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Women & Fashion FilmFest Events at LIM College: June 4-6

6/4/2014

Featuring panels with leading magazine editors, fashion business executives, top models and more

LIM College will serve as the main venue for the 2014 Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF). Part conference, part film festival, this event will unite leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to support and empower women and girls. The WFF will include panel discussions with luminaries in fashion, film, television, magazines, and beauty; screenings of films made by both established filmmakers and high school and college students and empowerment workshops for teen girls.

Below are some of the events taking place at LIM College's Maxwell Hall (216 East 45th St.) June 4-6. LIM students can use the code "LIM" on the WFF website for free admission to these events.

June 4
5 pm: Fashion Films
Student Fashion Shorts: Screening and talk-back with student filmmakers
Moderated by Lisa Donorio, Head of the Women & Fashion FilmFest Student Fashion Shorts Program

6 pm: Filmmaking - Indie Filmmaking in NYC
A panel discussion with women leaders on opportunities & resources in NYC for independent filmmakers
Panelists:
*Hoong Yee Krakauer, Executive Director of The Queens Council on the Arts
*Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP
*Rose Ganguzza, President of Rose Pictures
*Moderated by Michelle Handelman, Filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film & Media at the Fashion Institute of Technology

7 pm: Television & Online Media - The Small Screen Renaissance
A panel discussion with women leaders in television & online distribution
Panelists:
*Laura Michalychshyn, President of Sundance Productions
*Dae Mellencamp, President of Vimeo
*Stephanie Sharis, COO of SnagFilms
*Liz Janneman, EVP and Head of Strategy, OvationTV
*Moderated by award-winning actress Heather Matarazzo

8 pm: Tangled Thread
A special preview of Tangled Thread, the latest documentary by Sara Ziff, Founder of the Model Alliance
The screening will be followed by a talk-back with Sara Ziff.
About Tangled Thread: The runway of New York and the factories of Bangladesh could not seem further apart. Yet they both drive a global, multi-trillion dollar industry: the fashion industry. And, in both cases, the work is performed overwhelmingly by young women and girls who are struggling to assert their rights in a hostile labor environment. Tangled Thread tells the story of two labor activists who become unlikely allies: runway model Sara Ziff and former garment worker Kalpona Akter. Together, they attempt to organize across the supply chain to unite fashion’s most and least visible workers. Tangled Thread: labor rights, women’s rights & a call to action.

June 5 
3 pm: Getting Your Foot In The Door & More
A panel discussion on having a successful career in fashion and retail
Panelists:
*LaVelle Olexa, Former Chair of Fashion Group International
*Terre Simpson, President of executive search firm Simpson Associates
*Gail Monroe-Perry, President of BRAG and Executive Search Consultant
*Moderated by LIM College Professor Nicole Kirpalani

4 pm: African-American Women in Fashion & Entertainment: A Panel Discussion
Panelists:
*Models Grace Bol and Devyn (winner of Naomi Campbell’s The Face)
*Broadway Actress Vivian Reed
*Audrey Smaltz, CEO of the Ground Crew
*Moderated by Harriette Cole, Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony magazine

5 pm: Magazines Behind the Scenes: A Discussion with Top Editors
Panelists:
*Andre Leon Talley, Consulting Editor – Vogue
*Sasha Charnin Morrison, Fashion Director - Us Weekly
*Lynn Yaeger, Contributing Fashion Editor – Vogue
*Constance White, Consulting Editor - Ozy.com
*Moderated by Michael Palladino, LIM College Director of Student Life

6 pm: Can You Make It In NYC?
A panel discussion on resources available to emerging designers in NYC
Panelists:
*Eric Johnson, VP - Center for Economic Transformation, NYC Economic Development Corp.
*Debera Johnson, Exec. Director - Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator
*Gary Wasner, CEO - Hilldun Corporation
*Moderated by David Freschman, CEO of FashInvest and LIM College adjunct professor

7 pm: Make It in America: Empowering Global Fashion
A special advance screening of the latest documentary by James Belzer (The Tents)
Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker - moderated by Jacqui Jenkins, LIM College Director of Graduate Studies

June 6
5 pm: Mothers & Daughters: Building Bridges to Understanding

A discussion with mother and daughter teams on how they have helped each other through life’s challenges
Panelists:
*Stacey Sheffilin, Former Ford Model & Founder and President of ybf
*Sandi Bass, Casting Director and Muse to Hubert de Givenchy
*Supermodel Pat Cleveland & her daughter Anna Cleveland

6 pm: Finding Your Passion, Building a Bright Future
A panel discussion with top models on their philanthropic projects & social enterprises
Panelists:
*Sessilee Lopez
*Nykhor Paul
*Candace Huffine
*Claudia Mason

 For more information on the Women & Fashion FilmFest, visit their website.

 



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