Master Schedule

*Indicates simultaneous events
All times are listed in ET
For IT Support: support@vcfa.edu

Saturday, April 18

New Student Orientation
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Carol Beatty
Presenter: Carol Beatty
Password: VCF@FILM20

Faculty Meeting 
2:30-4pm
Host: Carol Beatty
Presenters: Nina Davenport, Carol Beatty
Link: sent by email
Password: sent by email

General Welcome & New Student and Faculty Introductions
4:30-5:30pm
Host: IT Staff
PresenterNina Davenport, Carol Beatty
PasswordVCF@FILM20

BREAK
5:30-6pm

Critique Workshop: Annie Howell
6-6:45pm
In this short workshop, we will discuss best practices for talking about each other's work in a critique. How can students best contextualize rough cuts, drafts or works-in-progress for a VCFA session? How can we use language that propels the artist forward? How can we learn to hear criticism and not feel crushed? These are muscles most of us need to strengthen and maintain; this short presentation / discussion aims to buff us up!
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Annie Howell
Password: VCF@FILM20

Screening: Blade Runner
7-9pm
Host: Peter Timpone
Presenter: Nina Davenport, Hampton Fancher
Password: VCF@FILM20

Q&A with Screenwriter Hampton Fancher
9pm
Host: Peter Timpone
Presenter: Hampton Fancher
PasswordVCF@FILM20



Sunday, April 19

Yoga
9:30am-10:15am
Host: Laura Colella
PresenterLaura Colella
Password: VCF@FILM20

Title IX Meeting for Students with David Markow and Jericho Parms
10:30-11am
Host: Carol Beatty
PresentersDavid Markow and Jericho Parms
Password: VCF@FILM20

Lecture: Terence Nance
11am-1:30pm
Founding Faculty member Terence Nance will show some of his early work as well as his current HBO show Random Acts of Flynesswith an eye towards illuminating his writing processes and exploring the idea of working within creative limits.
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Terence Nance
Password: VCF@FILM20

Breakout Lunch Sessions
1:30-2:30pm
1. Documentary
Host: Paula Allen
Linkhttps://vcfa.zoom.us/j/98222018155
Password: VCF@FILM20
2. Narrative
Host: IT Staff
Password: VCF@FILM20
3. Screenwriting
Host: IT Staff
Password: VCF@FILM20

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BREAK
4:20-4:40pm

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BREAK
6:15-7pm

Screening: PI 
7-8:30pm
Host: Paula Allen    
Presenter: Darren Aronofsky
Password: VCF@FILM20

Q&A with Director Darren Aronofsky
8:30pm
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Darren Aronofsky
PasswordVCF@FILM20



Monday, April 20

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BREAK
2:20-3PM
Informal "Group Therapy"
A chance to check in and connect.
Host: Jae Young
Password: VCF@FILM20

Workshop, Part 1: Adrienne Weiss
3-4:30pm
In this three hour workshop, Adrienne Weiss, founder of www.directingactors.com will share the key elements of her acclaimed technique--The Tools for Directing Actors--followed by a demonstration with actors and a Q&A. Distilled from decades of practical experience, Weiss' technique gives directors the skills to diagnose what's wrong with performances and quickly and effectively make them great. Her approach works every day for her hundreds of alumnae and clients, from first-time directors to Golden Glob, Emmy and Oscar winners.
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Adrienne Weiss
PasswordVCF@FILM20

BREAK
4:30-4:45PM

Workshop, Part 2: Adrienne Weiss
4:45-6:15pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Adrienne Weiss
PasswordVCF@FILM20

Thesis Screening: Sara Barger
6:30-7:15pm
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Sara Barger
Password: VCF@FILM20

BREAK
7:15-7:45PM

Thesis Screening: Alla Kovgan
7:45pm
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Alla Kovgan
Password: VCF@FILM20

9:30PM-12AM
Post-Screening Get-Together
Host: Nina Davenport
Password: VCF@FILM20


Tuesday, April 21

Yoga
9:30am-10:15am
Host: Laura Colella
PresenterLaura Colella
Password: VCF@FILM20

by 11am

Lecture: Janicza Bravo, Script to Screen (and everything in between, before and after
11am-1:30pm
Lecture on where to draw inspiration and how to invite people into your process. We will also discuss the audience we are making work for and how to make our rejections useful. We'll watch 2 shorts:
The former we will watch in class. Gregory you can find online but the version linked here is the one that played festival. 
Gregory Go Boom, 2013
winner of Jury Prize Sundance  
starring Michael Cera 
password: tunacasserole
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Janicza Bravo
Password: VCF@FILM20

*Faculty Meeting
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Carol Beatty
Presenter: Nina Davenport, Carol Beatty
Link: sent by email
Password: sent by email

*Virtual Cafe Anna
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Paula Allen
Password: VCF@FILM20

*Virtual Dewey Cafeteria
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Jen Skinder
Password: VCF@FILM20

LUNCH/BREAK
1:30-2:30pm

Lecture: Shaina Feinberg, Stone Soup Filmmaking
2:45-4:45pm
"Stone Soup" filmmaking - otherwise known as DIY filmmaking - is the art of making things with what you've got. You don't need a huge crew, tons of gear or a famous person. In this lecture, I'll discuss four things I've learned from making things on a shoestring. We will cover sound, locations, writing for who you know and something I call using the whole animal.
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Shaina Feinberg
Password: VCF@FILM20

Thesis Screening: Emily Wu
5-5:50pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Emily Wu
Password: VCF@FILM20

Thesis Screening: Jena Burchick
5:55-7:15pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Jena Burchick
Password: VCF@FILM20

BREAK
7:15-7:45pm

Screening: Lemon
7:45-9:15pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Janicza Bravo
Password: VCF@FILM20

Q&A with Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman
9:15pm
Brett Gelman is an actor and writer, known for The Other Guys (2010), A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) and Lemon (2017).
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Janicza Bravo
Password: VCF@FILM20



Wednesday, April 22

New Student Check-in
10:15-10:45am
Host: Carol Beatty
Presenter: Carol Beatty
Password: VCF@FILM20

10:30am: by email

no later than 7:15pm

Round Table Session 1
3 Separate Sessions; See Assignments
11am-12:15pm
1. Janicza Bravo
Host: Janicza Bravo
PasswordVCF@FILM20
2. Marya Cohn
Host: Marya Cohn
PasswordVCF@FILM20
3. Laura Colella
Host: Laura Colella
PasswordVCF@FILM20
4. Nina Davenport
Host: Nina Davenport
PasswordVCF@FILM20
5. Shaina Feinberg
Host: Shaina Feinberg
PasswordVCF@FILM20
6. Jessica Gorter
Host: Jessica Gorter
PasswordVCF@FILM20
7. Annie Howell
Host: Annie Howell
PasswordVCF@FILM20
8. Risa Mickenberg
Host: Risa Mickenberg
PasswordVCF@FILM20
9. Michel Negroponte
Host: Michel Negroponte
PasswordVCF@FILM20

BREAK
12:15-12:30pm

Round Table Session 2
3 separate sessions; See Assignments
12:30-1:45pm
1. Janicza Bravo
Host: Janicza Bravo
PasswordVCF@FILM20
2. Marya Cohn
Host: Marya Cohn
PasswordVCF@FILM20
3. Laura Colella
Host: Laura Colella
PasswordVCF@FILM20
4. Nina Davenport
Host: Nina Davenport
PasswordVCF@FILM20
5. Shaina Feinberg
Host: Shaina Feinberg
PasswordVCF@FILM20
6. Jessica Gorter
Host: Jessica Gorter
PasswordVCF@FILM20
7. Annie Howell
Host: Annie Howell
PasswordVCF@FILM20
8. Risa Mickenberg
Host: Risa Mickenberg
PasswordVCF@FILM20
9. Michel Negroponte
Host: Michel Negroponte
PasswordVCF@FILM20

 
*Faculty Meeting with Leslie Ward, President; Matthew Monk, Academic Dean; and Katie Gustafson, VP for Finance & Adminstration
2-2:45pm
Host: Carol Beatty
Link: sent by email 
Password: sent by email

*Virtual Cafe Anna
1:45-2:45pm
Host: Paula Allen
Password: VCF@FILM20

*Virtual Dewey Cafeteria
1:45-2:45pm
HostThatiana Oliviera
Password: VCF@FILM20

Thesis Reading: Melinda Lujan
2:45-3:20pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Melinda Lujan
Password: VCF@FILM20

Thesis Reading: Damon Davis
3:30-4:10pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Damon Davis
Password: VCF@FILM20

Thesis Screening: Tom Caamano
4:20-5:05pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Tom Caamano
Password: VCF@FILM20

Thesis Screening: Marq Evans
5:15-7pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Marq Evans
Password: VCF@FILM20

by 7:15pm

Screening: Private Life 
7:15-9:25pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Tamara Jenkin
Password: VCF@FILM20

Q&A with Filmmaker Tamara Jenkins
9:30pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Tamara Jenkins
Password: VCF@FILM20





Thursday, April 23

Advisor Assignments Posted
10:45am: via email

10-10:45am
Follow link above

Lecture: Tamara Jenkins
11am-1:30pm
Tamara Jenkins will discuss creative process, personal filmmaking, writing, directing, and why "Dog Day Afternoon" is her holy grail.
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Tamara Jenkins
Password: VCF@FILM20

*Faculty Meeting
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Carol Beatty
Link: sent by email
Password: sent by email

*Support Group 1
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Jen Skinder
Password: VCF@FILM20

