NYWIFT Programming Goes Digital

In light of the current health crisis, all NYWIFT professional development programming will be offered virtually for the time being. See www.nywift.org/events for a list of upcoming live programs. 

Below are links to watch past virtual programs right here on our website. If you have questions or would like to suggest an upcoming program, please reach out to us at programs@nywift.org.


On October 11, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of Jacinta followed by conversation with Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker, Jessica Earnshaw and subject, Jacinta.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara G Vásconez.

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NYWIFT Talks: In Conversation with IATSE Members on How Employer Policies Impact Them

On October 6, 2021 NYWIFT Talks presented a conversation with Marisa Shipley (VP and Member of Local IATSE) and Jendra Jarnagin (IATSE Local 600) to discuss the current situation with unions, unhealthy work environments in the industry and what the potential strike means to its members, as well as changing the work environment in many different careers.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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NYWIFT Talks with “Impeachment: American Crime Story” Showrunner Sarah Burgess

On September 29, 2021 NYWIFT Talks presented a conversation with Sarah Burgess, the creator and head writer on Impeachment: American Crime Story to discuss her new series, the industry during a pandemic, and what else is in the works.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Gretchen McGowan.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘LFG’

On September 20, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of the HBO Max documentary, LFG followed by a conversation with the directors/producers, Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara Vasconez.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: Langston Hughes’s “No Crystal Stair” and When We Grow Up

 

 

 

 

For September’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening we presented Cathleen Campbell‘s dramatic short Langston Hughes’ “No Crystal Stair” and Grace Hannoy‘s feature dramedy When We Grow Up, two films that explore family and parenthood in unique ways. 

Moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

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For August 2021’s NYWIFT Virtual Member Screening, we presented two coming-of-age stories: the narrative short Keep Your Head Up, Sweet Pea!  and dramatic feature Darcy, followed by a Q&A with mother-daughter filmmaking duo Heidi Philipsen Meissner and Sophie Meissner

Moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

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On August 11, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of Materna  followed by a conversation with Producer Liz Cardenas, Producer Emily McEvoy, and Actor / Co-Writer / Exec Producer Assol Abdullina.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vasconez.

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On August 4, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of the 2021 Oscar nominated film, The Letter Room followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the creative team Elvira Lind, Sofia Sondervan, and Gena Konstantinakos.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer.

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On July 27, 2021 NYWIFT Talks presented a conversation with screenwriter Mishna Wolff to discuss her new highly acclaimed film, Werewolves Within.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vasconez.

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For July 2021’s NYWIFT Virtual Member Screening, we presented the narrative feature C/O Kancharapalem, produced by and starring NYWIFT member Praveena Paruchuri. The film weaves together several multi-generational love stories in the small town of Kancharapalem, India.

Moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

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On July 22, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of the documentary thriller, Enemies of the State followed by a conversation with Director Sonia Kennebeck.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vasconez.

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On July 19, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of Emily @ The Edge of Chaos followed by a conversation with the creative team Thea Kerman, Miriam Cutler, Stephen Shroyer, Jeff Shroyer, and Ed Chiodo.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vasconez.

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On July 12, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of the feature documentary The Land of Azaba. Followed by a conversation with Directors Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss.

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vasconez.

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NYWIFT Talks with Reel Works

On July 7, 2021 NYWIFT Talks presented a conversation with the team behind Reel Works, Co-Founder, Senior Director of Education and Programming Stephanie Walter Williams, Director of Workforce and External Partnerships Keisha Katz, to discuss 20 years of Reel Works and the impact they have made by providing platforms for the underserved community while inspiring others to follow a similar path. 

Moderated by NYWIFT Board member Flo Mitchell-Brown.

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On June 14, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of Julia Scotti: Funny That Way followed by a Q&A with Director & Producer, Susan Sandler and Comedian, Julia Scotti.

Moderated by Tracy E. Gilchrist, Editor in chief of The Advocate

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On June 10, 2021 NYWIFT Talks and In Creative Company presented a conversation with Connie Orlando (EVP, Specials, Music Programming and Music Strategy for BET Networks) about pulling off the impossible with pivoting the BET awards to a virtual presentation in 2020 and what it looks like in shifting back towards in person events this year and beyond.

Moderated by Co-Founder and Head of Programming at In Creative Company Mara Webster.

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On June 7, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of Holler. Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director, Nicole Riegel.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Joyce Pierpoline.

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This webinar includes a brief overview of the City Artist Corps Grants program, specific information for media makers who seek to apply for the grant, and a live Q&A.
Hosted by Michon Boston, project manager, with introductory remarks by Marcia Smith, president of Firelight Media and Leslie Fields-Cruz, Executive Director of Black Public Media.

Learn more about City Artist Corps Grants and apply here: https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/city-artist-corps-grants.

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2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined

On June 22-25, 2021 NYWIFT hosted it’s third annual summit titled, The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined.
This four-day free virtual program consists of keynote speakers, panels, and film screenings, and will bring together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future.

The NYWIFT Summit was made possible with funds provided by The Ford Foundation. Additional support by Academy Foundation, WarnerMedia, AMC Networks, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, The New York Community Trust, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), David Yurman, eMinutes, and the Tribeca Film Festival. 

