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 NYWIFT member Caitlin McCarthy's pilot teleplay "Virtual Vida" is a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship (Original Comedy Division). Her script boasts an inclusive cast with a Puerto Rican female lead. Learn more about Caitlin's writing at www.caitlinmccarthy.com.







We are proud to say “we knew her when…”! Former NYWIFT intern Joosje Duk has been featured in HuffPost (which said she “epitomizes the future of American filmmaking”) and Paper Magazine for her short film Night, which is now available to watch on Vimeo. In Night, the carefree dynamic between four friends suddenly shifts following an unpleasant encounter with a nightclub bouncer. Night was also featured in NYWIFT’s Women Calling the Shots Showcase at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October. Watch Joosje’s powerful short about racial profiling

An Unknown Country documentary directed by NYWFT member Eva Zelig and edited by NYWIFT member Terence Taylor will be screened at NYWIFT member Lisa Reznik’s Film Society of Summit on Jan. 27 at 7 PM. Eva and Terence will attend to introduce the film and lead post-screening discussion. The screening takes place at MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave, Summit NJ, 07901. Please email summitfilm@gmail.com to reserve seats in advance. Recommended donation of $10 will go to the Holocaust Council of NJ. An Unknown Country tells the story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American country barely known at the time. The film follows the exiles' perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land.

NYWIFT member Caris Vujcec's film, "The Pepper Project" won Best Drama this fall in the Brooklyn Web Fest. Earlier this summer, the team also took home multiple awards including - Best Action/Adventure at the Sicily Web Fest; 3 Awards at the Austin Web Fest - Best Featured Actress, Best Sound Design, & Audience Choice; 2 Nominations at the IAWTV Awards in Los Angeles, and; Best Actress Award at die Seriale festival in Giessen, Germany.

Recently The Pepper Project even placed #1 in the U.S. in the Web Series World Cup, an international competition for digital series, and is ranked #19 worldwide in this competition. The team traveled far and wide, from Germany to Sicily to South Korea and Rio, and are proud to say they have made the top 20!

NYWIFT member Christine Knowlton’s Sense the Wind has just been fully released to the public. The hour documentary about blind sailors is available online with iTunes and Amazon rental or download purchases. And Kunaki, a DVD on Demand service, will produce a copy to order and ship anywhere internationally. Highlighting ability, not disability, this documentary tells the remarkable story of four individuals sharing a unique bond-each is vision impaired and striving to race in Japan's 2013 Blind Sailing World Championship while navigating other life's challenges. Between seasons, one of them gains something more valuable than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail differently. 

The novel Finding Julia by NYWIFT member Ha Phuong, based on her film of the same name, is now available as an ebook on Amazon and in paperback at findingjulia.net. In Manhattan, Eurasian acting student Julia Chamonix (Ha Phuong) is unable to enjoy the privileged life she shares with her doting father (Andrew McCarthy). Haunted by the tragic early death of her mother-a former star actress and singer in Vietnam-and likewise haunted by a secret desire she has to hide from the world, Julia struggles in her acting studies under renowned coach Igor (Richard Chamberlain). However, her ambitions to emulate her mother's success are thwarted by her severe difficulties with the English language. Her only confidante is her wise Vietnamese grandmother (Kieu Chinh), but even with her she limits what she confides. Meanwhile she begins to experience recurrent nightmares in which she relives the car accident that killed her mother. Caught between two very different cultures, East and West, Julia questions if she will ever fit in anywhere. 

Six episodes of NYWIFT member Carolyn Pierre-Outlar’s web series, Rhonda Mitchell, M.D., are available to binge over the holidays! The life of an ambitious, Type-A doctor gets turned upside down when she gets fired from her dream job and returns home to work in her father's Harlem-based clinic. She soon learns that unconventional tactics are the only way to manage this irreverent group of patients. Things quickly go from bad to worse when her father retires and her ex-boyfriend creeps back in the picture. Watch on YouTube.

NYWIFT member Christina Kiely’s A Murder on Orchard Street is now available on Hulu. An ex-NYC detective returns to the scene of a strange, unsolved homicide in one last attempt to crack the case and find justice for the victim's family. He begins by reaching out to journalist/filmmaker Christina Kiely, who had covered the original case for ABC in 2003, with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the NYPD. Kiely looks back into her original recordings in an attempt to help Detective Silvia and completely change the course of the case. Experience the case from every angle – from the perspectives of the initial suspect, detectives, witnesses and the determined family of the victim, Burke O'Brien.

The acclaimed documentary Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine, co-directed by NYWIFT member Amei Wallach is now streaming on Amazon Instant. Watch it now in conjunction with the Bourgeois retrospective currently at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine is a mesmerizing cinematic journey inside the world of the modern art legend and feminist icon. As an artist, Louise Bourgeois worked for six decades – but always on her own vigorously inventive and disquieting terms. See more info about the film here.

NYWIFT member Misha Calvert won the Best Actress Award at the Dublin Web Fest and the Emerging Voices Award at the 2017 Brooklyn Web Festival, an event dedicated to highlighting phenomenal online storytelling from digital innovators. The show was also Audience Choice at the Chicago International Reel Shorts Festival. Ms. Calvert's web series Tinder is the Night screened at the festival and earned her nominations for Best Actress and Best New York Show. The awards were announced at the Made in NY/IFP Center on October 7th, 2017. As an actor-writer-director Ms. Calvert is what's known as a multihyphenate artist, a new genre of entertainer quickly gaining momentum in Hollywood. Inspired by real events, Tinder is the Night is a romantic comedy that follows a young New York woman named Eddie and her three best friends who are looking for love, sex, and companionship. Throughout the series a string of increasingly bizarre internet meetups make the women question the sanity of dating. You can find out more at www.tinderisthenight.showTinder is the Night was also nominated for Best Digital Series at the Bushwick Film Festival and the New Zealand Web Festival. The show garnered an Honorable Mention at the Wendie Web Festival and was a Finalist at Elba Comedy Festival.

NYWIFT member Alexandra Dean has made Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a film about Hedy Lamarr, the woman who inspired Snow White and Cat Woman. She was called the "most beautiful in the world" but she also changed the way we live by inventing a new way to communicate. Bombshell is a New York Times Critic Pick that Manola Darghis calls "very entertaining"... The Economist says it is "Masterful" and Vice news adds it's "eerily well timed" ... directed, produced and edited by Dean. Watch the trailer and buy tickets to the film at the IFC Center, where it's screening through December 14.

A FREE BENEFIT CONCERT TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE IRMA & MARIA RECOVERY, co-produced by NYWIFT member Linnette Harrigan. Join us on December 10th, 2017 @ 7PM for a concert that presents great singing performances (POP, JAZZ, CHRISTMAS, BROADWAY, etc), video presentations and more ALL ON ONE STAGE. A $5 minimum love offering will be held at the door to help those devastated in U.S. Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma & Maria. 100% of proceeds will go to recovery efforts. Light refreshments will be available. Bring two friends. Tell ten friends. Help Us Help the World. THE CONCERT WILL ALSO BE FILMED FOR TELEVISION! HOWEVER, YOU MUST RSVP via email message to linnette.harrigan@gmail.com for your named to placed on the guest list. DATE AND TIME Sun, December 10, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST LOCATION The Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West Bronx, NY 10468

NYWIFT member Ellyn Vander Wyden produced the series The Accidental Wolf, which is now available for streaming for free! Two women in distress – trapped and lost – are linked by a late-night call. A fleeting moment becomes a lasting connection as one risks her life to prove the other even had one. Searching for closure, clawing for truth, she finds purpose in the hunt and peace as the hunted. Read what The NY Times had to say and watch the series.

After winning the Best Web Series Award for her pilot, East, at the Big Apple Film Festival last week, Dana Marisa Schoenfeld won the Audience Choice Award at The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival for her short film, Swiped Right, that she co-produced with Lydia Fiore. Swiped Right is based on an idea by Fiore who reached out to Schoenfeld to write and direct the screenplay. Schoenfeld also edited the film and both women are in the cast. Swiped Right has screened at a handful of festivals including The New Jersey Film Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, The Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, The Hoboken International Film Festival, The Brightside Tavern Film Festival, and Chain NYC Film Festival. Fiore and Schoenfeld are looking for financing to make the feature film.

NYWIFT Member Bernadette McCabe  has been named the new Senior Vice President of Exhibitor Relations at MoviePass! McCabe, a proven industry veteran and former Screenvision Media executive with more than 16 years of experience, will be responsible for growing and developing the company's relationships with movie theater exhibitors. She will spearhead strategic initiatives across marketing and business development, provide financial insights for how theaters can glean the most value from MoviePass data and analytics, and evaluate opportunities to increase collaboration between theaters and movie studios. In addition to being a member of NYWIFT, Bernadette serves on the advisory committee for the Event Cinema Association, which aims to raise the profile of Event Cinema worldwide. She is also a member of The Motion Picture Club and is active within the American Ireland Fund, which has awarded her its Young Leader of the Year. Read the full announcement of Bernadette's new position at MoviePass here

NYWIFT member Michele Remsen's first feature has been added to the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival – which features films by Neil LaBute, Susan Seidelman, Shia LaBeouf and more. Toss It (dramedy) - delightfully subversive film that starts where most rom-coms end - as two savvy adults discover what they don't know about themselves (and why so many men are so screwed up). Toss It tosses traditions and dismantles genres as it asks deep questions in a funny, beautiful film. See it on Nov. 17 at 10:30 PM at the Wythe Hotel Cinema (80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). Tickets are $10. Buy tickets.

Good Luck (in Farsi), a short film produced by NYWIFT member Elizabeth Masucci, is screening at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. The film is a darkly comic look at two actresses vying for the same role on a network television show. Good Luck (in Farsi) uses themes of ambition, competition, and jealousy to create a sharp and savvy satire on the cutthroat process of casting and the lengths that some people will go to on their quest to succeed. Watch the trailer. The film stars Gia Crovatin, Elizabeth Masucci & Tonye Patano. Directed by Jessica Cummings and written by Tony-Nominated Playwright Neil Labute. Elizabeth & Gia also produced the film under their joint company called In the Meantime Productions. The film will screen Nov. 18 at 7 PM at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Tickets are $15. Buy tickets.

