Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.

How do you choose your next project? How do you reinvent yourself? These are just two of the many questions you may struggle with as you look at a career in filmmaking. As you advance as a writer and director, you may find that you’ll need to prove (and re-prove) yourself to get your next project off the ground, or to land the job.

In this live and interactive Master Class with award-winning filmmaker and actor, Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me, Black Nativity, Harriet, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody), we’ll discuss different types of pitches, what not to do, how to navigate set-backs, and general advice for building and sustaining a career as a writer and director.

You will also learn how to best identify and foster your creative voice in order to build a cohesive portfolio. Gleaning from Kasi’s own experience establishing a successful long-running career, this class will give you the tools you need to carve your own path in the film industry. 

Topics include:

  • Identifying your creative voice
  • Tackling the dreaded “what’s next?” dilemma
  • Building (and keeping) momentum from your previous work
  • Navigating your career as a multi-hyphenate
  • How to pitch for a directing job and present your “take”
  • How to make an existing project your own

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please complete this form, contact us at (435) 776-7790, or email us at to discuss your specific needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; however, requests made within five days of the event may not be guaranteed.

Kasi Lemmons is an actress, writer and director who has appeared in such films as Jonathan Demme’s SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, John Woo's HARD TARGET, Rusty Cundieff's FEAR OF A BLACK HAT, and Spike Lee’s SCHOOL DAZE. Lemmons’ first feature as a writer-director, EVE'S BAYOU, became the highest grossing independent film of 1997, receiving the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and seven NAACP Image Award nominations, including Best Picture. more...

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