2013 Festival

Fusion’s Woman of the Year: Lucy Alibar and Staged Reading of “Juicy and Delicious”

7:00PM Thursday, March 7 @ Cantor Film Center

Join us for a live staged reading of Lucy Alibar’s brilliant one act play “Juicy and Delicious” that evolved into the Academy Award-nominated screenplay and film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The reading is directed by Morgan Gould and features actors Steven Rishard, (HBO’s Treme) Donetta Lavinia Grays (Law and Order), and April Matthis (Breakdown). A conversation with Lucy Alibar moderated by Richard Wesley (TSOA Chair of Dramatic Writing) follows the reading and award ceremony.

Docs-in-the-Works, Fusion’s Annual Pitching Contest

3:00PM Friday, March 8 @ NYU Tisch Theatre 006

At ‘Docs-in-the-Works’ watch finalists pitch their projects to a panel of industry professionals at the top of their field. Filmmaker Nilita Vachani (When Mother Comes Home for Christmas) works closely with five finalists drawn from departments across NYU to finesse their pitches and trailers and present their work to commissioning editors and producers drawn from the contemporary documentary world. Industry judges for this event include: Jennifer Raskin (Head of Development, Impact Partners), Wendy Ettinger (Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures), Milton Tabbot (Senior Director of Programming, IFP), Chris White (Vice President of Programming and Production, POV) and Susan Werbe (Senior Executive Producer, Programming at The History Channel). Festival audiences have the rare and valuable opportunity to hear direct feedback from industry judges as they evaluate and select the winning pitch.

Fusion Film Festival Competition Screenings & Award Ceremony

6:30PM Friday, March 8 @ Cantor Film Center

The festival’s centerpiece event showcases the work of women directors and cinematographers from our grad and undergrad film programs. The award ceremony highlights Best Grad and Undergrad films, Best Cinematographer, as well as Best Feature and Short Screenplays with prizes from Fusion’s sponsors including Final Draft and Media Services.

Digital Dynamos: The Breakout Year for Web and TV

11:00AM Saturday, March 9 @ Tisch School of the Arts Theatre 006

As more and more established filmmakers such as David Fincher and Jane Campion make the jump to television and internet programming, the model for how we consume high quality media is constantly changing. We talk with veterans of TV and web series, as well as television execs, about the pros of making your films for the smaller screen. Guests include Nicole Defusco (Vice President of Programming and Development, Sundance Channel), Aubrey Levy (Co-Founder, Mobcaster) and  web series creator Diana Snyder (Skirts and Ladders.)

Panel: The Festival Experience

1:00PM Saturday, March 9 @ Tisch School of the Arts Theatre 006

Fusion brings together film festival programmers and filmmakers, including NYU alumni, to explore the process and potential of submitting and being selected by film festivals, and how to navigate the festival circuit. Panelists include Tribeca Film Festival Programmer and NYU alumna Cara Cusumano, NYU professor and Tribeca Programmer Sharon Badal, programmer Genevieve Villaflor from the Hamptons International Film Festival, as well as recent NYU grads Zoe Salicrup Junco (Gabi was accepted into Tribeca Film Festival and Clermont Ferrand), Lucy Mulloy (Tribeca’s Emerging Talent Award winner and Student Academy Award nominee for Una Noche) and Emily Harrold (Student Academy Award nominee and Directors Guild Award Winner, Reporting on the Times) Musa Syeed (NYU Grad, Valley of Saints) & Bill Curran (Producer, Nantucket Film Festival)

Roundtable: Independent Women

3:00PM Saturday, March 9 @ Tisch School of the Arts Theater 006

In a landmark year for women at Sundance, accomplished filmmakers talk about life outside of the studio system, making opportunities for themselves, and how the the entertainment industry has changed for women in the director’s chair over the last decade. This roundtable is moderated by director Deborah Reinisch, visiting assistant arts professor NYU Film & TV. Guests include writer/director Sophia Takal (Green), producer Mynette Louie (California Solo), writer/director Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan), writer/director Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks), writer/director Lauren Tracy (Sweet Desert Palm), writer/directorSara Colangelo (Little Accidents), Wendy Ettinger and Mary Jane Skalski (Gamechanger) and writer/director Arielle Javitch ( Look, Stranger).

Screening: WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

5:00PM Saturday, March 9 @ Tisch School of the Arts Theatre 006
A film directed by Kirsty-Guevara Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards

Tracing the fascinating birth, evolution, and legacy of Wonder Woman, this film introduces a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both onscreen and off. Producer Kelcey Edwards and activist-interviewee Shelby Knox will be in attendance for the Q&A following the screening.

Closing Reception

7:00PM Saturday, March 9 @ Tisch School of the Arts Lower Lobby

Festival Venues:

Cantor Film Center
38 East 8th Street
Theatre 200
New York, NY

NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway
Theatre 006  (Lower Level)
New York, NY