Filmmakers on Mentorship

Posted July 23, 2013, at 1:34 p.m.

Saturday, July 27, 2013 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Rockport Opera House, 18 Central St, Rockport, Maine

For more information: Maine Media Workshops + College; 207-236-8581;

In creative fields there is a history of master-apprentice relationships that can arise in both formal and informal ways. For today’s filmmakers, having another professional that can both challenge and assist with questions of craft, make introductions, and serve as a guide through difficult projects is as important as ever. Steven Fierberg, ASC, Mimi Edmunds, Tom Wilhite, and Joyce Maynard will lead a conversation about mentorship in filmmaking.

Steven Fierberg recently completed principal photography on George C. Wolfe’s You’re Not You, starring Hilary Swank as an ALS victim, Kevin Connolly’s Dear Eleanor, starring Jessica Alba and Luke Wilson, and Jason Moore’s Pulling, a pilot for ABC/Disney. Other work includes the pilots for ABC’s Once Upon a Time and HBO’s How to Make It in America as well as Sally Potter’s Rage starring Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi. He won a Latin Grammy for best video of the year for Robi Draco Rosa’s Mas y Mas, while his work on the epic mini-series Attila earned him the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.

Joyce Maynard has been a writer of both fiction and nonfiction for over forty years—having begun her career in her teens. Her essays and syndicated columns have been widely anthologized, and her best-selling At Home in the World, has been translated into eighteen languages. Her novels includeTo Die For and Labor Day, the movie adaptation of which is due out in summer, 2013 , as is her newest novel, After Her.

Tom Wilhite – President and Co-Founder, Hyperion Pictures | Tom Wilhite is President of Hyperion Pictures. Before co-founding Hyperion, he was head of motion picture and television production at The Walt Disney Studios and a former Executive Director of Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival.

Mimi Edmunds has been a broadcast journalist for 22 years, working for CBS’s 60 Minutes for over a decade, and then the documentary divisions of CBS, the Discovery Network, and PBS. Several of her films have won awards for cinematography and production. She also wrote and produced for PBS’s news magazine, Arizona Illustrated,from 1999 until 2002.