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Time Warner Theater
One Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle
New York, NY  10019

During our Careers In Film Summit: New York and students learned about jobs in the motion picture industry from working Academy members and film professionals. Topics included pre-production, production and post-production, and the various skills used throughout the moviemaking process.

In a series of panels, Academy members and filmmakers discussed their professions, share advice and address the skills that a career in film requires. Their areas of expertise span acting, writing, directing, producing, cinematography, sound design, editing, visual effects and production design. Sessions also incorporate film clips and Q&As with students.

9:00 a.m.                 Welcome

9:15-10:15 a.m. Panel 1:  “Ready, Set, Action!” - Above the Line Panel
Donna Gigliotti, Oscar-winning producer, “Hidden Figures," “Shakespeare in Love”
Malcolm Lee, writer/director, “Girls Trip,” “The Best Man Holiday”  
Judith Light, "Transparent," “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Teyonah Parris, actress, “Dear White People,” “Chi-Raq”
Michael H. Weber, Oscar-nominated writer, “The Disaster Artist,” “500 Days of Summer”
Mike Muse, moderator, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Champion

10:30-11:30 a.m.    Panel 2:  “Mastering The Craft” - Below the Line Panel
Belinda Anderson, hairstylist, “Roxanne Roxanne,” “Precious”
Alan Jacobsen, director of photography, “Strong Island,” “Finding 52”
Renèe Ehrlich Kalfus, costume designer, “Hidden Figures,” “The Mountain Between Us”
Ellen Lewis, casting director, “The Post,” “Ready Player One”
Wynn Thomas, production designer, “Hidden Figures,” ”Get Smart”
Mike Muse, moderator, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Champion

11:45-1:00 p.m.          Panel 3:  “When the Camera Stops Rolling" - Post Production Panel
Wendy Blackstone, composer, “Lost in Florence,” “Girl in the River”
George Lara, foley mixer, “The Meyerowitz Stories,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
Alex Lemke, VFX supervisor, “Inside Llewyn Davis,”  “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
Glenfield Payne, supervising sound editor, “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Cove”
Jean Tsien, film editor, “Plastic China,” “Miss Sharon Jones!”
Isabel Sadurni, moderator, editor, “Firehouse Detroit,” “Tootie’s Last Suit”

1:00 p.m.                    Closing remarks

Read the biographies of the panelists here.