Newport Beach Film Festival - Director of Special Projects November 2014-Present The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists.
As the Director of Special Projects, I produce and present a series of free and interactive panels that focus on the art and process of filmmaking with some of the industry's leading filmmakers. Topics include directing, screenwriting, Variety's Top Cinematographers to Watch series, and music in film. Guest highlights include Aisha Tyler, Tom Cross, Arthur Jeppe, Linda Woolverton, and John Lee Hancock. I have also coordinated their "Call for Submissions" marketing campaign including in-kind ad trades, digital marketing, drafting marketing materials and copy writing which saw a 28% from the previous year. Assist in promotion of events, press releases, red carpet, talent relations, and coordinating with media from top industry magazines.