Given the ever shifting sands of schedules and obligations, it is impossible to say precisely which mentors will be at any particular Lab or Retreat. With that said, here is a partial list of Stowe Story Lab mentors:
Robyn Greene Arrington is an award-winning creative executive with varied experience in the media industry. As VP of Programming & Production at TV One, she is an integral part of the team that shapes the network’s creative vision which includes scripted, digital, factual and reality content. Greene Arrington also serves as an Executive in Charge of Production for the network. Her current projects in that role are ”Bobbi Kristina," an innovative biopic; and "Two Sides of the Truth," an investigative crime & justice series that award-winning actress Viola Davis will narrate and executive produce.
Eszter Angyalosy is development editor at HBO Europe and a Hungarian writer and story editor. She had worked as editor-in-chief for one of the biggest Hungarian publishing houses for seven years, until she left the book industry in 2015 to join HBO. In the same year, she published her first novel, ‘Wonderland’. Eszter has been working on the development of half a dozen original series, in a wide range of genres, from comedy through sci-fi to teen drama. Her list of works includes the third season of the Hungarian adaptation of ‘In Treatment’, and the second and third seasons of the critically acclaimed Hungarian family drama, ‘Golden Life’, which was broadcasted in 17 European countries.
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the world. In 2011, she produced the feature film, Like the Water, starring Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex, UnREAL). Since then she has served as executive producer on a host of film and virtual reality projects that have played at festivals from Sundance to SXSW to Tribeca and beyond. Most recently she co-created and co-directed the web series F*ck Yes!, which Refinery 29 called, "The sex education you wish you had in high school." Emily was named a 2013 Indiewire Influencer, a 2014 New York Woman of Influence, was included on the 2015 Upstart 100 list, and graduated from the 2016 class of Techstars Boston. She has raised millions of dollars in traditional funding, equity crowdfunding, and rewards based crowdfunding, and contributed to over 300 crowdfunding campaigns to date.
Alex Boden – Creative Producer: Alex’s production company Pistachio Pictures launched in London in 1999. The goal has always been to work with the most exciting screenwriting and directing talent in the industry and to produce projects with a clear target audience. Recent credits include the Wachowskis’ Netflix Original series Sense8, Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and a journey into Scandinavian noir as Co-Producer on the Intrigo Trilogy. With 500+ festival selections to date, other films include Susan Jacobson’s Fantasporto-winning thriller The Holding and Florian Habicht’s NME Best Music Film winner PULP. A Drama and German Honors graduate (Exeter, UK), Alex is a graduate of Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and the first ever Berlinale Talent Campus. He enjoys working internationally, regularly collaborating with the USA, Germany, France, Australia and beyond. Fluent in French and German, Alex is the only UK producer member of the German French Film Academy. He is on the boards of organizations including Stowe Story Labs and the Production Guild of Great Britain..
Austin Chick – Screenwriter, Director, Creative Producer: As a teenager, Austin Chick spent summers hitchhiking the United States. He lived for a time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and later, in Hawaii, snuck into Schofield Barracks and lived there posing as a private in the US Army. He studied filmmaking at Purchase College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. For over a decade he's been writing, directing, and producing critically acclaimed films. He has worked within the Hollywood studio system, as well as producing independent films which have premiered at Sundance and been distributed worldwide. Chick’s first feature film was XX/XY, starring Mark Ruffalo. It premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2002, was released theatrically in 2003 by IFC Films and was distributed worldwide. The London Financial Times hailed it "One of the best American independent films of the year." Chick co-produced BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Marisa Tomei. It was released in 2007, the same year Chick directed AUGUST, starring Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott, Rip Torn, and David Bowie. AUGUST premiered at Sundance in 2008, had its European premier at the prestigious Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival and was release theatrically by First Look. Chick also wrote and directed GIRLS AGAINST BOYS which premiered at SXSW 2012 and was purchased by Anchor Bay for theatrical release.
Scott Collette is a writer and story consultant with a background in pre-sales film financing and international distribution. Scott started his career working for legendary producer Mark Damon at Foresight Unlimited, where he worked his way up to Executive Director; Sales and Distribution and was responsible for the international sales of Foresight’s titles in multiple territories in East Europe and Asia. In addition to sales, Scott negotiated the majority of Foresight’s international licensing agreements and helped facilitate all production finance closings. These titles include Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, 2 Guns, The Ledge, Flypaper, Blind, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and Rob Cohen’s upcoming Hurricane Heist. In 2015, Scott shifted gears with his career when he was hired as lead writer by Hydra Entertainment to help a creative team develop a big budget, special effects-heavy feature (the details of which are currently under wraps) and has since been writing features for multiple companies on assignment.
Chris Deckard - Prior to co-founding the management/production company Fictional Entity, Chris Deckard spent over seven years working with and representing talent at major agencies such as ICM Partners and WME. He has worked closely with traditional and new media buyers to find and develop content for domestic and international audiences. In addition to helping cast and package numerous features and series, he has evaluated thousands of scripts for actors and directors. Chris enjoys helping creators achieve the full potential of their ideas through character and story. Chris graduated from Cornell University and earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.
Gigi Dement - Gigi Dement was born in the Philippines, the daughter of a sailor in the American Navy and a Filipino actress. Growing up in Dubuque, Iowa as a very young girl, she witnessed a feature film being shot on the streets of her new hometown. However, it was her experience watching the stunningly stark visual style of Albert Lamorisse’s THE RED BALLOON that led to her lifelong pursuit in filmmaking.
Since defecting from Iowa and moving to New York City, Gigi has produced numerous award-winning films, including GOD OF LOVE, winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, making her the first Filipino in history to produce an Oscar-winning film.
In addition to having several projects in development, Gigi has recently been exploring the world of branded and digital content, producing and directing for Conde Nast and their associated brands, such as CNE, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, and Bon Appetit. She has produced commercial, branded, and editorial content for tech companies Canon, Samsung, and Verizon; liquor brands including Patron and William Grant & Sons’; major car manufacturers including Lexus, Porsche, and beauty and fashion content for Sephora, Urban Decay, Anna Sui, Ferragamo, Target and YouTube.
Gigi is a double alumna of New York University’s undergraduate and graduate film programs, where she holds a faculty position. Currently in pre-production on ROOSTERS MASS, which will be shot in Manila, Gigi is post-production on the feature documentary LIGHTS, CAMERA, UGANDA.
Luke Durett - Screenwriter and Head of Development - Luke is a screenwriter and Director of Development at David Magee's company, Brass Mantle Entertainment (FINDING NEVERLAND, LIFE OF PI). Prior to joining Brass Mantle, Luke worked in the Development Department at DreamWorks Animation, where his projects included HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, DIATRUX, and VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER. He has experience developing television series for ABC, Freeform, Comedy Central, and the BBC. The current slate of projects is is working on includes MARY POPPINS RETURNS (Dir: Rob Marshall), THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR, LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, EUPHORIA (Dir: Michael Apted), and numerous unannounced projects.
Darrien Michele Gipson is the National Director of SAGindie, an educational resource for independent filmmakers looking to hire professional actors for their films. Darrien is an M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California and was formerly Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures, where she shepherded such films as Gridlock’d and How to be a Player. As National Director of SAGindie, Darrien is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the organization and acts as a liaison between filmmakers and SAG-AFTRA, the actors union.
Jonathan Gray - Creative Producer and Production Counsel - A practicing attorney since 1990, Jonathan is a dedicated advocate for emerging and established producers, production entities, directors, writers, financiers and distributors in film, television and other media. He has served as production counsel for a vast number of independent films and television shows, guiding clients from rights acquisition through distribution. Jonathan as well has produced and executive produced several independent film productions.
Lauren Haber – Creative Producer: Lauren Haber has overseen the production of critically-acclaimed, award-winning films including Robert Eggers' THE WITCH, Josh Marston's COMPLETE UNKNOWN, Matt Ross's FRANK & LOLA, Ira Sachs' LOVE IS STRANGE, Bob Edwards' WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN, David Lowery's AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, Shaul Schwarz's NARCO CULTURA, Julia Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET. Haber spent five years as a Local 600 camera assistant, working on feature films, docs, television shows, music videos and commercials around the world. She is based in Brooklyn, NY and the proud parent of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a brand new baby boy.
