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Review our Hollywood Panel. This open forum allowed our audience and filmmakers to ask questions to a panel of Hollywood Professionals all who Produce, Write, Direct or Work on major motion pictures and/or network television shows.
The panel had an open discussion on the key steps on gaining visibility, while designing content, producing, crafting and distributing films within Hollywood and global spaces.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Patricia Chica has produced and directed over 60 hours of content. She has over two decades of experience writing, directing, and producing award-winning film and TV for major networks and clients in North America, France and the UK. Exceptionally skilled at supervising every aspect of the filmmaking process from conception to promotion. Creative producer, high-performance coach, mentor, and trilingual public speaker. As a Chi Energy educator, Chica is committed to bringing conscious practices to her work environments for an even more positive and inclusive culture. She strives to champion her team members through coaching, self-development and continuous growth opportunities. She now divides her time between Los Angeles and Montreal. She just wrapped her feature MONTREAL GIRLS, slated for a 2021 release and is now in development for her Queer/LatinX TV series SOLEIL & LUNA for OUT TV. Website: www.PatriciaChica.com Company: www.FlirtFilms.net
CEO of Rocket Surgeon Productions (RSP), Vice President of MIFF (Milan Int'l Film Festival). Dubbed 'Queen of Sundance' by Indiewire (1995). Lindo manages select literary clients, IPs, and companies, In 2021, RSP partnered with Glass House Distribution to distribute indie features.
Founder, CEO, ACME Talent & Literary in 1993 with William Morris & ICM agents, adding an east coast office in 1996. Acme flourished and became the focus of "Fight For Fame" - a series on E! - where 5 actors competed to be an Acme client. Her agency's talent department represented adults & children on both coasts, television lit and film lit clients, video games, sports clients, print, voice-over, and Broadway talent. Acme's film literary department set up "Elf", "Save The Last Dance", "Aftershock", Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" (with Nicolas Cage) and numerous other six/seven figure deals as featured on The Black List. Acme put Seth Meyers on SNL, got Paul Franklin Dano his first indie film L.I.E. - for which he won an Independent Spirit Award - placed Marrisa Winokur in "Hairspray" for which she won a Tony, and was generally considered a top-of-the-middle sized agency during Lindo's tenure
Coming through the ranks of Skadden Arps, Paramount Pictures, Norman Lear's Act III, and the development nirvana that was Triad's TV Packaging in the 90's, Variety claimed in '91 "Lisa Lindo's seen as a leader among her peers."
Adhrucia Apana ( Moderator)
Adhrucia Apana is an Executive Producer/Producer and Co-Founder of the new production company Curiosity Entertainment and a GP of Curiosity Media Finance. Curiosity Entertainment is currently in development and pre-production of their inaugural slate including 5 films and 6 premium tv shows. Their year kicks off with co-productions from famed television creators Mark Williams (Ozark) and Kevin Fox (Law and Order SVU, Lie to Me, Raising Kanan) and director Nimrod Antal’s (Predators) next feature currently named “Max”. She has spent the last 8 years as an Executive in Entertainment supporting over 30 film and television shows. Her latest position was with CWM supporting BRON studios producers of "Bombshell" and "Joker" and this year her films as an Executive Producer include “Capone” starring Tom Hardy, “Harry Haft” starring Ben Foster and directed by Barry Levinson, and “Needle” starring Cynthia Ervo, Leslie Odom Jr, Orlando Bloom, and Freida Pinto-directed by John Ridley. Adhrucia is an active member of the diversity initiative lovingly called "Stone Soup" started by Rotten Tomatoes founder Patrick Lee and the Goldhouse Initiative focused on elevating Asian and South Asian voices in the Entertainment Industry and beyond, and has served or been an advocate and volunteer for Los Angeles based non-profits Young Storytellers and Project Paper Bag. She is a founding member of the Producers Guild of America's Social Impact in Entertainment (SIE) board.
David Josh Lawrence
Writer, actor, producer based in LA. Lawrence has served as Glass House’s Head Of Acquisitions for the past 4 Years and previously as Story Consultant for Alpha Animation. (Film Credits include "Ask Me To Dance," "Trauma Therapy", and the Emmy Award winning film "Martian American.")
Keertana Sastry is a producer and casting director. She is currently in pre-production for the independent feature "Land of Gold," which is the recipient of the 2021 AT&T / Tribeca Untold Stories Program. Keertana also produces and co-hosts the podcast, The Chaat Room, which highlights South Asians in different careers in the arts. Her casting department credits include Omolara (Film Independent), The Hate U Give (Fox), The Art of Racing in the Rain (Fox), and The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix). Keertana serves as managing editor of entertainment for the renowned Brown Girl Magazine.
roducer and casting director. She is currently in pre-production for the independent feature "Land of Gold," which is the recipient of the 2021 AT&T / Tribeca Untold Stories Program. Keertana also produces and co-hosts the podcast, The Chaat Room, which highlights South Asians in different careers in the arts. Her casting department credits include Omolara (Film Independent), The Hate U Give (Fox), The Art of Racing in the Rain (Fox), and The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix). Keertana serves as managing editor of entertainment for the renowned Brown Girl Magazine.
Thanks to all our Panelists!