Filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, and other creative types in Toronto! This is your chance to connect with fellow artists in your area, to grow your network and engage in inspiring and fun activities.
Hop on Zoom and network with our community of creatives. And we'll connect with composer Brandon Campbell, whose work can be heard on "Game of Thrones," "Westworld," "Prison Break," and "Person of Interest." Register at link below to be emailed the Zoom link.
Hang out with us live on Zoom and network with Rocio Melara, creative executive of Hillman Grad! Network and enjoy connecting with fellow creatives and stick around after the event for more networking! Ticket sales will benefit either the Innocence Project or the Equal Justice Initiative.
BORN AND RAISED IN LOS ANGELES, ROCIO MELARA’S PASSION FOR PRODUCING GREW WHILE ATTENDING UCLA. SHE GOT HER START OFF IN THE COMMERCIAL SPACE, AND WENT ON TO WORK FOR MAD HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT, DI BONAVENTURA PICTURES, AND BEN STILLER’S RED HOUR FILMS WHERE SHE BECAME A CREATIVE EXECUTIVE WORKING BOTH IN FEATURES AND TELEVISION.
ROCIO RECENTLY JOINED HILLMAN GRAD PRODUCTIONS AS A DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE DEDICATED TO CHAMPIONING DIVERSE VOICES AND BRINGING UNDER-REPRESENTED STORIES TO LIFE.
More about Hillman Grad:
HILLMAN GRAD PRODUCTIONS IS A DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION COMPANY COMMITTED TO CREATING ART THAT GOES AGAINST THE STATUS QUO AND GIVES A PLATFORM TO MARGINALIZED STORYTELLERS BY PROVIDING A PLATFORM FOR DIVERSE VOICES ACROSS ALL MEDIUMS. FOUNDED BY EMMY-AWARD WINNING WRITER LENA WAITHE AND RISHI RAJANI, THE COMPANY CURRENTLY HAS PROJECTS AT NETFLIX, DISNEY, BET, SHOWTIME, HBO AND AMAZON.
THEIR COMPREHENSIVE SLATE INCLUDES THE BOX-OFFICE HIT QUEEN & SLIM (UNIVERSAL), RELEASED THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2019, WRITTEN BY WAITHE AND DIRECTED BY MELINA MATSOUKAS. OTHER PROJECTS INCLUDE THE RETURNING SOPHOMORE SEASON OF BOOMERANG ON BET, ALONG WITH THE NEW HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SHOW, TWENTIES, ALSO ON BET. TWENTIES IS A COMING-OF-AGE SERIES LOOSELY BASED ON WAITHE'S LIFE WHEN SHE MOVED TO LOS ANGELES. WE FOLLOW THE ADVENTURES OF A QUEER BLACK GIRL AND HER TWO STRAIGHT BEST FRIENDS, SPENDING MOST OF THEIR DAYS CHASING THEIR DREAMS AND TALKING SHIT.
OTHER PROJECTS CURRENTLY IN VARIOUS STAGES OF PRODUCTION: HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A BLACK WOMAN WHICH IS FOR SHOWTIME; THEM: COVENANT FOR AMAZON; UNTITLED KID FURY PROJECT FOR HBO; AND THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 SELECTION THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION, RADHA BLANK’S GROUNDBREAKING FILM, WHICH BLENDS REAL LIFE AND FICTION TO FOLLOW ITS PROTAGONIST, A DOWN-ON-HER LUCK NEW YORK PLAYWRIGHT, WHO DECIDES TO REINVENT HERSELF AND SALVAGE HER ARTISTIC VOICE BY BECOMING A RAPPER AT AGE 40.