A panel of UCSB alumni working in the technical, creative, and producing areas discuss career paths both "above and below the line" for women in the entertainment industry. Panelists include: Entertainment publicist and Film and Media Studies alum, Brittany Sandler (moderator), Brittany Vu (Film and Television Development at MASproduction), Laura Foody (Entertainment Lawyer at Anonymous Content), Andulka "Annie" Wilkes (Editor at Moving Art), Lauren Haroutunian (Cinematographer and Dean of RocketJump Film School), and Stephanie Choi (Set Lighting Technician/Director).
This event is sponsored by Women in Media, UCSB Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and UCSB Associated Students.
Women in Media is a weekend conference focusing on women's career paths in the entertainment field. Strategies for entering the industry, networking, negotiating and thriving in your career will be discussed. Panels and workshops will be held throughout the day. Registration for these events is open to current UCSB students. The evening keynote presentations are open to the public. This is a student-organized conference cosponsored by the women who head: The Studio (Vivian Vuong), The Writers’ Room (Quinnolyn Benson-Yates), The Reel Loud Film Festival (Kirsten “Cookie” Pierre), and The Limitless Coalition (Danielle Hakimi).
The events in the Pollock Theater were made possible by the generous support of The UCSB Film and Media Studies Department, the Carsey-Wolf Center, and UCSB Associated Students.
Andulka "Annie" Wilkes
Andulka "Annie" Wilkes is a Los Angeles based editor. She received her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara (2009) and has edited: documentaries, music videos, and narratives. Andulka currently works as an editor at Moving Art and is also a member of the Pixeldrip Galleries art collective.
Lauren Haroutunian is a cinematographer and film educator based in Los Angeles, CA. She currently is the creator and Dean of the RocketJump Film School-- a free, online educational resource for aspiring filmmakers that launched in 2015. Prior to that, she taught college courses and lead the film program at the Binning Family Foundation, a Denver non-profit where she worked with alternative learning students to develop life skills through video production and storytelling. She continues to shoot short films, commercials, series, and shows, and her penchant and skill for action cinematography coupled with her partnership with the RocketJump production company has given her work over 30 million views online.
Stephanie Choi is a graduate of UCSB in 2006 and has been working "below the line" in movies and television for almost ten years. As a Set Lighting Technician and Best Boy Electric based in Los Angeles, her credits include House, Glee, American Horror Story, Workaholics, Cowboys and Aliens, Moneyball, and Thor, just to name a few.
Laura Foody is an attorney at Anonymous Content, a production and management company based in Los Angeles. Laura received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and B.A. degrees in Film & Media Studies and Psychology from UCSB.