PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting From Script to Screen

The Vail Film Festival is excited to present the Getting From Script to Screen panel discussion, featuring three filmmakers who all have films at this year’s festival and the Colorado Deputy Film Commissioner, Mariel Rodriguez-McGill.

The discussion will focus on their personal filmmaking journey. They'll talk about the lessons they've learned and share tips they've picked up from their years in the film industry. There will be an audience Q&A after the panel.

Panelists include writer/director Stacy Cochran (Write When You Get Work), director/producer Kerry David (Bill Coors: The Will to Live)writer/director Molly McGlynn (Mary Goes Round),  and Colorado Deputy Film Commissioner Mariel Rodriuguez-McGill. Moderated by Vail Daily's Tricia Swenson.

Saturday April 7, Blue Starlite Cinema 2 at 11:30am

Free and open to the public.


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Stacy Cochran - Writer, Director

Stacy Cochran made her debut with Columbia TriStar title MY NEW GUN, starring Diane Lane; it premiered in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. Subsequent projects include; Touchstone/Interscope title BOYS starring Winona Ryder, the Bravo/IFC doc RICHARD LESTER!, about the director, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and DROP BACK TEN, which premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance. Stacy's latest feature, Write When You Get Work, plays on Saturday, April 7th at 3:30pm at Cinebistro.

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Kerry David - Director, Producer, Writer

Kerry David has been working in the film and television industry for more than 20 years. She began her career at Paramount Pictures, followed by 3 years as Executive Assistant to Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on their various projects. In 2001 she started her own production company.

Kerry’s film credits include the award-winning DVD Deposing the Usual Suspects, the Agent Cody Banks franchise, Perfect Romance for Lifetime Television, as well as the critically-acclaimed, award-winning feature documentary My Date with Drew, followed by the feature film Like Dandelion Dust, based on the New York Times bestselling book and adapted for the screen by Oscar nominee Stephen J. Rivele (A Star is Born, Ali, Nixon). Kerry then produced her third documentary Making Miles – The Miles Davis Story for Oscar-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson (Bohemian Rhapsody, Ali, Nixon), followed by her fourth documentary, Seeking Happily Ever After, one of only 25 films accepted into the Sundance Film Lab.

In addition to her award-winning film work, Kerry has also been a guest speaker, panelist, and moderator at schools such as University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, and the New York Film Academy. She is a voting member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).

After completing Bill Coors: The Will to Live, Kerry is currently in Africa Producing and Directing "Breaking their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War."


Molly McGlynn - Writer, Director

Molly McGlynn is an award-winning Toronto-based writer and director. Her short films, I Am Not a Weird Person, Given Your History and 3-Way (Not Calling) have played at dozens of festivals and won several awards. Her first feature film, a Telefilm Canada Micro-budget called Mary Goes Round, starring Aya Cash (You're The Worst), premiered at TIFF in September 2017 and won the Panavision Indie Spirit Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She also directs television, most recently Workin' Moms and Little Dog, which both air on the CBC. Molly's latest feature, Mary Goes Round, plays on Friday, April 6th at 8:30pm at the GMC Theater.

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Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Deputy Film Commissioner, Producer, Director

Mariel Rodriguez-McGill is an Emmy award-winning creative producer, director and editor focused on documentary filmmaking with a passion for telling inspirational and compelling stories. While at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, Colorado, Mariel helped develop the web-series Great Ingredients, and the historical documentary series Colorado Experience. Currently at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Mariel serves as the Deputy Film Commissioner for the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media. Mariel received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and holds a Masters Degree from University of Denver in Media, Film & Journalism Studies.



Tricia Swenson - MODERATOR

Swenson’s story-telling has spanned the globe. For over two decades she has interviewed professional athletes, artists, actors, musicians, chefs and many more on national and international TV and internet broadcasts. She now works for the Vail Daily creating digital content.