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This upcoming November 12th, MEWShop's acclaimed speaker series returns for its fifth year with an evening devoted to the art of cinematography.  Join us as we celebrate the craft of visual storytelling from the masters behind the camera - we’ll go behind the scenes with some of the industry's best cinematographers in documentary & narrative films and then explore the process of bringing the look of cinema to the small screen in the golden of age of Peak TV. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020



3:30 pm - Check-in


4:00 pm - Opening


4:15 pm - 5:30 pm - In The Moment: The Art of Cinematography in Documentary Filmmaking

Moderator:  TBD

Panelists: TBD

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm - The New Age of TV: Bringing the Look of Cinema to the Small Screen

Moderator: David Leitner (Director, Producer, and Cinematographer)

Panelists:  TBD

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Behind the Lens: A Conversation with an Acclaimed Cinematographer 

Moderator:  TBD

Panelist:  Sean Weiner (Jacob Burns Film Center, Director of Creative Culture)


8:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Networking Party & Tech Lounge sponsored by:

$49 General Admission

Early Bird Admission $29 (must register before August 14th)

Venue in New York City is TBD. Information to come shortly.

2020 Panelists*:







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David Leitner is a director, producer, and Emmy-nominated DP (Chuck Close: Portrait in Progress), with over eighty credits in feature-length dramas and documentaries, including eight Sundance Film Festival premieres. These include his own Vienna is Different: 50 Years After the Anchluss, Alan Berliner’s Nobody’s Business, Sandi Dubowski’s Trembling Before G-d, the Oscar-nominated documentary For All Mankind, for which he spent nine months at NASA’s Johnson Space Center restoring original 16mm lunar footage, and Memories of Overdevelopment, a Cuban follow-up to 1968’s film classic, Memories of Underdevelopment. For over 25 years, as DP, he has photographed hour-long documentaries on iconic writers, artists, and architects for New York’s Checkerboard Film Foundation. Subjects include Brancusi, Picasso, James Salter, Joel Shapiro, Sir John Soane, Ellsworth Kelly, Milton Glaser, Daniel Libeskind, Dorothea Rockburne, Peter Eisenman, Roy Lichtenstein, Eric Fischl, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, and Sol LeWitt. Leitner is also an author, columnist, motion picture technologist and industry consultant. From 1977-1985 he was Director of New Technology at DuArt Film & Video in New York, where he created innovations in optical printing, cine lens testing, film-to-tape transfer, and played a key role introducing Super 16 to the U.S. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.


Sean Weiner is a NY-based producer, filmmaker, and the director of the Creative Culture program at the Jacob Burns Film Center. He is a professor of film at Purchase College, a creative in the Private Cabin Collective, and a director for the Upright Citizens Brigade. His producing credits include Death Metal Grandma (NY Times Op Docs, SXSW, Hot Docs), Nevada (Sundance, Vimeo Staff Pick, Oscar-Qualified), and Yves & Variation (BAMcinemaFest, Hamptons International Film Festival).  These shorts were produced within the Creative Culture program which connects emerging filmmakers to creative careers through fellowship and residency opportunities.

*All panelists subject to schedule availability and may change at any time. 

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