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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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. 


 

Over the last few months, NYWIFT member Louis Robert King has released four of his recent original scores. You can hear his music for the Sci-fi sitcom Extra/Ordinary, the AACTA nominated animated short The Albatross, the award nominated score for the quirky sitcom FabUless, and the dramatic short Abuelo. These releases are also available on all streaming services, and for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.


 

The Sleepless, a new film produced by NYWIFT member Alexandra Hsie, will premiere later this month as part of the Big Apple Film Festival. The film follows chronic insomniacs Zach and Sophia as they wander the pre-dawn streets of New York City on an impromptu first date. The Sleepless will screen at Demarest Farms Drive In (NJ) on Aug 31 at 8pm. Purchase tickets.


 

Touch, a feature film by NYWIFT member Aleksandra Szczepanowska, will have its world premiere at Dances with Films LA Festival. Fei Fei, a married Caucasian western woman meets Bai Yu, a Chinese blind masseur. When they come together in an intense love affair they find the demons they’ve created implode in a clash of violent impulses. The film will screen Aug 28 and 31. Purchase tickets.


 

T11 Incomplete, a feature film by NYWIFT member Suzanne Guacci, will be having its US Premiere at Outfest. The film follows Kate Murphy, a recovering alcholic who lost everything when she hit rock bottom. Now, ten years sober, middle aged and living alone, Kate strives to rebuild her broken life and repair her damaged relationship with her son Jack. T11 Incomplete was part of the NYWIFT FS2P lab in 2017 and was also a NYWIFT Ravenal Feature Film Grant Recipient in 2019. The film will screen Aug 27. Watch now.


 

Two of NYWIFT member Anne Hollowday’s films played at this year’s Micro Mania Film Festival and both won awards! Physical Thoughts won best micro documentary; and, Bird Watching won best mini micro. In Physical Thoughts, a dancer reflects on a recent injury. Bird Watching is an exploration of the ways we perform and perceive gender in the world today. Combining real-life documentary interviews and carefully curated archive footage, the metaphor is both sincere and a provocation. The Micro Mania Film Festival was founded by NYWIFT member Lukia Costello, and highlights works that are up to 10 minutes long. Learn more


 

 

99¢ Dreams, a film by NYWIFT member Jess Costa, is premiering as a drive-in style event. 99¢ Dreams is about Allison, an insomniac, who visits a video store that sells dreams and unexpectedly discovers what she’s looking for behind the red curtain. The film will screen Aug 29 at 8 PM in New Rochelle, NY. The film will also be live streamed for those who cannot make it in person. Learn more and register.


 

NYWIFT member Lisa Brigantino and her sister Lori will perform Songs from the Living Room, Part 2, an acoustic live stream concert on Thursday, Aug 27 at 8pm EST. The performance will be a mix of Lisa’s original songs as well as some much loved cover songs. Tune in to Lisa’s Facebook page to watch the live stream.


 

I AM ARBESU, a documentary from NYWIFT member Christiane Arbesu, was recently screened at the Latino Film Market in August. The film is a woman’s profound and personal journey to discover the family and country she never knew. Watch the trailer.


 

NYWIFT member Tammy Reese recently interviewed Founder of The Raindance Film Festival Elliot Grove for the online publication Vocal Media. The interview touches on subjects including the future of the film industry, Groves’s history as a producer, screenwrite,r and more. Read more.


 

The Importance of Experience, Sentiment & Emotion in Advertising: How do you make advertising that moves people? This webinar shows how experience, sentiment and emotion interact to make persuasive advertising. But understanding how people think and feel is key to all communications. Former NYWIFT Board member and long-time Power Player Breakfast Committee member Barbara (Bobbi) Alpert is a panelist. Bobbi’s company, Chilmark Digital, partnered in a study in which their interactive video platform, [ReSync], provided in-depth analysis of how people felt about an ad they viewed and what motivated those feelings. It produced a road map for communications that connect with audiences. [ReSync] has been widely used to test movie trailers, television shows and other creative content for years. And content is Queen, whatever the format. So tune in! The event will be held Wed, Aug 19 at 11:00am EDT. One hour. Learn more and register.


