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Saturday, October 15 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Screenwriter, MD

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Scrub up, because this panel is going to dissect the heart of writing medical dramas. Hear from a team of trained professionals on how to create stories of illness, recovery, and redemption without ever stepping foot in an emergency room. After all, no villain is scarier than the undiagnosed disease. With the amount of tension, terror, and drama inherently present within the walls of a hospital, it’s no wonder how many medical dramas have found success on television. Writers from standout shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice will discuss how they operate on each episode while keeping the stories fresh and the research sound.

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Fabienne Harford

Fabienne (Fabs) Harford first joined the AFF team in 2003 as the Volunteer Coordinator. Over the course of her involvement with the Festival, she’s worked in a variety of roles including: Marketing Director, Young Filmmakers Program Director, Financial Analyst and Assistant Director... Read More →

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Smitha R. Chadaga

co-founder Doctors on Set
Smitha R. Chadaga MD, FHM, FACP grew up in rural southern Illinois and she graduated from University of Missouri - Kansas City's combined BA/MD program in 2000. She completed her internal medicine training at the University of Colorado where she was chosen to serve as Chief Medical... Read More →
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Maria Frank

co-founder Doctors on Set
Maria (Gaby) Frank MD, FACP, FHM was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in the Argentinian Patagonia.  She graduated from University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in 1998.  She completed her training in internal medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Colorado. Currently... Read More →
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Zahir McGhee

writer/producer Scandal, Private Practice
Born and raised in South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, Zahir earned a M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television.  In 2010, Zahir was selected as one of eight participants in the Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellowship. Later that... Read More →
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Raamla Mohamed

writer/producer Scandal, Still Star-Crossed
Raamla was born and raised in Los Angeles by her Somalian father and her South Bronx-ian mother.  After graduating from Columbia University with a double major in English Literature and Film Studies, Raamla remained in NYC to work in off-Broadway theater.  She then went on to receive... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

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