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UPWIFT Presents the First Filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché

Event Date: Dec 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Event Location: 6415 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 United States 


Three short, silent films representative of the first director’s work will be presented, together with original compositions by Tamar Muskal: A House Divided, Fool and His Money, Falling Leaves. Sunday December 11 at Upstate Films Rhinebeck. 1:00. Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director and the first film studio owner. She made her first film, by her own account, in 1896 at age 23. She went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films. Alice Guy-Blaché was not only the first female director, but the first director to implement cinematic techniques during the dawn of the art form, such as the use of the close-up and directing actors to play non-theatrically. She had signs in her studio that reminded actors to “Be Natural.” She can be considered the first director (male or female), because she was the first to give direction to actors and to separate her role from the cameraman. Surprisingly, this pioneer of cinema was largely forgotten for decades. A unique part of the presentation will be a Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green, who is currently making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché for which she has been conducting extensive research for the past five years with an amazing team of detectives . (The Q&A will be Skyped in live from L.A.) Ms. Green’s efforts have made many new discoveries that change the way early cinema is known. She has secured support for the restoration of films by Alice Guy-Blaché, as well as the creation of an archive. Audience members will have the opportunity to view never-before-seen sneak-peeks from Ms. Green’s documentary.


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UPWIFT presents First Female Filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché

Event Date: Dec 2, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

Event Location: 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206 United States 


Three short, silent films representative of the first director’s work will be presented, together with original compositions by Tamar Muskal: A House Divided, Fool and His Money, Falling Leaves. Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director and the first film studio owner. She made her first film, by her own account, in 1896 at age 23. She went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films. Alice Guy-Blaché was not only the first female director, but the first director to implement cinematic techniques during the dawn of the art form, such as the use of the close-up and directing actors to play non-theatrically. She had signs in her studio that reminded actors to “Be Natural.” She can be considered the first director (male or female), because she was the first to give direction to actors and to separate her role from the cameraman. Surprisingly, this pioneer of cinema was largely forgotten for decades. A unique part of the presentation will be a Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green, who is currently making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché for which she has been conducting extensive research for the past five years with an amazing team of detectives . (The Q&A will be Skyped in live from L.A.) Ms. Green’s efforts have made many new discoveries that change the way early cinema is known. She has secured support for the restoration of films by Alice Guy-Blaché, as well as the creation of an archive. Audience members will have the opportunity to view never-before-seen sneak-peeks from Ms. Green’s documentary.


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Thirsty Screening, After-Party and Live Performance

Event Date: Oct 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Event Location: 169 Ulster Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477 United States 


WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL AND UPSTATE WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION (UPWIFT) SPECIAL SCREENING Thirsty is a film directed by Margo Pelletier, USA / 2016 / 97 minutes Tickets will be available at the door - this is a large venue! Tickets can be purchased prior via WFF website. UPWIFT members get a photo-op with Thirsty herself! Prepare to be dazzled! Thirsty is the compelling story of Scott Townsend a.k.a., Thirsty Burlington, who caught the filmmaker’s eye during Thirsty’s striking performance as Cher. The film lays bare Scott’s life growing up as a girl-boy in Cambridge, MA public housing and eventually becoming a revered drag queen delighting club-goers with her spot on impersonation of Cher. Using an array of storytelling techniques within a non-linear structure, the film moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences, capturing both the harsh realities of living a life with a slippery gender and the sparkle that Thirsty exudes. Townsend embodies this natural phenomenon of a gender that roams between male and female. “A bouquet from a single stem,” as Thirsty sings. Thirsty asks that we let everyone be beautiful and create the world they want. For Townsend that means, “To be safe and comfortable in all his skins, and loved for all that he is.” –Ben F. Fischer Q&A participants: Thirsty Burlington, Margo Pelletier, Lisa Thomas (UPWIFT Member!), Keith Leonard, Shawn Greene, Lex Grey, Tim Bruno The event includes an after party with live performances by Lex Grey and the Top Dogs, Thirsty Burlington and composer, Nicky Egan with catering by SPAF owner Erica Price. Cash bar. Tickets for the screening and after party are: $15.


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Conversation and Cocktail Mixer

Event Date: Jul 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Event Location: 215 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561 United States 


Join your friends & colleagues from Upstate Women in Film & Television for cocktails and conversations in the pavillion at Garvan's in New Paltz! Details: Cash bar only (credit cards not accepted in the pavilion) Please R.S.V.P. to: info@UPWIFT.org Dinner, if you wish to stay, is held in a separate building. Reservations should be made under UPWIFT.


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UPWIFT’s Reel Women Screening Series presents Nicole Quinn & “Racing Daylight”

Event Date: Mar 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

Event Location: 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206 United States 


Join UPWIFT as we celebrate the work of Director Nicole Quinn in our "Reel Women Screening Series" at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio on Friday, March 18th!


