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Member Linnette Harrigan is proud to have her company (Linnette Harrigan Media) mentioned in Variety during the week of August 31st. Variety is spotlighting EMMY-nominated TV shows, which have featured music and/or composers from Linnettes’ music licensing company. Find out more about Linnette Harrigan Media on the company's website and while there, take a listen to their newest TV/Film music tracks, now available for license by simply clinking on the music catalog. All tracks are especially discounted for Emmy Season through September 20th.

Member Andrea Dimity produced and composed the music for the short film Emma, which has been accepted to the Academy- and BAFTA-qualifying LA Shorts Film Festival. It will premiere at LA Live, September 3-10. Emma is a short thriller, directed by Howard Lukk, set in the early 1960’s. Jack is 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. The film begins on an evening when Edward Taylor, one of Jack’s co-workers, shows up at door at Jack’s request. This sets a series of strange events in motion. Read more on the short's website.

Member Shaipe Dokovic will make her debut of being a co-host/guest on an internet radio show on the August 24th episode of The Bill Russo Show from 7-8 PM. Listen live on www.cityworldradio.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE text. It is also available on mobile devices using the Tune In Radio App. You can call in at (212) 631-7553 if you have questions regarding topics of conversation during the show and texts can be sent to (347) 933-3337.

Following its critically acclaimed theatrical run, NYWIFT member Kimberly Levin's gripping narrative debut, Runoff, is available for viewing on Vimeo, iTunes, Amazon, DVD and more, in the U.S. and Canada. Read the reviews, see the trailer, then watch the film online.

The series Seeking Supernatural debuts on the Paranormal Reality TV channel, found only on Roku, on August 14 at 8 PM. NYWIFT member Michele Peacock is Co-Creator/Co-Producer/Co-Host and member Tiffany Jackson is Director/Editor/Producer. It is about four everyday women who travel on a journey into the realms of the supernatural. Watch them as they try and learn everything paranormal – from UFO's to ghost investigating and all things supernatural in-between. If you would like to be a guest on the show, email supernatural@gmail.com. You can also follow the show on Facebook.

Member Amy Leland's short film Echoes was accepted into the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, August 26-29 in Somerville and Cambridge, MA. Leland is the writer, director, editor and producer. Member Jennifer Snowden was key makeup artist and member Tiffany Hodges was assistant to the director. In Echoes, a young married couple, deeply in love, walk through New York City on a gray morning wrestling with personal tragedy as they face a heart-wrenching decision just as they reach the Brooklyn Bridge. Echoes will also be featured in the NYWIFT's member screening on September 29 at Anthology Film Archives.

Member and Director of Photography Jendra Jarnagin is featured in the book Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World by Alexis Krasilovsky and Harriet Margolis, with Julia Stein. Shooting Women takes readers around the world to explore the lives of camerawomen working in features, TV news, and documentaries. From first-world pioneers like African American camerawoman Jessie Maple Patton—who got her job only after suing the union—to China’s first camerawomen who traveled with Mao, to rural India where poor women have learned camerawork as a means of empowerment, Shooting Women reveals a world of women working with courage and skill in what has long been seen as a male field. More info about Jendra is available on her website.

NYWIFT members Lindsay Blair Goeldner and Raquel Salazar have founded the NYC chapter of The MUFF (Monthly Underground Female Film) Society, a growing community of members (MUFFians) who champion women in film and TV and have something to say about it. They have a a feminist film series in Toronto, NYC and San Francisco that screens and celebrates "girly" movies.They are seeking short film submissions on a rolling basis. The MUFF Society recognizes that part of celebrating women in film is supporting the local film community. There are so many talented local women filmmakers and they want to give them a voice—and a screen. They intend to showcase at least one short film with each of their future monthly screenings and feature them on their website. Each city will be curating short films that reflect their own diverse community. If you have a short film that you think celebrates women in film, they want to see it! Submit online.

Writer/Director and NYWIFT member Bethany Jacobson is set to shoot her short film Hotel Bleu in mid-August. Produced by member Melisse Seleck and to be lensed by member Valentina Caniglia. They are shooting at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City and Sid Gold’s in Manhattan. Hotel Bleu is about refusing to let aging define who we are or limit our creativity. Jackie Sands, a washed-up comedian, sexy and smart in the transition of Joan Rivers and Sandra Bernhard, believes kvetching is her birthright and verbal jousting, the audience's rite of passage. Entangled with a married accountant, She finds refuge at Hotel Bleu, where she meets a charismatic bandleader half her age. You can donate through their Seed & Spark campaign through July 28. Check out the promo with Julie Halston and Wayne Tucker shot at Birdland on the Hotel Bleu Facebook page and Twitter feed. They are also crewing up, looking for: AD/Production Coordinator, Art Director, Sound Person, PA (driving license necessary) and Catering/Craft Services Person. Send queries to: bethanyjacobsonfilm@gmail.com

Member Caris Vujcec is the creator, executive producer and star of The Pepper Project, a new female character-driven series. The pilot episode premiered to a standing room-only crowd at the Producer's Club in New York City in March and premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 7 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation in Lafayette, CA. It also won the Award of Excellence, Special Mention at the Best Shorts Competition. A story that unwinds the past via important memories – or lack thereof – The Pepper Project features lead character, ex-CIA super-sniper Pepper, as a smart yet fallible, classy, sexy and sensitive badass with a conscience, challenged with solving a series of increasingly dangerous puzzles in order to find her missing sister. Vujcec, who leads the cast as Pepper, raised over $23,000 via Indiegogo, along with private contributions to complete the shooting and post production of the pilot episode. The pilot is being submitted to web and film festivals nationwide, with an expectation of gaining a development deal to produce the series. Follow it on Vimeo, IndieGogo and Twitter.

Member Shira Levin’s third short film, Upside Down, the last of a trilogy, has been selected for several film festivals including in Mumbai, India; Scotland; Massachusetts; Brooklyn (Northside Film Festival); and The American Psychological Association Film Festival. It also won the Audience Choice Award at the Springfield LGBT Film Festival. It’s the story of a 10-year-old girl who befriends a transgender woman in her building, against her mother's wishes.

Member Lee Eypper's short play Angel Cake will premiere in Playsmith's Flash Fest 2015 on June 14 at 7 PM, at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios (311 West 43rd St., 8th Floor). Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets.