“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
“You are cordially invited to the first installment of Film Fatales — a monthly get together of amazingly talented female filmmakers,” began the email I received from Leah Meyerhoff soon after I moved to New York. “We are reaching out to you because you have written or directed a feature film and we hope to share in each other’s talent, stories and laughter."
“It’s hard to make it in the city, not least in the world of entertainment. Our two July picks for web seriesboth feature struggling artists trying to succeed. The Spurlock sisters’ satirical “Livin’ the Dream” follows NYU film school graduate Kit Scanlon in her battle to get her first feature into production. With “Polyglot,” another sister duo, Rwandan-German Amelia Umuhire and Amanda Mukasonga, have created a series following young international artists of color trying to find their place in Berlin."
Spurlock Sisters at Biennale College Cinema
"So I was thinking Don’t Look Now, but my sis had Scooby Doo on her mind as we drifted through the eerie fog on Venice’s Grand Canal. We were headed towards San Zaccaria, where we would catch a boat for the last leg of our journey to San Servolo island.
Mai and I met up in Frankfurt — she from L.A. and I from Brooklyn — to fly together into Venice for the Biennale College Cinema, where we would develop and pitch our feature film A Case of the Dismals. The fog thickened as we boarded the waterbus to the island. Any thoughts of Nicolas Roeg and Shaggy dissolved in our minds as San Servolo emerged from the mist like a mirage. My first thought? Welcome to Shutter Island."
"A dozen screenplays have been selected for the program, sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS.
Twelve projects have been selected to participate in The Writers Lab, produced by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, an organization that promotes female voices in fictional film."
Sham Marriage and ‘Fast Fashion’ Workers: August 2015’s Women-Centric VOD & Web Series Picks
"This month’s VOD and web series picks are projects driven by the evocative experiences and masterful talents of women."
WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD:
Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40 Announces 2017 Participants
"New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and IRIS have selected the participants of its third Writers Lab for Women Screenwriters over 40. Sponsored by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey, the Lab is a four-day intensive script development retreat to be held in September in the Connecticut River Valley.
At the Lab, the selected writers will be mentored by film execs like “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” producer Susan Cartsonis, “Precious” producer Lisa Cortés, “Equity” screenwriter Amy Fox, and “Strange Weather” producer Caroline Kaplan. The Lab will consist of one-on-one discussions between mentors and writers as well as panel conversations where everyone will meet to discuss themes and concepts."