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Oscar Contender SELMA Screens in NYC for the First Time


Director Ava DuVernay receives a hug after her very successful first screening of her film SELMA at the AMC Empire 25.

Last night my wife and I attended the first New York City screening of SELMA. If the audience’s reaction during and after the screening were any indication, this film should do well at the box office.


The film is about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) in early 1965 leading a peaceful protest in Selma, Alabama, that ends with a march from Selma to the state’s capital in Montgomery. The protest is an attempt by Dr. King to force President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) to introduce the Voting Rights

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NYWIFT Announces their 2014 Muse Awards

I have the utmost respect for the New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) organization. It has over 2,000 members (I’m a member–yes, they accept men into the organization) and is one of the best non-profit film organizations in New York. If you are a young filmmaker and want to be a part of a great organization that cares about its members, then you should consider joining NYWIFT.


Yesterday NYWIFT announced its 2014 Muse Awards. This year they are honoring Mary Bailey, Abigail Disney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dawn Ostroff and Wanda

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