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Screening of “Fourth Man Out”

Event Date: Aug 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Event Location: 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206 United States 


FILM ALBANY & UPWIFT PRESENT FOURTH MAN OUT Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm, $8.00 Film Albany & Upstate NY Women in Film & TV (UPWIFT) Present "Fourth Man Out" The indie comedy "Fourth Man Out," filmed in and around Albany last summer, tells the story of Adam, your average working-class auto mechanic living in small-town America, and his tightly-knit band of bros -- Chris, Nick and Ortiz -- with whom he does everything. On his 24th birthday, Adam decides it's time to finally tell his friends and family that he's gay. Will his straight-as-an-arrow best bros have his back? A lighthearted and unexpectedly subversive comedy about coming out of the blue-collar closet. FILM ALBANY is The Albany Film Commission your one-stop shop, from that first call to there office they can provide you with recommended locations, crew, hotels, catering and other resources all at no charge! Upstate Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media, energizing the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. UPWIFT is a volunteer based organization, reaching from the base of the Hudson Valley to the crown of the Capital District Region, and joining over 40 other Women in Film & Television chapters with 10,000 global members.


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UPWIFT presents BEYOND ICONIC and a conversation with Director HANNA SAWKA

Event Date: Jul 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Event Location: 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206 United States 


Beyond Iconic introduces Dennis Stock in his own words and through hundreds of his famous photographs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Jazz and the sixties through to his exploration of architecture, landscapes and nature. The film also brings us into one of Mr. Stock's last photography workshops as he pushes artists to greater self-awareness, intellectual depth while examining the issues of photography as a social force and art form. More than a biographic documentary Beyond Iconic look at Stock's brilliant and famous photography, his colorful and adventurous life, and his brassy personality as one of the most influential chroniclers of the late 20th century. Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media, energizing the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. UPWIFT is a volunteer based organization, reaching from the base of the Hudson Valley to the crown of the Capital District Region, and joining over 40 other Women in Film & Television chapters with 10,000 global members. DIRECTOR - HANNA SAWKA Hanna Maria Sawka was born in communist Poland in 1975. Before she was one year old, her family was exiled due to artist father Jan Sawka's political opposition activities. Her family was given refuge in the United States, so Hanna grew up in New York until she was 11, when the family moved to the Woodstock area, just north of New York City. Hanna completed her English/Theater B.A. cum laude with high honors in theater at Smith College in Northampton, MA. In 1997, Hanna won a Kosciuszko Foundation grant to study directing at the Polish National Film, TV and Theatre School, alma mater of directors Krzysztof Kieslowski, lifetime-achievement Oscar© recipient Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski (Best Director Oscar© for "The Pianist"), among others. From 1999 - 2002, while still a graduate student, Hanna directed bimonthly crime re-enactments for a nationally broadcast prime-time crime show (Polish National Television). One of her episodes lead to the arrest and apprehension of a rapist and murderer. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Film, TV and Theatre Directing in December 2004. She has directed two full-length plays. An adaptation of Japanese classic "Love Suicide at Amijima" by ChikamatsuMonzaemon was staged at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater in Northampton, MA in 1996. In 2002, Hanna directed a politically controversial play, "The Carcass" by Richard Corozine, at the STU Theater in Poland's theater capital of Krakow. Since 1999, she has written, produced and directed 5 short films, both fiction and documentary, which together have garnered 14 festival nominations around the world and awards that include a "Best of the Festival" award at Mediawave in Gyor, Hungary and an "Audience Choice" first prize at the Red Wasp Film Festival in Bryant, Texas. In 2004, Lake Isle Press published "At Hanka's Table," a culinary autobiography recounting the Sawka family's survival and success in the art world, which Hanna co-authored with her mother, HankaSawka. The book has garnered praise from critics, including the New York Times, NPR and in the academic press. Hanna's most recent film, "Beyond Iconic" was a finalist at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival and it was an official selection at the IFC's DOC NYC Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, FilmColumbia and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The film has enjoyed positive reviews in Filmmaker Magazine and other publications and it is currently being broadcast on television in Holland and Australia. In the United States, it is in educational distribution (Filmmakers Library, an imprint of the Alexander Street Press). Currently, she is co-managing the estate of her late father, Jan Sawka, an artist whose works are in over sixty museum collections around the world. She is developing a documentary about Jan Sawka in collaboration with Opus Film (Poland), the studio that won Best Foreign Oscar this past March for "Ida."


