Film Panel Experts

Learn the latest tips and tools for successful filmmaking. During the festival, recorded interviews of the below experts will be available. Each will share their insights on topics ranging from sound design to legal aspects of filmmaking.

Midge Costin is an American Director, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. Her sound credits include films such as Armageddon; Crimson Tide; The Rock; Con Air; and Broken Arrow. She is also the Kay Rose Professor in the Art of Dialogue & Sound Editing at USC School of Cinematic Arts, the first to hold this endowed chair given by George Lucas in 2005.

Mia Cioffi – Henry is currently a faculty member of the NYU Tisch’s Graduate Film program. She received her MFA in Cinematography at NYU Tisch as a Dean’s Fellow and Production Associate. She is also the recipient of the Nestor Almendros Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography and a finalist for the ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award.

Shannan E. Johnson is a former junior creative executive at NBCUniversal’s Syfy Channel. Her company, The Professional Pen, offers script consulting services to clients including emerging screenwriters, established actors, directors, showrunners and producers. In addition, she has judged screenplay competitions and sat on festival panels, consulted on a plethora of scripts, and garnered several editing credits.

Niehla Ollie is the founder of Niehla O. Beauty, a full service beauty consultancy. Niehla’s artistry has been showcased across leading events and media, landing her a diverse clientele ranging from politicians to US Olympic Athletes.

Nyanza Shaw is a well-respected powerhouse within the entertainment industry. Her firm, Shaw Esquire, represents artists and creatives related to entertainment transactions in the film, television, music, new media, literary publishing, art and sports industries as well as provide services related to copyright and trademark protection.

John Tintori is an Associate Arts Professor in the Graduate Film Program of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Academic Director of the NYU Production Lab. He has edited over a dozen feature length films, including EIGHT MEN OUT directed by John Sayles’ TRUE LOVE’ and DOGFIGHT, directed by Nancy Savoca, and MISTER WONDERFUL, directed by Anthony Minghella, short films, including TREVOR, which won the Oscar for Best Dramatic Short Film and additional credits as Associate Editor on THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, Script Supervisor on MATEWAN, Key Grip on LIQUID SKY, and Editor on DAVID BLAINE: FROZEN IN TIME for ABC.