Members in the News

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

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

 


 

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

 


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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

 


 

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


 

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


 

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

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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

 

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


 

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


 

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

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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

 

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


 

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


 

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

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


 

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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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

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

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

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

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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

 


 

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


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


 

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


Villa Diodati, a Chamber-Opera/Film with music by NYWIFT member Mira J Spektor, is now streaming on PBS All Arts Selects. Past and present collide in “Villa Diodati,” the off-Broadway musical theater show that imagines the fateful vacation that Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their friends enjoyed in the summer of 1816. The stormy weather kept the friends inside telling ghost stories, and it provided the inspiration for “Frankenstein.” In the play, a modern couple finds their lives overlapping with the literary greats. Watch now.


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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

 

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


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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

 

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


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

 

 


 

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


 

 
 

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


 

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

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