Women in Film, TV set b’day bash

New York Women in Film & Television will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a birthday bash and silent auction on June 8 at Chelsea’s Studio 601, the group announced at a Monday press conference at the Tribeca Film Center.

Founded in 1978 as a networking and educational forum, NYWIFT now has more than 1,000 professional members.

Monday’s press conference was emceed by Barry Bostwick, who plays Mayor Randall Winston on the ABC series “Spin City.” After Bostwick delivered a parody of a proclamation, real ones honoring the NYWIFT’s 20th anni were read by Patricia Reed Scott, the Mayor’s Commissioner of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, and Pat Swinney Kaufman, deputy commissioner of the New York Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and TV development.

Mary Lea Bandy, chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s department of film and video, announced the recipients of the 1997 Women’s Film Preservation Fund:

– Dorin Schumacher of London’s Cinema Museum, who received $8,500 to help restore Helen Gardner’s 1913 35mm fea-ture “A Sister to Carmen”;

– The Univ. of Mississippi’s Southern Media Archive, which received $4,000 to preserve Emma Knowlton Lytle’s 1938-41 8mm documentary “Raisin’ Cotton”;

– And Cecille Starr of New York’s Anthology Film Archives, who received $1,400 to preserve four 16mm short experimental films made by Mary Ellen Bute from 1934-48.

NYWIFT prexy Joy Pereths outlined plans for a women’s international film festival to be held in early 1999.

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