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NYWIFT Talks: Moms Working in Film

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we are honored to sit down with leading women in film that are changing the narrative of working moms in film. We'll speak with Creative Producer and Founder of mama.film, Lela Meadow-Conner and founder of MOM Film Fest, Tonya Mollineau. This conversation will be lead by Senior Development and Editorial Consultant, Maud Kersnowsi-Sachs.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Catch the Fair One’

NYWIFT invites you to a screening of Catch the Fair One starting Tuesday, February 8th from Thursday, February 10th.  Kaylee “K.O.” Uppashaw, a mixed Indigenous boxer, prepares for a championship fight. Her hands are wrapped, gloves taped shut, and face greased. She pounds the mitts with her trainer, Brick. The room echoes with the strength...

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NYWIFT Talks ‘The Lost Daughter’ with Director Maggie Gyllenhaal

A college professor confronts her unsettling past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while on vacation in Italy. Her obsession with the woman and her daughter prompts memories of her early motherhood.

In conversation with Director Maggie Gyllenhaal and NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Passing’

Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), a refined, upper-class 1920s woman, finds breezy refuge from a hot summer day in the grand tearoom of New York City's Drayton Hotel. Across the room, she spots a blond woman staring her down.

A conversation with director Rebecca Hall and star Ruth Negga, moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Kuye Youngblood.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Found’

In Amanda Lipitz's documentary film Found

Join us for a screening of Found  screening from November 5th through 9th, followed by a conversation on November 9th at 4pm ET with director and writer Amanda Lipitz and producer Anita Gou.

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NYWIFT Talks: Film Festival Practices

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, the 2020 pandemic has sparked change within every organization from four day work days, hybrid or at-home work to a better overall mental health change. But, as companies evolve, what about freelance workers? How can we work toward change for fairer treatment towards those working freelance? We speak with film festival workers looking to positively advocate for fairer wages, better work environment, and policy changes.

This conversation includes Emily Foster and more TBA. Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara Vásconez.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It’

Join us for a screening of Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It from Friday, October 29th through Monday, November 1st. Followed by a pre-recorded conversation with subject Rita Moreno and Director Mariem Pérez Riera. Moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director, Cynthia Lopez.

Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged an Oscar winner. Moreno’s talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists.

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NYWIFT Talks: Stuntwomen in Film/TV

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we speak with stuntwomen in film/television to discuss their work and how the pandemic has changed their career. What new protocols have been set to keep everyone safe. This conversation includes Dakota Bown, Wendy GutierrezKelly Roisin, Heidi Schnappauf, and Rose Sias. Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara Vásconez.

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NYWIFT Talks: Latinx Representation in Film & TV

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we speak with educators in film/television to discuss the representation in film. What is lacking, what is misrepresentation, and what work still needs to be done in order for the voices of the Latinx community to be appropriately amplified.

Speakers will include Frances Negron (Columbia University Professor and Filmmaker); Ben Lopez (ED, National Association of Latino Independent Producers- NALIP); and Maria Corina Ramirez, (Filmmaker); with more TBA. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Zenaida Mendez (Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center).

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘What Breaks The Ice’

Join us for a screening of What Breaks The Ice screening from October 21st through 26th, followed by a conversation with Rebecca Eskreis. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Gretchen McGowan.

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.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘Jacinta’

Join us for a screening of Jacinta from October 7th through 11th, followed by a Q&A with Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker, Jessica Earnshaw and subject, Jacinta. Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara G Vásconez.

Shot over three years, the film begins at the Maine Correctional Center where Jacinta, 26, and her mother Rosemary, 46, are incarcerated together, both recovering from drug addiction. With unparalleled access and a gripping vérité approach, director Jessica Earnshaw paints a deeply intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma over generations.

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

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, the pandemic has started the conversation on changing the work environment in many different careers. But, what about the crew behind the scenes? We speak with IATSE members in film/television to discuss unhealthy work environments in the industry and what the strike means to its members. This conversation will include Marisa Shipley (VP and Member of Local IATSE). Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Leslie Fields-Cruz. This conversation will include Marisa Shipley (VP and Member of Local IATSE).

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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘LFG’

Join us for a screening of LFG, followed by a conversation with director/producers Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine.

LFG is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s ongoing fight for equal pay as told by Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis and others. In 2019, the players filed a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, three months before the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which sets the stage for LFG.

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NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund’s SPOTLIGHT: Presents Groundbreaking Documentaries of the 1970s: Betty Tells Her Story & The Wobblies

The Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is supporting these two groundbreaking films for nomination to this year’s National Film Registry.  We believe these films have made a crucial contribution to American cinema and deserve a spot on the list.   

Please join us for this special program of two WFPF preserved films followed by a panel conversation with directors Liane Brandon and Deborah Shaffer. Moderated by award-winning documentarian Mirra Bank.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening: ‘Materna’ + Q&A

A closely observed psychological portrait of four women, whose lives are bound together by an incident on the New York City subway.

Join us for a screening of Materna screening from August 9th through 11th, 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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NYWIFT Industry Screening + Q&A: ‘The Letter Room’

Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat. 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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NYWIFT Industry Screening: ‘Enemies of the State’ Screening + Q&A

An average American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of espionage and corporate secrets when the U.S. government targets the family's hacker son. Join us for a screening of this new documentary feature, followed by a conversation with Director Sonia Kennebeck. Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara Vásconez.

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NYWIFT Industry Screening: ‘Emily @ The Edge of Chaos’ Screening + Q&A

A custom blend of insight and humor, provocation and inspiration, personal stories and social commentary from comedian Emily Levine.

Join us for a screening of Emily @ The Edge of Chaos screening from July 16th through 19th, followed by a conversation with the creative team Thea Kerman, Miriam cutler, Stephen Shroyer, Jeff Shroyer and Ed Chiodo on July 19th at 4pm EST.

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