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Workshops 2018

Workshops with festival guests and alumni are free to attend. All workshops are scheduled to take place in either the Reeder Media Center at Swem Library, or the Screening Room at the Kimball Theatre. Registration is required and space is limited.

Registration for workshops is now available for both current W&M students and the general public.



Beijing Normal University - “Looking at China” Short Films & Discussion

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

The Academy of International Communication of Chinese Culture in Beijing Normal University invites young filmmakers from all over the world to stay in China for a while to observe the authentic life of all lines of work. When they leave, these young people will come up with a ten-minute short video introducing what they see and how they feel.

This project aims to show the plain and prosperity, antiquity and fashion of China through the unique perspectives of young foreign filmmakers. It strengthens the cross-cultural communication and cooperation between Chinese and foreign young people. The project has been running for five years and collected more than 400 short films. Some of the films have won international awards. This workshop will select five best videos for screening. The producers and organizers will come to the site to have an interaction with the audience.

Screenwriting: Character As Story - Zan Gillies ‘09

2:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

This workshop will examine screenplay structure as an extension of character growth. We will discuss how, by using your protagonist as an anchor, you can hone any premise to craft a tight, emotionally-driven narrative. From Citizen Kane to Wall-E, we will break down examples from films and screenplays — and from Blake Snyder to Dara Marks, we will take a look at the structural theory behind them.

Zan Gillies ‘09 is a film dude based out of Washington, DC. He was one of twelve screenwriters selected for a mentorship in The Writers Store’s Industry Insider contest in 2011, and was a semi-finalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2016. As a cinematographer, he has two feature films under his belt as well as roughly a dozen short films and music videos. He is currently finishing up his MFA in Film at American University, but his main goal in life is to make increasingly confusing 24 Speed films every year until someone asks him to stop.

Writing With Visual Artists - Kate Reed Petty ‘06

3:30 PM Reeder Media Center

If you want to write a children’s book, you’ll most likely need illustrations. A good artist can interpret any story, but a good writer—for any audience—can create stories that spring easily into pictures.

From children’s books to graphic novels to The New York Times “Snowfall,” it’s an exciting era for writers. Writing for visual media can inspire new artistic directions, can help you reach new audiences, and can get you published. But writing for visual mediums requires writers to think in new and rigorous ways about how their words will be translated and represented.

That’s what we’ll be focusing on in this workshop. We’ll cover the basic ground rules of writing visually. We’ll play with prompts and tools to test whether our writing is truly “visual” (which can benefit any writer in any medium). Through hands-on exercises, participants will get to stretch new writing muscles and hone their skills through group and individual feedback.

No experience is required—we’ll be working on new ideas, and we’ll have plenty of prompts for newbies. But the workshop will be interesting and useful for those with existing screenwriting, fiction writing, personal essay, comics, or another kind of storytelling. All participants will leave inspired with new ideas.

Kate Reed Petty ’06 is the author of the children’s graphic noel, “Chasma Knights,” forthcoming May 2018 from First Second Books (Macmillan). A 2006 graduate of the College of William and Mary, she earned a Master’s degree in fiction writing at the University of St. Andrews, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Petty’s fiction and essays have been published or are forthcoming in Blackbird, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ambit, and Nat. Brut, and her work has been recognized with a Narrative Magazine “30 Below” award and a 2017 Rubys Artist Grant. In 2018, she will be an Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence and a resident at the Bloedel Reserve.


Movies Are Made In Preproduction: Let’s Do Some Shots! - Lauretta Prevost '05

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

Shotlisting a film is one of Lauretta’s favorite parts of filmmaking, where in a calm setting the director and cinematographer can creatively collaborate without the pressure of set. She’ll share her approach to shotlisting a narrative project, both when helming the process and when working as a cinematographer in support a director’s vision. Different compositions, camera movement, camera angles, frame sizes, and mise-en-scene* choices lead to different experiences for viewers. While the main focus will be creative, this session will also touch on the shotlist’s practical affect on the schedule and the budget of the film. This will be a “hands on” workshop dependent on active participation: participants will take a scripted scene and brainstorm the various ways it could be covered, and why, and then compare the work to a previously filmed version of the same scene. Creative brainstorming time, folks; it’s the best! *no one uses this word after college, friends.

Lauretta has worked as a cinematographer for the past ten years. Her areas of focus include narrative projects (features, shorts, and pilots) with an emphasis on narrative with a strong sense of style because that is fun and artistically rewarding, and documentary films (features, shorts, and a side of video journalism), with an emphasis on social justice, because c’mon, people. Lauretta writes on a freelance basis for publications such as American Cinematographer, www.NoFilmSchool.com, Filmmaker Magazine, Al Jazeera, and ICG: International Cinematographer Guild Magazine. She lives in New York City with her very recent finance, and she appreciates puns as much as she appreciates W&M’s Meridian Coffeehouse.

The ABC Project and the Evolution of International Service-Learning - Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić and Kelly Weissberger ‘04

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

This session will explore best practices in international-service learning and how the field has changed over the past several decades. We will discuss ethics, sustainability, and how the ABC Project has evolved over the years in response to new developments, ideas, and leadership.

This workshop is presented as part of the W&M American Bosnian Collaboration 20th Anniversary programming.

Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić has been actively involved in peaceful upbringing, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence and intercultural pedagogy for the past 20 years. During the war in Bosnia, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for war traumatized children and their families. She holds a MA in international development and education from Cornell University, USA, and Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University. She is an assistant professor at the Department of English language and literature of the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

Kelly Weissberger ’04 has a BA from W&M in English and History and an MA in English from UVA. She participated in the Bosnia Project in 2004, and later, during her time as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bosnia, helped initiate and coordinate the project’s shift to Sarajevo. She has worked in international education at several universities and is currently the Associate Director of the Center for Scholar Development at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Steadicam - The Art of Moving the Camera - Jamie Northrup ’04

11:30 AM - Reeder Media Center

Learn how to make a “long take” engaging and dynamic using professional filmmaking tools. In addition to learning about the tools, students will work together to create a shot during the class.

Jamie Northrup ’04 works as a Camerman, Steadicam operator, and Stuntman in NYC. His camerawork has been seen most recently at the Sundance film festival film Hollywood 306 and his stuntwork can be seen on the show The Tick.

Prepping for Your Short Film Shoot - Elissa Cohn ‘05

11:30 AM - Reeder Media Center

A look at what it takes to get a your film off of the page and onto the screen. After your script is written, what are the next steps? Do you need a producer? Are you the producer? What about budget? Locations? Casting? Post? Where do you start? Every shoot starts somewhere and here you will participate in a mock first production meeting, covering everything from the big picture to the smallest details. Get a look at working production documents including schedules, call sheets, crew & cast lists, exhibit G forms, and more. Come prepared to brainstorm as we cover everything you’ll need to have ready before the camera can roll.

Elissa Cohn is a producer, writer, and director who has worked in and out of the film and television industry since 2005. After getting her start in production as a Production Assistant, she has served as an Assistant Production Coordinator, Script Supervisor, Camera Assistant, Associate Producer, Gaffer, and much more, all while learning the ins and outs of indie filmmaking. Currently she lives and works in California’s North San Diego County, peddling health insurance by day and making movies all of the rest of the time.

Techniques of Audio Field Recording - Tyler Trumbo ‘07

1:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

Sound recording is an essential part of production, yet often finds itself outside of the ideal environment of a controlled sound stage. This hands-on workshop will dive into several techniques designed to help capture the best quality audio on location and build a sense of readiness and flexibility within various situations. Topics include microphone choice and properties, wireless mics, boom technique, and silent communication with the cinematographer within observational documentary scenarios.

Tyler Trumbo ’07 is a documentary filmmaker/editor at Fourth Line Films in Richmond, VA, and co-founder of RVA Documentary, a monthly meetup and social forum that encourages and resources documentary storytellers in the greater Richmond area. A proud alumnus of the Media Center, his work has been featured in The Atlantic and shown around the world including screenings at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Slamdance Film Festival, and the Virginia Film Festival. He holds an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and has served in the past as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University.

An Introduction to Walt Disney Imagineering - Alison Freedman '13

1:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

Learn about Walt Disney Imagineering – the creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Then listen to one Imagineer talk about her road to joining the Walt Disney Company and having the opportunity to help create incredible experiences for guests worldwide.

*Note this workshop is open only to current William & Mary students.

Alison Freedman works at Walt Disney Imagineering. While a student at William and Mary, she majored in LCST/Film Studies and minored in Art/Art History. After graduation, she worked on television shows for Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and TNT before moving to Prague to receive her MA in Visual Arts from the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design. Alison currently lives in Orlando, FL and still can’t believe how fortunate she is to have her childhood dream job.

When Chinese Cinema Meets The World - Panel Discussion

2:00 PM - Kimball Theatre Screening Room


Discussion Chair, Dr. Chun-yu Lu, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, College of William & Mary
Dr. Jessica Chan, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Richmond
Dr. Lily Wong, Assistant Professor of Literature, American University

Chun-yu Lu earned her PhD in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016.  Her primary research interests include popular literature and modernity in Sinophone communities, East Asian colonialism, emotion, gender, and sexuality in revolution and war, as well as alternate history and utopian writings. Her current book project is tentatively entitled, Make Love and War: Chinese Popular Romance in “Greater East Asia,” 1937-1945. It explores the production and consumption of Chinese popular romance genre in Japanese dominated areas, including Shanghai, Manchukuo and Taiwan, during Second Sino-Japanese War. The book examines how emotions, with a focus on love, are articulated vis-à-vis war and national crisis. At William & Mary Dr. Lu teaches Chinese popular culture, modern Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, a freshman seminar on lover, gender and sexuality as well as an advanced seminar on alternative China; the last course is taught in both English and Chinese and incorporates materials from premodern literature to contemporary films. 

Jessica Ka Yee Chan is Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Richmond. She teaches courses on Chinese cinema, the action genre in East Asian cinema and myths and parables in Chinese literature and film, amongst other specialisms and her research has appeared in journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. She received her Ph.D. on Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media from the University of Minnesota in 2012.

Lily Wong received her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/emotion, gender/sexuality, comparative race, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone, and Asian American communities. She has published in journals including American Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Asian Cinema, Asian American Literary Review, Pacific Affairs and China Review International, and book chapters in World Cinema and the Visual Arts (Anthem Press, 2012), Queer Sinophone Cultures (Routledge, 2013), and Divided Lenses: War and Film Memory in Asia (University of Hawai’i Press, 2016). Her book titled “Transpacific Attachments: Sex Work, Media Networks, and Affective Histories of Chineseness” is forthcoming (Columbia University Press, 2018).

The Process: A DIY Guide to Editing Documentaries - Zach Keifer ‘07

2:30 PM - Reeder Media Center

This workshop will be split into two parts. The first part will be a screening of the short documentary film, The Ruination of Lovell Coleman (2017). The second part will be an in depth discussion on the process of editing The Ruination of Lovell Coleman (2017). The workshop will discuss strategies for organizing large amounts of footage, and will also cover the concepts of crafting story structure, collaborative editing and managing deadlines.

Zach Keifer ’07 grew up an Army brat living in 8 different states before reaching the age of 13. An introvert by nature and not desire, he was immediately drawn to the art of filmmaking for its ability to translate his imagination into reality. Zach holds a BA in Film Studies from The College of William and Mary and is a graduate of the six-week 16mm filmmaking course at the NY Film Academy. Zach met his current business partner, Gabe, while crewing on the feature length horror film, House Hunting (2011). Together, they co-own the production company Folk Hero Films which has released two feature documentaries and countless other short films. Zach recently was a co-editor on the short documentary The Ruination of Lovell Coleman which won the audience award for Best Short Documentary at the Virginia Film Festival (2017). He is currently the editor for another feature documentary, Blue Ridge Barnum, as well as directing and editing his own documentary about the Charlottesville video rental store, Sneak Reviews. He is a seasoned mentor for Light House Studio, a not for profit film academy, teaching production skills to children under 18. Zach currently makes a home in Charlottesville, VA where he resides with his DVD collection,1 dog, 1 cat, 1 baby boy, and his wife Teresa.

Contemporary Scoring Techniques - Erik DeLong ‘13

2:30 PM - Reeder Media Center

An overview of the technological and creative processes involved in scoring for modern film, this workshop is primarily geared towards composers and musicians interested in DIY digital audio production for multimedia.

Erik DeLong ’13 is a New York City based composer of film and concert music. He has written music for over 20 short films, 3 feature films, and a TV series, in addition to music for commercials. His scores have been heard at Sundance and Cannes, while his concert work has been performed throughout the US and abroad. While at William and Mary, Erik double-majored in music and history and sang with the Gentlemen of the College and the William and Mary choir.

How to Successfully Market Your Art (or Self (or anything, really)) - Steven Koernig ‘08

4:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

Once you’ve created some world-changing art, the next step is to tell everyone about it, right? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret: most marketing is terrible. It’s sloppy, unfocused, untargeted, and not tracked. Essentially: a waste of effort. In this workshop, we’ll cover the simple (and cheap) ways that you can use the right tools to reach the right audience with the right message, and learn from and improve on everything you do. Whether you’re marketing an investment pitch, final showing, or your own talents, you’ll learn how to be as effective as possible.

Steven Koernig ’08 is story teller through words, numbers, and sometimes puppets. Currently, Steven is the Marketing Manager for Box Office Strategy and Customer Relationship Management at American Ballet Theater. Steven served as Managing Director at Yale Cabaret, Assistant Managing Director at Yale Repertory Theatre, Company Photographer at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Associate Producer at Colonial Williamsburg Productions. He has produced dozens of theatrical and video productions. Steven won an Emmy Award in 2011, and his photography and videography has appeared in national news media, including perezhilton.com. Steven holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

But What Does a Producer Actually Do? - Caitlin Clements ‘11

4:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

Relatives at the Thanksgiving dinner table, random fellow subway passengers, and even sometimes colleagues working on the same show as you… they’re all likely to pose this question at one point or another. While the answer is an admittedly elusive one that’s both fluid and ever-changing, this workshop aimed at current and aspiring producers will attempt to delve into some key facets of a producer’s role in ushering a new piece of theater from the page to the stage. Caitlin Clements will share from her own experiences involved with developing a new theatrical work, from the earliest of table reads to the out-of-town tryout. Topics covered will include theatrical festivals, readings and workshops, grassroots marketing, and the ever-daunting world of fundraising.

Caitlin Clements ‘11 resides in New York with her trusty pup Gatsby, and works in theatrical producing as Assistant Producer at Stacey Mindich Productions. She made her Broadway producing debut as a co-producer on the new original musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” for which she earned a 2017 Tony Award. Prior to her current position, Caitlin worked within a theatrical general management office, including time spent as the Assistant Company Manager on the recent Broadway revival of “Annie” – willfully disregarding the old adage about never working will children or animals. She also has experience working as a crew member for the past six iterations of the Tribeca Film Festival. Caitlin holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in LCST/Film from William & Mary, where she was a member of the 1693 Scholars Program. During her time at William & Mary, Caitlin was also involved with Alma Mater Productions, Alpha Phi Omega, and was a proud student staff member for the inaugural Global Film Festival, continuing to work on the festival for the duration of her time at the College.


Set Design for the Stage: From Script to Opening Night - Tim McMath '00

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

What does a set designer in the theater do? Where do the ideas come from? How do they share and sell those ideas with the rest of their collaborators? This workshop will explain the design process for creating scenery. We will discuss each step and look at examples of the sketches, scale models and drawings that we create along the way. This workshop is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning how theatre is created, no technical theater experience is required.

Tim McMath is a Brooklyn-based freelance scenic designer who has designed well over 100 productions at theaters around the country. Recent favorite credits: Peter Pan (Rose Theater), L’etoile (Indiana University), Lucky Stiff (Bristol Valley Theater), Peter and The Starcatcher (Bristol Valley Theater), Les Miserables (Bristol Valley Theater), Brief Encounter (NYU), Willy Wonka (Flint Youth Theater). He has taught at New York University and The City College of New York. Tim has also served as the associate designer for a number of Broadway shows, including The Humans, Fun Home, Once On This Island, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, and Spring Awakening. You can see more about Tim at his website or on Instagram (@tdmcma).

The Role of Universities and Teacher Education in Conflict Affected and Contested Environments - Dr. Larisa Kasumagic Kafedzic

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

The workshop will focus on the role of higher education institutions and their capacities to play a critical role in the development of knowledge, attitudes and values of the youth to promote peace, nonviolence and universal humanistic values in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina. The workshop will focus on the intercultural dimension of learning and teaching English as a foreign language by discussing the role of intercultural and critical pedagogy in preparing teachers at universities for assuming social and moral responsibilities in post-war society still deeply divided and fragmented.

This workshop is presented as part of the W&M American Bosnian Collaboration 20th Anniversary programming.

Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić has been actively involved in peaceful upbringing, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence and intercultural pedagogy for the past 20 years. During the war in Bosnia, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for war traumatized children and their families. She holds a MA in international development and education from Cornell University, USA, and Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University. She is an assistant professor at the Department of English language and literature of the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

Digital Worldbuilding at HBO - Meaghan Wilson ‘04

11:30 AM - Reeder Media Center

How do you successfully talk about a new television show in the digital and social space? How does HBO engage new audiences in digital? What does success look like in a digital project? More and more, the storytelling of television extends deeply into the digital space. This session will delve into how the digital marketing team at HBO partners with shows such as Silicon Valley, Insecure and Westworld and why and how websites, apps, blogs and tools are built to extend the storytelling of these comedies and dramas. This session is aimed at those who are interested in the television industry, digital marketing and emerging technology.

Meaghan Wilson ’04 is an interactive producer based in New York City. With a degree in Literary, Cultural & Film Studies from The College of William & Mary, Meaghan’s work has spanned HBO, PBS, The PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, multiple media outlets as well as numerous documentaries. Her work at HBO as Director, Digital Production includes leading multi-team digital media initiatives for Silicon Valley, Insecure, Confirmation, All The Way, Veep, True Detective, The Leftovers, and Sesame Street. Meaghan’s work has been recognized with Webby and PromaxBDA awards.

Global Cinema-going and Emphasis: Problems in Marketing Transnational Film Productions Around the World - Kevin M. Flanagan ‘06

11:30 AM - Reeder Media Center

This workshop will examine how we can imagine the idea of “global” cinema by looking at how the promotion around international co-productions prompts us to at-once imagine a vague idea of an “ideal” global spectator, and acknowledge different traditions and viewing practices of audiences in varied national contexts. Using a set of case studies (principally, the discourse around the 2013 film Snowpiercer), this workshop will explore how focus on particular stars, stress on different genre elements, and reliance on familiarity with peripheral texts (the graphic novel on which it is based, previous dystopian film and literature, and so on) helps us encounter the difficulties inherent in promoting and distributing films around the world. More specifically, we will examine the rhetoric of different marketing materials (multiple versions of the film trailer, posters, cover art) predetermines audience expectation. Stepping back, we will ask questions that can be abstracted to enrich the research that we do in other areas: how (and why) do paratexts predetermine our experiences of the movies we encounter? How accurately do distributors and studios imagine their audiences? What inadequacies in this process are rectified by less controlled promotion, such as word-of-mouth buzz or viewer generated memes?

Kevin M. Flanagan ’06 is a Visiting Lecturer in Film Studies and English at the University of Pittsburgh. His main research interests include British film and television, arts documentary, adaptation studies, genre, and media history. In Fall 2017, he was a “Global Across the Curriculum” fellow, and is actively developing Global Studies components and assignments for the courses he teaches. He received his Ph.D. from Pitt in 2015 (dissertation – The British War Film, 1939-1980: Culture, History, and, Genre). A book version of his dissertation will be published as War Representation in British Cinema and Television: From Suez to Thatcher, and Beyond in 2019 by Palgrave, as part of the “Britain and the World” series.

In June 2016, he was a Guest Curator at the British Film Institute, where he co-curated (with Matt Harle) the “Architecture on TV” season. Flanagan and Harle’s dossier on architectural programming on British television will be published in the Oxford University Press journal Screen in 2018. Flanagan contributed essays and an audio commentary to the critically acclaimed BFI blu-ray/DVD boxed set Ken Russell: The Great Composers (2016). Flanagan is editor of Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England’s Last Mannerist (2009, Scarecrow Press) and has contributed essays to the Journal of British Cinema and Television, Framework, Critical Quarterly, South Atlantic Review, Adaptation, Porn Studies, and many others. He recently contributed the “Videogame Adaptation” chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (2017, ed. Thomas Leitch) and has recently edited a special issue of Wide Screen on the same subject. He regularly reviews books for Choice, a publication of the American Library Association.

Forthcoming publications include several essays on literary adaptations for Gale/Cengage’s Books to Film series of reference works, an essay on movement and bodies in recent peplum films, and a study of “consumptive horror” under Reagan and Thatcher. Flanagan is also under contract to edit Edgar Wright: Interviews for the University Press of Mississippi’s longstanding “Conversations with Filmmakers” series of books.

Working With Film in the Digital Age - William Fletcher

1:30 PM - Reeder Media Center

This workshop focuses on the technical and logistical aspects of the editing room on projects that still shoot and finish on film. We will talk about what it takes for the handful of filmmakers who are firmly committed to release their work on 35mm, 70mm and IMAX film formats and why celluloid needs to remain alongside the digital image.

William Fletcher has worked in the motion picture industry since 1980 and has been an assistant film editor for more than 34 years. In addition to his work as an assistant editor, William has also held the role of editor, additional editor and associate editor.

Mermaids, Snow Falling on Cedars, Peter Pan, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and The Hateful Eight are a few of the films William has worked on throughout his career and most recently has completed work on Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread. 

Finding Reality: How to Develop Unscripted TV - Chelsea Marotta ‘12

1:30 PM - Reeder Media Center

This workshop will cover how unscripted television goes from idea to premiere. We’ll walk through the steps of the development process from casting talent and producing sizzle tapes to pitching networks and navigating a rapidly changing market. Learn what it takes to find the next Chip and Joanna Gaines, how many murders Investigation Discovery likes to see in a pitch document, and how to produce all the real parts of reality TV. If you’ve ever wondered how unscripted television is born, this workshop is for you. If you’ve never wondered that but now that I’ve mentioned it, it seems interesting, you might as well sign up too.

Chelsea Marotta ’12 is a Senior Development Manager at Cineflix Productions. Since she graduated in 2012, she has worked on projects that have sold to CNBC, HGTV, A&E, ID, Oxygen, & TLC as well as international networks—and her work has been rejected by many more.

From W&M Accounting Major to Sundance Film Producer - Milan Chakraborty ‘00

3:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

This workshop is for people interested in the film/TV industry, the dreamers, the entrepreneurs, and those that may not be sure what they want to do after college. You’ll discuss the state of independent film and also practical advice about entering the business and what that really looks like. Milan will walk you through his first career as an auditor to the transition to film producer and have an open discussion about the success, failures, joys and fears. This conversation will be facilitated by participant questions. By the end you’ll be convinced if Milan can do it, anyone can.

