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Triple Threats: Wearing Many Hats in Film and TV Production

Join NYWIFT for an engaging behind-the-scenes panel about the lives and careers of triple threats in film, television and digital media production who wear different hats but still manage to get it all done.

Not everyone has the ability to shift from writer to producer, producer to director, or director to writer. Those who do share a particular skill set, and this evening is all about hearing them share their stories and the tricks of the trade that have allowed them to maintain their sanity. Attendees will be able to ask questions and find out just what it takes to successfully deliver a project while holding down multiple roles.


Kara Elverson
is a New York-based filmmaker, producer, and actor working across genres. She has served as a documentary producer and field correspondent, working on such films as the Sundance and Peabody award-winning film, The House I Live In as well as the Emmy award-winning Reagan. In her narrative work, she's starred in, directed, and written a number of films that have screened at festivals including the LA Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, MOMI, and others. A passionate activist, she’s worked in development for the Ms Foundation for Women and was a featured speaker for Soapbox Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out.

Jamie Kirkpatrick transitioned into directing by way of a successful editing career. He built up a diverse filmography in LA and NY including South Park – Bigger, Longer and Uncut, The Door in the Floor and Lost in Translation. Editing credits include Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Ed Burns’ The Groomsmen, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete and The Longest Week with Jason Bateman & Olivia Wilde. Kirkpatrick also worked in network television and commercials. His writing/directing debut (short) The Regular won acclaim at film festivals around the country and is distributed online by IndiePix Films. His second short Squeeze is in postproduction.

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, and producer. Jones' first feature film, Imagine I’m Beautiful, won 12 awards on the film festival circuit before receiving 11-city theatrical and digital distribution by Candy Factory Films. It is now available on iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay. Her next film, Bite Me, is currently in development with producer Jack Lechner (Blue Valentine, Good Will Hunting). Her articles on the evolving indie film landscape and advocating for a stronger female presence have appeared in IndieWire, MovieScope Mag and Filmmaker Magazine. At the 2015 Bermuda International Film Festival, Jones co-taught a screenwriting workshop with Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club).

Dana Verde’s feature-length screenplay The Perfect Match (Dir: Bille Woodruff/Exec. Producer: Queen Latifah) stars Paula Patton and Terrance J and is set for release in 2016. In 2004, she became a script reader for Maisha Film Lab (founded by Director Mira Nair) and co-hosted Your Movie Show (MTV). She later attended the London Film School in the UK. While there, she studied with Mike Leigh, Stephen Fears, and Hanif Kureishi. Other credits include her first full-length feature script The Only Black Girl which made the final round in competition for the 2003 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Currently, Verde is in pre-production on her second feature film #YBA, a comedy about young black actors and their career struggles. Verde will launch her New Media Company, 3CK Media late this fall.

Meghan Scibona (Moderator) is a director/producer/writer/once and future actress. She has directed the feature film Blood Junkies, web series, short films, branded entertainment, interviews and a music video. Her producing credits include feature films, commercials, web series, mini docs and internet videos. Scibona’s next directing/writing project in development is the feature-length comedy Skinny Boys which is about life after "happily ever after." Scibona is a producer at Condé Nast Entertainment and is a partner at Small Media Extra Large, a Brooklyn-based production company. She has served as a guest speaker on filmmaking panels at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival.


Produced by Meghan Scibona and Destiny Lilly

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts