2018 Festival

Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & TV Presents


16th Anniversary

April 5-7, 2018 | WHERE CHANGE BEGINS




A son’s transition. A mom’s transformation.
Award winning doc by Shaleece Haas

Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street


3 PM – DOCS IN THE WORKS: Pitch Competition

Extraordinary opportunity to watch finalists present their docs in progress to top industry execs for live feedback and selection of winner!

Jacqueline Glover is senior vice president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of documentary films. She was named to this position in August 2014.

Most recently, Glover served as executive producer on the documentary portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., King in the Wilderness, and senior producer for Becoming Warren Buffet and The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee. Glover also served as executive producer for the Emmy Award® winner Jim: The James Foley Story. Other recent projects include the Oscar® winning documentary short Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1; the Academy Award® nominated short Redemption; the Emmy Award® nominated Gloria: In Her Own Words; the Peabody Award-winning If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise from Spike Lee; the Academy Award® nominated films China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province and The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306; the Emmy Award®-winning Teddy: In His Own Words; as well as the high-profile documentary A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration.
During her tenure at HBO, Glover has served as supervising producer for the Emmy®-winning special A Child’s Garden of Poetry; the Emmy® Award-winning documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts from Spike Lee, Life of Crime Two, The Cruise and Kids of Survival; the Emmy®-nominated American Hollow, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery and Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks; the Academy Award®-winning animated short film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation and the Academy Award®-winning documentary short Chernobyl Heart. She was also coordinating producer for 4 Little Girls, the Academy Award®-nominated documentary by Spike Lee, and the Academy Award®-winning documentary short The Personals.

Glover joined HBO in 1992, taking a leave in 1999 during which time she produced the Emmy® nominated Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives that premiered on HBO in February 2003. She returned to HBO in 2002.

Prior to working with HBO, Glover worked at The Entertainment Group in both development and production capacities, and held a variety of production jobs in television and broadcasting in New York.

She holds a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Tisch Theatre 006, 721 Broadway



Influential filmmakers who use their art to inspire social and political change:

Brittany “B.Monét” Fennell is a writer/director who graduated from Spelman College and holds an MFA from New York University in Film and Television with a concentration in writing and directing. Her award-winning short film Q.U.E.E.N. has screened at over a dozen of festivals and was named the 2017 Horizon Award winner through Cassian Elwes, Christine Vachon and Lynette Howell – Taylor at the Sundance Film Festival and a recipient of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation grant and a directing fellow for Film Independent’s residency program Project Involve. Additionally, B.Monét is one of the winners for the #NewView film competition with Glamour and Girlgaze and recently directed a branded short film on the #MeToo founder Tarana Burke for Levi’s and Girlgaze.

Erin Lee Carr is a New York based director, producer and writer. She was recently named one of the “30 under 30” most influential people in Media by Forbes magazine. She is the director of “Mommy Dead and Dearest” (HBO, 2017), “Thought Crimes: The Case of The Cannibal Cop” (HBO, 2015) and “Drug Short” (Dirty Money on Netflix, 2018). Erin is currently finishing a project for HBO on the Michelle Carter criminal case as well as in production on a sex abuse scandal in USA Women’s Gymnastics. Erin’s debut book, “All That You Leave Behind” will be published by Random House in early 2019.

Raeshem Nijhon is an award winning film/tv producer. As Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Fictionless, she manages strategic partnerships and oversees development and production across platforms. Current projects include Girly, a doc-series with Refinery29 and Rashida Jones and The Agreement, a doc feature with the Gates Foundation. She’s held multiple creative leadership positions including Executive Producer of MTV World where she led series such as Rebel Music, about art for change in conflict zones, and The Music Experiment, featuring bands like Of Monsters and Men and Arcade Fire. Raeshem sits on the Creative Council for EMILY’S List, the board for the New York Center for Communications and serves as a United Nations Global Accelerator Delegate.

Tisch Theatre 006, 721 Broadway


9 AM – Brunch with a Changemaker: NBC’s KAREN HORNE

Fusion is incredibly honored to have NBC Universal’s Senior VP of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion for our Brunch with a Changemaker. In her role, Karen oversees all of NBC Universal’s incredible TALENT INFUSION PROGRAMS.

Join us for breakfast and a thrilling conversation. Limited Seating.
Click to Apply. NYU students must apply for a seat at this event and receive notification to attend.

About the NBC Talent Infusion Programs (NBC TIPS)
Since 2000, NBC has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBC Talent Infusion Programs (NBC TIPS). NBC TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature more than 20 programs including the New FEMALE FORWARD, Writers on the Verge, the Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories and the filmmakers who create them. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards and include Alan Yang, Mindy Kaling, Deon Cole, Lil Rel Howery, Keto Shimizu, Natasha Rothwell, Danny Pudi and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. For more information, visit NBCUniTIPS.com.


10 AM – Go Pitch!

Fusion Film Festival is giving students the opportunity to pitch their TV Show, Web Series, or Feature idea directly to top development executives.

Invite-only via application


12 PM – Real Talk: Breaking into the Biz

“How do I get a job in entertainment?” “I don’t know anyone who works in the industry, how do I rise to the top?” “I’m not a writer, actor or director, but I want to work in entertainment. What types of jobs can I do?” All questions people who aspire to work in entertainment frequently ask. The successful women you’ll hear from on this panel will give you their insightful point of view on how to break into the industry, the various opportunities available to you and how to navigate your career. Moderated by Fusion Film Festival honoree Karen Horne, NBC’s Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, the panel will feature women from behind the scenes, in front of the camera and in media who are at varying stages of their careers.

Panelists include Radha Blank (Writer, Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It”), Audrey Esparza (Actress on NBC’s drama “Blindspot” and an NYU alumna), Yvette Mi- ley (Senior Vice President, MSNBC), Amber Payne (Executive Video Producer, Teen Vogue, them) and Foluke Tuakli, a member of NBC’s long-standing Page program.

Karen Horne is Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios.

Horne is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s new Female Forward initiative for female directors, the Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

Tisch Theatre 006, 721 Broadway


2 PM – Women in New Media

Highlighting the work of innovative artists who share their stories through podcasts, virtual reality, YouTube, and other new media platforms.

Shannon Gibson, Producer, Refinery29, will moderate the fabulous Women in New Media panel.

Tisch Theatre 006, 721 Broadway


4 PM – MASTERCLASS: The Queer Producers Collective

Conversation with members of this open peer to peer network of distinguished producers with a diverse range of experiences and identities.

Tisch Theatre 006, 721 Broadway


6:30 PM – FUSION Competition Screenings & Award Ceremony

Join us for a stunning showcase screening of the finalists in the Fusion Film Festival 2018 Competition. We bring you the next generation of storytelling greats. Award presentations and reception will follow the screenings.

Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street


Pictured above: Still from 2018 Finalist – The Stand Off by Molly Clark