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.

 

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


 

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


 

Single, a short film by Ashley Eakin, is available to stream on Mailchimp’s platform through the end of April. A girl with one arm is setup on a blind date with a guy with one hand… and she is pissed! Watch the film. The film is a Special Jury Recognition Winner at SXSW 2020, and is a recipient of the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant! The rest of this year’s SXSW shorts are available to stream.


 

NYWIFT member Brigette ReDavid has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her new film, Princess Dahlia. The film is a modern-day fairy tale that explores the relationship between what people think they want and what they really need.  Oh, and like any good fairy tale, it’s a lot of fun. Donate.


 

Down to Eartha, a one-woman show about Eartha Kitt, directed and produced by NYWIFT member Marishka Phillips, cancelled its March 15 show. All tickets will be honored for the next show on April 19. Learn more or contact (917) 524-8001 for ticket information. Marishka Phillips’ acting webinars are also available to stream on YouTube.


 

 

NYWIFT member Patricia Shih‘s multiple national award-winning documentary Undocumented  has now gone into the educational market, screening for English as Next Language students in various high schools. The film follows the remarkable story of Dr. Harold Fernandez, immigrant from Colombia, who is now one of the top cardiac surgeons in New York. Learn more. The film has been subtitled into Spanish and will soon be in Chinese.  By offering the film to schools she hopes to reach crucial young viewers, especially new immigrants to make an impact by inspiring them to have hope and courage to reach for their dreams. Typical reactions in many screening in schools so far has been cheers, tears, laughter and standing ovations. To purchase for educational use contact Patricia at patshih9@gmail.com


 

A Second Embrace  , a new film from NYWIFT member Nairoby Otero, is an official selection of Astoria Film Festival! The festival will take place at Zukor Theater in the Kaufman Arts District. A Second Embrace will screen May 16 at 4:15pm. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

 

The Media Film Festival is postponed until further notice. Royal Flush, a short film by NYWIFT member Brigette ReDavid, is an official selection at the Media Film Festival. One moment in one hour of one day changes Mark’s luck. Learn more and contact info@mediaartscouncil.org for any questions or concerns.


 

 

The public scripted reading of Special, a film by NYWIFT member Ann P Meredith (Writer, Producer, Director), has been postponed until further notice. Best friends since high school, the women knew they shared a bond that went deeper than most. Now an opportunity has presented itself for them to reclaim their stolen innocence through finding their voice and speaking the Truth. Contact jrr@theatrewomen.org for questions about the event.


 

The Grove Film Festival has been postponed until June 2020. The Cattle Farmer, a film featuring NYWIFT member Brooke Raymond, is an official selection of the festival. The film follows a foster boy who gets adopted into a family only to find out his life has been planned from the start. The Cattle Farmer will also screen at the Anthology Film Archives on June 10. Learn more


 

The Garden State Film Festival will now take place digitally. The festival will be live streamed Mar 26-29

The Comedown, a new film from NYWIFT member Kelly Thorne (Co-writer, Producer, Actor) will screen as part of the festival on March 28 at 11:45am. The film has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Suzanne DiDonna), Best Actor (Kevin Kane), Best Actress (Kelly Thorne). Purchase tickets.

The Della Morte Sisters, produced by and starring NYWIFT member Judith Anna Di Donato, will screen as part of the 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 screening takes place on Saturday, March 28 Purchase tickets.


 

 

The Gathering: Lifting the Sisterhood, an event by NYWIFT member Andrea Sadler, will now take place virtually. Experience sacred sisterhood as you take off the mask and reveal your authentic self in this month’s circle gathering. Imagine a world where instead of competing, women celebrated each other as their allies. Instead of shrinking in fear of other women feeling less than, women celebrated themselves for their accomplishments. Instead of judging the feminine as weak, women celebrated the divine feminine. Instead of isolating and doing it all alone, women celebrated the power of sisterhood. At this month’s circle gathering, attendees will feel a sense of belonging as they lift each other up to rise into individual and collective greatness. The event will take place online on Mar 24 2-4pm. Learn more and register. Enter code take-5-off for a discount.

 


 

 

The New York Times wrote a piece about NYWIFT member Zaida Soler-Williams opening a Karaoke Club in her home. After a Google algorithm mishap, Soler-Williams’ began receiving phone calls about Karaoke reservations. Her and her husband turned the miscommunication into a fun opportunity! Read more.


 

 

NYWIFT member Tanya Chuturkova has finished her first feature documentary, Chocolate Road. Chocolate Road  is a discovery of where chocolate comes from. Three renowned chocolatiers – Maribel Lieberman, Susumu Koyama and Mikkel Friis-Holm – take us through the process of craft chocolate-making, starting from the plantations and all the way to the final chocolate piece. On their journey, each of them finds how important it is to know the roots of their prime material – the cacao bean, and the social impact of the people involved in the chocolate production chain.


 

 

Royal Flush, a short film by NYWIFT member Brigette ReDavid, is an official selection at the Media Film Festival. One moment in one hour of one day changes Mark’s luck. The film will screen April 3. Purchase tickets.


 

The Della Morte Sisters, produced by and starring NYWIFT member Judith Anna Di Donato, is an official selection of the 2020 Garden State 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 screening takes place on Saturday evening, March 28, at Jersey Shore Arts Center. Purchase tickets.


 

The Cattle Farmer, a film featuring NYWIFT member Brooke Raymond, is an official selection of the Grove Film Festival in Jersey City. The film follows a foster boy who gets adopted into a family only to find out his life has been planned from the start. The film will screen at the festival on Mar 18. The Cattle Farmer will also screen at the Anthology Film Archives on June 10. Purchase tickets for the festival screening.

 


 

 

Zivia: A Woman Is Fighting, a short film by NYWIFT member Maria Rusolo, will screen at an upcoming event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Heroines of the Holocaust will be a conversation with Dr. Lori Weintrob (Director, Wagner College Holocaust Center); joined by Auschwitz Survivor Rachel Rachama Roth. The film will screen during the conversation. Zivia Lubetkin was the highest-ranking woman in Warsaw’s underground. The event will be held March 11. Purchase tickets. 


 

NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane (Netflix’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) will serve as showrunner and director for Parenting Without Borders. Along with Alba, executive producers are Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard of Boardwalk Pictures, Jamie Patricof of Hunting Lane, Doug Banker of Five All in the Fifth and Trevor Engelson of Underground. Read more.


 

Wonderama, a new children’s variety program, will stream on Music Choice. Across Music Choice’s platforms, viewers will now see Wonderama’s diverse lineup of super fun programming. There will be games, musical performances, messy science experiments, and lots of dancing. Access Music Choice OnDemand via the legacy TV model, TV app, web, and mobile. NYWIFT member Jennifer Snowdon is the Key makeup Artist for Wonderama! Learn more.


 

NYWIFT member Grace Kim is in development for a new short film, Fissuraa narrative drama about a Seamstress who is in love with her own hand. Shot on 16mm, the film incorporates magical realism and dance to explore the unraveling of a Seamstress’ relationship with her own hand. The short film was recently awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council grant. The deadline to donate is March 31. Donate.


 

Special, a film by NYWIFT member Ann P Meredith (Writer, Producer, Director), will have a public scripted reading. Best friends since high school, the women knew they shared a bond that went deeper than most. Now an opportunity has presented itself for them to reclaim their stolen innocence through finding their voice and speaking the Truth. The League of Professional Theatre Women’s Julia’s Reading Room Project has chosen Special  for a scripted reading at The Jefferson Market Library at 425 Avenue of the Americas. The reading will be held on March 25 at 6pm. RSVP to jrr@theatrewomen.org to attend.

 


 

Kill Switch, a script by NYWIFT member Jaclyn Powell, is a finalist at the Socially Relevant Film Festival where it will have a live reading. Kill Switch is a political conspiracy thriller, a cautionary tale for those who think they do not need to participate in the political process. It is the story of a well-liked but politically ambivalent Manhattan doctor who discovers he’s unwittingly the heart of a government conspiracy to control health care costs – and they’re playing for keeps. The reading will be held on March 17 at 3:30pm at the Baker Theatre Building – Hunter College. RSVP. Kill Switch is also a NYWIFT fiscally-sponsored project. Donate.


 

Anya, a film from NYWIFT member Carlyanna Taylor, is an official selection of the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival and the Inwood Film Festival. “Most couples meet, fall in love, get married, and begin their families. That’s what Libby (Ali Ahn) and Marco (Gil Perez-Abraham) believe, too. But unbeknownst to Libby, Marco is hiding a secret about his heritage that gets unearthed after Libby suffered several miscarriages. Her obsession with discovering a pattern to their disappointment finally prompts Marco to reveal his secret: because he dared to leave his tight-knit immigrant community behind, he carries a curse that will keep them from successfully reproducing. What results is a delightful exploration of heritage and genetics.” – Carissa Pavlica, TV Fanatic. The film will screen on March 8 and March 14. Learn more about both screenings.


 

Rockaway, a digital pilot from NYWIFT members Andrea Ashton (Director) and Anna Bierhaus (Writer & Creator) will premiere at Cinequest Film & Creativity Film Festival. The pilot is a raunchy, nihilistic, comedic series about cold-water surfers struggling to find themselves in the “paradise” that is Rockaway, Queens, NYC. The pilot will screen on March 4 and March 10. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member, Linnette Harrigan is excited to have been a music consultant and contributor on the major film – Premature (2020) directed by R. Ernesto Green. Original Music from Linette’s vast music catalog is now featured in scenes of the film. The film is currently showing in AMC theaters. Linnette is now offering original music tracks for license to all NYWIFT members at a discount of 20% off. NYWIFT Members should see Linette’s website, download and fill in a form to request music for film/ television projects.


 

The White Blacks, a new play featuring NYWIFT member Marsha-Ann Hay, will run for a limited time at the Theater for the New City. The play addresses the complicated racial distinctions that plague one New Orleans family with a line of lighter skinned African-Americans that “pass for white.” They “pretend” to be white to reap the benefits that come with ‘whiteness’ but at what cost? Love lives long in New Orleans, and here romance, family secrets, and generational curses get all mixed up in Alva’s gumbo! The play will run from Feb 27-Marc 15. Purchase tickets.


 

The Prophecy of the Seeress, a 40-minute film directed by NYWIFT member Laurie Layton Schapira, has launched on Amazon Prime Video. The film, based on an ancient Norse myth, was shot in Iceland. Actor Ingvar Sigurdsson, who was awarded the Rising Star Award last year at the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, plays Odin/CEO. A thousand year-old Seeress predicts Ragnarok – the destruction of the world. Do we have time to heed her dire warnings? Watch the film.


 

The organizers of the 18thAnnual Garden State Film Festival are offering discounted tickets to NYWIFT members. The festival unveils world premieres, Hollywood stars, industry panels, and as a nonprofit enterprise, serves as an added economic engine for Asbury Park’s vitality through art, commerce and culture. Make your plans to be a part of intriguing panel discussions and can’t miss parties, all held in numerous locations all over the city by the sea. NYWIFT member Lauren Concar Sheehy is Executive Director of the festival. The festival will run from March 25-29. Purchase tickets.


 

TITLE VII, a feature film from NYWIFT member Nicole Franklin, will be available to stream online for 24 hours as part of Employee Appreciation Day. TITLE VII  is a 72-minute drama that follows the unethical and unconventional work culture helmed by CEO Hillary Kelsey. Hillary is a Black female boss whose rule is to never hire Black employees. One day she slips, and Darryl Montgomery joins the firm. During this eight-hour grind, employees of Sanger International practice harassment of every kind like a competitive sport, and then stand on the sidelines as everything their boss has worked for goes down in flames. The film will be available to stream on March 6. Register to watch the film.


 

 

New York Public Library is hosting a free screening of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blachė. When Alice Guy-Blache completed her first film in 1896, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché follows her rise from company secretary to studio boss, writer, director, and producer of 1,000 films. Directed by Pamela B. Green and narrated by Jodie Foster. The free screening will be held on March 5 at 5:30pm. Learn more and register.


 

The American Film Institute in Los Angeles is holding a reading of the new feature film, Tonight and Every Night. A life-affirming story of love, devotion and whimsy, a wife’s strength is tested when her ailing husband, a Greek diner owner whose mind and memory are fading, imagines himself as a late-night TV talk show host. Tonight and Every Night is adapted from the critically-acclaimed short film by writer/director, and NYWIFT member, Christina Eliopoulos, and is inspired by true life events in her family. The reading will be held on Feb 29 at 2pm in LA. RSVP to mccaffreytalent@gmail.com.


 

“Pink Among Men” Podcast will hold a live show. “Pink Among Men,” the podcast that dives into inspiration and motivation with creators of all kinds invites you to join an afternoon of networking and discussion with filmmaker, actress, author, and NYWIFT member Naomi McDougall Jones. On the heels of her TEDTalk, What it’s Like To be a Woman in Hollywood, which has been viewed over 1 million times, McDougall Jones’ pens The Wrong Kind of Women, a brutally honest look at the systemic exclusion of women in film – an industry with massive cultural influence – and how, in response, women are making space in cinema for their voices to be heard. The podcast is produced by McDougall Jones and fellow NYWIFT member Lauren Flack. The event will be held on Feb 29. Purchase tickets. Enter code PinkLive2020 for discount.


 

NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar has two films screening at the Golden State Film Festival. Crying F. U. Lady Rap is about a woman who owns her election night tears with a sense of humor, so we can understand how the people in power’s lies can hurt us all while driving others crazy. Until we realize our vote can stop this madness. The film will screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Feb 29 at 6pm.Clean Sheets is a comedy about a women’s obsession with doing laundry and this has her family very concerned. The film will screen on Mar 1 at 9:30pm. Purchase tickets for both.


 

Treasures of NY: MOMA, narrated by NYWIFT member Debbie Irwin, is now available to stream on PBS Thirteen’s website. The series recently aired on both Channel 11 and Channel 13. MoMA’s collection of approximately 200,000 priceless works of art represents a broad range of mediums from drawing and painting to film and performance. Treasures of New York: MoMA explores this storied collection, and features a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s recent transformation, which was completed in October 2019. Watch the series.


 

Marisol, a short film from NYWIFT members Zoé Salicrup Junco (Director) and Lauren Sowa (Producer), is available to watch on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO Latino through the end of March! The short film is about a young, undocumented mother who gets into a risky situation to make a life for herself and her daughter. Stream now.


 

The short documentary Chick Flicks – which features the work of NYWIFT interns Shinice Ford (Producer) and Kat Walsh (DP) – will screen at the Battle of Film Schools film festival on Feb. 22! Chick Flicks explores the experience of women-identifying film students as they navigate a very white male dominated industry, and a film school that perpetuates industry standard sexism, racism and ignorance. It features interviews with NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane and Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers, among others. The Battle of Film Schools is a new competition dedicated to film students of NY and beyond who are determined to bring the competitive nature of filmmaking back to the industry. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets.


 

Extradition, a pilot from NYWIFT member Kristin Samuelson, will be screening in London as part of the North Europe International Film Festival. The pilot is nominated for Best Pilot and Samuelson is nominated for Best Actress. Inspired by real persons and recent political events. A savvy Russian hacker finds himself trapped between two women: a powerful US senator and an attractive counselor from the Ukrainian Embassy. The pilot will screen Feb 21. RSVP for free screening.


Former NYWIFT Board President Carey Graeber invites you to meet and greet Gloria Steinem. Graeber has been working with The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation for many years. Gage, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony created the Women’s Rights Movement. Join the foundation as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage and honor our Haudenosaunee Sisters for their inspiration and guidance. The event will take place March 9. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

The Academy just informed NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy that she was among the Top 10 highest-scoring women in the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Her screenplay WONDER DRUG was among the Top 50 in that contest, out of over 7,000 entries. Learn more about Caitlin and WONDER DRUG.


 

NYWIFT member Priscilla J. (“Sally”) Mattison, of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., co-presented a Continuing Legal Education session entitled “Reality TV Competition Shows:  Potential Pitfalls for Contestants” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  She also gave a guest lecture entitled “USA Concert Touring Issues:  A 2019 Update” as part of the course “Entertainment Law” at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.  


 

The Sundance Film Festival is Sundance Institute’s flagship public program, widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and attended by more than 120,000 people and 1,300 accredited press, and powered by more than 2,000 volunteers last year. There were 14 NYWIFT Members involved in the production of 15 different films being screened at the festival this year. Congratulations to them all! Congratulations to our NYWIFT community members who took home Sundance Awards – Radha Blank, who won the award for Directing for her debut film The 40-Year-Old-Version (which was picked up by Netflix); Huriyyah Muhammad, producer of Ekwa Msangi’s Farewell Amor, who received this year’s Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for narrative feature producer; and Heidi Ewing, who received the NEXT Innovator Prize for I Carry You with Me (which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics)! Read about all the NYWIFT member projects at Sundance 2020.


