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Join Film Fatales in a conversation on Shaping a New Production Paradigm with episodic television directors Anu Valia, Dawn Wilkinson, DeMane Davis, Maggie Kiley. Moderated by Tessa Blake, the panel explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped all aspects of television productions and while studios, networks and producers are making plans to get us back to work safely - can we also use this opportunity to create a more inclusive, humane and thoughtful work place?

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...
Tessa Blake is an award-winning writer and director, who was proud to helm her first episode of network television this year – NCIS: NEW ORLEANS. Chosen as one of eight filmmakers to participate in AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, Tessa directed ELECTION NIGHT, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and comedian Jake Johannsen (Letterman), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion. more...
Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. As a TV director, Anu's directing credits include: THE OTHER TWO (Comedy Central), AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS (Comedy Central), MIXED-ISH (ABC), NEVER HAVE I EVER (Netflix, produced by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher), Love Simon (Hulu), LOVE LIFE (HBOMax, produced by Paul Feig), ROBBIE (Comedy Central) and AP BIO (NBC's Peacock). more...
Dawn Wilkinson was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. She has an Honors BA from The University of Toronto and is a graduate of Nornan Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre’s Director's Lab and Short Dramatic Film Program. Since being awarded the WIFT and DGC Emerging Television Director Award she has directed many of Canada's top drama series including HEARTLAND, MURDOCH MYSTERIES and DEGRASSI. more...
DeMane Davis is a Television Director, Filmmaker, Writer and Producer whose most recent work is SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM CJ WALKER. The limited four-part Netflix TV series stars Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood & Tiffany Haddish. DeMane produced the series and directed the last two episodes. Her career directing for television began when Ava DuVernay (WHEN THEY SEE US, 13TH, A WRINKLE IN TIME) graciously asked DeMane to direct two episodes of her groundbreaking TV series, QUEEN SUGAR (Oprah Winfrey Network.) more...
Maggie Kiley, who began her career as an actress at Off Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company and in films for James Gray and Andrew Jarecki, came up as an emerging director via AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women. Her award-winning short SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE, starred Jesse Eisenberg and played over 50 festivals, garnering awards at both Tribeca Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Shortsfest. more...

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