SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event Sets Lineups of Speakers, Sponsors
Join SHOOT, along with our sponsors, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the DGA theatre in NYC to celebrate the 17th Annual New Directors Showcase Event. FREE for qualified production and post execs & artisans. EVENTREGISTER.SHOOTONLINE.COM to request ticket.
Two-time DGA Award winner Matthew Heineman to share insights “In The Director’s Chair”
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SHOOT has revealed the slate of speakers for select sessions at its 2019 New Directors Showcase Event to be held at the DGA Theatre in NYC on Thursday, May 30.  The event includes an afternoon “In the Directors” Chair on-stage interview and “Living on the Cutting Edge of Content” panel discussion, followed by the debut screening of the SHOOT 2019 New Directors Showcase Reel and then the “Meet the New Directors” panel. Wrapping up the event will be the annual after-party hosted off-site.

The lineup of sponsors for this year’s event are GARTNER, The Devil You Know, Directors Guild of America (DGA), MySHOOT, McCann Worldgroup, The-Artery, charleuniformtango and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz (FKKS).

Here’s a look at the Agenda...

3-3:25PM Check in: be sure to arrive early, we will start on time & you won’t want to miss the first session!
3:30PM Welcome
3:35-4:25PM In the Directors Chair: On-Stage interview with Matthew Heineman
Matthew Heineman, a two-time DGA Award winner as a documentarian for “Cartel Land” (also nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar) and “City of Ghosts,” made his narrative feature debut with last year’s “A Private War.” “A Private War” stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin, one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.  Back in January, “A Private War” earned Heineman a DGA Award nod for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director. Heineman thus joined Martin Scorsese as the only directors ever to be nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards. "Cartel Land," which explores vigilantes taking on the Mexican drug cartels, also earned three Primetime Emmy Awards. And "City of Ghosts" follows a group of citizen-journalists exposing the horrors of ISIS. Heineman will discuss his filmmaking career, and his Showtime docuseries “The Trade" which chronicles the opioid crisis through the eyes of those most affected--growers, cartel members, users and law enforcement. It was honored by the International Documentary Association as the Best Episodic Series of 2018. Heineman is  also handled for commercialmaking via production house Superprime. 
4:30-5:30PM        Panel Discussion: Living on the Cutting Edge Of Content 
As lines continue to blur between advertising and entertainment, the opportunity to create cutting-edge content has grown exponentially. This discussion features panelists who live on that edge, exploring, meshing and realizing hybrid forms that span different genres, platforms, narrative filmmaking, documentary, music, live action, VR and other varied disciplines.



  • Deb Archambault, Executive Producer, McCann NY will discuss Universal Love, the lauded MGM Resorts-sponsored collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community--and the breakthrough work it spawned, including a poignant March for Our Lives music video.
  • David Cullipher, Creative Technologist, The Devil You Know, will share insights into experiential fare, including a multiple Cannes Lions-honored piece which shows the value of inclusion and diversity.
  • Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Managing Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz will address legal issues relative to projects that cross the advertising and entertainment worlds.
  • John McKelvey, co-founder/executive creative director of JohnXHannes, provides backstory on Montefiore Hospital’s “Corazon,” the film that won assorted honors, including the Cannes Lions Health & Wellness Grand Prix as well as a Cannes Entertainment Gold Lion.
  • David Rolfe, EVP, Director of Integrated Production, BBDO NY, will define the agency’s “5C’s” of production, a sourcing model for the different means of bringing content to fruition. 
  • Vico Sharabani, founder/CD/director, The-Artery, whose work spans feature films, episodic TV, and branded content, will discuss how his studio merges creativity and tech for clients by leveraging multiple mediums including VR, 360 degree live-action videography, and experiential design.

5:30-5:45PM      Break    
5:50PM               Directors Guild of America (DGA) & SHOOT Welcome                       
6–7PM    SHOOT 17th Annual New Directors Showcase Reel Screening
See the work that earned the directors their slot in this year’s Showcase their slot as a finalist.   This years Showcase includes a fantastically diverse group of directors including recent film school grads, agency creatives, experienced cinematographers, photographers and editing talent, and other artisans who are making the transition to director. There are commercials, spec spots, shorts, documentaries, features, promos, music videos and branded content.  There are 19 male and 17 female directors; 18 have production company affiliations and 18 are currently unaffiliated. Click Here for information on this year’s NDS Directors.
7–8PM    Panel: Meet the SHOOT New Directors Showcase Directors
Several of the new directors share insights into their work and future goals and two industry pros join the discussion to add their perspectives on working with new directors.

  • Kim Jose, Co-Head of Integrated Production, Forsman & Bodenfors
  • Lisa Mehling, Executive Producer & owner, Chelsea Pictures
  • four of the directors in the NDS Showcase TBA

8:15 – 11PM    NDS After-party at The-Artery
Join us for food, drink and great conversation!  The-Artery, one of our NDS Event Silver Sponsors, is hosting the NDS After-party at their fabulous new space in Chelsea at 118 W. 22nd Street, 3rd Floor.  A quick subway or cab ride from the DGA, join us to celebrate the 17th Anniversary of the SHOOT New Directors Showcase and the NDS Class of 2019 with industry friends, talk to potential collaborators and clients and meet the event panelists, speakers, sponsors and directors in the NDS Showcase.

Register Here to request a free 2019 NDS Event ticket! Having your finger on the talent pulse of the business is a perennial must to stay plugged into the present and future of our industry.  Join directors, producers, production & post company execs and artists and, network executives, agency heads of production, producers & creative directors, cinematographers, editors, VFX & music company execs/artisans, agents and more. The event is made possible by and free of charge due to the support of our 2019 event sponsors:

Lead Sponsors
The Devil You Know
Directors Guild of America (DGA)

Sliver Sponsors
McCann Worldgroup

Bronze Sponsor

Industry Supporter
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz (FKKS)

PLEASE NOTE: We are limited to 436 seats in the Theater and the event is filling up fast.  We will do our best to accommodate all registration requests, but we may not be able to accommodate everyone.  We would greatly appreciate it if you DO NOT fill out the registration form until you are certain that you will be able to attend and if you register, and then find that you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we are able to include someone on the waiting list. 

Event Registration includes the following...

  • The Afternoon program: “In the Directors Chair” and “Living on the Cutting Edge of Content” sessions
  • The New Directors Showcase evening NDS Screening & “Meet the New Directors” panel 
  • After-party at The-Artery (food, drink & great conversation)
  • PDF directory of attendees for future business networking emailed a few weeks after the event. (PDF directories will only be emailed to those who actually attend the event; if you register and don’t attend, you will not receive the directory. ) 

Attention: SHOOT Members
SHOOT Paid “PLUS,” “Premiere” & “Business” Members registering for this event are guaranteed a ticketed seat and will receive the PDF Attendee Directory whether or not they attend. Purchase SHOOTonline PLUS Memberships Here. Guaranteed Seating is also available to: Selected Directors in the 2019 New Directors Showcase + one guest, Event Speakers/Panelists, Sponsors & Sponsor Guests. Those who qualify for guaranteed seating must still register here as we only keep one Master list.  Not a member yet?  Click Here for information on Membership levels/benefits.

About The New Directors Search / Showcase Reel...
Each year SHOOT conducts a worldwide search to discover the best up-and-coming directors who, based on their initial work, show promise to soon make major positive contributions to advertising and/or entertainment in its traditional and emerging forms. This year’s search was conducted from January-March 31, 2019. Criteria for entry is directing any type of advertising or entertainment content professionally less than 3 years.


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