To support our community of filmmakers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to remove the $50 fee for Sundance Collab Master Classes. As we meet this next moment and continue to support artists through our content, we are reinstating a discounted fee of $27. Both registration for the live event and post-event recording access are included in this fee. All Master Classes are included in Collaborator and All Access memberships. Sign up today for membership and get a 14-day free trial.

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. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Sundance Collab for an in-depth discussion with two industry leaders in film and television. Producer, Executive, and Author, Pat Mitchell will lead the session sharing how she challenged the status quo to become a media trailblazer and her advice to those just starting out. You’ll learn about how she defied expectations as a journalist, how she became the first woman president of PBS and CNN, and her efforts to promote the work of underrepresented groups in the film industry. Following this, you’ll hear from Emmy® Award-nominated writer, director and producer, Karyn Kusama. She will discuss her leadership style in prep, on set and in post when directing films such as GIRL FIGHT, JENNIFER’S BODY and THE INVITATION. We will also discuss her extensive television career and forming her own production company. Both speakers will share their creative and personal experiences around leadership and disruption, and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

In this live and interactive three-hour master class, you will learn how to lead while remaining true to yourself, how to empower and be an ally to the women around you, and how to use failure to move forward.

Topics covered include:

  • Leading with vulnerability

  • Embracing risk and failure

  • Navigating obstacles and rising to the challenge

  • Learning from each experience and reinventing yourself

  • Supporting other women

  • Defining your leadership style

  • Redefining your role on the team

  • Understanding your worth

  • Protecting your project

  • Work/life balance and self-care

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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; requests made within 5 days of the event may not be guaranteed.

The recording will be posted within 24 hours after the event. If you purchased this Master Class, you will find your recording in your “Purchases” section of your account. If this was included as part of your Collaborator or All Access membership, you can access it in our video library. All Master Classes are included in Collaborator and All Access memberships. Sign up today for membership and get a 14-day free trial.

Atlanta, GA, USA
Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor. more...
Karyn Kusama is currently an executive producer of Showtime’s coming-of-age survival drama, YELLOWJACKETS. The show has garnered seven Emmy nominations, including one for Karyn’s direction of the pilot episode. Prior to that, she helmed the Golden Globe-nominated film DESTROYER starring Nicole Kidman and written by her frequent collaborators, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Her feature credits include indie thriller THE INVITATION, cult horror comedy JENNIFER'S BODY, sci-fi love story AEON FLUX, and her Cannes and Sundance-award winning debut, GIRLFIGHT. more...

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