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Castle Clinton National Monument is celebrating Black History Month with a performance by NYWIFT member Christine Dixon as “Harriet Tubman Herself," for her 400th performance. Bring the family to Castle Clinton and learn about the life of Harriet Tubman, a famed abolitionist and humanitarian who rescued so many slaves with missions along the Underground Railroad. The story of this iconic figure of American history will be portrayed through a live performance by the lovely Christine Dixon. The performances are from 11 AM – 12 PM and 2PM – PM on Feb. 26 at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Free to attend.
The Hudson Tribes, a film about a murder mystery in a racially divided town, costume designed by NYWIFT member Jevyn Nelms, is now available on iTunes and On Demand. Amidst racial tensions, a Hasidic young man falls in love with a Hispanic woman who teaches at the local public school that his leaders are shutting down. Watch the trailer.
NYWIFT Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant recipient Toss It, written by and starring member Michele Remsen, just released a new trailer! The indie movie Toss It is about two savvy adults discovering what they don’t know about themselves, in a subversive movie that starts where most romcoms end–tossing tropes, dismantling genres and asking deep questions in a funny, beautiful, unexpected story. The film will make its premiere at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival at the LA Live Regal Cinemas on Feb. 25 at 10 PM. Buy tickets for the screening.
The web series Guest Appearances is now online! The executive producer is NYWIFT member Pamela Guest, and the writer, producer, director and lead actress is her daughter Elizabeth Guest. It’s the winner of the Austin Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival jury awards. Too many parents, too many lovers, too many anxiety-riddled self-conscious moments – Lydia has lots of decisions to make, now if she could only make one… Guest Appearances is a web series written and directed by Elizabeth Guest inspired by her real life neuroses, awkward moments, and at one point ridiculous dating life. It’s about a girl who struggles to love one person because she can’t quite figure out how to love herself. Watch all six episodes.
NYWIFT member Melissa Skirboll's short film Show & Tell Tango will be screening at the Brightside Tavern Short Film Fest in Jersey City (at the Brightside Tavern) on March 4 Upstairs in the 2 PM set of shorts. Buy tickets. Written by Skirboll, directed by Skirboll and Natasha Straley, they are proud to have a diverse cast and crew that is female led. Show & Tell Tango had its world premiere at the Vasteras Film Festival in Sweden in September. It debuted in the US/NY at the Greenwich Village Film Festival in October. They are thrilled to have another opportunity to share this work with a local audience.
After a successful world premiere run of Tales from the Trundle at the prestigious 7th Annual United Solo Festival, this original one-woman drama by NYWIFT member Francesca Van Horne played in Jalopy’s for a local neighborhood premiere before embarking on a European tour to Paris and London. See it at the Jalopy Theatre on March 16 at 8 PM. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets. Returning from a highly successful tour, Tales from the Trundle is poised for new heights here in the States. “Artfully executed and almost uncomfortable in it’s emotional nakedness” - Red Hook Star. She can be seen in the feature El Gallo now streaming on Amazon, iTunes, and DirectTV, which she also produced. Francesca has written and is developing a TV series called Ungrateful based on Tales From The Trundle. More can be found on the show's website at www.talesfromthetrundle.com.
NYWIFT member Joan Kron’s first film, Take My Nose…Please! —an award-winning, feature-length documentary about female comedians and plastic surgery, is now available on Pay Per View channels in North America. A wickedly subversive look at the role of comedy in exposing the pressures on women to be attractive and society’s ambivalence toward cosmetic surgery. The film follows Jackie Hoffman, an award-winning comic actress, known for her self- deprecating humor, and Emily Askin, an up-and-coming improv performer, as they contemplate the possible impact of surgery on their careers, relationships and self-regard. Interwoven with their profoundly moving stories are those of comedy icons, from funny-lady Fanny Brice (Ziegfield Follies), who went public in 1923 with her nose revision, to ground-breaking comediennes who have spoken honestly about their surgical makeovers. These dames have been unashamed to talk about their perceived flaws and shortcomings–and the steps taken to improve them. For them, plastic surgery isn’t just vanity — it’s affirmative action to compensate for the inequitable distribution of youthfulness and beauty. While their sisters in drama remain steadfastly silent, funny women disregard the taboos and brave the ridicule to speak to women in their audiences who feel the same pressures, giving them permission to pursue improvements (or reasons to hold out), and absolving them of guilt and shame. In addition to on demand on various cable providers, you can watch the film on Radial, Amazon, Youtube, Google Play, and iTunes.
NYWIFT member Amanda Lin Costa's Londonderry TV pilot made the "Ones to Watch" on this year's Writeher List of Best TV Pilots written by women. In the show, famed cyclist Annie Londonderry enters the dangerous world of espionage after the US War Department blackmails her into becoming a spy during her attempt to become the first woman to bicycle around the world in 1894. Visit Amanda's website to learn more about this project.
NYWIFT member, director Jill Salvino's first feature length documentary is in competition at The Oxford Film Festival, a Mississippi based festival, February 10th at 8pm and February 11th at 5pm. Her film, Between the Shades, is composed of fifty different conversations that explore the many different shades of being "gay" in America, and the one thing that connects us all: love. These conversations examine the degrees and varying perceptions about how someone defines oneself. Jill will also be on two panels during the festival - Queer Filmmaking and Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct Female Filmmaker Discussion. For more info please visit the official Oxford Film Festival site.
NYWIFT member Yhá Mourhia Wright invites fellow members to the premiere party and screening of her series #LoveMyRoomie Season 2 (#LMR2) on March 3 from 7-11 PM at the BRIC Ballroom in Brooklyn. Doors open at 7. Screening begins at 8. Cocktail/Dressy Attire. This is a 21+ event. This event is sponsored by Miss Jessie's and New Voices in Arts & Media. #LoveMyRoomie Season 2 (#LMR2) is a digital mini-series following three young women of different social and cultural backgrounds, living under one roof in NYC. In the aftermath of losing their Harlem apartment, three women of the African diaspora find themselves coping in the midst of social and cultural expectations. Giselle -- an aspiring socialite, Yasmine -- an ambitious law student-to-be, and U'Moriah -- an artist on the brink of sexual discovery, find themselves coping with the ebbs and flow of life in gentrified Brooklyn. The pressure will either bring them together or tear them apart. Tickets are $20. Buy tickets.
Out of My Head will have its world premiere in New York City at Doc Fortnight 2018, The Museum of Modern Art’s annual international festival of nonfiction film, on Feb. 20 at 7 PM and then will screen daily through Feb. 26. Featuring a diverse assortment of feature and short films from across the globe, Doc Fortnight showcases nonfiction film that challenges our perceptions of the changing world and the traditional model of documentary cinema. Written and directed by NYWIFT member Susanna Styron and produced by NYWIFT member Jacki Ochs, Out of My Head sets out to investigate the devastating migraine attacks that have the filmmaker’s daughter in their grip. As mother and daughter seek understanding and ever-elusive treatment, we follow them into a bizarre and fascinating world populated by doctors, neuroscientists, other migraineurs, and such unexpected characters as Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, and Joan Didion. We learn that, rather than a terrible headache, migraine is a complex, deeply stigmatized neurological disease afflicting nearly a billion people worldwide. This kaleidoscopic journey, told through interviews, cinema verité, art and animation, explores the history, impact and raw emotion evoked by this unpredictable and confounding condition. The film received a post-production grant from NYWIFT. Tickets are on sale now for opening night and you can purchase them here. MoMA tickets go on sale exactly two weeks before the actual screening, and their website lists the precise start date of ticketing for each show.
Dead Girl Vampire Cats, produced, directed and shot by NYWIFT member Cindy Kleine, is a somnambulic landscape of a woman trapped in her home with her cats during a blizzard. As the storm rages, hungry pets reclaim their wildness and invoke a new natural order. The project is both a film, and an immersive audio and visual installation. The installation, Dead Girl Vampire Cats, can be experienced in “immersive labs” in selected venues, each with limited entry. The most recent “lab” took place in Brooklyn in January. Upcoming screenings will be Feb. 20 at 7 PM at the MagikalCharm Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives, and March 14 at 8:30 PM at NewFilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives. Learn more at Cindy’s website, cindykleine.com.
MoMA’s exhibition “Club 57: Film, Performance and Art in the East Village 1978-1983” features a program of archival videos by NYWIFT member Courtney Harmel. Harmel’s work documents the cross-pollination of the arts, performance, music and fashion in 1980’s downtown NY. In that era, her videos and art installations were exhibited in galleries and alternative venues including cable TV, nightclubs and the windows of Fiorruci and Barneys. The exhibition selection includes exclusive footage of many iconic events and people on and off stage, including Ann Magnuson, John Sex, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, John Epperson, Joey Arias, John Kelly, Grace Jones and Divine. The program will screen in the Club 57 Gallery from March 5-March 11 Saturday-Thursday 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM and Friday 10:30 AM -8:30 PM. See details.
Cupid’s Shrink, a short play by NYWIFT member Lee Eypper, will premiere at the 4th Annual Valentine's Day Monologue Festival: The Many Faces of Love. 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 Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 at 7:30 PM. The setting is cabaret style. The location is Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center at 647 Columbus Avenue near 91st Street. Tickets are $14. Reservations are recommended. Buy tickets online. Tickets can also be reserved at 212-799-9400, ext 205. Learn more at www.hudsonwarehouse.net.
Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison, Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., spoke on a Master Class panel entitled “Legal: Tech: Disruption and Evolution in the Television Industry” at the NATPE Miami Market & Conference in Miami Beach, FL, on January 16, 2017. More information is available at https://www.natpe.com/market/schedule.
