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Panel discussions with Academy members, Oscar®-winning and nominated filmmakers, and industry professionals live-streamed on

New York, NY - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its inaugural Careers in Film Summit: New York on Saturday, April 14th at the Time Warner Center in New York City.  The half-day event will provide both high school and college students and educators the opportunity to learn about careers in the motion picture industry, as well as hear from Academy members, Oscar®-winning and nominated filmmakers, and other industry professionals about the skills, education and hard work required to achieve success.  The summit will include three moderated panel discussions on  above the line, below the line and post production careers and will also be live-streamed on  The Academy has hosted the Careers in Film Summit: Los Angeles the past three years and the Careers in Film Summit: London for the past two years.

The panelists, whose areas of expertise include acting, writing, directing, acting, composing, sound design, editing, visual effects, hairstyling, costume design, production design and casting, will offer students firsthand knowledge of working in the industry and identify essential skills for their respective careers.  Panels also will incorporate film clips and Q&A’s with students.

The panels and panelists are as follows:

“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” 
Teyonah Parris, actress, “Dear White People,” “Chi-Raq”
Michael Weber, Oscar-nominated writer, “The Disaster Artist,” “500 Days of Summer”
Mike Muse, moderator, My Brother’s Keeper Champion

“Mastering The Craft” - Below the Line Panel
Belinda Anderson, hairstylist, “Roxanne Roxanne,” “Precious”
Alan Jacobsen, director of photography, “Strong Island,” “Finding 52”
Reneè 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, My Brother’s Keeper Champion

“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”

Tickets for the New York event are free, but must be reserved in advance.  For more information and to obtain tickets, click here.