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Filmed Entertainment

filmed entertainment: financing, producing, marketing and distributing independent content

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

NYU Stern
44 West Fourth Street
Room KMC 2-60, Large Amphitheater

The best minds from NYU's Tisch School of Arts, Stern School of  Business, and its Cinema Research Institute share cutting edge concepts about the filmed entertainment business and share their strategies for success in the ever-changing industry. RSVP now!

artel great, founder, project catalyst

Artel is a knowledge worker whose artistic practice engages in themes of cultural politics. Taking artistic and personal risks to advance social justice in profound and visionary ways, has led to Artel becoming known as one of the brightest young media innovators in America. He is the 2014 recipient of the Cinema Research Institute Fellowship Award, and founder of Project Catalyst.

Artel's work has been described as “multilayered” by the New York Times, “warm, outgoing, direct, funny and endearing” by the LA Times and “virtuoso” by the LA Weekly; and he is the winner of a Film Independent, Spirit Award nomination.

Artel graduated summa cum laude as the first Black valedictorian in the University of California, at  Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Theater, Film & Television, where he also earned a Master's degree in cinema & media studies. Artel teaches film history at the New York University, Tisch School of Arts, where he is a Ph.D candidate in cinema studies.

Artel was born and raised in Chicago.

forest conner, mba graduate/mfa thesis student, producer

Forest Conner graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006 with a dual-degree in Computer Science and Psychology, specializing in Artificial Intelligence Research. Upon graduation, Forest worked in software development for the networking giant Cisco Systems, Inc. 

He is a recent graduate of the NYU MBA/MFA dual-degree program, focused specifically in independent film production, both in the traditional model and the expanding world of self-distribution. Forest has unique understanding of the intersection of business, analytics, and art, which he now utilizes in his role as Data Analyst at the internet distribution company VHX.

Forest was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

shruti ganguly, filmmaker, vp, video & Tv, nylon media

Shruti is a New York-based filmmaker and the VP of Video & TV for NYLON Media. She has produced numerous narrative features, short films and documentaries, and digital video content, which have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Venice, Telluride, and so on. The films include THE COLOR OF TIME, BLACK DOG, RED DOG, and YOSEMITE, which star James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Her recent movie H., directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, won the Venice Biennale College Cinema prize in 2013 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, followed by a screening in Berlin. She most recently was a Producer at Condé Nast Entertainment, developing the content and strategy for Vogue Magazine, and was previously a Senior Producer at MTV Networks. Shruti's upcoming feature productions include GREEN DOLPHIN with Executive Producer Keanu Reeves, directed by Chris Kenneally, and BLESS by Maria Dyer. She is currently on the jury for Film and Video for the CLIO Awards.

Shruti got her MBA and MFA at NYU, at the Stern School of Business and the Tisch School of the Arts. She got her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and hails from India by way of Oman.


miranda sherman: moderator, director of external affairs, cinema research institute and nyu production lab 

Miranda Sherman came to film in a roundabout way: through advertising, social movement studies, and, finally, formalist film theory. Working with Graduate Film students at NYU while she pursued her Masters in Cinema Studies, Miranda became actively engaged in the mechanics of the film industry from the perspective of emerging artists. As Director of External Affairs for the Cinema Research Institute and the NYU Production Lab, Miranda believes that film can be perception- and world-changing - and argues that intersectional diversity must be an essential goal for those creating media and shaping the changing film industry. She combines her interdisciplinary knowledge and experiences to advocate for filmmakers' innovation and invention of more equitable and sustainable artistic careers.

Miranda received her Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from Tisch School of the Arts and her Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. 

Presented with NYU Stern and NYU Cinema Research Institute