Amy Hobby – Creative Producer: Academy Award® Nominee and a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Amy has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature film and television producer. With ten Sundance premieres to her credit (including Secretary, Nadja, Hamlet), Amy more recently began producing high-profile documentary films, which include Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine about monologist Spalding Gray; Let's Talk About Sex, a large-scale educational documentary on sex education in America filming in 10 cities over 2 years; Academy Award® nominated director Liz Garbus’ HBO documentary about Marilyn Monroe called Love, Marilyn and more recently Garbus’ documentary about the incomparable Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premiered at Sundance on opening night, was nominated for an Academy Award®, won a Peabody Award and was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards. Amy and her business-partner Creative Producer Anne Hubbell run their female-driven production company, Tangerine Entertainment. Tangerine’s vision is to produce character-based features directed by women. Amy is also the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversees the non-profit whose mission is to partner with storytellers and join them in breaking barriers of access, exposure and sustainability in the media landscape.
Michael Holden – Screenwriter: Michael Holden is a London-based writer. His early screenwriting work included several uncredited rewrites for Guy Ritchie, including multiple drafts of the blockbuster SHERLOCK HOLMES for Joel Silver and Warner Bros., including the draft which greenlit the film. Michael was one of the numerous top writers hired by Disney to write a draft of THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, the sequel to the billion-dollar grossing ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He is presently setting up a TV series 'Queen & Currency' with New Pictures and is developing another with Team Todd, amongst active projects both in Hollywood and the UK. Michael has been a columnist and contributor to The Guardian newspaper since the 1990’s, and his book based on columns from the Guardian, ALL EARS, was published in 2007. Michael as well teaches screenwriting at the London Film Academy.
Jay Van Hoy – Creative Producer: Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy established Parts & Labor, a production company dedicated to director-driven, collaborative filmmaking in 2004. Parts & Labor has produced 20 films that have brought emerging auteur filmmakers into the limelight. In 2013 the producers premiered three films in Competition at Sundance: David Lowery’s Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster; photojournalist Shaul Schwarz’s documentary NARCO CULTURA; and Andrew Dosunmu’s second feature MOTHER OF GEORGE. NARCO CULTURA also premiered internationally at the Berlin Film Festival in February, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. All three films will be released theatrically around the world this fall. In 2008, they signed a First Look / Development deal with Scott Rudin, and now have an overhead deal with renowned German international sales agency K5. In 2014 Parts and Labor produced and executive produced Ira Sach’s LOVE IS STRANGE, Zachary Wigon’s THE HEART MACHINE and Adam Wrapp’s LOITERING WITH INTENT.
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Anne Hubbell – Creative Producer: Anne Hubbell is a respected film industry veteran with 20 years of extensive corporate, not-for-profit and production experience. As VP of Motion Picture at Kodak, she negotiates contracts and consults on studio and independent movies, episodic content, commercials and music videos, and is a liaison to the film community at large. She co-founded Tangerine Entertainment, the first production company and community builder focused on media by women directors. Her producing credits include KEEP THE CHANGE (2017), THE LAST LAUGH (2016), PAINT IT BLACK (2016), GAYBY (2012), LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE (2004), seasons of IFC’s Independent Focus (2001) and iFilm@IFC (1999), along with independent shorts and web content. She began her career in not for profit programming and management as Managing Director of The Theater Offensive in Boston and Executive Director of IMAGE Film & Video Center in Atlanta, and consulted for dozens of domestic and international film festivals and events. She currently serves on the boards of NY Women in Film & Television, the NY Production Alliance and Rooftop Films, and is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.
Lucas Joaquin is an independent creative producer working with the production company Parts & Labor in New York City since 2008. In that time he has produced seven feature films, working with some of the most celebrated directors working in American independent film today.
His most recent features are Complete Unknown, directed by Joshua Marston and starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, and Little Men directed and co-written by Ira Sachs, starring Greg Kinnear, Paulina Garcia, and Jennifer Ehle both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this summer.
