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Addie Morfoot

Writer

Addie Morfoot has been covering the entertainment industry for the last 16 years. Her work has appeared in Variety, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's New York Business, Documentary Magazine and Adweek. Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Salon, Cosmopolitan.com, Brain, Child, The LA Times and The New York Press.

Originally from Connecticut, Addie began her writing career at Variety's headquarters in Los Angeles before transferring to their Manhattan bureau in 2005. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned an MFA in Creative Writing - Nonfiction from The New School in 2012.

In 2019, a short film that Addie co-wrote called BOY BOY GIRL GIRL was released on PBS. Starring Katie Holmes, BOY BOY GIRL GIRL is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend.

Portfolio

Personal Essays

The Cut
12/13/2019
My Husband Left Me on the Side of the Road

My husband and I were looking for a house to rent when he left me on the side of an unfamiliar road in New Jersey. I was not entirely surprised. The topic of going our separate ways was not an unfamiliar one in our Brooklyn household.

Nytimes
02/19/2019
Spinning With My Shrink

On the stationary bike in front of me was a person who probably knew more about me than I knew about myself. How did that make me feel? "I saw you." I swallowed hard and looked up at my therapist. I began a rapid mental inventory of where I'd been in the week since our last meeting.

Brain, Child
Notes on a Marriage

By Addie Morfoot It was 10:30 PM on New Year's Eve when a shot was fired and a car slammed into our front door. This was as close to a party as my husband and I were going to get. In the eleven and a half months since giving birth to our first child, I still didn't feel like myself.

Town & Country Magazine
01/25/2016
How I Went From Trophy Wife to Career Woman

My eye was swollen shut, and my blond hair was tinged orange from my bruised and bloodied face. This was the aftermath of the accident that made me see my life very differently. "You're lucky you didn't die," the nurse told me. It was 3 AM.

Cosmopolitan
05/15/2014
I Lost My Wedding Dress

En route to my Mexican nuptials, I left my wedding dress on a plane. The three-and-a-half-hour journey from New York City to Cancun started smoothly. Flight attendants were abnormally cordial and offered to hang my ivory silk chiffon knee-length dress in the plane's first class closet. "It's roomier," the flight attendant explained.

Salon
10/08/2013
Our impossible parenting choice

The first time I saw a clear image of Annie was at the doctor's office three and a half years ago, on a gray afternoon in the beginning of January. I was 30 years old and approaching my fourth month of pregnancy. As my OB-GYN ran a transducer across my stomach, she laughed.

Marie Claire
02/01/2010
My Boyfriend, His Ex, and Their Oscar

After my boyfriend accepted his Oscar for Best Documentary, my dad called to tell me to "get rid of that loser." Ross and I had only known each other for six weeks by the time Leonardo DiCaprio presented him with that golden statue, but things were serious.

Variety

Variety
02/06/2020
Tom Paul Talks Sound Mixing for Sundance's Biggest Films

Tom Paul can finally exhale. At the end of each November, for more than 20 years, the New York-based sound designer turns nocturnal. Forgoing sleep means he'll have just enough time to complete the sound edit and mix for the multitude of films he was hired to work on that are premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the most recent edition of which wrapped on Sunday.

Variety
02/01/2020
Braun Brothers Sail Their Submarine Into Oscar Doc Waters

Heading into sundance 2020, twin brothers Josh and Dan Braun keep fielding the same question: "What is this year's ' Honeyland?'" It's not a surprising question because the Braun brothers are the co-founders and co-presidents of Submarine Entertainment, the New York-based sales, production and distribution company that sold Oscar-nominated " Honeyland " to Neon 12 months ago after its Sundance premiere.

Variety
01/31/2020
Oscar Documentary Branch Proves Surprisingly Consistent

It's been said time and again that the Academy's documentary branch is a consistently unpredictable bunch. But are they? Given their Oscar nomination track record, it certainly doesn't seem like it. The group has made their likes and dislikes perfectly clear in recent years.

Variety
01/24/2020
The Kids Are All Right: Sundance Docs Showcase Inspiring Young People

At this year's Sundance Film Festival four documentaries spotlight adolescents who inspire change while also holding a mirror up to a society that provoked their pain and path to resistance. In Kim Snyder's " Us Kids " the director focuses her lens on a handful of teenagers who survived the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Variety
01/17/2020
How Charlize Theron Helped Save Her 'Bombshell' Production

Exactly two weeks before " Bombshell" was set to begin shooting, Annapurna backed out of the $35 million production. Producer Charlize Theron, who also stars in the film, was on a location scout with production department heads when she heard the bad news.

