Forum Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Len Amato President, HBO Films, Miniseries and Cinemax

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Nisha Ganatra Director; Late Night, Transparent

Panelists

Claire Aguilar Director of Programming and Policy, IDA

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Jake Avnet COO, Indigenous Media

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Minhal Baig Writer/Director, Hala

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Eli Barraza Creator, The Far Meridian

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Ben Berman Director; Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary

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Duncan Birmingham Writer/Director; Maron, Blunt Talk

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Emily Kai Bock Director; A Funeral for Lightning, Lorde: Yellow Flicker Beat

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Skye Borgman Director; Abducted in Plain Sight

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Effie T. Brown Producer; Dear White People, Real Women Have Curves

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Wendy Calhoun Co-Executive Producer, Empire

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Lisa Callif Partner, Donaldson & Callif

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Seth Caplan Producer, First Girl I Loved

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Erin Cardillo Partner, In Good Company

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Aneesh Chaganty Director; Searching, Run (2020)

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Bikram Chatterji Managing Director, Maximum Fun

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Drea Clark Producer/Programmer

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Charlene deGuzman Writer/Actor, Unlovable

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Antonio D'Intonio Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion

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Jim Frohna Executive Producer, It's Not About Jimmy Keene

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Melissa Haizlip Director/Producer, Mr. Soul!

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Lisa Hasko Manager of Documentary Programs and Fiscal Sponsorship, Film Independent

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Danielle Hinde Owner/EP, Doomsday Entertainment

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Jordan Horowitz Producer; Fast Color, La La Land

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Caleb Jaffe Creator/Actor, It's Not About Jimmy Keene

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Samantha Jayne Creator/Actor, Quarter Life Poetry

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Richard Keith Partner, In Good Company

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Max Knies Producer, City Beats with Santigold

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Diana Kunce Executive Producer, It's Not About Jimmy Keene

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Daniel Kwan Co-Writer/Co-Director; Swiss Army Man, DJ Snake & Lil Jon: Turn Down for What

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Missy Laney Director of Development, Adult Swim

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Folayo Lasaki VP, Head of Marketing, SoulPancake

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Ali LeRoi Writer/Director/Executive Producer; Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?, Survivor’s Remorse

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Bing Liu Director/Producer, Minding the Gap

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Liza Mandelup Director, Jawline

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Sal Masakela Host; ESPN X Games, VICE World of Sport

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Robert McFalls Producer, The Advocates

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Rich Mento Casting Director; Ashes in the Snow, Warm Bodies

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Hiro Murai Director; Atlanta, Childish Gambino: "This Is America"

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Tom Nunan Executive Producer, Crash; Co-Founder, The Writing Intensive

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Sev Ohanian Writer/Producer, Searching; Producer, Fruitvale Station

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Luis Ortiz Managing Director, Latino Public Broadcasting

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Brian O'Shea CEO, The Exchange

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Arturo Perez Jr. Writer/Director, Quarter Life Poetry

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Natalie Qasabian Producer; Searching, All About Nina

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Heather Rae Producer; Tallulah, Frozen River

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Peggy Rajski Dean, School of Film & Television, LMU

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Richard Ruiz Director of Production, Fox Searchlight

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Paula Manzanedo Schmit Senior Vice President, Film Finances, Inc.

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AJ Schnack Director; Speaking Is Difficult, Nomination

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Colleen Scriven Creator/Actor, Lesser Gods

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Lauren Shippen Creator, The Bright Sessions

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Mischa Stanton The Whisperforge

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Rahdi Taylor Head of Artists in Residence, Concordia

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Delbert Whetter Producer, Flash Before the Bang

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David Wilson Festival Director, True/False Film Fest

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