 

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is proud to announce the projects selected for the 3rd Annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival, presented in partnership with GoIndieTV. NYWIFT was founded in 1977 by a handful of women who saw a pressing need in New York for a networking and education forum for women in the entertainment industry. Over 40 years later, NYWIFT’s diverse membership is now 2,500 strong, made up of women and men who work in all aspects of television, film and digital media, from behind-the-scenes to in front of the camera to the executive suite. We are thrilled to showcase some of established and rising stars through the Online Shorts Festival! The selected films and webisodes are available to stream on the GoIndieTV website at http://goindietv.net/. In the coming weeks, the projects will also be featured on the GoIndie TV Roku Channel, available to stream for free right on your TV! The GoIndie TV Roku channel can be added to your Roku account with the following link: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/268755/gitv-film-and-tv/. Or, on your TV: Select Streaming Channels -> Search Channels -> NYWIFT Shorts Festival. Then you have the option to add the channel to your list. Learn more.


 

A Walk on the Moon, a new musical with book & additional lyrics by Pamela Gray, will be at the George Street Playhouse. The musical, based on Gray’s screenplay of the same name, takes place in Woodstock, 1969. Housewife Pearl Kantrowitz, sensing that change is in the air, begins a fling with a free-spirited traveling salesman while summering with her family in the Catskills. Their whirlwind romance, set against the backdrop of man’s first walk on the moon, takes audiences on a nostalgic journey through an iconic moment in American history. Pamela Gray is an alum of NYWIFT’s The Writers Labnow open for submissions! The musical will run May 1-17 with previews starting April 21. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

MicroMania Film Festival 2020 is now accepting submissions. Power up those drives! MicroMania Film Festival 2020 submissions are open to films up to 5 minutes with no creation date or streaming restrictions. Now in its second season, the kind and inclusive fest has grown into a hybrid in-person and streaming VOD event with 9 categories, cash awards, and international reach. The deadlines to submit are Early Bird – Feb 16, Regular – May 7, Late – June 1. Learn more and submit. Interested in judging submissions or cross-promoting your blog, podcast, publication or company? Contact NYWIFT member and MMFF Founder/Director Lukia Costello at info@micromaniafilmfest.com.


 

Murmur, a new short film from NYWIFT member Sabrina Seidner (Writer, Director, Actress, EP), is an official selection at the Big Apple Film Festival. Desperate to increase attendance in her unconventional grief support group, Dr. Dee Dee Daniels admits the distraught Lizzie Marks who disrupts the counseling group when everyone discovers she’s in the wrong meeting. Shot on location in Inwood, this is a sweet tale of quirky characters who learn to accept each other and offer some relief from their devastating losses. Other NYWIFT members involved in the film are Dina Alexander (Editor), Jennifer Snowdon and Mina Ghoraishi (HMU), Hailey Benson (Set Design, Wardrobe), Alex Boskovich (Additional Editing), and Marie O’Connell (Pre-Production Producer). The film will screen Feb 13 at 6:50 pm. Purchase tickets.


 

JOE, a short film from NYWIFT member Shara Ashley Zeiger, will be playing in The Artists & Beers Screening series at The Queens Brewery. Jillian just got a new job as a barista (after being fired from corporate America) to tide her over until she finds the right fit. She’s got a very comfortable roommate, and parents that want the best for her. Not paying attention, Jillian runs into Joe, the man of her dreams, in the street on her way to work. When Joe asks Jillian what she does for a living, she instinctively lies. Little does she know, she happens to work at Joe’s favorite coffee shop (also called Joe). Other NYWIFT members involved in the film are Amanda Bruton (Actor, Associate Producer), and Eve Austin (Actor, Associate Producer). The film will screen on Feb 12 at 7pm. Learn more.


 

NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy’s thriller A NATIVE LAND has won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2020 Lindsey Film Festival. The Awards Show will be streamed on “Facebook Live” on Saturday, March 7, starting at 7 pm eastern time; the Awards Show will include a live staged reading of a select scene from A NATIVE LAND. Learn more about the festival and/or watch the Awards Show live. Learn more about Caitlin McCarthy’s screenwriting.


 

Kill Switch, written by NYWIFT member Jacyln Powell, is a finalist at the 7th Annual Socially Relevant Film Festival. When his mother’s inexplicable death reveals a government conspiracy to control health care costs, a well-liked, but politically ambivalent Manhattan doctor discovers he’s unwittingly the heart of the conspiracy – and they’re playing for keeps.  There will be a 10 page reading of the script on Mar 17. Learn more.


 

Treasures of NY: MOMA, narrated by NYWIFT member Debbie Irwin, recently aired on both Channel 11 and  Channel 13. MoMA’s collection of approximately 200,000 priceless works of art represents a broad range of mediums from drawing and painting to film and performance. Treasures of New York: MoMA explores this storied collection, and features a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s recent transformation, which was completed in October 2019. Watch the trailer.


 

Villa Diodati, a chamber-opera/film from NYWIFT member Mira J. Spektor, is now available to stream on PBS All Arts. The film was produced by Bank Street Films and is on Albany Records. Villa Diodati sings about 3 women writers: a contemporary American woman who will escape into writing, Mary Shelley and how she wrote Frankenstein, and the ghost of Mary’s mother: the British feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. Villa Diodati was seen in film festivals in NYC, Florida & Vermont.  It also aired six times on TV in Washington DC  & four times on the new PBS All Arts TV Chanel 1276 in NYC. Watch the film.

Two of Spektor’s programs/recitals of her songs have also been recently produced by Parma Records’ Navona Label – and is available on the CDs, Summer & Winter Songs with soprano Mawve Hoglund and Daytime & Night Songs with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko.


 

NYWIFT member Maria Pusateri will appear as the lead in the one-act play Runaways. The play will run at the Hudson Guild Theater as part of the theater’s Winterfest program. Two strangers running away from their hurt and anger run into each other at a remote farmhouse. Reluctant at first to share their feelings. They develop an unexpected connection. The play is 15 minutes long and will be presented in a 5-bill night together with 4 other plays. Performance dates are Mar 12, 14, and 15. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

 

Down to Eartha, a one-woman show about Eartha Kitt, directed and produced by NYWIFT member Marishka Phillips, is now in residence in Harlem at The Dwyer Cultural Center. The one-woman show is a multi-media experience, followed by a champagne reception. The organizers are offering a special NYWIFT discount for performances from Feb 15 – Jun 21. Watch the promo video. Call (917) 524-8001 to reserve seats. Make sure to mention NYWIFT affiliation on the phone for the discount. Learn more.


 

 

Girl Gone: Or Before A League of Their Own is now running at the Actors Temple Theatre. Girl Gone, which stars NYWIFT member Annemarie Hagenaars, is set in 1943. Before there was A League Of Their Own, a group of girls were placed together to see if such a league could work. Two weeks before this team was to make its exhibition, the coach is mysteriously found dead leaving the girls to face this big event alone. Lies and deceit come to light as this powerful drama unveils. Hagenaars plays the role of All-American baseball coach Gloria Reid. The play will run on Saturday afternoons from Feb 8 – Mar 7. Learn more and purchase tickets.


 

Fully Engaged, a new web-series featuring NYWIFT member Eve Austin as a guest star, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Erika and Danny, a nice, normal, engaged couple living in New York City. Sure, they come from different backgrounds and they’re on a tight budget, but they love each other and they have a strong sense of self, so planning a wedding won’t be as hard as everyone makes it out to be, right? Watch the series.


 

Inez & Doug & Kira, produced by NYWIFT member Caitlin Gold, is an official selection of the Big Apple Film Festival. The story of Inez & Doug & Kira is set in motion after Inez, a brilliant yet unstable recovering addict commits suicide and leaves no note. As her sister Kira and Kira’s fiancé, Doug look for clues and dig up the past, the puzzle pieces begin to come together, uncovering the trio’s complicated web of relationships. The film will screen on Feb 10 at Chelsea Cinepolis. Purchase tickets.


 

The Shallow End, a short film from NYWIFT member Cynthia Silver, is an official selection at the NY Indie Film Festival. NYITFF is hosted by New Ohio Theatre and celebrates indie theatre artists branching out into recorded media. Basking in the sunny glow of Reagan’s America, a group of vulnerable, swimsuit-clad teenaged girls jockey for power at a community swimming pool. The film will screen on Feb 7 as part of Screening Block 1. Purchase tickets.


 

 

NYWIFT member Stephanie Trudeau is appearing in Chavela: Think of Me, a musical docu-cabaret based on legendary Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas. Iconic, trailblazing lesbian Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas, muse to Pedro Almodovar, was edgy in the 1990sconstantly broke the mold, and is totally relevant today because her story pushes so many hot topic buttons: gender issues, gay rights, immigration, and Mexican culture. Songs of lust and longing and stories of her friendships with Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Liz Taylor, and Pedro Almodovar will intrigue and entertain you. Trudeau won a Bistro Award for her performance and is currently under consideration for a MAC Award. The show will take place on Feb 19 at 7pm. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Susan Boger‘s screenplay The Day the Corn Hatched has won the Fantasy Sci-Fi  Screenplay Festival contest (first chapter reading). Considered irresponsible and having a vivid imagination, a smart teenage stoner/hacker gains respect from his family when he saves his town engulfed in marijuana smoke from mutant killer corn creatures. Watch the reading.


 

NYWIFT Board Member Flo Mitchell-Brown has named as Head of Industry Engagement at Extreme Reach Production. Mitchell-Brown will play an important role in facilitating change to address the rapidly evolving entertainment industry. Mitchell-Brown brings to Extreme Reach a wealth of knowledge and expertise garnered from 20-plus years in the entertainment industry. She spent 20 years at Entertainment Partners, first as VP and then as SVP of Operations, a role that honed her skills in internal and external leadership, production management and production finance. Read the announcement.


 

NYWIFT member Dawn Robinson was recently interviewed by The Hollywood Times. Robinson, a producer, writer, and Owner of Dark Moon Entertainment, spoke about her 25-year experience working in advertising and entertainment. Read the interview.


 

Bumbld, a new web series created by and starring NYWIFT member Amanda Bear, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Bumbld is a raw and unapologetic account of the ‘swipe culture’ from the female perspective. The half-hour comedy series hilariously captures the rollercoaster of online dating through the skewed vision of a 28-year-old Upper East Sider named Pippy. Watch the series.


 

The Kingmaker, a new film from NYWIFT member Lauren Greenfield, will premiere on SHOWTIME on Feb 28. Greenfield was recently nominated for a WGA Award for Documentary Screenplay for The Kingmaker. She is only the second person to be nominated in this category two years in a row, and the first woman to do so. The film centers on the indomitable character and controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand’s presidency rocketed her to the global political stage. Watch the trailer.


