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Women Crush Wednesdays is presented by New York Women in Film and Television. Your hosts: Janine McGoldrick and Leah Curney. We sit down with women working above and below the line within the moving image industry. We talk about current news in entertainment, upcoming NYWIFT events, highlight our members and report happenings from the red carpet. Follow along with us!
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On our last episode Cassandra Seidenfeld recommended the Indy dramedy series Thespian and today she talks with its creators Maria and Marc Unger! Thespian follows an aging Gen-X comic (Marc) turned dramatic actor as he struggles with his shift in career paths. Maria and Marc discuss the ideation of the show, finding financing and distribution and key production learnings. Get the first two seasons of Thespians free here on YouTube/thespianseries.  Hosts Katie Chambers & Janine McGoldrick talk about NYWIFT programming including the upcoming Finance Institute -- a three-part finance series offering business strategies from industry professionals who have successfully funded documentary and narrative projects -- and recommend Ted Lasso, Dickinson, Loki, The Good Fight & Penguin Town. Keep your WCW Spotlight nominations and industry stories coming, email us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, creator of our podcast theme. Social Media/Websites NYWIFT - IG @NYWIFT / Twitter @NYWIFT / FB @NYWIFT / #nywift Thespians - IG @Thespianseries / Twitter @thespianseries / Facebook/thespianseries   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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Summer Break

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We are taking a summer break in August and will return with all new episodes in September. Keep on sending us your nominations for our member WCW Spotlight, interview suggestions and/or share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org.  
This week Kelsey Marsh talks with birth consultant Elan McAllister about her work on the film Pieces of A Woman and trying to change how birthing scenes are portrayed on screen. In our Woman Crush Wednesdays Member Spotlight Deborah Hoard is crushing it. Hosts Cassandra Seidenfeld and Janine McGoldrick highlight BFI's upcoming Woman With A Movie Camera Summit and recommend Marc Unger’s Thespian and Werewolves Within. Nominate a member for the WCW Spotlight and/or share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, creator of our podcast theme. Social Media/Websites NYWIFT - IG @NYWIFT / Twitter @NYWIFT / FB @NYWIFT / #nywift Elan - IG @elanvitalmc / Twitter @elanvmc / FB @elanvitalcreate Deborah - IG @deb_hoard / Twitter @DeborahCHoard / FB @PhotoSynthesisProductionsNY / There’s Your Ready Girl free on Vimeo  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Bonus Episode! In honor of Juneteenth Tammy Reese speaks with Nancy Buriski about her new film A Crime on the Bayou and in celebration of the Tribeca Film Fest she chats with Brit Lower the writer-director-producer-star of Circus Person. Nominate a member for the WCW Spotlight and/or share your industry story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great content go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard the creator our podcast theme. Social Media: NYWIFT: Twitter @NYWIFT / IG @NYWIFT / #nywift Nancy: Twitter @nancybuirski @acrimeonthebayou Britt: IG @brittle @circusperson / Twitter @brittlower  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Its Pride Month and to celebrate January Green brings us a great conversation with comedian Julia Scotti & director Susan Sandler about their new documentary Julia Scotti: Funny That Way, a tender and funny story of the triumphant comeback of transgender standup comedian Julia Scotti. In our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, Leah Curney tells us why Annunziata is crushing it. Hosts Tammy Reese and Janine McGoldrick discuss GLAAD's Diversity On Demand partnership with the cable television industry to pay tribute to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans by shining a spotlight on compelling LGBT programming and films. Our recommendations include Selena: The Series, American Horror Story and The Irregulars. Nominate a member for the WCW Spotlight and/or share your industry story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great content go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our podcast theme. Social Media: NYWIFT: Twitter @NYWIFT / IG @NYWIFT / #nywift  Julia: Twitter @JuliaScotti4 / IG @JuliaScottiComedy Susan: Twitter @sandlernew  Funny That Way Film: Twitter @JuliaScottiFilm / IG @JuliaScottiFilm Annuziata: Twitter @annunziataactor / IG @annunziataactor / slayinthecity.com  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We love sharing your stories so this week we have more "My First Time" industry experiences. Tammy Reese shares her first time covering the Academy Awards as a member of the media and January Green narrates Fran Montagnino's story about the first time she went to a Broadway show and how it inspired her to be part of the entertainment community. In the Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, Leah Curney tells us why Mellini Kantayya is crushing it. Hosts Kelsey Marsh and Janine McGoldrick discuss Mellini's Washington Post OpEd entitled Hank Azaria Apologized for Playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons.’ I Accept and recommend the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and BBC's Line of Duty. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our podcast theme. Social Media & Weblinks: NYWIFT: Twitter @NYWIFT / IG @NYWIFT / #nywift Mellini: Twitter @mellinikantayya / IG @mellinikantayya / Actor, Writer, Whatever  Tammy: Twitter - @TammyReeseMedia @VisionaryMinds2 / Insta - @TammyReeseMedia @Visionarymindsnys Fran: The Wiz "Home" Stephanie Mills, Rosie O'Donnell / Stephanie Mills show stopping finale 1975 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week author Pam Munter talks to January Green about her new book Fading Fame: Women of a Certain Age In Hollywood which addresses ageism and sexism in the entertainment industry. Tammy Reese chats with actress Rachel Nielsen about her experience playing Rose on HBO's Mare of Eastown, Christine Dixon is in our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight and Katie Chambers provides a NYWIFT programming update.  Hosts Cassandra Seidenfeld and Janine McGoldrick discuss Reese Witherspoon's new initiative LitUp and recommend Call My Agent & Bridgerton on Netflix and the new Gilmore Girls Podcast I'm All In hosted by Scott Patterson (aka Luke Danes).  Nominate a member for the WCW Spotlight and/or share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great content go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our podcast theme. Social Media: NYWIFT: Twitter @NYWIFT / IG @NYWIFT / #nywift Christine: Twitter @harriettubmanherself / IG @harrirettubmanherself  Cassandra: Twitter @casssoffical / IG @cassandraseidenfeld --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In this bonus episode we bring you the NYWIFT Talks discussion with ReelAbilities with Director and Co-Founder Isaac Zablocki, Michele Spitz (Woman of Her Word) and filmmaker Lisa Denker. The panel talks about the changes that ReelAbilities has instituted for the Disabled Community and what progress still needs to be made. They explore the ways movie theaters need to re-structure to accommodate ADA laws, how filmmakers are paving their way to Hollywood with their original stories, and what Reel Abilities offers for disabled filmmakers. Moderated by Executive Director at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Rachel Byrne. You can get the panel transcript here and the ASL version here. REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL: NEW YORK will take place April 29-May 5, 2021 click here for tickets.  For more information on NYWIFT events and programming go to nywift.org or contact us at communications@nywift.org.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
It's time for "Have Story, Will Tell" featuring industry experiences sent in from our listeners! Writer Tekisha Walton shares some inspiring words for all screenwriters and Carona Davis-Diop tells us how she decided to make a full length feature film after multiple strangers told her she should adapt her book to the screen. In our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight hear why Latresa Baker is crushing it.  Hosts Kelsey Marsh and Janine McGoldrick discuss the upcoming Oscar ceremony, Tribeca Film Fest's opening night film and recommend Shrill, The Undoing and Fake Famous. Nominate a member for the WCW Spotlight and/or share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our new podcast theme. Social Media & Weblinks: NYWIFT: Twitter @NYWIFT / IG @NYWIFT / #nywift Latresa: IG @latresabaker Tekisha: Twitter @WaltonTekisha / IG @Tekisha88 Carona: Twitter @diopproductions @CaronaDavisDiop --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Renown casting director Avy Kaufman talks with January Green about her storied career, tips for filmmakers and agents and casting during the pandemic. In our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight we learn why Liza Rafael is crushing it. Hosts Tammy Reese and Janine McGoldrick discuss the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival and its new outdoor model and recommend Tyler Perry's The Oval and Ruthless on BET and Ramy on Hulu. Nominate a member for the WCW Spotlight and/or share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our new podcast theme. Social Media & Weblinks: @NYWIFT #nywift Avy - Twitter @akaufmancasting / IG @avykaufmancasting Liza - Twitter @lizajrafael @lovehappensfilm / IG @lizajane10 @lovehappensfilm --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
It's time for more "Have Story, Will Tell" & "My First Time" industry experiences sent in from our listeners! Victoria Stevens tells us how she became her professor’s prime example, but for all the wrong reasons, Blondean Young discusses her first theater audition and Toni Fernandez shares the touching story behind the name of her film. In the Women Crush Wednesday Spotlight, January Green tells us why Tammy Reese is crushing it this week.  Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick discuss the re-opening of NYC movie theaters, the Amazon Prime Video Direct announcement that they are no longer accepting documentary and short film submissions and recommend CBS's The Equalizer, John Sayle's The Secret of Roan Inish and a few other St. Patrick's Day inspired films.   Share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org.  Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our new Podcast Theme.  Social Media:  NYWIFT: @NYWIFT #nywift  Toni - Insta: @toni_filmmaker_fernandez & @still.got.the.juice   Blondean -  Insta: @iamblondean  Victoria - Insta: @victoriastevensactor / Twitter: @vickiestevens14 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Music is an extremely important part of film and television content -- it helps create atmosphere, evoke emotion and heighten drama. So we are thrilled to bring you Leah Curney's interview with composer, lyricist and creator of our new podcast theme Elspeth Collard! In the Women Crush Wednesday Spotlight, Tammy Reese tells us why Antonia Badon is crushing it. Hosts Leah and Janine McGoldrick discuss open submissions for the The Writers Lab, a new DGA report about the increase of women television directors and recommend Five Films, a collection of documentary short films from women directors which feature stories of the perseverance and passion of women entrepreneurs premiering March 6th on ShortsTV. Share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Social Media & Weblinks: Elspeth: Insta @elspethcollard & @collard.rosenblatt.collabs / Twitter @elspethlcollard  https://www.collardandrosenblatt.com Antonia: Insta @antonia.badon_queen.of.culture / Twitter @TravelHarlem --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We have been featuring your stories, so it's about time we share ours! This week the podcast team Leah Curney, Janine McGoldrick, Kelsey Marsh, January Green and new addition Tammy Reese share "Our Stories" and "My First Time" experiences working in film, television and media. We talk about an unfortunate training situation, first time freelance contract, an embarrassing moment with JFK Jr., hosting a TV show at 14 and delivering a baby cow on camera!  Share your story or first time experiences with us at communications@nywift.org.  For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our new Podcast Theme. Social Media Leah: Twitter & Insta - @leahcurney Janine: Twitter & Insta - @2ndchapterprod  Tammy: Twitter - @TammyReeseMedia @VisionaryMinds2 / Insta - @TammyReeseMedia @Visionarymindsnys January: Twitter - @jangre1 Kelsey: Insta - @misskelseyj --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In January Green's interview with producer Trevite Willis she discusses filming her NYWIFT Fiscal Sponsorship project the documentary Black Voters Matter during a tumultuous election year and a pandemic. In our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, Kelsey Marsh tells us why writer Christine Baker is crushing it this week.  Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick discuss Mentorship Matters, an intensive year-long mentorship program with the goal of placing emerging writers of color inside television writers rooms, and highlight a few black female industry pioneers for Black History Month.  Recommendations: Macabre Storytelling's Game of Thrones Rewrite on YouTube / The Codebreaker on PBS Special thanks to Elspeth Collard, the creator our new Podcast Theme. Social Media Trevite Willis - Insta: @trevite.willis / Twitter: @sffilmworks  NYWIFT - @NYWIFT / #NYWIFT --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Marion Hill, writer-director of Ma Belle, My Beauty joins us to talk about making her first feature film and bringing it to the Sundance Film Festival. We provide key learnings from NYWIFT's virtual production of last month's Muse Awards and Jean Criss is our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight Member.  Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick discuss the new SAG-AFTRA Micro-Budget Project Agreement, a digital Sundance and give some viewing recommendations: Ted Lasso / All Creatures Great and Small /  Zitkala - Sa / Death to 2020. Special thanks to Elspeth Collard who created our new Podcast Theme! If you would like to nominate someone for our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, share your story or hit us up with an interview suggestion, contact us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Social Media Handles: Marion Hill - Insta @ma.rion.hill  Ma Belle, My Beauty - Insta @ma_belle.film / Twitter @mabellefilm / #MaBelleMyBeauty Jean Criss - CrissCross Intimates / Insta @Crisscross.Intimates @Jean.Criss /Twitter @jean_criss
