Arts and Entertainment Networking Night Monday 2/20

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February 19, 2012 by tanineallison

Don’t miss Monday’s (Feb 20th) Arts & Entertainment Networking Night!
7-8:30PM, Winship Ballroom at the DUC (*early sign-in at 6:45pm)

Full info: Feb_20_2012_Arts & Entertainment Networking GUEST DIRECTORY

The following are a sampling of the 45+ professionals who will be attending – with a film and television focus.  For tips on how to prepare for this event, see “How to Make the Most of A&E Networking Night”, attached!  This event happens once a year.   No RSVP required – dress is business casual – refreshments served – bring a friend!

Fatimah Abdullah is the Project Manager at Bark Bark, a marketing and brand integration agency for TV and film, but she prefers to be addressed as the Calendar and Communications Commando. The craze started with a box of crayons and grid paper, but since then she’s advanced to more sophisticated tools, like spreadsheets and keyboards. She thanks her Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video from Georgia State University for that – and her 10 years of experience mobilizing arts communities all over Georgia for the “Commando” part. Fatimah spends the hours away from Bark Bark presiding over the only international animation society in the southeast, ASIFA-Atlanta!

Matt Arnett is a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and researcher whose primary interest is in the art and culture of the African American South. He is a co-founder of Tinwood, which produces illustrated books, documentaries, museum exhibitions, and music CDs. Matt coordinated and directed “Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South,” organized in conjunction with the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Through the Tinwood Alliance, he helped co-organize, with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the award-winning exhibition “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” which included two books and a 13-city museum tour throughout the U.S.  He is also the co-founder and director of Grocery on Home, an alternative music space, where he is co-producing Just Before Music, the first music release of the acclaimed visual artist Lonnie Holley (March 2012 release).

Allen Bell is the Program Director for Arts Education, Research & Information at South Arts, a 9-state regional arts organization based in Atlanta. His researched and authored the recent report Creative Industries in the South. As South Arts Program Director for Contemporary Arts and New Initiatives, Allen managed the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, and the Southeastern Visual Arts Network. Allen has served on grant panels for NEA, Georgia Council for the Arts, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Fulton County Arts Council. He has been president of the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies and executive director of Rome Area Council for the Arts. Currently, he mentors Emerging Arts Leaders of Atlanta while writing for several area magazines and the Americans for the Arts blog. He holds a B.A. from Berry College, an M.A. from Binghamton University, and completed the Winter Program in Arts Management administered by the Arts Extension Service at U-MASS, Amherst.

Linda Burns produces, line produces and production manages national commercials, corporate industrials, still photo shoots, webisodes, microseries, and television shows, pilots and promos. This pays the mortgage. To feed her soul, she produces independent film. Her latest project, Amateur Night directed by David Bruckner, is part of the V/H/S horror anthology that premiered at Sundance, sickened audiences, and sold to Magnolia Pictures. Her first Sundance premiere was in 2007 with The Signal. She currently has 6 features in development and is always looking for good scripts and paying commercial work. When not working, she sits on her fishing boat catching sea trout, mackerel, flounder, grouper,  shark, and red fish, which she smokes over a wood fire built herself from scratch.

Ashley Davis (04C, 04B) is Operations Manager for Magick Lantern, where she began working 5 years ago, and loves every minute of it.  There, she keeps the studio running smoothly and efficiently, working with both artists and clients to ensure projects are handled on time and within budget.  Ashley began her career in fine art publishing before weaving her way into video and film production, where she was first exposed to the process of creating TV.  After deciding to pursue full-time work in broadcast, she started at Magick Lantern as an Account Executive, handling everything from scheduling to project management to new business development and marketing. She is an Emory alum of both the Goizueta Business School and the Film Studies Department. She has experience on both short and long form projects with clients such as CNN, Chick-fil-a, FX animated series ARCHER & UNSUPERVISED, Porsche, Discovery Networks, Cartoon Network, BKV, JWT, The Carter Center, and Verizon Wireless.  When not at the studio, she enjoys ballet and dance, vegetarian cooking, backpacking, hiking, gardening, and playing with her cat Lopez.

Matt Fennell (’11C) is an Independent Filmmaker and Writer from Syracuse, NY, who recently graduated magna cum laude from the Creative Writing Program at Emory.  He has spent the last 5 years writing, directing, and producing numerous commercials, music videos, and award-winning short films, as well as working for production companies such as Warner Brothers and Green Hat Films. This past year he has been devoted to filming his debut feature film (currently in post-production), as well as writing his first novel!

Fred Grant is a Creative Editor at Crawford Media Services. His uses Avid, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and other software to produce creative works.  He earned in B.A. in Film and a minor in Marketing from Georgia State University before interning and freelancing as an Assistant Editor with Trick 3D, a post production house.  In his spare time, Fred enjoys making short films with an unofficial production company, MonsterBuster Entertainment, which he started with a few friends.  He is into sci-fi and fantasy genres and aspires to make a feature film later this year.

Conn Jackson is Executive Producer for Get Connected TV. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School before creating a media company that features his own TV show, Get Connected with Conn Jackson. The aim of the show is to reveal top stories of the day that will entertain, inform and most importantly inspire his audience.Get Connected is now syndicated in 35 markets across the U.S., and his current producer, Pence Wiant (11B) is also in attendance tonight, having graduated in 2011 with a BBA from Goizueta.

