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Join Film Fatales for a discussion with working episodic writers Cherien Dabis, Nijla Mu'min, Sian Heder, and Vera Miao. Moderated by Deb Shoval, the panel reveals what happens in a writers' room in person and now virtually and discusses show bibles, pilots, & pitches; what is unique to episodic structure; the potential of the medium to further movements for racial justice, climate justice and equity; and each panelist's unique career path. 

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...
Director/Writer
Deb Shoval’s films have premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals. Her lifelong interests in organic farming and food justice deeply inform the thriller she is currently developing. Shoval’s feature film AWOL, “a splendid and brooding meditation on the boundless possibilities of first love constricted by the trials of poverty,” starring Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool, is currently available on Hulu, Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay in the US, and in 66 countries worldwide. more...
Filmmaker
Cherien Dabis is an award winning filmmaker who made her feature debut with AMREEKA. The film world-premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted critics award at Cannes. more...
Writer / Filmmaker
Nijla Mu'min is a writer and filmmaker from the East Bay Area. Her work is informed by poetry, photography, fiction, and dance. Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017, she tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. more...
Sian Heder is a writer, director and showrunner, whose most recent work includes executive producing and showrunning LITTLE AMERICA for Apple TV+ and directing CODA, an upcoming feature film for Vendome Pictures and Pathé. She wrote and produced for three seasons on the acclaimed Netflix series, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, receiving multiple WGA nominations for her work. more...
Vera Miao is a writer/director. She is the creator, Executive Producer, writer and director of the psychological horror anthology series, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES, on the CW Network and Netflix. Her apocalyptic road trip feature, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (writer, producer), premiered at Slamdance (2013) and is available on Amazon/iTunes and DVD. more...

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