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Love Happens, from NYWIFT member Liza Rafael, will be screening at the Queens World Film Festival. The film follows a journalist as she searches for answers in love when unseen forces control the men in her town. The screening will be held in-person June 27 at 4pm at the Queens Theatre and virtually on June 30 at 10pm ET. Learn more and purchase tickets.
A Crime on the Bayou, a new Civil Rights Era documentary from NYWIFT members Nancy Buirski and Susan Margolin, will screen in select theaters nationwide beginning Friday, June 18. The film is a poignant yet inspiring true story about allyship, justice and how groups of activists from disparate backgrounds worked together in the quest to dismantle institutional racism. The eye-opening doc begins in 1966 when Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers only to be arrested for assault. With the help of the young Jewish attorney Richard Sobol, he stands up to a racist legal system and takes his fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court… and wins! Find local showtimes.
Left Bank, from NYWIFT Members Jane Applegate (producer) and Lisa Reznik (co-writer and co-director), will be funded in part by Writers’ Tears whiskey. Left Bank is an innovative, hybrid documentary telling the untold story of the four remarkable feminists who supported James Joyce so he could write his banned, burned and censored books. The story of Nora Barnacle, Sylvia Beach, Harriet Weaver and Adrienne Monnier, will be told through scripted scenes, animation, interviews and archival footage. The film will be shot in Ireland, France and the U.S. and will be released in 2022 to celebrate the 100 year-anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Left Bank is currently being produced in Dublin, Paris and New York, where the project originated.
NYWIFT member Tammy Reese was recently interviewed for the online publication Shoutout Atlanta. Tammy discusses her experiences as a writer, journalist, and publicist. Read more.
NYWIFT member Svetlana Cemin has been interviewed by 123 Art Magazine. In the interview, Svetlana talks about her experiences as a writer, director, producer, and the founder of 610FILM, an art-house film production company. Read the article.
BRIC, the leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn and its EMMY winning network, BRIC TV is proud to announce its first late night talk show series, Hella Late! with Hollie Harper, premiering on June 8. Hella Late! is a Black woman led, late night comedic talk and variety show featuring sketches, naughty songs, woman-on-the-street interviews, celeb Q&A’s and unabashed #BlackBlerdJoy. Hollie Harper is the star, host, writer as well as the Co-Executive Producer of Hella Late!, she is also an amazing stand-up comedian, mom blogger for Medium and a co-host of the nationally trending Twitter Chat Blerd Dating. In a world where only a handful of Black women are hosting late night talk/variety shows, Hollie is one of the few that is bringing a fresh ‘grown folk’ approach to late night comedy. From the showrunner to the EP’s, the production team behind Hella Late! with Hollie Harper are all black creatives whose experience spans 30+ years. NYWIFT member Okema T. Moore is the showrunner and director. Watch the trailer.
before/during/after, from NYWIFT member Finnerty Steeves (Writer, Producer, Lead), is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. before/during/after is the story of Jennie Lonergan (Steeves), a middle-aged NYC theatre actress, who is forced to redefine herself when she catches her husband of 15 years having an affair. Anchored in a single day in Jennie’s life, the non-linear stor creatively interweaves past with present to spectacular effect. NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer was an executive producer on the film. Watch now.
NYWIFT member Beth Ann Dailey is hosting the upcoming summer group, BreakThrough: Creativity Coaching for Writers and Filmmakers. Beth began working with writers while in the TV Lit Department at the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles and recently became a certified coach. Beth’s approach is based on her training with Eric Maisel. She helps writers and filmmakers start and finish projects, submit their work, and set goals, including how to consistently prioritize and make time for their creative efforts. The group will run for eight Wednesdays, from June 16 – Aug 4 from 7pm – 8:15 pm. Learn more.
Script Magazine interviewed screenwriter and NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy about her writing process and award-winning scripts including Wonder Drug, now in the works with Rhino Films and producer Stephen Nemeth. Read more.
