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Sunday, October 16 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
How to be an Ally

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If the Emmys are any indication: inclusive writing reaps huge rewards. Just because you're white, or male, or cis gendered or able-bodied doesn't mean the work for greater inclusiveness leaves you out. In fact, we're gonna have a frank discussion about how greater inclusiveness improves the overall quality of the work. We will cover: writing stories from a different perspective, collaboration that challenges your work and pushes it to new heights and creating vibrant, interesting, nuanced characters.

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Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best founded Seed&Spark to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. Synthesizing subscription streaming and crowdfunding, Seed&Spark delivers sustainability for artists and diversity of content for audiences - and... Read More →

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Wendy Calhoun

writer/producer Justified, Revenge, Nashville, Empire
Wendy Calhoun is a series creator and executive producer with content currently in development at multiple digital and cable companies. This summer she wrote and directed  LEFT BEHIND, a virtual reality short with Project Empathy's VR series for social impact and criminal justice... Read More →
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James Kaelan

James Kaelan and Blessing Yen collaborate on the film culture print magazine BRIGHT IDEAS, and are founding members of the crowdfunding and distribution platform, Seed&Spark. Together, they directed the virtual reality short, "The Visitor" (Slamdance, SFiFF, SIFFx) and are in development... Read More →
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Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Untitled Wreck-It Ralph Sequel, Bears, Samantha Who?; comic book writer Rick and Morty, SLAM!
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter, TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist (Why Girls are Weird, You Take It From Here). She has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios as a writer on Moana and is writing with Phil Johnston (director/writer) on the upcoming... Read More →
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Sanjay Shah

writer/co-executive producer Fresh Off The Boat, Enlisted; writer South Park, King of the Hill
Sanjay Shah is a writer/co-executive producer at Fresh Off The Boat on ABC.

Sunday October 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room