Keynote speakers included: 

  • Christy Haubegger: EVP, Communications and Chief Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia
  • Tina Tchen: President and CEO, Time’s Up
  • Renee Tajima-Peña: Filmmaker and Educator, UCLA
  • Commissioner Anne del Castillo: NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment
  • Aisha Thomas-Petit: Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, AMC Networks
  • Victoria Rowell: Award-Winning Actor, NY Times Bestselling Writer, Producer, Director, Activist

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NYWIFT Talks: Provincetown Film Society


On May 27, 2021 NYWIFT Talks presented a conversation with Executive Director of Provincetown Film Society Blythe Frank and Artistic Director Lisa Viola to discuss this year’s Provincetown Film Festival taking place from June 16-25. They discussed the festival’s shift from in-person to virtual to multidimensional as they take on a hybrid approach this year and how the global pandemic affected the festival.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan.

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For May 2021’s NYWIFT Virtual Member Screening, we presented Maria Finitzo’s documentary feature, The Dilemma of Desire, which explores the work of four women who are shattering myths and lies about female sexual desire, bodies and – ultimately – power. Followed by a conversation with the director and subjects on Zoom.

Moderated by writer, comedian, and podcaster Jourdain Searles.

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NYWIFT Talks & In Creative Company Discuss Current/Future State of Film Industry in NYC with Lesli Klainberg and Eugene Hernandez

On May 20, 2021 NYWIFT Talks and In Creative Company presented a conversation with Lesli Klainberg (Executive Director of Film at Lincoln Center) and Eugene Hernandez (Director of the New York Film Festival and Publisher of Film Comment at Film at Lincoln Center) to discuss NYFF 2021, Film at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema, and what to expect from the current/future state of film in NY and the industry. 

Moderated by Co-Founder and Head of Programming at In Creative Company Mara Webster.

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NYWIFT Talks with Creative Coalition’s Robin Bronk

On May 19, 2021 on NYWIFT Talks, we spoke with CEO of The Creative Coalition, Robin Bronk to discuss more about the organization, the issues they focus on, and their latest campaign which relates to the current pandemic and health in the United States. 
The Creative Coalition is a non-profit social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. 

Moderated by NYWIFT Advisory Board President, Simone Pero.

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NYWIFT Talks with Tonya McCornell of the NYWIFT Mom’s Network

On May 11, 2021 on NYWIFT Talks, we spoke with founder of MOM Film Fest and the Mom’s Network for NYWIFT, Tonya McCornell to discuss the challenge for mothers balancing career and family while working within the demanding and competitive television and film industry.

Moderated by NYWIFT Senior Development & Editorial Consultant, Maud Kersnowski-Sachs.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening/Q&A: “In the Same Breath”

On May 10, 2021 NYWIFT presented a screening of In the Same Breath, directed by Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation). Followed by a Q&A with NYWIFT Member Carolyn Hepburn (Producer), Jialing Zhang (Producer), Julie Goldman (Producer) and Christopher Clements (Producer).

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara Vasconez.

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At our April 27, 2021 NYWIFT Virtual Hangout networking mixer, we gathered together with our friends from The Gotham (formerly IFP)! 
We began the evening with a brief salon conversation with The Gotham’s Deputy Director, Kia Brooks to discuss the organization’s latest opportunities and initiatives. Moderated by Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

The Gotham Film & Media Institute is a not-for-profit dedicated to finding, developing and celebrating the people and projects that shape the future of story. Founded in 1979 as the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), The Gotham is the largest and long-running not-for-profit of its kind.

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For April 2021’s NYWIFT Virtual Member Screening, we honored Earth Day with the documentary feature, No Fear No Favor, about African communities fighting the poaching crisis by protecting their wildlife for future generations. Followed by a conversation with Director/Producer, Mirra Bank and Peter Canby (The New Yorker).

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NYWIFT Talks: Asian American Representation in Media

On April 21st, NYWIFT explored the intersection of the pandemic with racial and gender equality, and its direct impact on the Asian American community. We were joined by filmmaker Diane Paragas (Yellow Rose), David Ninh (Kino Lorber), Kyung B. Yoon (Korean American Community Foundation) and Merrill Sterritt (Cinereach).

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, S. Casper Wong

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NYWIFT Talks: NYWIFT Goes to the Oscars: ‘Feeling Through’

On April 19th, NYWIFT presented a screening of the Academy Award Nominee for Best Narrative Short, Feeling Through. Followed by a Q&A with 1st Assistant Director and NYWIFT Member, Catriona Rubenis-Stevens.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Christina Kiely.

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NYWIFT Talks: ReelAbilities Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the April 14th NYWIFT Talks with ReelAbilities Director and Co-Founder Isaac Zablocki, Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word, and filmmaker, Lisa Denker, we discussed the changes that ReelAbilities has instituted for the Disabled Community and what progress still needs to be made. We explore the ways movie theaters need to re-structure to accommodate ADA laws, how filmmakers are paving their way to Hollywood with their original stories, and what ReelAbilities offers for disabled filmmakers. The conversation was moderated by Executive Director at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Rachel Byrne.

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NYWIFT Talks: NYWIFT Goes to the Oscars: ‘The Mole Agent’

 

On April 12th, NYWIFT presented a screening of the Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, The Mole Agent. Followed by a Q&A with Maite Alberdi (Director, Producer), Marcela Santibañez (Producer), and Julie Goldman (Executive Producer).

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Christina Kiely.

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NYWIFT Talks: COVID-19 Compliance

 

On April 8th, we concluded our two-part series about COVID-19 in the workplace with a conversation with producer Blair Breard. In this last installment, we discussed how COVID-19 has affected production life and the best practices for preparing for the on-set challenges COVID-19 presents. 

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Maria Miles.

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Still from “Maria” by Zoé Salicrup Junco

 

For March 2021’s NYWIFT Virtual Member Screening, we honored Women’s History Month with our special Social Impact Shorts Program, showcasing nine short films by our members from a variety of genres, each of which raised awareness for a different social issue in its own unique way.

Moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director, Katie Chambers.

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S.W.A.N. Day 2021

On Saturday, March 27, 2021 in recognition of S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists, NYWIFT presented with IFC Films, SAG-AFTRAFF2 MediaWomen in the Arts & Media Coalition (WAMC)HerFlix, In Creative Company, Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly IFP) and African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) a screening of Farewell Amor. Followed by a Q&A with writer/director, NYWIFT Member Ekwa Msangi.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer.

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National Democratic Institute and New York Women in Film & Television Present: 
“Representation Matters: Ensuring Inclusive Leadership in Politics and the Media”

On March 24th, NYWIFT and National Democratic Institute presented an incredible panel that focused on addressing the power imbalances and gender gap in politics and the media caused by excluding and biased representation. A globally representative panel of political leaders, media experts and producers that discussed why representation matters, and provided examples of initiatives across the media and politics which promote a more diverse and intersectional environment.

Speakers included Sheila Nevins (Executive Producer at MTV Networks), Tanya Saracho (playwright and television writer), H.E Hanna Tetteh (UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union) and Birgitta Ohlsson (Director of Political Parties at the National Democratic Institute and former Swedish MP).

Introduction from Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall, with Journalist, Natasha Del Toro as moderator.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with ITVS

At our March 23, 2021 NYWIFT Virtual Hangout networking mixer, we gathered together with our friends from ITVS! We opened the evening with a salon talk with the Director of Content and Initiatives for ITVS, Keri Archer Brown, moderated by Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.
ITVS is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that has, for over 25 years, funded and partnered with a diverse range of documentary filmmakers to produce and distribute untold stories.

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Fierce Women Podcasters Panel

On March 23rd, NYWIFT presented a conversation with several women filmmakers of color and podcasters discussing emerging Afro-Latino voices in the United States who are working to create more visibility for their communities and experiences. Speakers included were Rocio Mendez, Mercedes Ilarraza, Grasie Mercedes, Ona Oghogho, Sola Adenekan, and Julissa Contreras

Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara Vásconez.

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NYWIFT Talks: The Writers Lab 2021

On March 10th, NYWIFT presented a talk with their signature program, The Writers Lab with co-founders, Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon to discuss their upcoming deadlines, what The Lab looks for in their applicants, and what to expect for this year’s lab which is their 7th year. 
TWL is a four-day workshop that gives woman-identifying writers over age of 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their scripts with the mentorship of established industry professionals. For the first time, TWL is accepting pilot scripts in addition to features. 

Moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermeyer.

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NYWIFT Talks: SXSW 2021

On March 4th, NYWIFT presented a NYWIFT Talks with SXSW leaders, Janet Pierson (Director of Film) and Claudette Godfrey (Senior Programmer)to discuss what SXSW 2021 looks like, how the pandemic affected them, and what they are doing to reclaim that momentum for filmmakers.

Moderated by NYWIFT Special Projects Associate, Easmanie Michel.

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NYWIFT Member Screening Q&A: before/during/after

February 2021’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening was before/during /after, a narrative feature produced, written by, and starring member Finnerty Steeves and executive produced by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer. before / during / after is the story of Jennie Lonergan, a middle-aged NYC theatre actress who is forced to figure out the kind of person she wants to be when her seemingly perfect 15-year marriage comes to an abrupt end after she catches her husband having an affair. Steeves, Co-Director Jack Lewars, Producer Katie Hyde, and Producer Elizabeth Krajewski sat down for a talkback moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers

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NYWIFT Talks: ‘Making a Way out of No Way’: The Importance of Amplifying BIPOC and Black Women Voices with Visionary New York Media Arts Organizations

On February 24th, NYWIFT honored Black History Month honoring the accomplishments and contributions of Black and BIPOC filmmakers, and presented part 2 of our conversation with NY Media Arts Organizations that represent diverse artists.

Speakers included: Carolyn A. Butts (Reel Sister/African Voices), Leslie Fields-Cruz (Black Public Media), JT Takagi (Third World Newsreel), Michelle Materre (Creatively Speaking), and Victoria Bert (Manhattan Neighborhood Network).

Moderated by President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, Carol Jenkins

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NYWIFT Industry Screening/Q&A of “Test Pattern”

On February 23rd, NYWIFT presented a screening of Test Pattern followed by a conversation with Director, Shatara Michelle Ford.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Kuye Youngblood.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with SAG-AFTRA: Opening Salon Talk with Rebecca Damon

At our February 17, 2021 NYWIFT Virtual Hangout networking mixer, we gathered together with our friends from SAG-AFTRA! Before the speed networking session, we began the evening with a brief salon conversation between SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President and New York Local President Rebecca Damon and NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers to discuss organizational initiatives and the latest industry updates including safety and the Return to Work.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘A Thousand Cuts’

On February 16, 2021, NYWIFT presented a screening of A Thousand Cuts followed by a conversation with the creative team, Ramona Diaz (Director/Producer), Raney Aronson-Rath (Executive Producer), Leah Marino (Editor/Producer), and Julie Goldman (Producer).

Moderated by Brenda Robinson, President, International Documentary Association.

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NYWIFT Talks: COVID Waivers 

On February 9th, NYWIFT presented its first installment of a two-part series related to COVID-19 and the workplace, with attorneys Anna Broccolo and Nicky Jatana, discussing best practices to be implemented by employers and what employees can expect going back to work. 

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Mary C. Miles.

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The NYWIFT WFPF presents Trailblazers of Early Cinema 

On February 1, 2021, The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television presented “Trailblazers of Early Cinema”: A silent film program of pioneer filmmakers Angela Murray Gibson, Grace Cunard, Lois Weber and Alice Guy-Blaché.

Moderated by WFPF Founder Barbara Moss with guest panelists Kim Tomadjoglou and Charles “Buckey” Grimm.

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NYWIFT Talks: NYWIFT Goes to Sundance

On February 3nd, 2021, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Talks: NYWIFT Goes to Sundance with filmmakers  Gina Charbonnet (Ma Belle, My Beauty), Michèle Stephenson (The Changing Game) and Margarethe Baillou (The World To Come).

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Flower Punk’ with Director Alison Klayman

On February 2nd, 2021, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A with Flower Punk Director Alison Klayman.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Joyce Pierpoline.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Identifying Features’

On January 25th, 2021, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A with Identifying Features Director and Producer Fernanda Valadez, and Producer Astrid Rondero.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Amenya Makuku.                                                   

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NYWIFT Member Screening: ‘Making the Impossible Possible’

On January 19th, 2021, NYWIFT Member Screening showcased Tami Gold and Pam Sporn‘s short documentary Making the Impossible Possible.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton.         

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HBO & NYWIFT Present: Industry Screening + Conversation: ‘I Hate Suzie

On January 13th, 2021, NYWIFT presented a screening and pre-recorded conversation with the creative team of the HBO Max original series, Hate Suzie.

Moderated by Co-Founder and Head of Programming at In Creative Company Mara Webster.     

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NYWIFT Talks with Isabel Sandoval

On January 5th, 2021, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Talks with Lingua Franca Director Isabel Sandoval.

Moderated by Co-Funder and Head of Programming for In Creative Company Mara Webster.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Once Upon A River’ with Director Haroula Rose, Star Kenadi DelaCerna, and DP Charlotte Hornsby

On January 11th, 2021, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A with ‘Once Upon A River’ Director Haroula Rose, Star Kenadi DelaCerna, and DP Charlotte Hornsby.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board MemberAmenya Makuku.                                   

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘A Life Too Short’ with Director Safyah Zafar Usmani

On December 18th, 2020, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A with A Life Too  Short Director Safyah Zafar. 

Moderated by writer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem.

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NYWIFT Talks with Shivani Rawat 

On December 16th, 2020, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Talks with Founder/CEO of ShivHans Pictures, Shivani Rawat

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Kuye Youngblood.       

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NYWIFT Industry Screening & Q&A: ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ with Director Radha Blank

On December 14th, 2020, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Industry Screening Q&A with The Forty-Year-Old Version Director, Writer, and Star Radha Blank.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board VP of Programming Leslie Fields-Cruz

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NYWIFT Talks with Founder and CEO of CREW, Sharon Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

On December 8th, 2020, NYWIFT presented NYWIFT Talks with Founder and CEO of CREWTV, Sharon Nelson.

Moderated by  NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara Vásconez.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening & Q&A: ‘I’m Your Woman’ with Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz

On December 3rd, 2020, NYWIFT presented a virtual conversation with I’m Your Woman Director/Writer Julia Hart and Writer Jordan Horowitz.

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Amenya Makuku.

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2020 NYWIFT Women Who Dared Documentary Series

A six-week screening series of captivating documentaries by women filmmakers started on Friday, October 23, 2020 and concluded on November 30, 2020.

This screening series was part of NYWIFT’s Creative Workforce Summit scheduled October 20-23, 2020. This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and recognize the contributions made by Women Documentary Makers that document creators of social, cultural and economic change in history.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening: ‘Radium Girls’ + Q&A with Co-Directors Lydia Dean Pilcher, Ginny Mohler, and producer Emily McEvoy

On December 1st, 2020, NYWIFT presented a virtual conversation with Radium Girls Co-Directors Lydia Dean Pilcher, Ginny Mohler, and producer Emily McEvoy.

The conversation was moderated by Co-Founder and Head of Programming at In Creative Company Mara Webster.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening: ‘Black Bear’ Screening + Q&A

On November 20, 2020, NYWIFT presented a virtual conversation with Black Bear with Producer Julie Christeas.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer

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HBO & NYWIFT Present: NYWIFT Talks with ‘Crazy, Not Insane’ Producer Ophelia Harutyunyan

On November 11, 2020, NYWIFT and HBO presented a virtual conversation of the HBO Max original documentary, Crazy, Not Insane, with Producer Ophelia Harutyunyan and Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Alex Cirillo.

Crazy, Not Insane is now available to watch on HBO Max. 

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NYWIFT Member Screening Q&A: Illusions

 

 

 

 

 

 

The November 2020 NYWIFT Member Screening showcased NYWIFT Muse honoree Julie Dash‘s groundbreaking narrative short film, Illusions, which was preserved with support from the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund. Jillian Borders (UCLA) and Michelle Materre (The New School) sat down to discuss the film’s historical and cultural significance and gain insights into the film preservation process,

Moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

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2020 NYWIFT Creative Workforce Documentary Summit

 

 

 

 

 

On October 20-23, 2020, NYWIFT hosted its second annual Creative Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Industry and Funders in Conversation. This four-day free virtual program consisted of keynote speakers, panels, and film screenings, and brought together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future.

The NYWIFT Summit took place with support provided by the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a curated film screening and panel series produced in partnership with International Documentary Association.

Keynote speakers included: 

  • Laverne Berry: Former NYWIFT Board President, Attorney and Central Character featured in Capturing the Flag
  • Commissioner Anne del Castillo: NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment
  • Abigail Disney: CEO & Co-Founder, Fork Films
  • Sheila Nevins: Executive Producer, MTV Networks
  • Marcia Smith: President & Co-Founder, Firelight Media
  • Nia Winston: President of UNITEHERE Local 24 

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NYWIFT Talks with Lauren Lake

In our October 16, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we had a conversation with the host of the Emmy-winning show Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, Lauren Lake. We focused on Lauren’s career in unscripted television and her activism for Women’s Rights and Inclusion in Hollywood! 

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Maria C. Miles.

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IFC Films & NYWIFT Present: “A Call to Spy” Virtual Screening + Q&A with Lydia Dean Pilcher & Sarah Megan Thomas

On October 6th, 2020, NYWIFT along with IFC Films hosted a virtual screening of A Call to Spy followed by a conversation with Director Lydia Dean Pilcher and Writer/Producer/Actress Sarah Megan Thomas

Moderated by Co-Founder and Head of Programming at In Creative Company, Mara Webster.

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NYWIFT Talks with HR Expert Joanna Giordano

In our September 30, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined HR Expert, Joanna Giordano to discuss your resume! Addressing topics such as format, content, process, systems.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer.

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IFC Films & NYWIFT Present: “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles” Virtual Screening + Q&A with Director, Laura Gabbert

On September 28, 2020, NYWIFT along with IFC Films hosted a virtual screening of Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles followed by a conversation with Director, Laura Gabbert

Moderated by Co-Founder and Head of Programming at In Creative Company, Mara Webster.

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NYWIFT Talks The Glorias with Julie Taymor & Kimberly Guerrero

 

 

 

 

 

On our special September 18, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined 2007 NYWIFT Muse Honoree Julie Taymor to discuss her latest film, The Glorias. Journalist, fighter, and feminist Gloria Steinem is an indelible icon known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women’s movement, and writing that has impacted generations. In this nontraditional biopic, Julie Taymor crafts a complex tapestry of one of the most inspirational and legendary figures of modern history, based on Steinem’s own memoir My Life on the Road. Taymor was joined  by actor Kimberly Guerrero, who plays Wilma Mankiller in the film.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia López

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NYWIFT Talks with Executive Director & Co-Head of Toronto Film Festival Joana Vicente

 

 

 

 

 

In our September 17, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined Executive Director & Co-Head of Toronto Film Festival Joana Vicente to discuss the Toronto Film Festival and what changes were made in the time of COVID-19. 

The conversation was moderated by award-winning writer / director and Founder of Iguana Films Maria Agui Carter.

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HBO & NYWIFT Present: ‘Unpregnant’ Virtual Screening + Q&A with Director Rachel Lee Goldenberg

On September 15, 2020, NYWIFT and HBO presented a virtual screening of the HBO Max original film, Unpregnant  followed by a conversation with director, Rachel Lee Goldenberg.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer.

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NYWIFT Member Screening Q&A: Long Way from Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

The September 2020 NYWIFT Member Screening showcased Kavery Kaul’s documentary feature Long Way from Home. Hailed by historian Robin Kelley as “one of the most powerful and inspiring documentaries of our era,” in this moving and provocative story, three remarkable girls enter ninth grade at top schools steeped in bias towards race, class, and culture. Kavery Kaul, along with documentary subject Sage Garner, sat down with NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton to discuss the film’s making, its impact, and its place in our culture 10 years later. 

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NYWIFT Talks with IFP Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp

 

 

 

 

 

On our September 11, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined Executive Director of IFP Jeffrey Sharp for a Zoom conversation. Founded in 1979, The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the largest and longest running not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. We focused on IFP and the future of digital learning within IFP.

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Yvonne Russo.

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NYWIFT Talks with The Cherry Picks Co-Founder Miranda Bailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our September 10, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined The Cherry Picks Co-Founder Miranda Bailey for a Zoom conversation to discuss how The Cherry Picks has revolutionized female film critics.

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton.

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Our August 2020 Member Screening was our Summer Shorts Program showcasing six short films from a variety of genres, all featuring the work of NYWIFT members. The teams from each film sat down for a Q&A with Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers. 

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NYWIFT Talks 2020 Film Festivals

 

 

 

 

 

On our August 20, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we discussed diversity in film selections at festivals and what strategies programmers are using to amplify Black and POC voices, as well as goals for women filmmakers in competition at their festivals. We delved into the challenges and opportunities due to COVID, the financial crisis, and the Black Lives Matter Movement, including new initiatives and what are next steps for these vital festivals.

The panelists included Ashley Mui of UrbanWorld, Anne Chaisson of Hamptons International Film Festival, Calixto Chinchilla of New York Latino Film Festival, Lydia Darly of The NOVA Frontier Film Festival & Lab, and Meira Blaustein of Woodstock Film Festival.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara G Vasconez.

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In our August 18, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we joined VP of Publicity and Promotion of IFC Films Laura Sok to discuss publicity in the age of the “new normal” of VOD platforms and drive-in’s. Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton.

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NYWIFT Talks with “Cursed” Director Zetna Fuentes

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our August 12, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined director Zetna Fuentes to discuss her new Netflix limited series, Cursed. Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a young woman with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. The series premiered Netflix on July 17th, 2020 and you can binge it here

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Advisory Board Member Annetta Marion.

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NYWIFT Talks Health and Wellness During COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

On our August 3, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined Dr. Christine Cyriacks, Allison Chawla, and Liza Bertini to discuss the health effects that COVID-19 has taken on us and solutions to mindfully clear your mind and soul.

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Maria C. Miles.

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NYWIFT and WIFTI – Women in Film & Television International co-presented Television Makers: Showrunners & Producing/Directors Panelists at Carla 2020 on August 23rd. Speakers included Natalie Chaidez, Rachel Feldman, Lesli Linka Glatter, Tanya Saracho, and Robin Thede, moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez

Come join a conversation about how women create, run,  produce, and direct in the ever-changing media landscape including the challenges faced by COVID-19, financial crisis and the Black Lives Matter Movement and civil unrest. See how it is done by the most successful television makers of our time. They will discuss what motivated their latest work, how did they pitch their first series, how they maintain a cutting-edge writer’s room and manage actors’ creative thirst every day, while ensuring safety and city/state production guidelines. What does their own production schedule look like in the wake of the current health crisis – how are their plans shaping up for the new season? 

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On our July 15, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we joined director Gina Prince-Bythewood and editor Terilyn Shropshire to discuss their latest film – the Netflix hit The Old Guard  – and much more. 

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan.

The Old Guard is available to watch on Netflix. 

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NYWIFT Talks with “Mucho Mucho Amor” Co-Directors Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch

On our July 13, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined Co-Directors Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch to discuss their new documentary Mucho Mucho Amor, about beloved psychic Walter Mercado. Mucho Mucho Amor started streaming on Netflix on July 8th.

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Zenaida Mendez.

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“Denise Ho: Becoming the Song” Q&A with Director Sue Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following a virtual screening of the new documentary Denise Ho: Becoming the Song, about the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist, NYWIFT hosted a Q&A with the film’s director Sue Williams on July 7, 2020.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member S. Casper Wong.

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“John Lewis: Good Trouble” Q&A with Director Dawn Porter

 

 

 

 

 

On July 3, 2020, NYWIFT hosted a Q&A with Dawn Porter, director of the new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble, following a virtual screening of the new documentary about the legendary Civil Rights activist and Congressman.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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NYWIFT Talks with Newfest’s Executive Director David Hatkoff

 

 

 

 

 

NewFest gives voice and visibility to all facets of the LGBTQ experience by presenting year-round screenings and events that include New York’s annual LGBTQ Film Festival every October, which began in 1988. In our July 2, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined Executive Director of NewFest David Hatkoff for a Zoom conversation discussing the changes NewFest has made to continue to adapt during this COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, learn how they virtually celebrated the month of Pride! 

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Alex Cirillo.

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“Wild Nights with Emily”: Q&A with Director Madeleine Olnek

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Nights With Emily is the story of Emily Dickinson’s life-long romantic relationship with Susan Gilbert, Emily’s life as a writer, and the comic soap opera that was 1880’s Amherst. This story is an important piece of feminist history, as well as a great way to observe LGBTQ Pride that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Join us for a fun Q&A with director/writer Madeleine Olnek and NYWIFT Board Member Annetta Marion, which originally followed the June 30, 2020 NYWIFT virtual screening of the film. 

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NYWIFT Member Screening Q&A: “Catherine Opie b. 1961” and “AmeRican Poet Tato Laviera”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The June 2020 NYWIFT Member Screening showcased two documentaries about artists: Sini Anderson’s Catherine Opie b. 1961 and Vivian Hernandez Ortiz’s AmeRican Poet Tato Laviera. Anderson and Ortiz, along with Catherine Opie producer Erin Wright, sat down for a talkback moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers on June 29th. 

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NYWIFT Talks Black Lives Matter with Visionary New York Media Arts Organizations

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Media Arts organizations have had a rich history of supporting, inspiring, and training diverse creative community members for decades. In our June 26, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, learn more how Black Public MediaThird World NewsreelManhattan Neighborhood NetworkGhetto Film School, and Brown Girls Doc Mafia have accomplished their missions. These organizations provide key solutions and grassroots connections to Latinx, Black, Asian, and LGBTQIA+ content producers. What are the specific challenges they face during the COVID pandemic, financial crisis, and the Black Lives Matter Movement? These leaders can shine a light on a path forward.

Join us for this discussion with Iyabo BoydLeslie Fields-Cruz, JT Takagi, Shurize X. Richards, and Victoria Bert

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez

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NYWIFT Talks Black Lives Matter and “Just Mercy” with Scott Budnick, April Grayson & Donna Hylton

 

 

 

 

 

On the July 1, 2020 edition of NYWIFT Talks, we joined Just Mercy Executive Producer and CEO of One Community Scott Budnick, Campaign Surrogate and Statewide Coordinator for The Young Women’s Freedom Center April Grayson, and Campaign Ambassador Donna Hylton to discuss the positive after-effects of the film Just Mercy, Black Lives Matter, and civil unrest.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez.

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NYWIFT Talks with Ashley Eakin

 

 

 

 

 

On our June 15, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, director Ashley Eakin, recipient of the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant for her short film Single, was in conversation with NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton

Single is a relatable, anti-romantic comedy that delivers an entertaining and insightful examination of human connection that also challenges preconceived notions of life with a disability. A girl born with one arm gets set-up on a blind with a guy who has one hand…and she is pissed.

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NYWIFT Talks Filmmakers and Activists discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, their life’s work, and hope for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our June 12, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we brought together vibrant award-winning women filmmakers and activists dedicated to fighting systemic racism to discuss their work and the social justice movement of today. During the conversation, we watched short clips focused on historical women civil rights activists. The purpose of the conversation was to come together and share artistic, political and personal survival stories during this painful time in American history.

Panelists included filmmakers Dawn Porter, Shola Lynch, Tami Gold, and Yoruba Richen. The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez. 

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NYWIFT Member Screening Q&A: “Unintended”

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 1, 2020, NYWIFT hosted a conversation with Unintended writer/director Anja Murmann, producer Sabine Schenck, and star Elizabeth Lail, following the NYWIFT Member Screening of the film. 

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers

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NYWIFT Talks The Writers Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our May 28, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we joined The Writers Lab Co-Founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon for a Zoom conversation. We focused on The Writers Lab and their mission to amplify the voices of women screenwriters over 40.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer.

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NYWIFT Talks New York Film Festival with Eugene Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

On our May 26, 2020 edition of NYWIFT Talks, we joined New York Film Festival’s Director Eugene Hernandez for a Zoom conversation. We focused on the future of film festivals in New York City including the future of New York Film Festival.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Senior Development and Editorial Consultant Maud Kersnowski-Sachs.

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NYWIFT Talks with Costume Designer Dana Covarrubias

On our May 21, 2020 , NYWIFT Talks, we joined Costume Designer and 2018 NYWIFT Designing Women Honoree Dana Covarrubias for a Zoom conversation. We focused on her career, new projects, and what COVID-19 has meant for her as a costume designer.

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer.

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NYWIFT Talks with Filmmaker Rachel Feldman

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our May 11, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we joined filmmaker Rachel Feldman for a virtual Zoom conversation. Rachel discussed the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on filmmakers and what the future holds for her current projects.

This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia López

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“Call Your Mother”: Virtual Screening + Q&A

 

 

 

 

 

Behind every famous comedian, there’s an infamous mom! The hilarious new documentary Call Your Mother explores the relationships between comedians and their mothers, and how they have indelibly shaped their craft. On May 7th, 2020, NYWIFT hosted a special sneak peek screening and panel discussion before the film debuted on Comedy Central on Mother’s Day. The Q&A featured Heidi Ewing (Producer), Rachel Grady (Producer), Judy Gold (Comedian), and Bridget Everett (Comedian), and was moderated by Terry Greenberg (Producer and NYWIFT Board Member).

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NYWIFT Talks with Tribeca Film Festival Senior Programmer Lucy Mukerjee

 

 

 

 

 

On our May 5, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we join Tribeca Film Festival’s Senior Programmer Lucy Mukerjee. Lucy discussed Tribeca’s move to digital programming during COVID-19, and how she is continuing her LGBTQ+ advocacy work through her role at the organization.

The discussion was moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer.

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NYWIFT Member Screening Q&A: “Toss It”

 

 

 

 

 

On May 4, 2020, NYWIFT hosted a Q&A with Toss It Director, Writer, Producer and Star NYWIFT Member Michele Remsen (Emily), along with cast members Blair Ross (Adele), Allison Frasca (Natalie), and Jenny Zerke (Marie) as well as film publicist Annie Jeeves. This conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers. The “anti-romantic comedy” feature Toss It is a recipient of the NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant and was presented as part of NYWIFT’s Member Screening Series in May 2020.

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Individual and Small Business Planning During the COVID-19 Crisis

 

 

 

 

 

Individuals and small business owners: are you curious about the government programs available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic turbulence? On May 1, 2020, Gail Linn, CFP® and Bill Fischer, CFP® from Fortis Lux Financial hosted an educational workshop where they discussed the benefits of the recently passed CARES act and answered your questions. The entire act encompasses a full 900 pages, but Gail and Bill cut to the chase by reviewing the most important issues that individuals and small business owners need to know.

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Re-Imagining Film Festivals in a Time of Crisis

 

 

 

 

 

When SXSW cancelled, it sent shockwaves through the indie film world. But the creative forces that have kept independent film vibrant over the decades are rising to meet the current crisis. Until we can once again gather in large crowds, the show is going on. Film festivals are moving online or reviving older forms such as using drive-ins for locations to gather at safe physical distances.

This April 30, 2020 panel brought together a group of creatives to discuss how people and organizations are responding nimbly and re-imagining ways to connect and support filmmakers and audiences. We explored the possibilities for evolving out of this crisis to create more fluid and far-reaching concepts of film promotion, audience engagement, and distribution.

Join us for a conversation with Lori Cheatle, Maori Karmael Holmes, Brian Newman, Alison Willmore, Jeffrey Winter and Michelle Materre (moderator).

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NYWIFT Talks: Imagenation with Moikgantsi Kgama

 

 

 

 

 

On our April 27, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we joined  Moikgantsi Kgama of ImageNation as she spoke from the perspective of the cultural organizations that bring indie films into local communities. She discussed the potential broader impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the general theater-going experience, as we all wonder: what will the exhibition space look like after the pandemic has ended?

This discussion was moderated by NYWIFT Board VP of Programming Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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NYWIFT Talks: Production with Kathryn O’Kane

 

 

 

 

 

On our April 21, 2020, NYWIFT Talks we joined Disney+ showrunner and NYWIFT Board member Kathryn O’Kane for a virtual Zoom conversation. Kathryn discussed the COVID-19 effects on pre-planned productions and what the future holds for her current projects.

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez.

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NYWIFT Talks: Casting with Destiny Lilly

 

 

 

 

On our April 17, 2020, NYWIFT Talks, we joined Casting Director and NYWIFT Board of Directors Vice President Destiny Lilly for a virtual Zoom conversation. Destiny updated us on how the casting world in NYC keeps moving even while film, television, and theatre productions are on hold due to the current health crisis. We talked shooting delays, the impact on Broadway, online auditions, self-tape 101 for actors, why producers should always hire a casting director, and more. Casting affects more than just actors – all film and TV professionals are encouraged to bring their questions to to this insightful conversation. And anyone can benefit from self-tape 101; nowadays, working from home, we are all appearing on camera!

The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers

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NYWIFT Talks: Distance Learning with Dr. Kimberly Greene

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our April 6, 2020, NYWIFT Talks webinar, we joined distance learning expert Dr. Kimberly Greene for a Zoom conversation. We focused on tips and best practices for teaching and learning in virtual classes. Kimberly was one of the first people in the world to receive an Ed.D. in Educational Technology and in the last few weeks has been guiding thousands of teachers through the process of moving their classes into the digital world. 

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NYWIFT Talks: Virtual Theatrical Experiences with Wendy Lidell

 

 

 

 

 

In our April 2, 2020, NYWIFT Talks webinar, we welcomed Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell of Kino Lorber. We discussed the growth of Kino Lorber and their initiative to develop the virtual theatrical experience during a time of uncertainty, while continuing to support art houses everywhere. 

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Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 has brought into sharp relief the mental health crisis that the documentary community has faced for quite some time. Living in survival mode and keeping it all together for their crew and subjects is what document filmmakers are good at, but at great costs to their own mental health and physical well-being. It’s time we stop suffering in silence, and speak up as a community. On March 31, 2020, NYWIFT and The D-Word co-hosted a panel discussion to explore what lessons can be learned from this pivotal moment to help create a mind-shift in the industry.

Moderated by Doug Block (The D-Word), panelists included Rebecca Day (Producer/ Psychotherapist), Kelsey Koenig  (Impact Partner Films), Heidi Reinberg  (Documentary film maker) and Chithra Jeyaram (Documentary filmmaker).

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NYWIFT Talks: Virtual Collaborations with Liz Dreyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our inaugural NYWIFT Talks on March 27, 2020, we joined virtual collaboration expert Liz Dreyer for a Zoom conversation. We focused on tips and best practices for creating productive virtual meetings, including information on preferred platforms and the leading question of the day: “Should you wear pants on video chats?” Liz has facilitated creative digital groups for over 20 years.

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