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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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.


 

How Am I Doing?, a pilot from NYWIFT member Colleen Davie Janes, is an official selection at the Studio City International Film Festival. The pilot explores a 360-degree view of the conflicts, small victories, unexpected humor and bittersweet joys of middle age against a New York city backdrop. The pilot will screen on Sunday, Nov 10 in the 3:15pm block. Purchase tickets.


 

 

Extradition, a new film from NYWIFT member Kristin Samuelson (Writer, Producer, Star), is an official selection at Zed Fest International Film Festival. NYWIFT Member Debbie Morgan also produced and appears in the film as well. 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 film will screen on Thursday, Nov 7 in North Hollywood. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Patricia Shih‘s first (and only) film, documentary Undocumented, adds to the 12 honors and awards the film has already won with two new nominations from the Milan World Film Festival in Italy: Best Director of a Feature Documentary and Best Feature Documentary. The film will have another screening this Friday, Nov 8 at 7 PM at The Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY. It is a fundraiser to help a cardiac care clinic at the Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for vulnerable people who lack health insurance and care. General admission is $20, VIP tickets are $100 and entitle bearer to a 6 PM wine and food reception and a meet-and-greet with the filmmakers Patricia Shih and Greg Blank, as well as with the subject of the film Dr. Harold Fernandez, a top cardiac surgeon who came to the US as a young undocumented teen to join his parents from whom he had been separated for years. The story is a compelling, inspiring tale of one man and his family. Purchase tickets.

 


 

NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar’s  Short film “Crying F. U. Lady Rap”, 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. 


 

NYWIFT member Gita Kaufman has been invited to talk at Hillel Baruch College in honor of Kristallnacht. Hillel aims to enrich the lives of the Jewish undergraduate and graduate students at Baruch, City, and John Jay Colleges so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. The talk will take place on Thursday, Nov 7 at 12:30 PM.

 


 

First-time filmmaker and NYWIFT member Patricia Shih‘s multiple award-winning documentary Undocumented will be screening at The Boulton Center, a beautiful theatre known for its live concerts in Bay Shore, Long Island. The film will screen Friday, Nov 8 at 7pm.  Preceding the screening at 6pm will be a gala reception with food and wine as a fundraiser to honor the film’s subject, Dr. Harold Fernandez. Harold came from the world’s most dangerous city at the time, Medellin, Colombia as a young teen with his even younger brother to join their parents in the US, whom they had not seen in years.  The film chronicles his amazing story; tragic, funny, inspiring and ultimately triumphant. All profits go to build a health clinic for those lacking health insurance and care. Purchase tickets.


 

Royal Flush, a short film written and produced by NYWIFT member Brigette ReDavid, is an official selection at the Georgia Shorts Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. In the 4-minute film, Mark seeks revenge after Jason cuts him off. The film will screen Nov 10 at 11am in the Session One Block. Purchase tickets.


 

Like Daughter, Like Mother, a short film written and produced by and starring NYWIFT member Devi Morgan, is an official selection at the New York Short Film Festival. The film explores what happens when a mother and daughter navigate the world of online dating together. Watch the trailer. The film will screen on Nov 6 at 8pm as part of Short Block 16. Purchase tickets.


Jazz in Wakanda, a short film from NYWIFT member Djaka Souare, is an official selection at two film festivals in November. 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 be screening at Da Bounce Film Festival in Amsterdam on Nov 3 and at Nitehawk Shorts Festival on Nov 17. Purchase tickets for Nitehawk.

 

A Second Embrace, a short film from NYWIFT member Nairoby Otero, is an official selection at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. After agreeing to have dinner it becomes evident that Emilia and Kevin’s unspoken past is still at the forefront of this relationship. Emilia and Kevin’s love shines through, making the audience wonder what was it that bound them and why were they estranged for three years? In the last moment of the film, we see the devastating reveal of what made this reunion so palpable and haunting, making the audience finally understand why Emilia and Kevin can’t shake their past. The film will screen Nov 14 during the 9:15 Block. Purchase tickets.

 

Chemistry, a short film from NYWIFT member Cynthia Silver, is an official selection at the Female Voices Rock Festival. While the camera rolls after an exceptional audition, a producer and casting director discuss the pros and cons of casting a mixed-race actress. The film was recently screened at LA Femme Festival where is won Best Director of an Experimental Film. It will also be featured at the Napa Valley Film Festival next month. The film will screen at Village East Cinema on Thursday, Oct 24 at 6pm in Block 1. Purchase tickets.

 

Let’s Connect NYC Networking is holding a networking event and mixer for filmmakers and composers. The event will provide industry members of all levels a great way to connect with fellow writers, producers, sound designers, musicians, and composers. Let’s Connect was started by NYWIFT member Linette Harrigan, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry. The mixer will be held Oct 24 at 6pm, food and drinks to be served! Purchase tickets. Enter code NWYIFT for 20% discount.

 

The seventh annual YoFiFest film festival is taking place Nov 1-11 in the revitalized waterfront in downtown Yonkers. Over 190 independent movies will be screened, including some from NYWIFT members! The festival is all about connections and conversations, so in addition to including talkback Q&A sessions at almost every screening, the festival offers a “mini film school” series of workshops taught by award-winning industry professionals, and parties and receptions where filmmakers and film fans get the chance to meet and mingle. Purchase tickets. Enter code NYWIFT20 for discount.


 

NYWIFT member Devi Morgan has been nominated for best supporting actress at The Cutting Room Film Festival for her performance in Fresh Air. The film, line produced by NYWIFT member Meghan Martin, was also nominated for best short drama.


 

NYWIFT member Leah Curney‘s short script, 6:18 to Omaha, was selected as the winner of the inaugural CinemaStreet Pictures Women’s Short Screenwriting competition. The film will be directed by fellow NYWIFT member Dana Offenbach and produced by former Executive Director Terry Lawler. Curney will also be a producer on the film. Read more and donate to the film.


 

Foreign Puzzle, a new film by NYWIFT member Chitra Jeyaram, will be screening at the Madie in NY Media Center on Oct 21 during breast cancer awareness month. Purchase tickets. The film is an intimate documentary that captures the journey of an inspiring Mexican American dancer as she communicates the impermanence of life through dance while juggling the roles of a recently divorced parent of a 6-year-old, a choreographer and a primary school teacher amidst intensive treatments for breast cancer. Watch the trailer.


 

Switch, a series created by NYWIFT member Stavroula Toska is an official selection at the LA Femme International Film Festival. Based on the true-life story of Toska who worked as an undercover dominatrix for close to six years, Switch follows Stella, a woman with a dark past who begins training as a professional dominatrix in New York City’s most exclusive BDSM Establishment while trying to build a better life for herself. It follows in the steps of Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability and Bessel Van Der Kolk’s decades of research focusing on the brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. The series will screen Oct 17 at 4pm. Purchase tickets. Season one is also available for purchase on the series’ site.


 

Cuban Canvasa film by NYWIFT member Kavery Kaul, is an official selection at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Painters in Havana work with intense colors and bold vision. The documentary traces the lines between art and life. The film will screen Oct 18 as part of the 5:30pm Through the Artist’s Lens program. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Mary Murphy will appear in a special live performance at The Morris-Jumel Museum. Did You Hear Her Voice? will run on Oct 18 & 19 at 8PM. Witness first-hand the magic and wonder of the “theatre of the mind” as Fireside Mystery Theatre presents their unique brand of original audio drama performed live. Join the talented cast and crew of FMT as they conjure the spirits of two towering female figures of old New York, Madame Eliza Jumel and Miss Nellie Bly, for an evening of thrilling historical fiction like no other — performed and recorded LIVE from INSIDE the mansion! Purchase tickets and learn more.


 


Minnie’s War Bonnet, an animated short film from NYWIFT Board Member Yvonne Russo, is available to stream on the PBS website! The animated short pays tribute to Minnie Hollow Wood, one of the many women warriors who fought courageously alongside male warriors in major battles such as the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. Minnie was the first Lakhota woman warrior to be honored with a sacred War Bonnet, a symbolic give-away, representing one of the highest honors of war, peace, and valor. Watch the film and stay tuned for the feature documentary airing on PBS in November. The short will also be having its Los Angeles premiere at the RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival in November!


 

Water On Stone, a new short film directed, written by and starring NYWIFT member Nancy Allison, is an official selection at the YoFiFest in Yonkers, NY. Like water on stone, mourning seeps in, softening, eroding, consuming old enmities and guiding a woman along the transformative precipice of grief. What is released, what remains and what will follow? The film will screen as part of the Dance, Movement and Song Block on Nov 10 at 12pm. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Elizabeth Hemmerdinger‘s documentary film Perfectly Normal For Me will air nationally on PBS’s America Reframed. In this intimate verité documentary, four charismatic kids strive for acceptance in a world that is often, at best, indifferent to them. Their exceptional parents search out programs where their children are accepted and feel valued, from clinical services to adaptive skiing. We first meet them all in a unique after-school dance program in Queens, New York.  With a diverse group of dedicated teenage volunteers – outstanding citizens in a world where the impulse to exclude, bully or ignore is too often the norm – dancers and helpers work together for a year toward a jubilant spring recital. Thanks to the joy they find in working together, dancers and helpers emerge as eloquent, energized voices for inclusion. The documentary airs on Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8/7 central around the country! Learn more.


 

The Basis of Intimacy, a short film co-produced by and starring NYWIFT member Gaia Visnar, is screening at the YoFiFest in Yonkers on Nov 2 at 4pm – in the “Reel NYC Woman” block – short narrative, documentary and animated films all made by NYC womenThe Basis of Intimacy follows a young woman Skylar, who is left alone after her family gets broken apart due to immigration laws. In search of a place to belong, she falls into a downward spiral of destruction. Turbulent events lead her to as afar as homeless, but she manages to summon her strength and write her story. Purchase tickets.


 

The documentary The Boxers of Brule, produced by NYWIFT member Christine Wexler, is an official selection at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The documentary short follows 23-year-old Shaionna Grass Rope as she creates a girls’ boxing team in memory of her best friend- amateur boxer Cheryl Ziegler – who she lost to suicide in January 2017. As she fights to lead the girls of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe towards a safer path, she struggles with her own past trauma and addiction. The film will screen Oct 13 at 6:30pm at the East Hampton UA theater. Purchase tickets.


 

The season two premiere of digital series Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is now available to stream on YouTube! The comedy series comes from NYWIFT members Carolyn Pierre-Outlar (Creator) and Linette Harrigan (Music Supervisor). Season 2 picks up with Rhonda taking over her father’s Harlem clinic. Things quickly go from bad to worse when a video of Rhonda chasing a patient goes viral, the team suggests bringing in a new doctor and she breaks up with her boyfriend, David. The series will also be screening at the Everybody Digital Film Festival on Oct 20 at 2pm in Brooklyn. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Eve Austin will appear in three films screening at the Cutting Room International Short Film Festival. Joe, directed by NYWIFT member Shara Ashley Zeiger, and Drip will both screen on Oct 19 as part of the 2:30PM Short’s Block. Wink will screen Oct 20 as part of the 4:30PM Short’s Block. Purchase tickets.


 

The trailer for The Cattle Farmer, a new feature film starring NYWIFT member Brooke Raymond, has been selected to screen at the 5th Annual Vault of Horror Film Festival. The film tells the story of a young foster boy, Konner, who soon after being adopted into a family learns that his life has been planned from the start. Watch the trailer. The trailer will screen on Oct 18. Purchase tickets.


 

Washington Irving’s Classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a dramatic retelling by Master Storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, a new feature film from NYWIFT member Andrea Sadler, has been selected to screen at the First Annual Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, NY. Master Storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, enlivens Washington Irving’s classic gothic tale with a rousing spirited solo performance. In bespoke sartorial splendor, his poetic persona beguiles the audience with a myriad of visages, voices, sounds and gestures. The film will screen on Oct 11 at 1pm. Purchase tickets.


 

Shorts Night Film Festival is hosting a special screening and fall event, co-produced by NYWIFT member Lauren Flack. Neon’s The Biggest Little Farm will screen with a shorts program beforehand and a Q&A after. Beverages, snacks, and fun will be provided. Shorts Night prioritizes artists and the work they present by establishing an inviting, positive atmosphere for sharing film and networking. They are one of the only festivals in New York that pay the filmmakers that screen their work. The festival is by filmmakers, for filmmakers. The event will be held Oct 12 at 7pm. Purchase tickets.


 

NYWIFT member Delores Edwards‘ screenplay short, Bathroom was recently selected for the Widescreen Film Festival.  When she is not writing screenplays, she is the Executive Producer of Basic Black, a live weekly program on the PBS station, WGBH.  The show recently won a Clarion award and began its 52nd season on Oct 4th.

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