Coleman in conversation with Shirin Neshat, MoMA Film (2018)

Caryn Coleman is a New York-based film programmer.

Caryn Coleman is the Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk Cinema where she programs the annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival, focuses on new releases of independent films (with an emphasis on horror and women filmmakers), and organizes the department’s partnership screenings to bring substantive events into the cinema space. 

She founded the initiative, The Future of Film is Female, an organization working towards gender parity in the film industry; creating an inclusive community of women-identifying filmmakers through our funding, exhibition, and connective experience programs. Since 2018, the FOFIF has provided funding and post-production grants to over twenty women directed projects and has brought screening programs to cinemas, such at the Museum of Modern Art, across the country, inspiring and educating audiences on women in film. 

Also a writer, Coleman founded the blog The Girl Who Knew Too Much, which received the 2012 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers Initiative grant, and was co-editor of the philosophy journal Incognitum Hactenus. She has organized panels for the Art House Convergence (The Future of Film Distribution is Female), Athena Film Festival (Women and Horror), Connective Conversations for the Ford Foundation at the University of Oregon, and the CAA.

Previously, she was the Curator for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts’ Art & Law Residency (2011 & 2012) and owned the art gallery sixspace in Los Angeles (2002-2008) / Chicago (1998-2000).

Coleman received her MFA in Curating, with distinction, from Goldsmiths College.

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