The 2016 Emerson Los Angeles Film & Media Festival

The 2016 Emerson Los Angeles Film & Media Festival

Celebrate professional alumni work at the Emerson LA Film & Media Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016 11 am-9 pm

Join us for ELA's biggest party of the year! Celebrate the success of Emerson alumni at the 16th annual Emerson LA Film & Media Festival! Network with key players in the entertainment industry, participate in provocative panel discussions, learn the latest technological developments, and party Emerson style!

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Scheduled to appear:
• Legendary TV producer Norman Lear '44
• AMC’s Programming President Joel Stillerman '84 (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead)
• Robert Kirkman, creator and executive producer of The Walking DeadFear The Walking Dead, and Outcast
• Scott Gimple, showrunner of The Walking Dead
• Sam Catlin, showrunner of Preacher
• Music video directors Ethan Lader '02 (Bruno Mars, Usher), Ben Fee ’04 (Metallica, The Lumineers), and Ben Brewer '10 (Foster the People, Jack U and director of the film The Trust, also screening)
• Craig Atkinson MA '08, director of Tribeca award winner Do Not Resist
• Harry Vaughn '10, Sundance Film Festival programmer
• Zach Kornfeld '12 of BuzzFeed's "Try Guys"

Schedule of Events

Do Not Resist
11 am - 1 pm 
Bright Family Screening Room West
An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the US. World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016, Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Q&A with Director Craig Atkinson (MA ’08) to follow.
Preceded by: Terranaut, a narrative short directed by Molly Benjaminson '16. Winner of Film Nation Award for Best Narrative Film.

The Trust
12 - 2 pm
Bordy Media Conference Center
Sgt. David Waters and Lt. Jim Stone (Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage) work in the evidence room of the Las Vegas Police Department. After discovering an unusually high bail receipt in connection to a drug bust, the friends set out to find the source of the money. World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2016. Q&A with writer/director Ben Brewer ’10 to follow. 
Preceded by: Departure, a narrative short directed by Emily Pietro '16. 

Old School / New School: A Celebration of Black Filmmaking presented by EBONI
2 - 3:30 pm 
Bright Family Screening Room West
This curated program hosted by the LA EBONI Alumni Association features narrative and non-fiction shorts and clips showcasing Emerson’s filmmakers of color throughout the decades. Screening various works from 1970s through today, Old School / New School will engage filmmakers and the audience in a conversation about self-expression, creativity, and craft as well as explore how the landscape of being a filmmaker has evolved and changed over the years. This stimulating dialogue will be moderated by veteran actor and Emerson alumnus Brent Jennings. The showcased narratives, shorts, and clips include:

  • First Friday, co-directed by N’Jeri Eaton ‘03. On the first friday of every month, thousands of people congregate in the streets of downtown Oakland to celebrate art and culture. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Friday and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril. Can a city truly transform itself while it's troubled past of violence and inequality hides just under the surface?
  • We Are Universal, directed by Billy Jackson (former faculty member). Recounts the influence of the “Black Is Beautiful” movement on the art of Black people. Scenes of arts organizations, performances, and lifestyles in four of the major urban areas for art in the country – Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – are interwoven with opinions of Black art from artists who were themselves major influences on the art, then, in the 1970’s, and who now have a place in Black history.
  • 4 Months 10 Days, directed by Betyel Kahsai '16, cinematography/written by Theresa Nelson '16. A young couple chooses love over tradition and conformity. 
  • Loved Like This, directed by Christopher Lewis Dawson '16 and produced by Taylor Jett '16. A young woman is pulled between her girlfriend and religious grandmother.
  • The De Luxe, written and directed by William Okuwah Garrett '80. A single mother of two struggles to come to terms with her life mistakes while fearing her daughter miight relive them. 

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
5 - 7 pm
Bright Family Screening Room West and Bordy Media Conference Center
How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2016. Q&A with Norman Lear ’44 to follow.
Preceded by: Jonah Stands Up, a documentary short directed by Hannah Engleson MFA '15. Winner of the Barbara Rutberg Award for Best Documentary. Winner of Take Action Hollywood Award for Social Justice Filmmaking.

Just Try... A Conversation with Zach Kornfeld
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center
Join Zach Kornfeld '12, of BuzzFeed's Try Guys, whose videos regularly score tens of millions of views, in an intimate conversation on his journey from Emerson College to Internet and new media star. Find out how he got started and how online creators can build revenue and lasting careers after striking viral gold on YouTube and other platforms.

Film Festivals: What's the Secret? 
3:30 - 5 pm
Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center
Meet the programmers from top film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Bentonville Film Festival, along with successful alumni filmmakers. They will take you behind the curtain of the submission process and share tips on how your film can win the elusive festival lottery.
Preceded by: Aster and Sidney, a narrative short directed by Sean Temple '16. Winner of Emerson Film Festival Audience Award.

The Hit-Makers of AMC
3 - 5 pm
Bordy Media Conference Center
Follow the evolution of AMC Television as a network and its smash hit shows with AMC President of Programming Joel Stillerman ’84, Preacher showrunner Sam Catlin, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple, and Robert Kirkman, creator and executive producer of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead

Music Video Makers
5:30 - 7 pm
Di Bona Family Distance Learning Center
Emerson filmmakers have created some of the most successful and groundbreaking music videos of our time. Watch their work and hear how they navigate sustainable, creative careers balancing narrative work, music videos, and branded content. Panel includes Ethan Lader ‘02 (Bruno Mars, Usher), Ben Brewer ‘10 (Foster The People, Jack U), Ben Fee ’04 (Metallica, The Lumineers).

Throughout the day, explore the latest in technology. Learn about the newest innovations in digital cinema cameras from RED Camera and explore gizmos and gadgets at our vendor tables. 

RED Camera Class
Studio B

Vendor Tables and Concessions
2nd Floor Terrace

Awards Presentation and Reception
7 pm
5th Floor Terrace

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