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Sisterhood of Night Screening || BSP Kingston

Event Date: Mar 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

Event Location: 323 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401 United States 


Upstate Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) will be hosting a special screening of the film, "The Sisterhood of Night" prior to its theatrical debut this April. The movie, filmed almost entirely on location in Kingston, New York, will be shown at BSP located at 323 Wall Street in Uptown Kingston on Sunday, March 8th, at 2:00 p.m. Immediately following the screening a Q&A session will be held with Caryn Waechter, the film's director, Marilyn Fu, its screenplay writer, and producer Elisabeth Cuthrell. Seating is extremely limited.


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OSCARS VIEWING EVENT: UPWIFT

Event Date: Feb 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Event Location: 36 Main St, Chatham, NY 12037 United States 


Please Join Upstate Women in Film and Television for an Oscars viewing event. It is free and open to all!!! Let us know you are coming by sending an email to programming@upwift.org


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UPWIFT’S Women & Diversity in Film and Television

Event Date: Sep 20, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Event Location:


Rosenwald Film Theater (Room 109) Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film 124 Raymond Ave Poughkeepsie, NY.


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Casting and How to Get Caught

Event Date: May 12, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Event Location: 432 State Street-(Downtown Schenectady), Schenectady, NY 12305 United States 


UPWIFT (Upstate New York Women in Film and Television) invites you to join us for discussion and insight with professional Casting Directors on Monday May 12th at 7PM in the Fenimore Gallery (2nd Floor) of historic PROCTORS, located at 432 State Street in Schenectady. $17 General Admission UPWIFT Members get in free. Purchase online http://www.proctors.org/events/upwift SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Kimberly Skyrme, Board Chair Women in Film and Television International and Casting Director for “House of Cards” Baltimore. WITH HUDSON VALLEY SPEAKERS: Amy Hutchings from Amy Hutchings Casting, Johanna Tacadena and Dana Lockhart from We Are Breakthrough, and Heidi K. Eklund from Hudson Valley Casting. Directly following, be prepared with business cards in hand to mix and mingle with industry professionals. www.upwift.org


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UPWIFT’s March Master Shot Mixer

Event Date: Mar 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Event Location: 169 Ulster Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477 United States 


Upstate New York Women in Film and Television, UPWIFT, invites women in the industry to meet and greet our Guest Speaker NORA BROWN, Film Commissioner and Executive Director of the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film and Video Office. She will be discussing her journey as a professional. Directly following, be prepared with business cards in hand, to mix and mingle with industry professionals over wine and light appetizers. www.upwift.org NORA BROWN For decades, NYWIFT Member Nora Brown has been working professionally in film and television, most recently helping host Amazing Spiderman 2 car chase scenes. She teaches The Movie Business course at Rochester Institute of Technology.


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Oscars Viewing Party

Event Date: Feb 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Event Location: 111 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205 United States 


Come and party like a celebrity and mingle with Upstate Independent Filmmakers Network and Upstate Women in Film and Television at our Oscars viewing event! Walk the red carpet and get your picture taken by our "paparazzi". Tickets include: hot and cold hors D' oeuvres, non alcholic drinks, swag bag, cash bar and Oscars viewing on a movie screen and big screen T.V's. Tickets are $15 for members of UIFN and UPWIFT and $20 for non-members. Buy your tickets today! Prices will be higher after 2/19 and will only be sold at the door.


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UPWIFT presents a screening of “The Good Mind”

Event Date: Apr 19, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

Event Location: 408 Main St, Rosendale, NY 12472 United States 


This screening highlights a woman filmmaker, Gwendolyn Cates, who is taking on a major issue of our time, Native American sovereignty and water protection. The Onondaga Nation (Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy) never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by clan mothers and chiefs. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation fights for environmental stewardship of ancestral land and waters taken by NY State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. In and of itself, “The Good Mind” is an award-winning and moving film, however, its in-depth look at Native American and water protection issues becomes vital viewing for anyone who wishes to understand the recent protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Audience members will have a unique opportunity to learn more about these issues during a Q&A with filmmaker Gwendolen Cates.


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The Good Mind

Event Date: Aug 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Event Location: 6415 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 United States 


Join Upstate Women in Film and Television (UPWIFT) and Upstate Films for a special screening & discussion with filmmaker Gwendolen Cates on Sunday, August 13th at 1pm in Rhinebeck. Filmmaker Gwendolen Cates addresses Native American sovereignty and water protection issues in the powerfully moving and informative documentary, “The Good Mind.” The Onondaga Nation (Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy) never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by clan mothers and chiefs. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation fights for environmental stewardship of ancestral land and waters taken by NY State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. Tragically, Lake Onondaga, a sacred site for the Haudenosaunee, remains the most polluted lake in the United States, from chemical dumping by GE, Honeywell and other corporations. This award-winning film provides an in-depth look at Native American and water protection issues, which residents of New York State may be surprised to find are closer to home than the Dakota Access Pipeline.


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