|Members in the News
Members, do you have an upcoming screening, event, campaign or other news to share? Tell us! Contact email@example.com.NYWIFT member Misha Calvert won the Best Actress Award at the Dublin Web Fest and the Emerging Voices Award at the 2017 Brooklyn Web Festival, an event dedicated to highlighting phenomenal online storytelling from digital innovators. The show was also Audience Choice at the Chicago International Reel Shorts Festival. Ms. Calvert's web series Tinder is the Night screened at the festival and earned her nominations for Best Actress and Best New York Show. The awards were announced at the Made in NY/IFP Center on October 7th, 2017. As an actor-writer-director Ms. Calvert is what's known as a multihyphenate artist, a new genre of entertainer quickly gaining momentum in Hollywood. Inspired by real events, Tinder is the Night is a romantic comedy that follows a young New York woman named Eddie and her three best friends who are looking for love, sex, and companionship. Throughout the series a string of increasingly bizarre internet meetups make the women question the sanity of dating. You can find out more at www.tinderisthenight.show. Tinder is the Night was also nominated for Best Digital Series at the Bushwick Film Festival and the New Zealand Web Festival. The show garnered an Honorable Mention at the Wendie Web Festival and was a Finalist at Elba Comedy Festival.
NYWIFT member Alexandra Dean has made Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a film about Hedy Lamarr, the woman who inspired Snow White and Cat Woman. She was called the "most beautiful in the world" but she also changed the way we live by inventing a new way to communicate. Bombshell is a New York Times Critic Pick that Manola Darghis calls "very entertaining"... The Economist says it is "Masterful" and Vice news adds it's "eerily well timed" ... directed, produced and edited by Dean. Watch the trailer and buy tickets to the film at the IFC Center, where it's screening through December 14.
A FREE BENEFIT CONCERT TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE IRMA & MARIA RECOVERY, co-produced by NYWIFT member Linnette Harrigan. Join us on December 10th, 2017 @ 7PM for a concert that presents great singing performances (POP, JAZZ, CHRISTMAS, BROADWAY, etc), video presentations and more ALL ON ONE STAGE. A $5 minimum love offering will be held at the door to help those devastated in U.S. Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma & Maria. 100% of proceeds will go to recovery efforts. Light refreshments will be available. Bring two friends. Tell ten friends. Help Us Help the World. THE CONCERT WILL ALSO BE FILMED FOR TELEVISION! HOWEVER, YOU MUST RSVP via email message to firstname.lastname@example.org for your named to placed on the guest list. DATE AND TIME Sun, December 10, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST LOCATION The Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West Bronx, NY 10468
NYWIFT member Ellyn Vander Wyden produced the series The Accidental Wolf, which is now available for streaming for free! Two women in distress – trapped and lost – are linked by a late-night call. A fleeting moment becomes a lasting connection as one risks her life to prove the other even had one. Searching for closure, clawing for truth, she finds purpose in the hunt and peace as the hunted. Read what The NY Times had to say and watch the series.
After winning the Best Web Series Award for her pilot, East, at the Big Apple Film Festival last week, Dana Marisa Schoenfeld won the Audience Choice Award at The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival for her short film, Swiped Right, that she co-produced with Lydia Fiore. Swiped Right is based on an idea by Fiore who reached out to Schoenfeld to write and direct the screenplay. Schoenfeld also edited the film and both women are in the cast. Swiped Right has screened at a handful of festivals including The New Jersey Film Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, The Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, The Hoboken International Film Festival, The Brightside Tavern Film Festival, and Chain NYC Film Festival. Fiore and Schoenfeld are looking for financing to make the feature film.
NYWIFT Member Bernadette McCabe has been named the new Senior Vice President of Exhibitor Relations at MoviePass! McCabe, a proven industry veteran and former Screenvision Media executive with more than 16 years of experience, will be responsible for growing and developing the company's relationships with movie theater exhibitors. She will spearhead strategic initiatives across marketing and business development, provide financial insights for how theaters can glean the most value from MoviePass data and analytics, and evaluate opportunities to increase collaboration between theaters and movie studios. In addition to being a member of NYWIFT, Bernadette serves on the advisory committee for the Event Cinema Association, which aims to raise the profile of Event Cinema worldwide. She is also a member of The Motion Picture Club and is active within the American Ireland Fund, which has awarded her its Young Leader of the Year. Read the full announcement of Bernadette's new position at MoviePass here.
NYWIFT member Michele Remsen's first feature has been added to the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival – which features films by Neil LaBute, Susan Seidelman, Shia LaBeouf and more. Toss It (dramedy) - delightfully subversive film that starts where most rom-coms end - as two savvy adults discover what they don't know about themselves (and why so many men are so screwed up). Toss It tosses traditions and dismantles genres as it asks deep questions in a funny, beautiful film. See it on Nov. 17 at 10:30 PM at the Wythe Hotel Cinema (80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). Tickets are $10. Buy tickets.
Good Luck (in Farsi), a short film produced by NYWIFT member Elizabeth Masucci, is screening at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. The film is a darkly comic look at two actresses vying for the same role on a network television show. Good Luck (in Farsi) uses themes of ambition, competition, and jealousy to create a sharp and savvy satire on the cutthroat process of casting and the lengths that some people will go to on their quest to succeed. Watch the trailer. The film stars Gia Crovatin, Elizabeth Masucci & Tonye Patano. Directed by Jessica Cummings and written by Tony-Nominated Playwright Neil Labute. Elizabeth & Gia also produced the film under their joint company called In the Meantime Productions. The film will screen Nov. 18 at 7 PM at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets.NYWIFT member Kristi Zea's Everybody Knows . . . Elizabeth Murray is screening for free at the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street) on Monday, November 20th at 7:00 PM. The film is directed by NYWIFT member Kristi Zea and narrated by Meryl Streep. The documentary tells the story of a determined single mom, with nothing but guts and vision, who breaks through notorious art world barriers to become one of the outstanding painters of our time. Watch the trailer! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kristi Zea and guest panelists including Anthony Jannelli, Deb Kass, and Jacki Ochs. Seating is limited so please RSVP! Additionally, you can check out Elizabeth's art in person by visiting PACE Gallery at 510 25th St. to see her exhibition, "Painting in the 80's, open now through January 13th, 2018.
NYWIFT members are invited to How New York's Women Got the Vote, And the Difference It Made at CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room (365 Fifth Ave) on Nov. 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. One hundred years ago — nearly to the day — New York granted women the right to vote. Two years later, after decades of struggle, it became national law. Why did earlier campaigns fail? What role did New York City play in realizing this old dream? And what happened after? Lauren Santangelo, author of a forthcoming book on the movement in Gotham, discusses how activists built a successful coalition between 1870 and 1917. Susan Goodier, author with Karen Pastorella of the new book, Women Will Vote, highlights the involvement of neglected groups, such as black women, in gaining the vote, and the importance of New York to securing national legislation. Brooke Kroeger talks about the men who helped make suffrage possible, drawing on her new work The Suffragents. The conversation concludes with a preview of the award-winning filmmaker (NYWIFT member) Dawn Scibilia’s documentary-in-progress, on the decades between feminism's first and second “wave,” in which New York City again played a special role. Learn more.
Join Writer/Director/Actor (and NYWIFT member) Victoria Negri and her all-female production team for the theatrical and video on demand release of the award-winning feature film Gold Star, out in New York City at Cinema Village Nov. 10-16. Significantly, the film stars Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last role and Emmy Award winner Catherine Curtin (OITNB, Stranger Things). Gold Star is loosely inspired by Victoria's experiences as caregiver to her elderly father, and is about Vicki, a young music school dropout who struggles to make sense of her aimless life while caring for her dying 90-year-old father. Victoria will be at the theater for the 7:15 showings with special themed panels each night. For more tickets and information about their New York City showings and beyond, visit their official site at: www.goldstar-film.com/watch-1/. Use the code goldfriend at the box office at Cinema Village for $9 tickets (reg. $12).
NYWIFT member Julia Campanelli's award winning short film, 116, will be screening at the New York Short Film Festival, Monday Nov 6th at 6:30 PM, at Cinema Village in New York. Buy tickets here! To date the film has garnered the Spotlight Award at Elevation Film Festival, Best Short Film, Best Director, & Best Actress Awards at NYC Indie Film Awards, Best Female Director at European Cinematography Awards, and Best Actress at Symi International Film Festival. It is an Official Selection to 27 festivals. Julia is also currently starring in NBCUniversal’s Feature Dementia 13 (2017), streaming on iTunes and Amazon.
NYWIFT Board Member Tracy Daniels (producer) and NYWIFT members Maria Bunai (director) and Linnette Harrigan (music supervisor) all took part in the making of After Words: The Opposite of Foreplay. The short won Audience Choice Award at the Women in Film Dallas Flicks X Chicks film festival. In the short, a Brooklyn singleton's path to true love unfolds entirely through post-coital conversations offering a humorous take on modern dating. The showcase at the Flicks X Chicks film festival was held on Saturday, October 27 at the Alamo Draft House Theater.
NYWIFT Member Pamela Harris co-wrote and directed the short film, En Route, which is a selection of the Big Apple Film Festival. In the film two estranged sisters must face each other for the first time in a year -- on the 6-minute ride to their deceased brother's memorial. The film will be screened alongside other selected shorts on November 4 at 6:45 PM at the SVA Theatre. Purchase tickets here! Pamela also participated in The Writers Lab this year, and her work can be found on her website.
Short film Silent Cries: The Prelude, produced by NYWIFT member Okema T. Moore, will be screening at the CONNECTS Film Screening event in Harlem on Oct. 27 at 8 PM. It is written by, directed and also produced by Shauntay Cherry. The film, along with a host of other pieces, will be screened in addition to a live conversation with actress and writer Shana Solomon of the Off-Broadway show The Closet Bitch. She will also speak on the CONNECTS entertainment panel with a host of distinguished colleagues, including Lande Yusef of the Black Film Space, Walt Miller, LaVarro Jones and Priscilya Marie, on Oct. 28 at 1 PM. They will discuss being a person of color and/or a being a woman in the business, trends, do's and don'ts, networking and more. Tickets are $5 for each event. Buy tickets. Note: Once you purchase your tickets you must also RSVP for the event. Address of the event will be confirmed upon ticket purchase.
Microscope Gallery is pleased to present Anteroom, the second solo exhibition at the gallery by the late Anita Thacher, a longtime NYWIFT member who passed away on September 8th as preparations were underway for the show. Anteroom (1982) previously appeared at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and the Sculpture Center in New York, among others. Shown for the first time in New York in over 30 years and in its original format including an instrumental soundtrack by David Byrne, Anteroom reflects Thacher’s longtime interest in light and spatiality as manifest through installation starting in the late 1970s. Anteroom is a life-size projection installation (11 1/2 minutes, 160 35mm slides, 2 synced projectors, brass doorknob) depicting a sparse yet mysterious room at times occupied by a young woman who, along with objects such as a teapot or a chair, surfaces and moves through the space. The superimposition of the doorknob of a door to a second room in the projection over an identical fixture attached to the gallery wall creates a trompe l’oeuil, merging actual and projected reality. The furniture and other objects, which are often suspended and bathed in colored light, cast shadows on the room's wall, furthering the illusion of three-dimensionality, challenging the viewer's perception, and disrupting the delineation of interior and exterior space. Learn more. The exhibit is open Oct. 27 through Dec. 3, with an opening reception Oct. 27 from 6-9 pm.
Member Katie Tibaldi’s web series, Seeking Sublet, is an Official Selection of the Big Apple Film Festival and screens on Nov. 3 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $20. Buy tickets.Seeking Sublet is an ensemble comedy series about two roommates in search of the perfect third roommate in NYC. Think you’ve had bad roommates? Tune in. Commiserating begins here. Spotlighted by the likes of MovieMaker Magazine, Funny or Die, Script Magazine and Tumblr, with over 100,500 views just on Funny or Die alone of their 23 sketches, nine Season 1 episodes will debut soon, currently screening on the film festival circuit. Recent festivals include: Brooklyn Web Fest (Nominated for 5 Awards), 2016 Katra Film Series, 2017 CIFF41, 2017 IndieWorks Screening Series, 2017 ITVFest Network Notes & Development Selection and 2017 Big Apple Film Festival.
NYWIFT member Jean Criss has launched Crisscross Intimates, a collection made for women and men in need of compression undergarments for any type of post-operative surgery. The company produces chic, colorful and comfortable compression Post-op Bras, Prosthesis Pocket Bras, matching Panties, Leggings, Accessories, Men's Compression Vests and educational products of Inspiration. Look for the worldwide launch of this brand on Modern Living TV with Kathy Ireland by following Jean's blog, (her initial post on Modern Living TV can be found here) and taking a look at the press coverage on the show, such as this article. The show with Jean Criss will be aired in November, so look out for updates!
NYWIFT member Heidi Philipsen’s feature film Darcy will have its world premiere at the Twin Cities Film Festival in Minneapolis on Oct. 24 at 5:30 PM. The film is fiscally sponsored by NYWIFT. It's summer break and fifteen-year-old Darcy is working in her family's motel, a seedy operation on the edge of town. Sustaining the motel is the practice of taking in occupants who have until only recently been incarcerated—an arrangement that Darcy’s parents have made with the Department of Corrections for a price. Those people desperate to sleep for a night are the strangers lurking the halls, never knowing who is shooting up, or of the pimp leading a man to a working-girl next door. The idealistic Darcy sees the motel’s residents only as people, not realizing the danger she might be in. Appearing like a vision from the cover of the romance novels she sneaks off to read in the woods. Darcy’s eyes open a bit wider and her feelings are tapped a little deeper when the older, handsome and brooding Luke checks into the motel. Slowly beginning to come of age surrounded by people that society wants to forget, along with an alluring stranger whose arrival sparks the possibilities that life has to offer, Darcy is presented with a decision to make: Stay close to the mundane life she knows and loathes, or venture off into the uncertain but undeniably tempting world outside of the motel’s doors. Tickets are $12. Buy tickets.
NYWIFT member Sandra Luckow’s That Way Madness Lies is the opening night feature at the Big Apple Film Festival Nov. 1 at 9 PM at SVA Theater (333 West 23rd St). One woman and her family trek the broken mental health system in an effort to save her brother as he descends into madness. Beginning as a testimony of his sanity, his iPhone video diary ultimately becomes an unfiltered look at the mind of an untreated schizophrenic. Tickets are $20. Buy tickets.
NYWIFT member Wendy Stuart Kaplan’s short film Fragile Beauty will debut at The Chelsea Film Festival on Oct. 21 at 1:30 PM at Lowe's AMC (312 West 34 St.). Wendy is the producer, narrator, and host and her husband is the director of photography. Traveling to the remote Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia, Fragile Beauty is a documentary short exploring the customs of the Hamar, Karo, and Mursi people, their day-to-day lives, that have stayed much the same through centuries. But the question is, how different are they from us, and how much longer will they remain that way? The challenges of their unique way of life, their extreme adornment, elaborate body painting, and piercings, are now being threatened by the outside world. Their story is told through a narrative and interviews by Wendy Stuart Kaplan with extraordinary visuals by Alan Kaplan. Tickets are $13. Buy tickets (it’s in Short Film Series 7).
NYWIFT member Margaret Galbraith is the director of Stickman: The Roosevelt Wilkerson Story, a deeply moving documentary about a Dallas homeless man, Roosevelt Wilkerson, whose passion for carving walking sticks connects him to a world beyond the streets and launches him on an incredible journey. Within the backdrop of the American South, with its history of slavery and segregation, the film shows how the power of the human spirit can overcome the rigid boundaries of social class and race that still pervade society. Stickman debuted at the USA Film Festival in April and most recently won Best Documentary Feature at the Frame4Frame Film Festival. The film will be shown at LA Femme Festival in Los Angeles, and tickets can be found here with the code "special." Look out for showings in Portland by following the Portland Film Festival website. The film will also be screened as part of the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas at the AMC Palace 9 on November 10 with $10 tickets available at the door. Check out the Stickman website, and watch the trailer!
There are multiple NYWIFT members' films being featured in YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival from November 3-11 2017! Patty Schumann, the festival director, and Annetta Marion, an advisory board member of the festival, are both NYWIFT members, and proud to be featuring the work several NYWIFT members at this year's YoFiFest. NYWIFT member Jenn Shaw's $15 Kicks, Gabrielle Lasner's The Stronger, and Francesca Andre's Charcoal play November 5. NYWIFT member Claudia Murdoch produced Time is the Longest Distance, which is playing November 8. Amy Leland, another NYWIFT member, edited the film Sundown, which is playing November 4. NYWIFT members have a special offer of 20% off single, two-, and three-day passes! Go to yofifest.com and enter the passcode YOFIDAY to access your pass for Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Saturday and Sunday, or just Saturday or Sunday!
WIFV DC member Jody Hassett Sanchez is the director and producer of the film More Art Upstairs, a documentary that will have its New York premiere on November 15 at the IFC Center as part of the DOC NYC series. More Art Upstairs follows four accomplished artists as they compete at ArtPrize, a populist experiment that’s challenging the art world’s hierarchy by giving the public the power to decide which art will win almost half the $500,000 in prize money. With unmatched access to artists, organizers, jurors and visitors, the film captures the entire wild ride of this competition. The result – a thoughtful yet exuberant experience about this curious confluence of paintings, populism and the notion that art can express something important about what it means to be human. Purchase your tickets to the New York premiere! Visit the film website, Facebook, and Twitter, and learn more about DOC NYC here.
NYWIFT member Melissa eXelberth has been nominated for a SOVAS Voice Arts Award for her narration of a video, "Wind...Energy...Power." View the full list of nominees for the SOVAS Voice Arts Awards here. Melissa is a bilingual ISDN voice talent, who has done corporate, commercial, and broadcast work, and more. Visit her website to watch and listen to the projects on which she has worked. Follow Melissa on LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitter.
NYWIFT Member Romina Schwedler wrote, directed, edited, and produced her short film The Visit, which tells the story of a son visiting his mother in a hospital visiting area as she grapples with dementia. The film stars Oscar Nominee June Squibb (Nebraska, About Schmidt) and Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity), and has been on the festival circuit since its Burbank International Film Festival premiere in September, when it was still a work in progress, but the festival still treated it as a World Premiere and we won the Best Short Film by a Woman Award as well as a Best Actor Nomination for Sean Maher. The film will also be featured in the Oscar Qualifying festivals: Cinequest Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival. The film also received several nominations (including Best Short) and additional awards, most recently the Audience Award at Martha's Vineyard International and the U.S. Short Film Award of Excellence at Catalina. Watch the trailer, visit the website, and follow the film on Facebook and Twitter.
NYWIFT board members Rosalind Murphy, Kathryn O'Kane, and Casper Wong were each featured last week on the podcast "Curious About Screenwriting Network," in which they discussed topics relevant to their field within the film and television industries. The three episodes in which they were featured are part of a series of interviews with NYWIFT board members, co-produced with the International Screenwriters' Association. Rosalind Murphy discussed audience development, Kathryn O'Kane shared her expertise on advertising and producing, and Casper Wong spoke about her entrepreneurial and filmmaking experience. Visit the International Screenwriters' Association website to learn more about the organization, and to follow the podcast!
Last updated: Dec. 7, 2017