Seattle’s Film Industry + The Women Who Run It
$10 General Admission
A panel discussion with a group of female leaders in the Seattle film industry!
6–6:30pm: Drinks at NWFF
6:30-8pm: Panel at the Riveter (next door)
Seattle is known for its unique film community – not just because of the films made here, but the people who make them. Women run the show, with women in leadership positions across public and private sectors. Join us for a discussion that convenes the head of the city film office, a member of the production team for an ambitious feature that just wrapped shooting, a transplant who’s building community through a film collective, and an independent writer/director. Moderated by Courtney Sheehan, the executive director of Northwest Film Forum, Seattle’s home for independent film – and the Riveter’s next door neighbor!
Join us beforehand for drinks at the Forum, then head to the Riveter for a discussion with amazing industry leaders, including Kate Becker, Emily Pando, Myisa Plancq-Graham, Sudeshna Sen, and Courtney Sheehan.
Like her diverse ethnic background, Emily Pando is an amalgamation of experiences and cultures, raised on a ranch in Southern Colorado and later the City of San Francisco.
She found work as an actor in San Francisco and Los Angeles before eventually making her way to Seattle, where she now works on both sides of the lens. Creating content and collaborating with other local filmmakers from Music Videos to Narrative films led to her Directorial debut, 8:AM (2016), a short film that has earned screenings at Oscar qualifying festivals such as Cleveland and Seattle International Film Festivals, in addition to Michael Moores Traverse City Film Festival and others.
With a passion for Social Justice and Social Services, Emily has spent time traveling and volunteering with indigent populations in Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. These experiences have informed her world view and sparked a lifelong passion for telling stories of the human experience. With three projects currently in post-production, Emily is driven to illuminate important issues through cinema.
San Francisco native Myisa Plancq-Graham began her photography career exploring the streets of Atlanta in 2011. Her growing appreciation for photography and videography culminated in the creation of Annie Graham Imagery which led to her work with The Hive Gallery & Studios in downtown Los Angeles. In 2013, she worked as photographer and graphic designer for clothing company, Blu Pony Vintage. Myisa serves as creative director, videographer and editor for UNCODE.
Sudeshna Sen is a Seattle based Director/Writer. Her debut short film Julia’s Farm was acquired by KCTS 9 and is currently streaming through ReelNW. Julia’s Farm screened at Local Sightings Film Festival, One Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot, and at HollyShorts Film Festival in L.A.
Sudeshna is currently in post-production for her new short film. She is involved in many local films – Thin Skin (dir. Charles Mudede, currently in pre-production) Sadie (dir. Megan Griffiths) MOPZ (dir. Todd Rohal), and My Last Year With the Nuns (dir. Bret Fetzer), to name a few.
She is the Board Vice President at Northwest Film Forum.
Sudeshna completed her Ph.D in Classical Japanese literature at University of Oregon, and a PostDoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley. Before becoming a filmmaker she taught Japanese literature and visual culture at University of Washington and at University of Utah.