NYWIFT member Deborah C. Hoard‘s company, PhotoSynthesis Productions LLC, has won their 15th Telly Award for the film There’s Your Ready Girl – a documentary about Dorothy Cotton, a bold, highly effective and important civil rights leader, and the only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Executive Staff.
NYWIFT member Jordan Gosnell received best actress award in a comedy for Like Daughter, Like Mother at Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.
NYWIFT member Diane Bradshaw and Bradshaw Law Group P.C. are proud to announce the debut of The Reunion in the New York City Independent Film Festival. Ricky Reilly has his newfound spirituality shattered when he sees his childhood nemesis who put him in the hospital after a fight over a girl. When Ricky’s best friend Andy, an NYPD officer, returns from a trip overseas, he challenges Ricky to confront his nemesis at his upcoming high school reunion. At a time when what it means to be a man is being challenged, The Reunion is a story of a man-child, forced to face his greatest fear, in order to discover a new definition of manhood. BLG was honored to serve as Production Legal on this wonderful film about redemption, forgiveness, and love, which is greatly needed during this challenging time. The film will be screen on June 12 at The Producers Club Theatre. Learn more.
The Al Larvick Fund presents: Regional Films of Politics and Parody is streaming online. The series, curated by NYWIFT member Kirsten Larvick on behalf of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund, will be hosted by Anthology Film Archives. The series highlights 5 collections supported by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund’s grant program. The Fund’s mission is to support the conservation, digitization and sharing of analog home movies, regional and amateur films, and community footage. Due to the series’ popularity, Anthology has extended the series to run through June 8. Learn more.
NYWIFT members Jane Applegate and Lisa Reznik have launched a Kickstarter to support Left Bank. Left Bank is a hybrid documentary telling the untold story of four remarkable women who supported Irish author James Joyce so he could write his banned, burned and censored books. The film is being produced with an all-female crew based in Paris, Helsinki, Ireland and America. The campaign runs through June 9. Learn more about the film and donate.
Disability Humility, a podcast produced by NYWIFT member Cionin Lorenzo, is available to stream. The term “Disability Humility” refers to the act of learning about the experiences, history and politics of disability, recognizing that one’s knowledge and understanding of disability will always be partial, and that one should act in light of that fact. This podcast with the same name relates the most relevant information for listeners to become more conscious of the challenges faced by, and opportunities available to, the disability community. The latest episode is an in-depth, deeply impactful interview with Andy Arias – actor, documentary producer, and activist for disability, LGBTQ and BIPOC rights. Listen to the podcast on Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Deezer, or BuzzSprout.
The Artbreak Hotel, from NYWIFT member Gina Angelone, is available to stream on Vimeo. The Artbreak Hotel is a story of life, loss and art in a time of reawakening. It is a little art film about a little art hotel in the heart of New York City that maintains its ties to the many artists and travelers who have inhabited its spaces and left a haunting imprint upon its walls. Watch now.
Awakening, a video project directed by NYWIFT member Peilin Chou, is available to stream or download. In response to the rise in Asian violence across the country, the piece shines a light on Asian Americans, and celebrates the impact they have had on the world through storytelling and art. Awakening features an exciting line-up of prominent AAPI talent including Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, Margaret Cho, Daniel Dae Kim, Bowen Yang, and BD Wong, among many others. Watch the video.
The Conch Shell Int’l Film Fest will take place this weekend Filmocracy. The festival will be screening short films by artists from the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora including NYWIFT member Nadhege Ptah, Tanya Perez, Caleb Grandoit, Angela Mangus, Annabel Grace and more. The festival will also will feature panels led by moderators: NYWIFT member Lamonia Deanne Brown, Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, Rachel Osbourne, Sherando Ferril and more. The festival will run May 21-23. Learn more and purchase tickets.
Join The Gotham (formerly IFP) for their next Owning It Virtual Fireside Chat with Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, Shivani Rawat. Shivani, NYWIFT member and producer, will discuss the creation of her production and finance company, her recent expansion into distribution, how she supports women and non-binary filmmakers and how you as a filmmaker can look to produce, get financing and find distribution that will be get your story out to the world. Attendees walk away with a clear perspective of how production company experts like Shivani are looking to collaborate with filmmakers just like you. The event will be held May 27. Learn more and RSVP.
NYWIFT board member Casper S. Wong was recently interviewed by the Global Peace Film Festival where she spoke about her 20 year career in filmmaking. Casper is a filmmaker and activist whose film The Lulu Sessions previously screened at GPFF. Watch now.
Revolution Me Films is hosting Movie Night Featuring Films by Cynthia Silver, who is a NYWIFT member. Every month Revolution Me Films showcase independent films along with a Q&A between the audience and the filmmaker. This online event helps to raise funds for the new education program Revolution Me Media Lab, and the Revolution Me Film Festival. The next installment of the series will feature NYC-based stage & film director and acting teacher Cynthia Silver. Cynthia’s films have screened & won awards at the Revolution Me Film Festival. She will be showcasing her films followed with a Q&A. The event will take place May 15. Purchase tickets.
Good Egg, an upcoming feature film from NYWIFT member Nicole Gomez Fisher, has cast Bull star Yara Martinez in the lead role. Gomez Fisher is writing and directing the indie feature about a young couple desperate to start a family and eyeing an unconventional egg donor scenario. Read the full Hollywood Reporter announcement.
Emily @ the Edge of Chaos will be streaming on NYWIFT’s virtual cinema on Kino Marquee! Thanks to a rare brain tumor, comedian Emily Levine suddenly understands quantum physics and chaos theory and sets out to save humanity. Trenchant and hilarious commentary on politics, economics, the media, and contemporary culture combined with an honest and sometimes painful personal story result in laughter, tears and those aha moments that forever change the way you see the world. The film boasts a visual style as unique as its content. Interweaving Emily’s performance, filmed live, with 2D animations, special effects, and pop-up appearances by distinguished scientists, and animated characters including John Lithgow as Sir Isaac Newton, Lily Tomlin as Ayn Rand, Leonard Nimoy as Sigmund Freud, Richard Lewis as Aristotle and Matt Groening as Aldo Leopold.
Emily @ the Edge of Chaos is executive produced by former NYWIFT board member Thea Kerman, and directed by the late Wendy Apple. After Wendy’s death, Thea worked with Emily to complete the project, and proceeded to finish the film after Emily’s passing in 2019. Emily @ the Edge of Chaos opens May 7 in select theaters, digital and through NYWIFT’s virtual cinema on Kino Marquee.
One $8 ticket is good for a seven-day pass to see Emily @ the Edge of Chaos, and part of the proceeds support NYWIFT. Stream the film!
Lust Life Love, the feature film debut of NYWIFT member Stephanie Sellars (actor, writer, co-director, producer), will be available to purchase or rent beginning Sept 14. Focusing on emotional connectivity as well as pleasures of the flesh, Lust Life Love’s plot centers on the lifestyle clash between bisexual, sex blogger Veronica, unhappily married realtor, Daniel and their free-spirited lover Maya. The film previously premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Best Romance Feature award. Learn more and watch the trailer.
NYWIFT member and music supervisor Linnette Harrigan is proud to introduce The Elevate Your Music App. The app is very useful to indie filmmakers and producers providing affordable music tracks, artists, and composers, licensing tools, tips, contacts and so much more for film and TV production. The app, developed by Linnette & Team at Linnette Harrigan Media Inc is free to download for all NYWIFT members. Learn more. The Elevate Your Music App is also available for download in the Apple Store for iPhone /iPad and Google Play for Android.
NYWIFT member Julia Avramenko has written a resource manual How to Write a Travel Show Script and What to do if Things go Wrong. Julia is a script writer for the travel show Heads or Tails and has worked in 150 cities and 65 countries. Her goal as a travel writer is to make the audience see, feel and learn as much as possible and to inspire them to travel. The manual explains travel show structure, production stages, script planning, shooting and more. Read the full manual.
