Advancing Your Career as a Filmmaker in partnership with The Harold Ramis School
What next steps should you take once you’ve finished your short film, and how can your short help you advance your career as a filmmaker? Join this panel of short filmmakers for a conversation on the journey of the short film and their advice for using your produced work as a tool to break into the industry.
6-7:15pm – Panel discussion
7:30 – 8:30pm – Happy Hour
Meet the Announced Panelists:
Katherine O'Brien - Writer, Filmmaker, & Creative Consultant
Katherine O’Brien is a writer, filmmaker, and creative consultant, operating in Hollywood and throughout the international marketplace for over 15 years. She creates comedic, dramatic, and documentary content for film, television, and the digital space.
Additionally, she provides expert story analysis, coverage, and script consultation for both studio-based and independent filmmakers. Sought-after for her keen story instincts and unique comedic voice, Katherine gravitates toward stories that need telling, and is passionate about helping those stories find their audiences. She continually cultivates her expertise in story development as both a screenwriter and creative consultant, developing projects with some of Hollywood’s most respected companies, and internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Katherine’s clients have been nominated for and won Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes every year for the past 13 years.
Katherine holds a BFA in Writing for Film and Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is on the faculty at The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City, an adjunct faculty instructor at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago, as well as an educational consultant for the Doha Film Institute in Doha, Qatar.
Katherine lives in Chicago with her husband and two young sons.
Jennifer Reeder - Writer & Director
Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, The London Film Festival, SXSW, The Venice Biennale and The Whitney Biennial. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. She won a Creative Capital Grant in Moving Image in 2015, short film funding from Rooftop/Adrienne Shelly Foundation in 2016 and short film funding from the Hamburg Film Fund in 2016. She was a USA Artist nominee for 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2020. She was a Herb Alpert Film Award nominee in 2018. She won a 2018/19 scriptwriting award from SFFIM/Rainin Foundation. She is the 2019 recipient of the Alpert Film Award residency at the MacDowell Colony. Her most recent film, Knives and Skin was theatrically released in France in November 2019 through UFO and in the US in December 2019 through IFC Midnight.
Ted Reilly - Executive Director of the Chicago Media Angels
Ted Reilly is the Executive Director of the Chicago Media Angels, whose mission is to organize, educate and accelerate savvy media investors in Chicago. Ted is the co-founder of SRH Partners where he leverages his passion for creativity and extensive experience in finance to help creativ talent organize and flourish. Ted is also a co-foundr of Lifefinder Films, a Brooklyn based film production company that produces content in a variety of formats.
Before launching his own company to focus on content as an asset class, Ted worked in the investment management division of Goldman Sachs and received his BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.