Filmmaker Talks
Film BAMcinemaFest Industry Panels Peter Jay Sharp Building
Lepercq Space/BAMcafé
Jun 15, 2019
  • 10AM

BAM and IFP present a free day of panels featuring industry tools and tips from established filmmakers and film professionals.

Entry is first come, first served for both seating and standing room. No RSVP necessary but it is encouraged via this form. Neither entry nor seating are guaranteed with RSVP.


Short Films, Short Attention Spans



As we are fully enmeshed in the digital era, short films have more platforms than ever. But is it art or content? And, does it matter?

With Mona Panchal (VP Digital, Topic Studios), Nikyatu (director, Suicide by Sunlight), Lotfy Nathan (co-director, Days of Black and Yellow), Sean Weiner (Director of Creative Culture, Jacob Burns Film Center)

Art House is Dead / Long Live Art House!



Exploring the power and necessity of the movie-going experience in the golden age of streaming services.

With Gina Duncan (Associate Vice President of Film, BAM), Lesli Klainberg (Executive Director, Film at Lincoln Center), Mike Maggiore (Programmer, Film Forum), Rajendra Roy (Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art), Alison Kozberg (Managing Director, Art House Convergence)

Critically Minded



Is film criticism a dying industry in the crowd-sourced era? Or do we need professional observers of cinema to help us understand the work, and our own feelings about them?

With Kameron Austin Collins (Film Critic, Vanity Fair), Monica Castillo (freelance film critic and features editor, CherryPicks), Doreen St. Felix (Staff Writer, The New Yorker), Tayler Montague (freelance writer & film programmer), Elizabeth Méndez Berry (Director of Voice, Creativity & Culture, The Nathan Cummings Foundation)

Producing Powerhouse



Real talk about budgets—and profit—and an insider's perspective on the role of creative producing today.

With Dani Tate Melia (producer, The Farewell), Beth Levison (producer, 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide), Michelle Byrd (Managing Director, PGA East), Jamund Washington (producer, Gimme The Loot, Tramps, Random Acts of Flyness)

Making Your Film Your Own



Directors working with limited budgets face great challenges in production—but these boundaries can often lead to incredible and unique films. Hear from several outstanding BAMcinemaFest filmmakers about the inspiration and paths of making their own films, and the personal spin they impart.

With Debra Granik (director, Leave No Trace), Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (director, So Pretty), Diana Peralta (director, De Lo Mio), Hilary Brougher (director, South Mountain)