The Monmouth Film Festival is proud to host the following FREE online interactive Panels during the 2020 Hybrid Film Festival. Please reserve a seat so we know you're coming! Workshops are open to all ages.

Live from ZOOM | Saturday, August 15th

The World of Documentary Filmmaking

Saturday, August 15th | 11 AM

Beth Aala

Beth is a three-time Emmy award-winning producer & recipient of a Peabody Award for her documentary work at HBO. Beth recently completed her latest feature documentary, Made in Boise. Its world premiere was at AFI Docs Film Festival in 2019. Made in Boise was the 2019-2020 season-opening film for PBS' award-winning Independent Lens. Other credits include feature documentary, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman which she co-directed & produced for Discovery, and premiered at Sundance in 2017. She also directed & produced Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (A&E IndieFilms, TIFF 2014) with comedian, Mike Myers. It won the Hollywood Film Award for Best Documentary & was nominated for the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Christopher Adornato

The Producer's Prospective

Saturday, August 15th | 12:30 PM

Andrew Saxe

Andrew is a graduate of NYU, Tisch School of The Arts with over 25 years of experience in the industry.  He has worked on Studio and Independent projects of all sizes in both Film and Television.  Andrew worked his way up from the Location Department to UPM, and continued upward to Line Producer; most recently completing the final Season of HBO's THE DEUCE.  Other credits include Jack Reacher, Isn't It Romantic, White Collar, Person Of Interest, Luke Cage, Time After Time, The Americans, and Chuck and Larry.  

Bryan DeNovellis

Inside Nickelodeon & Children’s Media

Saturday, August 15th | 2 PM

Christopher Adams

Christopher Adams is a media professional with over 20 years experience working for Nickelodeon and MTV Networks. He is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington DC and has a master's degree in Media Studies from The New School in New York. He can be booked to perform his one-man version of "Jaws" for weddings, birthday parties, and bar mitzvahs.

Christopher Adornato

The Animator’s Angle

Saturday, August 15th | 3:30 PM

Maia Kayser
Jack Geckler

Maia Kayser:
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maia joined Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm in 2001 and have worked on nearly 30 films at ILM, including "Solo: A Star Wars story",  "Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens", "Rogue One", "Rango" and "Jurassic World VR". My work on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" earned me a VES award in 2007 for Davy Jones as best animated character in a motion picture. She currently supervises projects in virtual reality, films, rides and TV; most recently "The Mandalorian”.

Jack Geckler:
Lead animator with over 15 years of experience working in film, television and gaming.  Strong background in leadership and production management with an emphasis in mentoring and team building. Character, facial, camera, previs, motion capture and crowds animation.  Client friendly with on-set experience assisting directors and production teams in a variety of roles.  Title highlights include Star Wars:  The Force Awakes, Avatar Sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, Ready Player One, Madden 2018 and Marvels: The Gifted.

Bryan DeNovellis

Visual Effects Beyond Our Vision

Saturday, August 15th | 5PM

Dave Gouge

Dave ensures that the groundbreaking work and innovative technologies produced at Weta Digital, and the artists who create them, are recognized for their excellence. As part of this, he and his team work with journalists, media outlets and professional organizations around the world to highlight the company's achievements. In addition to international film activities, Dave manages Weta Digital's profile as a significant technology and entertainment company in New Zealand. Dave joined Weta Digital in 2010 after working as Autodesk’s Senior Brand Manager for Media and Entertainment. Prior to Autodesk, he worked for over a decade in advertising and integrated marketing for technology and consumer brands. Dave serves on the New Zealand Board of the Visual Effects Society and is an active speaker and event organizer in the entertainment technology space.

Christopher Adornato