Screenings and Festivals

The Big Steal (1990), directed by NYWIFT Member Nadia Tass, will screen at Museum of the Moving Image in July. The film, starring Ben Mendelsohn in his first lead role, is playing as part of the Pioneering Women in Australian Cinema program. Teenager Danny (a baby-faced Mendelsohn, in an early role) wants to woo his crush Joanna, promising a ride in his 1973 Jaguar. Except that he doesn’t have one. Unwanted and unintended consequences ensue when he decides to trade in his dowdy 1962 Nissan via a sketchy car dealer. This warm-hearted teen comedy caper was the third feature for filmmaking couple Nadia Tass (director) and David Parker (writer and cinematographer). A car-lover’s delight, it invigorates the 1980s teen date-comedy formula with an Aussie sensibility, showcasing the streets of inner-city Melbourne and a sunny Oz-rock soundtrack. The film will screen July 30-31 at Museum of the Moving Image. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Triple Threat, a new feature film from NYWIFT Member Stacey Maltin, starring member Margarita Zhitnikova, is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and AppleTV. The film, which is being distributed by Gravitas Ventures, tells the story of the relationship between three best friends—on the verge of their Broadway debut whose connection is put to the test when diverging dreams meet the realities of adulthood. The film will be released on June 21. Learn more.

 


The Human Trial, directed by NYWIFT Member Lisa Hepner and her husband Guy Mossman, will soon be released in theaters and on Watch Now @ Home Virtual Cinema Release. Informed by Lisa’s own experience with Type 1 diabetes (T1D), the film looks at the people beyond the headlines to show the sweat, passion, and sacrifice at the forefront of an unprecedented breakthrough. Chronicling the intimate stories of 2 patients living with T1D, a physically and financially exhausting lifelong condition, the film calls for this overdue cure – needed now more than ever.  Maren Badger and Greg Romero are the guinea pigs in a radical stem cell trial to cure their T1D. After it seemed like this day would never come, they navigate their emotions as they undergo this life-altering treatment. The film will be released June 24. Learn more about the film and where to watch.

 

Being Bebe, directed by NYWIFT Member Emily Branhamis now available to stream on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video. Just in time for PRIDE, the award-winning doc film Being Bebe captures the incredible rise of the first ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race: the legendary BeBe Zahara Benet. The film intimately charts 15 years for the drag performer, an immigrant from homophobic Cameroon, first champion on iconic LGBTQ+ reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race and a leading artist celebrating Queer Black Excellence today. Learn more and watch.

 

Drown the Clown, starring NYWIFT Member Amy Renée Garcia, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Claire Sable (Amy Renée Garcia), who recently lost her daughter, Lily, in a drowning accident, struggles to cope and insists on preserving her daughter’s belongings; however, when Lily’s clown doll begins popping up in several places, Claire is spooked. For her performance in the film, Amy was awarded Best Actress in a Feature Film Award from the Culver City Film Festival (2020.) Watch now.

 

The Courtney Harmel Collection has been featured in the Global Image Works newsletter. Video artist, filmmaker and NYWIFT Member Courtney Harmel was a key player in New York’s downtown video scene, producing work that documented the ‘No Wave’ retail and performance culture of the mid-1980s. The performers and artists in her work include Joey Arias, Charles Busch, Alexis del Lago, Divine, John “Lypsinka” Epperson, Tony Frere, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, John Kelly, Tanya Ransom, Gerard Little, Ann Magnuson, Wendy Wild, John Sex, Andy Warhol, and Madonna. A program of her videos of performance and fashion from the 1980s in downtown New York was in the Club 57exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in the museum’s permanent collection. Learn more.

 

Sneakerella, executive produced by  NYWIFT Board Member Rachel Watanabe-Batton, will be available to stream on Disney+ next month! The movie, set in the avant-garde street/sneaker culture of New York City, follows El, an aspiring designer from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store once owned by his late mother. With an overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers coming between any opportunity that comes his way, a chance meeting with Kira King, the daughter of former NBA star/sneaker tycoon Darius King, may be the spark that ignites El as they bond over their shared love of sneakers. With help from his best friend and some “fairy godfather” magic, El finds the courage to pursue his dream. Sneakerella drops Friday, May 13 on Disney+. Watch the trailer.

 

NYWIFT member Julija Avramenko has created a video to raise awareness of the conflict in her home country of Ukraine. The video features Ukranian children asking the world to listen, to end this war, to stop the horror and suffering being inflicted upon the innocents which have nothing to do with the conflict. Julija has asked NYWIFT to share this video to give a voice to those most vulnerable, and to spread a message of unity, cooperation and kindness when it matters most. Watch now.

 

Lucy and Desi, a new documentary directed by Amy Poehler, is now streaming on Prime Video. Lucy and Desi explores the unlikely partnership and enduring legacy of one of the most prolific power couples in entertainment history. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz risked everything to be together. Their love for each other led to the most influential show in the history of television, I Love Lucy. The documentary features interviews with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Norman Lear, Desi Arnaz Jr., Carol Burnett, and Bette Midler. NYWIFT Member Michele Spitz sponsored and produced the audio-description, and NYWIFT member Sara Bernstein was Executive Producer on the film. Watch the film.

 

Asking For It is now available on all major streaming and VOD platforms. After a small town waitress is sexually assaulted on a date, she meets Regina and Beatrice and is recruited into their vigilante group of badass women. Together they strive to take down a society overpowered by corrupt men and seek the ultimate revenge while getting their own version of justice. Asking For It was recently given the ReFrame Stamp, a distinction for projects that have demonstrated gender-balanced hiring. NYWIFT member Jendra Jarnagin was cinematographer on the film. Watch the trailer.

 

The LIBBY Show: Lunch with the Ladies is streaming on YouTube. The new online talk show, produced and hosted by NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curryaims to entertain, inform and inspire women “of a certain age.” To coincide with Black History Month Suzanne interviewed Dr. Francois Clemmons, the postman from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood who shared a pool with Fred Rogers in the iconic scene from the show. Dr. Clemmons also stars in the podcast Around the Sun, co-produced by Suzanne. Watch now.

 

 

NYWIFT Member Nancy Cohen‘s new short play The Best is Yet To Come or Else is available to watch through the Library Equity Theatre of New York and on YouTube. The play, which Nancy wrote many years ago, was accepting to Library Equity’s Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival and was shot in a few weeks at Nancy’s local pub. The short play stars fellow NYWIFT member Olivia Welch – who Nancy found and cast through the NYWIFT Member Directory! Watch the short play and make sure to check out the NYWIFT Member Directory whenever you’re looking to hire or connect.

 

Chocolate Road, the debut documentary feature from NYWIFT member Tanya Chuturkova, is available on VOD. Chocolate Road is a discovery of where chocolate comes from. Three renowned chocolatiers – Maribel Lieberman, Susumu Koyama and Mikkel Friis-Holm – take us through the process of craft chocolate-making, starting from the plantations, through the different stages of preparation of the beans and all the way to the final chocolate pieces. On their journey each of them finds how important it is to know the roots of their prime material – the cacao bean, and the social impact of the people involved in the chocolate production chain. Learn more and rent the film.

 

Around the Sun Podcast, from NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry (Co-Producer/PR), is available to stream. The episodic podcast, which was recently featured in Variety,  is available through the Broadway Podcast Network and new episodes will drop until Thanksgiving. The podcast features the voices of Marsha Mason, Sally Struthers, BD Wong, Alysia Reiner, RHONJ Dolores Catania, Maureen Van Zandt, Vincent Pastore, Lilli Cooper, Veanne Cox and many more from stage and screen. Each episode tackles a social issue with warmth, humor and insight. Learn more.

 

A Case of Blue, from NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry (Co-Producer/PR) is available to stream. The independent feature film which stars Stephen Schnetzer (Homeland, Another World) and Anapurna Sriram (Billions, Feral) is being distributed by 1091 Media and is now available for rental or purchase on most major platforms. The film is about a retiree looking to figure out what he wants to do with his life, starting his quest with an art class in NYC. Learn more

 

A new episode of the podcast First Online with Fran, hosted by NYWFIT member Fran McGarry, is now streaming. This week’s episode features Coni Koepfinger and Dan Carter. The group have an esoteric conversation about making art a part of the human experience. Listen now and subscribe. If you would like to be interviewed for the podcast, contact Fran.

 

Neoyorquinos, a Spotify original podcast in Spanish, is the result of the collective effort and perseverance of five Latinx/Latin Americans. The executive producers, Carol Colmenares and Mariella Perez-Perez are proud NYWIFT members. “We had the opportunity to meet with several industry representatives, and Spotify’s curiosity was piqued” said Carol Colmenares, EP for Neoyorquinos. The podcast invites the audience to rediscover New York through the eyes of Latin American artists. Mariza Bafile’s writing evokes a poem, a love letter to New York where artists find meaning and inspiration. Directed by Flavia Romani, the soundscape of the city, the vibe and hustle is brought to life. Adding Estefania Giraldo’s melodious voice and the heartfelt stories of the featured artists, listeners will be transported to Williamsburg Beach or Bryant Park or perhaps they’ll recognize the characteristic sounds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “We are moved by a desire and a commitment to produce a quality podcast that anyone with an affinity to New York, can enjoy” said Mariella Perez-Perez Co-Executive Producer of Neoyorquinos. Neoyorquinos is produced by Viceversa Magazine and Timeline Digital. Listen for free on Spotify.

 

Lust Life Love, a narrative feature film written, produced, and co-directed by NYWIFT member Stephanie Sellars, is now available to stream on all major on-demand platforms. When a bisexual, polyamorous sex blogger falls madly in love with a monogamous man, she comes face to face with the frightening truth about herself. Sellars starred in the film alongside Jake Choi. Prior to distribution, Lust Life Love screened at five film festivals including Berlin Independent Film Festival (Best Romance Feature), Queens World Film Festival (Best LGBTQ Feature), and FilmOut San Diego LGBTQ Film Festival (Freedom Award). Learn more.

 

What Breaks The Ice to be released in theaters and on-demand. Two girls, from different worlds, form a deep and unlikely friendship in the sweltering summer heat of 1998. Their fun and carefree days quickly turn cold as they find themselves at the center of a mysterious murder. What Breaks The Ice is a Goldcrest Films production; NYWIFT Board Member Gretchen McGowan is Head of Production. Watch the trailer. The film is available in theaters and on demand on Apple TV+.

 

New Hotties, a Nike commercial starring Megan Thee Stallion and featuring NYWIFT member Chris Dixon, is now streaming. The new promotional clip shows “Thee Hot Girl Coach” redefining what athleticism means while sporting footwear and apparel from the brand. After trying her hand at everything from basketball to track & field in the clip, Meg goes on to explain how long rehearsals and dance-move-packed performances are just as full of action and adrenaline as any sport. (Chris Dixon can be seen in the glasses and white sweater!) Watch now.

 

NYWIFT member Kimberly Singleton has launched a podcast version of her television show Consider It Blacklit. This show highlights films, television programs and stage plays featuring African Americans up front and behind the scenes. The podcast also discusses social issues related to these programs and how they impact our communities. Singleton interviews directors, writers, producers, actors, content creators, arts organization leaders and overall film/television/stage enthusiasts. The podcast is available on Brooklyn Free Speech Radio, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Overcast, Castro, Castbox and Podfriend. New episodes are uploaded every Monday. Learn more and listen.

 

Half-Life, a limited series created by NYWIFT member Patty Carey, is now streaming on WhoHaHa – a new streaming platform designed for women in comedy. Half-Life takes a comedic look at a NYC mom trying to reboot her stalled screenwriting career without letting the rest of her life fall apart; moms can have a midlife crisis too. The series stars NYWIFT member Finnerty Steeves in a supporting role, and was executive produced by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer. Learn more and watch the series.

 

Join our friends at the Queens Drive-In for an unforgettable evening of cinema under the stars! With a goal of bringing film, culture, togetherness, and joy back to the people of Queens, the drive-in will be donating a portion of every ticket sale to non-profit organizations that serve the hardest-hit communities in the borough! See the full lineup of films and purchase tickets. Enter discount code NYWIFT20 for 20% off tickets.

 

before/during/after, from NYWIFT member Finnerty Steeves (Writer, Producer, Lead), is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. before/during/after is the story of Jennie Lonergan (Steeves), a middle-aged NYC theatre actress, who is forced to redefine herself when she catches her husband of 15 years having an affair. Anchored in a single day in Jennie’s life, the non-linear stor creatively interweaves past with present to spectacular effect. NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer was an executive producer on the film. Watch now.

 

A screening and discussion for There’s Your Ready Girl, a short documentary from NYWIFT member Deborah C. Hoard, is available to watch on YouTube. The 11 minute documentary tells the story of Dorothy Foreman Cotton – a bold, highly effective and important civil rights leader. Throughout her long life she organized, she spoke out, she challenged the status quo, she sang powerful freedom songs. Most importantly, she ran a Citizenship Eduction Program that moved thousands of people from a mindset of “victim” to that of a fully-engaged citizen in the Jim Crow south. She was the only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Executive Staff, yet her contributions have largely gone unrecognized. The documentary and conversation are available to watch through The History Center’s Youtube Channel. Watch now. The Dorothy Cotton Institute, an education and resource center honoring the civil rights pioneer is also accepting donations. Learn more and donate now

 

The 13th season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, produced by Black Public Media, is now airing on local PBS stations. AfroPoP’s stories are beautifully and poignantly told, and remind us that despite the hardships people of African descent face globally our spirit of ingenuity burns bright. Black Public Media is committed to continuing to bring these stories, and others that celebrate the art, culture and creativity people of African descent, to the American public. The newest season will feature shorts and feature-length films about individuals who challenge systems of oppression and inequality, and those who create new avenues of expression through the arts.  Learn more and watch.

 

Topic, the new streaming service from First Look Media, is offering a 30 day free trial for NYWIFT members. The platform is curated for a curious and engaged audience seeking smart, provocative and meaningful entertainment.Recent programming includes: the weekly comedic variety series Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth; Down from London from executive producer Sharon Horgan; horror anthology series Soul City from filmmakers Coodie and Chike; BAFTA TV Award nominee The Virtues from filmmaker Shane Meadows starring Stephen Graham; Maria Bamford’s discussion show on mental health, What’s Your Ailment?!; and critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films such as Behemoth and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Sign up for a 30 day free trial.

 

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

 

CherryPicks, a podcast about womxn and sex onscreen, is the go-to place to find out what womxn think about film and tv. The podcast highlights reviews and original stories exclusively from female-identifying and non-binary entertainment writers, and creates original content that looks at media through a female and non-binary lens. Upcoming guests include Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things), Karen Maine (Yes, God, Yes), Sasheer Zamata (Woke), and Bel Powley (The Morning Show). Listen now through Apple Podcasts and subscribe.

 

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

 

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

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