NYWIFT Blog

NYWIFT Talks Holiday Special: A Look Behind Lifetime Movies

Join us for NYWIFT Talks discussing the love of Lifetime Original movies! Yes, that’s right. Everyone’s secret guilty pleasure and truly the world’s obsession. We sit down with creative executives to discuss the making behind these movies and what makes them some of the best films streaming. In discussion with Tanya Lopez (EVP Scripted Content), Sapna Vyas (VP, Scripted Content), and Amy Winter (EVP Head of Programming). Moderated by NYWIFT CEO, Cynthia Lopez.

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NYWIFT Talks: The Future of Reproductive Rights

On this week's NYWIFT Talks, we have an honest and up-to-date conversation about Roe vs Wade and the future of a woman’s right to choose. Now is the time to re-organize, assess our current political landscape and discuss the best strategies to protect women’s reproductive rights. We'll speak with creative content makers, activists and policy experts to discuss how best to support the movement.

In discussion with Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes (The Janes), Steffie van Rhee (Battleground), Allison Rhone (Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund), and Dina Montemarano (NARAL Pro-Choice America). Moderated by Natasha Del Toro

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NYWIFT Talks: Changing Our Narrative: Indigenous Voices Rising

In this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we are honoring Indigenous Heritage Month with creators in the industry paving the way to visibility and equality. What has Hollywood done to respectfully represent Indigenous people, and how are these groups of writers, directors, and showrunners creating the change? How did they overcome their obstacles within the industry? and what work still needs to be accomplished.

In conversation with Jhane Myers, Yvonne Russo, Brooke Swaney, and more TBA. Moderated by Simon Moya-Smith.

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NYWIFT Talks: Puerto Rico & Climate Change

Join us for our next NYWIFT Talks, where we sit down with esteemed filmmakers, activists, and journalists in conversation about the climate change crisis in Puerto Rico. Our guests will discuss how the current circumstances have impacted society and the creative industry. Speakers include Cecilia Aldarondo,Frances Marie MedinaKristian Mercado, Laura M. Miranda, Esq., Kyara Morales-Rodriguez, and Giovanni Roberto. Moderated by Marangeli Mejia-Rabell (Director of the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival).

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NYWIFT Talks: Latino Representation in Film & Television

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we speak about the lack of Latino representation in the industry. What is lacking, what is misrepresentation, and what work still needs to be done in order for the voices of the Latin community to be appropriately amplified. Speakers will include Elaine Del Valle and Bianca Marroquín. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Emelyn Stuart.

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NYWIFT Talks with Executive Director John Carson Woo of Asian CineVision, Inc

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we speak with Executive Director at Asian CineVision, Inc, John Carson Woo to discuss the upcoming 2022 Asian American International Film Festival. This conservation will be moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago.

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NYWIFT Talks at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival: Highlighting Tribeca Shorts Program (Part 2)

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we're headed to the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, highlighting filmmakers including our very own NYWIFT Members at this year's festival. We are covering some short films in the festival including Hoop Dreams, and more. In conversation with Director Kasey Elise Walker, Fredgy Noël and more to be announced. Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager Barbara G Vasconez.

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NYWIFT Talks: Podcasting

Join us in this week's NYWIFT Talks as we get a perspective from women filmmakers who have found a new home in podcasting. We'll discuss podcasting with NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer (I Was Never There, premiering at Tribeca 2022), Enid Zentelis (How My Grandmother Lost WW2), and Jessica Bendinger (Mob Queens). Moderated by Alexis Soloski (NY Times).

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NYWIFT Talks: ‘Sneakerella’

In this week's NYWIFT Talks, we discuss with the team behind Disney+'s latest film, Sneakerella. Join us for a conversation with Executive Producers Rachel Watanabe-Batton, and Jane Startz. This will be led by NYWIFT Board Member and Executive Director of Black Public Media Leslie Fields-Cruz. Learn more about the new film below. 

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NYWIFT Talks at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival: Highlighting Tribeca Shorts Program (Part 1)

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we're headed to the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, highlighting filmmakers including our very own NYWIFT Members at this year's festival.  This week, we are covering some short films in this year's film festival including Valentine, and more. In conversation with Directors Chris McNabb and Beck Kitsis, A.K. Sandhu, and more to be announced. Moderated by NYWIFT Program Manager, Barbara G Vasconez.

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NYWIFT Talks: Women Journalists on the Frontline

Join us on Thursday, May 12th for NYWIFT Talks: Women Journalists on the Frontline. We'll be in conversation with journalists who have recently been on the front line in the war in Ukraine discussing their experiences on the ground and the unique challenges of being a woman war correspondent. In conversation with Maggie Rulli (ABC) and Salma Abdelaziz (CNN). Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Christina Kiely.

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NYWIFT Talks Yes2Next with April Hattori

Join us on NYWIFT Talks with former NYWIFT Board Member, April Hattori and her mother, Aiko Sokolowski to discuss their online fitness business, yes2next and how they expanded their following through a media strategy harnessing the power of press and social media.

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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 Talks with Elizabeth A. Corradino and David Rabinowitz of Moses & Singer LLP

Social media posts are full of intellectual property – trademarks, copyrights, publicity rights and more. The temptation is great to connect with the buzz to maximize user engagement, but there is potential for infringement. Are there any rules (yes) guiding how to play in this space without getting the dreaded claim letter? We will discuss what answers there are and ideas for minimizing risk. Conversation with Elizabeth A. Corradino and David Rabinowitz of Moses & Singer LLP.

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NYWIFT Talks with Filmmaker Ayana Baraka

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we sit down and chat with filmmaker, Ayana Baraka. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member and Executive Director, Leslie Fields-Cruz.

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NYWIFT Talks: 2022 ReelAbilities Film Festival

Join us for NYWIFT Talks: 2022 ReelAbilities Film Festival. In conversation with ReelAbilities Director and Co-Founder, Isaac Zablocki and director, Lynn Montgomery. Moderated by Executive Director at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Rachel Byrne.

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NYWIFT Talks with “PURE” Director, Natalie Jasmine Harris

On February 23 at 4pm ET, we'll speak with writer/director, Natalie Jasmine Harris to discuss her short, Pure<, now streaming on HBO Max!

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NYWIFT Talks at The Sundance Film Festival: ‘Brainwashed’ with Director Nina Menkes

On this week’s NYWIFT Talks, we're headed to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival...virtually! We will be covering some highlights and updating you on new releases coming your way. 

We're sitting down with director Nina Menkes to chat about her new documentary, Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power. Building on her influential cinematic talk, Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Cinema, film director Nina Menkes takes us on an eye-opening journey through the gendered politics of shot design. Using more than 175 film clips from canonical Hollywood favorites and cult classics as well as interviews with filmmakers and scholars, the film reveals a sinister framework of misogyny and paternalism that, from early cinema to the present day, infiltrates some of our favorite movies.

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