Bernard Jones has been seen on Meet The Browns and House of Payne on TBS, Single Ladies on VH1, and has appeared in Wonderland, a movie starring Natasha Bedingfield. On stage he has appeared at the Alliance Theatre in Class of 3000 Live, Mulan, Middle School, The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta, and A Christmas Carol. He also owns his own photography business and modeling agency, Mak Cielo Models. Bernard is an honors graduate of Morehouse College.

Lisa Jones has been in media for more than 17 years, 15 of those in the Spanish Language television world.  She is currently Vice- President and General  Manager of Azteca America’s Atlanta affiliate, WUVM-4.  Prior to Azteca, Lisa spent 13 years with Univision, the country’s largest Spanish Language network.  Thanks to a great mentor, Lisa climbed the ranks from assistant up to Vice-President of Sales for the Southeast.  She graduated in 1995 from University of Georgia with a BBA in International Marketing.  Lisa is a native of Atlanta, loves to read and run, is involved with the Hispanic Girl Scouts, and is passionate about coaching her daughter’s softball team.

Bronwyn Kelley graduated in 2011 from the University of Georgia with a Sociology and Film Studies degree. While in college, she worked as the promotions director for the student-run radio station 90.5fm and was an intern for Sam Dark PR in New York. Since graduating, she has worked for a gallery space and recording studio doing creative marketing and public relations. She just returned from the Sundance film festival where she was promoting the film V/H/S. Currently, Bronwyn freelances and works at Studio Outpost in east Atlanta.

Chris Mills was born in the mid 1960s, lived in Atlanta since the mid 1970s, studied Journalism at Georgia State University, worked in the music industry from high school to about 1989, worked in the film industry since the late 1980s, and started producing around 1991. He had a ground-up graduate education experience starting as a PA on the TV series In The Heat of the Night. After 5 seasons, Chris had become a DGA member assistant director and worked extensively as a part of the producing unit, working on 90 episodes (more than any other person on the entire show, including the cast). He has stayed Active in indie film and large-budget studio projects, currently alternating between short form (studio film EPK, documentary, corporate image) and Indie feature producing. He frequently works as either the DoP or the Sound mixer of his productions to maintain quality on budget… and because it’s fun!

Sean Patton has been designing costumes and apparel for nearly 20 years. Specializing in period and recreation costumes, he has nearly 40 theatrical productions, 2 feature films, 3 short film projects and numerous commission pieces to his credit. Currently, his focus has been on designing single pieces for corporate promotions, print and film advertising and private commissions. He is also one of the founders of a newly formed cooperative of artists, designers and fabricators that combine efforts to collaborate on larger and more complex projects including large-scale advertising and promotional campaigns, multi-media projects and feature films.

Brad Pilcher is director of communications at The Temple in Midtown. For the past decade, he has worked in the field of communications for nonprofits, marketing agencies, and cultural organizations, including the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival. Born and raised in Atlanta, he is a hardcore cinephile and design geek who spends some time cooking (but not nearly enough) and some time playing video games (but way too much – at least according to his fiancé).

Jason Sirotin currently owns two thriving Atlanta based businesses: ECG Productions, a full-service script-to-screen film and television production studio, and Brain Bytes Creative, a full-service web development and marketing firm. A 20-year veteran of the entertainment and media industry, Jason has won awards as a director/producer/creative director. His career began as a videographer for MSNBC, FOX NEWS, and CNN and going on to shoot and produce for such well-known pundits as Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reily & Chris Matthews. In 2001, he became Head of Production and Programming for the national cable network, launching the channel in over 90 markets worldwide. In 2006, Howard Stern tapped him for his InDemand television network Howard TV, where Jason produced 100+ episodes and five feature-length documentaries, including an award-winning September 11th retrospective. He recently served as Line Producer on the feature film The Fat Boy Chronicles, as Executive Producer of Indie drama Quarterlife Ben, and as Supervising Producer on the comedy A Free Bird. Now he is Executive Producer on the film Good Grief Suicide Hotline, Supervising Producer on the documentary In Search of the Perfect Human Diet and Writer and Director of the popular children’s fitness DVD, The Workout Kid. He and his wife Courtney started Website Sushi, a full service web design firm, before he created Brain Bytes Creative LLC with one of his best friends, Bridget Snapp in July 2011. His assistant Miranda Partington will be attending tonight as well and will be happy to entertain any conversations about their work.

Gabe Wardell is the Executive Director of Athens Ciné, an Athens Film Arts Institute initiative, and co-chairs the national sponsorship team for the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP).  He possesses two decades of first-hand independent film experience as a projectionist, curator, writer, programmer, event producer, film festival director and executive director for institutions like Slamdance, AFI Silver Theatre, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Maryland Film Festival, Cinema Sundays at the Charles, Fringe Atlanta, SILVERDOCS, and the Atlanta Film Festival 365. At the latter, he earned an Excellence Award as Best Festival Director at the International Film Festival Summit.  Gabe co-produces the Atlanta 48HFP and co-founded DecaturDocs. He has contributed to panels at SXSW, IFP’s Independent Film Week, and Slamdance and now writes for Creative Loafing‘s Screen Grab Blog and Tweets @gabesmail.

Bret Wood is an Atlanta-based independent filmmaker whose credits include The Little DeathPsychopathia Sexualis, and the feature-length documentary Hell’s Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films. By day, he is a Vice President of the New York film/video distributor Kino Lorber Inc., where he has worked for 24 years.  There, Bret produces Blu-ray and DVD releases of classic films and is the brand manager of the newly-launched Redemption Films label specializing in European horror films.


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