FilmMatters will hold a series panels to engage, educate and inspire an audience to support film as a means to stimulate social action. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once RSVP’d, tickets can be purchased at the door.
FilmMatters Panel #1 – WHY? Saturday, November 3 – 1:00 PM
Theme: WHY – Make movies about the Global Clean Water Crisis?
Moderator: Brigid McConville - Director of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (UK), McConville is an award-winning author, journalist, and human rights advocate. Her recent focus has been to expose and seek change for the worldwide injustices of maternal mortality.
Panelists: Chris Cotner: Executive director, Water4Foundation, Kate Galbraith: Energy & Environment Reporter, Texas Tribune, Angela Mason: Special advocate for Women & Children, World Vision, Todd Burns: Founder and COO, Mpower Pictures
FilmMatters Panel #2 – WHAT? Saturday, November 3 – 2:30 PM
Theme: WHAT – Kinds of films can be created to stimulate change?
Moderator: Keith Maitland - Maitland began his career in film as an assistant director, working on several feature films and television shows, including seven seasons with NBC’s Law & Order. In 2001, he created illegalfilms and is now producing and directing independent documentaries, the most recent of which, The Eyes of Me, was nominated for an Emmy award and aired on PBS.
Panelists: Alison Ellwood: Editor, producer (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Paul Lazarus: Director, (Ugly Betty, Melrose Place, Everybody Loves Raymond), Courtney Spence: Executive Director and Founder, Students of the World, Derek Watson: Director and producer (Oklahoma's Fallen)
FilmMatters Panel #3 – HOW? Saturday, November 3 – 4:00 PM
Theme: HOW – do you build an audience?
Moderator: James D. Faust - With a background in radio and film, James Faust started his film festival career as a volunteer, director of programming and managing director of the Deep Ellum Film Festival and is now the artistic director of the Dallas Film Society and Dallas International Film Festival
Panelists: Corinne Brinkerhoff: Emmy nominated television writer and producer (The Good Wife, Boston Legal, Sherlock), Steve Dollar: Freelance film journalist for The Wall Street Journal, GreenCine Daily and many others, Ken Topolsky: Producer for TNT, TV Series Dallas, Judith Vecchione: Executive producer, PBS/WGBH Educational Foundation