Russo, is now streaming on WNED and YouTube. Zitkala-Sa (Red-Bird) depicts a critical moment in American history where an indigenous woman made remarkable contributions to American history. Zitkala-Sa is a prominent Dakota suffragist who advocated for Native American and women’s rights during a time when the United States Government did not grant citizenship to Native Americans, and gender equality was in question. Watch now.


 

Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings, a short documentary from NYWIFT member Cady McClain, is an official selection at the Indie Shorts Fest (LA International Film Festival) where it has been nominated for Best Short Doc and Best Director (Female). The film has also won awards at the Santa Fe Film Festival and the Mystic Film Festival. The documentary follows the lives of foster girls as they struggle with addiction.

Cady’s other film, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, was recently purchased by eight local PBS stations. The documentary is an uplifting film about female directors as visionaries, and includes Naima Ramos-Chapman (HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness), Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), and Li Lu (A Town Called Victoria) among others! Learn more.


 

NYWIFT member Brooke Hoover (actor, writer, creator), and her dad Bob have created Catfish, Cows and Summer Camp, a webseries bridging the 1300+ mile gap between Brooke in Jersey City and Bob in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Brooke interviews Bob who tells tales about the time he rode a cow, gives advice on how to tell a spoonbill catfish from a mudcat and comes clean about some of his fiascos at summer church camp and everything in between including pie baking. Told via Zoom and including family photos and original illustrations by Brooke, Catfish, Cows and Summer Camp intends to give you some feel good humor and vibes of nostalgia, which we need now, more than ever. Watch now.


NYWIFT member Priscilla J. “Sally” Mattison, of counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., became an Adjunct Faculty member at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, co-teaching a course in Entertainment Law.  


 

Summer with Mrs. Von Mausch, a short film produced by NYWIFT member Joanna Rudolph, is streaming on Vimeo. The film is about a thirteen year old girl who develops an unlikely friendship with the eccentric next door neighbor of her divorced father, who is ill-prepared for his daughter’s New York City visit. Watch now.


 

Love Happens, a film from NYWIFT member Liza Rafael will be streaming as part of the Great Lakes State Film Festival. To watch the film download the Great Lakes VOD app to your device. The film tells the story of a journalist who battles unknown forces that have taken over her town, causing everyone to become obsessed with finding, and becoming, her one true love. The film will be available to watch until Dec 31Download the Great Lakes VOD channel on Amazon Fire TV and Roku.


 

The 11th Bridges International Film Festival, organized by NYWIFT member Petra Terzi, will run virtually Dec 11-25. On Christmas Day, Dec 25, the festival will offer an all- day online screening of all short films. The program includes 90 feature and short films of different genres of recent production from all over the world in 12 categories of competition. The all-day program will feature the Golden Pegasus Awards Ceremony and a special artistic show, beginning at 8 PM, Greek time. Learn more and register.


 

NYWIFT member Stephanie Falkeis has been selected the prestigious BAFTA Newcomers Program. Falkeis is an Austrian director, writer and producer based in New York City. She is an alum of the IFFI Talent Campus and the Telluride Film Festival Symposium, and was selected for the 2020 La Fémis Co-Production Atelier in Paris. Read the full Variety article and learn more about the Newcomers Program and Stephanie.


 

in.clu.sion, a short film produced and edited by NYWIFT member Maria Rusolo, is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. The endearing short was written and directed by 16 year old newcomer Julia Ward. As big sister to Spencer, a tween with special needs, she asks Hollywood’s elite how to include more characters like her brother in film and why it is important. Watch the film.


 


NYWIFT member Lisa Brigantino and her sister Lori are hosting a free Facebook livestream of their new show, Home for the Holidays with Vickie & NickieThe well-known, hilarious musical-comedy sister duo, Vickie & Nickie, are back this holiday season – “Minnesota-style.” The multi-instrumental, singing housewife sisters will entertain you from their home with favorite holiday tunes and original songs, Vickie & Nickie Trivia Tee-shirt give-away, plus lots more holiday hoopla! The fast talking Midwestern moms will get you in the holiday spirit all while accompanying themselves on many different instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard, accordion, saxophone, ukuleles, percussion and more.The show livestreams on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 4pm EST. Learn more.


 

A crowdfunding campaign for Kitchen Tales, an upcoming film produced by NYWIFT member Cristina Sarnoff, has launched. Over the span of a 40 year marriage, Kitchen Tales follows young newlyweds from India as they settle into a new home together in the UK, grow a family and along the way learn the struggles of integration, the virtue of communication and the value of each other. The film is set to shoot Dec 14 and producers are seeking funds for their final stages of crowdfunding. Donate.

 


 

New episodes of Inspire TV’s Live Talks series are now available to stream. Inspire TV is a virtual distribution platform for presenting artists, cultural events and running festivals. New videos include NYWIFT member Petra Terzi interviewed by Jeff Geis, on an introduction to the platform, and a talk with NYWIFT member Carol Bidault de l’Isle and Petra Terzi about their activities during Covid-19. Watch now.

 


 

Are you an aspiring actor, director, make up artist, art director, producer or writer looking to make the entertainment industry your professional home? Register for the new Showbizing Bootcamp run by NYWIFT members Jane Applegate and Julie Crosby. The two-hour online bootcamp will help emerging filmmakers, content creators, creative team members and talent understand how to get a foot in the door and start on the way to a successful career in show business. The workshop will take place Jan 9. Learn more and register.


 

NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy has been selected as one of the 8 female filmmakers selected for the annual Women in Screen Workshop, a six-week lab run by the Australian International Screen Forum in New York. Each of the 8 participants will be advised by a group of 12 professionals from across Australia and the US on a diverse range of topics. These include negotiating pay, overcoming imposter syndrome, key skills in leadership, pitching, business and legal affairs, marketing and distribution, independent producing, scriptwriting, PR strategies, and podcast development. NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer will act as a mentor for the 2020 workshop. Read more.


 

American Experience presents the special virtual discussion, The Myth of Thanksgiving: Native American Perspectives on The Pilgrims. Inspired by the 2015 film The Pilgrims, the conversation will share Native American perspectives on the arrival of European settlers in New England 400 years ago. The conversation will examine the experiences of Native populations at the time of the settlers’ arrival, what is actually known about the first Thanksgiving, and how native tribes see themselves in today’s construction of the United States. The event will feature Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag, historian and independent scholar), Cassius Spears (Knowledge Keeper and Narragansett Tribal Member), Ric Burns (Writer & Director, The Pilgrims), and will be moderated by NYWIFT board member Yvonne Russo (filmmaker and member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation.) The conversation will take placer Nov 18 at 4pm EST. Learn more and register.


 

No Man’s Land, a short independent documentary from NYWIFT members Gabriella CanalAnna Andersen, is headed to the festival circuit next year. The documentary tells the story of the pioneering women who formed Alapine, a lesbian separatist community in the rural American South where no men are allowed. The film explores their coming out stories, what inspired them to create a separatist space in the first place, and their concerns for the sustainability and the future of their community. Behind the lens, No Man’s Land is proudly a women-led film. Learn more about the film.


 

Yellow Rose, recipient of the 2018 NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant, is now showing in select theaters. Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas. Find showtimes and stream the soundtrack.


 

Martin Sheen and Dan Rather have joined NYWIFT member Peggy Kennedy’s documentary,  MIA: Stories of the Vietnam War BraceletThe film will tell the stories of the Missing In Action Vietnam Veterans from the perspectives of their immediate family members who suffered and the people who wear their POW/MIA memorial bracelets. As the film looks for additional funding, Martin Sheen and Dan Rather have signed on as narrator and executive producer, respectively. MIA: Stories of the Vietnam War Bracelet. is a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project. Learn more and donate.


 

Join IFP for their next Womxn Owning It Virtual Fireside Chat with NYWIFT Member Lydia Dean Pilcher (producer of Academy Award nominated Cutie and The Boxer and director of Radium Girls and A Call to Spy.) Pilcher will discuss how she advocates to tell female stories and gets buy in from investors and decision-makers to get those projects made. The chat will be held on Nov 17Learn more and register.


