New York Women in Film & Television culminates its month-long recognition of Women’s History with a weekend of screenings celebrating female creators in film, television, and media. NYWIFT will screen IFC Films’ critically acclaimed Farewell Amor March 26-27 as part of its annual Support Women Artists Now Day celebration in partnership with SAG-AFTRA, FF2 Media, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, HerFlix, In Creative Company, The Gotham, African American Women in Cinema, and Women Make Movies, followed by a talkback with filmmaker Ekwa Msangi on Saturday, March 27 at 12 p.m. EDT. Then the 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards celebrating women of vision and achievement will have its educational broadcast on CUNY TV on Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. EdT.
Farewell Amor, the debut feature film from Tanzanian American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi, follows Angolan immigrant Walter as he is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter after 17 years apart. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, they struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. The film is both a universal immigrant story and the unique perspective of three characters bound together by history and hope. It is an intimate and deeply personal look at an inter-generational tale that has defined America since its inception. Msangi, who was recently named Film Independent’s “Someone to Watch” Winner, will participate in a live talkback moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer following the screening. The film is presented courtesy of IFC Films.
Jan Lisa Huttner was the creative force behind the Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now in 2004 and became the co-founder of International SWAN Day in 2008, in collaboration with Martha Richards of WomenArts. It is traditionally recognized on the last Saturday of the month, and NYWIFT and its partners have celebrated it for years with screenings of narrative and documentary works by diverse established and emerging voices in film.
“Who doesn’t want to be a SWAN, particularly during a pandemic?” said NYWIFT executive director Cynthia Lopez. “Celebrating unique women artists like Ekwa Msangi’s with the presentation Farewell Amor, a lovely, sensitive, and powerful look at a delicate and painful part of the U.S. immigrant story that so often goes untold. NYWIFT has been following Ekwa’s rise for years – screening her short prequel to Farewell Amor at our Immigrant Stories Series, welcoming her on our indie filmmaker panel at Sundance 2020 – and now we are thrilled to toast her incredible success during Women’s History Month as we remember the importance of supporting women artists at all stages of their careers.”
The virtual SWAN Day screening and live Q&A for Farewell Amor is free to attend and open to the public. Virtual networking to follow the March 27 Q&A. Register athttps://www.nywift.org/event/virtual-theatrical-experience-2021-s-w-a-n-support-women-artists-now-day-screening-farewell-amor/
The 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards honoring women of vision and achievement, which aired live virtually in December, will broadcast on CUNY TV on March 28 and 29. This year’s theme is “Art & Advocacy,” as NYWIFT recognizes the role of the creative community in advancing positive social change. CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles emcees the program, which includes video tributes and remarks from honorees Awkwafina, Actor, The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Made in NY Award, Rachel Brosnahan, Actor and Producer, Rashida Jones, Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Journalists; Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures; Gina Prince-Bythewood, Director, Writer, Producer, The Nancy Malone Directing Award; and Ali Stroker, Actor, The Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award.
“We are so pleased to continue our educational partnership with CUNY TV to bring our media and entertainment industry signature event NYWIFT Muse Awards to the greater New York City community,” said NYWIFT board president Jamie Zelermyer. “We are grateful to CUNY Vice Chancellor for Communications & Marketing Maite Junco and Interim Executive Director Gail Yancosek for their continued advancement and support of women media makers. This year’s program is especially meaningful, as we recognize the importance of women’s creative power in the face of the adversity, we have all faced this last year. The Muse Awards provide the perfect dose of inspiration for future women creators as we close out Women’s History Month 2021.”
More information can be found online at www.NYWIFT.org