These are the confirmed panels for the Columbia College Hollywood 2016 Film Festival on  
Saturday , October 15th

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Cutting It In Hollywood

Location: Room H
Time:  Saturday,  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moderator: Mitch Danton (Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson's Creek, Switched at Birth)

Want to know how to make as an editor in Hollywood? Then this panel is for you! Join some of Hollywood's most established editors  who will be discussing on how to break into the industry. 


  • Nena Hsu Erb (Dealin' With IdiotsJustin Bieber's BelieveProject Greenlight)
  • Dana Shockley (Cowboy DrifterSex and BreakfastSwitched at Birth)
  • Stewart Schill, Editor (DexterFrank vs. God, The People v. O.J. Simpson)
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Point of Entry to Industry: Short Film or Web-Series?

Location: Room I
Time: Saturday,  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: Deborah Gilels (Media Consultant representing screenwriters, directors, actors, production companies and book authors).

This panel will explore life after film school and the real methods used to get your short film noticed and launch your career.

  • Larry Laboe - NewFilmmakersLA
  • Devorah (“Devo”) Cutler-Rubenstein - Screenwriter
  • Efrain Rodriguez - The Short Movie Channel
  • Noam Dromi - Legion of Creatives
  • Caatje Van Leeuwen - Sun Cat Productions-

New Age of TV Comedy

Location: TV Studio
Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderator: Ozzie Rodriguez 

Learn the in's and outs of today's TV comedies from writing through casting to final product. 


  • Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher & Lauren Bertoni (Founders of Actors Comedy Studio)
  • Dorian Frankel (Casting: Veep, Baskets)
  • Erin Ehrlich (Executive Producer: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, MTV's Awkward)



Daryn Goodall

Set Decoration Panel

Location: Room H
Time:  Saturday, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Moderator: Mark-Austin Rowell

Learn about the art of set decorating and how it sets the artistic tone and mood of each individually shot scene.


  • Daryn-Reid Goodall; SDSA (MadTV, Girl Meets World)
  • Kathy Orlando - Set Decorator (American Horror Story)
  • Jerry Dunn - Production Designer
Rick Pagano - Casting Director

Casting Panel w/ John Morrissey

Location: Room A
Time:  Saturday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: John Morrissey - Producer (America History X)

In this panel, you'll learn from three different perspectives about the casting process. We will hear from casting directors  and agents. 


  • Rick Pagano - Casting Director  (X Men: The Last Stand)
  • Charles Silver (Agent; SMS)
  • Charlene Borja (Casting Networks)
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Hair & Makeup Panel

Location: Room A
Time:  Saturday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Moderator: Carin Misterly

Learn more about the art of hair, makeup and special effects in the entertainment industry and how it can transform the look and feel of everybody within the production from fantasy to realism.


  • Karen Westerfield - Makeup & SFX Artists  (Spider-Man, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Beowulf)
  • Allen Arnold Hair & Makeup Artist (Fashion Industry, Television, Film & Theater Stylist) 
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Screenwriting Panel w/ Dirk Blackman & David Benullo 

Location: Room D
Time:  Saturday, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Moderator: Lynda Spargur

In this panel, you'll learn about the art of screenwriting, what it takes to make it in the industry and tips and tricks to improve your writing skills by two established Hollywood screenwriters.


  • Dirk Blackman - Screenwriting (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Conan 2)
  • David Benullo - Screenwriting (Around the World in 80 Days, The Condemned 2)

Casting Networks Panel

Location: Room F
Time:  Saturday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

LA Casting will show both talent and filmmakers how casting networks and online tools are a necessity in the industry that they're a part of.  LA Casting is here to help streamline the casting process and give talent online tools to submit themselves on current projects casting now. 


  • Charlene Borja
  • Maria Waldkirch