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NYWIFT Member Screening: In the Moon’s Shadow

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of the comedic drama In the Moon's Shadow, which is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by NYWIFT Special Projects and Finance Associate Easmanie Michel. 

In response to her estranged sister Karen’s plea, Lisa joins her at their family cottage on a lake in Maine. They then find themselves on a journey to the Sand Hills of Nebraska to witness a rare northern hemisphere total eclipse of the sun. Karen’s deceased husband Tom, was an “eclipse chaser” her estranged daughter-in-law Emily, requests she bring her father’s ashes to the eclipse.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: When We Were Apollo

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of the documentary When We Were Apollo, produced by NYWIFT member Giovanna Aguilar and directed by Zach Weil. The film shines a light on the massive - and diverse - workforce behind the Apollo Space Program.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers. 

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with Post NY Alliance

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our March 2022 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from Post New York Alliance!

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement. 

We will begin the evening with a five-minute salon conversation to discuss PNYA's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by about 90 minutes of speed networking, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. 

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with Ghetto Film School Roster

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our February 2022 virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from Ghetto Film School's Roster!

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, project pitches, and contact info for further engagement. 

NYWIFT hangouts are a safe space to ask entertainment related questions, seek advice, employment and other industry opportunities. Prep your elevator pitch and get ready to make connections! As always, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend and mix, mingle and get to know our dynamic and talented members and staff in an informal setting.

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LMHQ x Owning It x NYWIFT: Resource-Share Networking Mixer

Chances are you’ve already put together your list of goals and resolutions for the new year. But how do you go about finding the resources to accomplish them? How do you expand your network to best support your ventures?

Join the communities of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), The Gotham’s Owning It, and LMHQ for a networking mixer to find new resources, skills, and contacts — and share your own areas of expertise!

After brief introductions, participants will self-select into three rotating breakout sessions. Areas of focus will include fundraising, pitching, marketing, and business ownership. You will have the opportunity to ask fellow participants for resources and advice as well as provide your own resources to others.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: Mama Gloria

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of Luchina Fisher's documentary Mama Gloria, produced by member Zainab Ali, in recognition of Transgender Awareness Week. Mama Gloria is an intimate profile of Gloria Allen, a trailblazing 75-year-old Black transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth in Chicago and is now aging with joy and grace. It is the story of a mother’s love — the love that Gloria’s mother had for her and the love that Gloria has for her chosen children. And it is driven by the love that director Luchina Fisher has for her daughter, Gia.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team and renowned transgender activist Gloria Allen, moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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NYWIFT Spooky Virtual Hangout with Women’s Weekend Film Challenge

Join your friends at NYWIFT and Women's Weekend Film Challenge for a special *Spooky* edition of the NYWIFT Virtual Hangout! Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement at this virtual networking mixer.

Halloween costumes are optional but strongly encouraged! 🎃 Let’s get creative.

As a bonus – we are thrilled to have two tarot card readers join us that evening! So if you get lucky and get matched with one of them for a breakout session, they'll be happy to read your fortune.

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NYWIFT Co-Presents American-Ish at UrbanWorld Film Festival

NYWIFT is proud to co-present a FREE in-person community screening of: American-ish at the 2021 UrbanWorld Film Festival!

Serving both as a lighthearted re-imagination of and critical divergence from the classic romantic comedy, American-ish tackles and celebrates the complex intersectionalities of womanhood by welcoming us into the world—with all its joys and tribulations—of these three marriage-aged women.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: When We Grow Up and No Crystal Stair

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of 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.

Watch the films any time Thursday, September 23rd at 3 PM through Monday, September 27th at 11:59 PM, then watch the pre-recorded Q&A with the filmmakers, moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout: Owning It Networking at Gotham Week 2021

Join The Gotham's Owning It Program in Partnership with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women in Film, and European Film Market’s EFM Startups for a free virtual speed networking mixer in celebration of Gotham Week.

Not only will you meet other driven, dedicated members of the filmmaking, creative and entrepreneurship communities, you’ll be able to meet representatives from Owning It, NYWIFT, Women in Film, and the European Film Market’s EFM Startups to learn more about how we can help set you up for success.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: Darcy and Keep Your Head Up, Sweet Pea!

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of 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. 

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NYWIFT Member Screening: C/O Kancharapalem

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of 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. 

The film was one-of-a-kind in the studio- and star-driven South Indian film industry. Independently produced by Paruchuri, it was shot on location with all of the cast of 80 "actors" selected from the residents of the village itself after a month-long workshop.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: There She Is

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of Tracey Anarella's documentary feature, There She Is, which explores the confluence of beauty pageants and feminism in the #MeToo era. It explores the "who" and "why" of women in beauty pageants, emphasizing the #MeToo era. It examines the “good” (developmentally disabled and LGBTQ pageants), “bad” (exploitive pageants), and the really “ugly” (child pageants).

Screen the film over the weekend then join us for a Q&A with director/producer Tracey Anarella moderated by NYWIFT Community Engagement Director Katie Chambers.

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NYWIFT Member Screening: The Dilemma of Desire

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening of 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. 

The film will be available to all who register to view via an exclusive link at any time throughout the weekend of May 20, 2021.

Then, join us for a special Q&A with the director and subjects on Zoom moderated by writer, comedian, and podcaster Jourdain Searles.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with The Gotham

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our April virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from The Gotham (formerly IFP)!

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement. 

We will begin the evening with a brief salon conversation with The Gotham's Deputy Director Kia Brooks to discuss the organization's latest opportunities and initiatives, followed by an hour of speed networking. The hour will be broken up into smaller chunks of time, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. 

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NYWIFT Member Screening: No Fear No Favor

Join us for this month’s FREE virtual NYWIFT Member Screening as we honor Earth Day with Mirra Bank's documentary feature, No Fear No Favor, about African communities fighting the poaching crisis by protecting their wildlife for future generations.

Watch the films any time Thursday, April 22 at 3 PM through Monday, April 26, then join us for a Q&A with Mirra Bank moderated by acclaimed wildlife journalist Peter Canby.

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NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with ITVS

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our February virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from ITVS!

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement. 

We will begin the evening with a brief salon conversation with ITVS leaders to discuss their latest grants and initiatives, followed by an hour of speed networking. The hour will be broken up into smaller chunks of time, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. 

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NYWIFT Member Screening: Social Impact Shorts Program

Women filmmakers throughout history have often been at the forefront of advancing social change.

Join us for this month’s virtual NYWIFT Member Screening as we honor 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 raises awareness for a different social issue in its own unique way. 

The films will be available to all who register to view via an exclusive link at any time throughout the weekend of March 25th. Then, join us for a special Q&A with the filmmakers on Zoom on Monday the 29th.

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