Women in Film Panel Discussion

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As part of the Sheridan WYO Film Festival, join us for a free Women in Film panel discussion featuring five highly creative and talented female filmmakers who all have films at this year’s festival. The discussion will focus on their personal journey within the film industry, as well as explore the broader aspects of representation in film, including the range and available roles for women both in front of and behind the camera. There will be an audience Q&A after the panel. Panelists include professor and filmmaker Robin Starbuck, photographer/filmmaker Robin Layton, filmmaker Meredith McKee, actress Stacy Snyder, and filmmaker EmaLee Arroyo

About the Panelists

Robin Starbuck is a New York based filmmaker and animator. She is an adopted daughter of the Apsaalooke Tribe of eastern Montana and a professor of experimental film and animation at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work in experimental film, installation art, animation and media for theater has been exhibited in Museums, Cultural Centers, Galleries, and festivals in the United States, Europe and South America. She has received multiple awards and fellowships for artist residencies both nationally and internationally. Ms. Starbuck’s current projects include How We see Water, an experimental documentary film on indigenous young women in Chiapas, Mexico, Stag’s Mirror, a poetic interpretation of Rosario’ Castellano’s novel, The Book of Lamentations, several animation projects, and video projections for Theater projects in NYC. She has produced media projections for the puppeteer, Dan Hurlin’s play Double Aspects: Bright and Fair, The Pan Asian Repertory Theater’s Dojoji, for the experimental operas FROTH: Future Archaeologies of Love and Power performed at NY’s Symphony Space and Hole: An Opera in Search of an Opera in Europe, for New York puppeteer Tom Lee’s production of Shanks Mare, and sculptor Mel Chen’s museum installation See to Sea, among others.

Starbuck holds her MFA in multimedia installation and performance art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a post-graduate certificate in Post-Production for Film from the NYU, Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.

Meredith McKee is proud to have already won two awards for "Ten Years Out" - 1) Best Female Director and 2) Best First Time Director as granted by the Independent Short Awards in May 2018. With a degree in journalism and a background in content production for Aspen Snowmass and GoPro, this film which is character driven has given Meredith the opportunity of a lifetime. To tell a woman's story of adversity, loss, grief, healing and strength has been the most fulfilling project of her career.

Meredith is the founder and owner of Meredith Brett Media (MBM). MBM is a media agency specializing in film production, film festival programming and public relations. Her current clients include 5Point Film Festival (acting as the Executive Director and Programming Director), PR for Lead with Love and PR SKI.com.

Stacy Snyder - Stacy graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from Chapman University Magna Cum Laude with Theater Honors. Currently, Stacy trains with Berg studios and is in the Advanced Studies program for improv at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). Stacy is an actor of bold imagination and quirky innocence. Stacy has graced the screen and stage across the U.S. and is currently writing and co-starring in the comedy webseries Girls Sport Center For Men.

Robin Layton - During her 25 years as a photojournalist, renowned photographer Robin Layton has produced countless notable photographs and earned a place among the world’s top photographers. By age 24, she was honored by LIFE magazine as one of the eight most talented photographers in America. In 1991, her image of a young departing soldier, embracing his daughter on the USS John F. Kennedy, was used globally for ads including AT&T and the USO and was on the cover of LIFE Magazine’s The Year in Pictures issue. Her photo story on runaway teens in downtown Seattle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Sports enthusiasts will remember her iconic photograph of Ken Griffey Jr. from the 1995 American League playoffs (“The Smile at the Bottom of the Pile”).

Robin has been a Nikon Ambassador since 2013.

EmaLee Arroyo - is an international performance artist that has toured with the acclaimed performance art troupe, La Pocha Nostra. Her passion for film and video art have led her to collaborate with innovative directors, editors and other creatives in fashion, beauty, experimental film and music videos. Emz has directed music videos, performance art and many fashion commercials and videos. She loves to tell stories and bring out the beauty in this world. The motto she tries to live her life by is "Art that does not heal, is not art" - Alejandro Jodorowsky