Joaquin also produced Sachs’s last feature, Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed in North America by Sony Pictures Classics. Past films with Sachs include Keep the Lights On and the short film, Last Address.
Previous features include The Heart Machine written and directed by Zachary Wigon and One More Time directed by Robert Edwards and starring Christopher Walken and Amber Heard.
Joaquin was also the 2nd Unit Producer on Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin.
Upcoming films include Love After Love, a Sundance Lab project directed and co-written by Russell Harbaugh and starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd; and Zachary Wigon’s I Will Never Leave You.
Joaquin is a Sundance Creative Producing Lab fellow, was a participant in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Venice Biennale College, and IFP No Borders Co-Production Market. Since 2008 he’s worked closely with Parts & Labor, where he has been involved in all aspects of production – development, financing, physical production, post-production, and sales.
Mike Jones – Screenwriter: Mike has been a working screenwriter for over 20 years. At Pixar, Jones works with the studio’s directors, artists, editors, and other writers on every aspect of the story. Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. He went on to write scripts for Columbia, MGM, Warner Bros, HBO and Fox, among others. His original script, IN THE EVENT OF A MOON DISASTER, was featured on the Black List. Jones also wrote the English adaptations of Studio Ghibli's Oscar-nominated films THE WIND RISES and THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA. Jones is a MacDowell Colony fellow, one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch.
Elizabeth Kaiden – Development Executive and Dramatist: currently serves as Head of Development for Tangerine Entertainment, a NY film production company dedicated to producing films directed by women. She has evaluated scripts for a wide range of writers and directors, from New Dramatists, to Hamptons International Film Festival, to Moxie Firecracker Films, to Miramax. Prior to her work in dramaturgy and development, Elizabeth was a theater and film critic and arts journalist for The Straits Times of Singapore, American Theatre Magazine, The Forward, Metropolitan Magazine, Stagebill and others, and studied Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama.
Peter Katz is an award-winning producer/manager. As a producer, he has been involved with several critically acclaimed feature films that have premiered at festivals around the world, including AFI Fest and the Rome Film Festival. These films include Mortuary, helmed by legendary director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Poltergeist), and Pop Skull, directed by Adam Wingard (You're Next; The Guest). Katz has also produced a variety of short films, including Already Gone, starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men; The Following TV show) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), and a segment for the anthology film ABC’s of Death 2, directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills).
Katz also hosts Hollywood 2.0, a podcast covering innovation in the entertainment industry.
Press outlets that have covered his work include Mashable, Wired, and CNN**
Julie Keck is a writer and filmmaker. She is formerly the head of education and outreach for Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and streaming destination for independent filmmakers. She is now getting an MBA from the University of Vermont, with a focus on empowering the disenfranchised and closing the world’s opportunity gaps. She has written or produced more than 20 original series for the web. Julie is co-author of Social Media Charm School. Find her if you wanna talk low budget producing, digital distro, producing as a writer, and crowdfunding. Play with her on social: @kingisafink
Nora Kirkpatrick is an actor, writer and director. Nora created, wrote and directed Door No. 1, a first of its kind live-action VR comedy series, starring Snoop Dogg, Steve Little, and Ravi Patel, now airing on Hulu. In addition, Nora sold her TV show, ASSISTED LIVING to CBS, executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum, created a five-part VR comedy series, VIRTUALLY MIKE AND NORA for Hulu with SNL alum Mike O’Brien, and sold her TV show, BEST SELLER, to Comedy Central, produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Olivia Wilde. As an actor, Nora starred in the film PINK GRAPEFRUIT, which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2015, and has played many roles in film and TV, including on THE OFFICE, GREEK, JENNIFER FALLS, CHASING LIFE, and MEN AT WORK. Most recently Nora can be seen in Adam Sandler’s film SANDLY WEXLER, and Paul Lieberstein’s latest feature, THE SONG OF BACK AND NECK, which premiered at Tribeca in 2018. Nora is in development on an eight episode interactive series with FunnyOrDie and Eko that she will write and direct, and a pilot presentation for The Jackal Group starring Darren Criss. Nora was a founding member and accordion player for the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, with whom she toured the world, and played Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, Coachella, and Lallapalooza among others. The group won a Grammy in 2013. She will be soloing on accordion at all Stowe Story Labs events.
