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Panel: Women in Entertainment


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JDIFF is bringing together several women in the entertainment industry for this FREE panel to discuss their experiences on Saturday, April 28. Listen to stories and ask questions to women who have first-hand experiencing working on some of the most popular shows and films.

Hosted by:
Michael Dunway - Movies Editor for Paste Magazine and
Creative Director at Sarasota Film Festival

Panel includes the following four women:
Jenelle Riley - Deputy awards and features editor at Variety Magazine, host of "Actors on Actors" on PBS, for which she has won two Emmy Awards and more.

Jamie Babbit - Director of several features that have won and premiered at SXSW Film Festival, Sundance, and others. Director of such television shows as Silicon Valley (HBO) and Looking (HBO) and has been profiled in The New York Times, Time Out, L.A. Times and The Huffington Post.

Heather Edwards - Heather, who has always had a passion for the arts, relocated to Los Angeles after a failed marriage, thinking her new surroundings was where all her dreams could come true...and many did - she raised her two daughters into champions, found true love and committed to becoming a damn good writer/director.
After attending an unconventional film school ( 20 years on set “behind-the-scenes), Heather was able to put her "education" in action and directed her first project, Strayed, a short film about an unusual family, messed-up priorities and cats.
In addition to writing and directing, Heather has written a unique picture book for the artist within us all. She also has victoriously won a comical spoken word competition, bakes cakes with magical qualities and is a double black belt in badassery.

Mary Lou Belli - Director/author/teacher. Has been directing television for over 20 years including, Monk, Wizards of Waverly Place, NCIS New Orleans, and Girlfriends. She is also a two time Emmy award-winner.