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NYWIFT member Courtney Camerota’s first feature film, Last Pickup, is now available on Amazon! It’s free for Amazon Prime members or available to rent or purchase for non-members. Courtney wrote and produced the film, which was shot entirely in NYC. While in the employ of Mr. Worthington, James, Mickey and Whitey have made several successful and uneventful pickups, but one last pickup will prove to be an adventure and the difference between life as free men and life behind bars. Watch on Amazon now.

NYWIFT member Lisa Reznik’s Film Society of Summit will present the documentary Paris Was a Woman on March 31 at 8 PM at MONDO Summit (426 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ). The screening will be followed by conversation with director Greta Schiller and writer Andrea Weiss. An acclaimed film portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors (including Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century. Utilizing groundbreaking research and newly discovered home movies, Paris Was a Woman re-creates the mood and flavor of this female artistic community in Paris during its most magical era. Tickets: $12 in advance; $14 at the door; $10 for NYWIFT members. Email summitfilm@gmail.com to reserve advance tickets.

NYWIFT member Marzy Hart’s web series Working on It is officially streaming publicly on Seeka.TV. Seeka is a new platform for digital content and they are running a contest through April 15. Each series gets a referral link. The referral link used most to watch content (all content, not just Marzy’s show) on the platform wins $2000 for first place. Per Marzy “Working on It is an inclusive, LGBT-forward series, that our current president would spit on. It follows four relationships as they work to stay together with the help of therapy.” Use Working on It’s link here to watch now: https://watch.seeka.tv/#/index?referral_key=WORKING_ON_IT

NYWIFT member Kathleen Kaan invites fellow members to a special one-night only staged reading of her play Teddy’s Doll House directed by Charles Messina and starring Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli, on April 3 at 7 PM at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.). Teddy’s Doll House is a comedy-drama set in 1985 in New York’s Alphabet City. It is a poignant story about a man’s unfulfilled dreams, his struggle with aging, AIDS, lost love and missed opportunities. People wax nostalgic for a time when small family businesses dotted the landscape, and neighbors knew each other by name. Teddy’s Doll House is a personal, heartfelt play that serves as a commentary on the gentrification of NYC and on those who try to hold onto the past while keeping their families and livelihoods intact during changing times. Call 212-252-6910 or email reservations_teddysdollhouse@aol.com to reserve a seat for you and a guest. If you are unable to attend but are interested in reading the play, the team will happily send you a copy of the script.  

The acclaimed film, A Woman, A Part written and directed by NYWIFT member Elisabeth Subrin is playing at IFC Center March 23-28. Burnt out on her career, successful LA actress Anna (Maggie Siff of Mad Men and Billions), abruptly walks off her mind-numbing, sexist network show. She runs away to New York, hoping to reconnect with two old friends, former theater collaborators she’d abandoned for Hollywood who now find themselves struggling to survive in the rapidly gentrifying city. As Anna’s arrival tears open old wounds, all three are forced to reckon with their pasts and their uncertain futures (with Cara Seymour, John Ortiz & Khandi Alexander). On March 23rd, NYWIFT is hosting the evening screening & Q&A with members of the filmmaking team, moderated by NYWIFT’s Board Member Destiny Lilly. NYWIFT members will receive discounted tickets @$12 for the 3/23 7:30pm event only, on a space-permitting basis. NYWIFT Members must show this announcement in print or digital at the box office. *Limit one discounted ticket per person. This offer does not guarantee availability and will not provide admission to a sold-out show. Elisabeth is also the creator of the feminist blog Who Cares About Actresses, check out her manifesto here. NYWIFT Board Member Simone Pero is a part of the film’s outreach team. See details.

See the East Coast premiere of member Martha Frances Williams’ I am THEM and the world premiere of Lovestuck at the Queens World Film Festival at 4:30 PM on March 19 at the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave., Astoria). The film will be screened with other shorts in the "Queens Corner" block in the museum's Redstone Theater. Lovestuck, a comedic short, shows a year in the love lives of two very different roommates. NYWIFT member Katrina Medoff wrote, produced and acted in the film. The QWFF has extended their friends and family code to NYWIFT members; use code: qwff7 at checkout to knock $4 off the ticket price. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets to the "Queens Corner" block here.

NYWIFT member Olivia Gray has a new web series, Makeup and Breakup, about navigating love and relationships in New York City. Shannon, Blake, Spencer, Brooke, and Laura are at the center of a drama filled love pentagon. The series was recently shown at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. You can see episodes on Olivia’s website or on YouTube

The sci-fi feature Imitation Girl, executive produced by NYWIFT member Claudia Murdoch, celebrated its world premiere on March 4 at the Cinequest Film & VR Festival in Silicon Valley, CA. The film will have repeat screenings March 11 at 6:30 PM and March 12 10:30 AM. A mysterious being appears in the Southwestern desert and assumes the identity of the first person she sees - a woman on a magazine cover. Taken in by Iranian immigrants, she forms an understanding of her new surroundings, and comes to appreciate the beauty and the sadness of her new world. At the same time, Julianna, Imitation’s world-weary earthly double, knows both glitz and grit working as an entertainer in New York City, where her fraying life and relationships threaten her dreams for an audition that might finally set her on a happier path. On learning of Juliana’s existence, Imitation heads to New York, where only by sacrificing themselves to each other can the cosmic twins complete a full portrait of a woman. See details.

The documentary Kiki, produced by NYWIFT member Lori Cheatle, is playing at IFC Center through March 9. 25 years after Paris is Burning introduced vogueing to the world, Kiki revisits NYC’s thriving underground ballroom scene. It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions to showcase dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes and fierce attitude. With intimate access to the scene, the film goes beyond the glamour of the balls, spotlighting a safe haven that offers acceptance, support and community to struggling, at-risk queer black and Latino young people. See details.

NYWIFT member Linnette Harrigan is proud to have recently completed music supervision work on the feature film, Isn’t It Delicious produced by fellow NYWIFT member – Suzanne Hayes Linnette created music cue sheets for this film containing a complete listing of all song cues, timings, authors, publishers, performance rights which distributors and most film festivals require. Isn’t It Delicious is the story of Joan Weldon who discovers she’s dying from lung cancer and sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her 3 children and husband. The film stars Kathleen Chalfant. NYWIFT members looking for affordable music supervision or needing advice on music for their films and other projects may contact Linnette Harrigan at INFO@LINNETTEHARRIGANMEDIA.COM

NYWIFT member Marilyn Fezza, in collaboration with 7Sisters Live@Manhattanville College, has organized an open discussion about feminism and women’s equality at a students-only event. It is being held on Thursday March 2, 2017 between 4-8PM at the Berman Center Theatre - register here and be aware that you must have a current student ID to attend.  7Sisters LIVE Summits are where girls talk about how to live in today’s world as a woman, straight up. No celebrity hosts. Just real girls. It is a chance to communicate about issues that impact women and recognize the unique challenges women face no matter their country or culture, and share ideas and experiences to help each other grow.  Real girls need a place to talk about real issues, to recognize our power and beauty, and help others recognize it too. 

The Last Laugh, directed by NYWIFT member Ferne Pearlstein and produced by NYWIFT Board member Anne Hubbell, will screen at Lincoln Plaza Cinema starting March 3. Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, The Last Laugh, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves. Through these interviews and clips from our favorite standup comedy, TV shows, and movies, The Last Laugh offers fresh insights into the Holocaust, our own psyches, and what else—9/11, AIDS, racism—is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, The Last Laugh dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave you both laughing and appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of events that make you want to cry. See details.

NYWIFT member Christina Eliopoulos’ New Jersey film Tonight and Every Night, which was fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT, will debut at the Garden State Film Festival on April 2 at 2:15 PM at Resorts International Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. In the film, Paterson native Joe Cortese delivers a tour de force performance as Yianni, the star and host of the talk show that plays in his own beautiful but fractured mind. On one fateful day, Yianni, who suffers from dementia, wanders out of his house, and befriends a lonely and lost little boy. The narrative short film, written and directed by Eliopoulos, was inspired by her father’s life. Buy tickets.

NYWIFT Member Cheryl Lewis  is a stuntwoman/martial artist/fight choreographer, and action director/visual storyteller. She was featured in Oxygen's digital series, "In Progress." The article details her impressive career as a stuntwoman: "Stunt performers are not nearly as celebrated as the actors and actresses that we read headlines about every day, and yet these men and women put their lives on the line for the sake of our entertainment, but without the reward of adoration and attention that other performers may receive. Lewis has racked up over 75 credits on IMDB, including Orange Is The New Black (yes, she played Vee in that infamous Season 2 car hit), The Mindy Project, Gotham, Shameless, Straight Outta Compton, WorkaholicsCrossbones and countless more - and yet you might have never even seen her face." In the article, she discusses her other talents, such as martial arts, and her experience as an African-American stuntwoman. Read the full article.  

Producer/director and NYWIFT member Leslie McCleave's feature documentary How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama has five NY-area screenings as part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disability Film Festival including as Closing Night Film on March 8 at 7 PM at the JCC Manhattan(334 AMSTERDAM AVE AT 76TH ST.) The film will be at the Whitney Museum of American Art on March 4, 12PM;  Bronx Library Center, March 4, 2:30 PM, (both the Whitney and the Bronx Library Center screenings are free with registration); Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY on March 5, 1PM and at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn on March 6 at 7 PM. Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound is the first film to tell the story of this legendary singing group who first met as children in the 1930s at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets traversing the famed "gospel highway" and Leslie will be doing a Q&A following the screenings. Tickets and registration info.

NYWIFT member Natalie Murray organized the local festival movies4movies, to be held at Dobbs Ferry Library in Dobbs Ferry, NY, on Feb. 25. Twelve films were named official selections and range from documentaries and a feature film to short narrative films. Nine of the selections come from the tri-state area. Three films come from Dobbs Ferry, home of movies4movies. The festival is free and open to the public. Programming will include screenings of the official selections, the presentation of awards, and Q&As with the filmmakers as well as a networking reception and screenplay table read sponsored by Pandemonium Screenplays. Learn more.