Chris Kratt - Screenwriter, Director, Creative Producer: Chris, the founder and co-CEO the Kratt Brothers Company, is a writer/producer, wildlife filmmaker, author, biologist, and educator. Dedicated to introducing people to wild creatures and the natural world, Chris Kratt’s main focus is to educate audiences, primarily children, through all forms of media. Chris is co-founder of the media studio Kratt Brothers Company and co-creator and co-host of several hit television series including WILD KRATTS and ZOBOOMAfOO on PBS and BE THE CREATURE on the National Geographic Channel, as well as markets worldwide. He has executive produced over 270 episodes of television, with numerous writing and directing credits. His projects have garnered such industry and educational honors as Emmy Award, Parents’ Choice Award, Kidscreen, and Canadian Screen Award. Chris co-founded the not-for-profit conservation organization Kratt Bros. Creature Heroes and is honored to have the newly-discovered Amazonian praying mantis, Liturgusa krattorum, named after he and his brother.
David Magee – Screenwriter: BAFTA and Academy Award Nominee, David wrote the screenplay for director Ang Lee’s film, Life of Pi, based on the award-winning novel by Yann Martel. The film received nine BAFTA nominations and 13 Oscar nominations, including nods from both academies for Best Adapted Screenplay. Magee also wrote Finding Neverland, directed by Marc Forster and starring Johnny Depp, which went on to be nominated for eleven BAFTA nominations and seven Academy Award nominations, including nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. His film, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starred Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, and was written with Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). Current projects include Lady Chatterley’s Lover for Sony Films, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair with producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan).
Paul Miller - Creative Producer and Financier: Paul Miller is an independent producer working in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently based in Amsterdam. Until 2014 Miller was Director of Film Financing at the the Doha Film Institute in Qatar. Miller oversaw an education training programme, a global grants fund and managed a $40M international film financing portfolio. In 2012-2013, Miller produced The Birder’s Guide to Everything, starring Ben Kingsley, and Babygirl, produced with Samson Films and the Irish Film Board. Prior to this Miller produced the documentary, Poor Consuelo Conquers the World, with Les Films d’Ici /ARTE. Miller also Exec-Produced the documentary, The Man Who Drew the Future (2011) with Una Films/ARTE. From 2002 - 2010 Miller was Head of Film Production at Crossroads Films, where under a first look deal with United Artists/MGM, he produced Snow Angels (2006), written and directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckisnale, and the Golden Globe nominated, A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004) starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. During this period Miller raised and ran a $3M film and television development fund. Previous films include Prozac Nation (2000), directed by Erik Skjoldbaerg (Insomnia) and starring Chistina Ricci, Jessica Lange and Michelle Williams; John Sayles’ Golden Globe nominated Men with Guns (1997); the Academy Award nominated Lone Star (1996); and The Secret of Roan Inish (1994). Miller was educated in England and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School in the U.K. He is a member and consultant with Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, (A.C.E.) and a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producer’s Guild of America.
Chris Millis – Screenwriter, Novelist: Chris Millis is a bestselling author, screenwriter, producer and cartoonist. He adapted his prize-winning debut novel into the cult film “Small Apartments”, directed by Grammy-winner Jonas Åkerlund and starring Billy Crystal, Matt Lucas, James Caan, Rebel Wilson, Johnny Knoxville, and many more. The film made its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and is distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures. Upcoming feature film projects include his adaptation of his novel God & California and his politically-charged satire “Mega Takedown: The Truthy Adventures of Kim Dotcom” – both produced by Steve Golin (“The Revenant”, “Spotlight”). Chris is working on a wide variety of film, television, and book projects and is represented by Anonymous Content. Having taught full-time this past year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence, Chris is now faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. Learn more about Chris Millis.
