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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.

For over 25 years NYWIFT member Ava Seavey, President and CEO of Avalanche Creative Services, has been a pioneer in the Direct Response television industry. Avalanche Creative Services has generated sales for top brands and innovative entrepreneurs alike. Avalanche has produced hundreds of commercials and infomercials in the health and wellness, beauty, home, pet care, financial services, and other verticals, generating over a billion dollars in sales and leads for their clients. In 2011, Avalanche started a digital division, taking baby steps into the world of marketing and selling via the web and social media. In the past five years, Avalanche has been honing their niche in the performance marketing, ROI based digital marketing arena. While they have produced successful long form, short form and five minute TV, they have expanded their digital marketing capabilities using what has made them stand out in the DRTV realm as well by adding team members with savvy in social media and the digital landscape. Read more.

These Things Never Last
by NYWIFT member Charlie Gillette, follows Olivia and James, a young couple who are forced apart by new border regulations, rising nationalism and socio-political tensions in their respective countries and how they struggle to stay together as the world falls apart around them. The film imagines the consequences of a terrifying post-Brexit, post-Trump situation. The film engages with many themes relating to how we interface with borders and boundaries in our world. For instance: immigration, technology, rules and relationships. We decided to take an experimental approach to the narrative. The relationship/story plays out entirely as a series of FaceTime conversations as a way of exploring how these issues are mediated through technology. Watch the online premiere with the film here, along with an interview with Charlie about the project. 

Member Jen Rudin was awarded a Sloan Writing Award for her pilot Lucy in the Sky. Fourteen year old Lucy Katz living with autism adjusting to mainstream high school is suddenly faced with cataclysmic change when she and her identical twin sister become the subject of a genetic research study that could forever change Lucy. But is Lucy entitled to her own life or will she lose her identity and become just a medical experiment? The Sloan Film Program aims to influence the next generation of filmmakers to tackle science and technology themes and characters, to increase visibility for feature films that depict this subject matter and to produce new films about science and technology and about scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Learn more.

NYWIFT member Stephanie Carroll was the production designer on Meg Ryan's 2016 directorial debut Ithaca, which is currently available on demand on television (see listings on your TV service provider). Alex Neustader, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepherd star in her film based on William Saroyan's novel The Human Comedy: a young postal telegraph messenger comes of age during WW2. Stephanie was also the production designer on Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, currently in theaters.

Now that member Nan Gil-Wilson has completed the feature film Collar, her team is now at work on the book adaption. The crime novel is almost complete, and you can download the first chapter for free on the film’s website. Inspired by true events, Collar is an award-winning police drama that deals with 'true-to-life' and the vital issues of today. This is a movie about Your town and Your community and the social issues that confront American life.

Join NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane for live tweeting during Talking Dead, Sunday nights at 10 PM EST on AMC through December 18. O’Kane has directed exclusive on-set interviews with cast and crew of The Walking Dead for the past four years and looks forward to new Walker adventures while traipsing around Georgia on-location. Talking Dead continues to be the number one talk show on television among adults ages 18-49. Find Kathryn on Twitter and at her website.

Emerging from the award-winning short film Hotel Bleu, NYWIFT member writer/director Bethany Jacobson launches a new web series starring Penny Arcade and Julie Halston. Set in the amazing Carlton Arms Hotel, a down and out welfare hotel, taken over in the 80s by artists, it survived the onslaught of Manhattan’s increasing gentrification. Hotel Bleu is a fictional series set in an artist's refuge, where performers, hipsters and misfits collide on their way to defining a new community. Please join Penny Arcade, Julie Halston and Bethany at the Carlton Arms (160 E. 25th St.) for the premiere and reception on November 21 from 7-9 PM. RSVP on the Hotel Bleu Facebook page.

Together with fellow NYWIFT member Veronique Doumbe, Nicola Rose will be beginning principal photography in November on her short film Creative Block. A bilingual film in both English and French, it's a story about losing your inspiration, believing somebody else can bring it back to you, then realizing you can only do that for yourself. The film will be shot in both NYC and France, and completed in 2017. You can see behind-the-scene’s pics on the film’s Tumblr

The comedy webseries Callie & Izzy, created and produced by member Nicola Rose, will screen one of its episodes at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue) as part of the NewFilmmakers New York Festival. The 3-minute episode (plus a teaser) will screen on Wednesday, December 7 as part of the 7:15 pm block. Tickets can be purchased at www.newfilmmakers.com (go to the upcoming calendar and pick December 7).  Callie & Izzy tells the story of a young woman whose life is turned upside down when she gets diagnosed with Puppetitis B, a rare disease that makes an evil puppet grow out of her hand. We follow Callie as she tries to date, perform everyday tasks and just plain handle life with her fuzzy new frenemy, Izzy. Callie & Izzy online: YouTube Channel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Official series website.