 

NYWIFT member Eve Austin(Actor & Producer) has multiple projects that are now available to stream on Amazon and other VOD platforms. See links within to watch:

All You Can Eat, a comedy about a heavy subject.

American Fango, a coming-to-New York love story about an Italian actor who comes to New York City from Rome, and through a series of misadventures becomes romantically.

JOE, Joe is a romantic comedy about finding yourself, your soul mate, and some coffee.

Fully Engaged (web series), Erika and Danny, a nice, normal, engaged couple living in New York City. Sure, they come from different backgrounds and they’re on a tight budget, but they love each other.


 

Uma Maheshwara Ugra Rupasya (Uma Mahesh’s Fierce Form), a film produced by NYWIFT member Vijaya Praveena Paruchuri, is now streaming on Netflix. Defeated and humiliated in a fight while trying to defuse a conflict among his fellow villagers, a photographer vows revenge on his attacker. The film was produced by Paruchuri’s Indian production company Mahayana Motion Pictures and was made in collaboration with Arka Media Works, the producers of the biggest film in India. Watch the film.


 

The Improv House, a virtual & live improv show featuring NYWIFT member Whitney Uland, is now available to stream. The Improv House is a comedy show that you’ve never seen before, and one that you may never see again! Each episode is completely made-up on the spot and broadcast live. Each show is based on an audience suggestion from the comment feed. Learn more.


 

Can You Hear Us Now?, a feature documentary produced by NYWIFT member Susan Peters, will screen as part of The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival Drive-In Summer Series. Small-town activism. Nail-biting elections. A last-minute power grab. In Wisconsin, where extreme partisanship has become the norm, voters are finding their lives increasingly irrelevant to state lawmakers. Through the stories of a working-class mother of five, a laid-off environmental educator, a retired school teacher and a tireless voting rights activist, Can You Hear Us Now? unravels the ways that years of one-party rule have reshaped democracy in a state formerly known for its progressive history. The film will screen Aug 5. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

 
Legit, a short film produced by N YWIFT member Eve Austin, is an official selection of the New York Lift Off Festival. Legit is the serio-comic story of one woman’s struggle to be the top executive of the oldest profession and legalizing it.  There is resistance to her plan from every end,  from politicians to warring madams. The film will be available to stream until Aug 2. Learn more and watch.

 


 

Am I Buggin?, a short film directed by NYWIFT member Cathleen Campbell is an official selection of the Latino Film Market Festival. The film is based on Selina Hernandez’s angry, funny and heartfelt poem about the East Harlem neighborhood she loves—and fears she’s losing— due to gentrification. Am I Buggin? is available to stream until Aug 2. Learn more and purchase tickets


Motherhood, a short film by NYWIFT member Casey Killoran is screening virtually at the 29th Woods Hole Film Festival. Motherhood shows a raw and honest view of regret in motherhood. It is a day in the life of the young mother, Cat. Cat adores her husband, Phillip. But holds a grudge against Tommy, their unruly 5 year-old, for being the cause of Phillip’s declining love and attention. One day she finds herself empowered to end that misery with one single act. Motherhood is a look at a controversial topic that probably is more common amongst moms than we are willing to admit.The festival will stream July 25-Aug 1. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

There All Along, a film edited by NYWIFT member Veronique N. Doumbe, is an official selection of the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival.  The festival will run Sept 9-15.


Villa Diodati, a Chamber-Opera/Film with music by NYWIFT member Mira J Spektor, is now streaming on PBS All Arts Selects. 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. Watch now.


