PANEL: Disney Animation Technistas
The huge critical and box office successes of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Frozen and Zootopia—with onscreen heroines Elsa, Anna, and Judy Hopps—have proven that the time is now for great girl role models. But what about behind the scenes? This family-friendly panel brings together an amazing group of women technologists and creators of recent Disney movies—including the upcoming feature Moana—to discuss their groundbreaking work and innovations and explain some of the magic we see onscreen.
Moderator : Steven Gaydos , vice president, executive editor, Variety
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 2:00 PM
PANEL: Documentary Storymakers
Join leading female documentary filmmakers and thought leaders in this storytelling master class with story consultant Tom Schlesinger. Learn how their personal heroines’ journeys while making their films inspired them to create transformational stories, as they address the importance— and role—of socially conscious filmmaking. Learn how solution-oriented stories engage audiences, marketing campaigns help you get to final cut, universal themes resonate with viewers—and much more—as you embark on your own journey.
BARBARA BOXER, U.S. Senator, California
NICOLE BOXER, producer (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War, The Dean Scream), director (How I Got Over)
ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS, director (CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap)
PANEL: Great Sports! Cannabis in Athletics
FOCUS: SMOKE SCREENS This panel discussion with leading experts in the sports field will examine the budding connections between cannabis and professional athletics, and the corresponding medicinal and legislative issues that are impacting the profession.
Ryan McBean, former NFL football player, Denver Broncos
Eugene Monroe, former NFL football player, Baltimore Ravens
Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer, HelloMD
Adam Steinberg, former NCAA football player; head of bizdev and marketing, Flow Kana
Moderator: Jim McAlpine, founder, 420 Games
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:00 AM
PANEL: Master Class - The Filmmaker as Heroine
Following up on last year’s inspiring “Heroine’s Journey” workshop, this in-depth case study is a master class in screenwriting. Filmmaker VALERIE WEISS (A Light Beneath Their Feet, MVFF 2015) and story consultant TOM SCHLESINGER return to explore Weiss’s newest film, The Archer, and her upcoming Amazon project as they address the heroine’s journey of the filmmaker, how her journey parallels the journeys of her characters, and how she connects with her audience.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:30 AM
PANEL: MVFF State of the Industry Conversation
More movies are being produced than ever before, but the film industry is going through some of the most dramatic changes in its history. Come hear some of the leading experts in the business discuss the future of independent cinema and how filmmakers will be affected by the new trends in production, marketing, distribution, and exhibition.
ED ARENTZ, managing director, Music Box Films (The Innocents, Frantz, Ida, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
BLYE FAUST, partner and cofounder, Rocklin|Faust; producer (Spotlight)
AMY HOBBY, vice president, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute; producer, Tangerine Entertainment (Paint It Black, Secretary)
RUTH VITALE, chief executive officer, CreativeFuture; founder, Paramount Classics (The Virgin Suicides, Hustle & Flow)
Moderator : PAUL COHEN, distributor (Bad Lieutenant, Mephisto); executive director, Torchlight Film Program, Florida State University
PANEL: Storytelling in Virtual Reality
As the use and impact of Virtual Reality rapidly expands, VR accessibility for consumers and audiences becomes an increasingly important issue. Join this panel of filmmakers and technicians as they discuss the many challenges and opportunities of storytelling within this medium.
PANEL: The Women Behind Hidden Figures
What does it take to create and launch a film about the brilliant African-American mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA on the first space missions? The female filmmakers behind the scenes at 20th Century Fox present a special sneak peek at the creation of the highly-anticipated Hidden Figures. Showcasing footage of the film and its incredible cast (including Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer), the team will give insights into the creative processes behind a film that celebrates—and claims recognition for—these unsung heroes.
ELIZABETH GABLER, president, Fox 2000 Marisa paiva, vice president of production, Fox 2000
MANDY WALKER, cinematographer, Hidden Figures
Additional guests TBA
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:00 AM