 

Detained, written and directed by NYWIFT member Khushnuda Shukurova, will screen at Anthology Film Archives as part of the New Filmmakers NY winter series. Two refugee siblings flee war for a better life only to find themselves in the middle of a travel ban. The film will screen on Feb 19 at 7pm. Learn more.


 

Jazz in Wakanda, a film from NYWIFT member Djaka Souare, is an official selection at NewFilmmakers in LA. Julie, a French & African immigrant, and her daughter Jazz, are on their way to see the Greek tragedy Antigone. As they stop to get a milkshake, the cashier points out Julie’s slight accent. The comment not only causes discomfort to both mother and daughter but triggers a much deeper conversation around Jazz’s recent uncovering: slavery. The film will screen on Feb 8. Purchase tickets.

 

Polly Freed, a feature film from NYWIFT member Brooke Berman, will have a staged reading as part of the New York Indie Theater Film Festival. The reading will feature Annie Parisse (Friends from College, Law and Order) and Paul Sparks (Sweetbitter, Boardwalk Empire, Please Give, The Crown) and Alysia Reiner (Orange is The New Black, Equity, Egg). Polly Freed was developed in NYWIFT program From Script to Pre-Production Lab. The reading will be held on Feb 6 at 7pm. Berman’s short film, Uggs for Gaza, will also screen at the festival on Feb 7 at 7pm in block 1. Purchase tickets for both.


 

Naughty for Nature, an ecological sex-education via hip-hop, comedy, and sensuous spectacle will hold two performances at House of Yes. Learn how honeybees do it, how plants do it, how sex-changing fish do it — and how you can live your best, sexiest and most environmentally conscientious life as you do it. By learning about the sex lives of your fellow-creatures, you become more intimate with your role in the planetary biosphere. Geek out about Nature with a sex-positive, eco-positive extravaganza featuring original songs, comedy and aerial acts. NYWIFT member Hailey Benson is the assistant costume designer for the event. Performances will take place on Jan 23 (purchase tickets) and Jan 25 (purchase tickets).


 

NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar’s short film Crying F. U. Lady Rap recently won Best Animation Short Award at the Culver City Film Festival. The film previously won Best One Person Short Award at the Marina del Ray Film Festival, Best Mixed Media Short Award at Silver State Film Festival, and an Award of Recognition at Indie Fest film Awards. It was a previous selection at Montclair Film Festival New Jersey Film Makers Weekend, New Film Makers NYC, and was part of NYWIFT’s own short film screening series. The short is about a woman who owns her election night tears with a sense of humor, so we can understand how the people in power’s lies can hurt us all while driving others crazy. Until we realize our vote can stop this madness. 


 

Siri-ous Business, a new short film from NYWIFT member Stephanie Stender, is now available to stream on YouTube. In this dark comedy, Mike Thomas is having a very rough day. He texts his sister for help, but Siri has a darker plan in mind. Stender wrote, directed, and produced the film. Sirious-Business was also produced by Doorstop Productions. Watch the film.


 

NYWIFT member Eve Austin will appear in two short films screening at the Hell’s Kitchen NYC Festival. Three for the Road will screen on Jan 17 at 2pm as part of block 1. WINK, directed by John Gallagher, will screen on Jan 19 at 6:30pm as part of block 11B. The morning after a wild party, a hungover couple discover something strange in the middle of their living room. Purchase tickets. Austin also recently appeared in American Fango, now streaming on Prime Video and as a guest star in episode 6 of the web-series, Fully Engaged.

 


 

CrisscrossIntimates, from NYWIFT member Jean Criss, proudly participated as luxe celebrity gift suite sponsor at A Red Carpet Style Lounge in honor of the 2020 Golden Globes Nominees at #InterContinentalCenturyCity held on Jan 3rd. Gifts included #Crisscross #BlackBra Be-U-Tiful and Holy-Chic #Wallets w/Gift cards to be featured in leading national and LA publications. 

Jean Criss is an Author of a Trilogy Series, Mediapreneur of 30 years in cable TV, Video, Print and Event Productions at JeanCrissMedia.com, and most recently became a Fashion Designer of Luxe Post-Surgical Intimate Apparel –CRISSCROSSIntimates.com, inspired from her personal journey with bilateral breast cancer. Watch their ad.


 

King Ester, a new web series produced by NYWIFT member Caralene Robinson, is now available to stream on the Issa Rae Presents channel on YouTube. King Ester screened at 15 festivals this Summer & Fall and was the recipient of awards at New Orleans Film Festival, Bronzelens, DTLA and Stareable. King Ester tells the story of Ester, a trans woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans during the week. Watch the first episode.


 

The Shallow End, a short film directed by NYWIFT member Cynthia Silver, will screen at Anthology Film Archives as part of New Filmmakers NY. Basking in the sunny glow of Reagan’s America, a group of vulnerable, swimsuit-clad teenaged girls jockey for power at a community swimming pool. The film was written by Wendy MacLeod, adapted from her one-act play of the same title. The screening will be held on Jan 8 at 5:30pm. No advanced reservations, the tickets are $7 at the door. Learn more.


 

NYWIFT member Stefanie Dworkin is running an upcoming workshop at the International Center of Photography. DSLR Video for Photographers is a hands-on course that introduces students to the practical operation and creative possibilities of shooting video with a DSLR camera and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. Topics are presented in a manner intended to simplify complex techniques and the assignment focuses on each student creating a short personal video. No previous experience in digital video is required. The workshop will be held Jan 13-17 from 6-10pm. Learn more and register.


NYWIFT member Greta Schiller‘s film, Before Stonewall (1984), has been selected to join the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. The film, along with 24 others, was selected because of its cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.

