Women In Film


The Carmel Art and Film Festival's Women in Film program is a celebration of women in the film and art industries. From the networking opportunity lunch on stage at the Sunset Cultural Arts Center, to the provocative panel discussion to a dynamic screening, it is designed to support and encourage present and future artists. A catered lunch for 150 is held on stage after which we open up the entire theatre for a panel discussion featuring five trend setting women representing different aspects of the film business. We follow that up with a related screening. While we bring together accomplished and powerful women in many fields, we also strongly believe that young women just starting their careers should also have a "seat at the table" so we reserve at least one seat at every table for a young women who attend as our guests. Proceeds from the event also benefit the Carmel Art and Film Festival's scholarship fund.



Beverly Todd, a People's Choice Award winner and four time NAACP Award nominee, Beverly has had a long career as an actress, writer and producer. Beverly is also a founder and the President of "Hollywood Sisters" a non-profit cultural arts organization comprised of African American actresses, writers, directors, producers and other high profile women in the field of artistic expressions.


Amy Powell, Senior Vice President, Interactive Marketing, Paramount Pictures. Focusing on Interactive Marketing, Amy has created, developed and executed integrated marketing campaigns for films including "Spider Man," "Nacho Libre," "Dreamgirls," "Men In Black," "Lemony Snicket," "War of the Worlds," "Mission Impossible" and more.


Jordan Bayne's career began as an actor working with such great talent as Martin Sheen and Ernie Hudson in A STRANGER IN THE KINGDOM and again with Sheen in MERCY OF THE SEA. Her television career started with Showtime's POLTERGEIST- THE LEGACY and she has also been seen on the critically acclaimed LAW & ORDER. Bayne's writing and directorial debut was the short film ARGO, starring Jordana Spiro [My Boys, Harry's Law]. Bayne is currently on the festival circuit with her powerful film THE SEA IS ALL I KNOW, an extraordinary story of love in the face of death, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.


Valerie Weiss, is a Harvard trained scientist turned filmmaker who is turning heads with her directorial debut, "Losing Control." A delightful romantic comedy about a scientist who sets out to prove her boyfriend is "the one." Harvard trained scientist? Sound familiar? Valerie admits the film is semi-autobiographical. "Losing Control" is set for theatrical release in early 2012.

Unable to join us for the luncheon? The panel discussion and film screening of "Losing Control" are included with the Essential Credential festival pass and VIP Package holders. Individual tickets ($10/ $5 Students/ Military Free) are available at the door.



October 15, 2011
11:30 Champagne
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Panel Discussion
2:00 Screening
(These are approximate times)

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