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Barbara Kopple's acclaimed documentary film "Running from Crazy" received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special. "Running from Crazy" focuses on Academy Award-nominated actress and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway, a granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest Hemingway. Barbara Kopple who is a Two-Time Academy Award winning filmmaker, used archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters with scenes from Mariel's life today. The documentary mainly shows Mariel Hemmingway exploring her family's disturbing history of mental illness and suicide and how she seeks to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle to combat what appears to be a difficult family birthright. The film was produced by Cabin Creek Films for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Barbara Kopple both produced and directed.
Mara Lesemann's first feature film, "Surviving Family," is being released on iTunes on August 15. The romantic drama with 'a dose of comedy' screened at 19 festivals in the US and Canada. The film tells the story of a young woman from a dysfunctional family returning home to plan her wedding in just 6 days. In that time, she learns the truth about her mother's death, her father's alcoholism, and the half sister she never knew she had. "Surviving Family stars Sarah Wilson, Billy Magnussen, Tara Westwood, & Phyllis Somerville. Mara Lesemann both wrote and produced. You may check out the trailer here.
Irene Walsh performed classic Samba music with the two top Brazilian musicians Cesar Garabini and Sergio Krakowski. The event will take place Tuesday, July 22 from 7PM to 10PM at Caffe Vivaldi in Greenwich Village32 Jones St, NYC
Charlotte Schioler's Slor was screened at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles on July 9th, then at the Golden Apricote Intl. Film Festival in Armenia later in July, in August in Denmark and in September at Kazan International Film Fest in Russia.
Daralyn Jay is costarring in Tobacco Burn, a short film that has won several awards on the film festival circuit. Set decades before the Civil War, the film follows the actions of a brutal overseer that spark the fire of revolution on a Southern tobacco farm. “Tobacco Burn” will screen at the Maine International Film Festival (7/11–7/20), Indianapolis International Film Festival (7/17–7/26), The Woods Hole Film Festival (7/26–8/2) and Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (8/5–8/9). Additional information is available here.
Gayle Kirschenbaum and Lee Eypper, As part of the group Writers on Hudson, will be reading their original pieces at Cornelia Street Café. The event is entitled Writes of Summer and it runs from 6:00p - 7:30p on Sunday, July 13. It is downstairs at Cornelia Street Café at 29 Cornelia Street between West 4th and Bleecker Streets. Reservations are recommended and they can be made at (212) 989-9319. Cover is $8.00 which includes a drink.
Lauren Buchter, has been awarded the Gold Medal in the Narrative Category of the 2014 Student Academy Awards for "Above the Sea", -- a short film with an original score by the NYWIFT member and composer. The Film is now in the running for an Oscar in the Short Film Category. You can find out more about the film here: www.abovetheseafilm.com and more about Lauren here: www.laurenbuchter.com
Lee Eypper's short play One Tired Teller will premiere at Playsmiths FlashFest 2014. The event will take place on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. For more info and tickets click here.
Catherine Hardwicke director of Twilight will attend the three day Women In Film Conference in Pittsburgh. To register and learn more about the panel topics click here.
Nicole (“Niki”) D. Cubides worked on ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE. A documentary film being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th, and will also to be aired on HBO. For tickets click here.
Amy Nicholson is directing a Special Jury Prize winning documentary called Zipper: Coney Island's Last Ride that chronicles the recent tumultuous history of Coney Island. It will be broadcast on Channel 13 at 10PM on April 28th. For more about the film click here.
Vicki Vasilopoulos directed MEN OF THE CLOTH, a documentary portrait of three Italian master tailors. A screening will take place at the Montclair Film Festival on Sunday May 4th at 2PM in New Jersey. For more information about the film and tickets click here.
Amy Rapp -produced with Meredith Vieira an album of spoken word, comedy, and music called Life in a Marital Institution by JamesBraly now avail on itunes. To find the album and more click here.
Anita Thatcher has entered the Short Program, Digital Dilemma in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival for her film "CUT".
April Yvette Thompson is Crowdfunding for her play Good Bread Alley. To find out more click here.
Meredith Riley Stewart has launched a crowd funding campaign for her original web series, SOUTHERN DISH directed by Darla Delayne. To find out more click here.
Alice Hunter worked as the story editor on the Tribeca Spotlight movie MISS MEADOWS featuring Katie Holmes and produced by Rob Carliner and Eric Brenner.
Caitlin McCarthy made the list of Top 25 of The Tracking Board's first-ever Launch Pad Pilot Competition for "Pass/Fail" co-written with Jim Forbes. You can find out more about the competition click here. To find out more about Caitllin click here.
Nan Avant is being nominated in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Her Tributum composed for Bagpipes and Chamber Orchestra is being nominated for "Best Instrumental Song" and has been included into the Celebrate World Music compilation CD. Find out morE here.
Lee Hunkins is an honored recipient of the National Center for Creative Aging's and Life's DHL Beautiful Minds Contest for 2014. Find out more about Hunkins' work here.
Richarda Abrams was recently featured in a reading of Sister Soldier at La Mama for Black History Month's Shadow Series. She will also be featured in Womanspeak on March 8 and First By Faith, a self-written one person show about Mary McLeod Bethune for the Actors Equity Association's Women's History Month series on March 24. Abrams will also be featured in the workshop production of a play about homelessness at the Actor's Studio this April.
Tracey D. Smith, a media publicist and editor-at-large, recently published a fashion editorial and extensive interview with brand spokesperson Dennis Haysbert for the winter 2014 issue of Edge Magazine.
Priscilla J. Mattison recently published two articles (An Overview of Synchronization Licenses and An Overview of Masters use Licenses: Film and Television Uses) in Licensing of Music - From BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital), a publication by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers. Mattison presented her findings at the 48th Annual MIDEM conference in Cannes, France.
Lillian T. Mehrel, recipient of the NYWIFT Scholarship at NYU Film School, recently finished production on her short film A Crack.
Marcia Rock and Patricia Stotter recently shot, edited and co-produced SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home. The film was recently nominated for a New York Emmy Award for Best Military Program.
Heidi Philipsen-Meissner worked as a production coordinator and actress for The Better Angels, directed by A.J. Edwards and named as an Official Selection for the Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals. Philipsen-Meissner is currently working on the indie feature This is Nowhere, written by John Russell and Tracy Nichole Cring, through her production company Personae Entertainment.
Mojisola Sonoiki of Iyalode Productions is a founder of the Women of Color Arts & Film (WOCAF) Festival in Atlanta and creator of a new and exciting interview series Indigo Tongues, that brings the inspiring voices of trailblazers of African descent into one platform. The series debuts with a women in media segment: this month's episode features her fellow NYWIFT member Mariette Monpierre.
Michele Baldwin & Tony Wilkes
NYWIFT members Michele Baldwin and Tony Wilkes, co-produders with Area Bay Productions, present Elizabeth's Precious Kitty at the DC Black Theater Festival. Elizabeth’s Precious Kitty is a sensual and highly stimulating, erotic, farcical play that promises to shock and titillate the audience as they’re taken on a sexy, voyeuristic fantasy view inside the life of a middle age virgin Dominatrix who under stress from forces is trying to take away her “precious kitty.” To purchase tickets Click Here and Support them at Kickstarter.
Laurie Layton Schapira
NYWIFT member Laurie Layton Schapira was interviewed by Geoff Brady on WBAI FM on Monday, June 10 on the subject of Jung's concept of the"Shadow." To listen to the interview
Independent Feature, Dukhtar, produced by NYWIFT member Thea Kerman and directed by Afia Nathaniel, was chosen for IFP's Annual Independent filmmaker Labs. Dukhtar (Daughter) is a thriller set in Pakistan. The story follows a mother on the run with her ten-year-old daughter on the eve of the child’s forced marriage to a tribal leader. They are relentlessly hunted for bringing dishonour to their families. As the chase intensifies, the mother meets a truck driver whose destiny entwines with hers and kindles a forbidden attraction. The trio embarks on an epic journey through the stunning landscape of Pakistan where the quest for freedom comes with a price.
Malika Franklin & Véronique N. Doumbé
Woman to Woman, directed by Malika Franklin and co-directed by Véronique N. Doumbé, is available online. Doumbé has completed work on Ndolo Films' first International co-production.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Aug. 5, 2014