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Mentors - Press & Bloggers

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As a filmmaker, the press can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Learn how to make nice. Or, if you're an aspiring journalist, learn how to make a living.

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:

Alison Willmore --
Farihah Zaman --
John Gholson --
Sean O'Neal --
William Goss --


Alison Willmore Writer indieWIRE/The Playlist

Freelance film journalist and critic whose work can be found at The AV Club, The Playlist, Movieline, the Time Outs New York and Chicago and others. Co-host of the Filmspotting: SVU podcast.

Farihah Zaman Blogger Huffington Post

FARIHAH ZAMAN is a Brooklyn-based journalist, producer, and programmer. Her diverse background in the film industry includes programming and serving on the Advisory Board of the Film South Asia documentary film festival, working as the Acquisitions Manager at independent distribution company Magnolia Pictures (Man on Wire, Jesus Camp), and working as the Program Manager of The Flaherty, organizing their historic annual film seminar, and launching their monthly screening series at Anthology Film Archives. Farihah is currently a staff writer at film journal Reverse Shot, blogs for the Huffington Post, and has produced such projects as the trailer for the 2010 New York Film Festival.

John Gholson Critic/Blogger Fandango/

Creative Development Director at Rocksauce Studios. Blogger for, formerly of and its sister sites HorrorSquad and SciFISquad. Part-time actor and freelance cartoonist. Born in Houston, TX.

Sean O'Neal News Editor The Onion/A.V. Club

Sean O'Neal is the News Editor for The A.V. Club, the arts-and-entertainment arm of The Onion.

William Goss Film Critic The Playlist/

A film critic since 2005, William Goss writes for, The Playlist and MSN Movies among other outlets.

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