“Documentary Films”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hosted at
The Colony Theatre
555 N Third St, Burbank, CA 91502

Thank you to our esteemed panel of experts and educators: 

Kelly Bevan, Chief Financial Officer, Rugged Entertainment
Amy Winn, Digital Video Production Teacher, Burbank High School
Varda Bar-Kar, Writer-Director and Co-Chair of New Filmmakers Los Angeles
Denise Hamilton, New York Film Academy Instructor & Writer-Producer
Peter Spirer, Academy® and Emmy® Award nominated Director/Producer and President/CEO, Rugged Entertainment

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Learn More about our Experts & Educators!

Kelly Bevan - for webKelly Bevan
CFO, Rugged Entertainment

Kelly Bevan is the Communications Director and Chief Financial Officer for Rugged Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. Formerly, Ms. Bevan was a public relations professional in the fashion industries in both New York and Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Winn - for webAmy Winn
Digital Video Production Teacher, Burbank High School

As the Digital Video Production Teacher at Burbank High School, Amy Winn trains students in concepts and principles used in film and video production. Students learn the historical perspectives of film production and analyze American film and television from a variety of artistic approaches and are exposed to the basics of visual story telling through the creation of storyboards, script writing, basic shot types, camera movements, lighting, audio, and techniques of editing. This is Ms. Winn’s third year running this exciting and popular program, which she is continuing to grow and strengthen.

 

 

 

 

Varda Bar-Kar - for webVarda Bar-Kar
Writer-Director
Co-Chair, New Filmmakers Los Angeles

Varda Bar-Kar is a world traveler, a lover of life and an award-winning film director based in Santa Monica, California. Varda earned a BA in Theatre Arts from Cornell University and an MFA in Filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. She got her start in film production working as a feature film Script Supervisor for maverick directors like Jim Jarmusch, Wayne Wang, and Carrol Ballard. As an independent filmmaker, she explores the breadth of the human condition on projects ranging from viral videos, branded content, short films and feature projects.  Her most recent feature documentary Big Voice chronicling a challenging year in the life of a determined high school choir director and his choir won the “Best U.S. Premiere” at the Heartland Film Festival, “Best Documentary” at New Filmmakers Los Angeles and “Best Family Documentary” at the South Dakota Film Festival. Big Voice was picked up by Netflix, North America.  Gravitas Ventures is distributing it globally and The Video Project is handling educational distribution. Currently, Varda is developing the narrative feature film School of Summer, somewhere between Stand By Me and 400 Blows, it is a poignantly funny coming of age story steeped in mid-1970’s Southern California culture.

Varda Co-Chairs NewFilmmakers Los Angeles,  is a member of Film Independent, the Alliance of Women Directors &  Film Fatales. See a selection of  Varda’s film work at vardabarkar.com

 

Denise Hamilton - for webDenise Hamilton
New York Film Academy Instructor & Writer-Producer

Denise Hamilton is a writer-producer for television whose work has been produced for NBC and CBS affiliates in New York and Boston, the Discovery Channel, the Fox Family Channel, E! Entertainment, de Passe Entertainment, and Quincy Jones-David Saltzman Entertainment. Ms. Hamilton wrote and produced the documentary Ngone’s Story: A Tale of Africa’s Orphans for the NBC/IBC series Horizons of the Spirit. Ms. Hamilton was coordinating producer for both the ABC-TV documentary Motown 40: The Music is Forever, and WNBC-TV’s For Peace Sake: Youth Speaks Out that won three local Emmys. She also was the writer and field producer of two hour-long documentaries on Rwandan refugees for GBGM Productions: A Harvest of Love and Refugee Camps of Zaire which aired on the Odyssey Channel; as well as Nicaragua, a 1-hour documentary on missionary work in that country.

Ms. Hamilton is currently producing her multi-media theatre piece RACE RELAY, about race relations, in November at SIPA in downtown L.A and, for the past nine years she has served as co-chairperson of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers-West. B.F.A. Theater, Howard University, M.A. Education, NYU.

 

Peter Spirer - for webPeter Spirer
Academy® and Emmy® Award nominated Director/Producer

President/CEO, Rugged Entertainment

Peter Spirer, President/CEO of Rugged Entertainment, is an Academy Award and Emmy Award Nominated director and producer whose films have twice been official selections at Sundance Film Festival. He produced and directed the feature film Just Another Day starring Wood Harris and Jamie Hector (both from HBO’s “The Wire”), which premiered on BET and is currently airing on Showtime. In 2003, his debut narrative film Dunsmore garnered numerous accolades from industry insiders, critics and fans alike. His vast catalogue of documentaries include the groundbreaking music doc Rhyme and Reason, as well as the BEEF series of films (I-III), Thug Angel (on slain rapper Tupac Shakur), Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life, and many more. His films have received wide critical acclaim, and his films play regularly across the cable dial (HBO, Showtime, MTV, VH-1, IFC, BET, Starz, Fuse and The Sundance Channel).

Recently, Spirer Executive Produced Queen Mimi, which is currently playing on Netflix, Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe, and Who the F**K Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago – a film about a gay A&R executive who signed Metallica and White Zombie – both slated for an end of 2017 Netflix release. Spirer produced, wrote and edited Smash which recently closed a Netflix deal to start airing late ’17.

Spirer directed the QD3 produced film, Feel Rich for XLrator Media. The film features many of today’s urban music stars and a segment with Quincy Jones. Spirer just wrapped Spirit Game: Pride Of A Nation, a documentary about the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team and their efforts to create awareness of their Native Sovereignty. Spirt Game just closed a deal with Starz.

Spirer and his company Rugged Entertainment recently created a partnership with XLrator Media where he is producing, directing and acquiring content under the Rugged/XLrator banner including the recently released The Legend of 420, a look into the legalization of cannabis.

 


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