We were honored to have Janice Williams, President of Productions for Groundswell Productions and a director on OMPA's board, as our 2017 festival's keynote presenter!
Williams was nominated for an Emmy for producing HBO's "Confirmation" written by Susannah Grant, directed by Rick Famuyiwa and starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas. She recently produced "Birth of the Dragon" which screened at TIFF 2016, as well as "Love the Coopers" and "Trumbo".
Ben Popp is the Filmmaker Services Manager at the NW Film Center based in Portland, Oregon. At the 2017 MSFF his presentation entitled "Trailblazing Women of Independent Animation in the NW" kicked off our Free Educational Sessions at Chemeketa.
After Ben Popp's presentation, he moderated our Filmmaker Q&A Panel with four of our past & present MSFF filmmakers: A.J. Gordon, Jason Rosenblatt, Joan Macbeth and Stevie Jackson.
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