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Producing Masterclass Sessions

Producing Masterclass Sessions


Unique to the Produced By: New York conference, the Producing Masterclass Sessions are a series of curated sessions, each anchored by a leading producer (or producers) from one of the eight feature films selected for the event .

Participating alongside the producers are their creative collaborators, which may include the film’s writers, directors, cinematographers, editors or actors.

Each Masterclass spotlights one film, and provides a deeper dive into some of the biggest and boldest contenders of this year’s awards season.

Each of the Masterclass sessions are 20-minutes in length, and take place consecutively. There is no pre-registration for the masterclasses.

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Amy Pascal (producer) and Greta Gerwig (director and writer).

Producer Amy Pascal and writer and director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) team up for the eighth adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, “Little Women”. It’s a project with origins at the studio when Pascal served as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group. Moderated by Bruce Cohen.

James Mangold (director and producer), Michael McCusker (editor), and Tracy Letts (actor).

Ford v Ferrari marks the seventh collaboration between James Mangold, director and producer, and Michael McCusker, editor. The duo previously collaborated on Identity (2003), Walk The Line (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Knight and Day (2010), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017). Mangold and McCusker will be joined by Ford v Ferrari actor Tracy Letts. Moderated by Anne Hubbell.

Alma Har’el (director and producer) and Daniela Taplin Lundberg (producer).

Director and producer Alma Har’el has had an ongoing professional relationship with Shia LaBeouf that began when he became a financier and executive producer of her feature documentary, LoveTrue. Har’el is joined for this Producing Masterclass by collaborator and producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg (Harriet) for a conversation on bringing LaBeouf’s life story, Honey Boy, to the screen. Moderated by Frida Torresblanco.

Nanfu Wang (director, producer, cinematographer, and editor), Jialing Zhang (director and producer), Julie Goldman (producer).

After provoking the Chinese government with her previous film Hooligan Sparrow, Nanfu Wang turned to fellow NYU Alum Jialing Zhang to collaborate on One Child Nation, a documentary that sheds light on China’s one-child policy. Co-director, producer, cinematographer, and editor Nanfu Wang and co-director and producer Jialing Zhang, are joined by their collaborator and producer Julie Goldman (Love, Gilda). Moderated by Marilyn Ness.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Noah Baumbach (director, producer, and writer) and David Heyman (producer).

Marriage Story marks the return of writer, director and producer Noah Baumbach following The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). It’s Baumbach’s first collaboration with producer David Heyman. Heyman is having a banner year as he also produced Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Moderated by Donna Gigliotti.

Julia Reichert (director, producer, and cinematographer) and Steven Bognar (director, producer, and cinematographer).

The long-time filmmaking duo of Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar discuss their latest collaboration, the documentary, American Factory. Among their previous collaborations are: A Lion in The House (2006) and The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009). Moderated by Elise Pearlstein.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Debra Martin Chase (producer), Kasi Lemmons (director and writer), and Cynthia Erivo (actress).

The trio of producer Debra Martin Chase (Zoe Ever After), writer and director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), and lead actor Cynthia Erivo (Widows) was instrumental to the collaboration that brought this biopic of American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman to the big screen. Moderated by Tonya Lewis Lee.

Mark Ruffalo (producer and actor) Pamela Koffler (producer), and Christine Vachon (producer).

Long-time collaborators and partners at Killer Films, producers Pamela Koffler (Still Alice) and Christine Vachon (Carol) team up with producer and actor Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True). Moderated by Lisa Cortés.

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