THE FILM COLLABORATIVE
MODERATOR: Jeffrey Winter
PANELISTS: Flavio Alves, Chester Algernal Gordon, Brian Newman, Glen ReynoldS
RUNTIME: 90 MIN
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH 2020
PANEL 3, 6:00PM
LOCATION: THE VIRTUAL SPACE
SUBJECT: With so many festivals to choose from, how should a filmmaker narrow down the best approach for each of their projects? Hear from filmmakers who have taken their work to a range of film festivals, what impact these achievements have had on their individual projects and overall careers, and how best to guide your next project to new audiences.
THE FILM COLLABORATIVE
Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer and film director. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at NYU, where he received the Technosphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. His debut feature film, The Garden Left Behind (2019), premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. In 2018, Alves received The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy fellowship, and in 2019, he was selected to Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Directing Program, aimed at creating equal opportunities for minorities behind the camera. He is also the recipient of grants from numerous organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts PEN America and Jerome Foundation.
CHESTER ALGERNAL GORDON
Chester Algernal Gordon (Producer & Costume Designer): In 2019 Gordon became the first gender non-binary African-American costume designer to compete in competition at Cannes Film Festival with “Port Authority”. In the last 4 years they’ve produced a fleet of acclaimed short films and a feature documentary called “Pier Kids”. Gordon was also a winner of the Tribeca Film Institute’s 2019, TFI All Access Grant and TFI Pond5 Program. Gordon is a Film Independent 2019 Producing Lab & Fast Track Lab fellow. Gordon’s films have been official selection and won many awards in over 200 festivals combined including Berlin, SXSW, BFI, Outfest, New Orleans, Cleveland, Athens, Palm Springs, Blackstar, and the American Black Film Festival. They’re also a producer for the MIPCOM 2018 winner – GLAAD nominated documentary TV series, “My House”, on Viceland. Gordon’s latest shorts “Buck” and “Ship” are Sundance Film Festival 2020 world premieres.