Anson Mount - Screenwriter, Actor: Anson is an accomplished actor and writer widely known for his role as Cullen Bohannan on AMC’s hit series HELL ON WHEELS. He will next be seen as Black Bolt in MARVEL’S INHUMANS on ABC. Mount made his feature film debut as Tully Coats in the independent film, Tully (2000). He received widespread critical praise for the performance and the film won several film festival awards and numerous Independent Spirit Award nominations. In 2009 Mount starred in and produced COOK COUNTY. Other films include NON-STOP, CITY BY THE SEA, POOLHALL JUNKIES, BURNING PALMS, HICK, SAFE, SUPREMACY, THE FORGER, and MR. RIGHT. On television, Mount starred in NBC drama series CONVICTION as Deputy District Attorney Jim Steele. He also starred in the ABC series LINE OF FIRE, touted by the Miami Herald as, “the best new drama of the year.” Anson Mount’s writing has been equally acclaimed. He made the finalist list for the American Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill in 2008 for his full length play "Atomic City", which was also selected in the Great Plains Theatre Conference as well as Last Frontier Theater Conference. Mount won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize for his one act "Love Liza?" produced at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. He is also the author of "Colonus" detailing the friendship and collaboration of Charles Laughton and Bertolt Brecht, as well at the screenplays "Pure Fantasy" and co-author of "Hysteria.” Born in White Bluff, Tennessee, Mount holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University, where he now serves as an Associate Adjunct Professor. He is also executive producing THE WELL, a podcast set to debut in the Fall. He currently resides in New York.
Beatrice Neumann — Sales and Distribution: Beatrice currently splits her time between consulting as a sales and distribution specialist for various clients including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rotterdam Cinemart, Creative England, various filmmakers and teaching Sales and Distribution at Sheffield Hallam University as a visiting lecturer. She is also in early development with her distribution platform VoDdities. Her career in the UK film industry started in 2003 with a brief stint at Nik Powell’s Scala Productions. She went on to join Content Media where she took on the role as acquisitions manager in 2005, while also serving as production executive on various productions financed by the company including FISH TANK and OUTPOST. In 2008 Beatrice joined The Works as acquisitions manager, there she has played a crucial role in acquiring content for the company including I AM LOVE, Oscar-winning THE COVE, GOOD VIBRATIONS, BAFTA-winning KELLY + VICTOR and ROAD. Beatrice speaks regularly on international panels and advises and participates as a trainer on international training programmes including ACE, EAVE, Transatlantic Partners, Get It Seen, Rotterdam Lab and the EIFF Talent Lab. Her latest project is Distribution Rewired, a 2-day event on emerging distribution models and methods in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Additionally she is an Executive Producer on documentary Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story and script editor on ANY GIRL WHO LOVES THE BEATLES WILL BREAK YOU HEART.
Molly O'Keefe is the Director of Scripted Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Prior to joining TFI, Molly was the Director of Development and Production at Sundance Productions where she developed series for CNN, FX, HBO, Ovation, EPIX, Sony and Paramount. During her time at Sundance she produced Isabella Rosselini's Green Porno Live which premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival and then on the Ovation network. Before returning to New York, sheworked for Ben Stiller's Los-Angeles-based Red Hour Films and produced Roger Kumble's critically acclaimed play Girls Talk starring Brooke Shields and Constance Zimmer in West Hollywood. She's a graduate of Emerson College and happy to be back in her native New York.
Kristin Overn - Executive Director of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Kristin moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and began her film career working as an assistant and script reader in the development departments at Davis Entertainment and Bonneville Worldwide. Since that time she has continued collaborating with writers and providing private consulting and development services for dozens of writers, producers, and production companies. Kristin has also worked extensively in production. She produced the feature films The Heart Specialist and Academy Boys, as well as two original sitcom pilots, several award-winning short films, television commercials and video projects. She was the line producer/production manager on the Bollywood comedy Americanizing Shelley and the festival hits Never Trust a Serial Killer and Across the Line, and she was the US Segment Producer for the BBC Docudrama The Swagman. She currently has several feature film projects in development. Kristin is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.
