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The completed feature film Collar, a true-to-life drama about white-on-black police misconduct in a teen murder and crime investigation directed by UPWIFT member Nan Gill-Wilson, is raising money for finishing funds and a prints and advertising campaign. The deadline to donate is July 3.Collar is about a streetwise detective,Timothy James ‘TJ’ Williams (David Wilson) whose checkered career, family life and long standing friendship with the would-be mayor, police chief Hamilton Markham (Tom Sizemore), spins out of control and teeters on the brink of catastrophe as a result of a bust gone bad. While his life begins to crumble, his fast fading future is bartered for political gain by his former best friend and boss, a mayor with her eye on a Senate seat (Rebecca De Mornay) and an ambitious, activist ‘man-of-the-cloth,’ the Rev. Alonso Sparks (Richard Roundtree). The political machinery, geared to grind up Williams as a bad cop, has a wrench tossed into the works by the detective, who with the help of his partner, Angel Santangelo (Jaime Santana), gets back on the job to reclaim his reputation and his dignity in spite of their worst efforts. To find out more about the film visit www.collarthemovie.com. Visit the film’s IndieGoGo webpage to donate before July 3.
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Albany, NY – Join UPWIFT as we partner with Upstate Independents and Film Albany for this MUST ATTEND event about the current state of New York Tax Incentives. Whether you are in development, pre-production or about to embark on post-production, Deputy Director, Economic Incentives, of Empire State Development, Mr. Greg Mailman will be there to field your questions, comments and concerns. It’s a film town hall for that you won’t want to miss! The upstate New York chapter of Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) is able to extend FREE ENTRY to current UPWIFT members. Open to the public, tickets are being held for UPWIFT and UIFN members for a limited amount of time — so act fast to secure your spot!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21st, 2016 Albany, NY – Upstate New York Women In Film & Television (UPWIFT) in conjunction with The Linda (WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio), present a screening of the film, Racing Daylight. The movie will be screened at The Linda on Friday, March 18th, at 8:00 p.m. and will feature a conversation with director Nicole Quinn after. The movie is part of the Reel Women in Film series which is jointly sponsored by UPWIFT and The Linda. Racing Daylight was filmed in the Hudson Valley and features Oscar award-winning Ulster County resident Melissa Leo as well as Oscar nominated actor David Straithairn. Racing Daylight is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time. Open to the public, the Reel Women in Film screenings are followed by a conversation about the art and craft of film making from a woman’s perspective. The Linda is located at 339 Central Avenue in Albany. Admission is $8 (UPWIFT members receive a special discount). For more information on UPWIFT and the Reel Women in Film screening series, please visit the organization’s official website: www.upwift.org UPWIFT Members should contact UPWIFT at programming@upwift.org for their special discount code. For more information on The Linda please visit: www.wamcarts.org. To purchase tickets please visit: http://www.wamcarts.org/event_details.php?id=482
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UPWIFT member Nicole Coady is in pre-production for her feature adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale 12 Dancing Princesses. There will be a launch event to kick off the film’s crowdfunding campaign on the 13th of this month at Lucas Confectionery in Troy. Find out more information on the website for 12 Dancing Princesses and be sure to follow them on social media to stay up to date!
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UPWIFT and FILM ALBANY are partnering together with The Linda – WAMC’S Performing Arts Studio to host a special screening of ‘Fourth Man Out’ “A sleeper delight about a garage mechanic’s bumpy, coming-out to his pack of very heterosexual bros.” Dennis Harvey, Film Critic, Variety Magazine Albany, NY – This exploration of friendship, coming of age, and coming out will look very familiar to local audiences. Shot in Albany with local crew, and cast liberally speckled with local talent, the story takes place in a tight knit neighborhood, where kids begin friendships in the sandbox and keep them alive through all the permutations of life — Even when this particular turn challenges the neighborhood to choose what matters…at the annual Fourth of July Family Barbecue. Timely. Touching. Hilarious. The upstate New York chapter of Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) and Film Albany are excited to announce this screening in partnership with The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, thus focusing the spotlight on women filmmakers and their films, as well as films “Made in Albany.” Open to the public, this screening will be held at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio at 339 Central Avenue in Albany. Admission is $8 and tickets can be purchased by clicking here. When – Saturday, August 15, 2015 Timeline – 7:00 PM: Film Screening Begins For further information, contact: Debby Goedeke at dgoedeke@albany.org / tel: 581.434.1217, ext. 11 PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO COVER Fourth Man Out
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For Immediate Release Contact: Heidi Philipsen (646) 705-3314 heidiphilipsen@verizon.net

Upstate NY Women in Film & T.V. (UPWIFT) and The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio – Partner to Celebrate Women’s Films in Their New, Joint Screening Series, “REEL Women in Film.”