Milan Kumar Chakraborty, CPA, graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The College of William and Mary in 2000. After working for two years at Arthur Andersen LLP, Milan joined the Internal Audit Department of Time Warner Inc.  Due to his lifelong love of film, he transferred to the Filmed Entertainment group that consists of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, together the largest producer of film and television in the world.  After leaving his corporate job Milan began to produce films. In 2013 he produced The Lifeguard starring Kristen Bell, which competed at Sundance. The following year he produced Where Hope Grows, the first film with a national release to star a person with Down syndrome. His recent productions include My Friend Dahmer, a 2017 Tribeca and LA Film Fest selection, and Assassination Nation, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Break Everything & Don't Let the Gypsy Curse You: Getting Your First Job in Television - Sean Cusack ‘11

3:00 PM - Reeder Media Center

Throwing oneself into the job market like a penniless caterpillar with a venerable knowledge about Adventure Games is a terrifying experience for any graduate. Even more so if one has lost all hope and decided to work in television. But if your school doesn’t have a film degree based in practical experience, how do you do it? The short answer is: regularly facing certain death lifting heavy things, smiling, and answering phones for people on drugs. Drawing from an inappropriate backstory that begins with the W&M 24 Speed Short Film competition, this talk will cover breathtaking topics like – where to look for real film & TV jobs that aren’t porn on Craigslist, what to say and do to get your first (PAID) internship, how to survive said internship without spilling coffee on the Karate Kid, how to avoid watching the Impractical Jokers pose nude for 12 hours, and who to attach yourself to in order to get the job you want. It’s going to be a hot mess.

Sean Cusack ’11 wanted to be a Criminologist, but began working in TV as a joke when there was a federal hiring freeze upon graduating. His mom will never let it go. He has gone on to work with the editing teams behind truTV’s hit series Impractical Jokers, Hulu’s Difficult People, and SyFy’s Happy. He is no fun and can speak a little French.


The War Childhood Museum - Lexi Hartley ’14

11:00 AM - Kimball Theatre Screening Room

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Sarajevo War Childhood Museum, the Washington DC War Childhood project, and other global initiatives of the War Childhood Museum. Participants will also learn about WCM’s object based historical inquiry and teaching resources, as well as opportunities to get involved with the DC War Childhood project.

This workshop is presented as part of the W&M American Bosnian Collaboration 20th Anniversary programming.

Lexi Hartley (WM ’14, MA ’15) participated in the 2013 William & Mary Bosnia Project, teaching English language and film skills to students at a summer camp in Sarajevo, Bosnia. She later returned to Sarajevo as a 2015-16 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and assisted with the War Childhood Museum’s first temporary exhibit. She currently works at a democratic community school in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches classes about how children experience conflict and is piloting the first War Childhood curriculum.

Supporting the Democratic Transition in Bosnia - Kent Fogg ‘07

1:00 PM - Kimball Theatre Screening Room

Following the end of the 1992-1995 conflict, Bosnia and Herzegovina embarked on the long process of recovery and political stabilization under the terms of the Dayton Peace Accords. The international community has played a unique role in Bosnia’s democratic transition with unprecedented authority to intervene in local politics. This workshop will discuss the successes and failures of democracy initiatives in Bosnia and the current state of affairs.

This workshop is presented as part of the W&M American Bosnian Collaboration 20th Anniversary programming.

Kent Fogg ‘07 is a Program Manager at the National Democratic Institute supporting democratization programs across Central and Eastern Europe. He has lived and worked in numerous countries in the region, including time as an English teacher in Serbia and advisor to a local civil society organization in northern Kosovo. A native of Richmond, he has experience working in the Senate of Virginia and on a number of political campaigns for the Democratic Party. He graduated with a BA in European Studies from William and Mary in 2007 and attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.