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Lara Gallagher – Short Block 2 Q&A Moderator
Lara Jean Gallagher is a writer and director originally from rural Pennsylvania. She earned her Directing MFA from Columbia University and was named one of IFP’s 2015 Emerging Storytellers. Her award-winning shorts and music videos have screened at SXSW, Palm Springs Shortfest, Mill Valley, Portland International, and online via Pitchfork, Spin, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others. Her debut feature film, Clementine, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was made with the support of the Venice Biennale College-Cinema, Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and IFP. Clementine won awards for best cinematography and best narrative feature film at the Bend Film Festival and had it’s virtual theatrical release in May 2020 by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Most recently, Lara’s coming of age horror script, Red Mother was awarded the Westridge Grant from the San Francisco Film Society.
Lori Shockley – Corked
Lori Shockley is a bi-coastal filmmaker. As a veteran producer, writer and accomplished 20-plus year industry professional, Lori brought her vast experience and talent to direct “Corked”.
“Corked” is a dramatic narrative short based on a true story. She co-wrote the feature length script of the same name.
Lori is an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America and New York Women in Film and Television. In 2018 she was accepted to the Mediterranean Film Institute for screenwriting and has written several screenplays.
She produced “Papal Cab” that premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and “Inside David Mamet’s Computer” that premiered at London’s Raindance Film Festival. She has won multiple awards for corporate documentary producing. Her additional credits are available on imdb. “Corked’ is her narrative directing debut.
Lori resides in San Francisco and NYC with her partner, Len.
Erin Brockhouse – Tension
Erin Brockhouse was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film & Television. She is extremely interested in making documentaries in order to share my story along with giving voice to the voiceless. Her parents have played a large role in inspiring her to study and pursue a career in the arts, being artists themselves. Growing up in a culturally diverse city allowed her to learn more about what is relevant and has encouraged her to express herself as an individual and as a member of a community.
Veronica Miles – Bess
Veronica Miles is a Los Angeles native with a passion for film, travel, and preserving the cinema-going experience. Having practiced filmmaking for over 20 years, she began in high school around 2001, the earliest days of digital filmmaking. As a teenager, she won multiple youth film awards and a merit scholarship to a film camp in Tuscany, Italy. After graduating from The New School, she strived to bring progressive change to the film industry and became an early pioneer of sustainable film production practices, creating many industry standards used for film/TV productions today.
Veronica’s dedication to the cinematic experience led to a career in Cinema Exhibition over the past 8 years: managing cinemas, producing large-scale screening events and working at the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Fest, New Zealand International Film Festival, TCM Fest, and more. She has now moved into Impact Producing for Spellbound Productions II, overseeing distribution of their award-winning documentary General Magic, which had a 25-city US theatrical run and is now available on Showtime and VOD. She is currently a Producing lead on their next project in development.
Spending two years living in Australia and New Zealand reignited her passion for Directing. Veronica is currently writing a short film set in New Zealand and developing ideas for two feature film projects surrounding the themes of growth, self-healing, and place as it relates to identity. Veronica sees inspiring a sense of community and promoting inclusion as crucial to the future of film.
Kristine Morgan – The Revelation
Kristine Morgan is a filmmaker and writer from Indianapolis. Previous work has premiered at the Arizona International Film Festival, Film Girl Film Festival, and online via NoBudge and The Girlgaze Network. Kristine holds a BA in Film from Arizona State University and is currently working toward an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University. She can be found online at kristinemorgan.com.
Sam Herath – Mia
Sam Herath is an Australian Director, Producer and Screenwriter who has directed and produced a number of short films and web series including; A Simple Event (2010), One Eye for Mum, One Eye for Dad (2017), One Way Ticket (2018), Mia (2019), Reencuentro (2019) and Heroes of the End Times (2019). Herath also works as a Cinematographer/ Director of Photography with DOP credits on Girl/City (2006), Decide (2010), One Way Ticket (2018), Mia (2019) and Reencuentro (2019).
She was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and has lived in different parts of the world. Herath began making films as a teenager and later pursued her passion for the industry by graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media, specializing in Film Production, later graduating with a Juris Doctor in Law. Herath has also worked in advertising and is a qualified lawyer who has practiced in Criminal and Family law. Herath works on film projects around the world and resides in Perth, Australia.