Trailblazing Through the Decades: Maleni Chaitoo (2010s)

Trailblazing Through the Decades: Maleni Chaitoo (2010s)

NYWIFT member Maleni Chaitoo is an actress and a producer. She is known for her appearance in the “New York, I Love You” episode of Master of None and her role as Kayla on the web series Don’t Shoot the Messenger, on which she is also an executive producer. Continue reading Trailblazing Through the Decades: Maleni Chaitoo (2010s)

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Trailblazing through the Decades: Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000s)

Trailblazing through the Decades: Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000s)

In 2000, writer, director, and past NYWIFT Writers Lab mentor Gina Prince-Bythewood blazed a trail with her film Love and Basketball. Not only was the film a critical and commercial success, it won the Humanitas Prize and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Continue reading Trailblazing through the Decades: Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000s)

Trailblazing through the Decades: Esther Eng (1930s)

Trailblazing through the Decades: Esther Eng (1930s)

In honor of Women’s History Month, NYWIFT looks back at some of the remarkable women who have shaped the film, television and digital media industries through the decades. We kick off the series in the 1930s. Esther Eng was a film director who also worked as a writer, producer, and distributor. She had an international career, making films both in the United States and Hong Kong. She was the first woman to direct Chinese language films in the U.S. Continue reading Trailblazing through the Decades: Esther Eng (1930s)

WIFT Around the World: Meet Women in Film and Television—Toronto!

WIFT Around the World: Meet Women in Film and Television—Toronto!

Whether you’re cast in a project that shoots abroad or you’re a producer on a quest for locations and tax credits, we’re all finding ourselves traversing the globe more than ever. Getting to know (and joining) our sister Women in Film & Television organizations around the country and the world can be a resource of unending value. We’re pleased to premiere our new “WIFT Around the World” column, which will introduce NYWIFT members to Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) chapters across the globe. First up, Mellini Kantayya reports on her visit to the Toronto office. Continue reading WIFT Around the World: Meet Women in Film and Television—Toronto!