Join the Finger Lakes Film Society for an engaging, inspiring and important conversation about the ups and downs, ins and outs of filmmaking. This panel discussion is moderated by Eric Hollenbeck, founder and Chairman of the Finger Lakes Film Society/Seneca Film Festival and features panelists Blake Robbins (actor, writer, director), Karl Shefelman (filmmaker, storyboard artist), Paula Gregg (producer), and Jeannee Josefczyk (professional makeup artist).
Blake Robbins is an award winning director, writer and actor. His feature film writing and directing debut THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL world premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival before moving on to win 8 Grand Jury awards at film festivals around the world, and securing distribution through Candy Factory Films. His second feature THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING based on a NY Times Best Selling novel from Nancy Pickard, starring Maika Monroe, Maggie Grace, Will Patton, Mark Webber and Bonnie Bedelia among others, world premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival and has won 6 Grand Jury Awards and another 5 nominations. Theatrical release in early 2018.
As an actor Blake’s best know to television audiences for his performance as Dave Brass on the critically acclaimed HBO’s series OZ, as Tom Halpert on the NBC comedy THE OFFICE, and for appearing in the cult hit FIREFLY from creator Joss Whedon. This fall he’ll be recurring in LAW AND ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS. Film work includes WIND RIVER for director Taylor Sheridan, the MARTYRS remake for Blumhouse productions, THE UGLY TRUTH opposite Gerard Butler, and the cult hit RUBBER.
Karl is a New York based filmmaker who has worked in the industry for many years. His short film Bill’s Seat, a fifteen-minute psychological thriller, won Best Live Action Short at the 2003 St. Louis International Film Festival. It was also screened at a SlamDunk showcase at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Karl's half-hour period drama, Elysian Fields, won a Gold Prize at the Worldfest Houston, a Mobil Prize for excellence in film making at the a NYU First-Run Film Festival, and a grant from the New York Academy of Film and Television Arts and Sciences. It was distributed by Tapestry International and sold to several foreign cable networks including BBC-2. Karl has also directed music videos and commercials. In addition to directing, Karl has extensive experience as a professional storyboard artist, working with such renowned directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Jonathan Demme. This experience has given Karl a deep understanding of visualization from script to screen, shot by shot. Karl also directed a one-act play for the Atlantic Theater Company, participated in directing and script analysis workshops with The Barrow Theater Group in New York, and studied acting with Fred Kareman. Karl received an MFA from the NYU Graduate Film Program and a BA in studio art from Kenyon College. He is developing two feature films for which he wrote the screenplays. One of these, The Hunters, was a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships for screenwriting. Karl is originally from Austin, Texas.
Paula Gregg is an award winning producer hailing from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Her experience of being part of a crew, and fighting in the trenches, has served her well in the independent film world. Paula currently sits on the Executive Board of local I.A.T.S.E 489, the board of Women in Film, and also is a board member of PAFIA. She has recently been named the Chairman of Independent Film for Pennsylvania.
Paula has produced several award winning films. Her short film, “The BOY”, won Director’s Choice at Diversity in Cannes and the NBC/Universal Oxygen Award. She was also a producer on the Emmy Award winning “Playing for the Mob” currently airing on ESPN Films…Thirty for Thirty series. The documentary has been bought by RatPac Ent. & New Line Cinemas to be made into a feature film. Paula has several projects in various stages to include a TV Travel Show starring Justin Moore, an International Feature Film titled “Remember Amnesia”, and her newest short “Truce” which is a call to action to bring awareness to PTSD.
Paula knows the labor of love and creativity that goes into bringing a project to fruition. She looks forward to her future and strives to remain a positive influence to all of her fellow filmmakers.
PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST