NYWIFT @ Woodstock: The Picket Line: A Road to Pay Equity and Sustainability

Join NYWIFT for a special conversation on the state of the industry at the 2023 Woodstock Film Festival! 

The creative industry has been radically transformed in the last several years due to the pandemic, economic turmoil, advances in digital technology and production efficiencies. Yet, creators of content, writers, actors and many others that are instrumental to media development are still struggling to ensure economic sustainability.

To date, over 11,000 writers and 150,000 members of SAG AFTRA have taken up protest to be heard and galvanize change. Come hear from the experts and those on the front lines, union members from Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Screen Actors Guild/ Aftra, discuss what has been done to update contracts that no longer serve current working conditions and a critical look at what the public can do to support their efforts.  

Panelists will include Jo Miller, writer and showruner; Dana Weissman, Director of Programs at Writers Guild of America, East; and Neil Gaiman, Author, writer and showrunner. Moderated by Thelma Adams, writer, a two-time Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle.


NYWIFT @ Woodstock Film Festival: Women in Film: Then and Now

When Festival Founder Meira Blaustein and noted Critic Thelma Adams programmed their "Amazing Women in Film" panel for the first time in 2004, the morning events were the B-side of the male-heavy producer's panel that followed. The audience was all women. And they were curious and engaged. Over the years, the panel gathered notable high profile women directors, producers and actors. And we began a dialogue that started in that quiet corner at Utopia Studios, and then blossomed with each new year, becoming part of a wave of advocacy for the women's gaze in the media. Where did we come from, how far have we gotten, and what can we manifest for the future? That's the goal of this now popular panel that began in relative obscurity and fought to be heard.