An unprecedented seven motion pictures directed by women are on this year’s list, the most in a single year since the inaugural registry in 1989. They include the 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, directed by Greta Schiller; Claudia Weill’s 1978 Girlfriends; Gunvor Nelson’s 1969 avant-garde film My Name is Oona; A New Leaf, which in 1971 made Elaine May the first woman to write, direct and star in a major American studio feature; the 2002 indie Real Women Have Curves directed by Patricia Cardoso and starring America Ferrera; and Madeline Anderson’s 1970 I Am Somebody, which is considered the first documentary on civil rights directed by a woman of color. See the complete selection of films.


 

NYWIFT member Eileen Wubbe has published an article on financing films entitled When Art Meets Finance. The article features an in-depth interview between Wubbe and Capstone Business Credit’s managing member, Joseph Ingrassia, and Romulus Entertainment’s founder and CEO, Brad Feinstein, as they discuss a unique partnership in film finance. Eileen Wubbe is the senior editor of The Secured Lender magazine and TSL Express daily e-newsletter, published by the Secured Finance Network. Read the article.


 

WONDER DRUG by NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy was among the Top 50 highest scoring scripts out of 7,302 screenplays that were entered in the 2019 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The Academy Nicholl Top 50 list will be released to the entertainment industry soon; it will also be shared on the Academy Nicholl Facebook page. Learn more.


 

NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar’s short film Crying F. U. Lady Rap was an official selection at the Culver City Film Festival (Dec 6-14).  It also won Best One Person Short Award at the Marina del Ray Film Festival, Oct 2019. The film previously won Best Mixed Media Short Award at Silver State Film Festival and an Award of Recognition at Indie Fest film Awards. It was previously at Montclair Film Festival New Jersey Film Makers Weekend, New Film Makers NYC, and was part of NYWIFT’s own short film screening series. The short is about a woman who owns her election night tears with a sense of humor, so we can understand how the people in power’s lies can hurt us all while driving others crazy. Until we realize our vote can stop this madness. 


 

Loveseatwritten and directed by NYWIFT member Grace Kim, is officially available for online viewing! The film, starring Victor Cruz and Schann Mobley, premiered on BooooooomTV. The short is an absurdist dark comedy that centers around a lonely man who sets out in search of his soul mate after what he believes to be a fateful encounter with a banana. Watch the trailer. Watch the film.


 

A Night of Comedy: Doorstop Production Shorts, a screening of upcoming comedy shorts, will show on Friday, Dec 13 at 7pm. Doorstop Productions hosts a night of amazing short comedies featuring iPhones with an evil agenda, feminized money, talking vending machines, and delicious inanimate objects. These daring and wildly entertaining works will transport you to heretofore unexplored realities and display the creative potential of the cinematic short form. As part of the showcase, Doorstop will be premiering their latest short film Siri-Ous Business, directed by award-winning filmmaker and NYWIFT member Stephanie Stender. Don’t miss it! Register.


 

Marvel’s Hero Project, executive produced by NYWIFT member Liza Wyles, is now available to stream on Disney+. The new documentary series, and Marvel’s first non-scripted series, follows young, real-life heroes who are making remarkable and positive change across communities by dedicating their lives in self less acts of bravery and kindness. Every episode focuses on a different kid, who will be surprised by their very own Marvel comic, inspired by and starring them. The comics will be free to read online at Marvel Unlimited and wherever you can access digital comics. New episodes premiere every Friday. Watch the trailer.


 

Torn Apart: Separated at the Border, directed and produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker and NYWIFT member Ellen Goosenberg Kent, is now available to stream on HBO GO and HBO Now. The film illuminates the traumas and triumphs of two mothers who were separated from their young children after fleeing life-threatening violence in their home countries to seek safety in the U.S. Their arduous fight to be reunited with their children is just the beginning of a long road to gaining asylum, against a backdrop of ever changing policies and fears of deportation. There will also an additional free screening at the HBO Screening Room (30 Hudson Yards) on Dec 4 at 6:30pm. RSVP.


 

Unintended, written and produced by NYWIFT member Sabine Schenk, is now available On Demand and for streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Microsoft, DirectTV, and Spectrum. Lea, a thirteen-year-old girl represses the memory of having accidentally shot a teenager named Bill. Twelve years later, Lea is an emotional wreck. After nearly drowning, she ends up in a hospital where her repressed memories return to haunt her. She is plagued by the question – did Bill actually die? And if he survived, what will he do when she finds him? Is she ready to face the consequences of her actions? The film is being distributed by FilmRise. Watch the trailer.


 

Come join the Film Lab at the International Human Rights Festival on Dec 14 at 3pm for a screening of the special comedy TV pilot, Mirror Mirror… On the Wall (Street). The screening will be followed by a provocative talkback on the role of gender and race in entertainment by panelists and with materials from the Geena Davis Institute, Film Lab, NYC Commission on Human Rights, and grassroots activists. The film, written by NYWIFT member Cheryl Davis, tells the story of a diversity expert who is given the opportunity of her life when she’s hired to clean up a company rife with harassment – only to discover that instead of her bringing them up, she’s being dragged down into their corporate muck. Purchase tickets. Enter code student for 50% discount.


 

NYWIFT member Carylanna Taylor‘s first narrative feature, ANYA, is an official selection of NewFilmmakers NY and will be screening at the Anthology Film Archives Nov 27 at 9pm. Join the filmmakers at 8pm for a reception and 10:20pm for a Q&A. Tickets are $12 and can only be purchased same-day at the theater. ANYA is a contemporary sci-fi love story about newlyweds whose seemingly simple decision to have a baby catapults them to the center of an explosive genetics mystery with far-reaching consequences for their child and the future of humanity.  ANYA will be available on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Vimeo, Vudu, XBox and DVD starting Nov 26. Watch the trailer, preorder, and learn more.


