Ten directors from the class of 2015 will be featured at AFI Conservatory’s Directing Workshop for Women Showcase on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the DGA in Los Angeles.
Guest of honor and keynote speaker will be Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator and executive producer of Lifetime’s “Unreal” and AFI DWW 2012 alumna (in photo above). The event is presented by Lifetime, which, through its Broad Focus initiative, guarantees employment to all DWW graduates as of the class of 2015.
The DWW Showcase provides female directors the opportunity of presenting their work in front of an audience of industry representatives and working artists.
The 10 directors showcasing their short works this year will be Amy Barrett, Christine Boylan, Dime Davis, Claire Fowler, Mia Lidofsky, Erica Liu, Bella Monticelli, Rebecca Murga, Philiane Phang and Chelsea Woods.
The tuition-free workshop provides women, with three or more years of professional experience in the field, the opportunity to further their careers. By the end of the program, all participants must have complete a short film or series. The stated goal is to “learn by doing.”
Past graduates have gone on to work in the industry. They include Leslie Linka Glatter (class of 1982), who received PGA and DGA nominations this year for her work on “Homeland”; Sian Heder (class of 2005), who sold her Sundance 2016 competition premiere “Tallulah,” based on her DWW short “Mother,” to Netflix; and Shapiro.
The AFI DWW class of 2016 will also be featured during the showcase.