Filmmaker’s Talk!

We marvel at their use of the moving image to create the works we call films.
But what’s behind the story? The motive for the choices they made? Filmmakers Talk!

HEARING ROOM 1

3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m

HEARING ROOM 2

3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m

Lyntoria Newton

Lyntoria Newton is graduate of the Documentary Film and Video MFA program at Stanford University. Many of her films have centered on the narratives of women and girls. She recently completed a her M.F.A. thesis film Hey Little Black Girl, which explores the...

Mario Piazza

Mario Piazza was born in New York City in 1956, but he lives in Rosario, Argentina, since he was ten months old. He was 21 when he finished his short Super 8 film "Sueño para un oficinista" (1978), screened at the concerts of the local rock band Irreal,...

Tamara Perkins

Tamara Perkins is a change maker focused on documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities. She founded Apple of Discord Productions and developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project...

Josh Freund

Josh has a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Josh studied documentary filmmaking at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Upon graduating, Josh moved to and fell in love with the city of New Orleans where,...

Cheryl Fabio

Cheryl has been working in documentary film since 1976. She attended Fisk University, (BA/Sociology/Photography); then Stanford/Communications/Documentary Film program. Then freelancing when eventually she became a producer/director bringing many projects...

Sean Durant

Sean Durant is an Executive Producer at Your Media 2, a Bay Area video production company, where he oversees the creation of television commercials and film projects. He founded Your Media 2 in 2011, bringing more than 10 years of experience producing...

Benjamin Michel

Benjamin Michel was born in Irvington, New Jersey, USA. For Benjamin, the arts have long been an integral part of his rich culture and upbringing. Much of his familial roots are from Haiti and he is related to the popular Caribbean musician, Roger Colas,...

Donald E. Lacy

Donald E. Lacy, Jr. is a writer, director, actor, comedian, and radio talk show host. As a comedian he was inducted into the Bay Area Blues society Hall of Fame in 2013. A San. Francisco. State. University. alumnus, Donald holds a B. A. Degree in Theater...

Cameo Wood

Cameo wrote, produced, and directed "Real Artists", a narrative thriller about Artificial Intelligence and the future of filmmaking. Cameo Wood fell in love with movies at the age of seven when she saw Amadeus on the big screen, and she has been making...

DOCUMENTARY -PANEL A
Cheryl Fabio
Lyntoria Newton
Josh Freund
Tamara Perkins
Mario Piazza

 

NARRATIVE – PANEL A

Cameo Wood
Sean Durant
Donal E. lacy
Benjamin Michal

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Jackie Wright

Jackie Wright is president of Wright Enterprises, a full service public relations firm serving the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. A seasoned media and public relations professional, Wright has 20 years of media experience, including more than a decade...

Rafael Flores

Rafael Flores is Phi Beta Kappa Scholar and lecturer at San Francisco State University who specializes in Directing, Social Justice Film Production, Chicano Cinema, and Third Cinema. Flores is the Arts Director for non-profit United Roots, Administrative Director of...

Melody Miller

Melody Miller is a dedicated creative storyteller, who works to make a positive impact in the world by making films that amplify the voices and stories of causes she cares about. Melody graduated from UCLA School of Film and Television. She has won various film awards...

Brad Bailey

Brad Bailey is a graduate student at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism in Berkeley, CA. He received his B.A. from Yale University in Political Science and his Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University. This film is his directorial debut.

Natasha Blass & Alex Mallonee

Alex and Natasha met in undergrad as film students at UC Santa Cruz in 2008. Since graduating from the Film & Digital Media program both moved to the Bay Area where they have collectively directed and produced dozens of commercials. This is their first narrative...

Leo Mercer

Leo grew up in North Oakland, at a time where the process of gentrification has partially swept the neighborhood. Being displaced at a young age, suffering from homelessness, and other experiences helped Leo unbound resilience. MERCER is a group of artists who strive...

Evan Cecil

Evan Matthew Cecil began his journey in the film and television business with a hunt for a college internship, which landed him a position in the Production Department on the 20th Century Fox film ‘NINE MONTHS’. The next eight years saw Evan take on a variety of film...

5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m

Melody Miller
Brad Bailey
Rafael Flores
Jackie Wright

5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m

Leo Marcer
Natasha Blass
Evan Cecil