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  • A lively virtual talk spotlighting producers, the unsung heroes of a production, as they share their awesome stories from script to screen.

    About this Event

    Join Women Independent Producers for TALES FROM THE SET featuring producers Katie Mustard, (Otherhood, Restless City), Lisa Cortés (The Apollo, Precious), and Mynette Louie (Swallow, The Tale). Moderated by Rachel Watanabe-Batton (Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl).

    Behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood are the tough-as-nails producers who must pivot in any given situation, even a pandemic, to move their projects forward. In this entertaining educational series, watch as our panelists revisit past production moments that challenged and strengthened their resolve... and discover what it truly means to be a producer.

    A Zoom link will be sent in advance to registered participants. Sign-up for this FREE online event, watch the trailer from our previous Tales below, and share with others. Capacity is limited.

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    Rachel Watanabe-Batton AB '89 founded Contradiction and Struggle to champion global stories that reframe history and culture, and connect cinema, causes and capital. She has produced film, tv and popular culture for over 20 years, working in creative development and physical production. Current projects include documentary Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl with filmmaker Julie Dash, which garnered a 2019 NEH Production Grant; and narrative series 1850 about mixing, migration and a pandemic. Her work has been supported by IFP Week, NEH, NEA, Black Public Media, Ford Foundation and Radcliffe. A longtime advocate of equity and inclusion, Rachel has spearheaded the CultureSHIFT intersectional anti-bias storytelling workshop, inter-guild readings, women’s industry mixers, festival celebrations, diversity summits and strategic creative impact partnerships. She programs and moderates in-depth conversations and screenings, and is represented by P.S. 314 Collective for media consulting. Mayor DeBlasio and NYC MOME Commissioner Lopez honored her with a MADE IN NY Award for her leadership as Producers Guild of America East Vice Chair, Diversity Chair (2008-2018) and co-founder of PGA Women’s Impact Network. Rachel serves as Chair of the Board of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (largest U.S. media access center), and on the NYWIFT Board of Directors, and is a co-founding board member of Women Independent Producers. She earned a B.A. from Harvard University in Visual Environmental Studies and Sociology.

    Katie Mustard, named by Variety as one of the Top 10 Producers To Watch in 2014, is one of the leading producers in independent cinema. In 2018, Katie joined Netflix International as a Physical Production Executive leading production of Local Language Originals in Central Eastern Europe & Turkey. Katie graduated with Honors from The University of Southern California where she was the top of her class in the Cinema Critical Studies BA program. In 2004, Katie completed a masters program in International Producing in Israel where she began collaborations with producers from around the world. Katie has worked across continents filming in India, China, Nepal, Bulgaria, Romania, Canada, Turkey, Antarctica, Morocco, France, Italy and the UK. With 19 years of Production expertise and 9 films premiering at Sundance, Katie has an impressive resume of 40 feature films, 20 shorts, 3 feature documentaries, dozens of commercials, 10 TV series for Netflix International, and 2 virtual reality films. In 2014, Katie was selected as one of eight US producers for the TAP International Producing Fellowship and for the past 6 years, Katie has served as a Production Executive to the Venice Biennale Cinema Fund, which grants financing to 3 feature films per year across the globe. She is a member of the DGA, the PGA, Women Independent Producers, IFP and is represented by United Talent Agency. Katie currently lives in Amsterdam with her husband, daughter, and son.

    Lisa Cortés is an award-winning film Producer and Director. The film Precious (2009), which she executive produced, received Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for best drama. Marking the acting debut of Gabourey Sidibe, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two. 2019’s The Apollo, an HBO documentary, explores African American cultural and political history through the story of the legendary Apollo Theater. Her directorial debut, The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2019), traces the impact of street fashion and African American creativity on global cultural trends and was recently released on Netflix. Cortés current project, Untitled Voting Rights documentary; co-directed with Liz Garbus and produced with Story Syndicate and Stacey Abrams will be released by Amazon Studios in the Fall of 2020. Her early career as a music executive was launched at the iconic Def Jam label and Rush Artist Management; she also was VP of A&R at Mercury Records, and founded the Loose Cannon label. Her film productions have received over 70 international awards and nominations. Cortés is a member of the Producers Branch of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Boards of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, ITVS, Yaddo and the Trajal Harrell Dance Company. She is a graduate of Yale University.

    Mynette Louie AB '97 is an Emmy-nominated, multiple Spirit Award-winning producer. Her credits include Heidi Ewing's I CARRY YOU WITH ME (Sundance 2020, Winner of NEXT Innovator and Audience Awards, Sony Pictures Classics), Carlo Mirabella-Davis' SWALLOW (Tribeca 2019, IFC Films, 23 festival awards), Jennifer Fox's THE TALE (Sundance 2018, HBO, Emmy/Golden Globe/Spirit Award nominee), Karyn Kusama's THE INVITATION (SXSW 2015, Drafthouse/Netflix), Martha Stephens’ & Aaron Katz’s LAND HO! (Sundance 2014, Sony Classics, Spirit Award Cassavetes winner), Tze Chun’s CHILDREN OF INVENTION (Sundance 2009), and Andrew Bujalski’s MUTUAL APPRECIATION (SXSW 2006). Mynette is on the Board of Directors for Film Independent and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Tribeca, and IFP. She was named one of Business Insider's "12 Movie Producers at the Top of Their Game to Watch in 2020 and Beyond," Ted Hope's “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film,” and Indiewire's “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” Mynette won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award and is a member of the diversity committee in the Producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A native New Yorker, Mynette graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard, where she studied Chinese literature and film.

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    Founded in 2016, the collective WOMEN INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS, otherwise known as WIP, is an elite network of women producers based in New York City that supports, collaborates and promotes the work of its members. Our goal is to elevate the careers of our members, end the gender gap in  Hollywood and get more female driven projects financed and distributed.

    Follow us and stay tuned for more great events coming from WIP!

  • Messaging, Payments & Platforms – Beyond Social Media & Networking

    With rapid changes in technology, and as the concept of money continues to evolve, how can Africans become producers and owners not just users and spectators?

    Lucia Brawley AB '99 is a co-founder and the Chief Creative Officer of AMP Global Technologies and executive producer of two-time Interactive Emmy finalist, “Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop,” “The Mic: Africa,” and a project for Apple TV+.

    She worked as an actress alongside talents like Viola Davis and Angela Bassett, and for world-class directors, including Oliver Stone and Barry Levinson. She was a political organizer for the Obama presidential campaigns, growing a team of 4 volunteers into 2,000 members and helping Obama win her congressional district  by the largest margin in the California primary. A vocal advocate for arts education and other social justice issues, she is a regular contributor to national outlets including CNN.com and the Huffington Post, and earned a place atop CNN.com’s “Most Popular Op-Eds.”  Lucia is a graduate of Harvard with a Master’s in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She and her husband are proud parents to two vibrant little girls, ages 7 and 9.

    More info here: https://theafricasoftpowerproject.com/#sessions

  • Co-presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications

    We are living in a tumultuous, political era. Institutions are being challenged in the film industry, as politics and art are resonant more than ever in an American reckoning from a gamut of causes–Police brutality and #blacklivesmatter; an attack against immigration and the scapegoating of the Other; First Peoples issues and rights being challenged right here in Hawai’i spearheaded by the Mauna Kea movement; and the disparity of wealth and class becoming more apparent via the COVID-19 pandemic, decimating all industries, especially the film and tv industry. In this panel we explore the current movement of Kānaka Maoli filmmakers who are fighting the good fight in telling their own stories in an ever-changing media landscape. Artistic practice, maintaining authenticity in the filmmaker’s perspective, and what protocols to follow in this “new normal” during a global pandemic will be hot button issues discussed in a time of massive structural change as we try to answer the question, “where do we go from here?” Hosted by HIFF Artistic Director, Anderson Le

    PANELISTS: Donne Dawson (Hawai‘i State Film Commissioner), Justyn Ah Chong (DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI), Leanne Ferrer (Pacific Islanders in Communications), Chris Kahunahana (WAIKIKI THE MOVIE), Ciara Lacy (OUT OF STATE, HIFF37 Made In Hawai‘i Grand Prize), Erin Lau (THE MOON AND THE NIGHT, HIFF38), Mynette Louie AB '97 (Producer of I CARRY YOU WITH ME, SWALLOW, NANCY, THE TALE), ʻĀina Paikai (HAWAIIAN SOUL), Ty Sanga (HAE HAWAI‘I, STONES)

    ZOOM LINK
    Passcode: 294340

  • Moderated by Kim Adelman with Panelists:

    Jordan Horowitz, Jeanette Volturno

    Mynette Louie AB '97Greta Fuentes

    Award Ceremony immediately following the Panel

    Find complete festival info here: https://entertainment.uclaextension.edu/uclaxfilmfest/.

  • Harvardwood Salon with Talent Manager Patty Woo AB '79

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 07:30 PM - PDT
    Zoom

    In this Salon, we'll be learning from and asking questions of Patty about talent agencies and the management side of the business. As always, this event is limited to only 12 attendees, so you can be sure to have a great conversation and opportunities to discuss.

    $10/attendee

    The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.

    IMG_3858_2_.JPGPatty Woo AB '79
    Talent Manager

    Patty Woo has represented actors for film, television and stage for over 30 years. She opened her own talent agency in New York, and then partnered with Barbara Harter to form the Harter Woo Agency. Patty relocated to Los Angeles to open the west coast branch of HWA, and in the early 90s, merged that company with another to form TalentWorks, a bi-coastal full-service office. In 2007, she transitioned out of agenting and formed PATTY WOO MANAGEMENT, working with a select roster of actors.