Ellen Parks, C.S.A – Casting Director: Ellen has thirty years of professional casting experience. She has done casting for Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Joel and Ethan Coen, George Romero, David Letterman and Debra Granik, in addition to working with numerous emerging talents. Ellen’s work is represented by high-profile ensemble casts (Grey Gardens, Flirting With Disaster), as well as for the introduction of new, lesser known and re-emerging talent (Sideways, Secretary, Down to the Bone, Spanking The Monkey, Manny & Lo, SongCatcher) giving actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Emmy Rossum and Bryce Dallas Howard their first important film roles. Actors from her casts have garnered more than twenty-five acting awards and nominations. Ellen won a 2005 Artios Casting Award for Sideways, a 2004 Artios Casting Award for Secretary and an Artios nomination for Flirting With Disaster. In 2009 she was nominated for an Emmy and won an Artios for Grey Gardens. Recently she cast Girls Against Boys and The Last Exorcism 2. In Fall 2014 she joined the adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch at the Stonestreet Studio, an advanced screen acting conservatory that delivers a full on-set experience, including directing, screenwriting, and film/TV production.
Mark Piznarski – Writer, Director, Producer: Mark is a prolific award winning director who has shot over 20 television pilots. Long-running series to his credit include, Everwood, Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, 90210, In Plain Sight and The Lying Game. Recent work includes Mad Dogs for Amazon and Good Behavior for TNT.
James Rogan is an award-winning producer and director. He has produced and directed three international documentaries for BBC Storyville: Amnesty! When They Are All Free, The Trouble with Pirates and Blog Wars. Recently he co-directed with Roger Graef OBE the acclaimed feature documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live about the legendary comedy group's last performance, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been distributed all over the world. Through his company Rogan Productions, James has produced a diverse portfolio of work for broadcast including: Young, Clever and Libyan - a BBC series about young Libyans trying to rebuild their shattered country, Waiting for Invasion - a film commissioned by Al Jazeera and the Lithuanian Film Fund about the re-introduction of conscription in Lithuania, The Confession – a BFI & BBC Storyville commission about the Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg (the film had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 and was nominee for the Grand Jury Award). James is also currently overseeing two new projects: One Night in 2012, a BBC Imagine special about the Olympics opening ceremony, and GunShop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US which will form part of Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand this autumn.
Jason Rosenfield, ACE — Editor: Jason is a three-time Emmy Award-winning film editor recognized for his storytelling and stylistic skills in character-driven long-form documentaries, feature films and television series. Jason’s narrative credits range from Robert Altman’s classic Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean to the improvisational television comedy Free Ride. His documentary credits include the Oscar-nominated Blues Highway, HBO’s Emmy-winning Memphis P.D. and Teen Killers, Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking NBC series Law & Order: Crime & Punishment, this year’s CNN series The Seventies and numerous feature documentaries including Joshua Rofe’s and three-time Oscar-winner Mark Jonathan Harris’s Lost for Life and the soon-to-be releasedSwift Current, as well as Harris’s current Ukraine project. Additional production awards have included an RF Kennedy Award, DGA Award and Peabody Award as well as Emmys and Emmy nominations. In 2001, Jason was elected to membership in American Cinema Editors [ACE], an honorary society of distinguished editors. He has served as Associate Director of the ACE Board and three terms as Governor of the Television Academy, where he has developed, produced and occasionally moderated a number of one-off symposiums and several ongoing panel series. An Adjunct Professor at Columbia College – Hollywood, he has been a guest lecturer and critic at UCLA, USC and the New York Film Academy.
Anne Rosellini — Creative Producer, Screenwriter: Anne began her career in film working in film programming for festivals and then did a short stint in acquisitions before turning to writing and producing. She is the Academy Award nominated producer and co-writer of Winter's Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Anne and co-writer Debra Granik were Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Anne produced Granik’s first feature film, Down to the Bone, which won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Deanna Shumaker is a television writer who got her start by working for several years as an assistant, first in reality on the short-lived Crash My School, and then the pilot of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She was then hired in the post production department of CSI, where she remained for eight years. She ended the show’s run as writers’ assistant, with two freelance scripts under her belt. Soon after, Deanna’s pilot Long Lost won first place in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Drama Teleplay Competition and was also selected as a winner in the Lifetime Writers’ Project at the New York Television Festival. She got her big break when she was one of nine writers accepted into the prestigious WB Writers’ Workshop and was subsequently staffed on NBC’s Blindspot. Deanna is currently developing a new original pilot (between trying to get her DVR capacity below 50%).
