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Gals Gab about Film at LMU

The Women’s Film Society of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television (SFTV) is bringing another talented group of women filmmakers to LMU’s campus on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

The event will feature over 15 film professionals speaking on panels in Mayer Theater, located in the Von der Ahe Communication Arts building on LMU’s campus in the Westchester neighborhood. The event will take place on Saturday, March 26, beginning at 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Panels will include: TV Writers/Producers, Feature Film Directors, Picture Editors, Music Video Directors and Producers. The festivities will conclude with a speech by
The keynote filmmaker this year is Anne Fletcher, who will take the stage for a Q&A following a screening of her 2009 hit romantic comedy, “The Proposal”, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

Fletcher has garnered success in many aspects of the entertainment industry; she has served as a choreographer and director, for films including “Bring It On”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, and “Hairspray”, as well as TV shows such as “Six Feet Under” and “Firefly”.

Fletcher’s directorial debut was 2006’s “Step Up”, which she followed with the Katherine Heigl vehicle, “27 Dresses”. Fletcher is currently in pre production on “My Mother’s Curse”, starring Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand.

Other speakers include Jane Espenson, writer/producer for acclaimed series such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Warehouse 13” which she also co-created; Joan Weiss, whose writing and producing credits include “White Collar”, “Gilmore Girls”, and Eureka; Penelope Spheeris, who directed such ‘90s comedies as “Wayne’s World” and “The Little Rascals” whose current focus is documentary film; Editor Susan Littenberg, who cut films including “Easy A”, “13 Going on 30”, “Bride Wars”, and “Charlotte’s Web”; and Jessica Hundley, co-founder of Draw Pictures and producer of music videos by artists ranging from Jason Mraz to Snoop Dogg.

Profits from Focus fund the SFTV Women’s Society Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a woman in SFTV for either an undergraduate or graduate thesis film. SFTV faculty members choose a recipient based on the strength of an applicant’s pitch, , and organized budget. This year’s recipient of the scholarship will be announced at the March 26, 2011 “Focus 2011” event.

The Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Women’s Society was founded in 2008 with the goal of building a strong community of women within the School of Film and Television, to inspire participation and ambition within its members, and to create opportunities to learn from those who have already made their way.

“Focus 2011” is generously sponsored by the SFTV Office of Industry Relations. Also sponsoring are Amoeba Music, Zena Day Spa, and Molly’s Skin Care Boutique.

Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door and include admittance to the entire event, food from Jess Catering, and a T-shirt.

Tickets may be purchased in front of Mayer Theater on the day of the event or on LMU’s Alumni Mall between 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. on March 22 and 24.

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