Supported by images, music and historical footage, allies of the late John P. O’Neill transport viewers into their recollected world of major breakthroughs against al-Qaeda, and how they were ultimately derailed from preventing the September 11th attacks.
PG Completed 2018
NYWIFT Member: Barbara Bowen
Writer & Director
The rare fungi appears in troubled and depleted forests, collaborating with trees to help each other grow through a mutual collaboration. Humans continue to be stumped on how to cultivate these rare and valuable mushrooms and voices urging the U.S. Forest Service to change it's fire fighting laws are growing.
Characters from Oregon and Northern California invite us into a forest, a mushroom farm and a kitchen to demonstrate what happens when we collaborate and share the greater value found right under our feet - the mushrooms that help to preserve our ecosystem and are still delicious on our plates.
Documentary Short completed 2020
Writer, Director & Producer: Nancy Dionne
Amos Lang, sober after a life of substance abuse, finally confronts the dark history of violence in his family which took his young mother from her children when she was gang-raped by three men who tortured and murdered her without ever being punished.
Documentary Completed 2020
Writer, Director & Producer: Mary Katzke
In 1969, a small-town girl from Bergen, NJ auditioned and was cast as a singer and dancer on the "Dean Martin Show." Off to Hollywood she went! As one of the Golddiggers, she was invited to entertain American Troops with the USO and "Bob Hope Christmas Show" in wartime Vietnam. Michelle DellaFave tells us her story.
PG Completed 2019
NYWIFT Member Writer, Director, Co-Editor, Producer: Maria Rusolo
Civil Rights leader Dorothy Cotton got things done. Throughout her long life she organized, she spoke out, she challenged the status quo. Her largely unknown story inspires us today to embrace the power and responsibilities of citizenship -- to be fully engaged in a community and a nation that embodies equity and justice. THERE'S YOUR READY GIRL explores the powerful resonance between Dorothy’s work and the work that continues today, often led by Black women. This short was produced during the COVID pandemic with footage collected for an upcoming feature film about Dorothy’s legacy.
Producer and Co-Director Deborah C. Hoard, Co-Director and Editor Rache Ferro.
Writer: Rachel Ferro & Deborah C Hoard. Documentary Completed October 2020
This stirring documentary explores the failings of the U.S. health system through the lens of four women with disabilities.
Rated G Completed 2020
NYWIFT Member Director & Editor: Catriona Rubenis-Stevens
Director: Catriona Rubenis-Stevens & Rachel Handler
Writer: Rachel Handler
Doris Darden may be 3’9” but to her three younger sisters she is and will always be Big Little Sis. “No” was never an option for Doris. This is a story of inspiration and unconditional love. Meet the Darden Sisters as told by Jody Prusan in this celebration of family and friendship. Documentary completed 2020
Writer & Director: Jody Prusan
Since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, schools in as many as 13 states have started arming teachers as a security measure. How did this happen, and what does it mean for American education? G is for Gun follows the story of teachers being trained to kill, dividing a small city in western Ohio. Directors & Writers: Julie Akeret & Kate Way Documentary PG Completed in 2017
An endearing short by 16 year old Julia Ward, big sister to Spencer a tween with special needs, asking Hollywood's elite how to include more characters like her brother in film and why it is important. Heartfelt, emotional, and inspiring. Special appearances by Peter Farrelly, Mat Fraser, and Cole Sibus. Rated G Completed 2020. NYWIFT Member: Maria Rusolo Producer, Co-Editor
Writer & Director: Julia Ward
"New York Photographer: Jill Freedman in the City" 1st place
Jill Freedman (1939-2019) was a New York photographer in league with the best of the best—a Magnum-level artist, who recently died broke, alone, nearly unacknowledged, and yet—until the very end—full of her distinctive, unforgettable vim, vigor, and vinegar. Writer & Director: Rita Mullaney PG13 Documentary
When fashion finds creative High School Students. Rated G Completed: 2019 NYWIFT Member Executive Producer/Producer: Tony Wilkes.
Writer & Director: Sara Reiken
Owning your own business in New York City could be the perfect definition of the "American Dream'; but for Marcos, a baker, that dream can show many layers. PG Completed 2019 NYWIFT Member: Carla Franchesca Robles Nunez Director, Writer & Director: Carla Franchesca
Portrait of The Artist George Grace, a commissioned work for the Buffalo Society of Artists' Video Archive Project, offers an intimate and illuminating conversation with former Buffalo Steel worker, painter and poet George Grace.
The Video Archive Project (VAP) documents a recorded history of many prominent and important artists, both BSA and non-BSA members, in the Western New York area. These video-recordings of their individual histories engage the artists in a dialogue about their vision and techniques. Producer, Director, Editor: Lukia Costello Director: Lukia Costello G Completed 7/9/2020
"Precious Cargo Return to Vietnam" 1st Place In 1975 Saigon, orphanages were filled with needy and disabled children, many born to American fathers and Vietnamese mothers. Before the city fell, a huge international effort flew over 3,000 children to homes abroad.
Documentary with final editing 2020, Writer, Director & Producer Janet Gardner
.For Lamya Essemlali, there is a race against time: “If the ocean dies, we die.” For the last decade, this 40-year-old French conservationist is the only woman who has led various Sea Shepherd campaigns all over the world. The international non-profit marine wildlife conservation organization is famous for its direct-action tactics. This documentary will travel with the environmental activist from her home in Paris to the island of Mayotte and, finally, to the Faroe Islands. Forced to leave her daughter behind for safety purposes, Lamya Essemlali will be ready to directly confront poachers and fishermen involved in illegal activities.
PG (Blood) Completed 2020
NYWIFT Member: Marcia Rock
Writer & Director: Laura Zéphirin
This is a video about Lava's journey as a Novice Nun for 3 Days at Wat Phaputthothiyan in Ubon Ratchathani with her mother and auntie. Lava's family wanted her to follow the tradition of their family being a nun (or monk) in a forest temple in Thailand. Lava was on a healing journey but ended up with a life changing experience being among their Thai tradition of a giving community.
Documentary Completed 2020
Writer & Director: Lava Buckley
A group of young women come together against the back drop of social upheaval in Chile in the summer of 2019 to create protest performance art as a way to push against conservative Chilean society and make their voices heard during a turbulent time in their country.
PG13 Completed 2020
NYWIFT Member: Martha Gregory
Writers: Martha Gregory and Evan Carter
Director: Martha Gregory