NYWIFT Members in the News
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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: Apr. 1, 2014