Panelists include: LISA CORTES is an Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging visionary stories. Her productions have received over 70 international awards and nominations, including the Academy Award®. One of her recent films THE APOLLO opened the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and her film THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION is premiering at Tribeca as well.
YORUBA RICHEN is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic and Field of Vision. Her latest film THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel. Yoruba is director of the documentary program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.
ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS is the first African American director to win an Academy Award with his short film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. Williams has directed a wide variety of acclaimed films, including GOD LOVES UGANDA, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and LIFE, ANIMATED, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017. His recent film THE APOLLO opened the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to great acclaim. Williams is on the Board of Governors for the Academy of of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, representing the documentary branch, as well as being on the Diversity Committee for the Academy. He serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute, the Advisory Board of Full Frame Festival and the Board of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Moderated by LACEY SHWARTZ DELGADO, an award-winning producer/ writer/ director/ outreach strategist who draws on her interdisciplinary background to create compelling stories that span documentary and fiction. She is co-founder of Truth Aid, a multimedia production company that specializes in stories about telling truths that are difficult to discuss. Schwartz Delgado directed, produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary LITTLE WHITE LIE and also executive produced the award-winning narrative film DIFFRET. A native of Woodstock, NY and resident of Rhinebeck, NY, Schwartz Delgado has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Harvard University.
Curated by Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder / Executive Director, Woodstock Film Festival
Audience participation will be encouraged.
As part of the special 20th anniversary year-round programming of the Woodstock Film Festival, and following the success of its recent panel WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION held to a standing room only in collaboration with Radio Kingston, the festival is hosting another special talk in collaboration with Radio Kingston that will be streamed live.