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Producer/director and NYWIFT member Leslie McCleave's feature documentary How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama has five NY-area screenings as part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disability Film Festival including as Closing Night Film on March 8 at 7 PM at the JCC Manhattan(334 AMSTERDAM AVE AT 76TH ST.) The film will be at the Whitney Museum of American Art on March 4, 12PM;  Bronx Library Center, March 4, 2:30 PM, (both the Whitney and the Bronx Library Center screenings are free with registration); Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY on March 5, 1PM and at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn on March 6 at 7 PM. Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound is the first film to tell the story of this legendary singing group who first met as children in the 1930s at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets traversing the famed "gospel highway" and Leslie will be doing a Q&A following the screenings. Tickets and registration info.

NYWIFT member Natalie Murray organized the local festival movies4movies, to be held at Dobbs Ferry Library in Dobbs Ferry, NY, on Feb. 25. Twelve films were named official selections and range from documentaries and a feature film to short narrative films. Nine of the selections come from the tri-state area. Three films come from Dobbs Ferry, home of movies4movies. The festival is free and open to the public. Programming will include screenings of the official selections, the presentation of awards, and Q&As with the filmmakers as well as a networking reception and screenplay table read sponsored by Pandemonium Screenplays. Learn more.

NYWIFT member Cheree Dillon edited two segments for The Talk – Race in America, a new PBS 2-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The Talk – Race in America, a multi-platform media initiative, airs on PBS on Monday, February 20th at 9 p.m. ET. Learn more at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/the-talk/.

The documentary Do You Dream In Color?, which received the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disabilty Awarness Grant, is now available on VOD  (DirectTV, Dish, Time Warner, Comcast etc.), digital (iTunes, Amazon and Google Play), TV select PBS stations. Buy on iTunes. Available with Audio Description and Closed Captioning. The film is an enlightening and poignant coming of age story that follows the journeys of four teenagers as they strive to achieve their dreams: to be a sponsored skateboarder, travel the world, become a rock star and be the first family member to graduate. Their stories shine a proactive light on the social and institutional obstacles faced by people who are blind and what it takes to surmount those barriers. Directed by Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy.

Executive Producer & NYWIFT member Kelly Sheehan, and Rainlake Productions, are offering the award-winning feature documentary Crossing Arizona via FREE online streaming for the month of February. Their goal is to help better solutions prevail by giving people a clear unflinching look at why Washington’s policies on the border with Mexico have failed. The film has screened and won acclaim around the world and continues to be as relevant today as it was when it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.“This intimate and invaluably comprehensive documentary offers a balanced, up-to-the-minute look at the current crisis as it is developing at its hottest point – the Arizona/Sonora border… Crossing Arizona is not only essential viewing to understand how a majestic corner of the country has transformed into a political hotbed and deadly immigration flashpoint; it also creates an opportunity to contemplate and question larger issues about the American society in which we live.” - Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival. Watch the film.

NYWIFT Member Katherine Dieckmann's film Strange Weather will screen at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College on Feb. 11 at 6 PM. A Q&A with Katherine will follow the screening. Holly Hunter plays a mother suffering the loss of her adult son, who sets off on a journey to find answers to the questions surrounding his death. Strange Weather is a story of forgiveness as this grieving mother looks inward to find a way to move forward. Tickets may be purchased on the Athena Film Festival website. Remember, NYWIFT members get a 15% discount on tickets using the code 17SPONAFF2.

NYWIFT member Amber Edwards’ feature documentary Vince Giordano - There's a Future in the Past, about the hot jazz bandleader and historian, opened at Cinema Village in January, was held over an additional week, and will be screened in the Symphony Space's "Thalia Docs" series for three showings in February and March: Feb. 11 at 6 PM, March 5 at 6 PM and March 12 at 6 PM. The 90 minute film was directed and produced by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards of Hudson West Productions and is distributed by First Run Features. They are thrilled with the reviews: Critics' Pick! "The most memorable performances are carried by a mysterious lilt that makes them the next best thing to dancing on air." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times. "It swings! For anyone who appreciates early jazz and swing, Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion is welcome on dual fronts: the history he’s preserving, and the new energy he’s breathing into a century-old lineage through masterful, joyous performance." - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter. Buy tickets.

The Film Society of Summit will screen the documentary Generation Start-Up on Feb. 10 at 8 PM at the Film Society of Summit on Feb. 10 at 8 pm at MONDO Summit, 426 Springfield Ave, 3rd Floor, Summit, NJ. Discussion will follow the screening with Director Cheryl Miller Houser and Executive Producer (and NYWIFT member) Susan Margolin. Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Discount: $10 for NYWIFT members. Email summitfilm@gmail.com for advance reservations. Thanks to NYWIFT member Lisa Reznik for the discount.

This June 2017, AltStudio is hosting "Women Shoot in Tuscany," organized by NYWIFT member Caitlin Stilin-Rooney, an intensive digital cinema/digital photo course in the heart of Tuscany. The program will emphasize the development of artistic as well as technical skills. Instruction, apartments, and travel within Italy will be provided. Regular deadline to register is Feb. 15; late deadline is April 30. Check out AltStudio Tuscany for more info.

Just Between Us,
a short play by NYWIFT member Lee Eypper, will premiere at The Many Faces of Love: A Valentine's Day Monologue Festival.  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 Sunday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30p. Tickets are $14. Beverages and desserts are available.  Performances are at the Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center at 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st St.  Reservations are recommended.  Phone number is 212-799-9400 x205. For more information you can go to the website here. To purchase tickets online click here and to follow the event on Facebook click here.

