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WHAT’S UP, DOC?

FRIDAY, 3/22 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The documentary today represents an abundance of storytelling and cinema styles, forcing the filmmaker to navigate between observational, hybrid, and personal approaches, or unfolding drama in high tension journalistic truth seeking. Where does your concept fall and how do you maximize your storytelling?

Moderator:
Mimi Edmunds – Documentary Producer/Educator

Panelists:

Wendy Cohen – President, Picture Motion

Andrea Meditch – President, Back Allie Entertainment / Documentary Producer

Keisha Salmon – Director of Communication, POV

Gabriel Silverman – Director, TransMilitary

Pilar Timpane – Director, Santuário

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SOCIAL MEDIA: A FILMMAKER’S NEW BEST FRIEND

Friday, 3/22 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM In today’s environment your film is nowhere without social media, marketing and strategy. Learn about selling yourself as storyteller, building your audience and selling your brand through social media. Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are just the beginning of getting to the business of the business.

Moderator: Emil Gallina – Producer

Panelists:

Bubba Atkinson – Senior Director of Content Strategy, ADVOC8

David Ross – Creative Director and Producer for Video, ADVOC8

Keisha Salmon – Director of Communication, POV

Lacey Young – Social Media Influencer, Community Lead for Rothys and Founder, Toucan

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WRITING FOR THE SCREEN(S)

FRIDAY, 3/22 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM What you need to know about writing for all-size screens. Is writing with a partner more challenging or easier to manage? Is creating original material more saleable or is adapting from other sources the way to go? What is the difference between writing for an indie film or for something more commercial?

Moderator: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Chair/Film Professor at Stevenson University

Panelists:

Dan Berk – Writer, Villains

Robert Olsen – Writer, Villains

Michael Miller – TV Writer

Tchaiko Omawale – Writer, Solace

Michael Pizzano, Writer – The Replacement

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THE ESSENTIALS: CHOOSING YOUR PRODUCTION TEAM

Friday 3/22 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Without talented key players such as cinematographers/DP’s, editors and casting directors, it is impossible for a filmmaker to realize their vision. The power of collaboration with these key partners should not be underestimated. They are the wingmen and wingwomen of the director. Meet some of the essential team members who bring the dream to life.

Moderator: Emil Gallina – Producer

Panelist:

Dan Berk – Director/Writer, Villains

Robert Olsen – Director/Writer, Villains

Matt Mitchell – Cinematographer, Little Woods and Villains

Jen Rudin – Casting Director

Raed Alsemari – Editor & Director, Dunya’s Day

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Saturday

DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS: IN THE RING

Saturday 3/23 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Directors and Producers must work together, find common ground, and lead their teams on to success. How do creative differences, financial dilemmas, communication skills and artistic vision find a way to be managed? Hear directors and producers from this year’s films share their stories from the trenches of filmmaking.

Moderator:
Joe Neumaier – Film Journalist/Host of WOR Movie Minute

Panelists:

Dan Berk –Director/Writer, Villains

Robert Olsen – Director/Writer, Villains

Tim White – Producer, Villains

Alexa Kinigopoulos – Director, Fishbowl

Stephen Kinigopoulos – Director, Fishbowl

Kyle Crosby – Producer, Fishbowl

Sofian Khan – Director, The Interpreters 

Susanna Reed – Producer, The Interpreters

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Sunday

VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM

Sunday 3/24 | 12:30 PM-1:30 PM People are finally paying attention to women in cinema. What does this mean for the industry and for storytelling in a visual medium? Do women tell their stories differently than men? How will the landscape of filmmaking change going forward? Hear from key players in the field and join in the discussion.

Moderator: Melissa Houghton – Exec. Director, WIFV (Women in Film and Video)

Panelists:

Jamie Coughlin – Writer/Producer, TransMilitary

Christine Delp – Director, Santuario

Maria Giese – Director/Writer/Producer

Nzingha Kendall – Film Scholar and Programmer

Sedika Mojadidi – Director, Facing the Dragon

Tchaiko Omawale – Director, Solace

Heidi Reavis – Executive Producer, Sea Change

Ambassador Shabazz – Producer/Writer/Diplomat

with Special Guest

Lynn Whitfield, Emmy-winning Actress and Producer

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