Upcoming Events

March 27, 2019
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
New York City
6:30pm VIP Red Carpet Reception
8:0pm Special Screening of “What Death Leaves Behind”
Starring, Christopher Mann (The Wire, American Crime Story), Erin O’brien (The Fifth Borough, Clinton Road) and Vincent Young (NCIS, Escape Plan 2)
Film Synopsis
Jake Warren who experience a plague of nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor’s violent murder, sending him on a dark path of vengeance and search for truth.

Special Awards Presentation
The African American Women In Cinema Luminary Award Honoree
New York First Lady, “Chirlane McCray”

As First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray has redefined the role of First Lady, managing a robust portfolio to advance an ambitious agenda in support of all New Yorkers.
Honoree, Tia Smith, 21st AAWIC Film Festival Trailblazer
Award winning producer and network executive, Tia A. Smith is one of the most sought-after creatives in the industry today, continually developing culturally shifting projects that leave lasting imprints on audiences around the world.

Honoree, Rachel Ofori, 21st AAWIC Film Festival Trailblazer
Rachel K. Ofori is a highly motivated professional that fosters not only the art of the film business, but the productivity as well.  Working in varied vocations of entertainment and production for over the past decade, she has garnered opportunities as a personnel manager and producer for events such as world-wide pharmaceutical launches, and 5 years with Made NY Fashion Week, US Open Golf and US Open Tennis.
Special Presentation presented by: Hon. Jumaane Williams Public-elect and Council member, 45th District
Special remarks from Mayor Wildes of Engelwood, New Jersey

Film Screening Question & Answer Segment Moderated by: Francesca Francois-Grimaldi CEO & Agent of Plaza 7 Talent

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March 28, 2019 
AMC, Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
3:10pn Mayors Office of Media & Entertainment “Presentation”

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4:00pm Special Screening of “Little”
Starring, Regina Hall, Issa Rae & Marsa Martin
Sponsored by: Universal Pictures
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Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders-Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.
Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up-and glow up-right.
Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
Little is directed by Tina Gordon (writer, Drumline) with a story by Tracey Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on an idea by teen actress Martin.  The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, Black-ish), and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin and Josh Martin.


Please Note: By attending this screening of LITTLE, you are adhering to the studios policy to abide by the review embargo which lifts on Wednesday, April 10th at 9am PT.


March 29, 2019
St. Francis College
4305, 180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, New York
2:30pm A “Round Table” discussion with the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television

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St. Francis College
4305, 180 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, New York 11201
4:00pm Film Screening Program, Moderated by Dr. Cynthia Ashley, Founder of Total Faith Network

Dr. Cynthia Ashley is President of Total Faith Network Television Media Enterprises, Inc. and the Chair of Restoring Our Community Media Arts Network Foundation. She is a TV talk show host with segment topics/issues of healthcare, politics, entertainment, business, family, religion, education, economics, etc.
Screening Program 1
4:00pm Name of Film: She Did That.

Film Synopsis
An extension of the popular, online lifestyle destination known as In Her Shoes, founder Renae Bluitt’s first cinematic project, ‘She Did That.,’ explores the passionate pursuits of four fly female entrepreneurs. Taking an intimate peak inside their lives, each woman shares a powerful testimony as to how true grit and perseverance sets the stage for ultimate success.

Renae Bluitt
Executive Producer

Ayana Barber
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Screening Program 2
5:30pm  Hats

Film Synopsis
An imaginative, young, black inspiring baseball player is torn between his new predominately white high school and his gang-infested home of South Central. As his worlds collide, he must choose what hat he will wear in order to survive.

Sade Clacken Joseph

Zoe Salnave
5:44pm L.O.G.O.R.R.H.E.A.

Film Synopsis
Who will save us from the heroes?

Jasmine Allen

Jasmine Allen
5:56pm Treasure

Film Synopsis
Austin is ‘different.’ On the cusp of his fourteenth birthday, he and his family might begin to understand why.

Kathryn Elise Drexler
Director /Producer
6:11pm CTRL: An Ode to F**kboys

Film Synopsis
G finds herself caught up with someone unworthy of her time, but finally gains her sense of self-worth allowing her to entertain the right guy for her. But just because she moves on, that doesn’t mean her old friend will.
Gynai Kristol
6:21pm Paris Blues
Film Synopsis
Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman and her attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub. She has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, she is faced with a choice between legacy and money.
Nadhege Ptah
Director/Executive Producer/Writer

Frances Lozada
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Screening Program 3
6:50pm AmeRican Poet Laviera

Film Synopsis
The film explores the life and legacy of Tato Laviera, a renowned Nuyorican poet and playwright who focused his creative works, with equal measure on the positives & protests of biculturalism, and the trans-culturated lives of Puerto Ricans in the United States.
Vivian Hernandez Ortiz
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Screening Program 4
8:00pm “La Vie Magnifique De Charlie a.k.a. The Charlie Movie

Film Synopsis
“Charlie” is a fun and vibrant film that celebrates the complex and interpersonal relationships between women – not only as friends, but also as sisters. After her sister Brandy’s untimely death, everyone is taken aback by Charlies’ unorthodox (and seemingly chipper) approach to her grieving process. Follow Charlie and her friends Kayla and Keturah as they go along for this wild, hilariously exhilarating and bittersweet ride- which will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life.
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March 30th
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
New York City
Closing of 21st AAWIC Film Festival in Partnership with New York Women in Film & Television, SVA Theatre, FF2 Media, Women In the Arts & Media Coalition, Women Make Movies, Her Flix, ImageNation Cinema Foundation, 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival  in recognition of S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists.
1:00pm-4:30pm Screening of “This Changes Everything”
There will be a Q&A and reception following the screening

Tom Donahue (Director/NYWIFT Member)
Ilan Arboleda (Producer/NYWIFT Member)
Madeline Di Nonno (Executive Producer/NYWIFT Member)
Simone Pero (Executive Producer/President, NYWIFT Board of Directors)
Film Synopsis
Told first-hand by some of the industry’s leading voices, including Executive Producer Geena Davis, living legends like Meryl Streep, and younger talent such as Yara Shahidi and Chloe Moretz, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a feature documentary that uncovers what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry – the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look behind and in front of the camera, into the historical and empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and reinforce disparities in our culture.
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