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Join Film Fatales for a panel discussion, Gatekeepers and Gatecrashers, with creators, showrunners and producing directors Elle Johnson, Janine Sherman Barrois, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro discuss the push for hiring equality NOW. How do you manage your gate? What are the barriers to systemic change? How do directors get that first episode? And how do they get invited back? How do you find directors that can authentically tell your stories?

Film Fatales is a 501(c)3 non profit arts organization which advocates for parity in the film industry and supports an inclusive community of over a thousand women and non-binary feature film and television directors nationwide. Film Fatales raises the visibility of marginalized directors and increases the talent pool for industry organizations, programmers and production companies looking to work with more underrepresented voices. By expanding the landscape of storytelling, Film Fatales continues to bring exciting new films to the screen. more...
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
Shaz Bennett is One of 8 women selected to the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women, nominated as one of Fox's Top 20 Directors, selected into Ryan Murphy's HALF program, Sundance Screenwriting Labs and Film Two with director Crystal Moselle (THE WOLFPACK, SKATE KITCHEN), and Fox's inaugural Franchise Directing program (DIE HARD). Shaz's original pilot THE SALT FLATS was included as one of the top unproduced scripts written by women for WeForShe and the Blacklist. more...
Elle Johnson is a writer, producer and showrunner. Most recently, she served as a co-showrunner on Netflix’s limited series SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM CJ WALKER starring / produced by Octavia Spencer. In addition, Johnson is an Executive Producer and writer on the Amazon original series BOSCH, based on the Michael Connelly detective novels. more...
Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/showrunner under her second exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. to create and develop new series. She is currently Executive Producing three series for the studio: She is the Creator and Showrunner of the new drama series, CRIME FARM for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, for which Nicole Kidman and Blossom Films also serve as Executive Producers. more...
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Lesli Linka Glatter is a director of film, network, and premium cable television drama, with both pilots and episodes to her credit. Lesli’s TV work includes HOMELAND, THE NEWSROOM, THE WALKING DEAD, JUSTIFIED, RAY DONOVAN, MASTERS OF SEX, TRUE BLOOD, MAD MEN, THE LEFTOVERS, THE GOOD WIFE, THE WEST WING, NYPD BLUE, ER, FREAKS AND GEEKS AND TWIN PEAKS. Lesli has also directed numerous pilots including GILMORE GIRLS, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and SIX. Her films include NOW AND THEN, THE PROPOSITION and for HBO, STATE OF EMERGENCY. more...
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is the Emmy-nominated co-creator and executive producer of UNREAL, which she developed and sold based on the SXSW award-winning short film she wrote and directed, SEQUIN RAZE. Starring Shiri Appleby and Emmy-nominated Constance Zimmer, UNREAL gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, Everlasting. more...

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