 

Join Women Make Movies for their upcoming webinar Grant Proposals: A Blueprint for Success with NYWIFT Member Michelle Materre. Laying a good foundation for proposals that shift and evolve as your project grows is no easy task. This webinar that will examine that process, how to utilize the Documentary Core Application, how to create an effective pitch deck, and additional tips on how to make your proposal stand apart from the hundreds submitted to every funder each cycle. The event will take place Nov 18. Learn more and purchase tickets.

 


 

Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack, directed by Deborah Shaffer and co-directed and edited by Rachel Reichman (both members of NYWIFT), will be opening virtually and in select theaters on Nov 13. The filmmakers have partnered with Film Movement for distribution. Feminist, rebel, mother, artist and teacher; Queen of Hearts follows 88-year-old Audrey Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack is a moving portrait of an artist who is still growing, still experimenting, still searching. Learn more about screenings.


 

NYWIFT member Cathleen Campbell has two short films that are available to stream. Am I Buggin?Is available to stream through Nov 9 as part of the Reel Sisters Film Festival. The film is based on the fierce, funny and heartfelt poem by Selina Hernandez about gentrification in East Harlem. Watch now. To the Black Woman in a Trump Maskis available to stream on Vimeo. Even after the votes are tallied, emotionally processing the election might not be so simple. What is sane behavior in a crazy world? That’s the question Cathleen Campbell poses in her 6-minute personal documentary. Watch now.


 

1776 Words From an American Immigrant, a new article from NYWIFT member Swati Srivastava, has been published in India Currents digital.

“I came to America because I believed it was the best country on the planet, with the best leaders in the world, and I came to offer it the best I had. This election, I will cast my very first vote for the American Presidency.” – Swati Srivastava. Read more.


 

NYWIFT Member Frances McGarry booked a co-star role in the Hallmark TV Movie One Royal Holiday which airs Oct. 31 at 8 PM! She plays Mrs. Maitlin, “a town character and the local busy body who is funny, nosy and always saying something she should not.” The film stars  stars Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, and Krystal Joy Brown. A kind-hearted woman unknowingly invites the Queen and Prince of Galwick to spend Christmas snowed in at her little family Inn in Connecticut. Learn more on Fran’s website. 


 

A Castle in Brooklyn-King Arthur, a feature documentary by NYWIFT member Tyler A. Chase, will premiere at YoFiFest (Yonkers Film Festival)A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur, narrated by Golden Globe Award winner, Brian Cox, brings us through the doors of the Broken Angel building in BedStuy/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and to its creator, the visionary, Arthur Wood, as he clings to his life’s work and an icon of the bohemian artist culture that once permeated Brooklyn. The online festival will run Nov 7 – 21 and there will be a virtual Q&A for the film Nov 8. Purchase tickets


 

NYWIFT member composer, musician and music supervisor Lisa Brigantino and her sister Lori Brigantino will appear with Broadway veteran Susan Haefner in a virtual streaming concert entitled Make Yourself at Home. This online concert includes old-time sing-a-long songs, folk songs, plus some of Lisa’s original tunes.  The show premieres on Sunday, Nov 1 at 5pm EST on Okemo Valley TV’s YouTube Channel


 

Villa Diodati, a chamber-opera film with music by NYWIFT member Mira J Spektor, will air on PBS All Arts Channel. Past and present collide in Villa Diodati, the off-Broadway musical theater show that imagines the fateful vacation that Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their friends enjoyed in the summer of 1816. The stormy weather kept the friends inside telling ghost stories, and it provided the inspiration for Frankenstein. In the play, a modern couple finds their lives overlapping with the literary greats. The film will air on PBS Oct 31 at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. The film is also available to stream on PBS All Arts Access. Stream now.


 

Production is underway for the new Disney+ film, Sneakerella. Described as a pop/hip-hop musical that leaves a sneaker culture imprint on the Cinderella fairy tale, Sneakerella is set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City. NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton is an Executive Producer on the film. Read more in Deadline.


 

NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy is on the cover of Imagine Magazine‘s latest issue. The cover story focuses on Caitlin’s award-winning screenplay WONDER DRUG moving ahead with Rhino Films and producer Stephen Nemeth. Learn more about WONDER DRUG.


 

Say her Name: Manisha Valmiki a new article from NYWIFT member Swati Srivastava has been published in Browngirl Media digital. We take the names of heroes; we hide the names of victims. The criminals that raped & killed Manisha Valmiki cut off her tongue so she couldn’t say their names, but she did nevertheless. In honor of her undying courage & as a call for justice, let’s SAY HER NAME: MANISHA VALMIKI. Read more.


 

The Pear Theatre production of NYWIFT member Carolyn Balducci’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata will be filmed and presented digitally. A hilarious tale that explores the power of women during wartime. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace. The production will be available to stream on-demand from Oct 16-Nov 15Purchase tickets.


 

Bay Ridge Coloring Book, created by NYWIFT member Kristin Reiber Harris, is available for purchase on Amazon. Bay Ridge Coloring Book features 30 beautiful illustrations of plants and flowers to transport you to the calm of the natural world. Roses, lilies, hollyhocks, morning glory, black-eyed Susan and zinnias are just a few of the coloring adventures in this book. The drawings range from simple to complex and each comes with a little story on the opposite page. Created as a celebration of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, most of these plants probably grow in your neighborhood too. See more and purchase


 

Spooky Halloween Bedtime, written and directed by NYWIFT member Irene Smalls is available on YouTube. The animated short story is a Halloween treat for children 8+. It’s really late. Even on Halloween, the scariest night of the year, kids have to go to sleep. In the spirit of Halloween, Willie’s parents playfully try to scare him to sleep. Watch Spooky Halloween Bedtime if you dare… Watch now.


 

Queendom, a short film from NYWIFT member Nat Gee, is available to stream. It’s all in her head. A phantasmagorical romance shot on the aaton ltr camera and 16mm. A woman fantasizes about a romantic night at a bar in this dreamy, colorful and stylized film. Natalie took a class at MonoNoAware where she learnt to shoot on 16mm and shot the short in Brooklyn and Queens. Queendom has recently been nominated for Best Experimental Film at the Miami Short Film Festival, taking place in November. Watch now.

 

The Sounding, a film from NYWIFT member Catherine Eaton, is now available to stream on all digital platforms. On a remote island off the coast of Maine, Liv, after years of silence, begins to weave a language out of Shakespeare’s words. A driven neurologist, brought to the island to protect her, commits her to a psychiatric hospital. She becomes a full-blown rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life as she fights for her voice and her freedom. The Sounding is Eaton’s feature directorial debut, and was produced by NYWIFT member Caitlin Gold. Watch the film.


 

Yellow Rose, recipient of the 2018 NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant, is now showing in select theaters. Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas. Find showtimes and stream the soundtrack.


 

Tickets for YoFi Fest 2020 are now available. The festival, which will be held virtually, returns for its 8th year of celebrating moving pictures, the people who make them, and the fans that watch them! The festival will run Nov 7-Nov 22.  Purchase tickets. Enter code YONYWIFT20 at checkout for a 20% discount off all full festival passes.

Greetings From Sarajevo, a short film from NYWIFT members Melissa Skirboll and Penny Jackson, will have its world premiere at the festival and is available to stream through Nov 20. Fellow NYWIFT members Louis Robert King (composer), Paula Rossman (associate producer) and Maureen Van Trease (associate producer) were also involved in the making of the film. A special Q&A for Greetings From Sarajevo will take place Nov 7. Learn more.


NYWIFT member Jess Costa is hosting a special Halloween Night Drive-In Screening to fundraise for her first feature film. The event will include screenings of Wes Craven’s Scream and NYWIFT member Naomi McDougall-Jones’ Bite Me, and will also feature dinner, a raffle and trivia! The event will take place Oct 31 with both drive-in and online screenings. Purchase tickets.


 

The Anti-Science President, a new article from NYWIFT member Swati Srivastava, has been  published on India West’s website. The article explores the president’s view on climate change, and what that will mean for our future. Swati Srivastava is an Indian American filmmaker and an environmentalist who loves to tell stories with an investigative spirit. Read the article.