NYWIFT member Cheree Dillon edited two segments for The Talk – Race in America, a new PBS 2-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The Talk – Race in America, a multi-platform media initiative, airs on PBS on Monday, February 20th at 9 p.m. ET. Learn more at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/the-talk/.

The documentary Do You Dream In Color?, which received the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disabilty Awarness Grant, is now available on VOD  (DirectTV, Dish, Time Warner, Comcast etc.), digital (iTunes, Amazon and Google Play), TV select PBS stations. Buy on iTunes. Available with Audio Description and Closed Captioning. The film is an enlightening and poignant coming of age story that follows the journeys of four teenagers as they strive to achieve their dreams: to be a sponsored skateboarder, travel the world, become a rock star and be the first family member to graduate. Their stories shine a proactive light on the social and institutional obstacles faced by people who are blind and what it takes to surmount those barriers. Directed by Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy.

Executive Producer & NYWIFT member Kelly Sheehan, and Rainlake Productions, are offering the award-winning feature documentary Crossing Arizona via FREE online streaming for the month of February. Their goal is to help better solutions prevail by giving people a clear unflinching look at why Washington’s policies on the border with Mexico have failed. The film has screened and won acclaim around the world and continues to be as relevant today as it was when it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.“This intimate and invaluably comprehensive documentary offers a balanced, up-to-the-minute look at the current crisis as it is developing at its hottest point – the Arizona/Sonora border… Crossing Arizona is not only essential viewing to understand how a majestic corner of the country has transformed into a political hotbed and deadly immigration flashpoint; it also creates an opportunity to contemplate and question larger issues about the American society in which we live.” - Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival. Watch the film.

NYWIFT Member Katherine Dieckmann's film Strange Weather will screen at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College on Feb. 11 at 6 PM. A Q&A with Katherine will follow the screening. Holly Hunter plays a mother suffering the loss of her adult son, who sets off on a journey to find answers to the questions surrounding his death. Strange Weather is a story of forgiveness as this grieving mother looks inward to find a way to move forward. Tickets may be purchased on the Athena Film Festival website. Remember, NYWIFT members get a 15% discount on tickets using the code 17SPONAFF2.

NYWIFT member Amber Edwards’ feature documentary Vince Giordano - There's a Future in the Past, about the hot jazz bandleader and historian, opened at Cinema Village in January, was held over an additional week, and will be screened in the Symphony Space's "Thalia Docs" series for three showings in February and March: Feb. 11 at 6 PM, March 5 at 6 PM and March 12 at 6 PM. The 90 minute film was directed and produced by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards of Hudson West Productions and is distributed by First Run Features. They are thrilled with the reviews: Critics' Pick! "The most memorable performances are carried by a mysterious lilt that makes them the next best thing to dancing on air." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times. "It swings! For anyone who appreciates early jazz and swing, Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion is welcome on dual fronts: the history he’s preserving, and the new energy he’s breathing into a century-old lineage through masterful, joyous performance." - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter. Buy tickets.

The Film Society of Summit will screen the documentary Generation Start-Up on Feb. 10 at 8 PM at the Film Society of Summit on Feb. 10 at 8 pm at MONDO Summit, 426 Springfield Ave, 3rd Floor, Summit, NJ. Discussion will follow the screening with Director Cheryl Miller Houser and Executive Producer (and NYWIFT member) Susan Margolin. Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Discount: $10 for NYWIFT members. Email summitfilm@gmail.com for advance reservations. Thanks to NYWIFT member Lisa Reznik for the discount.


This June 2017, AltStudio is hosting "Women Shoot in Tuscany," organized by NYWIFT member Caitlin Stilin-Rooney, an intensive digital cinema/digital photo course in the heart of Tuscany. The program will emphasize the development of artistic as well as technical skills. Instruction, apartments, and travel within Italy will be provided. Regular deadline to register is Feb. 15; late deadline is April 30. Check out AltStudio Tuscany for more info.

Just Between Us,
a short play by NYWIFT member Lee Eypper, will premiere at The Many Faces of Love: A Valentine's Day Monologue Festival.  The show is produced by Writers-A-Go-Go in association with Hudson Warehouse in NYC.  This lively event offers comedic and dramatic monologues about love in all its glory and heartbreak.  The dates are Sunday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30p. Tickets are $14. Beverages and desserts are available.  Performances are at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center at 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st St.  Reservations are recommended.  Phone number is 212-799-9400 x205. For more information you can go to the website here. To purchase tickets online click here and to follow the event on Facebook click here.


 
NYWIFT Member Jill Rosen, is on the marketing and publicity team for The Big Sick, which just sold to Amazon for $12 million, one of the biggest sales of the festival. The film was one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry (Hunter and Romano). To read more about The Big Sick click here.





 


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