Saturday April 28th at 10AM
LOCATION: THE BIRDHOUSE THEATRE
In times when commonly agreed upon facts become “fake news,” one important remedy is a huge dose of nonfiction. These filmmakers discuss the ordeals, tribulations, the reasons, the rewards and upshots of creating their art, illuminating important and controversial subjects, bringing reality to the people. The panel explores the question: Does a movie actually have the power to initiate real political change? Our illustrious panelist talk about the ways the subjects in their films changed the world, and the way their films have in turn changed them and their audiences.
Jon Watts is a Director/Producer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in documentary-style content, with work being featured both
domestically and internationally.
Jon is a freelance producer for many production houses, where he focuses
on specialized, story-driven commercial projects. Select clients include
Twitter, Samsonite, Chick-fil- A, and Georgia State University, among others.
In 2012, Jon premiered his documentary feature debut, AKA Blondie. This
award-winning film has received praise from critics, and has gone on to
play at festivals throughout the world.
Homespun is a documentary series he developed with his wife to collaborate with talented filmmakers telling community-driven stories. The
series itself profiles local characters in and around metro Atlanta. Screenings occur annually at the historic Plaza Theatre, and then Xfinity
On Demand’s Film Festival Collective.
Australian native, Kylie Hitchcock-Garcelon is an award-winning screenwriter and director based in Austin, TX. Her most recent project, The Dog Walker, is a feature length psychological thriller which she wrote and directed with Gladiolus Productions last year in NYC.
In 2015 Kylie wrote and directed "Moral Compass" a narrative short which earned her a Best Director award at the 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest and three Best Short Film nominations. Moral Compass has screened in seven festivals in the USA and internationally.
Kylie is a prolific screenwriter and often drawn to darker themes. With that said, her comedic romance, ‘Whistling in the Dark’ won the Jury Prize at the Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival in 2017. In 2018, Kylie made her first foray into television writing as a Segment Producer for Future Sight Entertainment on an upcoming TV documentary.
Kylie’s career in the visual arts began in front of the camera but she was drawn to the storytelling world and began to write in a committed way in 2013. Since then she has penned three award winning feature screenplays and numerous shorts. Her next major project ‘The Mary Project’, a
feature length dramedy is currently in development and is slated for production in 2019.
Bill VanDerKloot’s career spans four decades and includes short films, broadcast commercials, television documentaries and theatrical features. Over the years he has traveled the world creating films on a range of topics from public sculpture to political history; from southern blues to environmental science. He has won over one hundred international awards, including Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award.
He produced the Atlanta Olympic Film, TIME AND DREAMS, which helped win the bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. VanDerKloot’s productions include special video installations for the Carter Presidential Museum and Library, the Columbus Museum, and the Special Collections Library at the University of Georgia.
Bill has directed hundreds of commercial and branded content projects for such clients as CNN, Delta Air Lines, Cox Enterprises, Coca-Cola, McKesson,
Invesco, US Marine Corps, and Porsche, to name just a few. His work has been shown on such venues as PBS, National Geographic, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, HBO, Showtime, as well as iTunes, amazon, and Netflix.
VanDerKloot created the award-winning Little Mammoth children's programs, The BIG Adventure Series®, which are licensed in over 30 countries worldwide. The latest episode in the series was released in 2018.
Based in Atlanta, VanDerKloot founded Magick Lantern in 1990, a video post-production house and digital production studio serving the film and television industry. He sold the studio in 2013 to focus full time on content production.
VanDerKloot was the founding director of the Atlanta Film Festival and has
written about filmmaking for such publications as American Cinematographer. He was long-time board member and past president of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP), an industry association responsible for creating Georgia’s wildly successful film tax incentives.
VanDerKloot has screened his films and lectured around the country at such
institutions as University of Florida, Georgia State University, New York
Churchillians, Coalition for Quality Children’s Programming, and the
National WWII Museum.
Moderator: Maryanne Galvin
Maryanne Galvin is an independent filmmaker as well as a practicing forensic psychologist in Boston, Massachusetts. Her non-fiction films --many with a social justice focus--have won awards at film festivals in the USA and abroad and have been broadcast and distributed widely. Galvin has also written, directed, and produced four educational training videos for mental health and law enforcement professionals. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a licensed and Board Certified psychologist. She also earned the MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Boston. Filmmaker, forensic psychologist, educator, and entrepreneur – Galvin uses her background in psychology, behavioral science and creative writing to inform her visual storytelling.
Her most recent films, 13 REASONS TO FLY and HOW WE ROLL: The Last Milers, have just begun their festival runs. 13 Reasons to Fly takes a look at the intersection of mental illness, hope and recovery and premiered last week at the Boston International Film Festival.