Filmmakers have long delighted in exploring human angst on screen, and as an audience, we relish and revel in these stories. But what is the fine line of darkness that you can push boundaries towards before audiences turn away, and why are we so drawn to the anguish of others as an escape from reality? Panelists include Meadowland director Reed Morano Thank You for Playing co-directors David Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and Necktie Youth director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.
In early 2013, Reed was invited to become a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, becoming the youngest active member in the ASC and one of only 12 women out of approximately 341 active members in the organization. In 2011, Variety named her one of "10 Cinematographers to Watch”. Reed’s most recent theatrically released features are “The Skeleton Twins”, “And So It Goes”, and “Kill Your Darlings”. Reed lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children, where she is currently editing her first feature as both director and the DP, “Meadowland”.
David Osit is a documentary film director, editor and composer. His first feature documentary film Building Babel which he directed and shot played at film festivals worldwide, including True/False and DocNYC. David is an alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program and the True/False SWAMI program. He received his bachelorʼs degree at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan, and studied Refugee Law at the American University of Cairo. David is a recipient of the Anthony Rhodes Vice Presidential Scholarship.
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer is a 22 year-old independent filmmaker, writer, visual artist, curator, TEDtalks alumnus and musician based in Johannesburg, South Africa exercising central activity in Europe. Shongwe-La Mer has focused activity in the production of independent feature films, fine art photography, live/real-time video manipulation and music composition. Shongwe-La Mer began his directorial career in 2011 at the age of 19 in the production of short content and music videos, first directing a series of South African music videos crossing the style and genre spectrums.
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an award-winning filmmaker of British/Moroccan origin. She is the co-director and producer of Call Me Kuchu, a documentary which depicts the last year in the life of the first openly gay man in Uganda, David Kato. It won over 18 awards. Her journalism work has been published in The Financial Times, and she has reported for CNN.com from India, Uganda, China, and the U.S. Malika is a graduate of Cambridge University, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, journalist Andy Greenberg.
MODERATED BY ERIC KOHN, the chief film critic and a senior editor for Indiewire as well as the manager of the Criticwire Network. His work has also appeared The New York Times, Cineaste, New York Magazine, Variety, Filmmaker, and several other publications. Born in Texas and raised in Seattle, he holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in cinema studies from NYU. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend, two cats, and a flat-screen TV.