SWAN Day Events 3/30/2019 @ SVA - 2 fabulous events!!

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The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition will present the 2019 Collaboration Awards. which recognize women who successfully collaborate to create new and influential work, at the SVA Theater (333 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10011) on Saturday, March 30 at 6:30pm. The 2019 Collaboration Awards Gala, which is being held on International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now), will be hosted by SAG Award-winning actor and producer Alysia Reiner (Fig on Orange is the New Black on Netflix).  

Awarded biennially, the Collaboration Awards encourage professional women in the arts and media from different disciplines to work collaboratively on the creation of new work. The award recognizes the best of these collaborations and goes to a winning project and its two creators. 2019 marks the sixth time the Collaboration Awards have been presented.

The first production meeting for EGG with all the department heads, picture by David Alan Basche.

The 2019 Collaboration Awards will honor Alysia Reiner and her collaborative team on the film EGG with the first Acclaimed Collaboration Award for a project with greater renown and visibility. The 6th Biennial Collaboration Award winners are playwright Deborah Yarchun and director Jess Chayes for their play Preservation. The Coalition will also be awarding the first ever Student Collaboration Award to the documentary Bread Machine by Shelby Hougui and Julia De Santis,about the power of childhood memory, friendship, and communication. Ms. Hougul and Ms. De Santis are students from SVA's Film and Animation Department, the first Academic Affiliate of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

Additional honorees include Melissa Bell and Tannis Kowalchuk for Courage, a reimagining of Brecht's Mother Courage into a physical theatre piece that addresses current social issues. Katherine M. Carter and Jacqueline Goldfinger for Click, a fast, bright, darkly humorous play which follows a group of college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral. Vanessa Stalling and Brenda Barrie for United Flight 232, the story of a hot July day in 1989 when a United airline crashed onto a cornfield-lined runway at Sioux City Airport. Ophira Eisenberg (WNYC's Ask Me Another) and Maggie Cino for Scars, Ophira's harrowing and hilarious story of acquiring, surviving and living with the dozens of scars that cover her body. Charissa Bertels and Ayumi Okada for The Uncivil Ones, a musical about three extraordinary women in US history.

A special reading of an excerpt from the Collaboration Award winning play Preservation will feature David Alan Basche (Todd Beamer in United 93; Stuart Gardner on The Exes, TV Land), Lynn Cohen (Mags in Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire; Magda on Sex and the City, HBO), and Alysia Reiner (Kiki Rains on The Deuce, HBO; Fig on Orange is the New Black, Netflix).

Lynn Cohen

Preservation is a dark, comedic thriller that explores what happens when protecting the dead comes at the cost of the living. (In a small town, in an archival library, there's a vault. Inside the vault, there's a box. Stella, Lydia's dying grandmother, has convinced her that inside the box is a buried family secret that could alter their lives. But the founder of the library funded it under the stipulation that the box never be opened. Lydia and Stella need vindication. Stan, the library's archivist, needs to protect the library and the founder's integrity at all costs. Lydia isn't going away. And Stan isn't backing down.

A limited number of tickets to the Awards Gala are available to the public. Ticket prices are: $15 for members of any of the Coalition's member organizations / $20 for non-members (early bird rate) / $25 after March 15 and at the door. There will also be a very limited number of Premium Seats (which includes reserved seating and a champagne toast with the honorees) for $100 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition (Yvonne Curry and Avis Boone, Co-Presidents, Shellen Lubin, Past President and 1st Vice President) is a non-profit organization, which represents more than 200,000 women in the performing arts and media through its member organizations and affiliates. The Coalition focuses the power of its member organizations and their memberships together and uses the combined strength to address issues of concern through advocacy, networking and educational events. Member organizations are: Actors' Equity Association, Associated Musicians of New York Local 802 AFM, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Communications, New York Women in Film & Television, SAG-AFTRA New York Local, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Writers Guild of America, East. Affiliates are: BOLD, Drama Desk, International Center for Women Playwrights, The Lambs, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, National Theatre Conference, Professional Women Singers Association, 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project, Theater Resources Unlimited, Women in Music, The Women's Media Center, Women Make Movies, and WomenArts. For more information on Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, visit www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.

Contact: Emily Owens PR | emily@emilyowenspr.com | 917.408.3677

SWAN Day Events
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Support Women Artists Now!

There will be a Q&A and reception following the screening. 
Special guest speakers to be announced.

Saturday, March 30
1 p.m.
SVA Theater
333 West 23rd Street

This Changes Everything

Taraji P. Henson

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)

In the last 100 years, Hollywood has emerged as one of the most influential forces in shaping our society's perceptions and expectations of women and girls in everyday life. As our country's largest export, what comes out of Hollywood reaches the entire world. Who is creating these stories, and how does this shape the on-screen portrayal of women? It all begins with the storytellers.

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 Taraji P. Henson, 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. Backed by hundreds of stories and overwhelming data, director Tom Donahue illuminates and unpacks an inherently misogynistic Hollywood machine. The film is a call for change and accountability, seeking and proposing solutions from inside Hollywood and around the world.

FREE - but registration is necessary.
Use WAMC as your organization code.

Geena Davis

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