During production, the producer is responsible for protecting and supporting the director’s creative vision, while managing logistics and business operations and troubleshooting issues as they arise. But what exactly does this entail? When each production is unique and brings together a new group of collaborators, how can the producer remain a consistent, effective leader?

In this live three-hour Master Class, we will take a deeper look at the producer’s leadership role in production. Joined by guest fiction producers in the field, we will discuss the best practices for communication with key collaborators (director, cast, crew, financers), and dig into the producer’s creative and practical responsibilities, troubleshooting strategies and ethical considerations to ensure success on-set.


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In addition to being a Sundance Creative Producing Lab Alum, Kara Durrett was recently nominated for the 2021 Independent Spirit Awards Producers Award. Kara has had multiple features and shorts films in 200+ festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Telluride, and Cannes Official Selection. more...
David Hinojosa is Founding Partner and Head of Production at 2AM. David spent over a decade at Christine Vachon’s iconic award-winning production company Killer Films. While at Killer, he developed such titles as Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer's Academy Award winning STILL ALICE and Todd Haynes' CAROL which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and received six Academy Award nominations. more...
Jess Wu Calder co-founded Snoot Entertainment in 2004 to develop, finance, and produce film and television across all genres and media. Jess most recently produced Regina King’s feature directorial debut ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, which Amazon Studios released earlier this year. ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI made AFI’s Top 10 list in 2020 and has since received Academy Award, Producers Guild of America Award, and Golden Globe Award nominations. more...
Alexandra Byer is a Brooklyn-based producer and co-founder of the production company RATHAUS. She recently produced Tim Sutton’s fifth feature FUNNY FACE (Berlinale 2020) and Cedric Cheung-Lau’s debut film THE MOUNTAINS ARE A DREAM THAT CALL TO ME (Sundance 2020). more...

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