(Albany, NY – July 2, 2015) The upstate New York chapter of Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) and The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio are excited to announce their partnership in an on-going film screening series, focusing the spotlight on women filmmakers and their films. Open to the public, the screenings, followed by a conversation about the art and craft of filmmaking from a woman’s perspective, will be held at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio at 339 Central Avenue in Albany. Admission is $8. (UPWIFT members receive a special discount). Director Hanna Sawka’s award-winning documentary “Beyond Iconic,” which introduces Dennis Stock in his own words and through hundreds of his famous photographs, is first queued in the series’ line-up and will screen on July 18th at 8 p.m. Ms Sawka will be present for a conversation with the audience after the screening. For more information on the UPWIFT Screening Series at The Linda, please go to either organization’s official website: www.upwift.org / www.wamcarts.org. Tickets to the UPWIFT Screening of Hanna Sawka’s “Beyond Iconic” at The Linda is currently available for purchase at: http://www.wamcarts.org/event_details.php?id=482 UPWIFT Members should contact UPWIFT at programming@upwift.org for their special discount code.
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Did you miss our program yesterday where we had a special screening of The Sisterhood of Night at BSP in Kingston? Look no further for other screenings:
Screenings: CAAM Fest (Center for Asian American Media Film Festival) in San Francisco 3/13 @ 7pm 3/14 @ 5:45pm 3/16 @ 9pm POWFest (Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival) 3/12 @ 6:45pm Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival 3/21 @ 6pm Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier, Vermont 3/23 @ 5:45pm Yale University 3/26 @ 7pm Atlanta Film Festival 3/27 @ 7:15pm Brooklyn Girl Film Festival 3/27 @ 9:30pm Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 4/10 @ 7:30p Crossroads Film Festival Screening TBD
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On Sunday, March 29th, the Downing Film Center (19 Front Street, Newburgh, NY 12550) will host “Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock” at 1PM. The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with filmmaker Hanna Sawka, after which all attendees are invited to the Wherehouse (119 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12550) nearby for an after-party from 3:00-5:00PM. There, all can enjoy a live performance by the film’s composers, Teri Roiger (voice) and John Menegon (bass), who will be joined by musicians Mark Dziuba (guitar) and Dave Berger (drums). This performance will be a unique opportunity to look into the creative process behind the film’s rich jazz score. This locally made film is the only full-length documentary about Dennis Stock, who is now the subject of Anton Corbijn –directed biopic called “LIFE” starring Robert Pattinson as Dennis Stock that will be released this year. The filmmakers of “LIFE” have thanked “Beyond Iconic’s” director Hanna Sawka in their credits for the role her film played in researching the personality of Dennis Stock. About the film: A master class on life, a portrait of a life fully realized: Beyond Iconic introduces Mr. Stock in his own words and through hundreds of his famous photographs, which include images from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Jazz, hippies, the American social landscape, architecture, landscapes and nature. This film is a look at Stock’s brilliant and famous photography, his colorful and adventurous life, and his brassy personality. “Renowned for his classic portraits of Hollywood stars and jazz musicians, Magnum photographer Dennis Stock held strong opinions on what makes a lasting image. Documenting Stock before his death in 2010, Beyond Iconic takes us through his career and reveals how he captured such iconic pictures as James Dean walking through Times Square in the rain. We get privileged access into Stock’s photography workshop as he shares a lifetime of wisdom.” – Thom Powers, for the DOC NYC film festival at New York’s IFC Center, November 2011 Venues: www.downingfilmcenter.com (845-561-3686) www.thewherehouserestaurant.com Composer/mucians: http://www.teriroiger.com/ http://www.johnmenegon.com/ Film website: http://beyondiconic.com To hear an interview with director Hanna Sawka on National Public Radio station WAMC, please click here.
webmaster note: Hanna Sawka is an UPWIFT member.
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