NYWIFT members Angela Atwood (Writer-Director-Actor-Producer) and Lauretta Prevost (DP) film Freebie is an official selection of the Big Apple Film Festival, screening Friday November 4 at 10:45pm, at the Village East Cinema, Cinema 2, 181-189 2nd Ave, as part of the Comedy Shorts Block. Winner of Best Romantic Drama Short at its premiere in the Manhattan Film Festival earlier this year, the Big Apple Film Fest marks the fifth festival screening of Atwood's debut film as Writer and Director, and third collaboration for members Atwood and Prevost. Freebie tells the story of naïve middle-aged new lovers Wendy & Jeremy, as they negotiate post-passion awkwardness, mistaken identity, and more than a little dishonesty at an urban jungle cafe. Tickets $20 available at Eventbrite.  www.freebiethemovie.com.

Swim Team just won Best Sports Documentary at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival! NYWIFT gave Swim Team the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant last year. You'll be able to catch in at DOC NYC in November - see details here. NYWIFT members involved are: Lara Stolman, Producer - Director, Ann Collins, Co-Producer/ Editor and Laela Kilbourn, DP. They are an all NY based female creative team!

The Greenwich Village Film Festival celebrates Greenwich Village as a physical place, as one of the most photogenic neighborhoods of New York City. But, more important, as a creative state of mind born in a specific location that gathered like-minded people together to stimulate individual and collaborative artistic expression. Its mission is to honor and keep alive this sense of community and creative environment by discovering and bringing together new independent artists and their work. The second annual GVFF opens at 7 PM on Oct. 24 and runs through Oct. 26 at the Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow St). NYWIFT member Martha Frances Williams is one of the festival’s organizers. For more information to purchase tickets visit: www.greenwichvillagefilmfestival.com.

The feature film The Congressman, featuring NYWIFT member Kim Blacklock as female lobster boat captain Matty Pierce (see left), is now available on demand! Disgruntled and iconoclastic Maine Congressman Charlie Winship (Treat Williams) has reached a crossroads in his life both personally and professionally. After the Congressman publicly refuses to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the morning session, he finds himself in the spotlight of a major media backlash and gaining increasing criticism from the public. Retreating to a small remote island in his district to deal with a fishing scandal growing into a small civil war, Congressman Charlie Winship begins to regain some perspective after meeting its people and witnessing the challenges they have come together to struggle against. Through the example of the rugged and self-reliant constituents fighting to save their way of life, the Congressman once again begins to find purpose and faith in himself and his country. Check out the film’s website for info on how to watch on demand.

NYWIFT member Leah Streetman (Music Supervisor at Triton Creative Group) worked on music for the launch campaigns for EPIX Network’s new scripted series Graves, starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward. The spots are running now featuring classic rock music from artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Steppenwolf. Check out one of the spots here!  

NYWIFT member Dana Offenbach is currently in India shooting her latest film, A Look Inside, a story of forbidden love that examines issues of class and social differences that resonate worldwide. She has partnered with Parvin Dabas's Swen Entertainment for production. Parvin (Monsoon Wedding, My Name Is Kahn) is co-producing the film and will star with Mansi Rachh (24 - India,Student of The Year). The film was cast by Nandini Shrikent (Life Of Pi, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Indian Summers) and Karan Mally and will be shot in Mumbai by legendary Indian cinematographer Sunil Patel. Production began on September 26th. In the photo to the left, see Dana (going left) with her Art Director, CinemaStreet's new full-time Production Coordinator, and her Production Supervisor. Just some of the women on the team!

Member Marzy Hart's web series Working On It was just accepted in NYC Web Fest. Indiewire made the announcement here. It's a three day festival in Manhattan from November 10-12 highlighting stand out web content. Refinery29 premiered one of their series there last year. Working on It is a series about 3 couples and 1 trio who aren't afraid of working on their relationships. The series breaks the taboo on therapy in a comedic quirky manor and has a strong focus on reflecting the world around us on screen. Their characters are diverse as is the team behind the camera. They've recently won Best Web Series at LAFA, screened at @CongestedCat's IndieWorks Series month and will be screening at Brooklyn Web Fest on October 8th, nominated for their Emerging Voices category.