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Join NYWIFT in discussion with JUST MERCY Executive Producer and CEO of One Community Scott Budnick, Campaign Surrogate and Statewide Coordinator for The Young Women’s Freedom Center April Grayson, and Campaign Ambassador Donna Hylton, as they discuss the positive after-effects of JUST MERCY, Black Lives Matter and civil unrest. Moderated by NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia López.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. more...
Statewide Coordinator for the Young Women’s Freedom Center, Sister Warrior’s Freedom Coalition
April Grayson is the Statewide Coordinator for the Young Women’s Freedom Center, Sister Warrior’s Freedom Coalition. A coalition comprised of formerly and currently incarcerated women. The Young Women’s Freedom Center is an organization dedicated to building power in young people to be the leaders of change and raising awareness of the unfair sentencing and criminalization of young women and girls. more...
Founding Member of A Little Piece Of Light Inc
Donna Hylton is the first awardee of the Civil Rights Ann Atwater Award. She has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world and draws upon her experience imprisoned in a women’s correctional facility for 27 years, with some of that time spent in solitary confinement. Now released, Donna encourages systems to recognize how the trauma of sexual violence and abuse are often root causes that result in victimization and that 90% of women who have been abused are being incarcerated, especially women of color. more...
Producer / Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) / CEO of One Community, LLC
Scott Budnick is an American film producer, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), and is currently CEO of One Community, LLC – a film, television, and new media co-financing company that uses the power of storytelling to encourage and inspire positive global change. Recently, Budnick returned to the film business as executive producer of One Community’s first film, JUST MERCY, released in theaters on January 10, 2020. more...
Moderator
Cynthia López is the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television, an award-winning media strategist, and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she implemented strategies to support film and TV production throughout the five boroughs. López is the recipient of many industry awards including: 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, three Peabody Awards, and two duPont-Columbia Awards. more...

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