Variety
01/17/2020
Norman Lear Award Recipient Marta Kauffman Got Her Start From the TV Icon

As fate would have it, Norman Lear gave Marta Kauffman, recipient of this year's Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the PGA Awards, her first job in television development close to 35 years ago. The result was "The Powers That Be," which Kauffman created with David Crane and Lear executive produced.

Variety
01/07/2020
How Mark Monroe Helps Keep Documentaries on Track

It was November 2018 and Nanfu Wang had four weeks before picture-lock on her third feature documentary, " One Child Nation." The film, which Wang co-directed and edited, had already been accepted to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival but wasn't quite ready. "I was debating and really struggling with what note to end the film on," Wang says.

Variety
12/07/2019
Documentaries Made in the Aftermath of Crime Tread a Careful Path

Every year, documentaries that examine crimes are made. Some, such as Ezra Edelman's "O.J.: Made in America," Joshua Rofe's "Lorena" and most recently Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park," study a single crime decades after the fact in hopes o...

Variety
12/06/2019
Oscar Documentary Race Shaping Up to be Year of the Woman

When it comes to the film industry's non-fiction arm, 2019 has proven to be the year of the woman. Not only are females behind the majority of this year's high-profile documentaries, they are also, thus far, dominating the non-fiction feature awards race.

Variety
11/29/2019
IFP Boss Jeffrey Sharp Wants the Gotham Awards to Have a Broader Reach

Nineteen years after he attended the Gotham Awards for the first time, Jeffrey Sharp is overseeing the closely watched kudofest as the Independent Filmmaker Project's new executive director. Under former exec director Joana Vicente's nine-year tenure at IFP, the Gotham Awards expanded from a small New York-centric dinner that honored the year's best under-the-radar films to a critical early campaign event for underdog Oscar contenders.

Variety
01/17/2020
Producers Guild Program Combating Sexual Harassment Kicks Into High Gear

Producers Guild co-presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher are headed to the org's annual awards celebration Jan. 18 with a big accomplishment under their respective belts: its anti-harassment program kicked into high gear in 2019, providing free training to 350 people in six months.

Variety
01/08/2020
Impact Partners Names Jenny Raskin Executive Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Jenny Raskin has been named executive director of Impact Partners, a documentary film funding company. Raskin replaces Impact co-founder Dan Cogan, who will continue his involvement with the company in an advisory role. Raskin will work closely with Impact's co-founder and veteran producer Geralyn Dreyfous, who serves in an advisory role to the company.

Variety
11/29/2019
IFP Gotham Awards Gets Animated About TV Offerings

The IFP tweaked its Gotham Awards categories this year to better reflect the rich landscape on the small screen, and nominated two animated series in the process. "Tuca & Bertie" and " Undone" will both compete for breakthrough short-form series honors this year, vying with "Pen15," "Ramy" and "Russian Doll."

Variety
12/04/2019
Streamers Make Positive Impact on Docs, but Filmmakers Keep Eye on Theatrical Future

It is the best of times and, arguably, the trickiest of times when it comes to the documentary industry. There's no doubt that 2018 was a banner year for documentaries at the box office with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's Academy Award-winning "Free Solo" garnering $29 million; Morgan Neville's "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Variety
12/08/2019
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks 'Seinfeld,' 'Sexist' Environment at 'SNL' in Q&A With Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus swapped stories about "Saturday Night Live," Northwestern University, "Seinfeld" and the possibility of running for office during a Q&A held Saturday as part of Montclair Film Festival's annual "Evening with Stephen Colbert " fundraiser. Colbert, a Montclair resident, has long been a booster of the festival, which is going into its ninth year in May.

Variety
11/05/2019
Streamers Give the Documentary Field a Boost

It's been said that the golden age of nonfiction filmmaking is upon us. From "The Jinx" to "CitizenFour" to "Free Solo," the documentary sector has exploded creatively and commercially in the past few years. Key to the docu spike has been Netflix's decision to enter the arena in a big way - and with a fat checkbook.

Variety
11/14/2019
AFI Fest Puts Nonfiction in the Spotlight

Documentaries will play a more prominent role than ever before at the AFI Fest, which kicks off Nov. 14. While AFI Fest 2018 featured 15 documentary features playing in various categories, this year's edition of Los Angeles-based fest will play host to 22 feature docs, 16 of which will screen i...

Variety
09/25/2019
NYFF Docs Illuminate Gotham's Hidden Byways

The documentary lineup at the New York Film Festival showcases largely hidden worlds of the city and nearby environs. When Tania Cypriano began filming Dr. Jess Ting at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital in 2017, he was one of only 40 surgeons in the United States who performed gender-confirming surgery.

Variety
09/09/2019
'The Farewell' Producer Anita Gou Values Toronto Festival Spot for 'Honey Boy'

When Anita Gou launched her production company Kindred Spirit in 2018 the mission was to produce "purpose-driven, cross-cultural, and boundary-pushing content aimed at a global audience." A year later Gou did just that when Lulu Wang's " The Farewell" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Variety
09/08/2019
CNN Films' Sexton Talks About the Impact of Strong Documentaries

Last year, two CNN original documentaries, "RBG" and "Three Identical Strangers," garnered $14 million and $12 million, respectively, at the box office. The abnormally lofty B.O. numbers made the film arm of the cable news channel an unlikely belle of the nonfiction community. Behind both docs was executive producer and CNN Films vice president, Courtney Sexton.

Variety
09/04/2019
Global Issues, Foreign Power Dominate Toronto Documentary Lineup

Fueled by streamers and strong B.O. on high-profile titles, the documentary genre has exploded, and Toronto Intl. Film Festival documentary programmer Thom Powers sifted through 850 possibilities before determining this year's non-fiction lineup. While these 25 films vary widely, "politics is going to be ever-present in this section," Powers says.

Variety
08/14/2019
Why the Relationship Between Director and Editor Is Essential for Emmy-Nominated Docus

Unlike narrative projects, documentaries are created in the edit suite. There, hundreds of hours of verité footage, archival materials, talking heads and even animated sequences need to be sorted through, digested and culled together to form a comprehensive, succinct and, with any luck, interesting and entertaining nonfiction series or specials.

Variety
01/23/2019
Portrait Docus Dominate at Sundance

It's not entirely surprising that portrait documentaries dominate this year's Sundance nonfiction lineup. Two of the biggest nonfiction films of 2018 - "RBG" and "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" - are profile films that premiered at last year's Sundance and later made the Oscar docu s...

Variety
01/29/2019
Santa Barbara Fest Pumps Up Local Fare After Disasters

It's been one year since deadly fires and mudslides came close to shutting down the 33rd edition of the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The Thomas Fire and subsequent flooding devastated the city and left 23 dead in the Montecito area. After some soul searching, organizers decided to carry on as scheduled.

Variety
02/06/2019
Oscar Documentary Nominees Break the Mold

Known as a notoriously unpredictable bunch, the Academy's documentary branch has become rather predictable in the past two years. The evidence lies in the films they choose not to recognize come Oscar time: Films such as Brett Morgen's 2017 Jane Goodall docu, "Jane," and two of last year's biggest nonfiction box office successes - Morgan Neville's "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Variety
11/23/2018
IFP/Gotham Awards Became an Oscar Bellwether Under Outgoing Joana Vicente's Watch

Since becoming the Independent Film Project's executive director in late 2009, Joana Vicente has made her mark. In addition to increasing IFP's grant support, she also helped found the Made in NY Media Center and transitioned the org from a film-based foundation to an org that supports various media including film, television, web, podcasts and virtual reality.

Variety
11/09/2018
Why Uplifting Documentaries Took Over the Box Office in 2018

Documentaries have a reputation for being, as Jerry Seinfeld put it at the 2007 Oscars, "incredibly depressing." But not this year. While 2018 has seen its share of high-profile political docus, including Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" and Errol Morris' "American Dharma," audiences seem to be in serious need of inspirational non-fiction films that don't deal directly with politics.

Variety
11/08/2018
AFI Fest Boosts Female Directors Under New Leader

In June, a mere five months before the American Film Institute's 32nd annual film festival, Michael Lumpkin took over the reins from fest director Jacqueline Lyanga, who exited after eight years at the helm.

Variety
08/17/2018
Emmys Love Docs but There's Confusion About the Categories

In 2005, when the public's love affair with theatrical feature documentaries was at an all-time high, the Television Academy decided to create a juried Emmy award for nonfiction projects. The new kudo, called exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking, would not be part of the overall Primetime Emmy ballot.

Variety
08/17/2018
Doc Series Grow in Popularity, More Filmmakers Are Drawn to the Storytelling Format

Once upon a time, a feature-length documentary that did well theatrically was the holy grail of nonfiction film. But in 2015, the nonfiction world began to change. That year, HBO's six-part series "The Jinx," about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, aired to great acclaim and became a pop-cultural phenomenon.

Variety
09/09/2018
Toronto Docs Tackle Politics and Current Affairs

It's been close to two years since the 2016 presidential election and although a few documentaries about President Trump have been released, including Jack Bryan's "Active Measures" and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Our New President," there has yet to be a seminal film about the making of America's 45th president. Until TIFF 2018.

Variety
06/20/2018
How TV Series Can Break Into the Emmy Race at Any Age

Television academy voters have been known to snub series that originally missed the Emmy boat in subsequent seasons: Consider "The Leftovers," "Oz" and "The Wire." None of those shows were ever nominated in the drama series category despite overwhelming critical acclaim.

Variety
07/10/2018
New Jersey Film and TV Tax Credit Returns

After three years in the dark, New Jersey 's film and television production tax credit has officially returned. In May, the Garden State's newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy vowed to restore the tax incentive. At a Montclair Film forum in Montclair, N.J., the state's Motion Picture and Television Commission associate director, David W.

Variety
06/14/2018
Current Events Get Quick Greenlights as Doc Series Tackle Big Issues

Gone are the days when HBO, PBS and Showtime ruled the documentary marketplace. Netflix and Amazon - as well as the recent emergence of digital distributors including Apple, Facebook, Hulu and YouTube Red - have changed the face of the docu genre: There is a newfound excitement around unscripted projects.

Variety
04/18/2018
At Tribeca, Documentaries Dig Deep Beyond the Headlines

Frank Wuterich, Sandra Bland and Rachel Dolezal captured the attention of the country for weeks, sometimes months, only to eventually be eclipsed by fresher faces in the news. But documentary filmmakers couldn't forget their stories - or those of other news makers.

Variety
04/06/2018
Discovery Orders Docu Series 'Why We Hate' From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (EXCLUSIVE)

Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have teamed to produce a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate. The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled " Why We Hate." Spielberg's Amblin Television partnered with Gibney's Jigsaw Productions on the project, which began production earlier this year and will air on Discovery in 2019.

Variety
03/16/2018
Netflix Nabs 'Bobby Kennedy for President' Documentary Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix will revisit the political legacy of Robert F. Kennedy with the four-hour documentary series "Bobby Kennedy For President." The series, which launches globally on April 27, is timed to correspond with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's 83-day presidential run, which officially began ...

Variety
04/05/2018
Rachel Dretzin's 'Far From the Tree' to Open Montclair Film Festival

Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Ethan Hawke and Rachel Weisz are heading to New Jersey for the seventh annual Montclair Film Festival. Kicking off on April 26 with Rachel Dretzin's "Far From the Tree," the 11-day fest will feature 77 feature films, 94 shorts and 13 special events including pane...

Variety
01/17/2018
Documentary Patrons Impact Partners Make Splashes at Sundance

Michelangelo had Pope Julius II and the Medici family. And socially minded documentary filmmakers have Impact Partners. While they aren't popes or an Italian dynasty, Impact Partners' 43 members are patrons of the arts. Specifically they are 43 high-net-worth individuals - multi-millionaires, and in some cases, billionaires - who seek to promote social change through nonfiction film.

Variety
06/12/2017
TV Hijacks Film Fests for High-Profile Bows

As rival top-tier film festivals across the globe began to program episodic television, Cannes' artistic director Thierry Fremaux remained a notable holdout - until recently. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders Earlier this year, he relented and invited David Lynch's " Twin Peaks" TV reboot and Jane Campion's " Top of the Lake 2: China Girl" to the Croisette for special screenings, the former with full red-carpet treatment.

Variety
08/17/2017
Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination. Unlike "Moonlight," "Spotlight" and "12 Years a Slave," nonfiction feature Oscar winners including "CitizenFour," "Taxi to the Dark...

Variety
11/11/2015
Female Directors Break Down Barriers in Documentary Awards Race

It's been well documented that Hollywood is no picnic for women. But when it comes to documentaries, females thrive. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders This story first appeared in the November 10, 2015 issue of Variety. When Laura Poitras won the Academy Award for "Citizenfour" last year, she joined a group of 10 female nonfiction directors who have also won an Oscar.

Variety
04/19/2017
Tribeca Documentaries Showcase Timely Political Issues

While social justice and eco-themed documentaries are once again prevalent at Tribeca, portrait docs focusing on politically controversial subjects dominate the nonfiction lineup. Ronald Reagan, Elián González, Frank Serpico, Roger Stone, Rodney King and WeCopwatch member Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner's fatal Staten Island arrest, are among the many famous and infamous figures being explored by 11 directors including Sierra Pettengill, Camilla Hall and Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay...

Variety
01/21/2015
Sundance Documentaries Focus on More Human Side of Life

While political and eco-themed documentaries are once again prevalent at Sundance, portrait docus dominate this year's nonfiction lineup. This story first appeared in the January 20, 2015 issue of Variety. Kurt Cobain, Barry Crimmins, Marlon Brando, Tig Notaro, Robert "Evel" Knievel, Warren Jeffs and Nina Simone are among the many famous and infamous figures being explored by Sundance veteran directors including Bobcat Goldthwait, Amy Berg, Liz Garbus and Brett Morgen.

Variety
02/05/2017
Stephen Colbert Would 'Love' to Headline a Trump Correspondents' Dinner

If President Trump is looking for a celebrity to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, Stephen Colbert is available. On Saturday, the late-night host was at a 1980s dance party fundraiser benefiting the upcoming Montclair Film Festival. Colbert, a Montclair resident, has long been a booster of the event, which is going into its sixth year in April.

Variety
02/18/2016
Examining Gender Bias in the Documentary World

The institutional bias against minorities and women within the Academy has been widely discussed. However, encouraging Oscar docu statistics as well as an impressive roster of female nonfiction gatekeepers suggest that women in the documentary arena are not only breaking down barriers but also successfully steering the ship.

Variety
06/14/2017
Emmy in Reach for Docs That Ran in the Oscar Race

Thanks to such deep-pocketed streamers as Netflix, Amazon and now Hulu, the campaign to win an Oscar for documentary has evolved into a pricey, cutthroat endeavor. But the fight for a little gold man doesn't end after the Academy Awards - it starts right back up again for the Primetime Emmy race.

Variety
04/12/2015
Full Frame: 'King Georges,' 'From This Day Forward' Among Doc Fest Hits

In its 18-year history, Full Frame has become one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the nonfiction community. While it's not a marketplace, the Durham, N.C.-based four-day fest gives well received Sundance and SXSW docs a boost, while also showcasing smaller films seeking distribution.

Variety
09/11/2017
Toronto: Morgan Spurlock Takes a Bite Out of 'Chicken' in New Documentary

Morgan Spurlock is back baiting the big food industry with "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" In 2004's Oscar-nominated "Super Size Me," the filmmaker took on McDonald's, and now tackles the chicken industry by opening his own fast-food chicken franchise to investigate and challenge the multibillion-dollar business of chicken.

Variety
04/16/2014
Documentary Community Embraces Tribeca Fest

Documentaries "Street Fight," "Jesus Camp," "Which Way Home" and "Taxi to the Dark Side" have two things in common: Oscar nominations (which "Taxi" would go on to win) and world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. This story first appeared in the April 15, 2014 issue of Variety.

Variety
11/07/2017
In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm

It's never easy being green, but if you're a documentary filmmaker it can have its advantages. Especially come Oscar season. In the past two decades, 12 directors have taken home the Academy Award for their very first documentary theatrical feature. They include Ezra Edelman ("O.J.

Variety
01/19/2018
PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling

Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy, and Charles Roven will all be honored at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20. DuVernay, the guild's Visionary Award honoree, first picked up a movie camera 13 years ago. She was 32. Since then the L.A.

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Female filmmakers: Montclair Film Festival highlights NJ talents

The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival - so close we can smell the popcorn - includes discussions with actors Rachel Weisz, Jeff Daniels and Ethan Hawke, all moderated by Stephen Colbert; a discussion with actor Nick Offerman moderated by Patrick Wilson; post-screening Q&A's with actress Claire Danes and director Paul Schrader; and a performance by larger-than-life creative hyphenate Taylor Mac.

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Boy Boy Girl Girl | Montclair Film

Based on a true story, BOY BOY GIRL GIRL is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend. Co-written by Ross Kauffman and Addie Morfoot....

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Boy Boy Girl Girl. 28 likes. Based on a true story, BOY BOY GIRL GIRL is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend.

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Long Island Pulse Magazine
03/26/2018
Going Rogue With WLIR | Long Island Pulse Magazine

U2, The Clash, Duran Duran, Blondie. Today these bands are rock royalty but once upon a time they were outsiders looking in on American popular music. And they may have never gotten in if not for an unsuspecting Hempstead radio station desperate to make some noise. Founded in 1959 by John R.