NYWIFT member Swati Srivastava and partner Mark Bartosik are featured in a new episode of the podcast Ruckus Avenue Radio. In honor of Earth Day, Swati and Mark were interviewed for the episode “Let’s Talk Climate Change” where they discuss the various facets of this challenging topic and what ordinary people can do to make a real impact. The episode is available to stream through Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Swati also co-wrote an open letter op-ed Letters to the Editor: Earth Day Open Letter to Mayors & CEOs for the online publication IndiaCurrents. The letter was written in response to a concern that things will go back to pre-Covid normal soon and why that should not be the aim. Read the letter.
NYWIFT member Joanna Rudolph has written an article 5 Tips for Rolling with the Punches as a Short Film Producer for NoFilmSchool.com. Joanna writes about her experience producing her recent short film Summer with Mrs. Von Mausch and shares producing tips she’s learned along the way. In addition to producing five short films, Joanna Rudolph is an executive producer of the indie feature film Burning Annie, which premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and is currently available to watch on TVOD platforms via Sundance Creative Distribution Initiative. She recently co-wrote a coming-of-age feature film titled Beachwood. Read now.
Big Little Sis, a documentary directed by NYWIFT member Jody Prusan, is now available to watch on YouTube. 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 now.
NYWIFT member Jess Costa will host a series of events in celebration of her feature film, Sleep Talking. The film tells the story of Maya, a 12-year-old protective sister, as she schemes to solve her family’s decades-old mystery, only to discover that her sister’s sleep talking may be more sinister than it seems –
Elixir Hour & Spellwork Speakeasy: Join Jess for Elixir Hour and congregate for the Spellwork Speakeasy to bond with fellow Sleep Talkers in a purpose-driven game night! Attendees will brew a Sleep Talking inspired cocktail (including a non-alcoholic version), and engage in a game to form genuine connections within the community. Order the kit of locally sourced ingredients and join May 7 at 7:30pm ET. Register.
A screening and discussion for There’s Your Ready Girl, a short documentary from NYWIFT member Deborah C. Hoard, is available to watch on YouTube. The 11 minute documentary tells the story of Dorothy Foreman Cotton – a bold, highly effective and important civil rights leader. Throughout her long life she organized, she spoke out, she challenged the status quo, she sang powerful freedom songs. Most importantly, she ran a Citizenship Eduction Program that moved thousands of people from a mindset of “victim” to that of a fully-engaged citizen in the Jim Crow south. She was the only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Executive Staff, yet her contributions have largely gone unrecognized. The documentary and conversation are available to watch through The History Center’s Youtube Channel. Watch now. The Dorothy Cotton Institute, an education and resource center honoring the civil rights pioneer is also accepting donations. Learn more and donate now.
Wanderer, an essay by NYWIFT member C.S. Hanson, has been featured in the online publication The Penmen Review. The narrative essay follows a woman in isolation, wandering through the rooms of her apartment. C.S. Hanson is a playwright with Off Broadway and regional credits whose plays have been published by Smith & Kraus and by Applause Theater & Cinema Books. She lives in New York City. Read now.
American Oz, a new documentary from NYWIFT member Tracy Heather Strain, is premiering on PBS. The documentary explores the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator of one of the most beloved, enduring and classic American narratives, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Featuring interviews with biographer Evan Schwartz, film historian Jeanine Basinger, Wicked author Gregory Maguire, and historian Philip Deloria, among many others, American Oz shows how L. Frank Baum wove together scraps and shards of his own experiences into an enduring work of the imagination. American Oz premieres April 19 at 9pm ET on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App. Learn more and watch.
The NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund is happy to announce a film they preserved by Sheila Paige, Women’s Happy Time Commune (1972), has been selected to screen as part of AMIA’s Annual Conference. The films will be excerpted and shown with an introduction by the filmmaker. The improvised comedy-western will screen April 14-15. Learn more and register.
The theatre podcast Unstaged will hold a reading of NYWIFT member Carolyn Balducci‘s adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Aristophanes’ play was performed in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Balducci’s adaptation premiered in 1991 at the University of Michigan and was included in the global peace initiative, The Lysistrata Project which involved hundreds of readings and performances of various versions of the play. In recent years several full productions and directed readings of the adaptation have been performed in the USA and Europe. The reading will be held TONIGHT April 15 at 8pm. Listen now.
The creators of the short film Aaron With 2 A’s are raising funds for production. The film follows, Aaron, an older actor who wants to attain his lifelong dream. The only problem in achieving that, is getting out of his own way without destroying everything. It is about how changing our attitude and looking at the world in a different way can move mountains. The crew features NYWIFT members Meghan Martin (line producer, wardrobe), Devi Morgan (supporting actor) and Louis Robert King (composer.) Donate now.
Shadow Man, a short film written and directed by NYWIFT member Roberta Pyzel, is available to stream on YouTube. The film puts a human face on the injustice in the U.S. “justice” system. Ricky, a small time hustler/drug dealer struggles to convince a Legal Aid attorney to appeal his inhumane mandatory sentence. NYWIFT member Blaga Ditrow (cinematographer) also worked on the film. Watch now.
No Place Like Home, the audiobook version of NYWIFT member Brooke Berman‘s 2010 memoir, is now available on Audible. The book covers the 39 apartments that Brooke lived in over 20 years while building a life in the theater in New York City. But don’t be fooled – this is not a book about real estate. NPLH is a funny and honest coming-of-age story that tackles the often mysterious economics of a life in the arts, a complex mother/daughter relationship and recovery from sexual assault. Listen now on Audible.
Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives: A Journey of Identity, a feature-length documentary co-directed by NYWIFT member Adriana Davis, is an official selection at the Miami Jewish Film Festival. This feature length documentary traces the miraculous discovery, restoration and uncertain fate of over 20,000 personal, cultural and religious items discovered in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters in 2003. Viewers will meet members of the Iraqi Jewish community as they literally come face to face with remnants of their cultural history, stripped from them as they escaped Iraq. The film will be available to stream April 15-29. Learn more and reserve tickets.
YoFiFest is now accepting film submissions. Now in its ninth year, YoFiFest was created for filmmakers by filmmakers. The festival brings together films, filmmakers and audiences from around the globe. NYWIFT member Patty Schumann is the Co-Founder and Festival Director. Learn more and submit.
My Post-Production World, a micro-film written by NYWIFT member C.S. Hanson, is available to stream on YouTube. The film was produced by Nomad Theatrical, a company creating theatrical and video productions where the actors move in a way that is meaningful to the story while speaking simultaneously. It is a further part of the aesthetic that the scenic elements metamorphose by the hands of the actors so that there is a physical corollary between the building of the story and the physical environment in which the story is being told. Watch now.
Scriptation will host the FREE webinar Master Your Prep: Cinematographers Share Their Tips for Going Digital. The webinar, moderated by NYWIFT member Jendra Jarnagin, will take place April 10 at 4pm ET (1pm PT.) Learn how to master prep with top cinematographers Adam Bricker (Chef’s Table, Brockmire), Jendra Jarnagin (Entangled, The Sixth Reel), Byron Werner (Phantom, The Last Full Measure), and Gonzalo Amat (The Man In The High Castle, Fargo) as they discuss how Scriptation can save you hours of valuable production time, help you stay organized, and make collaboration with your crew effortless. Register to gain insight into their process and ask questions about their digital workflows. Register.
NYWIFT member Avra Fox-Lerner has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her short film, Research. Research is the story of two writers, Jimmy and Theo. It is the story of an all night bender. It is the story of a mentor and mentee. But most of all it is a story about falling out of love, about the moment when you realize someone you idealized is not the person you hoped they were and that it might be time to move on. Learn more and donate.
Don’t Blink – Robert Frank, a film from NYWIFT member Laura Israel, is now available to watch on Criterion Channel. The life and work of Robert Frank—the legendary photographer behind the landmark book The Americans and director of films like the Beat classic Pull My Daisy and the infamous Rolling Stones documentary Cocksucker Blues—are so intertwined that they are practically one and the same. Directed by Frank’s longtime friend and editor Laura Israel, Don’t Blink is a lively and revealing journey into the images and words of this iconoclastic artist, a Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way and continued to stand on ground of his own making well into his nineties. Watch now.