    Over the years, her clients have ranged from James Gandolfini to William Shatner, Wallace Shawn to Natasha Henstridge. As globalization has swept the entertainment industry, her roster now includes actors based not only in Los Angeles and New York, but throughout the US and as far away as London and Mumbai. Representation has also grown to include developing opportunities in writing, directing, producing and branding.

    Patty has served on the boards of several theatre companies, most recently The Antaeus Company, an award-winning theatre ensemble that specializes in keeping the classics alive and relevant in today’s world. An inaugural Radcliffe Pitch, Patty still sings with many fellow alums in the Harvard Yardbirds, where she is the current Big ‘bird. She and her husband (and currently COVID-bound adult children) live in Encino.


    If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.

    1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member

    2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is August 19, 2020.

    3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVPIf not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.

    This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.

    We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.

  • Harvardwood Lowdown

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 02:00 PM - PDT
    Zoom / online

    More details coming soon, but this Lowdown call will be open to ALL Harvardwood members. Confirmed panelists include Harvardwood Co-Founders Adam Fratto and Mia Riverton Alpert, as well as President Allison Kiessling

    If you are not currently a Harvardwood Full Member, join today or renew your membership.

    SIGN UP TO ATTEND

  • Kristina Perez & Romina Garber AB '06 in Conversation

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM - PDT

    Join us for a special afternoon Independent Bookstore Day event with Kristina Perez and Romina Garber! They will be in conversation on our Facebook and YouTube pages at 2pm ET on Saturday, August 29th!

    Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Eseult, BRIGHT RAVEN SKIES (releases 8/25) is the third book in a lush fantasy series about warring countries, family secrets, and star-crossed lovers.

    Branwen has given herself over to the darkest parts of her magic in order to protect her kingdom, but in doing so, she may have lost herself—and the two people she loves most. Tristan and Eseult are missing. As Branwen searches for them, she must also hide the truth of her terrible actions from the night they disappeared. But there are those who don’t want the Queen and her champion to be found; enemies who plot to bring a new reign into power and destroy the fragile peace Branwen has sacrificed everything to secure. Bright Raven Skies is the thrilling conclusion to the lush and soaring romantic fantasy trilogy.

    Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine, half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong.

    In LOBIZONA (releases 8/4), bestselling author Romina Garber weaves together Argentine folklore and what it means to be illegal in a timely, intimate, and emotionally powerful narrative. Some people ARE illegal. Lobizonas do NOT exist. Both of these statements are false.

    Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.Until Manu's protective bubble is shattered. Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past—a mysterious "Z" emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong. As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it's not just her U.S. residency that's illegal. . . . it’s her entire existence.

    Romina Garber AB '06 (pen name Romina Russell) is a New York Times and international bestselling author. Originally from Argentina, she landed her first writing gig as a teen—a weekly column for the Miami Herald that was later nationally syndicated—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on a novel, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.

  • Harvardwood Presents Showrunner PK Simonds AB '83 (BEAUTY & THE BEAST, DOOGIE HOWSER)

    Thursday, September 03, 2020 at 02:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Online

    P.K. Simonds AB '83

    P.K. Simonds was born and raised in New York and New England. He graduated from Harvard with an AB in English in 1983. After moving to Los Angeles he spent twenty-plus years writing and producing TV shows. Credits include CBS's "Beauty and the Beast" starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman; ABC's "Doogie Howser, M.D." starring Neil Patrick Harris; FOX's "Party of Five" starring Matthew Fox and Neve Campbell; CW's "Reign"; AMC's "Paradise Lost"; and many others. He has served as Executive Producer, head writer and "showrunner" on multiple series. His writing has won recognition ranging from Humanitas to Prism awards, while his series have won Emmy, Golden Globe and Saturn awards. P.K. currently lives in Massachusetts with his family.


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

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  • A Third Reconstruction: Race, Reconciliation, and How Hollywood Can Help Make it Happen

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM - PDT · $5.00 USD
    Online

    Join HCSC and Harvardwood for a timely discussion with Harvard law professor Alan Jenkins on the need to fight racism and build a just society emphasizing the role entertainment industry professionals can play. This event is brought to you by the Club's Anti-Racism Committee.

    ajenkins.jpgAlan Jenkins is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on Race and the Law, Communication, and Social Justice. Before joining the Law School faculty, he was President and Co-Founder of The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab dedicated to the idea that our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full and equal opportunity.

    Jenkins’s prior positions have included Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, where he managed grantmaking in the United States and eleven overseas regions; Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination. He previously served as a Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter.

    Jenkins is a frequent commentator in broadcast and print media, including CNN, the New York Times, MSNBC, and the Huffington Post. He serves on the Ad Council’s Advisory Committee on Public Issues and as an Advisor on Anti-Poverty Strategies to the JBP Foundation. His past Board service includes New York Public Radio, the Center for Community Change, the Legal Action Center, and Futuro Media Group, as well as the Board of Governors of the New School for Public Engagement. He has also served on the Selection Committee for the Sundance Documentary Fund.

    Jenkins holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Public Engagement, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.


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