Long Island Pulse Magazine
03/27/2017
Tribeca's Expanding Scope | Long Island Pulse Magazine

Last year the Tribeca Film Festival shook things up a bit, both on screen and behind it. Most notably it introduced TV programming, allowing festival goers to view premieres of some of the industry's most buzzed-about shows. Then Cara Cusumano was promoted to director of programming.

Long Island Pulse Magazine
01/29/2018
Strong Island | Long Island Pulse Magazine

Nearly 26 years ago, Yance Ford's brother William was murdered in Central Islip. It was April 1992 and William, a black 24-year-old teacher, was confronted by an auto body shop owner about the quality of a car repair. The interaction turned deadly when Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic on the premises, shot William once in the chest, killing him.

Mediabistro

Mediabistro
10/02/2017
Journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner on How to be a Successful Features and Profile Writer

In the short span of seven years, she went from prolific personal essay writer to prolific feature writer for The New York Times Magazine and GQ Magazine. At The Times, she won the New York Press Club award for her profiles of Gaby Hoffmann and Damon Lindelof, and at GQ, she won the same award for her profile of Don Lemon, which also garnered a Newhouse Mirror award.

Mediabistro
06/19/2017
Journalist Brooke Hauser On What It Takes To Write a Celebrity Profile

Brooke Hauser has a way with celebrities. You name the star, she's interviewed them. Jennifer Aniston? Check. Matt Damon? Check. Julia Roberts? Double check. (She's interviewed her twice.) Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire and Parade are among the numerous publications that have sought Hauser out to take on interviewing and writing about Hollywood's elite.

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The National
02/01/2019
Behind the Scenes at New York's Biggest Prop House

As Suri Bieler strolls the first floor of her 95,000-square-foot Long Island City warehouse, she notes the absence of a fiberglass sphinx and a giant plastic candy cane. Upstairs, she points to a 1970s white vinyl sofa set, one of more than 150 couches lining the floor. "An ottoman is missing," she says.

Esquire
02/06/2017
The 21 Most Important Moments in Oscar History

The true stories behind the most shocking, scandalous and moving Oscars moments. The Academy Awards are Hollywood's Super Bowl. While the annual telecast may seem over self-congratulatory at times, it's the most important night in show business. The show not only celebrates a medium that brings people from all over the world together, but it can also make a career.

Publisher's Weekly

PublishersWeekly.com
06/02/2019
BookCon 2019: New Romantics

BookCon is hosting three romance panels today-"New York, I Love You: Romance (Novels) 'Made' in Manhattan"; "Suffragettes, Sex Positivity, and Smashing the Patriarchy: Historical Romance as a Powerful Political Text"; and "When Millennials Met Romance: The Rom Com Phenom." We talked to six participating writers to find out how they are reinventing romance for 2019.

PublishersWeekly.com
09/28/2018
Happily Ever After, Guaranteed: Three Romance Writers

"The promise of happily ever after is a really powerful thing," Cole says. A Duke by Default is the second book in her Reluctant Royals series. The story follows Portia Hobbs on her quest to reinvent her life by leaving New York for a sword-making apprenticeship in Scotland.

PublishersWeekly.com
06/03/2018
BookCon 2018: Tomi Adeyemi: What If Harry Potter Had Been Black?

Nigerian-American Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is the first volume of the Orïsha Legacy trilogy. The book follows an African teen, Zélie, as she attempts to restore magic to her homeland, Orïsha, after an evil king killed all those who wielded it, including Zélie's mother.

PublishersWeekly.com
06/03/2018
BookCon 2018: Renegade Super Heroes

Last November Marissa Meyer, best known for her series the Lunar Chronicles, introduced fans to the world of Renegades. It's the first book in a trilogy about superheroes and supervillains who battle over the future of a city where morality is never as simple as good versus evil-as Nova (an Anarchist aka Insomnia) and Adrian (a Renegade alias Sketch) know all too well.

Crains New York

Crain's New York Business
11/11/2016
DOC NYC Visionaries Tribute luncheon becomes chance to mourn election results

The mood at an awards ceremony celebrating documentaries was more like a funeral a day after Donald Trump's presidential election. DOC NYC's third annual Visionaries Tribute luncheonevent, which kicked off the seventh annual DOC NYC documentary film festival on Nov. 10, drew the who's who of the nonfiction film world to City Winery.

Crain's New York Business
10/03/2016
Documentary Class Divide shows two worlds colliding on a West Chelsea corner

On one corner of West 26th Street, nestled by the High Line, sits four-year-old Avenues: the World School, an elite nursery-through-12th-grade, for-profit private school with a minimum $49,550 yearly price tag. From kindergarten every student gets an iPad. In high school, they also get MacBooks.

Crain's New York Business
09/05/2016
Accomplished cinematographer turns the lens on her life and work - Crain's New York Business

Kirsten Johnson has spent 25 years behind a camera attempting to-and more often than not, succeeding in-capturing the best shot. As a result, the Manhattan-based mother of two is one of the most sought-after documentary cinematographers in the entertainment business. For the last 20 years, Johnson has called New York City home.

Crain's New York Business
10/16/2016
Success of New York's TV industry has soundstage owners scrambling for space

Sarah Jessica Parker began work in February 2015 on the pilot episode of Divorce, her first series since starring in the smash hit Sex and the City, which ran for six seasons on HBO, led to two motion pictures and inspired a bus tour throughout the city that still sells out to die-hard fans 12 years after the show ended.

Crain's New York Business
07/25/2016
The Bono of Pakistan craves anonymity in the city - Crain's New York Business

His sufi rock band, Junoon, has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and was likened to U2 by The New York Times ' music critic. But despite collaborating with such music superstars as Melissa Etheridge and Peter Gabriel, rock star Salman Ahmad is unknown to the majority of New Yorkers.

Crain's New York Business
07/25/2016
Sony Pictures Classics releases first female-driven Wall Street drama Equity - Crain's New York...

Hollywood has long had a fascination with Wall Street. Wall Street (1987), Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Margin Call (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) are just a handful of films that have examined America's financial capital. But what sets those films apart from Equity- the latest Hollywood film about Wall Street-is that those movies are all about men.

Crain's New York Business
04/04/2016
Councilman brings back film-shoot disclosure bill - Crain's New York Business

City Councilman Stephen Levin is bringing back legislation opposed by the film and television industry that would require the city to disclose more frequently when and where productions take place as well as the companies behind them. Levin, who represents hot-spot film neighborhoods along the Brooklyn waterfront from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Heights, tabled Intro.

Crain's New York Business
04/04/2016
Real-time info about film shoots? Sounds good in theory - Crain's New York Business

Even councilman backing the move says it could attract hordes of starstruck fans and stalkers City Councilman Stephen Levin, whose push to pass legislation that would make film and television data more transparent has angered the industry, would like to explore what he calls real-time permit distribution.

Crain's New York Business
03/14/2016
Following A-listers' lead, Tribeca Film Festival embraces the small screen - Crain's New York...

For 14 years, the Tribeca Film Festival focused on the big screen, but this year it is getting into television with a new series called Tribeca Tune In. Who can blame it? A-list film directors including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and David Fincher have brought their talents to the small screen, helping to create what is widely considered the golden age of television.

WSJ SPEAKEASY + NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

WSJ
11/02/2012
The Central Park Five - Speakeasy - WSJ

By Addie Morfoot Ken Burns's documentary "The Central Park Five" has been making waves for the last several months despite the fact that the film has not yet been theatrically released. In early September lawyers representing New York City subpoenaed the film's unseen footage.

WSJ
03/24/2015
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Season 5, Episode 25, 'Welcome to the Dollhouse'

The season 5 finale of "Pretty Little Liars," titled "Welcome to the Dollhouse" reveals that Mona is alive and calling herself Alison DiLaurentis! That's right! Mona is alive! She is residing in a cement basement/prison; sleeping in a comfortable looking queen sized bed; dyed her hair blond and is up-to-date about generator power.

DOCUMENTARY MAGAZINE

International Documentary Association
04/30/2019
'Knock Down the House' Captures History on the Campaign Trail

Roman philosopher Seneca once said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Apparently, Rachel Lears was listening. Her self-created luck began in 2016. Having directed two feature documentary films ( Birds of Passage and The Hand That Feeds), she had the preparation.

International Documentary Association
03/28/2019
'Women, War & Peace': The #MeToo Edition

In October 2011, the documentary series Women, War & Peace premiered on PBS. It consisted of five hour-long docs, including Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, and I Came to Testify, about Bosnian women who broke history's great silence and testified about their rape and sexual enslavement.

International Documentary Association
Autistic License: Disney Animation Treats the Disorder

The first time I met Oscar-winning documentary director Roger Ross Williams was in the lobby of the W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. It was 2014 and we were both attending the inaugural IDA Getting Real Conference. He was standing next to prolific documentary producer and founder of Motto Pictures, Julie Goldman.

International Documentary Association
Girl Power vs. the Taliban: The Miraculous Story of an Ordinary Teenager from Pakistan

Editor's Note: On October 21 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles, IDA will present Davis Guggenheim in conversation with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. The two will explore his wide-ranging body of work that includes culturally significant and brilliantly crafted films. Learn more and purchase tickets.

International Documentary Association
Tell Me a Story: Sarah Polley Tackles the Truth

The decision to venture into documentary directing was not an easy one for writer-director-actress Sarah Polley. Despite having helmed two narrative features in the last six years, Polley admits that directing her first nonfiction project, Stories We Tell , was "like learning how to make a film from scratch.

International Documentary Association
'Makers' Tells the Stories of Women on the Move

It's no secret that women make up a large majority of the documentary world's executive positions. Cara Mertes, director of the Ford Foundation's JustFilms; Tabitha Jackson, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program; Diane Weyermann, executive vice president, documentary films at Participant Media; Molly Thompson, senior vice president of A&E IndieFilms; and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films are just of a few of the nonfiction genre's gatekeepers.

International Documentary Association
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International Documentary Association
Filmmakers Discuss Ethics at Full Frame

The 18th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which ran April 9 through 12 in Durham, NC, was a four-day fest crammed with documentaries, nonfiction filmmakers, producers and interested locals. In addition to film screenings, the panel discussions, sponsored by A&E IndieFilms, also attracted large crowds.

NEWSELA + REDBOOK + PAPERMAG

Newsela
05/15/2013
For many of the world's poor, drinking water can be deadly

In the United States, sipping water, brushing your teeth and taking a shower are all things we take for granted as harmless, healthy habits. But what if doing any of those things could make you sick - sick enough to die?

Newsela
03/05/2013
Sleeping under a roof, but homeless nonetheless

Ten-year-old Kaylie Hegwood and her brother Tyler, 12, are hungry - very hungry. Not because they just finished a game of soccer or forgot to eat breakfast. Kaylie and Tyler are hungry because most of the time their mom cannot afford to buy them food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Redbook
10/19/2015
#SorryNotSorry: How I Stopped Apologizing for Everything

n a single week recently,I apologized 47 times. I was actually sorry 12 of those times (I forgot to hold the door for a stranger, and I cursed, more than once, in front of my 4-year-old). The rest of my "I'm sorry"s?

ADWEEK + UW ALUMNI

Uwalumni
Photography vs. Segregation | On Wisconsin

In 2002, Gillian Laub '97 made what would be the first of many trips to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to photograph the lives of teenagers in the South. What she discovered was an idyllic yet racially divided town struggling to confront longstanding issues of race and inequality.

Uwalumni
The Golden Age of TV is Now | On Wisconsin

Badgers who work behind the scenes to create and produce must-see content reflect on how they got their start, what it's like to work in the business, and what they're binge-watching. In the age of peak TV, more is more. We can watch our favorite shows anywhere, anytime, and on any number of devices.

Uwalumni
Bet on It | On Wisconsin

If you think that Anders Holm is everywhere these days, you're right. A combination of hard work and a few lucky breaks has put the writer-actor in the spotlight. Anders Holm '03 was in New Orleans when he got a call from his manager about a job opportunity.

AdWeek
03/15/2013
CNN's Documentary Unit Officially Up and Running

In addition to green-lighting nonfiction fare featuring personalities such as Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, CNN's new boss Jeff Zucker has kept in place CNN Films, new documentary production and acquisition division, which was announced last October-a month before his hire was announced.

Uwalumni
Entitled | On Wisconsin

Working with accomplished female filmmakers, Libby Geist explores the outcomes of Title IX. Although she doesn't take off from a starting line, dominate in a boxing ring, or nail a triple lutz, make no mistake: Libby Geist '02 is a competitor.

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Addie Morfoot

Addie Morfoot is a writer and freelance journalist covering the film industry for the last eleven years. Her work appears in Variety, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Documentary Magazine and Adweek. Her personal essays have been published in Marie Claire, Salon, Cosmopolitan.com, Brain, Child, The LA Times and The New York Press. Originally from Connecticut, Addie began her writing career at Variety's headquarters in Los Angeles before...

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