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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

 

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


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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

 

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


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

 

 


 

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


 

 
 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


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


 

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


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


 

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


 

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


 

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.

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