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OUTSET 2015 – MEET THE MENTORS

Meet the OutSet Mentors

We are pleased to announce the Mentors for the 2015 OutSet class – coming from diverse areas of the entertainment industry. These filmmakers and producers will mentor the OutSet fellows in producing and directing five short films, ushering their stories from development through to exhibition.

CHRIS RANTA, Producer, Executive Director/Creator of OutSet
Chris is an Emmy award winning producer who previously served as the Vice President of Production at OddLot Entertainment as a member of the producing team(s) on acclaimed films such as DRIVE, starring Ryan Gosling, RABBIT HOLE, starring Nichole Kidman, and most recently ENDER’S GAME, starring Asa Butterfield, Viola Davis, and Harrison Ford.  As an indie producer and executive, he has recently been involved with films such as THE SPECTACULAR NOW starring Shailene Woodly, WILD OATS starring Jessica Lange, and SWELTER starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Alfred Molina.

Receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in Producing from the American Film Institute he routinely speaks as a guest lecturer and serves as a mentor guiding future filmmakers. You can read more about his filmography at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2024658/

HENRY ALBERTO
Henry Alberto is thrilled to be a mentor this year for OutSet with his creative partner, Evelyn Lorena. Henry and Evelyn, have collaborated on several projects including the Fusion Lab winner “Trust Me,I’m a Ninja”, “For Her” (Outfest, Outfest Fusion 2014) and they recently completed “Sprout” which they wrote and produced together.  Henry starred and wrote the award-winning “She Kills He” which aired on MTV’s LOGO, and was voted “Best in Short Film” by viewers.  ”She Kills He” screened at film festivals around the world, including Rhode Island International, Outfest, and Frameline, who also acquired the film for distribution. He is an Outfest Screenwriting Lab alumnus with the feature screenplay  ”Pretty Little Girl”, currently in development. He also directed and penned the short film “Rubber Duckie”, released by Artiztical Entertainment. His last two films he directed “My Best Friend, Ben” and the experimental feature film “Hara-Kiri” are in post production. Henry is currently developing the series HOUSE OF MAYHEM, about homeless gay youth, based on the award-winning and GLAAD nominated play Auntie Mayhem.

EVELYN LORENA
Evelyn Lorena is honored to become an OutSet mentor this year alongside her creative partner Henry Alberto. With Henry, she has been overjoyed to create, produce, direct, act and write many projects, some of which include the Fusion Lab Winner “Trust Me I’m a Ninja”, “for her.” (Outfest, Outfest Fusion 2014), and most recently Sprout, a film about the Guatemalan farming crisis. An acting graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts – Evelyn began filmmaking upon her arrival to Los Angeles. Her films have premiered at festivals such as the Pasadena Film Fest, HBO Outfest, Outfest Fusion, Cinema Scaffold New York and Cineffable Woman’s Festival Paris among others. She is finalizing production for a new series CRASH DANCE, which she penned (alongside director Michael Bond), produced and stars in. Evelyn has two original scripts in development, ‘George + Rose’, an independent feature and an ‘untitled’ television pilot. A native North Carolinian and first generation Guatemalan, her array of cultural backgrounds and experiences have served as fuel for telling heartfelt original stories.

DEONDRAY GOSSFIELD & QUINCY LENEAR GOSSFIELD
Returning mentors and producing partners, Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear, have produced, written, directed, and even acted their way all over town. They are the creators and executive producers for the former GLAAD Award-winning TV series, “The DL Chronicles” and the NEW series “The DL Chronicles RETURNS.” They were the recipients of 2014′s, Rolf/Uribe Models of Pride Award, which honors individuals who have made an impact on the LGBT youth through their service and by being positive role models. They also produce for numerous reality TV shows; currently on the CW’s, “World Dog Awards” set to air in January 2015, SyFy Channel’s, “Face Off”, ABC’s, “The Family Dance Off”, and formerly the Disney Channel’s, “Shake it Up Make Your Mark Dance Off”, NBC’s, “The Sing-Off” and MTV’s, “America’s Best Dance Crew.” They are currently writing and developing feature films and in development on numerous scripted drama series and original reality TV series.

