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East Hampton July Rental & event line up including an appearance by Stan Tucci

July Rental in East Hampton:
This house will be shown over the next three weeks, so if you are interested, do give my friends Miriam or Dan a call and they will gladly set up an appointment. Tell them you saw the ad here on urbanseashell. Click image for description and contact info. Thanks for looking!


Lori Donaudy, Mrs. NY has been invited by Mayor Bloombergs office to be the feature speaker at THE RACE TO ERASE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE held in Central Park on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11 in celebration of all the great moms around the world who live their lives free from domestic abuse! Join me and click on Lori's photo if you would like to make a donation. Click here to find out how you can participate & start your own team in the Race to Erase Domestic Violence on Mother's Day!
See you in the cheering section!—Lisa


CWNY / NYWIFT Screening Series
April 2008
Spring Shorts Program

Filmmakers and titles include:
Roopinder Bhullar: SALUTING THE SUN
Isold Uggadóttir: FAMILY REUNION
Myra Sito Velasquez: MOTHER'S BLOOD

Tuesday, April 22
7:00 PM
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 E. 3rd Street, near Ave. A

Screening, Q&A and Afterparty
Tickets: $6.50 CWNY/NYWIFT members*
and Students/Groups/Pioneer members
$10.00 General Public
*must show membership card

Buy Tix at
or call 212-591-0434

Afterparty at:

197 E. 3rd St.

Free Pizza / Cash Bar
Half-Price Drinks:
$3 select beers
$4 house wine
$4 well drinks


The Friendly Visit
Lisa Marie Cacace, dir.
15:46 min.
A story about a woman who decides to volunteer her time visiting the homes of senior citizens - until one day, she visits a home that changes her life forever.

Saluting The Sun
Roopinder Bhullar, dir.
3:10 min.
This short film, Saluting the Sun, was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's film Rashomon. Saluting the Sun is a yoga exercise in which twelve continuous postures complete the whole movement. The story starts out as a mystery with snippets of information so the viewer is willingly allowed to jump to conclusions only to realize at the end that all is not what it appears to be - as in Rashomon

Family Reunion
Isold Uggadóttir, dir.
19 min.
Family Reunion (Gódir gestir) is a modern-day coming out story about a young Icelandic woman living two separate lives. In "Family Reunion" Katrín, a sculptor in NYC is headed from grungy Chinatown back to pristine Iceland for her grandfather's 70th birthday. Katrín's family members in Iceland are beside themselves with excitement over the daughter's expected return, not to mention the arrival of the highly popular American goods they've requested. Katrín will soon find herself reunited with her family who enthusiastically engage her in discussions about marriage, children and her future.
Katrín must decide whether to continue leading her dual life or risk outraging her family by revealing her true self. Little does she know that her family is about to reveal a secret of its own.

Mother's Blood
Myra Sito Velasquez, director
16 minutes
Mother's Blood A mother's strange habit. A grandmother's silence. A daugther's unheard cry... All witnessed through the eyes of a daughter yet unborn, MOTHER'S BLOOD is the story of a young Chinese American woman struggling to break the bonds of her family's emotional legacy before they break her.


Lisa Marie Cacace* (The Friendly Visit) is now in pre-production with one of her full-length scripts - and has also formed her own production company called Lotus Films, LLC. She also has a background as a bass player and has toured all around the country with several bands. She plans to write and record most of the score for her next feature film. Lisa is also a Certified Yoga teacher who teaches Yoga Workshops part-time.

Roopinder Bhullar (Saluting the Sun) went to Graduate FilmSchool at San Diego State University. While a student she worked for KPBS on award winning documentaries such as Women and Alcohol - A Road to Recovery. She then went on to work as a story editor at Touchstone Pictures. Now she is pursuing her career as an independent film producer/director.

Isold Uggadóttir is an accomplished filmmaker in New York City, with over 8 years of experience in the field of production and post production. She recently wrote, directed and edited a 20 minute narrative film, Family Reunion, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2007. Family Reunion was also nominated for the Icelandic Academy Awards.
Additionally, she has worked extensively with the Emmy Award-winning production company Partisan Pictures. Isold recently edited four 1-hour episodes of a History Channel documentary series on the American Revolution.

Myra Sito Velasquez, writer, producer, director, production designer.
Of Chinese, German and Mexican heritage, Myra Sito Velasquez was born and raised in Tokyo. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Myra's debut film MOTHER'S BLOOD is the winner of the Lawrence Kasdan Best Narrative Film Award, Grand Prize Best Film Chicks with Flicks NYC at which her lead actress Nina Zoie Lam also won Best Actress Award. MOTHER'S BLOOD has screened at numerous festivals across the country and abroad. Her film THE LOVERS premiered at the AMPAS accredited Palm Springs Intl Festival of Short Films, followed by the 29th Mill Valley Film Festival, Sedona Intl FF, and most recently with CineWomenNY at the Pioneer Theater in New York City. Myra's DIANA is an Award winning Finalist of the BlueCat Feature Screenplay Competition 2006 and her KUNG FU GRANNY short screenplay is a Finalist of BlueCat Short Screenplay Competition 2008. She is happy to share that she has just completed post production of KUNG FU GRANNY, her first action comedy based on her feature screenplay of the same title. Click here for more info.


is a grassroots, multicultural, multiracial organization, whose mission is to support the work and advancement of women in the film and television industries. CineWomenNY produces educational programs, networking events, and activities to encourage and nurture women's projects and artistic vision, and provides forums and opportunities for their work to be seen. The organization was established in 1994 and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1996.

For more information please visit

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women's rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources. NYWIFT brings together more than 1,500 professionals including EMMY and Academy Award winners, who work in all areas of the entertainment industry - above and below the line. It is part of a network of 40 international women in film chapters, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide. For more information please visit

CWNY Screens
CineWomenNY is a volunteer-run organization. Our screening team committee is made up of volunteers who solicit, screen, and select films made by female filmmakers from all over the world for exhibition in our monthly series at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in Manhattan. Whenever possible, the filmmakers are present for discussion and socializing after the films. Our commitment is to provide a slate of films, by emerging female artists at all levels, celebrating the work of women in film, video, and digital media. Aside from general quality, to be included in the series films must be directed or co-directed, produced, written, edited or shot by women. CineWomen NY Screens is held the fourth Tuesday of every month except for December and August.

CWNY Screens Committee
Programming Director: Maria Pusateri
Curators/Programming: Maria Pusateri, Vicki Vasilopoulos, Myra Sito Velasquez
Guest Curators: Jessica Burstein, Kelly Shindler, Louise Fleming, Alison McMahan
Newsletter: Ylana Kellar
Intern: Julie Praetzel

The Tribeca Film Festival
begins April 23-May 4


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Click image for detailed info.
For further information click on these links:
Moving Image Museum
The Times Center