The State of Diversity in Independent Film
Monday, March 14
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Recent years have demanded that the entertainment industry take a more proactive stance on diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. This panel aims to address some of those concerns through the lens of the independent film community and ask the essential question - how can we develop the conversation productively and extend it to the point where it isn’t even necessary?
The Austin Chronicle
Logan Kibens is a Writer/Director whose work integrates visual artistry with narrative, character driven storytelling. She is a Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow and recipient of the HBO/DGA Direct...Show the rest
Logan Kibens is a Writer/Director whose work integrates visual artistry with narrative, character driven storytelling. She is a Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow and recipient of the HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship (working on shows such as TRUE BLOOD, ENTOURAGE and THE NEWSROOM). Logan was selected as one of Film Independent’s Project Involve fellows after completing her CalArts thesis film, RECESSIVE. Her films have screened at museums and festivals such as The Chicago International Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline, Brooklyn Museum of Art, ZINEBI and REDCAT among others. She is an award-winning projections designer for theatre and dance with designs at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, and The Washington Opera to name a few. Her original screenplay OPERATOR is supported by the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Logan recently completed her first feature OPERATOR, which will be premiering at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.Hide the rest
Writer, Director Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL player whose debut feature film, The Last Fall premiered at SXSW in 2012 in the Emerging Visions Category and has gone on to win several awards on...Show the rest
Writer, Director Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL player whose debut feature film, The Last Fall premiered at SXSW in 2012 in the Emerging Visions Category and has gone on to win several awards on the festival circuit including Best Screenplay at ABFF and Best Feature at MVAFF. The film secured distribution and premiered on television December 2012 and came out on DVD January 15th. Cherry, graduated from The University Of Akron with a major in Radio/TV Broadcast. He is an accomplished music video director that has worked with artists such as Take 6, Bilal and Jazmine Sullivan. He also works in new media and recently created a web series titled "Almost 30".Hide the rest
Sudhanshu Saria received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Photography from Ithaca College. His previous work has premiered at film festivals like Hollyshorts and the Oscar qualifying R...Show the rest
Sudhanshu Saria received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Photography from Ithaca College. His previous work has premiered at film festivals like Hollyshorts and the Oscar qualifying Rio De Janeiro International, taken him to the Berlinale Talent Campus and gotten him featured on shows on NPR and Good Morning America.
HIS NEW HANDS, his most recent short, had its World Premiere in Competition at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival 2014 and most recently was awarded the prestigious Remi Gold prize for Best Dramatic Short at the 47th WorldFest-Houston festival and the Best Film prize at Flyway Film Festival. It has screened at Sarasota, Omaha, Chennai and the Oscar qualifying Heartland Film Festivals. It was selected by the makers of the RED camera for their annual showcase of the best films shot on their camera, and was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.
I AM HERE, a feature-length screenplay he wrote, was selected for the International Finance Forum at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and is currently in pre-production.
LOEV, his feature writing and directing debut, had its World Premiere at the recently concluded Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in the First Features competition. The film is being represented for sales in Europe by Paris based Wide Management and in North America by Angel Grace Worldwide and has already secured theatrical deals in various territories around the world.Hide the rest