Toss It, a film by NYWIFT member Michele Remsen, has been awarded the ReFrame Stamp. Toss It is a recipient of the NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant. In partnership with IMDbPro, the ReFrame Stamp aims to celebrate studios, networks, & creatives that have demonstrated measurable progress towards gender parity when developing, producing, financing, and marketing their product. Learn more about the ReFrame Stamp and see if your film is eligible.


First Online with Fran, a podcast by NYWIFT member Frances McGarry, has posted a new episode. Put on your Super Hero Cape when you listen to Valerie David’s podcast: The Pink Hulk, a One-Woman Warrior’s survival story from cancer. But her show is NOT just about cancer; it is about conquering our fears, our anxieties, our despair during the pandemic and removing our metaphorical masks to voice the racial injustices of Black Lives Matter. Listen now.


 

Squeaky, a new performance featuring NYWIFT member Brooke Hoover, will stream virtually as part of the Hollywood Fringe. It is fall 2014, and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme has crashed the announced wedding of Charles Manson and his millennial bride. Through recollection and observation, Squeaky opines about the current state of affairs and the unavailable men in her life: Manson, Ford, and Daddy. Squeaky is written and directed by Brad Forenza and will be available to stream via Zoom on July 5 at 9pm EST. Learn more and register.


 

Get Vocal, a new documentary from NYWIFT member Kristina Teschner, is available to stream on YouTube. The documentary embeds the viewer with activists during a day of demonstrations in Albany, NY, as they fight to prevent Governor Cuomo and the State Senate from rolling back recently won and implemented bail reform. Watch the trailer. Teschner previously attended a bipartisan session with NYWIFT and She Should Run, which led to her creating video content for Tiffany Caban’s high-profile campaign for Queens District Attorney. Watch the film.


 

Zoo (Volkerschau), a short film from NYWIFT member & WIFV-DC Board Member Monda Raquel Webb, is available to watch on Vimeo. Zoo (Volkerschau) is about a day in the life of an African girl on display for the first time in an Human Zoo in Brussels, Belgium at the World’s Fair in 1958. Watch the film.


 

EVERY MOTHER’S SON, a film from NYWIFT member Tami Gold, is streaming at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The film profiles three women from very different walks of life who find themselves united to seek justice after their sons are unjustly killed by police. Their stories are tragic, but their courage is transformative. The film will be screened on TODAY June 25 with a panel discussion looking at the history of policing in America and structural racism to follow. This screening and panel is co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter. Learn more and register.


 

The Housesitters, a new short film directed by NYWIFT member Whitney St. Ours, is available to stream on the platform Alter. On their last day as hired house-sitters a young couple is visited unexpectedly by a stranger who exposes the lies between them. Watch the film.


 

Anim8Nature: Life Cycles, a short film from NYWIFT member Kristin Reiber Harris, is now available to stream on HERFLIX. The 9-minute documentary is a compilation of a series of animated life cycles Kristin developed with Seed Fund support from WIFV-DC. The film explores the life cycles of acorns, Monarch butterflies, jellyfish, lichens, fungus, 17-year cicada and dandelions. Watch the film.


 

The Homemade Sketch Show, a new digital sketch comedy series by NYWIFT member Shara Ashley Zeiger, is available to stream on YouTube. The series is an international collaboration featuring a new host and musical guest each week. New episodes will be posted every Friday at 6pm. Watch now.


 

Shanti Khana, a documentary from NYWIFT member Lauren Anders Brown, will stream as part of Global Health Film Classics. Food. Sleep. Shelter. Recovery. All seem equally important, and for a Rohingya woman with a family, all are out of her control and it’s overwhelming. Shanti Khana follows a day in the life of one woman, Minara, as she navigates the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in search for some normalcy and peace. The film will stream June 20, World Refugee Day. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Anders Brown, moderated by Laura Cook. Learn more and register.


 

First Online with Fran, a podcast from NYWIFT member Fran McGarry, has a new episode available to stream. So, what’s a young Muslim woman born in Saudi Arabia, raised as a US citizen in Mississippi, only to defy all the odds by moving to NYC to become a one-woman sensation in her highly- acclaimed show Dirty Paki Lingerie? Listen in to her airing an authentic assessment of how women, women of color, Muslim women break all the boundaries of what it means to be an American today. This episode features Aizzah Fatima. Learn more and listen.


 

Dust Nuggets, a feature film produced by NYWIFT member Sue Lange, is now available to stream through Prime Video. KK Colson is the manager for the Dust Nuggets band. She’s in a coma from a drug overdose and dreaming about how she took her band to the top. Now she must decide whether she wants to wake up and live or just stay dead. Watch the film.


 

A Social Cure, a documentary from NYWIFT member Meissa Hampton, is an official selection of the Vienna Independent Film Festival and is available to rent through Prime Video. The film is about overcoming the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS with the help of our social networks. Watch the film.


A Case of Blue, a film co-produced by NWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry, and executive-produced by Scott Rosenfelt (Producer of Home Alone) will be screening at the Lighthouse International Film Festival on Long Beach Island, NJ. The film is a love story between Richard (Stephen Schnetzer, Emmy-nominated daytime actor), Amelia (Annapurna Shriram) and Ellie (Tracy Shayne). Scott Rosenfelt will also be accepting an award for his lifetime of work in film. NYWIFT member Isabella Olaguera was 1st AD on the movie. Over 50% of the crew was female. The film will be shown in a drive-in format on June 17. The LIFF is one of the only in-person festivals that has been conducted during the pandemic. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

The first episode ofUnfiltered Reality Hosted by Chango, a new podcast produced by NYWIFT member Alixx Schottland, will stream Friday, June 12 at 4pm EST. Schottland will be interviewing Chango, a former inmate incarcerated at Dannemora in the late 1990s. Chango and Schottland have adapted his story into a feature film about the NYC crack wars, hip hop culture of the 1990s, police corruption, and the countless murders revolving around drug trade. The interview will be available to stream live through UrbanWorld and Instagram. Learn more.


 

Gabrielle, a short film from NYWIFT member Nicola Rose, is an official selection of the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher — and true friendship where she least expects it. It is a story about overcoming bullying, body image, friendship and knowing your worth. The film will screen as part of he Under a Girl’s Eye shorts block on  June 12. Purchase tickets.


 

The digital premiere for Queens, a new series from NYWIFT member Cindy Chu (creator & star), has been announced. The series is a brash comedy that follows the friendship of three Asian American Queens natives as they struggle to accept adulting isn’t what their immigrant parents taught them it’d be. The digital premiere will be held June 11, 8pm EST. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the cast. Purchase tickets.


 

Dust Nuggets, a feature film produced by NYWIFT member Sue Lange, is now available to stream through Prime Video. KK Colson is the manager for the Dust Nuggets band. She’s in a coma from a drug overdose and dreaming about how she took her band to the top. Now she must decide whether she wants to wake up and live or just stay dead. Watch the film.


 

A Social Cure, a documentary from NYWIFT member Meissa Hampton, is an official selection of the Vienna Independent Film Festival and is available to rent through Prime Video. The film is about overcoming the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS with the help of our social networks. Watch the film.


 

The digital premiere for Queens, a new series from NYWIFT member Cindy Chu (creator & star), has been announced. The series is a brash comedy that follows the friendship of three Asian American Queens natives as they struggle to accept adulting isn’t what their immigrant parents taught them it’d be. The digital premiere will be held June 11, 8pm EST. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the cast. Purchase tickets.


 

Gabrielle, a short film from NYWIFT member Nicola Rose, is an official selection of the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher — and true friendship where she least expects it. It is a story about overcoming bullying, body image, friendship and knowing your worth. The film will screen as part of he Under a Girl’s Eye shorts block on June 9 and June 12. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT Member Eve Austin will appear in two films screening at the Venus Italian International Film Festival. Confidant, directed by NYWIFT member Debra Markowitz, will screen June 6 in the 12pm block. Wink will screen June  7 in the 6pm block. The entire festival will be streamed digitally. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

 

Rosie, a new film produced by NYWIFT member Nicole Palermo, is now available to stream on Vimeo. The film tells the true story of a woman who desperately seeks an end to her suffering, but finds a friend in an unexpected stranger. Watch the film.


Because I Could, a new film from NYWIFT member Niki J. Borger, is now streaming on Vimeo. Set twenty years in the future, four adults confess their day-to-day climate sins and why they didn’t do things any better. Watch the film.


The Riant Theatre is having a Virtual Online Play Reading Party on Zoom of Family Inheritance by Anthony Fusco on Sunday, May 31st at 6:45pm EST (U.S. and Canada). To join the Zoom Event RSVP at JocundaFilmFestival@gmail.com. As a family tries to bond with their only son, he discovers an inheritance that was passed on to him at birth. Featuring member Marsha-Ann Hay at Patricia Warren. There will be a  talkback afterwards with the playwright and cast after the reading. Learn more


 

A short monologue from NYWIFT member Okema T. Moore has been chosen by the Billie Holiday Theatre to be read as a part of their 50in50 Series. The short scene, which was selected as part of the theatre’s special edition series about Love In the Time of Corona, will be read by one of their chosen cast of Broadway and Film Star actors. The monologue, titled Say Something, was inspired by the loss of Brooklyn’s own amazing activist, restaurateur, founder of the Nigerian Film Festival, and Moore’s uncle Jonathan Adewumito COVID-19. NYWIFT member Marsha-Ann Hay has a piece featured as well. The reading will be streamed via Facebook Live on May 28 at 8pm EST. Learn more.


 

CourtBuddy has published a blog post written by NYWIFT member Diane Bradshaw. How Will The Coronavirus Change The Way Lawyers Serve And Charge Clients? The post touches on issues like expansion of services,  turning crisis into an opportunity, and taking more time for pro bono cases. Diane Bradshaw is an attorney with Bradshaw Law Group P.C., a boutique firm in New York City handling general law with concentrations in entertainment law, intellectual property, and litigation. Read more.


 

NYWIFT member Piera Van de Wiel has released a new single, Used, to raise awareness around her fundraising initiative that has been endorsed by the United Nations Trust Fund to end violence against women. Van de Wiel’s aim is to raise $300,000 for women and girls who are victims of violence and abuse. During this time of Covid-19, domestic abuse cases have increased exponentially. Listen to the single on Spotify and donate.


 

 

 MARÍA, a short film written and directed by NYWIFT member Zoé Salicrup Junco, will screen at Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival as part of their virtual film festival LALIFF Connect 2020. Set against the devastation of a recent hurricane, a young woman’s mental health is pushed to the edge when she returns home to care for her suicidal father. Following the aftermath of Hurricane María, this short film shines a light on the mental health deterioration underserved communities, like Puerto Rico, endure after natural disasters. The screening, followed by a Q&A with the director, will be held on May 24 at 5pm PST/8 pm EST. Register in advance to watch the film. 


NYWIFT member Frances McGarry has launched First Online With Fran’s “There’s No Place Like Art” Podcast. Feeling trapped during the COVID-19 self-quarantine? Here’s a pair of Italian Sisters, Delphine and Carmela, cooking up concoctions that will soothe your soul. Listen to their hilarious spin of how the arts (and food) can cure what ails ya! Listen now.

 

 


 

NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar is an Executive Producer & Lead Actor, in Alone Apart. It was shot on location in Scotland, Atlanta, GA & Montclair, NJ. The NJ location crew, Pat Ceasar was the Asso. Director, Director of Photography, Set Designer & Hair-Make up & Props. Alone Apart has been accepted in 3 film festivals. It is an Arek Zasowski Film in association with Maegan Coker and Pat Ceasar. The film is ashort comedy about where you are during the quarantine.  


 

 
 

NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar is the Executive Producer, Set Designer, Associate Editor & Lead Actress in  CLEAN SHEETS which won Best Comedy Short at the Golden State Film Festival in March 2020. It is a comedy about a women’s obsession with doing laundry and this has her family very concerned. It has also screened at New Film Makers Film festival, NYC.


 

Inside Out, a new podcast from NYWIFT member Yhá Mourhia Wright is now available for listening. The podcast shines a light on the journey behind entrepreneurs, entertainers, and thought-leaders who are ready to keep it real about the ups and downs of their path. Inside Out is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, and more. Learn more and listen.


 

NYWIFT Member Sue Lange has taken advantage of downtime and created a web series of humorous Zoom interviews. It’s called Skip Intro and consists of interviews between words trying to sign up for unemployment benefits because they’ve been removed from the dictionary and their case worker down at the Agency. Words include: “retiring,” “Hodad,” etc. Watch now.


 

Casting Through COVID-19, a new episode of Stage Screen and In Between with HELEN, is now available to stream on YouTube. NYWIFT member Helen Proimos discusses the challenges of casting during a pandemic with casting director, producer and NYWIFT member Donna McKenna. Watch the discussion. Stage Screen and In Between In airs in Manhattan on Fridays at 4pm on MNN (Fios – Ch. 34, RCN – Ch.83, Spectrum – Ch. 56 & 1996) or through livestream at MNN.org.


NYWIFT member Janet Paxton Gardner is pleased to announce that public television stations across the United States will broadcast her award-winning documentary, Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries, over the next two years, beginning in May. The film reveals the continuing influence of Quakers on American social movements over the centuries. Visit the film’s site to find your local listing. The film will air in New York on May 26 at 11pm on NYC-TV (WNYE).


 

NYWIFT member Lisa Brigantino has released a new single entitled I Can’t Stay Anymore.  Lisa wrote, performed and recorded the song for the short film Dollhouseproduced by Broad Brothers Productions and also music supervised the film via her company Hidden Pond Productions.  The story follows a 1950s housewife living a scripted daily routine until she starts to see beyond the shadows on her cave walls.  The final version of the song was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brigantino’s husband, Thomas Millioto.  Filmmaker Kaelen Selbach-Broad says, “Lisa was able to capture my original intention and add to it in a way I didn’t even know I wanted, in an accommodating way.”  The song is available at all digital outlets and at Lisa Brigantino’s site.


Return to Calais, written by NYWIFT member Edith Goldenhar, is available to stream through the Black Maria Film Festival. In a time when everyone across the globe told to stay safe by “sheltering in place,” what about people fleeing conflict and danger, those without shelter or a place to call home? The story starts in May 1940 when Paulette Szafran became a teenage refugee, fleeing the Nazi invasion of Brussels. In 2018, her daughter Edith retraces that perilous journey to Calais to honor Madame Ducatel, the stranger who harbored Paulette during the bombings. Watch the film.


 

Epiphanywritten, directed and produced by women, is now available to stream. A self-proclaimed celebration of Greek culture, Epiphany takes a deep-dive look at one family’s journey from its heartbreaking flight from war-torn Cyprus to the struggles of two grown brothers trying to make a living in the dying sea sponge industry. Told through the perspective of Luka, a young woman trying to find her way in a world and with people she doesn’t always understand, Epiphany is a character-driven story of a fractured family and how they lean on their Greek heritage to find their way back to one another. Watch the film on Prime Video, iTunes,Google Play, or YouTube.


 

Feed the Freelancers, an initiative backed by F.E.E.L. (Film & Entertainment Emergency Logistics), is currently looking for both volunteers and people who need aid. The initiative’s team, led by NYWIFT member Isabella Olaguera, aims to use film industry labor and resources to distribute groceries to freelancers of all industries. Volunteer to deliver groceries or signup if you are in need of food.

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