The mission of the great organization, Female Voices Rock, has always been to inspire change in the film and Television industry by giving the spotlight to women— talented filmmakers whose unique stories are systemically obscured from traditional theater distribution.
Based in New York, their creative board has been working hard on new ideas to build upon the success of their debut festival in 2017. In the wake of Covid-19, the group understands the entertainment industry will be forever changed by this global pandemic. To address this and more, FVR, will now hold a “MUST-SEE” live virtual conference on May 9, 2020.
With confirmed panelists include Effie Brown (Gamechanger Films), Zara Randara (NBC), Diana Ossana (Academy- Award winner), Grace Moss (NBC), Julie Christeas (Tandem Pictures), the event promises to be a full day of live-streamed interviews with producers, actors, agents, screenwriters, directors, and entertainment professionals.
Guests can attend from anywhere in the world and ask questions in real-time to be answered via moderator by the panelists.
“The safety of our family and community is the top priority. In self isolation, we may find ourselves uninspired or deterred from pursuing our creative visions. Most feature film productions have suspended activity, and theatrical releases have largely postponed, but development is still moving forward. There is a growing need for new material, writers, and directors in the world—and we hope that many of them are women,” says Catherine Delaloye, Founder of Female Voices Rock.
REEL WOMEN: Ivana Bobic, Director for AKKURAT
10 AM (PT) / 1 PM (ET)
Emily Best is the CEO and founder of Seed & Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences.
11:15 AM (PT) / 2:15 (ET)
Effie Brown (Dear White People, Project Greenlight, Real Women Have Curves) is the CEO of Gamechanger Film, the first film financing fund by and for women, which launched in 2013.
1:15 PM (PT) / 4:14 (ET)
Diana Ossana is a writer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels. She won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Writers’ Guild of America Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for her screenplay of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.
2:15 PM (PT) / 5:15 (ET)
Grace Moss is the Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC’s scripted programs.
4PM (PT) / 7 (ET)
Julie Christeas is the founder and CEO of Tandem Pictures, since 2010. Her recent films include, THE SURROGATE (SXSW 2020) and BLACK BEAR (Sundance 2020) starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. She also executive produced the cult horror favorite THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Sundance 2016/Magnet Releasing), MONOGAMY (Best NY Narrative, Tribeca Film Festival 2010), the feature doc DUKALE’S DREAM starring Hugh Jackman, and GHOST TEAM starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Justin Long, Amy Sedaris and Melonie Diaz.
5 (PT) / 8 (ET)
Zara Randera works in Current Programming and International Development at Universal Television, the studio behind such series as Good Girls, Chicago Fire, New Amsterdam, Amazing Stories and Never Have I Ever. She previously worked in scripted content at NBCUniversal International Studios and prior to that at BBC America.
“We as women will always support each other through difficult times. Though the future is uncertain right now, we honor film festivals as an important means to bringing capable filmmakers together to highlight their work. Artists who otherwise may not have met each other from around the country and the world. Always remember that we are connected by our shared desire to tell stories. In that spirit, we are determined to keep female voices heard!” Delaloye added.
All proceeds raised by the event will be donated to The American Red Cross. There will be a minimum donation requirement of $1; the suggested donation is $25.
SOURCE: Female Voices Rock