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Patrick Wilson, Dagmara Domi?czyk, Avy Kaufman, Erin Lee Carr, Daniel Lawson, Greg Rhem, Brian Bockwrath, and Amanda Verdon headline a day of free master classes open to the public



Montclair Film and The Film Institute at Montclair State today announced speakers and programs for their annual collaboration, Behind the Screen (BTS), a day of free filmmaking workshops and seminars taking place Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the School of Communication and Media on the campus of Montclair State University.

The BTS 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. This year’s program features sessions on performance, the casting process, costume design, development and pitching, as well as a timely program on the impact of harassment on career and project development.

“Behind the Screen is a program dedicated to providing students and adults the opportunity to explore career paths in film, television, and beyond,” said MF Education Director Sue Hollenberg. “In addition to our outstanding group of industry professionals, this year’s program gives voice to the critical conversation on harassment and provides strategies for change and empowerment.”

Susan Skoog, the Director of Programming for the Film Institute at Montclair State said, “This collaboration with Montclair Film is one of the highlights of our year, and our students and faculty look forward to welcoming our industry guests and the community to the new state of the art facilities in our School of Communication and Media building.”

Thanks to generous support from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Behind the Screen 2018 is free and open to the public. Online registration is required. To register, please visit www.montclairfilm.org

The 2018 Behind The Screen Program

Acting Masterclass with Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Domi?czyk

Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony nominated actor Patrick Wilson and his actress/author wife, Dagmara Dominczyk, share the stage to discuss the art and craft of acting for TV, film and stage.

Matching Character and Actor with Casting Director Avy Kaufman

From Steven Spielberg to Ang Lee to Wes Craven, Emmy award winning casting director Avy Kauffman (The OA, The Night of, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Billions, The Sixth Sense) shares her insights on the creative and collaborative casting process.

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.

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.

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.

#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.


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