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Now on iTunes: Donna Di Novelli’s Short Film Stag

The short film Stag is now available on iTunes. Being studied in feminist film theory classes in the U.S and Canada, Stag is a contemporary dissection of the erotic gaze. In the summer of 1963, Sarah Steele (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Speech and Debate, The Humans) stars as 15-year-old tomboy Francesca, who investigates the mysterious comings and goings in her father's basement. In a bold move, she hides out there one Friday night. What she witnesses will change her vision of the world forever. With Peter Rini (Orange is the New Black) and Rachel Jett (The Body Artist). Written by NYWIFT member Donna Di Novelli, who also acted as a producer on the film, and directed by Kevin Newbury.



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Stag has been featured in the following festivals:

Best of New York - NY ShortsFest
Gold Remi Award - WorldFest Houston International Film Festival
Official Selection - Montreal World Film Festival - Festival des Films du Monde
Official Selection - Maremetraggio - Shorts (Italy)
Official Selection - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Official Selection - Lighthouse International Film Festival
Official Selection - Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
Official Selection - Hawaii ShortsFest
Official Selection - New Hope Film Festival






A sought-after writer across many collaborative genres, Donna Di Novelli penned the award-winning short film, Stag (2015) directed by her frequent collaborator, Kevin Newbury. Stag, starring Sarah Steele, was Di Novelli’s first film and is now available on iTunes. In 2017, she co-wrote the feature film Movie # 1, with Indie director, Josephine Decker (in post-production). She wrote The Good Swimmer, a Pop Requiem (2016, Prototype Festival) with music by Heidi Rodewald, directed by Newbury; text for Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses (2012, Kennedy Center, Barbican Centre); and libretto for the San Francisco Opera commissioned, Heart of a Soldier (2011) music by Grammy-nominated Christopher Theofanidis. She wrote lyrics for Oscar-winner Rachel Portman’s musical, Little House on the Prairie (2008). With composer Randall Eng she created Florida, an opera scheduled for a U.S. premiere in 2018 at UrbanArias in D.C., and Before the Night Sky, featured in excerpt at Opera America’s New Works Forum, January 2017 at Manhattan’s Town Hall. She has taught playwriting at Brown University where she earned an MFA studying with Paula Vogel and teaches libretto writing at Tisch where she earned a second MFA in musical theater writing.


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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts