• Creating While Quarantined

This event has passed. This distinguished panel of writers and writer/directors will share with you some tips for keeping the creative juices flowing while stuck at home...as well as some much welcomed advice for if/when we return to business as usual. Moderated by Malina Saval, Variety

Public registration for this event is now open. Capacity is limited. Event will be held via Zoom. Closed Caption is available for this event.

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Jeremy Podeswa | Jeremy Podeswa is an award-winning director of many of television's most innovative series (Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, The Pacific, American Horror Story, The Handmaid's Tale, True Detective),  nominated for four Emmy Awards. Jeremy's most recent work includes Showtime's On Becoming a God in Central Florida and The Loudest Voice. Upcoming credits include Mosquito Coast for Apple TV+, and Station Eleven (as Exec Producer and Director) for HBO Max.   Jeremy has also written and directed three award-winning feature films: Fugitive Pieces (Opening Night, TIFF); The Five Senses (Directors' Fortnight, Cannes); and Eclipse (Berlin and Sundance).


Amy Seimetz | Amy is an American actress, writer, producer, director, and editor. She has directed two feature films, Sun Don't Shine and She Dies Tomorrow, the latter of which is awaiting release. Her short film, When We Lived in Miami, can be found in the Criterion Collection library.  She has appeared in several productions, including Pet Semetary, Netflix's Stranger Things, AMC's The Killing, HBO's Family Tree. She co-wrote, co-directed and executive produced the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience, based on the Steven Soderbergh film of the same name, which was released to positive reviews and critical acclaim.


Jonathan Tolins |Plays: Buyer & Cellar, The Forgotten Woman, Secrets of the Trade, The Last Sunday in June, If Memory Serves, and The Twilight of the Golds. Film: The Twilight of the Golds, Martian Child. Television: The Good Fight, A Christmas Story Live!, BrainDead, Grease Live!, Partners, Queer as Folk. Miscellaneous: Additional material for On the Town (Broadway revival); The Divine Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler; The Tony Awards and The Academy Awards; regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz.


Ean Weslyn | Writer-producer and mixed-race midwesterner, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is a LAMBDA Literary Writing Fellow with a passion for character driven comedies and musicals. Ean produced on Bravo's Property Envy before creating the award-winning web series Day Drunk Gays. He has since written on HBO's Mrs. Fletcher, Showtime's Black Monday, the final season of Netflix's Dear White People.


MODERATOR, Malina Saval | Malina Saval is a features editor at Variety magazine where she covers the film, TV, music and theater beats. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens and the novel Jewish Summer Camp Mafia. She's currently working on draft four of her latest screenplay and draft three of her most recent novel.

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