Mentors - Artist Development
Have a question about beginning a project? In the middle and stuck? Meet with industry professionals who have experience aiding artists every step of the way.
Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders at a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants who signed up online must check-in 30 minutes before your mentor time slot to guarantee your spot. Limited on-site signup is also available for a small number of mentor sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.
To sign up for a mentor session click on the link for the mentor you are interested in meeting with:
Brian Newman -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/126
Bryan Poyser -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/123
Cullen Conly -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/121
Ingrid Kopp-- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/124
Nancy Schafer -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/125
Rose Kuo -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/127
Rose Vincelli -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/259
Brian Newman is the founder of Sub-Genre, a film and new media production, distribution and marketing company. Sub-Genre helps filmmakers and new media artists to develop their projects and bring them to an audience. Sub-Genre specializes in audience development, transmedia business practices and distribution strategies. He is also acquiring films for "Something to Talk About," a new distribution broadcast, theatrical and digital outlet. He is the former CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute and Renew Media.
Bryan Poyser is a two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee. His second feature LOVERS OF HATE premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. LOVERS screened at over a dozen other festivals around the world and was released theatrically by IFC Films. Bryan Poyser was nominated for the Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award in 2005 for his first feature, DEAR PILLOW. Bryan lives and works in Austin, Texas and goes into production on his third feature, THE BOUNCEBACK, in the Spring.
Cullen Conly serves as the Manager of the Feature Film Program at Sundance Institute. In this role, he manages the Screenwriters, Directors and New Frontier Story Labs, supporting emerging filmmakers and artists through creative workshops. Prior to Sundance, Conly worked at Paramount Vantage and the William Morris Agency. He is based in Los Angeles.
Editor-in-Chief of Shooting People - an international networking organization for independent filmmakers with over 38,000 members. Also teaching Digital Bootcamp workshops for filmmakers on technology, storytelling and audience engagement. New Media Consultant for the TFI New Media Fund, funding interactive documentaries. I love documentaries and I love the web.
Nancy Schafer is the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and a senior Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises. Schafer became co-executive director of the Festival in 2007 and executive director in 2008. She joined the festival staff for the first Festival in 2002 as a programmer and has held positions as programmer and managing director. As Senior Vice President, Schafer leads the artistic curation and business development for Tribeca’s business expansion, specifically with Tribeca Film, the distribution label which launched in 2010. As Executive Director, she oversees all programming, budgeting and operations for the Festival as well as working closely with the sponsorship team to raise funding. She also works on Tribeca’s year round events and was involved in the launch of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years. Along with her festival experience, Schafer has worked on several films including two from director John Sayles (Sunshine State, Limbo); two from director Robert Byington (Olympia, Shameless) and began her film production career on The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Schafer currently resides in Manhattan.
Schafer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Rose Kuo is the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center which presents the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films. She has led world-class film festivals and organizations, produced and directed fiction and documentary films, and worked with critically-acclaimed filmmakers including Michael Mann, Edward Zwick, Paul Schrader, and Martin Scorsese.
As AFI Fest’s Artistic Director for three editions, Rose was the architect of AFI’s successful “free festival” which continues today. Kuo has served as a programming consultant specializing in Asian cinema and has also worked for the San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Mill Valley film festivals.
She produced and directed the documentary CALIFORNIA AIDS RIDE ’94 and was executive producer of THE FLUFFER, the first film by the Sundance award winning directing duo, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
Rose Vincelli is the Program Manager for IFP, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers. At IFP, Rose focuses primarily on producing their Independent Filmmaker Labs; a year-long mentorship program for first-time documentary and narrative feature directors in post-production; and Independent Film Week’s Project Forum, a meetings-driven forum for scripts and features in production with key industry executives seeking new projects.
Rose is currently producing the hybrid documentary short MAN ON MARS, and previously produced the documentary shorts TRANSPOSITION and NO ONE WANTS TO EAT THE PARSLEY. She was a film programmer for the 2005-07 SILVERDOCS: AFI / Discovery Channel Documentary Festivals. She majored in media studies at Hampshire College. Born in Canada and raised in Richmond, VA, Rose has great passion for food, film and art; all things she’s revels in in Brooklyn, NY.