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Greenwich International Film Festival Brings Out The Stars For Panel Talks

Festivalgoers enjoy the Greenwich International Film Festival's opening night festivities at Restoration Hardware in December 2015. The 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival's second edition will take place June 9-12.
Festivalgoers enjoy the Greenwich International Film Festival's opening night festivities at Restoration Hardware in December 2015. The 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival's second edition will take place June 9-12. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich International Film Festival's second edition, which will take place June 9-12, will be hosting panel discussions that highlight investing in film, women in the entertainment industry and film adaptation of literature.

GIFF's second edition will feature over 40 films, panel discussions, parties and special events.

"Female Empowerment in Media" is a panel featuring Gretchen Carlson of FOX, Reena Ninan of CBS, Nancy Armstrong of MAKERS.com and Hannah Storm of ESPN, and moderated by Tonya Lewis Lee.

The panel will focus on the underrepresentation of women in the news and entertainment industries. This diverse group of leading women is making a difference in the world in spite of this imbalance.

"Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media" will be held on Friday, June 10, and is presented by Camuto Group. Dan Cogan of Impact Partners and Alexandra Shiva of Gildalya Pictures will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Alison Davis of J.P. Morgan Private Bank entitled "Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film."

This is a luncheon and panel bringing together philanthropists, investors and leaders in the filmmaking community to discuss investing in social impact films and how to promote the causes you care about most.

"Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film" will be held on Friday, June 10, and is presented by J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Bringing together novelists, screenwriters, and agents, "From Book to Screen" is a panel that will focus on the myriad of challenges these groups face and the rewards they reap when it comes to adapting books for film and television shows.

Panelists include:

  • Margaret Nagle, screenwriter, “The Good Lie”
  • David Ebershoff, author, “The Danish Girl”
  • Jessica Knoll, novelist, “Luckiest Girl Alive”
  • Lacy Lalene Lynch, agent, Dupree/Miller & Associates
  • Adriana Trigiani, novelist, “Big Stone Gap”
  • Chris Clarke, screenwriter, “Apostle Paul”

Moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford, the panel will take place on Sunday, June 12, and will be followed by a book signing with Knowles, Trigiani and Eberhoff, organized by Diane’s Books.

As part of GIFF’s sponsorship with Samsung, the company, along with The Nantucket Project, will be hosting a Virtual Reality lounge on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 123 Mason St.

The lounge will deliver a new form of storytelling, through an immersive virtual reality experience. Using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, festival-goers will be transported to another world.

“GIFF is proud to provide free programming to festival-goers for its second edition that is both entertaining and educational; in doing so, our hope is to inform and promote social change,” said Ginger Stickel, chief operating officer. “We are incredibly pleased to have such esteemed members of their respective fields joining us for these panels.”

Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase by clicking here or by visiting the festival’s box office. The Box Office is at 19 W. Elm St. in Greenwich. Call 203-340-9105.

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