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Current Projects:

How To Fall In Love: Member Sarah Hanssen recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for her new short film. She has been working on a 5 part film series for the past few years, with the following guidelijnes: each film must be a "how to" film, she would work with friends and have fun, each film would be under 10 mins, the films would be low-cost, and they would get better with every try. Help her succeed in her goal of raising $13,000.

The Grass is Always Greener: Written by NYWIFT member Meredith Post, the 1 hour dramedy for TV "The Grass is Always Greener" is currently raising money on Indiegogo. It is a comedy in the vein of Shameless meets Weeds, with complicated characters you'll love or love to hate and recurring story lines that will leave you hanging! They are raising $10,000 to go into production March/April with an ensemble cast of 20 talented actors. 

Finding Jenn’s Voice is a documentary film that examines Intimate Partner Homicide. When Jennifer Snyder was murdered by her boyfriend, we learned that pregnant women are more likely to die from homicide than any other cause - a shocking statistic that receives little media attention. Finding Jenn’s Voice examines the universal signs of dangerous relationships, and gives a voice to the survivors by challenging the media for their reporting and portrayals of violence against women.

Past Projects:

LOVE Gilda- The Legacy of Gilda Radner is the story of how one comedian became an inspiration to people fighting cancer. Gilda Radner was one of the first members of Saturday Night Life and left a legacy in comedy that extended beyond the stage. NYWIFT member Lisa D'Apolito has launched her campaign on indiegogo in the hopes of raising $50,000. 

Sundarbans Oil Spill Response: Member Jendra Jarnagin produced the video for the crowd funding campaign for the Sundarbans Oil Spill Response. They have launched an Indiegogo Campaign in hopes of raising $40,000 to travel to Bangaldesh and help with the clean-up efforts in the Sundarbans, where Jendra will continue documenting their efforts. 

Jonny Come Lately is a new film by Member ?Francesca Coppola, about a young woman living within an abusive relationship. She wrote about the film, women and abuse, and working on 16mm film in Filmmaker Magazine this week. Francesca's first film Flamingos premiered at the MoMA and Lincoln Center as part of New Directors New Films last year and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. 

Rare Birds of Fashion is a new comedy web series about two awesome, funny, smart entrepreneurs who launch a plus size fashion line. Exploring ambition, friendship and healthy body image, the series promotes confidence in young women; they want to see intelligent, loyal and career driven women in leading roles, to provide young women with healthy on-camera role models. They just launched their Indiegogo Campaign and are raising $10,000 to write, produce, film, edit and distribute 8 episodes of their new series. Written and directed by NYWIFT member Lily Hayes-Kaufman.

Out of My Head is a documentary film about migraine - a devastating disease that has deeply affected a great amount of people. It is a neurological condition that touches upon the frontiers of brain science. It can cause crippling pain, vomiting, stroke-like symptoms, partial blindness, and hallucinations. It has been known to induce religious visions and artistic inspiration. Migraine is a profoundly misunderstood, stigmatized disease. 75% of people who get migraines are women. Research into treatments and a cure is woefully underfunded. Hundreds of millions of people suffer, often in fear and isolation. Produced by NYWIFT member Jacki Ochs.

Burning Child follows Theodore on the night following his son's death. Upon the discovery of his son's broken wind up doll, he becomes possessed with the desire to fix the toy, and therein "fix" his situation. As he tries, his world becomes increasingly surreal, forcing him to confront himself. The film is written and directed by NYWIFT Next Wave Member Kelsey Brewer.

The Kids Menu is a short comedic film about Old School Brooklyn vs. New School Brooklyn, clashing in a local pizzeria. When set-in-his-ways Italian pizzeria owner Carmine (Vincent Pastore, The Sopranos), meets headstrong young mom Kat (Nyle Lynn, Comedy Central) tensions - and calorie counts – rise in this funny, family-friendly film that will have everyone laughing and craving pizza! The film is written by Richard Vetere (The Third Miracle) and directed by Paul Borghese (Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn). NYWIFT member Maayan Schneider is co-producing this film with 11 other women producers, led by Nyle Lynn, under the auspices of Collaborative Media Productions. 

Nia on Vacation 
The first feature film shot by Elizabeth Casinelli. Nia is a native New Yorker just weeks shy of her college graduation when she receives news of her estranged father's passing. Her brother Peter is a native Greek whom she's never met. The plane ticket he gifts to her will be a much needed escape from her reality - and a window into his.

Caroline's Wedding 
NYWIFT Member Esmanie Michel and former NYWIFT employee is raising funds for her feature film! Caroline's Wedding is a film on the Haitian-American experience told through one family's struggle to adjust to life in Brooklyn. Check out the Kickstarter page here.

The Great Despair
NYWIFT Member Ela Thier is producing her second feature which focuses a human from the year 2592 who, by time travel, ends up in 2014. Check out the website here. As part of the fund raiser, Ela has also assembled small statements of men speaking about the lack of films made by and about women. Check the clips out here.

The Viking of 6th Avenue 
NYWIFT Member Lori Cheatleand is producing this feature which
tells the story of Moondog, a legendary musician and New York icon whose
life was an unexpected, outrageous adventure. Please check out the
Kickstarter page here. 

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts