Meet Some the New Directors of The Class of 2017

Five of the Showcase directors discuss their work and future plans. Two industry pros joined the conversation providing industry perspective; they are: James Shani, founder & CEO, Madison + Vine, and Madison Wharton, chief production officer, DDB New York, The five Showcase directors are Josh Franer of CoMPANY Films; unaffiliated directors Jendra Jarnigan and Jenn Shaw; the mono-monikered Kiran, an art director with Innocean Worldwide (who too is unaffiliated with a production company),

In the Directors Chair: Derek Cianfrance

Derek Cianfrance of RadicalMedia, whose filmmaking prowess spans features and commercials, joins SHOOT editor, Bob Goldrich, on stage for a one-on-one interview.  Cianfrance discusses the path he took to the director's chair, industry relationships, backstories behind varied projects, the art of collaboration, and his creative process for spots as well as theatrical features . Cianfrance recently won the DGA Award for Commercials on the strength of work for Powerade, Nike Golf and Squarespace.

Legal Aid: Information For Directors, Production Companies And Their Collaborators

Leading attorneys from Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz (FKKS) discuss contracts, career development, and what director priorities should be when considering a new production house roost. The FKKS lawyers provide counsel for commercial directors looking to move into film & TV--and vice versa.  

Presenters: Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, managing partner since 2010 and one of the country’s leading advertising lawyers and Victoria S. Cook, an FKKS partner focused on motion pictures & television.

Directors & Producers Perspectives on an ever-evolving Industry

Directors and producers of advertising and entertainment content discuss how their roles, responsibilities and skillsets have evolved to meet the needs of an evolving marketplace.  Business models and diversification were among the many topics addressed. On the diversification front, we find out how a commercial production house extended its reach to become the go-to production studio for Amazon, turning out series such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Goliath, Patriot and I Love Dick.

Documentary Storytelling -- A Conversation on YouTube Red's This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

Depicting one of today’s most relevant social issues through raw documentarian storytelling, a transgender YouTuber opened up about her life’s journey in YouTube Red’s This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, directed by two-time Oscar award winning director Barbara Kopple. Gigi Lazzarato, who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posted beauty/fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, came out as a transgender female to an audience of millions via YouTube’s global reach.

Christine Yuan

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 
In 2014 I directed GAWDS, which was a short film for Dazed Magazine about a Navajo teen who generously introduces us to his life on the Rez.

Duncan Winecoff

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 
My first professionally directed work was a branded short film for the clothing company Free People, titled A Letter. This project released on November 20, 2014.

Michael Wald

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 
It was probably one of the first big projects I directed for Sphero back in the summer of 2015 and into 2016, promoting the SPRK+ ball—a fun little robot that introduces kids to coding.