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Black and Cuba, directed, produced and written by NYWIFT member Robin Hayes, is now available on DVD, Vimeo on Demand and VHX. This award-winning film follows street smart students who are outcast at their elite university who band together and adventure to Cuba--whose population is 60% Black. Black and Cuba has shown to sold out audiences this February in Harlem at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Brooklyn at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play this March!

Wendy Lidell (center)
Wendy Lidell (center)
Kino Lorber has hired NYWIFT member Wendy Lidell as the new Senior Vice President of Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions. As head of the division, Lidell will oversee all aspects of the company's theatrical and non-theatrical slates, which includes manning over 25 films per year. In addition, Lidell will work with CEO Richard Lorber to drive new business opportunities, such as identifying new content acquisitions and strategic growth areas. They previously worked together when Lorber acquired International Film Circuit in 1998. The company's new releases this year include Amos Gitai's Rabin, the Last Day on January 29 and Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart on February 12.

The Birch Grove
, a short narrative film with dance, directed by NYWIFT member Gabrielle Lansner, will have its New York City Premier on Friday February 12 at 6 PM, as part of the 44th Annual Dance on Camera Film Festival, co-produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Dance Films Association. In this film about the power of family ties, inspired by the eponymous novella by Polish author Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, two brothers caught between love and death wrestle with their past in a dance toward reconciliation. The Birch Grove screens with the documentary Dance Emergency, directed by Deidre Mulrooney. Tickets are $14. Purchase tickets here. For more information visit thebirchgrovefilm.com.

NYWIFT member Carole Ricciardelli's MagikalCharm Experimental Video Festival will be held at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave) on February 9th,10th & 11th at 7:30 PM. It will showcase "strangely beautiful" avant-garde short films and videos from around the world. NYWIFT members pay discounted rate of $6 at the door. Please click here for additional information.

After premiering at the Academy Qualifying LA Shorts and screening at the Action on Film International Festival, Emma, a short film produced by NYWIFT member Andrea Dimity, won Best Short at the Oregon Film Awards. Emma was also one of the winners Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards that was held at Warner Brothers Studio last night. Set in the early 1960’s, the short is about Jack, a middle-aged bank executive whose wife Emma has gone missing. Jack’s family is not an average family by any means, which is exposed as the story unfolds. See more on the Emma website and check out Variety’s article.

, a short play by NYWIFT member Lee Eypper, will premiere at A Valentine's Day Monologue Festival: The Many Faces of Love. The festival is produced by Writers-A-Go-Go in association with Hudson Warehouse. The cabaret style show includes music and desserts along with a number of short monologues about love in all its glory and heartbreak. The dates are Friday, February 12 and Sunday, February 14. Performances begin at 7:30PM at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st St. You can purchase your ticket here. To learn more about the event connect on Facebook.

Isn’t It Delicious
, co-produced by member Suzanne Hayes Kelly, won the Best Feature Film prize at the 2013 Rainier Independent Film Festival, Best Comedic Feature award at the Manhattan Film Festival, and Best Actress Award at the 2014 San Antonio Film Festival. Isn’t It Delicious will be available for digital download on January 19 and is available for pre-order on Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu. The film will also be featured at NYWIFT’s Member Screening Series on Tuesday, February 23 at 7PM at Anthology Film Archives. To learn more about Isn’t It Delicious, visit their website and connect with them on Facebook.

The documentary, How to Lose Your Virginity has been hailed “smart” by Elle Magazine and “a breath of fresh, comedic air,” by the Tribeca Film Blog. This eye-opening film explores why female virginity is still valued in today’s hyper-sexualized society. How to Lose Your Virginity was written, produced, and directed by NYWIFT member Therese Shechter and is now available on demand on Vimeo and for purchase at virginitymovie.com. To learn more about the film, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. YouTube, and Pinterest.  

NYWIFT member Latresa Baker is the Co-Writer, Co-Director, Co-Producer and also one of the Lead actresses of Pounds New York, a Harlem based web comedy series about four women that birth “Hit Girls” weed delivery service to meet their financial needs and in the process, learn what it takes to sell Pounds of marijuana in NYC. Think Breaking Bad meets Sex and the City. The show values women empowerment and sheds light on present day Harlem during what is being referred to in the press lately as the "new Harlem Renaissance."  To learn more about Pounds New York visit poundsny.com. Watch the episodes on YouTube, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Dance Goodbye (Ron Steinman, USA, 2015), co-produced by NYWIFT member Eileen Douglas, will screen its world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater during the upcoming Dance on Camera Film Festival, on Sunday February 14, 2016 at 6pm. The documentary tells the story of New York City Ballet’s reigning ballerina Merrill Ashley: a leading interpreter of Balanchine roles famous for her racehorse speed and purity of style. A voyage of self-discovery with the ballerina as guide, The Dance Goodbye is a treasure trove of personal photos and performance videos that bring a brilliant career to vivid life.To learn more about The Dance Goodbye, watch the trailer on Vimeo, and connect on Facebook.

After winning Best Feature Documentary at the Milan International Film Festival 2015, plus Best Director of a Feature Documentary and Best Music in a Feature Film at the Madrid International Film Festival 2015, NYWIFT member Maria Soccor’s Lords of BSV added to its list of honors by winning Best Documentary at the I FilmMaker International Film Festival Marbella in Marbella, Spain on December 8, 2015. To learn more about Lords of BSV, visit their website and connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Member Katie Maguire's web series Long Island Divas was recently nominated for 7 awards at the NYC Web Festival along side Lewis Black, Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld. It was awarded Best Actress. LI Divas was also recently awarded Best Web-Series at the London Digital Film Festival. Watch the trailer for season one!

Priscilla ("Sally") Mattison, Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C. wrote an article entitled "Licensing Music for Audio-Visual Uses" which was published in the Fall 2015 issue of the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music. She also participated in a panel on "Law: Intellectual Property” panel at Lebanon Valley College’s 11th Annual VALE Media Industries Conference.

After winning an award at the Manhattan Film Festival, member Desiree Elle has also won "Actress in a Leading Role" award at the IndieFest Film Awards, for her role as Carla in Shaded Reflections! Watch the trailer and follow the film on Facebook. You can also see more on the Shaded Reflections website.

Member Crystal Emery is launching a new campaign called "Changing the Face of Medicine," with a book signing of her biographical photo essay, Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine. The book signing will take place on December 1, 2015 at 5pm at SEIU at 330 West 42nd Street. Crystal's book celebrates the advances of black women in medicine in hopes of inspiring and empowering the next generation. For more information about her campaign, please visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Adepero Oduye episode of member Mojisola Sonoiki’s docu-interview series Indigo Tongues won the Bronzelens Film Festival award for Best Short Documentary on November 7th at the Georgia-Pacific Center in Atlanta. Indigo Tongues showcases the lives and work of trailblazers from Africa and the Diaspora. Adepero Oduye is one of the breakthrough actresses of the last decade and earned acclaim for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Follow Indigo Tongues on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram