The third annual four-day virtual conference will welcome industry thought leaders including WarnerMedia EVP Christy Haubegger, Time’s Up President and CEO Tina Tchen, and AMC Networks Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Aisha Thomas-Petit

NEW YORK, NY — June 16, 2021 — New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is proud to present the 2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined, June 22–25, 2021 from 4–6 PM ET. The annual NYWIFT Creative Workforce Initiative brings together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future. The 2021 NYWIFT Summit will spotlight the best practices of indies and media companies that are actively restructuring their objectives, staffing, and community responses to produce…

Brooklyn, NY (June 14, 2021) — Brooklyn Film Festival’s 24th edition: The Clearing, which was staged both in person at Windmill Studios and online, wrapped up Sunday, June 13th, and has announced the winners of the festival’s awards. Three groups determined the winners: 1) The external panel of judges, 2) The festival Board of Directors, and 3) the Audience. Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, selected filmmakers are awarded more than $50,000 in cash, products and services.

SEIVA BRUTA [Under The Heavens] directed by Gustavo Milan picked up the coveted Grand Chameleon Award.

This release comes to us from friend of the show, Marisa Vitali.

Written & directed by Anabelle Munro, (also author of “The Skeleton Key”) & Leanne Melissa Bishop, The Weight of Perfection is the story about gymnastic Coach Amanda, played by Leanne Melissa Bishop. Coach Amanda, coaches a gymnastics team of young girls, while secretly dealing with her own eating disorder. Hayden Hishaw plays Ellen, a girl on the gymnastics team who is told to lose weight, which ends up spirling into an eating disorder of her own. When Coach Amanda finds out, she is forced to deal with…

Review by William J. Hammon,

There’s an old poetic proverb that has crossed generations, saying, “Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done.” It’s an ageless mantra of the absolute truism that women can wear any number of hats on any given day, and yet their tenacity and perseverance allows them to find some way to get it all done. Directors Cassie Hay and Amy Winston illustrate that exact point with Queens of Pain, but also explore the angle of what happens when this endless work consists of multiple labors of love. This…

By William J. Hammon,

The beauty of animation is that as a medium, there is literally no limit to what an artist and a filmmaker can accomplish, save the boundaries of their own imagination. In the span of just a few minutes, a cartoon can make you laugh, or cry, or fill you with inspiration and righteous rage in equal measure, thanks to the highly creative visuals that storytellers put on display. Whatever you can dream up, you can put on a screen, through any number of different technologies and art styles. …

Here’s an excerpt from upcoming interview with Aaron Augenblick the director of Death Hacks.

Death Hacks will screen tomorrow at the Brooklyn Film Festival at 3pm at Windmill Studios in Brooklyn. It is also currently available to watch on the festival website.

Read William J. Hammon’s review here.

Look for the full interview on the No Rest for the Weekend podcast, coming soon. Be sure to follow us here for more festival coverage, interviews and movie reviews.

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Originally published at on June 11, 2021.

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode executive director of The Winter Film Awards, Steffanie Finn talks about the history of the festival and gives her advice for filmmakers looking to navigate the festival circuit.

The Winter Film Awards was the last event we covered in 2020 before the pandemic hit. Click here to watch our coverage.

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Originally published at on June 9, 2021.

Review by William J. Hammon,

Serving as an Opening Night feature of this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival, American Desert acts as something of a living record of art and a metaphor for the process behind its own creation. A bare-bones, micro-budget project more than five years in the making, the film itself stands as a testament to the tenacity of the two filmmakers behind it, as well as a declaration of their own talents and potential.

Directed by Adrian Bartol and co-written with its star, Will Brandt, the film is a longstanding labor of love, one undertaken almost entirely…

By William J. Hammon, Founder,

It was my distinct honor and pleasure to help cover the Brooklyn Film Festival last year, sampling some incredible new work from emerging independent artists and filmmakers. Whether it was reviewing the films in print or on video, I had an absolute blast, and I’m clear on the other end of the country!

This year, we’ve been invited back to cover the celebration yet again, and we’re more than happy to do so. With luck, we’ll have some great recaps, reviews, and interviews with the talent behind the creations. With the world slowly reopening…

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

On this episode award winning producer Evan Shapiro shows you how to navigate the media universe using his media map and gives his advice to creators looking to break through.

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Originally published at on June 2, 2021.

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