 

NYWIFT member Eve Austin has two films screening at upcoming festivals. Legit, a short film produced by and starring  Austin and produced by NYWIFT member Christine Verleny, will screen at the Chelsea Film Festival. Legit is a dark comedy that tells the story of Kathleen Oakmont’s struggle to be the top executive of the oldest profession in the in the city that never sleeps. The film will be available to stream Oct 15-18. Learn more.  Wink, a short film featuring Austin, will screen at the SoHo Film Festival. After having a party at their house, a couple wakes up to discover something unusual in their living room. The woman’s neighbor, sister, and mother all have their opinions but what’s revealed is much more than how it got there. The film will be available to stream Oct 15-22. Learn more


 

2 Weeks, a short film produced by and starring NYWIFT member Margarita Zhitnikova, will screen at New Filmmakers LA. Tanya’s sanity is tested as she wakes up to the realization that she does not experience sexual attraction the way the majority of the world does. Sexualization is thrown at her in everything she does, forcing her to understand that something is different inside of her. The Sci-Fi/horror film will screen Oct 17 at 6:30pm PT/9:30 ET. Purchase tickets.


 

Couples Therapy, a pilot from NYWIFT member Michaela Zannou (writer, producer, star), will screen virtually at the LA Femme International Film Festival. Natalia, a successful couples therapist, treats neurotic New York couples while her own marriage is falling apart and she can’t seem to be able to follow her own advice. Zannou will be hosting a live screening Oct 17 at 6:30pm ET. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

In the Moon’s Shadow, a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored film, will screen virtually at La Femme International Film Festival. In the Sand Hills of Nebraska, the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 provides the key moment for two estranged adult sisters from Maine to reconnect and reflect on what truly matters in their lives.The film will be available to stream Oct 15-18. There will be a live Q&A with the cast and crew Oct 16 at 9pm ET. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Saving Mark Twain, a screenplay by NYWIFT member Staton Rabin, has been named the Winner of the 2020 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival/SCENE in CT Screenplay Competition and a Finalist in the 2020 Mystic Film Festival Screenplay Competition. View the script packet.


 

 

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts has published The BAFTA 2020 Review, which includes an announcement of over 120 wide-ranging changes introduced to urgently address a lack of diversity in the BAFTA Awards. Significant changes in acting, directing & Outstanding British Film categories will be introduced from the Film Awards in 2021. The Review began as a direct response to the lack of diversity in the 2020 Film Awards nominations, but its remit soon expanded to encompass all aspects of BAFTA and its awards. NYWIFT Board member Joyce Pierpoline also sits on the BAFTA board and was involved in the review. Read the full review.


 

NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry is Executive Producer of the folk-rock indie film Killian and the Comeback Kids. It is currently rolling across the country in theaters. The movie follows the life of a mixed-race millennial after graduating college and returning to his depressed rural hometown. Filled with original movie and spectacular scenery, it offers hope. See screening dates and purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Melissa Haizlip’s feature documentary Mr. SOUL!, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2018, has been released theatrically in the virtual space, and is now available to stream. Heading into its second month of streaming, this award-winning film illuminates the groundbreaking PBS series SOUL!, known as America’s first “Black Tonight Show”, which broadcast nationally from 1968 – 1973, at the height of the Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement, directly from New York’s WNET Channel 13. The film won Best Music Documentary at the IDA Awards and is available to stream directly from the film’s website. Watch now.

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Like Daughter, Like Mother will screen at the Chelsea Film Festival. The film is written, executive produced and stars NYWIFT member Devi Morgan, supporting actors NYWIFT members Jordan Gosnell and Meghan Martin, composer NYWIFT member Louis Robert King. It’s a comedy about a mother daughter exploring the world of online dating together. What could go wrong?!The festival will run Oct 15-18. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

People hold flags as they are sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on Tuesday, July 2, 2010 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


Aren’t You Breaking the Oath of Allegiance to America if You Consider ‘Voting for Trump is Voting for India’
, a new article from NYWIFT member Swati Srivastava has been published in American Kahani digital. A hyphenated identity doesn’t mean we always get to play on both teams; sometimes we must pick a side. This election is one of those times. Read the article.


 

NYWIFT member Carolyn Lituchy is Executive Producer on Rebecca Eskreis’ What Breaks the Ice, which is premiering as a double feature (along with Ammonite) drive-in movie at Woodstock Film Festival Oct. 3. NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan was Head of Production (Goldcrest Films). Two teenage girls who come from different worlds strike up a quick and deep friendship during summer break in 1998, set against the backdrop of a world consumed by the Monica Lewinsky scandal. What was already the most formative summer of their lives takes a drastic and unexpected turn when they become accidental accomplices in a fatal crime. Buy tickets. And learn more on the film’s website. 


 

Fabulous Fanny: The Songs & Stories of Fanny Brice, starring NYWIFT member Kimberly Faye Greenberg, will be available to stream on specific dates and times! The show brings the roaring 20’s back with a live theatrical experience right into your own home. Enjoy classic show tunes, good old-fashioned fun and hilarity as we travel through time with Fanny Brice, legendary Jewish comedienne, Ziegfeld Follies Star, recording artist and film actress extraordinaire. The show has been listed as one of the Best things to stream right now by Time Out NY, American Theatre Magazine, Times Square Chronicles and Theatre Pizzazz. The show will run for selected dates Oct 3-18. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Inez & Doug & Kira, the first narrative feature film written/directed/edited by NYWIFT member Julia Kots and produced by NYWIFT member Caitlin Gold, is now available on streaming platforms, courtesy of 1091 Pictures. The film is asuspenseful dark drama about the collateral damage of mental illness, the film stars Michael Chernus (Captain Phillips, Orange Is the New Black, Patriot), Tawny Cypress (Blacklist), and Talia Thiesfield. Watch the trailer and stream the film.


 

Thorp, a feature film produced by NYWIFT member Liz Printz, will stream as part of the Tallgrass Film Association Festival. After fleeing Earth in the late ’80s, an alien returns to his childhood home on a quest to find his long lost best friend. As he gets closer to finding her, his mysterious past gets closer to catching him. The film will be available to stream from Oct 16-25. The film was also selected to screen at Starlite Drive in Wichita, Kansas on Oct 23Purchase a ticket for the virtual screening.


 

NYWIFT member Eve Austin has two films screening virtually as part of The Chelsea Film FestivalLegit, a short film produced by and starring Eve Austin and produced by NYWIFT member Christine Verleny, is a dark comedy that tells the story of Kathleen Oakmont’s struggle to be the top executive of the oldest profession in the in the city that never sleeps. Build a Baby, featuring Eve Austin in a supporting role, takes place in the near future, where parents can genetically “design” their children, and tells the story of a couple wrestling with the cost of having the perfect baby. Both films will be available to stream Oct 15-18. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Screenwriter and NYWIFT member Jenny Kleiman is launching Working the Wound, a series of 8-week screenwriting workshops. Specifically geared towards creating complex women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ protagonists, Kleiman will use a unique approach to the craft of screenwriting, focusing on characters’ misbehaviors and trauma (yes, in comedy too) to develop compelling story arcs. In an effort to combat and destroy familiar tropes previously reserved for women and minorities in cinema, these workshops will develop and hone the inner narratives, experiences, and tribulations of minority leads. The workshops are open to writers of all identities. The next workshop will run Oct 19- Dec 8. To learn more visit Jenny Kleiman’s site and contact Jenny at hello@jennykleiman.com.


The Dark Divide, a new film featuring NYWIFT member Kimberly Guerrero, is now in playing in theaters and virtual cinemas. Based on the story of renowned butterfly expert Robert Pyle (David Cross) who embarked on a life-changing trek through one of America’s most important unprotected wildlands in the summer of 1995. Watch the film or find a theater near you. Enter code OUTDOORS at check out for $5 off virtual cinema rental. A portion of the profit’s will be donated to National Wildlife Federation’s mission to protect wildlife and wild places. 