The NYWIFT Muse Awards are here and one of this year's honorees -- Tony Award Winning Actress Ali Stroker -- talks with Katie Chambers about the honor of being a Muse, fostering inclusion and finding projects that bring joy and positivity.  In our Women Crush Wednesday Spotlight, January Green tells us why Stephanie Falkeis is crushing it this week.  Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick discuss the backlash about Warner Brother's releasing its 2021 slate on HBO Max, how ABC's The Rookie is changing the way policing is portrayed on TV and the excitement that Patty Jenkins will be the first woman to helm a Star Wars Film. We'll be back in 2021 -- Happy Holidays!! If you would like to nominate someone for our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, share your story or hit us up with an interview suggestion, contact us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Contact / Social Media Information: Ali Stroker: Twitter & Instagram @alistroker / Facebook @OfficialAliStroker Stephanie Falkeis: LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-falkeis/www.stephaniefalkeis.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Ondrea Barbe gets down to business with NYWIFT Board Member and Entertainment Lawyer Maria "Mary" Miles -- in our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, Kelsey Marsh tells us why Linnette Harrigan is crushing it -- hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick discuss the resurgence of production in NYC -- Katie Chambers announces the honorees for the Muse Awards.  If you would like to nominate someone for our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, share your story or hit us up with an interview suggestion, contact us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Contact / Social Media Information: Linnette Harrigan: info@Linnetteharriganmedia.com / https://www.linkedin.com/in/linnetteaharrigan / Twitter: @lharriganmedia / Insta: @linnetteharrigan / Sign up for her Film & TV music mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dwnRBP & to keep up with her latest projects download Linnette’s music industry App at www.Elevate-yourmusic.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Orchestrating & telecasting an extensive live production like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has its challenges but those challenges get even tougher during a pandemic. January Green talks with Macy’s executive Kathleen Wright about the changes to this year's broadcast and what fun things to expect.  In Your Stories, Giovanna Aguilar advocates for more conversations around COVID and its lingering mental and physical effects. January returns with this week's Women Crush Wednesday Spotlight telling us why Tammy Reese is crushing it this week.  Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick discuss being creative while staying at home and what to watch this week. If you would like to nominate someone for our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, share your story or hit us up with an interview suggestion, contact us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Links & Social Media Info: Barry Jenkins Notting Hill Twitter Story  Tammy Reese: IG @tammyreesemedia / Twitter @Tammy_Reese1111 Giovanna Agular: IG & Twitter @gioviaguilar   Macy's: IG & Twitter @macys #macysparade --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick bring you a special Election Episode -- Emmy winner Lisa Cortes, co-director of the powerful documentary All In: The Fight For Democracy, talks about tracing the painful history of voter suppression in America in relation to Stacey Abrams' 2018 gubernatorial run in Georgia. Oscar nominee Leslie Iwerks discusses Selling Lies, a documentary about the lucrative game of posting false political clickbait articles on Facebook which directly influenced the 2016 election. In our Women Crush Wednesday Spotlight, Kelsey Marsh tells us why Eve Austin is crushing it this week.  If you would like to nominate someone for our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, share your story or hit us up with an interview suggestion, contact us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information and events go to NYWIFT.org. Social Media Info @misscortes Twitter & Insta / @allinthefilm Twitter & Insta @SellingLiesDoc Twitter & Insta @MsEveAustin Twitter & Insta --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
New Stories From You! CJ Crim talks about getting arrested while filming Resisterhood, Jenn Halweil gives the inspiration behind creating #GoBeyond Labs and Ondrea Barbe has us a mini-interview with Caroline Suh, director of the KPop Documentary Blackpink Light Up The Sky currently on Netflix.  In our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, January Green tells us why editor Jill Woodward, editor of the new YouTube documentary This Is Paris, is crushing it this week.  Hosts Leah Curney and Janine McGoldrick recommend some inspiring political content.   If you would like to nominate someone for our Women Crush Wednesdays Spotlight, share your story or hit us up with an interview suggestion, contact us at communications@nywift.org. For more great information about women in film and television subscribe to this podcast and go to NYWIFT.org. Links & Social Media: Jill Woodward- https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillwoodward/  https://www.facebook.com/jill.woodward.904 CJ Crim - @cjcrimtv Twitter - @Resisterhooddoc Twitter/Insta Caroline Suh - @carolinesuh Insta - @blackpinkmovie Twitter/Insta - @BLACKPINK Twitter - @blackpinkofficial Instagram Jenn Halweil - @jennandbeyond Twitter/Insta --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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