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.

NYWIFT members, do you have an upcoming screening, event, campaign or other news to share? Tell us! Contact communications@nywift.org.

 

NYWIFT member Taylor Coriell (Writer, Director) is seeking funds to begin production for her first feature film, Ladylike. Ladylike is a post-Gilded Age buddy comedy about two young society women who disguise themselves as men to sneak into the Players Club to meet their hero, Sarah Bernhardt, on her 1911 visit to New York City. Taylor previously shot a proof-of-concept that will be released mid-November, where all of the department heads were women. The deadline to donate is Dec 9. Learn more and donate.


 

The well-known, hilarious musical-comedy sister duo, Vickie & Nickie, are back this holiday season. STILL Home for the Holidays with Vickie & Nickie, starring NYWIFT member Lisa Brigantino and her sister Lori, will livestream on Facebook. During this celebration of the 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 Dec 12 at 4pm EST. Learn more and watch.


 

A Conversation with Svetlana Cemin, the Award Winning Director of  ‘Saint Clair Cemin, Psyche is available to read in RomaCinephile Magazine. The piece is a conversation with NYWIFT member Svetlana Cemin as she speaks about her beginnings in the film industry, her artistic inspirations, the changing landscape of media, and more. Read more.


 

NYWIFT member Taylor Coriell (Writer, Director) is seeking funds to begin production for her first feature film, Ladylike. Ladylike is a post-Gilded Age buddy comedy about two young society women who disguise themselves as men to sneak into the Players Club to meet their hero, Sarah Bernhardt, on her 1911 visit to New York City. Taylor previously shot a proof-of-concept that will be released mid-November, where all of the department heads were women. The deadline to donate is Dec 9. Learn more and donate.


 

The MAMAlogues, featuring NYWIFT member Marsha-Ann Hay, is currently running at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica, Queens. MAMAlogues portrays the experience of parenting while Black, unmarried, and middle class in the age of anxiety. During a single mothers’ retreat, three women share their angst about racial profiling on the playground, their child being the “only one” at their school, and the politics of soccer in the hood. The satirical comedy follows the agonies and joys of motherhood as these moms lean in, stress out and guide precious black children from diapers to college in a dangerous world. The show will run Nov 11-20. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Green Juice, a new short film will have it’s premiere screening at Easy Lover in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Green Juice is a short psycho-thriller directed by Eileen Hanley and Emily Dayton Evans. NYWIFT member Erin Tomkins is the composer for the film. The screening will be held Nov 12. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Saint Clair Cemin, Psyche, a film by NYWIFT member Svetlana Cemin, is streaming as part of Cinejoy Festival. The feature documentary is a deep reflection on a legendary sculptor’s journey to make one marble boat, starring Saint Clair Cemin. The film will be available to stream Nov 4-14. Learn more and watch now.


 

NYWIFT member Gaia Visnar has teamed up with Transforma Theatre to present Science In Theatre Festival. The festival is a 3-day event that pairs artists and playwrights with scientists, combining theatre with new technologies. It’s an opportunity for the community to learn together and discuss how new technology can be applied to the post-COVID arts world.  In addition to the daily immersive science exhibitions, 3 science-based plays will be performed in the evenings. Gaia Visnar is performing in the playEden on Nov 14. Learn more and purchase tickets


Around the Sun, a new podcast from NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry(Co-Producer/PR), is available to stream. The episodic podcast, which was recently featured in Variety,  is available through the Broadway Podcast Network and new episodes will drop until Thanksgiving. The podcast features the voices of Marsha Mason, Sally Struthers, BD Wong, Alysia Reiner, RHONJ Dolores Catania, Maureen Van Zandt, Vincent Pastore, Lilli Cooper, Veanne Cox and many more from stage and screen. Each episode tackles a social issue with warmth, humor and insight. Learn more.


 

 

From Script to PreProduction, produced by NYWIFT member Elizabeth Page, is accepting applications for its Online Development Lab. You’ve made shorts. You’ve written a script. What’s stopping you from making your first feature?  For most filmmakers, it’s the mountain of stuff you need to create before the industry will take you seriously. At From Script to PreProduction participants will develop all the elements they need to move forward – loglines, synopses, pitches, lookbooks, reels, websites, schedules, budgets and pitch decks. At the end of the lab, participants will be ready to go out and get partners and financing. The deadline to apply is Nov 12. Learn more and apply.


 

Neoyorquinos, a Spotify original podcast in Spanish, is the result of the collective effort and perseverance of five Latinx/Latin Americans. The executive producers, Carol Colmenares and Mariella Perez-Perez are proud NYWIFT members. “We had the opportunity to meet with several industry representatives, and Spotify’s curiosity was piqued” said Carol Colmenares, EP for Neoyorquinos. The podcast invites the audience to rediscover New York through the eyes of Latin American artists. Mariza Bafile’s writing evokes a poem, a love letter to New York where artists find meaning and inspiration. Directed by Flavia Romani, the soundscape of the city, the vibe and hustle is brought to life. Adding Estefania Giraldo’s melodious voice and the heartfelt stories of the featured artists, listeners will be transported to Williamsburg Beach or Bryant Park or perhaps they’ll recognize the characteristic sounds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “We are moved by a desire and a commitment to produce a quality podcast that anyone with an affinity to New York, can enjoy” said Mariella Perez-Perez Co-Executive Producer of Neoyorquinos. Neoyorquinos is produced by Viceversa Magazine and Timeline Digital. Listen for free on Spotify.


 

Sunken Roads, a documentary from NYWIFT member Charlotte Juergens, will  premiere theatrically in NYC! Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day tells a story of inter-generational friendship, offering a new perspective on D-Day by presenting the memories of 90-year-old men through the eyes of a 20-year-old woman. The film follows Charlotte, a young woman who joins eight D-Day veterans on a road trip to retrace their steps from World War II. The veterans come to see Charlotte as a granddaughter, trusting her with their stories and confronting the trauma that still haunts them 70 years after the war. All NYC screenings will be held at Cinema Village from Nov 5-11, with Q&As to follow on most days. Learn more and find showtimes.


Priscilla “Sally” Mattison, Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., presented an entertainment lawyer’s point of view on “The Role of Lawyers in Promoting Sustainability and Addressing Climate Change:  A U.S. Perspective”, an online panel hosted by the Rotary Club of Ara Damansara (Malaysia). 


 

WannaBee from A to Z, a new children’s book produced by NYWIFT member Valerie Light, is now available for purchase on Amazon. The book that’s getting a lot of buzz! Children will “Bee” delighted with WannaBeez from A to Z as they learn the alphabet while exploring all the possible choices they might “WannaBee” when they grow up, through rhyming verse and entertaining images. Learn more and purchase the book.


 

Wind Riders, a documentary from NYWIFT member Emi Katayama, is available for streaming and on-demand. The documentary tells the poignant and inspiring stories of three American balloonists: a gas balloon team of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis who cross continents and oceans in an epic and high-risk quest to defend their world title, and Bill Hughees, a masterful hot-air balloonist whose passion transcends generations with his iconic seagull-embossed balloon. Wind Riders was recently featured in KOAT/ABC’s special segment for the Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon festival in the world. Learn more and watch now


NYWIFT member Kate Forsatz has launched the new podcast One Oh! One. The podcast is aimed at young women who are interested in pursuing careers in Film and Television. The hosts interview industry pros, ask them the questions their listeners want to know and get honest answers. How did you get started?  What are your daily responsibilities?  How much do you make?  What do you love about your job?  What needs to change? The podcast was created as a resource for young women to learn about all of the opportunities in the media industry. Learn more and listen.


 

Princess Dahlia, a short film written and directed by NYWIFT member Brigette ReDavid, is an official selection at Hunter Mountain Film Festival. In the modern day fairy-tale, Princess Dahlia leads the Dhaleanders from a world of consumerism and social media to a long-forgotten place. Only two hours away from NYC, Hunter Mountain is the perfect festival destination bringing in many industry representatives to network with over three days. The film will be available stream from Oct 22-24Learn more.


Lust Life Love, a narrative feature film written, produced, and co-directed by NYWIFT member Stephanie Sellars, is now available to stream on all major on-demand platforms. When a bisexual, polyamorous sex blogger falls madly in love with a monogamous man, she comes face to face with the frightening truth about herself. Sellars starred in the film alongside Jake Choi. Prior to distribution, Lust Life Love screened at five film festivals including Berlin Independent Film Festival (Best Romance Feature), Queens World Film Festival (Best LGBTQ Feature), and FilmOut San Diego LGBTQ Film Festival (Freedom Award). Learn more.


Between Two Worlds, a short documentary directed by NYWIFT member Jax Weiner, is an official selection of the Boston Asian American Film Festival. Immigrants from Pakistan and India along with NYC’s South Asian diaspora team up to form the dance troupe Junoon Performing Arts, merging Bollywood and Contemporary dance styles to celebrate their heritage while addressing social issues including terrorism, homophobia and domestic violence. The film features editing by NYWIFT member Jessica Weiner, was shot by NYWIFT member Jennifer Cox and co-produced by NYWIFT member Rabia Sultana. The film is part of a shorts program called Vespertine. It will be available to stream in the U.S. from Oct 21-31. Learn more and purchase tickets.


The Della Morte Sisters, produced by and starring NYWIFT member Judith Anna Di Donato, is an official selection of The Chelsea Film Festival. A recent death in the family brings three sisters together where they discover a shared dark past that changes everything they thought they knew about each other and their family.  The film also features the stellar editing of NYWIFT member Meagan Costello. The film will screen virtually from Oct 14-17Learn more and purchase tickets.


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 Cindy Chu is raising funds for her short film Bayard StreetBayard Street is an immigrant love story set in 1980’s NYC about an Asian couple chasing their American dreams while working menial jobs to survive. This story reflects the lives of Chinese restaurant workers who’ve been greatly affected by the pandemic, and is a proof of concept for a feature film. The deadline to donate is Oct 20. Learn more and donate.


 

NYWIFT member Mirta Desir (writer, director) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the film After. After is a dramatic heart-warming story of hope, family and the determination to be with the people we love in spite of impossible odds. Christina, a precocious 8-year-old, and her father, Alex, an “illegal” Haitian-Cuban immigrant are not only father and daughter but business partners, if you hear Christina tell it. Both Christina’s and Alex’s livelihood revolve around food delivery gigs. However, things go left fast when Alex loses their phone – and with it their tenuous ability to make money and connect with Victoria, Christina’s mother. Based on multiple true stories, this short examines the personal cost of trying to be with the people you love as well as the impact of immigration policies on families and the individual. The deadline to donate is Oct 15. Learn more and donate.


NYWIFT member Kimberly Singleton has launched a podcast version of her television show Consider It Blacklit. This show highlights films, television programs and stage plays featuring African Americans up front and behind the scenes. The podcast also discusses social issues related to these programs and how they impact our communities. Singleton interviews directors, writers, producers, actors, content creators, arts organization leaders and overall film/television/stage enthusiasts. The podcast is available on Brooklyn Free Speech Radio, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend. New episodes are uploaded every Monday. Learn more and listen.


A new episode of the podcast First Online with Fran, hosted by NYWFIT member Fran McGarry, is now streaming. This week’s episode features actor, writer, creative coach and NYWIFT member Yiqing Zhao. The two talk about Yiqing’s philosophical approach to creative-coaching, and the benefits of NYWIFT communtiy and resources. Listen now and subscribe. If you would like to be interviewed for the podcast, contact Fran.


New Hotties, a Nike commercial starring Megan Thee Stallion and featuring NYWIFT member Chris Dixon, is now streaming. The new promotional clip shows “Thee Hot Girl Coach” redefining what athleticism means while sporting footwear and apparel from the brand. After trying her hand at everything from basketball to track & field in the clip, Meg goes on to explain how long rehearsals and dance-move-packed performances are just as full of action and adrenaline as any sport. (Chris Dixon can be seen in the glasses and white sweater!) Watch now.


The first season of the web-series Scratch This will screen at Angelika Film Center Oct 7 at 6:30pm ET. Created by and starring NYWIFT Members Laura Dowling Shea and Jessica Alexandra Green, the series is the story of three self-centered sisters whose inability to overcome their sibling rivalry results in riotous physical comedy. Described as Bridesmaids meets Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Learn more and RSVP.


 

What Breaks The Ice to be released in theaters and on-demand. Two girls, from different worlds, form a deep and unlikely friendship in the sweltering summer heat of 1998. Their fun and carefree days quickly turn cold as they find themselves at the center of a mysterious murder. What Breaks The Ice is a Goldcrest Films production; NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan is Head of Production. Watch the trailer. The film will be released in theaters and on demand on Oct 1. Watch the film on Apple TV+.


 

NYWIFT member Beth Ann Dailey is hosting the fall 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 six Wednesdays, from Oct 20-Dec 1, 7pm-8:15pm. Learn more.


 

MicroMania Film Fest is hosting the virtual webinar Micro-Grant Writing Workshop. Join filmmaker, film educator and SPC board member and grant winner, Dorothea Braemer as she shares a brief over view to the grant writing process for your next film project. The event will be held Sept 25 at 11am ET. Learn more and register. Member Lukia Costello is the festival founder. 

 


 

Ibero American Film Festival Miami is accepting applications for their Global 48-Hour Mobile Shorts Film Project. As a global competition, IAFFM aims to elevate and demonstrate the impact of Hispanic, Latino culture, from the Americas to Spain to Portugal, throughout the world. The 48-Hour Contest is an opportunity to mix creativity and inclusion with a storytelling platform that provides the most significant accessibility through mobile phones. Film contestants will have 48-hours to write, shoot and edit their short films that can be up to 8 minutes in duration with a theme related to Ibero-America. 

IAFFM has partnered with LumaTouch, creators of LumaFusion, the leading professional editing software for mobile applications for this Contest. Prizes will be awarded to filmmakers who start and finish their film on a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, or another smartphone or tablet is applicable as well). The competition and festival is Executive Produced by NYWIFT member Giovanna Aguilar. The deadline to apply is Oct 20. Learn more and sign up. On the signup form applicants should include that they were referred by NYWIFT member Giovanna Aguilar.


 

In The Moon’s Shadow is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. The comedic drama tells the story of two estranged sisters who, amid tragedy, unlock the truth to family secrets on a self-reflecting journey to see the great American eclipse. The film was made by NYWIFT members Debra Lord Cooke (actor, co-producer), Elissa Piszel (actor, co-producer), and Tom Kesolits (co-producer.) In The Moon’s Shadow is a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project. Learn more and watch now.


 

Like Daughter, Like Mother, written by and starring NYWIFT member Devi Morgan, will screen at the Festival of Cinema NYC. A widowed mother and her single daughter navigate the world of online dating together. What could possibly go wrong? The film also features NYWIFT members Jordan Gosnell (actor), Meghan Martin (line producer & actor), and Louis Robert King (composer). The film will screen on Sept 27 in the 6pm comedy block. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Lullaby to Love, a short film from NYWIFT member Gabrielle Lansner, will screen at the Golden Door International Film Festival. Past, present, and future collide when two ex-lovers meet.  Will their memories and expectations reignite their love? The film stars Norma Kuhling (Chicago Med, S.W.A.T.) and Eric D. Hill. The film will screen Sept 24 at The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater in Jersey City. Learn more.


 

Killian and the Comeback Kids, Executive Produced by NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry will screen in select theaters in NY and LA. Killian & the Comeback Kids is the story of a young mixed race musician forced to return to his rural hometown after an expensive college degree. A chance encounter with a childhood acquaintance gives the summer new direction.Together they throw together a rag-tag band of other struggling locals for one shot to play a music festival coming to their once prosperous steel town. A special screening and Q&A will be held at AMC Empire Times Square on Sept 17Learn more.

 


 

NYWIFT member Allison Geller is hosting the “fun-raiser” event Home at Night Night Out in support of her short film Home at Night. The event will include food, drink, mingling and an art auction with original work by female artists. Home at Night is a short thriller exploring gender and power in online dating. Who takes the risk, and who wields the power? When is it worth giving someone the so-called benefit of the doubt? Is rejection really the worst thing one can suffer? As often happens when we venture to put ourselves out there, it will not end the way we foresee. In addition to Geller, NYWIFT member Autumn Moran was the Director of Photography for the film. The event will be held on Sept 23 at WeWork in Long Island City. Learn more and purchase tickets and learn more about the film.


 

Join diamond for the webinar The Rapid Expansion of Audio Described Content Providers and Subscribers. Due to the unwavering high demand from low vision and blind communities, the evolution of media accessibility has never been as progressive and readily available to all audiences as it is today. Digital media, television, cinema, gaming, performing arts, museums, cultural & recreational destinations are instrumental in engaging inclusive and collective experiences for every person. Join the September webinar to hear from experts on the importance and benefits of audio described content. The webinar will feature NYWIFT member Michele Spitz. The event will take place Sept 21 at 1:30pm ET (10:30am PT.) Learn more and register.


 

NYWIFT member Ann P Meredith will present a reading of her award-winning theatrical stage play SPECIALMeredith will direct Maria Farrow, Thomas Morris, Robert Galinsky, Laura L Jones, Juan Cardenas, Veronica Gilligan, Patti Goettlicher and Aran Savory in a scripted reading of her award-winning play titled SPECIAL which is also an acclaimed motion picture feature film project. The reading will take place Sept 23 at 7pm ET at Theatre Row Building for The Arts NY (410 West 42nd Street.) Email specialfilm@gmail.com to RSVP. Reservations, completed vaccination proof and masks are required to attend.


 

Scenes From a Marriage, Executive Produced by NYWIFT member M. Blair Breard, will premiere on HBO. The limited series, starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, is an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish TV miniseries about a marriage falling apart. The series recently screened at the Venice Film Festival. The series will premiere on HBO on Sept 12. Learn more.


 

Connecticut filmmaker, author and American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador and NYWIFT member Crystal Emery has recently filmed a national television appearance on CBS’s Mission Unstoppable. Emery, who is also triumphing over quadriplegia and two serious diseases, filmed a virtual conversation with actor turned director Salli Richardson-Whitfield and director-producer Lisa Cortés. Watch the conversation. Emery’s film The Deadliest Disease in America, which features commentary by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy and other key figures, calls out the long history of racism in American medicine and how it is still at play today. It opens on Sept 10 at Cinema Village in NYC.


 

Show&Tell will host the webinar Filmmaking on Your Terms, featuring NYWIFT member Joanna James. Get your film made, don’t wait for permission! Filmmakers can’t rely on gatekeepers or industry connections to fund or green light their films. Luckily, there are other ways. This powerful and candid conversation from the perspective of a film funder and filmmakers will cover: balancing fundraising & storytelling, building momentum for your film beginning with conception, and growing your audience & career opportunities. The webinar will be held Sept 9 at 4pm ET (1 pm PT.) Learn more and RSVP.


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 Fran McGarry recently appeared  on The Jim Masters Show Live on YouTube. In this episode, Fran discusses her long career as an actress, arts advocate and teacher. Fran has also directed and done voiceover work, acting credits include regional theatre and assorted roles in television, film, and commercials. Watch now.


In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the filmmakers of 9/12: From Chaos to Community will hold a special streaming event. Twenty years ago, in the wake of the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life felt compelled to overcome their sense of powerlessness by volunteering to help out in the recovery effort. They brought in supplies, set up relief stations, and for ten months fed and cared for the recovery workers. Many deep and unexpected — even unlikely — relationships developed out of this. The film, a 60-minute character-driven documentary, is a vibrant, moving, sometimes funny, sometimes painful portrayal of hope and healing in the wake of disaster. The film crew includes NYWIFT Members Susanna Styron (director), Jacki Ochs (producer), Wendy Blackstone (composer), Margaret Crimmins (sound editor), and Laure Sullivan (editor.) The film will be available to stream Sept 9-13. Learn more and register.


 

Alpha Rift, starring NYWIFT member Rachel Nielsen, will premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles as part of the 24th Dances with Films Festival. Alpha Rift is an epic action-adventure film about Nolan, an avid table top gamer and reluctant hero who finds himself thrust into a world of modern-day knights fighting supernatural evil and is forced to become the hero he was destined to be. The Dances with Films Festival is a Top 10 North American Film Festival widely recognized for its innovative cinema. The film will screen Aug 31. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Gem and the Photo Op, a film from NYWIFT member Debra Markowitz, is an official selection at the Chain Film Festival. Having written the script of a story conceived by her husband and business partner, John Marean, Gem and the Photo Op is about an internet superstar who believes a camera is watching her in her home. Her pleas with her indifferent and hostile husband escalate the fantasy into a dangerous reality. The film will screen Aug 28 at the Chain Theatre Mainstage. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

MicroMania Film Festival 2021 will host a number of virtual donation-based workshop opportunities. MicroMania Film Festival & MicroMania Channel are nonprofit projects created to support independent voices in film by celebrating the skill and artistry of micro-short films (up to 5 minutes long before credits). Upcoming workshops include: Remote Mentoring, Docs in Development, Video Editing Basics, Color Grading Basics, and Micro-Grant Writing. The festival will run Sept 4 – 25. Learn more about the festival.


 

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, produced by NYWIFT members Jane Klain and Jamie deRoy, will air on PBS Aug 19 at 8pm ETBroadway: Beyond the Golden Age features a galaxy of stars including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, André De Shields, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen and many more. The film explores the world of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s as recounted by a diverse cast of Broadway stars who lived through it, creating a first-hand archive of personal backstage stories and memories. Learn more.


 

The 2nd Annual MOM Film Fest will take place online. MOM Film Fest, run by NYWIFT member Tonya McCornell, is a nonprofit organization that serves as a career development and advocacy resource for moms working in film and television. Their annual film festival amplifies content made by moms and this year’s lineup includes 67 short films and series – 57 of which were directed by moms. The festival, live panels, and an industry mixer will all take place online Aug 20-23. Learn more.


 

Love Happens, a short film from NYWIFT member Liza Rafael, will stream as part of the Detroit Trinity International Film Festival. The film follows a journalist as she searches for answers in love when unseen forces control the men in her town. Tickets are $5 (or pay what you can) and the film is accessible for 26 hours after start time with 24 hours to finish the film once it starts playing. The film will be available to stream on Aug 21 at 7pm ETLearn more.


 

Two films from NYWIFT member Debra Markowitz (writer, director, producer) will screen at The 2021 NYC Chain Film Festival:

Confidant – A mother confronts her son, a down-on-his-luck stunt man with a broken marriage, to help him move forward with his life. The film stars NYWIFT member Eve AustinThe Waiting Room – a woman waiting for her husband to arrive in heaven, is surprised when he shows up with his second wife. The film stars NYWIFT member Heather Brittain O’Scanlon.

Both films will screening in the same block on Aug 23 at 6pm ET. Learn more. Confidant will also be screening at the Manhattanhenge Film Festival at the same date and time. Learn more.


 

Greetings From Sarajevo, a short film by members Melissa Skirboll (director, editor, producer) and Penny Jackson (writer, executive producer), will screen at The 2021 NYC Chain Film FestivalGreetings From Sarajevo is a story of vengeance and possibly of redemption. When Sofia, a survivor of the Bosnian genocide runs into one of the soldiers who destroyed her world she seeks retribution. A young woman, Hana, an assassin, is sent to make sure justice is served. When Hana reaches her target she discovers Stanislav, the monster she was raised to hate is just a sick, blind, old man. Whether Hana carries out the mission or frees herself from the bonds of the past is the the heart of Hana’s journey. The production team includes NYWIFT members Paula Rossman (associate producer), Maureen Van Trease (associate producer), and Louis Robert King (composer, original score.) The film will screen Aug 26 at 8:30pm ET. Learn more.


 

Join URU, The Right to Be Inc. for the conversation Director 2 Director. URU founder and NYWIFT member Crystal R. Emery engages in candid conversation with industry pioneers about courageous moments that influenced their careers. A virtual audience will ask questions and get answers from the directors in real time. Director 2 Director is an intimate conversation between three black female directors who have forged the way beyond breaking down doors. Crystal R. Emery and Salli Richardson-Whitfield have eliminated barriers of entry for future generations of filmmakers. Lisa Cortés, Academy Award nominated and Emmy-winning producer and director will moderate the discussion. The conversation will take place Aug 22 at 8pm ET. Learn more and RSVP.


 

Salsa Stories, a multimedia presentation event from NYWIFT member Bianka Cypriano, will take place on the Lower East Side later this month. The public presentation combines a video screening, live music, and dance performances, a photo exhibition, and a pop-up archival collection site. The video showcases people from the salsa community who share true events that tell the history and culture of salsa. DJ sets turn the audience into an interactive part of the installation, as they complement the video narration into a seamless experience, playing the role of social dancers. The programming seeks to celebrate community engagement and culture preservation by activating open spaces in the communities that birthed these cultural traditions. The installation has been presented on Open Streets and Open Culture programs, and was recently warded the City Artist Corps grant by NYC Cultural Affairs. The event will be held Aug 26 at 5pm ET on Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey Streets) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Learn more.


 

How Can Lawyers Help the Music Industry Green Itself and Respond to the Climate Crisis?, an article by NYWIFT member Priscilla J. (“Sally”) Mattison, Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., was included as a chapter in the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers 2021 publication, Nationalism vs Globalism: Regional and Transnational Legal Issues Reshaping the Entertainment Industry, ed. Marijn Kingma & William Genereux (Frukt, 2021). The article is available at IAEL. Read more.

 


NYWIFT member and WIFVNE Board Member, Delores Edwards won an Emmy Award from the Boston/New England chapter as executive producer of Basic Black.  The show episode was a special edition about the murder of George Floyd.  Edwards also earned a Clarion award from the Association for Women in Communications for her work and episode on health disparities in communities of color and COVID-19. In addition, Edwards is also a mentee in the Realscreen DIALOG mentorship program, designed to pair up mid-level BIPOC executives with senior-level mentors to help guide the mentees in gaining access to opportunities and advancing their careers.


 

NYWIFT member Tammy Reese has written an article covering the new Starz series Power Book III: Raising Kanan. The series is a prequel set in the 1990s that chronicles the early years of Kanan Stark (the character first played by executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), on how he got in the drug game. The article is featured in the digital publication Cultured Focus Magazine. Read more.


 

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival in partnership with the Lebanese American University of New York are hosting the upcoming film series, Unbroken – a celebration of Lebanese cinema. SRFF will be hosting two in-person screenings, followed by a reception at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at the Lincoln Center.  The two films that will screen are: 

The Insult, dir. Ziad Doueiri – In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee in court.

1982, dir. Oualid Mouaness – During the 1982 invasion of Lebanon at a Quaker school in the mountains above Beirut, 11-year-old Wissam tries to tell a classmate about his crush on her, while his teachers on different sides of the political divide, try to mask their fears.

NYWIFT member Nora Armani the Founding Artistic Director of SR Film Festival. The event will be held Aug 17 at 6pm. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Katie Staab has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise post-production funds for her feature documentary, A Trans StoryA Trans Story is a feature documentary about a transgender couple who find strength in one another to finally transition as their family and friends reflect on the their own transformations as allies. The deadline to donate is Aug 25. Learn more and donate.


 

Get Ready! Adventure Awaits! NYWIFT member Jenn Shaw is raising funds for her new film Charlie and the Hunt. Writer and Director Jenn Shaw has created a beautiful story entitled Charlie and the Hunt about a young, deaf African-American girl who goes on a whimsical adventure and faces her fears while setting out to recover a sentimental family treasure. Inspired by Jenn’s brother and niece, who live with disabilities, this piece celebrates happiness, freedom and Black Joy. The film is currently in pre-production with a diverse, passionate and inclusive team of filmmakers. The deadline to donate is Aug 13Learn more and donate.


 

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories, a documentary by NYWIFT member Pamela Sporn, will screen at The People’s Forum in NYC. Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories highlights the historical journey of an Afro-Cuban family, from Jamaica, to Cuba, to the Bronx, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe. Diana, Ruben, and Pablo reveal stories of growing political awareness, overcoming the dangers of the streets, and coming into their own as Afro-Latinos. The screening will be followed by by a 30-minute Q&A with Pamela and family members from the film. This event is co-sponsored by Third World Newsreel. The screening will be held this Friday, July 23 at 6pm ET. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Linnette Harrigan Media, run by music supervisor and NYWIFT member Linnette Harrigan, offers professional music services for feature & indie projects. Services include: access to music/artist library, soundtrack creation, spotting, music clearance services, music licensing, and more! Contact Linnette Harrigan Media for free music samples. Samples will be sent within 24 hours. Learn more.


 

NYWIFT member Kimberly Faye Greenberg stars as legendary singer and actress Fanny Brice, in Fabulous Fanny Brice. Enjoy classic show tunes and good old-fashioned fun as we travel through time with Fanny Brice, the legendary Jewish comedienne, Broadway and Ziegfeld Follies star, recording artist and film actress extraordinaire. The show will run live at The Green Room 42 on July 29. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Caralene Robinson has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her upcoming digital series Ms/Manage. The series is about breaking the glass ceiling. In theory Skye has it all; career success, and a wonderful personal life. But lately, the challenges of Corporate America is starting to grate on her soul. As she attempts to oversee the launch that will define her career while prepping to start a family, Skye must decide if “having it all” is worth it. Principal photography for the series has completed and donated funds will go towards post-production fees. The deadline to donate is July 31Learn more and donate.


 

Half-Life, a limited series created by NYWIFT member Patty Carey, is now streaming on WhoHaHa – a new streaming platform designed for women in comedy. Half-Life takes a comedic look at a NYC mom trying to reboot her stalled screenwriting career without letting the rest of her life fall apart; moms can have a midlife crisis too. The series stars NYWIFT member Finnerty Steeves in a supporting role, and was executive produced by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer. Learn more and watch the series.


 

Triangle 146, a script by NYWIFT member Diane Uniman, is an official selection at the New Hope Film Festival. The musical screenplay tells the story of the 146 factory workers who lost their lives in the NYC Triangle Factory fire of 1911, most of them young girls. The festival will run July 23 – Aug 1. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Eve Austin has won Best Actress (in a narrative short) at the Queensworld Film Festival for her performance in Confidant. The film, from NYWIFT member Debra Markowitz (creator, director, producer), tells the story of a mother who confronts her son, a down-on-his-luck stunt man with a broken marriage, to help him move forward with his life


NYWIFT member Susan Sandler speaks about her documentary Julia Scotti: Funny That Wain a new Deadline article. The new documentary Julia Scotti: Funny That Way, begins with senior trans standup comedienne Julia Scotti reflecting on her 69 years and an arduous but ultimately fulfilling journey to embrace her female gender identity. The film, by first-time director Susan Sandler, documents the path Scott took to a later-in-life resurgence of her comedy career, a flourishing that could only come through self-acceptance. Read the Deadline article.


 

Leylak, a film executive produced by NYWIFT member Stavroula Toska, is the  winner of Special Jury Mention Award  at the Tribeca Film Festival 2021. In present day Queens, New York, a Turkish gravedigger is unable to face a shattering truth, and risks losing the dearest connection left in his life. Leylak will soon be screening at Maine International Film Festival, LA International Shorts Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and more! Learn more about the film.


 

The team behind Bitch Training are raising funds to complete the short film/proof of concept. Forced to leave her alien world where the government regulates politeness, Nicole must complete her exile in cruel New York. Through friends and comical perseverance, Nicole learns the secrets to bringing down the patriarchy and how to stand up for herself. The film comes from NYWIFT Members Amanda Cook (writer) and Danielle S. Mooney (producer.) Learn more and donate. The deadline to donate is July 16.

In & Out, a video installation from NYWIFT member Danielle S. Mooney, will be screening in NYC through June 30. In honor of Gay Pride Month, Danielle creatively produced the installation along with NY native & queer director Eden A Martinez.  In & Out is a video installation that captures the evolution of multi-generational LGBTQ+ individuals’ feelings whilst embracing their identity and culture. The installation commemorates pride and is in partnership with retail store & Other Stories. It is currently showing at their location at 505 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017. Individuals can stop inside to see the docu-short playing every 20mins. Watch the trailer.

Danielle S. Mooney is a black queer femme late bloomer, currently booming as a creative, writer, and producer in NYC. She can be found at @Universal_lovin on IG & Twitter (she can’t promise she’d post but follow her anyway. She follows back)!! 


 

Love Happensfrom 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 8Hella 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 27Learn 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.

 

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