 

Sweet Soul in Exile, from NYWIFT member Tyler A. Chase, is an official selection at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. The film is an odic encapsulation of the eviction of prominent sculpture, Deborah Masters from her loft of twenty years at 475 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn. The short documentary received an honorary mention in the NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival in 2018. It is also a winner of the Mindfield Film Festival (LA) and Impacts Docs Awards. It is a Finalist and Official Selection in several other festivals as well and was last screened at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Tyler’s feature documentary film, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur, narrated by the award-winning actor Brian Cox, is currently in the festival circuit. The film will screen on Sunday, Nov 24 at 3:10pm as part of the Short Doc Block. Purchase tickets.


 

Like Daughter, Like Mother, a short film written, produced and starring NYWIFT member Devi Morgan, is an official selection of The Williamsburg International Film Festival and The Big Apple Film Festival. The film also comes from NYWIFT members Jordan Gosnell (actor), Meghan Martin (actor, line producer), and Louis Robert King (composer). Like Daughter, Like Mother explores what happens when a mother and daughter navigate the world of online dating together. Both festival screenings will be held on Nov 21. Purchase tickets to BAFF (7pm) or purchase tickets to WIFF (8:30pm).


 

Classic Punk, starring NYWIFT member Nancy Ellen Shore, is an official selection at the Big Apple Film Festival. The film follows Dorothy, an aging punk rocker who grieves her best friend’s death while struggling against eviction. The short will screen on Nov 20 at 6:10pm in the Women Filmmakers 2 program at Cinepolis Theater. Purchase tickets.


NYWIFT member Tonya Pinkins had completed principal photography on her first feature film, Red Pill. The film stars Kathryn Erbe, Ruben Blades, Cathy Curtin, Colby Minifie, Luba Mason, Adesola Osakalumi and Jake O’Flaherty. On the eve of the 2020 election, a posse of progressives ride into red country armed with heart, humor, and naivetè. They should have brought heavy artillery


 

NYWIFT member Cheryl Lewisshort screenplay I Know How To Swim won Best Short Drama Screenplay at The Georgia Shorts Film Festival.


 

 

NYWIFT member, Neyda Martinez, former POV/American Documentary staffer and Associate Professor in Media Management in the School of Media Studies at The New School is the producer of the new documentary, Decade of Fire. The film which explains why the Bronx burned and how residents came together to save their community began its trajectory last year with a stunning premiere at the DOC NYC festival, followed by an intentional borough-wide grassroots tour in partnership with community organizers and housing activists. While the film enjoyed an extended and sold-out run at the Metrograph Cinema, most recently the project has achieved every filmmaker’s dream — a national U.S. TV premiere on PBS‘ acclaimed Independent Lens documentary series. This is accompanied by FREE streaming through Dec 4 on PBS video or via the PBS app.


 

NYWIFT member Carylanna Taylor‘s first narrative feature, ANYA, is an official selection of NewFilmmakers NY and will be screening at the Anthology Film Archives Nov 27 at 9pm. Join the filmmakers at 8pm for a reception and 10:20pm for a Q&A. Tickets are $12 and can only be purchased same-day at the theater. ANYA is a contemporary sci-fi love story about newlyweds whose seemingly simple decision to have a baby catapults them to the center of an explosive genetics mystery with far-reaching consequences for their child and the future of humanity.  ANYA will be available on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Vimeo, Vudu, XBox and DVD starting Nov 26. Watch the trailer, preorder, and learn more.


 

JOE, a romantic comedy pilot, will be screening at Bowery Film Festival in NYC. The pilot comes from NYWIFT member Shara Ashley Zeiger (Creator, Writer, Producer, & Actress) and features NYWIFT members Eve Austin and Amanda Bruton. Joe is a romantic comedy about finding yourself, your soulmate, and some coffee. The pilot will screen Nov 21 in the 6pm block. Purchase tickets.


 

The Future Is Then, produced by NYWIFT member Okema Moore, is premiering on BRIC TV. Set in mid-1990s Brooklyn, The Future is Then follows a recently widowed Trinidadian travel agent and the three white, twentysomething tech bros who try to poach her to run their Expedia-style start-up. Shot on location at a Crown Heights travel agency, the series is a satirical, character driven examination of cultural clashes, gentrification and office politics. The first four episodes will be available to stream on BRIC TV on Nov 18.


 

Marisol, a short film produced by NYWIFT member Lauren Sowa, is screening as part of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival in Brooklyn. When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare. The film (also available on HBO) will screen Nov 16 at 11:30am. Purchase tickets.


 


NYWIFT co-founder Lenore DeKoven is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the publication of the Second Edition of her book Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre with foreword by Ang Lee. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


 

NYWIFT member Liza Rafel announces the completion of her new film, Love Happens. The film is about a journalist as she searches for answers in love when unseen forces control the men in her town. The film is currently being submitted to festivals. Watch the trailer.


 

 

NYWIFT member Cynthia Silver has been selected to participate in Tribeca Film and Chanel’s 2019 ThroughHerLens, the fifth edition of their women’s filmmaker program. For more than a decade, Tribeca has been dedicated to supporting independent voices in storytelling. As new and unique perspectives from women struggle to emerge, partners Tribeca and Chanel identified a growing need to support these creative artists in the filmmaking arena. THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, in collaboration with Pulse Films, is a multi-faceted program that provides funding, meaningful project support, and significant mentorship for up-and-coming US-based women writers and directors.

 

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