The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Presents The 2016 “CAREERS In Film Summit” In Los Angeles And London

Events In Support Of “My Brother’s Keeper”and London Based “Into Film”cif_slide_52

Panel Discussions To Be Live-Streamed on

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), in support of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, will present the second annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 8, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The daylong event for high school and college students will bring together Academy members and other film industry guests to discuss their professions as well as the paths they took to achieve career success.

For the first time, the Los Angeles event will be live-streamed on, and students from around the world will be able to watch each of the six panels.

President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Unemployment among the Millennial Generation, particularly in minority communities, is at record levels, and entrepreneurship can serve as pathway toward economic mobility. While many young people of color have the intuition and drive to succeed there is a gap in understanding how to translate entrepreneurial dreams into viable businesses. When nurtured through proper education, support, and coaching, young entrepreneurs can found enriching small business endeavors that will benefit the individuals and the communities in which they live. (Learn more at

On the two year anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, MBK Task Force Chair Broderick Johnson reflected on MBK’s impact across the country and on the work still underway, stating, “MBK is about obliterating the barriers our kids face. It’s about building strong, lasting bridges to opportunity for boys and girls, young men and young women, no matter what their background or the circumstances into which they were born. It’s about investing in what works, acting with a sense of urgency, basing strategies on data and evidence, and having the courage to call-out and tear down discrimination in every system and policy where it shows up. And, in two years we could not be more excited about the momentum, energy, and enthusiasm that has been sparked all across the country.”

The Academy also will be presenting Careers in Film Summit–London on Friday, November 11, at the Regent Street Cinema in London. Presented in partnership with the UK film education charity Into Film, the half-day event will feature three hour-long panels (panelists to be announced at a later date) and is part of the Into Film Festival, the world’s biggest youth-focused film festival. into-film-e1460027265381

Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience. The ambitious UK-wide Into Film program provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. Into Film will achieve this by:

  • · Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
  • · Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
  • · Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

Now in its fourth year, the Into Film Festival (November 9-25, 2016) is a free celebration of film and education for children and young people. The program features over 3,000 free cinema screenings and events across the UK, many linked to topical themes or subjects in the curriculum. The program showcases everything from exclusive blockbuster previews to classic family films, to workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. The 2016 Festival has over 450,000 5-19 year olds and educators booked in so far. It encourages young people, including many who may never otherwise visit the cinema, to learn and develop an interest in film, with the aim of engaging and informing a new generation of cinema-goers. Bookings can be made at

At the second annual Careers in Film Summit in Los Angeles, some of the film industry professions to be represented include cinematography, composing, sound design, film editing, costume design, special effects makeup, visual effects, public relations and marketing. The panelists will offer students firsthand knowledge of their experiences working in the industry and identify key knowledge areas and skill sets that are essential for specific careers. Film clips chosen by the panelists will highlight significant work.



  • Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper
  • Tyrese Gibson, Actor – “Fast and Furious” series, “Transformers”
  • Catherine Hardwicke, Director – “Twilight,” “Thirteen”
  • James Lopez, Production Executive – “The Perfect Guy,” “Think Like a Man”
  • Theodore Melfi, Writer-Producer-Director – “Hidden Figures,” “St. Vincent”
  • Tyger Williams, Writer – “The Perfect Guy,” “Menace II Society”


  • Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Jerry Constantine, Special Effects Makeup Artist – “Watchmen,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Warren Drummond, Storyboard Artist – “Fences,” “X-Men: First Class”
  • Camille Friend, Hairstylist – “The Hateful Eight,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”
  • Daryn Okada, Cinematographer – “Let’s Be Cops,” “Mean Girls”
  • Phil Saunders, Concept Artist – “Marvel’s The Avengers” series, “Iron Man” series
  • Marlene Stewart, Costume Designer – “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” “The Judge”


  • Moderated by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Rosa Costanza, Sound Technician – “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” “Sinister 2”
  • Greg Hedgepath, Sound Editor – “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Hunger Games”
  • Alyson Moore, Foley Artist – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
  • Steven Morrow, Sound Mixer – “La La Land, “The Perfect Guy”
  • Greg Rudloff, Re-recording Mixer – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “American Sniper”
  • Theresa Rygiel, Visual Effects – “Furious 7,” “The Lord of the Rings” series
  • Troy Takaki, Film Editor – “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Fool’s Gold”


  • Moderated by Mike Muse, My Brother’s Keeper
  • Kathryn Bostic, Songwriter-Composer – “Dear White People,” “I Will Follow”
  • Harry Gregson-Williams, Composer – “The Martian,” “Gone Baby Gone”
  • Abel Korzeniowski, Composer – “Nocturnal Animals,” “A Single Man”
  • Harvey Mason Jr., Songwriter-Music Producer – “The Help,” “Dreamgirls”
  • David Metzner, Music Editor – “Argo,” “The Hangover Part II”
  • Sunny Park, Music Executive – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Shrek 2”
  • Gingger Shankar, Composer – “Five Nights in Maine,” “Water & Power”


  • Moderated by Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood
  • Tony Angellotti, Entertainment Public Relations Executive, The Angellotti Company
  • Gordon Bobb, Entertainment Attorney, Del Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano
  • Jelani Johnson, Agent, Creative Artists Agency
  • Jerome Martin, Manager, JME Management
  • Rena Ronson, Partner, Head of UTA Independent Film Group
  • Phillip Sun, Partner, WME Entertainment


  • Moderated by Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs, AMPAS
  • Eric Goldberg, 2D Animator – “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”
  • Travis Knight, Director-Animator – “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “The Boxtrolls”
  • Floyd Norman, Animator – “Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 2”
  • Peter Ramsey, Director – “Rise of the Guardians”
  • Josie Trinidad, Co-head of Story-Story Artist – “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”

Tickets for the L.A. event are free, but must be reserved in advance. For more information and to obtain tickets, click here.the_academy_logo_detail

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.