NYU Washington, DC and CINE presented: Making Your Pitch
First impressions are critical — whether you are explaining a new project, creating buzz for a cool product — or selling yourself in a job interview. Through this special DC Dialogues event, students learned tips from an expert panel on how to put their best foot forward — the first time.
NYU Washington, DC and the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development collaborated to offer Career Week – a range of events, workshops, and opportunities for NYU Washington, DC students to develop and expand their professional competencies and capacity.
Jon Gann is the Executive Director of CINE, a 58year old organization that honors the best in film, TV and digital media with the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. He is also the founder of DC Shorts, a nonprofit organization championing short filmmaking, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival; now planning its 11th year, the event has become one of the country’s premier short film showcases.
Published in 2012, his book, “Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work’ examines how 16 programmers and organizers curate, collect, watch and select films for their festivals. The frank insights reveal the innerworkings of an industry that is often misunderstood.
Through Reel Plan, Jon consults with filmmakers on the festival circuit. His “festival tips” blog is read by hundreds of filmmakers every week, and through his work, has bridged the communication gap between competing film festivals, so all can share film information, sponsor strategies and filmmaker data.
As a filmmaker, Jon’s notable past projects include: “Cyberslut,” the first gaythemed short film to screen at over 50 festivals and broadcasts worldwide; “Signs,” a national 48 Hour Film Project award winner, and “Offline,” a modern dating parable.
Jon has presented at over 100 universities, film organizations and film festivals worldwide, and has spoken at the International Film Festival Summit and TEDxWDC.
Katharine Giacalone, a human resources and management consultant for more than 25 years, has a well-earned reputation as a people-focused problem-solver for her clients. Through her extraordinary human relations skills and decades of real-world experience, Kathy has developed a common sense method of addressing management conundrums, believing that time and money are saved when communications are well-crafted from the get-go.
Kathy’s professional milestones include serving as V.P. of Human Resources for Celera Genomics as well senior leadership roles at Marriott International. Since 2001, Kathy has led her own management consulting firm. Dubbed by a grateful client as The Corporate Nanny™, Kathy has adopted the moniker with her customary good humor. The Corporate Nanny offers organizational development consulting, supervisory training and executive coaching across a broad range of topics.
Kathy is the author of a fresh, humorous look at the challenges confronting mid-level managers, Oops! I’m the Manager! Getting Past “What Do I Do Now?!” in 5 Easy Steps. Kathy is a well-regarded speaker and a periodic contributor to respected trade journals. Kathy has an M.S. in Organization Development from the Johns Hopkins University, is a certified Executive Coach and a master trainer of thousands of leaders and managers across the US.
Betsy Walters is the Director of Awards and Operations of CINE, the Washington, DC based organization that has honored the best in professional, independent and student media with the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award since 1957. Betsy began her career at CINE while still a student at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, graduating with honors in 2004 with a degree in Electronic Media. She succeeded Bruce Bucklin as CINE Director of Competitions in 2007 after a triumphant coup — fine, he retired — assuming management of CINE’s awards programs and contests. Betsy’s responsibilities were later expanded to include CINE’s day today oversight. Betsy has participated in several programs on industry awards and festivals and represented CINE and its awardwinning filmmakers at industry events such as the Tribeca Film Festival, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, AFIDOCS, New Hampshire Film Festival, DC Shorts and the University Film and Video Association Conference. A native of New Hampshire, Betsy now lives in Washington, DC, where she can walk to multiple movie theaters or stay home and binge-watch TV. Either way, she tells people it’s “occupational research.”