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Behind the Screen 2018

Behind the Screen 2018 is presented by Montclair Film and the Film Institute at Montclair State. The all-day program is designed for students and adults from all backgrounds to discover the process for building a career in film and television through engagement with leading industry professionals.

Behind the Screen workshop schedule:

Acting Masterclass with Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Domińczyk
Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony nominated actor Patrick Wilson and his actress/author wife, Dagmara Domińczyk, share the stage to discuss the art and craft of acting for TV, film and stage.
Session begins at 10 a.m.

Matching Character and Actor with Casting Director Avy Kaufman
From Steven Spielberg to Ang Lee to Wes Craven, Emmy award winning casting director Avy Kaufman (The OA, The Night of, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Billions, The Sixth Sense) shares her insights on the creative and collaborative casting process.
Session begins at 11:15 a.m.

Directing the True Crime Documentary with Erin Lee Carr
Documentary director and one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” individuals in media, Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s Mommy Dead and Dearest, Thought Police: The Case of the Cannibal Cop) will discuss her fascination with and the challenges of bringing notoriously disturbing true crime stories to the screen.
Session begins at 12:30 p.m.

Costume Design: The Power & Impact of Wardrobe with Daniel Lawson
Emmy nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson (The Good Wife, The Good Fight) reveals the hidden power clothing has on characters and actors, and its impact on stories, the culture, and fashion.
Session begins at 1:45 p.m.

Pitching: The Art and Craft of Selling a Show
Development Executives Greg Rhem (HBO Docs), Brian Bockwrath (Bays Thomas Productions) and Amanda Verdon (AMC/Sundance TV) discuss the art and craft of pitching ideas, shows, and stories from the perspective of the buyer and seller.
Session begins at 3 p.m.

#MeToo: A Conversation about Harassment and Empowerment
The #MeToo movement created seismic shifts in entertainment and media. This panel discussion will unearth the real-life effects of dealing with harassment, and explore strategies for change and empowerment.
Session begins at 4:15 p.m.

To register for any session, please visit the Montclair Film Behind the Screen event page.

Thanks to generous support from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Behind The Screen 2018 is FREE and open to the public.