18 WMM Sponsored Projects Receive NYSCA Funding

We are pleased to announce that the New York State Council on the Arts has awarded grants to eighteen projects from the Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program! Through New York State’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over $80 million since Spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state. The list of WMM filmmakers who received grants and their new projects are below:  

BARBARA FOREVER (dir.Brydie O’Connor)

THE MILKY SEAS (dir. Sharon Shattuck) 

MYSELF WHEN I AM REAL (dir. Angeline Gragesin) 

256,000 MILES FROM HOME (dir. Melissa Hacker)

TURBULENCE (working title) (dir. Anne Aghion)

BOUGHT/BROKEN (dir. Theresa Loong)

POSTMORTEM (dir. Marilyn Ness)

LOVE, JAMIE (dir. Karla Murphy)

KIDS LIKE ME (dir. Cynthia Lowen)


#NUNTOO (dir. Lorena Luciano)

FLOOD (dir. Katy Scoggin)

LAND WITH NO RIDER (dir. Tamar Lando)

ABSENCE (dir. Emily Harrold)

BABY DRAGON (dir. Stephanie Serra)

ATTACHMENT PROJECT (dir. Joy Dietrich) 

VANISHING: A LOVE STORY (dir. Sandra Luckow)

SLEEP TRAINING (dir. Sunita Prasad)


Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7 billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022 and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the coming year.”

NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls added, “Thanks to the unwavering support of Governor Hochul and our Legislature, NYSCA is so proud to support the work of organizations and artists from all across New York. Spanning the entire breadth of the arts and culture sector – from world-renowned performers to after-school programs, from long established museums to community arts collectives – these organizations and artists together are a powerful driver of health, tourism, economy and education for our residents and visitors. On behalf of Council and staff, congratulations to Women Make Movies, and thank you for your perseverance, your creativity and your tireless service to New York State.”

More information about NYSCA grants can be found here.  Congratulations to all the filmmakers that received the grants and we are looking forward to seeing these films come to life. Keep following this blog and our socials for more updates on their progress and release. 

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