VOICES Salon Series I: Filmmaker Focus - Producing Women
75 Minute Running Time
Saturday, March 21st, 2:00pm
Filmmaker Focus is a program of the Denver Film Society that provides support to local filmmakers through exhibition, educational and production service to help ensure a thriving local film community. Join moderator Robert Denerstein, for a discussion on how these powerhouse producers of television, documentary and feature film get their projects made from start to finish. They will discuss the role of a producer in these three mediums and what is it like to be a woman in this role.
Danielle Renfrew Behrens is an accomplished independent producer with credits ranging from grassroots documentaries to major motion pictures. Most recently she produced Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck for Universal Pictures and HBO. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Danielle was also the executive producer of Paul Weitz’s Grandma; starring Lily Tomlin, it was another film to premiere at this year’s Sundance. The micro-budget film sold to Sony Pictures Classics for $2 million. Danielle has had five other features premiere at Sundance, including Lauren Greenfield’s opening night film The Queen of Versailles which received the Grand Jury Prize for Directing, Fox Searchlight’s Waitress, and Miramax’s American Son.
Wendy Japhet has worked as a producer and as an executive in feature films in Los Angeles for the past twenty years. Currently she is completing an independently financed feature film called Skating To New York, directed by Charles Minsky and she is the Executive Producer of Pain and Gain for Paramount Pictures. Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers) and written by Christopher Marcus and Steve McFeeley (Captain America, Narnia) and most recently she was President of Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures (The Walking Dead on AMC). Previous to that she was the President of Endgame Entertainment, a film production and finance company, where she was the Executive Producer of An Education, written by Nick Hornby, which won two Sundance Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards. In addition, Wendy worked at Paramount Pictures for 5 years, ran Fogwood Films at The Walt Disney Company and was Executive VP of Production for Lynda Obst Productions.