*Support Group 2
1:30-2:30pm
Host: Thatiana Oliviera
Password: VCF@FILM20

New Group Meetings
2:30-3pm
1. Janicza Bravo
Host: Janicza Bravo
Password: VCF@FILM20
2. Marya Cohn
Host: Marya Cohn
PasswordVCF@FILM20
3. Laura Colella
Host: Laura Colella
Password: VCF@FILM20
4. Nina Davenport
Host: Nina Davenport
Password: VCF@FILM20
5. Shaina Feinberg
Host: Shaina Feinberg
Password VCF@FILM20
6. Jessica Gorter
Host: Jessica Gorter
Password: VCF@FILM20
7. Annie Howell
Host: Annie Howell
Password VCF@FILM20
8. Risa Mickenberg
Host: Risa Mickenberg
Password: VCF@FILM20
9. Michel Negroponte
Host: Michel Negroponte
PasswordVCF@FILM20

Academic Planning
3-4pm
Individually scheduled by faculty and student

Screening: American Factory
4-6pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenters: Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar
Password: VCF@FILM20

Q&A with Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
6-6:30pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenters: Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar
Password: VCF@FILM20

DINNER
6:30-7:15pm

Lecture: Alison Maclean, Structure and Freedom
7:15-9pm
Through the lens of two shorts, Kitchen Sink (1989) and Intolerable (2003), Alison will discuss two very different tendencies in her work: one indebted to classical narrative filmmaking, the other courting chance, surprise and improvisation. She’ll use her experience making these films as a springboard for discussing the challenges and exhilaration of writing screenplays. The need to balance analytical thinking with creative freedom and play, and how to leave room for the unexpected, and avoid, or get past, getting stuck.
Kitchen Sink
Intolerable
The Professor  (based on Lydia Davis story)
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Alison Maclean
Password: VCF@FILM20



Friday, April 24

Student Meeting with Leslie Ward, President; Matthew Monk, Academic Dean; and David Markow, VP for Student Services
10:30-11am
Host: Carol Beatty
Password: VCF@FILM20

Lecture: Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
11am-12:45pm
Veteran documentary filmmakers Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar present a 2 hour workshop on producing documentaries, using their Oscar-nominated film THE LAST TRUCK and their Oscar-winning film AMERICAN FACTORY as a foundations for discussion. Topics covered include: Getting access when you don’t know anyone. Visual design for cinema verite filmmaking.  Building a team. Lighting and framing interviews. Keys to good sound. Finding story threads as you film. Organizing material for editing. Fundraising, pitching and fundraising clips. This interactive workshop is structured to be flexible, for maximum usefulness to the participants.
Host: IT Staff
Presenters: Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
Password: VCF@FILM20

BREAK
12:45-1:30pm

Screening: Coming Home Again
1:30-3pm
Host: Paula Allen    
Password: VCF@FILM20

Casting Workshop: Heidi Levitt
3:15-5:15pm
Martin Scorsese has been quoted saying, "Casting is 90% of directing." Casting is perhaps one of least investigated crafts in filmmaking, but obviously an essential element in defining “character.” Yet the process of casting is opaque because it happens behind closed doors. This workshop will be a window into the casting process focusing on Wayne Wang’s soon to be released film COMING HOME AGAIN, starring Justin Chon and Jackie Chung. Jackie will also join us for the Q&A along with supporting actress Leesa Kim, who served as my casting assistant and script supervisor.
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Heidi Levitt
Password: VCF@FILM20

Cinematography Workshop: Rich Wong, Cinematography from a purely storytelling perspective 
5:30-7:30pm
Film is a visual medium, so, telling a story through a series of pictures is a big section of the orchestra.  I want to talk about how to use visuals to help tell the story, but also when to step back and let other parts of the orchestra step forward.  Coming Home Again is an interesting example of that, so let's talk about it!
Host: Paula Allen
Presenter: Rich Wong
Password: VCF@FILM20

Screening: VCFA Covid Fever Dream 
7:45pm
Tonight we will start with about 45 minutes of conversation about coping with the pandemic, both personally and in terms of production, then we will premiere our VCFA COVID FEVER DREAM FILM!  After the film, we will have four Zoom channels available and open into the wee hours for people to go from "room to room" to hang out, socialize, and celebrate this amazing week! 
Host: IT Staff    
Presenter: Nina Davenport
Password: VCF@FILM20

Post-screening Wrap Party 
Feel free to go from "Room to  Room"
throughout the evening to socialize and celebrate with each other! 
Room 1:
Password:VCF@FILM20
Room 2:
Password:VCF@FILM20
Room 3:
Password:VCF@FILM20
Room 4:
Password:VCF@FILM20



Saturday, April 25

by 3pm

Buddhist Meditation: Adrienne Weiss
11-11:30am
In this 30 minute session, Adrienne will briefly introduce the purpose and fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, then guide a meditation to help participants connect to their own inner source of peace and happiness.
Adrienne has been training as a Buddhist meditator and teacher for over 20 years. She loves to share these techniques that bring so much joy, peace and purpose to her life.
Host: Paula Allen 
Presenter: Adrienne Weiss
Password: VCF@FILM20

Commencement
12pm
Host: IT Staff
Presenter: Nina Davenport
Password: VCF@FILM20

Academic Planning
1-3pm
Individually scheduled by faculty and student

by 3pm