NYWIFT Member Jill Rosen, is on the marketing and publicity team for The Big Sick, which just sold to Amazon for $12 million, one of the biggest sales of the festival. The film was one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry (Hunter and Romano). To read more about The Big Sick click here.

NYWIFT Member Lisa Carville is proud to present The Karma Club, her new narrative feature film. It screens as part of the New Filmmakers NY Festival on Feb. 23 at 9 PM at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave at E. 2nd St.). Lisa Carville is the producer of The Karma Club which had its industry premiere at the Tribeca Screening Room this past October. The Karma Club is about three  orphaned brothers who do whatever is needed to survive in a small Southern town. But after accepting a job from a mysterious woman, the bond between these brothers will be tested like never before.  For more information about The Karma Club check out the film's IMDB page here and watch the trailer here! Be sure to follow The Karma Club film's Instagram for a behind the scenes look at the film. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Anthology box office starting at 5:30 PM on the day of the screening.

NYWIFT member Jen Rudin’s 10-minute play Freeway will be performed in Artistic New Directions’ “Eclectic Evening of Shorts X: Boxers & Briefs” Feb. 3-12 at Theatre 54 (244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor).  Artistic New Directions’ mission is: to develop and present new theatrical works in fully staged productions that ignite the theatergoer’s mind, heart and imagination; productions that strike out in artistic new directions; to build and sustain a community of theatre artists and their collaborators; to provide that community with artistic and technical resources from inspiration to production; and to explore and expand the possibilities of improvisation as a performing skill and as a means of creating scripted works.Tickets are $18. See details.

Moral Compass, a film written and directed by NYWIFT member Kylie Garcelon and produced by Kylie and NYWIFT members Orly Shemesh and Robyn Babina, is an Official Selection at the 2017 Winter Film Awards Indie Fest and will be screened at the Cinema Village cinema on Feb. 25, Block 5: 7-9 :30 PM and March 1, Matinee: 2-5 PM. When Riley is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease he pleads with Jacquelyn to help him find a way to end his own life before Alzheimer’s takes over his mind and body. Rile’s health declines to a point where he loses time and suffers from bouts of fright, anger and confusion. Our loving couple, increasingly troubled and isolated, reach a precipice when Riley beats Jacquelyn with a tennis racket, mistaking her for a threatening intruder. The beating thrusts Jacqueline into a desperate state of conflicting emotions. In the end, love conquers fear and she ensures that Riley suffering ends, but at a cost to her own life. See details.


Still from
Still from "Women of ‘69: Unboxed"
Women of ’69: Unboxed (associate producer: NYWIFT member Debbie Abrahamson) has several upcoming airdates on public television’s WORLD Channel. Please check your PBS affiliates WORLD listing to confirm airdates and times (all times listed here are EST): Jan. 28 at 5 AM and 1PM; Jan. 29 at 11 PM; Jan. 30 at 3 AM and 11 AM; Jan. 31 at 6 PM. NYWIFT will also screen the film at the Feb. 22 member screening at Anthology Film Archives. A group of women, college classmates, who were both electrified and pummeled by the turbulent surf of the 60s, look back, then ahead, as they turn 65, ruminate on their heartaches and triumphs, and evaluate the “dowry” they’ll leave for future generations. If their parents were the Greatest Generation, perhaps this generation was the Loudest. They changed the world, at least in their fevered dreams, and the world changed them. Meanwhile, time has had its way with them...

Linnette Harrigan, NYWIFT Member, is very excited to share that her company provided music-services for the widely acclaimed major motion picture: Moonlight. The film recently won Best Picture, Drama at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
Linnette Harrigan Media is a collective of music experts that provide music supervision, licensing, and other music services for TV & Film productions (large and small). See Linnette’s website for more information.

Hold On
, a short film directed by NYWIFT member Christine Turner and produced by NYWIFT Programming Coordinator Duana C. Butler will screen at the Sundance Film Festival. In Hold On, Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning. The film has been named one of IndieWire’s 10 Must-See Shorts at Sundance 2017. Screening times: Jan. 21 at 6:30 PM (Redstone Cinema 1, Park City); Jan. 22 at 3 PM (Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC); Jan. 24 at 3 PM (Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City); and Jan. 26 at 4 PM (Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City). See more info on the film’s official website and follow @PeraltaPictures on Twitter.

NYWIFT member Mellini Kantayya was featured as one of Oprah Magazine's 2017 "Health Heroes." After hearing a friend had been charged $600 for EpiPens, Kantayya posted a rant on Petition2Congress.com, which sends letters to lawmakers, then shared it on social media. Friends shared, then friend of friends shared, and soon 80,000 letters had been sent. Then a group of senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, wrote their own stern letter to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, calling the product “exorbitantly expensive” and noting a 670 percent increase in her total annual compensation since 2007. The next week, a Senate subcommittee announced plans to investigate Mylan’s EpiPen pricing. Read more.

Sophie and the Rising Sun
, directed by NYWIFT member Maggie Greenwald and co-produced by Susan Lazarus, NYWIFT member and former board member, will screen at Village East Cinema on Feb. 3. Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions. Tickets are $12 for NYWIFT members (reg. $15). See details.