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The Drowning, new film by NYWIFT member Bette Gordon (Variety) opens theatrically at IFC Cinema on May 10. The film is based on Border Crossing, by Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker, and stars Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, and Avan Jogia. The Drowning is the story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert-witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case. Complex, riveting and unafraid to tread deep, murky psychological waters, this is a story of shifting identities that will keep you guessing until the very end. Screening time/day for discount tickets for NYWIFT members will be announced next week. See details.


NYWIFT member Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs opens May 3 at IFC Center. Ten years after retiring as a professional athlete, Kenny Anderson finds that basketball is easy, it’s life that’s hard. Still reeling from his mother’s death, the former NYC high-school prodigy and NBA All-Star loses a cherished coaching position, sending him into a midlife crisis. Facing his personal demons head-on, the charismatic Anderson must come to terms with his past in order to find a way forward. See details.

The musical biopic Thirsty, directed and co-written by the late NYWIFT member Margo Pelletier, produced by member Lisa Thomas and co-written by member Laura Kelber, will screen as part of the Workers Unite Film Festival on May 6 at 6:30 PM at Cinema Village (22 E. 12th St.). Where does a drag queen come from? A bullied boy from the projects finds his voice in Thirsty. Tickets are $10. Buy tickets. The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity. The Festival aims to showcase student and professional films from the United States and around the world which publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. Learn more.


NYWIFT member Katie Kupferberg designed the costumes for the independent short film The Bracket Theory, written and directed by Katia Koziara. It screens at the Manhattan Film Festival on April 30 at 6 PM at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougall Street). Lucy has found an objective formula for love, but when New York City puts her theory to the test, she discovers new variables she never saw coming. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets.


NYWIFT member Ela Thier’s Tomorrow Ever After is playing at Cinema Village May 5-11. Shaina lives 600 years in the future. War, greed, prejudice, poverty, pollution, violence, loneliness, depression – these are things that she’s read about in history books. When an accident in a physics experiment sends her on a time-travel journey to our times, she assumes that everyone around her is honest, generous and caring, as she recruits the help that she needs to get back home. Q&As May 5 & 6 at the 7:10pm & 9:10 shows. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets. (Tomorrow Ever After was named the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ Movie of the Week!


NYWIFT member and writer-director Misha Calvert’s first short film, Pee Sitting Down, will have its LA premiere at the famous Chinese Theatres as part of the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Festival. The film stars member Sonja O’Hara. In this quirky dark comedy, Bohemian Ruby and handsome Julian are having a fabulous first date, but when Ruby wants him to go home with her, Julian surprises her with his sexual proclivities. He tries to manipulate her into fulfilling his fantasies, but Ruby gets the upper hand in the film's hilarious climax. The screening is April 15; 6:30 PM red carpet welcome, 7:30 PM dark comedy screening block. Tickets are $20. Buy tickets.


Carrie Hawks’ NYWIFT member Carrie Hawks’ film black enuf* will screen April 27 at 7 PM at Verso Books (20 Jay St, Brooklyn). A queer oddball seeks approval from their black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop knowledge. Is it cool for black people to ski—or like Depeche Mode? The quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of blackness) skips from Missouri, to New York, and halfway around the world in this animated documentary. black enuf* interweaves stories from Hawks’ great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family & friends, and illustrated memories. The screening will be free and open to the public including a Q&A session with the director/animator. Watch the trailer and RSVP online.



NYWIFT Member Joanna Arnow’s documentary i hate myself :) screens with her Berlinale Silver Bear-winning short narrative Bad at Dancing April 7-13 at Anthology Film Archives. It's showing daily at 7pm and 9pm (also 5pm on the 8th & 9th) and Arnow will do Q&As at the 7 PM show Friday-Tuesday. See details. In i hate myself :) Arnow chronicles her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate documentary of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence, quickly turns into a complex commentary on sexuality, societal repression and self-confrontation through art. Bad at Dancing, while narrative is also an intensely personal, feminist and subversive film. With brutal candor, the story explores the power dynamics and sexual intrigue of a complicated friendship. As writer-director-editor, Arnow also plays a character of her own name, blurring the line between reality and fiction. In addition to premiering theatrically at Anthology Film Archives, i hate myself :) will premiere April 11 on Vimeo on Demand. Bad at Dancing will premiere April 11 on Short of the Week and NoBudge on April 18.


The feature film Ovum, written/produced by and starring NYWIFT member Sonja O'Hara, has received distribution through The Orchard & Random Media and will released be on VOD, DVD, and digitally on April 11. The narrative feature about egg donation went on to win "Best Picture" at the Big Apple Film Festival (chosen by a jury from IndieWire, HBO & Film Buff) and was described as "[a] provocative, feminist movie meant to spur a conversation about eugenics, reproduction, and the unseen side of the market for elite and top shelf eggs."- Mutha Magazine. In Ovum, a quirky young actress is drawn into the shady world of egg donation clinics and the characters who populate them. Watch the film on VUDU.


NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane and member Lindsey Felling are pleased to announce that Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country returns to Western Pennsylvania for a second season starting April 10 on Mondays at 11:05 PM ET on USA Network. O’Kane and Felling work with a team of eight producers and 14 editors to produce the critically acclaimed documentary series, which is among the fastest growing series on cable. Right out of the gate, the first season of Steel Country has been nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Serialized Documentary Category.


In Memoriam, NYWIFT member and filmmaker Cynthia Granville's controversial examination of the collateral damage of war as seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl screens as part of American Voices/Forgotten Stories in the Spotlight-On Festival. An evening of theater and film that shares the voices of those who often are invisible and unheard but whose stories cry out to be told, also including, Matthew Stop and Frisk Widman's play that viscerally portrays the often explosive human consequences of one of our nation’s most contentious policing tactics, and Is Anybody Listening?, Paula Caplan's powerful documentary about a woman's journey to - and across - the soul-destroying chasm between veterans and others. Talkback with the artists after each performance. April 22 @ 8:00 pm; April 23 @ 5:30pm; April 25 @ 5:30 pm at The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street). Tickets are $19; $11 for veterans. Buy tickets.


NYWIFT member Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison, of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., spoke on a panel entitled “Welcome to the Film & Television Music Playground” at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, Florida on March 22, 2017. More information is available at http://www.wintermusicconference.com/events/schedule/2017/.

 
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.





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