 

The pilot for WYA WYD, from NYWIFT member Joyce Keokham (Writer, Director, Actor), is available to stream. The dramedy series follows a group of young 20 year olds who will do anything strange for a little bit of change. In episode one, Jackie wants to stay in school but her and her roommates are at risk of losing their home. Will she have to drop out like Cooper and Q? Watch the pilot.


 

Collected Stories, an online live performance featuring NYWIFT member Annemarie Hagenaars, will run as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival. Ruth Steiner, an aging established short story writer and professor, mentors Lisa Morisson, an ambitious 26-year-old graduate student. Over the course of six years, their relationship blossoms, changes and survives incidents that threaten to destroy it. The online performance will run Sept 15-24. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

This is Paris, a new documentary edited by NYWIFT member Jill Woodward, is available to stream through YouTube. Paris Hilton was the original influencer and first celebrity to be adored simply for being famous. This Is Paris takes you into the complex reality of her life. Haunted by the past and driven by an exceptional work ethic, Hilton is determined to make her own fortune and chart her own path. Watch now.


 Fresh Air, a new short film featuring NYWIFT member Devi Morgan, is an official selection of the Long Island Film Festival Expo. Slowly losing his world to Alzheimer’s, Robert finds solace in walks with his grandson, formulating a way to make one final contribution to his family. The film will screen Oct 3 at 3pm. Purchase tickets.


A Case of Blue has been selected to the Fifth Annual Imagine This Women’s International Festival. The film is a haunting tale of lost love, the impermanence of memories, and the enduring flame of passion through time. Over 50% of the crew was female, including NYWIFT members Suzanne Ordas Curry (Co-producer) and Isabella Olaguera (1stAssistant Director.) The film will screen Sept 30 at 2:30pm. A Q&A featuring Curry will run post-screening. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

The Leap, a film from NYWIFT member Shanna Riker, will be screened as part of the Moving Parts Film Festival. The Leap is a coming of age tale of two teen lesbians growing up in a small town. The film will screen Sept 27 at 3pm PST. Purchase tickets. Enter code MPFF20OFF for 20% off one or two day passes.


 

Tickets and passes are on sale for the Virtual 2020 Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. The festival will present 50 inspiring new films from around the world, plus dozens of exciting extras such as filmmaker Q&As, in-depth panel discussions, and more. Program tickets ($12) and the Unlimited Pass ($30) are available for purchase. NYWIFT member Alexandra Diagne is the Artistic Director of the festival, which will run Sept 23-27. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Appily Ever After, a new film from NYWIFT member Monica Furman, is an official selection of the Portland Comedy Festival. Furman produced, co-wrote and stars in the micro-rom-com. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Final Draft presents Breaking In: The Writers Journey. What’s next after finishing that script, placing in a screenwriting contest, or even getting optioned? Join Sade’ Sellers for this live discussion with her six writer mentees as they share insights on their writing journeys. NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy, writer of Wonder Drug, will be a featured panelist. The event will be held via Zoom on Sept 19. Learn more and register.


 

Leftside Of Fashion, a fun IGTV series from NYWIFT member and “Fashion Edutainer” Bunny Yan, is streaming on Instagram.After noticing how dull and guilt driven eco content can be, Yan started Leftside Of Fashion to highlight the fascinating side of sustainable fashion. New to the entertainment world, Yan is looking for fitting media channels for her vertical short-form content & other creative ideas or partnerships that might extent from it. Watch a sample episode.


 

A new trailer for Big Little Sis, a documentary directed by NYWIFT member Jody Prusan, has been released. Doris Darden may be 3’9” but to her three younger sisters she is and will always be Big Little Sis. “No” was never an option for Doris. This is a story of inspiration and unconditional love. Meet the Darden Sisters as told by Jody Prusan in this celebration of family and friendship. Watch the trailer.


 

NYWIFT member Swati Srivastava has co-authored the article: World War III is here, and we are asleep at the wheel for The American Bazaar. COVID-19 has made us aware how quickly life can change because of just one disaster. Climate change is about to bring us multiple disasters in the very near future.  We are grievously under-prepared. Read the article. 

 

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