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Sneak Preview Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Minhal Baig, Co-Presented by The Future of Film Is Female

Thursday, April 18

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Moderated by Caryn Coleman, Founder of The Future of Film Is Female

The Future of Film is Female is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to amplify the work of all women and nonbinary filmmakers through its twice annual FOFIF Short Film Fund and commitment to exhibiting programming.

Minhal Baig is a filmmaker. Her latest feature, WE GROWN NOW, about two boys growing up in a Cabrini-Green high rise when a tragedy irrevocably changes their lives, premiered at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival. Her previous feature, HALA, about a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager uncovering a secret about her family, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Apple TV. She had an overall writing-producing deal in television with Amazon, is a 2022 Sundance Momentum Fellow and participated in the 2022 WGA Showrunner Training Program. She was previously a story editor on Bojack Horseman and staff writer on Peabody-award winning comedy Ramy. In 2017, she was chosen as Directing Mentorship Fellow for Ryan Murphy's HALF Foundation and Screenwriter to Watch by Austin Film Festival. She also served as film & media studies lecturer at Yale University and co-founded ISF’s Muslim Screenwriters Lab in association with The Black List and Extracurricular.

Caryn Coleman is a film programmer based in New York and the founder of The Future of Film is Female, a non-profit that amplifies the work of all women and non-binary filmmakers. She is the co-curator of Horror: Messaging the Monstrous at the Museum of Modern Art where she also guest-curates an ongoing The FOFIF series. Previously, Caryn was the Director of Programming at Nitehawk Cinema where she founded the Nitehawk Shorts Festival in 2013. She is a fighter for gender equality in the film industry, a lover of horror films, a short film advocate, and an independent film supporter.

Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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