New York Women In Film & Television Returns To HIFF

New York Women in Film & Television is partnering again with the Hamptons International Film Festival for its annual Sunday brunch and a co-presentation of the “Filmmakers Calling the Shots” short film showcase — all in celebration of the outstanding achievements by women and nonbinary filmmakers at the festival.

The Women’s Filmmakers Brunch will be held again at the Mulford Farm in East Hampton from noon to 2:30 PM on Sunday, October 8. James Lane Post is the media sponsor for the event. 

“Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games”

Afterward, NYWIFT’s 19th annual film showcase will be shown at Regal UA East Hampton Cinema at 4 PM.

This year’s short films include “Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games,” directed by Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster. The film shines light on the origins of the hand games that young Black girls have played for generations, and their influence on music, dance, and community across the American creative landscape.

Also showing, “Goldilocks,” directed by Meryl Jones, in which two siblings learn a painful lesson when one secretly pursues the other into the woods in search of an elusive mountain lion. 

“Halmoni’s Pot (Grandma’s Pot)” tells the story of a loving grandma (halmoni) who reluctantly agrees to buy pot for her grandson. But pay full price? Never! Directed by A. Lauren Lee.

World-renowned ballerina and icon Misty Copeland stars in and produced “Flower,” directed by Lauren Finerman. This movement-based piece seeks to highlight intergenerational struggles and the effects of the housing crisis.

Finally, Maya Tanaka’s “Honolulu” features flaming lobsters, menstruation woes, sunburns, and family scuffles that plague 12-year-old Yuki’s doomed Hawai’ian beach vacation with her aloof father and her elegant grandmother.

The brunch is sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Barrie House Coffee Roasters, and Freixenet. Tickets for the brunch are available online at

Bridget LeRoy

Bridget LeRoy co-founded The East Hampton Independent and the Children’s Museum of the East End, and has been honored with over fifty awards for editing and journalism from various press associations. Follow LeRoy on instagram @bridget_leroy.

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