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September 20, 2020
3 pm - 5 pm
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Filmmakers

and

 Film Festivals 

in the

covid era 

Host

John Lux

John Lux has been the Executive Director for Film Florida since June 2016 and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization after spending 20 years working in the industry. In addition to his other responsibilities for Film Florida, John is a social media enthusiast and has been handling the Film Florida social media strategy and day-to-day management of the website since 2014. In previous roles, John has been responsible for operations, finance and marketing positions including day-to-day operations, finance, and marketing strategies. John started in operations for the Walt Disney Company and helped Orlando-based IDEAS transition from Disney to an independent corporation and was instrumental in the transformation and growth of the company for 18 years. After graduating from Purdue University, John worked in the live entertainment industry managing a staff of 300 plus staff for an outdoor music and entertainment venue in the Chicago area before moving to Florida to join Disney where he received Disney’s rare and highly respected Partners In Excellence Award.

Panelist

Dr. Lisa Mills

Dr. Lisa Mills is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Central Florida where she teaches screenwriting, documentary production, film theory and media history. She is the Program Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Feature Film Production program in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. Dr. Mills makes documentary films that she hopes will inspire viewers to interpret current events through the lens of historical narratives. Three of her films are co-authored with Dr. Robert Cassanello in UCF’s history department, and her films explore the history of Florida’s civil rights movement, women’s fight for academic freedom and Florida’s purge of LGBT citizens at state universities in the 1960s. These films are produced with students at UCF and have aired on public television stations and screened in film festivals all over the world.

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Joy Kigin

Joy’s introduction to the entertainment industry began through performance in theatre throughout her youth. As an adult, Joy began acting on camera when she was cast opposite Michael Rooker in Todd Thompson’s award-winning film This Man’s Life. More recently, Joy became known for her Series Regular role as Ms. Hough on Nickelodeon’s hit show, I Am Frankie. She has also appeared in multiple independent films and acclaimed TV shows such as House of Cards, Mr. Mercedes, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Resident, among others. Today, she splits her time between acting on screen and producing, directing, and consulting behind the camera. She is currently producing a Feature Length Motion Picture with Stars North™ called The Highwaymen and directingits sister project, a 6-Part Documentary Series, both based on the true and largely unknown history of the Florida Highwaymen artists.

Panelist

Nick Wenck

Nick Wenck is a Director and Editor born in Minnesota, groomed in NYC and currently living in Orlando. While in New York, he was asked to be a founding member of Google's "YouTube Original Channel Initiative" where his video content and edits garnered over 70 million views. He has directed and edited across many genres with major brand clientele. Some of his clients have been Adidas, Under Armour, Bayern Munich, New York Rangers to lifestyle with Budweiser, Vanity Fair, Visa documentary with Time Inc., USA Today, and Etihad Airways. Over the past decade he has edited projects for multiple media platforms and many different deliverable forms. He’s worked with broadcast TV, live streaming, social media channels, GIFs, Cinemagraphs, and social media exports, to name a few. Currently, Nick is working with his production company, The Good Stuff Film which is based in Orlando. He is a contracted Director and Editor for Adidas.

Panelist

Lesley S. Rich, Esq. CPA

Program Director of the Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival.  Formerly a Jewish / Israeli film programmer with the Palm Beach International Film Festival.  Manager and member of the World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts Media Group, LLC, in partnership with Entertainment Today.  Also General Counsel for Strongheart Pictures, and credited as the Executive Producer of the film ‘The Education of Charlie Banks’.   An active attorney in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and trustee of the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust among other positions.  Brought up in Fair Lawn, NJ – Education – B.S. & M.S. Accounting at the University of Rhode Island, and JD cum laude at Roger Williams University School of Law.

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