Ryan Silbert — Creative Producer, Screenwriter. Filmmaker and the founder of Origin Story, a multiplatform entertainment company with a global focus. Silbert's award-winning work has been recognized by the Academy Awards®, the Canadian Academy of Film & TV, Sundance, MoMa, and the Toronto Film Festival. Recent film credits include producing credits on The Girl is in Trouble from Executive Producer Spike Lee and God of Love (Oscar® Winner). He is co-creator of a new universe of heroes for Amazon’s Audible Studios with comic book legend Stan Lee, and is writing/producing an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon for film. In addition, he is developing a new series of projects based on original characters from the George A Romero. His commercial work includes directing documentaries for illycaffè, DirecTV, and Absolut. He is the first American to be invited to Atelier du Cinema Europe. Silbert is also an appointed member of the Cornell University Council and Communication Advisory Board. Prior to working in film, he managed the entertainment division at a boutique agency and oversaw creative direction and marketing for clients including AriZona Beverages, Hasbro-Star Wars/GI Joe/Transformers, and L’Oreal among others. As a writer and producer he is currently represented by Foundry Literary+Media.
Diana Williams — Creative Producer, is the Executive Vice President of Creative at MWM Universe, the IP-focused division of MWM (Madison Wells Media), a diversified entertainment media company focused on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live entertainment. In her role, Williams oversees all creative aspects of MWM Universe including content strategy, world-building, and content production. Prior to joining MWM Universe, she served as a Creative Development Executive and a Producer of Franchise Synergy within Lucasfilm Story Group, an incubator for narrative cohesion and connectivity in the Star Wars universe. While at Lucasfilm, Williams also helped launch ILMxLAB, an immersive entertainment and mixed reality lab. xLAB’s projects, including Alejandro Iñarritu’s Academy Award© winning experience Carne y Arena, Droid Repair Bay, and Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire for The Void, have successfully demonstrated how stories are being reinvented for story-focused immersive platforms. Williams was also the founder of Roller Coaster Entertainment, a film and TV production company where she produced the critically acclaimed feature film Our Song which earned her a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award in the Producer category. Other credits include the Emmy© award-winning Sylvia Drew Ivie, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, Dear Mom Love Cher and Room 237, the thought-provoking analysis of Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel, The Shining.
David Rocchio - Founder and President: is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As a practicing attorney David worked both as a litigator and served as Legal Counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films THE BROTHERS (Cannes Short Film Corner, ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and THE MEETING (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. In 2016, he conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US. The Gun Shop screened as part of the UK's Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand and worldwide. David is a nationally certified EMT, a veteran ski patrolman and lives with his family (and dog) in Stowe, Vermont.
David Pope – Co-founder: David is a consultant on training and professional development for the international, independent film industry, a screenwriter and a director. In addition to consulting with Stowe Story Labs, David is the annual consultant / moderator for the Rotterdam Lab at CineMart. David is the director of Advance Films, with whom he has slate of projects as screenwriter and director and is currently in final development with his feature film THE BELONGING. Directing credits include the award winning feature film MILES FROM NOWHERE. Script development and / or training design and delivery clients include: BFI, UK Film Council, BBC, BAFTA, National Theatre, British Council, Creative Europe, Cannes Cinefondation, Warp Films, Allfilm, Wajda School, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Polish Film Institute, Media Business School, Cannes Film Festival, Film London, Lionhead Studios, Xingu Films, Irish Film Board, FAS Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, MEDIA, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, New Horizons Studio, Estonian Film Institute, London Film Academy and London University amongst many others. David works as well as a script consultant on single projects and slates worldwide, including work with Academy Award and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters.
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