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March 8th, 2019

The JAM | WOMEN OF THE NOW 

In honor of International Women's Day we talked to two women part of an all-female filmmaking collective that is inclusive and intersectional. Co-Directors of Operations for Women Of The Now, Jill Sandmire and Aimy Tien were here to tell us all about their company.

Watch the video here.


Mar 29, 2019

REEL INDIE |Women of the Now Anniversary Showcase

On Saturday night, Women of The Now will showcase a variety of “femme-driven narratives made by some of Chicago’s top up-and-coming female-identified filmmakers,” for its Second Anniversary Screening at Chicago filmmakers.

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November 23, 2018

The Adirondack Interviews: Jill Sandmire & Layne Marie Williams

Another one from my hotel room at The Adirondack Film Festival! This time I got to sit down with two powerhouse women Jill Sandmire & Layne Marie Williams and we talk about their work in film, producing, and their female film maker collective Women Of The Now. 

Listen to the Podcast by clicking here.


October 29, 2018, WGN Radio

No Coast Cinema Ep. 53 | “Rendezvous in Chicago”

This week on No Coast Cinema, Tom and Conor sit down with the cast and the writer/director of one of their favorite Chicago indies this year, Rendezvous in Chicago.

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October 2018, Rip Rop Pod

Rip Rop Featuring Women of The Now's Layne Marie & Jill Sandmire

Layne Marie & Jill stopped by the studio to share their experiences and give our boys the low-down on their Women of The Now Movement, an all inclusive organization connecting women across the board to through art, business and collaboration.

Listen to the Podcast by clicking here.


April 1, 2018, Reel Chicago

Women of The Now’s Anniversary Showcase

Reel Chicago

Last weekend’s 2018 Women of the Now Anniversary Showcase inspired every emotion that people want from the movies while weaving a thread of feminism into an enjoyable afternoon matinee.

The superbly professional collection of shorts — presented on Sunday at the New 400 Theaters in Rogers Park — represented work from some of the most influential directors, producers, and actors in the film community.

The themes and settings were as bold and colorful as the world itself.

Read the full article here.


March 5, 2018 , WGN Radio, No Coast Cinema

No Coast Cinema Ep. 32 | Women of the Now

This week on No Coast Cinema, Tom and Conor sit down with femme film collective Women of the Now, a business dedicated to promoting women of all identities in cinema. Members Layne Marie Williams, Nandi Mudiwa and Steph MacDonald discuss the story and mission of the company and talk about the massive importance of representation and intersectionality in the cinematic arts. They also share their thoughts on the business side of independent filmmaking, including how to connect with an audience, fundraising…

Listen to the full interview here.


Oct. 7, 2017

Podtalk: Chicago’s Women of the Now Presents ‘Deities of the Divine’

CHICAGO – The filmmaker/creative group known as Women of the Now are keen to present happenings in Chicago, decorating their events with installations and themed entertainment. Their next gathering, the last big bash of the year, will take place on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at Camera Ambassador (details below) and is called “Deities of the Divine.”

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August 19, 2017, ‘Poerotica’

Podcast Talk: Aimy Tien for Women of the Now

HollywoodChicago.com reached out to WOTN representative Aimy Tien, to provide some context and background to the event, and in the following podcast she talks about all the issues associated with it.

Listen to the podcast by clicking here.


April 20, 2017, Chicago Reader

Women of the Now advances Chicago as the center of intersectional media

WOTN is focused on intersectional feminism and is open to all femme-identified, nonbinary cis and trans people. The group's founder and creative director, Layne Marie Williams, moved to Chicago almost two years ago and brought WOTN with her. Prior to that she lived in Philadelphia, where she studied acting and founded the Women's Film Festival. 

Read the full article here.


February 21, 2017, Reel Chicago

Women of the Now ignites a “Femme Pyre”

The East Coast networking collective “Women of the Now” will bring its passion for empowering female filmmakers to Chicago with an upscale carnival-themed event entitled “Femme Pyre” at Pilsen’s Camera Ambassador on March 4.

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Mar. 4, 2017

Interview: Layne Marie Williams on Chicago ‘Women of the Now’ Event

CHICAGO – When we last talked to filmmaker and activist Layne Marie Williams, she was premiering her short work, “Dollface,” to universal acclaim. Besides her many upcoming film projects, Ms. Williams is also striking a blow for countering the negative aspects of the Donald Trump fear-mongering, with an event called “Women of the Now Presents: The Rise of the Femme Pyre.” This activist party and fundraiser will be at Camera Ambassador (Embassy Studios) within the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago on March 4th, 2017. For details and ticket information, click here.

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