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Tuesday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Preparing the Next Generation of Diverse Filmmakers

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If you're a minority, person with disability, LGBT or woman, entering the entertainment industry can be a daunting task. In this panel we'll follow the career track of a fictitious diverse entertainment professional from high school through to their golden years. The panel will address the challenges, opportunities and benefits of being from a diverse background. We'll take note of what is working and not working at the macro and micro levels to encourage and promote diversity at all stages of the career cycle. Panelists will examine what is happening in education, corporate america and the guild levels as we follow our filmmaker through the system.

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Rhianon Gutierrez

Rhijah FilmsBorn and raised in Southern California, Rhianon Gutierrez is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and activist. She received her BFA in Film Production from Chapman University. Her acclaimed documentary short, “When I’m Not Alone”, has won twelve national awards... Read More →
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Dagoberto Patlan

Dir of ProductionCineVeliz/The Film School of San AntonioDagoberto Patlán's interest in film was sparked by fellow St. Anthony high school student Robert Rodriguez. Following his heart, he took RTF classes at Austin Community College before making the move to Lubbock, TX at Texas... Read More →
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Rashad Robinson

Exec DirColor Of ChangeRashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange, having joined the organization in May 2011. For well over a decade, Robinson has helped to mobilize communities across the country to create more inclusive cultural and political institutions. A... Read More →
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Vicente Williams

ProducerProducers Guild of America Diversity CommitteeVicente Williams is a Los Angeles based new media geek with a love of storytelling. His accomplishments include work on DVD titles from Universal, MGM, Warner Bros. and four years producing digital content at MTV. He has worked... Read More →
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Rebecca Yee

Natl Dir/Sr EEO CounselScreen Actors GuildRebecca Yee is the National Director/Senior Equal Employment Opportunities Counsel of Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity. Rebecca advances SAG’s policy and advocacy of diversity and equal employment in the entertainment industry... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 15

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