PLAY

INDUSTRY

PANEL

4:30PM

5:30PM

SAT.

AUG 4

presented by:
N3XTCON
NATWA
PLAY
VISION
FOR A NEW WORLD IN FILMMAKING
As a Festival, we are committed to building bridges between the Taiwanese/American community and other minority communities. Given the seismic shift we have experienced with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, we have chosen to curate a panel of diverse women filmmakers for a discussion about who gets to tell what story and how we can shape a future for everyone. 
INDUSTRY PANEL
Mary-Lyn Chambers 
MODERATOR
Mary-Lyn Chambers is an award-winning filmmaker born in Suva, Fiji, and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. As a writer/director, Chambers has made four short films: THE TWENTY-SEVENTH HOUR, THE RAIN HAS FORGOTTEN US, DEBRIS (ESCOMBROS) and THE PLURAL OF BLOOD. She is a Directing Fellow in both the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and Film Independent’s diversity mentorship program: Project Involve.  She is the creator of filmpowered.com, a skill-sharing, networking & jobs resource for professional women in film and television. With over 2,000 active members, Film Powered was named Best in LA by LA Weekly and is part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative Resource.
PANELISTS
Erin Li
Born in the US to immigrant parents from Taiwan and raised in New Jersey, Li chased what she thought was the American Dream and toiled in finance on Wall Street and in Hong Kong before pursuing her passion for filmmaking. She worked her way up from intern to producer on eight feature documentaries for HBO, Showtime, and other networks.  Li gravitates towards high concept drama and sci-fi that examines the human condition. She channeled her experiences on Wall Street into KEPLER X-47, a short film about a woman who is forced to adjust to a new life in a human zoo exhibit on an alien planet. Li won the Mary Shelley Prize in a unanimous jury vote for her “original vision, rigorous world-building, and creative storytelling.” The film stars Bella Dayne (HUMANS, TROY, GUERRILLA).
Jen McGowan
Jen McGowan is a director based in Los Angeles. She is the creator of filmpowered.com, a skill-sharing, networking & jobs resource for professional women in film and television. With over 2,000 active members, Film Powered was named Best in LA by LA Weekly and is part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative Resource. A Film Independent Fellow, finalist for the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award, recipient of the AWD Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing and one of Vulture’s Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring, in 2017 she was named one of 50 Women Who Will Change the World in Media & Entertainment by the Take the Lead Foundation.
Tina Mabry
A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tina Mabry graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production in 2005. A true hyphenate, Tina is a writer, director, and producer for television and film. She is currently a producer and writer for Fox’s new show PROVEN INNOCENT. She was a co-producer, writer, and director for the second season of USA’s hit drama QUEEN OF THE SOUTH. Tina was also a producer, writer, and director on OWN’s QUEEN SUGAR created by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. Tina produced and directed MELODY 1963: LOVE HAS TO WIN, an American Girl special for Amazon Kids. The special earned Tina a DGA Award and a NAACP Award. Tina’s other television directing credits include Netflix’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, ABC’s THE MAYOR, HBO’s INSECURE, STARZ’s POWER and FX’s POSE. 
Jade Puga 
A multi-hyphenate Jade Puga is a writer/actress/filmmaker. She is Guachichil, Huastec Mexican and Lipan Apache.  Raised in South Texas, a stone throw away from the U.S./Mexican border, and with only two TV channels, made for an environment ripe for imagination, storytelling and creativity. She attended the University Of Southern California.  Together with writing and producing partner Richard Montes, she founded Safada Y Sano Productions. Under Safada Y Sano,  she produced award winning comedy “AGURUPHOBIA” released theatrically (limited) and currently on VOD platforms.  She was a 2017 Hola Mexico Film Festival ‘Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today’ fellow sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts. She is currently in development of a feature historical drama that was reader recommended and trending on The Black List. www.sysfilms.com  www.jadepuga.com
Aurora Guerrero 
Aurora Guerrero is a queer-identified Chicana born to immigrant Mexican parents and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley. Later, she obtained her M.F.A. in film directing from Cal Arts and has over 15 years experience as a writer/director.  Guerrero’s first fiction feature film, MOSQUITA Y MARI,about a budding love  between two 15 year old Chicanas from southeast Los Angeles, traveled top-tier U.S and international film festivals including Sundance, Melbourne, Goteborg, Sao Paolo and Guadalajara, garnering multiple awards including Best First Narrative Feature and Best Leading Actress at Outfest and earning a 2013 John Cassavetes Spirit Award nomination. MOSQUITA Y MARI was theatrically released in Europe and New York City where it received critica praise. Since, Guerrero was tapped to direct on Ava Duvernay’s QUEEN SUGAR.