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How To Break Into Film and Digital Media in the Bay Area

  • 23 Apr 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • First Person, 550 Bryant St (between 3rd and 4th Street), San Francisco
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You are out of film school, a few internships under your belt, now what? Or maybe you have worked on a few productions, but need to keep a regular job to make a living. Perhaps you have completed a few projects of your own, but they never made you money only drained you of them. You keep asking yourself, what's next? 

Everyone seems to think you need to move to LA, but you really love the city by the Bay. What do you do? We may have an answer for you. 

Bay Area Women in Film and Media (BAWIFM) and the Producers' Guild of America (PGA) are thrilled to invite you to a panel discussion with five accomplished professionals who will enlighten you on how they have made working in film or digital media production sustainable for them in the Bay Area.

Join us a on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at First Person, 550 Bryant St (between 3rd and 4th Street), in San Francisco. Come network at 6:30pm and stay for the panel at 7:30pm.

Speakers Bios:

Soumyaa Kapil Berhens (Producer, Director, DGA)

Behrens is an award winning director, producer and curator of film and contemporary visual art.  Behrens is the Social Justice Coordinator for the Metro Academy in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and a lecturer at San Francisco State University. She is currently in post-production on a new documentary that chronicles the forced demise of the oldest community recycling center in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco that was emboldened by city wide gentrification efforts to reduce homeless visibility in the city.

Giovannie Espiritu (Actress/Digital Producer):

Giovannie is an actress and producer, who has taught scores of emerging and established actors in the industry. She is  known for her turns in ER (2004),  American Yearbook (2004), Solitude (2007) and Kambal: The Twins of Prophecy (2006).

Michael D. Jones (Producer, UPM, DGA Board of Directors):

Michael is an accomplished actor, production manager, and director who has worked in Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco.

Erica Priggen (Executive Producer, PGA):

Erica Priggen is the head of Free Range's video and entertainment department, with a focus on the importance of storytelling and mythology as tools for cultural transformation. Prior to Free Range, she worked freelance in Production for commercials, feature films and television.


Goldie Chan (Producer, PGA NW Board of Directors):

Goldie Chan is an award-winning Digital Producer and Social Media Strategist. Her latest project is the award-winning "Cost of Capital" - a "Wall Street meets The Social Network" dramatic series. She serves on the Producers Guild of America's New Media Council and the Board of Directors for the NW region.

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