The recently released film El Gallo stars NYWIFT members Francesca van Horne (also a producer) and Carolina Ravassa. El Gallo tells the story of Rafael "El Gallo" Diaz (New York-based actor Monte Bezell) who used to be a prominent fighter once upon a time. After losing his nerve in the middle of a fight he left boxing for good, resorting to a new life as a drug runner. As he struggles to make ends meet and support his young daughter he is approached by a local mob boss to take one more fight. With his back against the wall Rafael revisits the past, looks to his future, and experiences a newfound love. Sometimes the fight extends beyond the ring and the final bell. Follow the film on Instagram and watch the trailer. Stream the full movie on Amazon!
NYWIFT Member Ha Phuong, a New York-based Asian superstar, will release her film Finding Julia in May 2018. The film is preceded by release of the book of the same name (based on the film). The book can be purchased on FindingJulia.net and Amazon. Inspired by events in Phuong’s real life, Finding Julia tells the story of a Eurasian acting student, Julia Chamonix, who’s haunted by the tragic death of her Vietnamese mother — a former star actress and singer in Vietnam — and her own secret desires. Caught between two cultures, East and West, Julia questions if she will ever fit in anywhere. Phuong produced and stars with Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain in the feature film, which will be released on May 4, 2018 in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose and Orange County, California. Read the announcements of the book and film releases on Highlight Hollywood, New York City Patch, and FindingJulia.net. Phuong is promising to donate 100% of her future profits from her singing, acting and producing projects to help underprivileged children. Phuong, who was born in Vietnam, hopes her generosity will inspire others to help marginalized youngsters. Read the coverage of Phuong's philanthropic efforts on BroadwayWorld.com and on her website.
NYWIFT memberCandice Delevante's comedy short Alternative Universe, won Best Screenplay at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. Alternative Universe is an animated space tale. The newly elected U.S. President, Donald Trump, is seeing his psychiatrist and former Nazi adviser to his father, Dr. Hoopenschlocken. Fulfilling a promise to Donald's late father, the doctor has the arduous task of transforming his narcissistic, fascist son into a principled, benevolent leader of the free world. In an interview, Candice said: “I see alternating locations between Mars-A-Lago and Earth in order to draw parallels between the alternative universe that has been created by Trump and what's really happening on the ground back home.” Read the full interview here.
NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy's pilot teleplay "Virtual Vida" is a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship (Original Comedy Division). Her script boasts an inclusive cast with a Puerto Rican female lead. Her screenplay WONDER DRUG has been selected as a Quarterfinalist in the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. It got a 9 out of 10 from The Black List and is promoted as a highly rated script to read on their Twitter. Learn more about Caitlin's writing at www.caitlinmccarthy.com.
We are proud to say “we knew her when…”! Former NYWIFT intern Joosje Duk has been featured in HuffPost (which said she “epitomizes the future of American filmmaking”) and Paper Magazine for her short film Night, which is now available to watch on Vimeo. In Night, the carefree dynamic between four friends suddenly shifts following an unpleasant encounter with a nightclub bouncer. Night was also featured in NYWIFT’s Women Calling the Shots Showcase at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October. Watch Joosje’s powerful short about racial profiling.
An Unknown Country, a documentary directed by NYWFT member Eva Zelig and edited by NYWIFT member Terence Taylor, will be screened at NYWIFT member Lisa Reznik’s Film Society of Summit on Jan. 27 at 7 PM. Eva and Terence will attend to introduce the film and lead post-screening discussion. The screening takes place at MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave, Summit NJ, 07901. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats in advance. Recommended donation of $10 will go to the Holocaust Council of NJ. An Unknown Country tells the story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American country barely known at the time. The film follows the exiles' perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land. Watch the trailer.
NYWIFT member Caris Vujcec's film, The Pepper Project won Best Drama this fall in the Brooklyn Web Fest. Earlier this summer, the team also took home multiple awards including - Best Action/Adventure at the Sicily Web Fest; 3 Awards at the Austin Web Fest - Best Featured Actress, Best Sound Design, & Audience Choice; 2 Nominations at the IAWTV Awards in Los Angeles, and; Best Actress Award at die Seriale festival in Giessen, Germany. Recently The Pepper Project even placed #1 in the U.S. in the Web Series World Cup, an international competition for digital series, and is ranked #19 worldwide in this competition. The team traveled far and wide, from Germany to Sicily to South Korea and Rio, and are proud to say they have made the top 20!
NYWIFT member Christine Knowlton’sSense the Wind has just been fully released to the public. The hour documentary about blind sailors is available online with iTunes and Amazon rental or download purchases. And Kunaki, a DVD on Demand service, will produce a copy to order and ship anywhere internationally. Highlighting ability, not disability, this documentary tells the remarkable story of four individuals sharing a unique bond-each is vision impaired and striving to race in Japan's 2013 Blind Sailing World Championship while navigating other life's challenges. Between seasons, one of them gains something more valuable than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail differently.
Last updated: Feb. 20, 2018