NYWIFT member Kristi Zea's Everybody Knows . . . Elizabeth Murray is screening for free at the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street) on Monday, November 20th at 7:00 PM. The film is directed by NYWIFT member Kristi Zea and narrated by Meryl Streep. The documentary tells the story of a determined single mom, with nothing but guts and vision, who breaks through notorious art world barriers to become one of the outstanding painters of our time. Watch the trailer! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kristi Zea and guest panelists including Anthony Jannelli, Deb Kass, and Jacki Ochs. Seating is limited so please RSVP! Additionally, you can check out Elizabeth's art in person by visiting PACE Gallery at 510 25th St. to see her exhibition, "Painting in the 80's, open now through January 13th, 2018. 

NYWIFT members are invited to How New York's Women Got the Vote, And the Difference It Made at CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room (365 Fifth Ave) on Nov. 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. One hundred years ago — nearly to the day — New York granted women the right to vote. Two years later, after decades of struggle, it became national law. Why did earlier campaigns fail? What role did New York City play in realizing this old dream? And what happened after? Lauren Santangelo, author of a forthcoming book on the movement in Gotham, discusses how activists built a successful coalition between 1870 and 1917. Susan Goodier, author with Karen Pastorella of the new book, Women Will Vote, highlights the involvement of neglected groups, such as black women, in gaining the vote, and the importance of New York to securing national legislation. Brooke Kroeger talks about the men who helped make suffrage possible, drawing on her new work The Suffragents. The conversation concludes with a preview of the award-winning filmmaker (NYWIFT member) Dawn Scibilia’s documentary-in-progress, on the decades between feminism's first and second “wave,” in which New York City again played a special role. Learn more.

Join Writer/Director/Actor (and NYWIFT member) Victoria Negri and her all-female production team for the theatrical and video on demand release of the award-winning feature film Gold Star, out in New York City at Cinema Village Nov. 10-16. Significantly, the film stars Oscar-nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last role and Emmy Award winner Catherine Curtin (OITNB, Stranger Things). Gold Star is loosely inspired by Victoria's experiences as caregiver to her elderly father, and is about Vicki, a young music school dropout who struggles to make sense of her aimless life while caring for her dying 90-year-old father. Victoria will be at the theater for the 7:15 showings with special themed panels each night. For more tickets and information about their New York City showings and beyond, visit their official site at: http://www.goldstar-film.com/watch-1/. Use the code goldfriend at the box office at Cinema Village for $9 tickets (reg. $12).

NYWIFT member Julia Campanelli's award winning short film, 116, will be screening at the New York Short Film Festival, Monday Nov 6th at 6:30 PM, at Cinema Village in New York. Buy tickets here! To date the film has garnered the Spotlight Award at Elevation Film Festival, Best Short Film, Best Director, & Best Actress Awards at NYC Indie Film Awards, Best Female Director at European Cinematography Awards, and Best Actress at Symi International Film Festival. It is an Official Selection to 27 festivals. Julia is also currently starring in NBCUniversal’s Feature Dementia 13 (2017), streaming on iTunes and Amazon.

NYWIFT Board Member Tracy Daniels (producer) and NYWIFT members Maria Bunai (director) and Linnette Harrigan (music supervisor) all took part in the making of After Words: The Opposite of Foreplay. The short won Audience Choice Award at the Women in Film Dallas Flicks X Chicks film festival. In the short, a Brooklyn singleton's path to true love unfolds entirely through post-coital conversations offering a humorous take on modern dating. The showcase at the Flicks X Chicks film festival was held on Saturday, October 27 at the Alamo Draft House Theater. 

NYWIFT Member Pamela Harris co-wrote and directed the short film, En Route, which is a selection of the Big Apple Film Festival. In the film two estranged sisters must face each other for the first time in a year -- on the 6-minute ride to their deceased brother's memorial. The film will be screened alongside other selected shorts on November 4 at 6:45 PM at the SVA Theatre. Purchase tickets here! Pamela also participated in The Writers Lab this year, and her work can be found on her website.

Short film Silent Cries: The Prelude, produced by NYWIFT member Okema T. Moore, will be screening at the CONNECTS Film Screening event in Harlem on Oct. 27 at 8 PM. It is written by, directed and also produced by Shauntay Cherry. The film, along with a host of other pieces, will be screened in addition to a live conversation with actress and writer Shana Solomon of the Off-Broadway show The Closet Bitch. She will also speak on the CONNECTS entertainment panel with a host of distinguished colleagues, including Lande Yusef of the Black Film Space, Walt Miller, LaVarro Jones and Priscilya Marie, on Oct. 28 at 1 PM. They will discuss being a person of color and/or a being a woman in the business, trends, do's and don'ts, networking and more. Tickets are $5 for each event. Buy tickets. Note: Once you purchase your tickets you must also RSVP for the event. Address of the event will be confirmed upon ticket purchase.