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march, 2021

202111mar6:00 pm7:00 pmPanel: From the Bottom Up: Building Representation in FilmVirtual

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SUPPORTED BY THE CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
Hear from film experts on how to build racial equity and diversity from production to distribution.

Moderated by Brian Khan, Full Spectrum Features

As Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement at Full Spectrum Features, he’s charged with making sure its films are supported with powerful, attention-grabbing social impact campaigns and appearance in film festivals, educational institutions, and community organizations. Brian earned his MFA in Creative Producing at DePaul University in Chicago and his BA in Digital Journalism and Communication, Media, and Film at the University of Windsor in Canada. He has produced educational PSAs, a horror film in VR, an episode of Land and Sea for CBC, and a documentary shot in Canada, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. He also adapted a novel into a film and produced films that played at festivals such as Cleveland International FF and HBO’s NY Latino Film Festival. 

Sohini Sengupta – Group Creative Director, Amazon Studios

Sohini Sengupta is an award-winning creative director of numerous theatrical, television and streaming advertising campaigns.  Currently a group creative director at Amazon Studios.  Her campaigns including Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Black Swan, Ex Machina, Dope, Room, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire and many others. At HBO, her and her team oversaw the campaigns for original programming, documentaries, and kids programming including Game Of Thrones, Westworld, Night Of, Sharp Objects, Big Little Lies, The Deuce, The Defiant Ones, Leaving Neverland, Girl in the River, Beware the Slenderman, Bright Lights, Sesame Street and others. She has been on numerous panels including for SXSW, Promax Asia, and Toronto Film Festival. She has also creatively produced short films for Film Independent and ITVS along and a feature film that premiered at LAFF-called Chee and T. In addition to her “day job,” Sohini currently co-heads ReVision Movement, an initiative to increase inclusion, diversity and equity within the entertainment marketing industry.

Ivette Rodriquez -Founder, American Entertainment Marketing

Ivette Rodriguez is a veteran entertainment strategist with 25+ years experience specializing in Marketing and PR campaigns for feature films, television series, and documentaries.  She has worked on a diverse slate from major studio films to independent and prestige titles in both English and Spanish. In 1997 recognizing the growing power and potential of the U.S. Latino market, she left her studio job and founded AEM, a Marketing and PR firm dedicated to helping studios and networks authentically and successfully navigate the emerging market while also bridging the divide of Hispanic media and organizations to the industry, which was barely acknowledged, and has now proven to be a vital segment both creatively and in audience demographics.

Fanshen Cox -Actor, Educator, Writer, Producer

Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox recently completed touring her one-woman show: One Drop of Love. Fanshen is also a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and holds a BA in Spanish & Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film & Theatre. She has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves on the board of The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and on the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Equity Advisory Committee. Fanshen is also a co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand.

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