NYWIFT Announces Opening Night of 2016 Immigrant Experiences Series

New York Women in Film & Television Announces:
Season Two of Screening Series of Films by Women Filmmakers
Highlighting Immigrant Stories in New York City Begins March 1


NEW YORK, NY (February 22, 2016) – Produced by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women Directors: Sharing Immigrant Experiences through Film, is a screening series created to highlight and promote immigrant stories within New York City by women filmmakers. This five-month long series, designed to showcase a themed exhibition of short and feature-length films, opens Tuesday, March 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Maspeth Town Hall in Maspeth, Queens.

NYWIFT has selected two short films for its March 1 program with a focus on immigrant children. The selected films are: Small Truths directed by Sarah Yuster and Michael McWeeney, and Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the Worlddirected by Renee Silverman and Peter Miller.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects, followed by a reception to allow further engagement of the artists with the audience. Receptions will feature food correlated with cultures of each screening, sourced from neighborhood businesses.

Funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative of the New York City Council, the Immigrant Experiences series will continue to produce one screening per month through June 2016.

A free day-long documentary production workshop for immigrant and first generation women will take place on Saturday, May 7th at the Maspeth Town Hall.


Immigrant Experiences: The Children  – March 1 Program

Small Truths (Directed by Sarah Yuster and Michael McWeeney)
Small Truths portrays an integral facet of immigration via the unique perspectives of young children. Arcing from upbeat and funny to moments startling and sobering, we take an intimate look at lives of NYC schoolchildren in an area that’s predominantly Mexican and Central American. Second graders in a Staten Island public school are filmed as they present written and illustrated pieces based on their experiences.

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World (Directed by Renee Silverman and Peter Miller)
The film follows the immigrant experience of children who attend at the International Rescue Committee’s New York summer school for children seeking refuge from the world’s most volatile conflicts. In 40 emotional and immersive minutes, viewers come to know and love these newly arrived students who put a human face on a global crisis.

For more information or to register for the March 1st screening, please visit: www.nywift.org/ImmigrantMarch1


About New York Women in Film & Television:

New York Women in Film & Television supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equality.

The preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,000 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 40 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.

NYWIFT is a nonprofit, 501c3 public charity, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. It is governed by an 18 member board of directors. The board is elected by the membership.

More information can be found online at: www.NYWIFT.org

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