|Members in the News
Members, do you have an upcoming screening, event, campaign or other news to share? Tell us! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.NYWIFT member Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison, of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., was recently appointed to the Philadelphia Film Advisory Task Force. More information about the task force is available here. The Task Force considers the history of the film industry in Philadelphia, evaluates the current state of the film industry in Philadelphia, and develops strategic plans for the re-establishment of Philadelphia as a competitive destination for film and television productions.
NYWIFT member Pat Ceasar's short film and music video Crying F.U. Lady Rap won a 2018 Indie FEST Film Award of Recognition. The video is a comical look at Pat's heart felt tears from election night November 2016 through today. Pat now proudly wears those tears as a badge of honor as we watch a comical visualization of lies and broken promises from LGBT issues and DACA, to health care and taxes told to us by this current administration living in the White house. These lies will adversely affect a wide variety people who live in the USA to the point of sheer madness. Pat’s asking all of us to exercise our rights to stop the liars and this insanity. Watch the trailer here.
Need a shot of sunshine to get you through the dregs of winter? The award-winning Caribbean-set movie musical Bazodee, starring Trinidad and Tobago music sensation Machel Montano, is now available on iTunes. Written and produced by NYWIFT member Claire Ince through her and partner Ancil McKain’s Brooklyn-based Indiepelago Films, Bazodee tells the story of Anita, (newcomer Natalie Perera), the daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman who's engaged to a wealthy London suitor for the sake of her father's business when she meets Lee (Montano) a local musician whose magnetic charisma derails Anita's best laid plans. Bazodee is directed by Todd Kessler, the maker of teen thriller and cult favorite "Keith", and also features Bollywood icon, Kabir Bedi. The film has as its backdrop, the exuberant, hot-blooded Trini carnival and was shot entirely on location in Trinidad and Tobago. Bazodee premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and went on to be released nationwide in the US in 2016, playing for a record nine weeks in New York. It also wowed audiences at a number of festivals including the London Asian Film Festival where it won Best Music and the People's Choice Award. The film’s soundtrack, produced by Machel Montano, is also available on iTunes.
NYWIFT member Jill Salvino's film Between the Shades is screening at the 2018 Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 6 PM. This feature length documentary that explores the many shades of being gay by what connects us all: love. The film looks at love though 360 degrees of parents, children, and generations. The participants will represent a large range of age groups, ethnicities and professions. They are male, female and those who are still yet to be defined. Watch the trailer and buy tickets here! The film will also show at QFest Philadelphia, QFest St. Louis, and the Thin Line Doc Fest in Texas. Don't forget to follow Between the Shades on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
NYWIFT member Kimberly Hoyos will be moderating a panel on women in film hosted by production company Imagine This during The Girl Power Film + Media Summit, taking place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11 AM to 5 PM. NYWIFT member Sam Reetz (Millennial Ethics Productions) will be moderating another panel, and Francesca Andre (Filmmaker, Charcoal) will be a panelist. The Girl Power Film + Media Summit will consist of workshops, panels, screenings, and gift bags, and is taking place at the Made in NY Center by IFP. Buy your tickets here! Kimberly's website The Light Leaks is also promoting a social media contest to win two free tickets here. View the full schedule of the summit here.
NYWIFT Member Shoshanna Gleich will be a panelist at The We Rise to Inspire Women's Empowerment Event taking place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11 AM - 6 PM at Contra Studios (122 West 26th Street, 5th Floor). NYWIFT members receive discounted tickets of $10 if they enter the last name "Gleich" as the promotional code. Register for the event here. The first 50 people to register will each receive a goodie bag of great surprises! Want to be a sponsor or a vendor? Email email@example.com for information on sponsorship opportunities.
Talking Dead has returned and that means NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane has new interviews to share with zombie enthusiasts! Talking Dead is the live after-show for discussion of AMC’s series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. The hour-long show is hosted by Chris Hardwick.
NYWIFT Member Victoria Negri is the producer of the feature film The Fever and the Fret by Cath Gulick, which is world premiering at the Museum of the Moving Image with the Queens World Film Festival on Friday, March 23 at 8:15 PM. In the film, a shy, artistic loner growing up in the Bronx, 14-year-old Eleanor (Adelina Amosco) is tormented at school because of the large birthmarks on her face. At night, she begins visiting another world, vast and desolate, where she encounters another being who is like her. But when Eleanor is forced into a confrontation at school, she faces a series of unexpected consequences and may have to leave her other world behind forever. NYWIFT member Frances McGarry also stars. The Fever and the Fret involves an incredibly diverse team, with all-female producers, writer, director, editor, and a majority cast of Asian-American actors. Watch the trailer. Buy tickets to the premiere here, and use discount code QWFF18 at checkout! Don’t forget to follow The Fever and the Fret on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
O’Kane travels regularly to Atlanta to film exclusive interviews with cast & crew. For more info on Kathryn visit www.busyk.com
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NYWIFT member, Linnette Harrigan was recently invited as a music supervisor and guest speaker for CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK. She will be alongside some of the TOP music supervisors and celebrities in the WORLD. See CMW.net for details on event. Go to www.Linnetteharriganmedia.com for more info on Linnette.
Alison Chernick’s Itzhak opens this weekend in New York. NYWIFT member Michele Spitz did the audio description. Itzhak received the 2017 Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant through NYWIFT. Hailed as the world’s greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman is presented in a highly personal light in Itzhak, revealing his appealing personality and deep passion for music. The film explores Perlman’s remarkable biography as an immigrant of humble origins and a childhood victim of polio who went from young violin prodigy (debuting at 13 on The Ed Sullivan Show) to established international star, balancing a demanding performance schedule with a robust family life. The film will open on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Landmark Cinema. View ticketing info here. The film will also open March 9 at Quad Cinemas, where a screening will take place March 10 with a Q&A with Itzhak and Toby Perlman afterwards. Drinks will be served next door to Quad at the Society Café in The Walker Hotel following the Q&A. Purchase tickets here. Visit the film website, and follow the film on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
NYWIFT member Eva Zelig’s film, An Unknown Country, of which she is the writer, director, and producer, is screening on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Goddard Riverside - The Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue). Eva will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening. The film 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. An Unknown Country is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT, and has previously been screened as part of our Member Screening Series. It has also been featured on PBS. The film was recently nominated for the 2018 New York Emmy Awards. RSVP to the screening here.
NYWIFT members Penny Jackson (Film Producer, Screenwriter, playwright), Melissa Skirboll (screenwriter, producer, director) and Maureen Van Trease (actress) collaborate to bring Ms. Jackson's monologue Phoenix to the stage on March 9 at 7 PM at TADA (15 West 28th St.) as part of the Emerging Artists Theater Festival. Phoenix tells the story of Susan, an American living in Hiroshima who leaves her job teaching English to become the star of a sex show and must deal with how her career choice affects her relationship with her daughter, who is being raised by her mother, and her potential fiancé, who may be a way out. And then there is Hiroshima, itself, forever associated with the atomic bomb. Tickets are $10. Buy tickets.
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 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.
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.
Last updated: Mar. 15, 2018