ROSIE HABER
Born in rainy Portland, Oregon, Rosie Haber is a writer/director who has been based in Southeast Asia for the last three years. Her films often deal with the potent themes of ripe adolescent sexuality, desire in restrictive locales, and the painful aspects of family.

A recent graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts and a Global Social Change Fellow, she has traditionally focused on making international films to explore the ways in which common human experiences connect people across borders. She has shot in the United States, Bolivia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

With a background in DJing and electronic music production, she has directed music videos for the Singapore-based electronic duo, Octover and the Bombay-based artist Monica Dogra, of Shaa’ir + Func. She delights in making her own work, and forms half of the experimental audiovisual collaborative, innertigre.

In 2013, Haber was selected as an Outfest Screenwriting Lab fellow for her feature script, Soledad. She was also a selected as a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow. Her script, Relapse, was chosen as one of 6 to be greenlit, funded, and produced by Film Independent. Her short films have played at festivals worldwide including Outfest, Frameline, and the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Her film, Jellyfish, took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at Outfest 2014. Stateside for now, she works and resides in Los Angeles and is currently in pre-production on a comedic lesbian webseries that I’m co-directing w Aubree Bernier Clarke in conjunction w Nonetheless Productions.  Check out rosiehaber.com to view her work.

TINA SHAW
A published writer and award-winning film director/producer, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design. Tina is currently heading NBCUniversal’s Digital Entertainment production team in charge of original short form content for such NBC shows as Hannibal, The Blacklist, Grimm, Parks & Recreation, Chicago Fire, plus new fall shows Constantine and State of Affairs, to name a few.  She’s the recipient of multiple awards; including 2 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, 23 Emmy nominations, the Panavision New Filmmaker Award and 7 visual campaign awards. While transitioning her production skills into the digital media platform, Tina continues Directing and Producing for independent film. Two of her most popular short films, Gillery’s Little Secret and In Twilight’s Shadow, both won film festival Jury, as well as, Audience Awards for their original storylines, creative visual style and high production value.

Before joining the NBC Universal family, Tina was charged with creating and producing network branding identities within the entertainment industry for Disney/ABC, receiving exceptional regard for successfully launching on-air campaigns for The Academy Awards, prime-time Emmys, Hallmark Channel and The American Music Awards, to name just a few.

ANDREW AHN
Andrew Ahn is a Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His short film “Dol (First Birthday)” premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has screened at numerous other festivals and venues around the world, including the Lincoln Center, REDCAT, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film received the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film.

Ahn participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab with his feature screenplay SPA NIGHT. The project also received a Sundance Institute Cinereach Feature Film Fellow grant. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

JETT GARRISON
Jett Garrison holds a Masters of Arts in media studies and a Masters of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Texas at Austin film program, where she studied as a Pic Wagner Fellow. Jett’s first film, a feature-length documentary, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.

Jett was selected as one of Film Independent’s “Project:Involve” fellows. Through that fellowship, Jett’s work was featured in “Vanity Fair” and showcased in the “W Hotels” internationally. Jett’s work was also sponsored by “Banana Republic” and “NBC/Universal” studios.

Jett’s films have played in over 100 film festivals worldwide, including Outfest & have received global distribution and awards. Some of these accolades include a student “Academy Award” nomination, an EMMY, the “Jury Prize” at the Bologna International Women’s Film Festival, the “Audience Award” at the Night Gallery Film Festival & a Members Choice award at PlanetOUT.com. Jett’s work has been broadcast on MTV’s LOGO network and PBS affiliate KLRU. Jett recently worked at Sony Pictures Television as the Creative Director of the On-Air

Marketing team where she was also chosen to participate in SONY’s Inaugural 2014 Diverse Director’s Program.  Jett is currently the Creative Director at SixTwo Creative.

OUTFEST ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF LUCY MUKERJEE-BROWN AS DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT:
Guido Götz / MPRM Communications
ggotz@mprm.com 323-933-3399 

PARK CITY, UTAH (January 25, 2015) – OUTFEST, the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced today at the 19th annual Outfest Queer Brunch that Lucy Mukerjee-Brown has been named Director of Programming of the organization. She will oversee all Outfest programs which include: Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Outfest Forward, as well as NewFest in New York.

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