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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, 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.

NYWIFT members Martha Frances Williams and Laura Vogels are pleased to announce their short film Greener has been selected into the Indieworks: January Screening. Greener follows three longtime college friends all living very different lives in New York City as they meet for brunch and leave wondering if the grass is always greener on the other side. Greener explores the choices many women face, each one of them wants something more than what they have already, something that her friends have. The film will screen Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM at The Local in Long Island City. Entry is free and open to the public.

Board Member Kathryn O’Kane and new NYWIFT member Lindsey Felling are pleased to announce that Friday Night Tykes is returning to Texas for a fourth season on Tuesdays at 9|10C on Esquire Network starting January 17. Then, Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country returns to Western Pennsylvania, home of football legends, on January 31st. O’Kane and Felling work with a team of 8 producers and 14 editors to produce this flagship show for the network, which is a ratings standout for Esquire, setting series highs in its second season. The critically acclaimed documentary series is among the fastest growing series on cable. For more information on Friday Night Tykes go to http://tv.esquire.com/shows/friday-night-tykes.
From A Room with a View, to Under the Tuscan Sun, to Eat, Pray, Love, there is a long – and very entertaining – tradition of films about Americans who visit Italy and discover, or re-discover, the joy of living. More often than not, these stories center around a straight-laced woman who is opened up by the sensuality and brio of Italian life. Lost in Florence flips this approach by focusing on an appealing young man, a former star football playerwho finds love, fulfillment – and victory on the playing field – Italian style. Written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer, the film stars Brett Dalton, Alessandra Mastronardi and Stana Katic. The original score is by NYWIFT member Wendy Blackstone, who also produced the film with Ed Schmidt, Michael Mailer and Alessandro Pernazzi. Lost in Florence opens nationwide on January 27th at the Village East in NYC and The Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles. It will be also be available on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sony PlayStation, and Vimeo.

The Oscar-shortlisted film Tower, Executive Produced by Meredith Viera and NYWIFT member Amy Rapp, is now available on iTunes. August 1st, 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

The Brooklyn-based web series For Ex-Lovers Only unfolds the intimate details of Zoe (Genevieve Hudson-Price) and Joanna's (Tess Harrison) relationship. Zoe is facing the fallout of their breakup and struggling to create a new life out of the ashes of the old one. NYWIFT member Marzy Hart co-stars. The series premiered at OutFest LA. This is the first original series from Section II, a streaming platform and content creator for LGBTQ women. Episodes can be purchased for $4.95 here.

NYWIFT member Laura Israel’s documentary Don’t Blink is now available on iTunes. “A portrait of a quintessential New York artist" (The New York Times) and "irascibly entertaining" (Village Voice), Don’t Blink is a documentary about Robert Frank, the legendary photographer and filmmaker behind the seminal book The Americans and landmark films like Pull My Daisy (with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg) and C***sucker Blues (with the Rolling Stones). Directed by his longtime editor Laura Israel, the film is an exuberant and fascinating journey into the images and words of an iconoclastic artist, a Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. The soundtrack features Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, and more.

NYWIFT member Esther Krivda’s debut novel is now available for purchase. Here is the five star Clarion Review: “Esther Krivda’s debut novel, Where the What If Roams and the Moon Is Louis Armstrong, is a special kind of book, the kind of book that warrants many readings and a future CliffsNotes edition. It is a long, heady emporium of a book. Krivda herself describes it as a modern psychological fairy tale. Indeed, there are fairies in this book. But her own description almost belies, or at least oversimplifies, the ambitious nature of this marvelous and virtuosic work. This is the kind of book that scares off publishers, intimidates readers, and announces a major literary talent.” Buy the book on her website.

NYWIFT Member Lisa Carville is proud to present The Karma Club her new narrative feature film that has just wrapped. 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.

NYWIFT Members Jenniffer Turpeau and Isabella Roberto are pleased to announce that they just wrapped the short film called Lost In Love. The project was mainly lead by strong and bold women in film. Jennifer and Isabella are co-producers for the film, and director, director of photography, wardrobe and props stylist are all women. Also, Erin Darke from the Amazon Series Good Girls Revolt is starring as the leading role in the film. Find Jenniffer on about.me and at her website.

The YGB Entrepreneurial Awards have recently named NYWIFT Member Linnette Harrigan as Winner for their 2017 Professional Strategic Business Management Award in Music & Entertainment. The awards program will honor Linnette Harrigan on Feb 22, 2017 in New York City for her work in music supervision, licensing, consulting, clearance, soundtracks and other services provided to short & feature films, web series, advertisements, games, documentaries, TV series and more. For more information on Linnette Harrigan see her website.

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NYWIFT Member Kendra Cunningham's TV pilot script Swagger won Grand Prize at the Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival. She is currently looking to shop it around and uses her script as a writing sample. Moreover, her webseries I'm Not Buying it has been accepted into the Malta Film Festival and the Broad Humor Film Festival. Visit her website.

NYWIFT Members Martha Frances Williams and Laura Vogels are pleased to announce their short film Greener has been selected into the 2016 Santa Fe Film Festival. Greener follows three longtime college friends all living very different lives in New York City as they meet for brunch and leave wondering if the grass is always greener on the other side. Greener explores the choices many women face, each one of them wants something more than what they have already, something that her friends have. The film will screen Thursday, December 8th at 7:00pm at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, NM. More information.

Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison, Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., participated in the “Entertainment Law” panel at Lebanon Valley College’s 12th Annual VALE Media Industries Conference in Annville, PA.  She previously gave a guest lecture entitled “2016 Update on USA Concert Touring Issues” as part of the course “Navigating Artists through the Entertainment Industry” at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. 

Cheryl Lewis, NYWIFT member, stuntwoman/martial artist is also a fight choreographer & action director. She was a part of The 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo (sponsored by HBO/Cinemax), a two day film festival celebrating Diversity and honoring the past, present & future multicultural achievements within the Action genre, which took place Nov. 11th & 12th at HBO theater & AMC Empire Theaters-Time Square, NYC. Cheryl's action short, Margaret vs. William was an Official Selection and was screened at the film festival. She had the pleasure of being a part of The Angels of Action:Women In Action panel and was named the UAS Angel of Action Award Honoree! Find Cheryl on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Vimeo, LinkedIn, Tumblr and at her website.

NYWIFT member Linnette Harrigan is proud to have completed music supervision work on the Short film of fellow NYWIFT member Maria Bunai. The film, titledAfter Words- The Opposite of Foreplay, is the story of Claire, a young woman on a quest to find her perfect mate. The film is beautifully shot and features excellent music from Harrigan’s catalog. It is expected to play at top Film festivals around the country in the upcoming year. NYWIFT members looking for affordable music supervision or needing advice on music for their films and other projects may contact Linnette Harrigan at INFO@LINNETTEHARRIGANMEDIA.COM.

“What story would you tell if asked for a gut reaction to the word: racism?" Ten writers share their stories in The R Word, developed in Our Workshop East. Help the company of Our Workshop East, led by NYWIFT co-founder Lenore DeKoven, bring their latest work to the New York stage. The two 70-minute programs will be presented Dec.1-3 at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets are $20 for one program or $35 for a double bill. See details and buy tickets.

Congrats to member Caris Vujec, whose web series The Pepper Project did well in Spain at the Bilbao Web Fest. Caris (pictured left) picked up a Starlet Amets OTSOA - Best Actress Award in our category. The pilot also recently won best Suspense/Thriller at the Miami Web Fest! Learn more about the series at www.whoispepper.com.