Love, a short film from NYWIFT member Andrea Ashton will play this week at the Oxford Film Festival. In this narrative art film bringing a modern poem to life, a series of touching vignettes show two women falling in and out of love – but not in any traditional way you’ve seen before. Their story is told in reverse chronology and was physically performed in reverse, as well, although then flipped forward in the edit so their movement feels slightly “off,” kind of like how love can make you feel. The film will stream TONIGHT, March 25 at 7pm ET. Purchase tickets.
NYWIFT member Jess Costa will host a series of events in celebration of her feature film, Sleep Talking. The film tells the story of Maya, a 12-year-old protective sister, as she schemes to solve her family’s decades-old mystery, only to discover that her sister’s sleep talking may be more sinister than it seems. Join Jess on for Psychology After Dark IG Live; Psychology After Dark will join Jess on Instagram to unpack the multi-layered psychological elements of the film. Dr. Jessica Micono and Dr. David Morelos will break down Maya’s mother’s obsessive tendencies after her childhood trauma and will talk about the effects on her family’s lives. Tune in April 6 at 8pm ET on Instagram. Learn more.
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 April 14 – June 2. Learn more and register.
NYWIFT member Sarah Mack has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her film, Death at a Suicide. Seemingly perfect Claire is in the middle of killing herself when her dementia-riddled neighbor and his son show up with a crisis of their own. Incapable of being impolite, Claire invites them in, but when they won’t leave, she’s faced with the impossible task of hosting guests…while committing suicide. Donate now.
NYWIFT member Kerri Lynn Miller has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her feature film, Awaken Her. The film is a female driven, surreal, psychological thriller set in the plastic surgery world. A woman who is psychologically damaged at a young age hides her pain behind plastic surgery, as an internal battle rages she loses her grip on reality and heads down a dangerous path of revenge to right the wrongs of her past. Donate now.
The latest episode of Now, Let’s Talk! The Podcast is streaming. This week’s episode, “Shooting a Documentary During the Covid Pandemic” spotlights entertainment attorney and NYWIFT former board member Laverne Berry. She discusses the challenges of filmmaking during the pandemic and how some documentarians have come up with innovative solutions to get their projects done. The podcast comes from NYWIFT former board member Vanessa Cordova-Corwin, (Executive Producer) and NYWIFT member Kathleen Kaan (Producer.) Listen now.
Back Walking Forward, a documentary from NYWIFT member Kavery Kaul, will screen online at Maysles Documentary Center. Kavery’s film chronicles a family’s search for a new normal following their son’s traumatic brain injury, putting a human face to a global public health crisis. This year marks the film’s 10-year anniversary and is being re-visited during Brain Injury Awareness Month. The film will be available to stream March 22 – April 5. A live zoom conversation with Kavery and Crip Camp filmmakers, Jim Lebrecht ad Nicole Newnham will take place March 26. Learn more and register.
Making The Day, a new feature film starring NYWIFT member Juliette Bennett, is premiering at Cinequest 2021. The film is about a has-been character actor who attempts to complete a movie honoring his deceased wife, when divine intervention leads him to a free-spirited actress who might just be his perfect leading lady. Juliette says,“ Making The Day is comedy with a lot of heart and it captures the challenges of making an independent film. I play a strong woman determined to follow her dreams. The film appeals to anyone who loves Italian food, New York City, and Cassavetes.” The festival will run March 20-30. Learn more and purchase tickets.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund is partnering with HERFLIX to stream the silent film program Trailblazers of Early Cinema. The program will feature the groundbreaking work of early women filmmakers Grace Cunard, Alice Guy-Blaché, Angela Murray Gibson and Lois Weber. The program will also include a special Q&A moderated by WFPF’s Founder Barbara Moss with guest panelists Kim Tomadjoglou and Buckey Grimm. The films will be available to stream beginning March 19. Learn more about the WFPF and register to watch.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence, The Hellenic Film Society (HFS) will host A Celebration of Greek History Through Film. The program will feature seven films and one original Netflix episode, all inspired by Greek history – from the Persian Wars to the present. Each presentation will be accompanied by conversations with filmmakers to provide historical context and insights about the making of the film. Among the presentations is Beneath the Olive Tree, an award-winning documentary about female political exiles during the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s. A conversation with the film’s writer and director, NYWIFT member Stavroula Toska, will follow the screening. The conversation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Maria Miles. The program will stream worldwide Mar 19-28. Learn more and purchase tickets.
My Name Is Pedro, a documentary from NYWIFT member Lillian LaSalle is now streaming on multiple platforms. The documentary, which is also a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project, is an essential and timely reminder of the importance of great educators that exist within the infrastructure of our country’s public education system. The film explores the seemingly impossible journey of South Bronx Latino educator and maverick, Pedro Santana, a former “special ed” student, whose mantra is – every kid can learn despite their circumstances. A New York Times profile of his “Out Of The Box” teaching techniques, thrusts him into the spotlight. Learn more.
Lilly, is set to move into production with Patricia Clarkson cast as lead Lilly Ledbetter. The upcoming indie feature will be spearheaded by NYWIFT member Rachel Feldman (Director, Co-Writer) and NYWIFT Advisory Board President Simone Pero (Executive Producer.) The film was the 2016 recipient of the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant.
NYWIFT member Kristin Samuelson (Co-Producer) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the upcoming film, The Envy of Satan. When two wealthy eccentric sisters seek a filmmaker to make a fetish parody video for a birthday gift, they hire a filmmaker notorious on the dark web for his torture “snuff” films that may (or may not) be actual human sacrifices in satanic rituals. The film is female produced with female actors. A clever horror story with humor interwoven, it’s a true diversion from our real life problems. Donate now.
Tickets are available for the 2021 SR Socially Relevant Film Festival. The festival focuses on socially relevant film content, and human interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and offer positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, and the human condition as a whole, it is possible to create a better world free of violence, hate, and crime. NYWIFT member Nora Armani is Founding Artistic Director for SR Socially Relevant Film Festival. The festival will run March 15-21. Learn more and purchase tickets.
Third World Newsreel & Documentary is holding a screening of The Woman’s Film (1970). Produced collectively by women, The Woman’s Film documentary is a valuable historical document of the origins of the modern women’s movement in the United States. The film delves into the lives of ordinary women from different races, educational levels and class. The screening will be hosted by filmmaker and NYWIFT member JT Takagi on Mar 9 at 6:30PM ET. The Woman’s Film was preserved by the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund. Learn more and register.
Love Happens, a film from NYWIFT member Liza Rafael, will be screening online at The Indie Gathering Film Festival. A journalist battles unknown forces that have taken over her town, causing everyone to become obsessed with finding, and becoming, her one true love. One ticket grants access to all the films and events taking place during the festival, and the deadline to purchase tickets is March 8. The film will be available to stream Mar 12-14. Purchase tickets.
NYWIFT member Tyler A. Chase invites you to see her feature documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn – King Arthur, with Golden Globe Award winner Brian Cox as the Narrator. The film is an Official Selection of the Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival. The Festival is sponsored by the United Nations US Women, Gulf Coast Chapter and proceeds of the festival go to the support of women in peril throughout the world. The film will be available to stream March 5-8. Purchase tickets.
Zitkala-Sa, an animated short from NYWIFT board member Yvonne Russo, is 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. Google recently honored Zitkala-Sa by featuring an illustration of her on their homepage.
The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival in Ridgewood, NJ will run virtually this year. The festival will feature a curated selection of interesting, new and impactful new films with content ranging from dramas, comedies, student films, music videos, international flicks, and more! NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry produced two films appearing in the festival: A Case of Blue and The Six. The festival will run Feb 27-March 3. Learn more.
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 Fest. Lust 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 Fest. Lust 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 31. Download 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.