NYWIFT Sponsors Celebrate 11th Annual SWAN Day

New York Woman in Film & Television (NYWIFT) hosted its 11th annual International SWAN Day program at SVA Theatre in collaboration with traditional co-sponsors HerFlix, ImageNation, SAG-AFTRA, WAM and WMM. This year, for the second year in a row, AAWIC also folded this event into their annual African American Women in Cinema Film Festival.

As the co-founder of (in collaboration with Martha Richards of WomenArts), it was my honor to welcome everyone at the start of the program. Here is what I said…


As the co-founder of International SWAN Day (in collaboration with my much-loved co-founder Martha Richards of WomenArts), it is an honor and a pleasure to welcome all of you to the 11th annual International SWAN Day. This is my sixth year here with you in Manhattan (after my move from Chicago to Brooklyn in 2012), as well as my third year as a sponsor (along with members of the FF2 Media team). 

On page 122 of her new book Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World, Jennifer Palmieri says this:

‘…consider all the state constitutions, laws, history books, novels, movies, and plays that have been written by men… You can understand how a women might get the idea her story doesn’t matter…’

Women’s stories do matter! SUPPORT WOMEN ARTISTS NOW!”

I would like to thank Terry Lawler (NYWIFT Executive Director) as well as Duana C. Butler (NYWIFT Program Director) for their ongoing commitment to International SWAN Day.

On to the 12th annual International SWAN Day. Start planning YOUR programs for 3/30/19 now 🙂

Photos Credits: Photos of me taken by FF2 Intern Farah Elattar, and photo of SVS crowd taken by me.

Photo of FF2 Media team members taken by a wonderful gentleman who just happened to be in the right place at the right time 😉

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Jan Lisa Huttner is a Brooklyn-based arts critic & feminist activist. She is the creative force behind the SWAN Movement—Support Women Artists Now—which has just begun its third phase as International SWANs® (aka iSWANs). In the Jewish world, Jan is best known as the author of two books on Fiddler on the Roof—Tevye’s Daughters and Diamond Fiddler—both of which flow from a strongly feminist POV. She also served as both story consultant and “talking head” on the award-winning documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.
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