A Conversation with
Directors Mark Pellington & Sarah Pirozek
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
New York Film Academy
The 20/20 Series is a pop-up event that takes us into the homes, hubs and workspaces of an array of dynamic creative visionaries to allow for relaxed, engaging conversations on craft, creation and artistic vision.
Each conversation with a creative visionary features 20 minutes of discussion with a moderator and a 20 minute Q&A from YOU, the audience.
This event is open to the public, as a means of promoting global connection and creativity, a key mission of NYFA.
Mark Pellington is a director and producer, who got his start in music videos for U2, Crystal Waters, De la Soul and Pearl Jam. His video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" won four MTV awards in 1993, including Best Director and Video of the Year, and his video for Whale's song "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" won the inaugural MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video in 1994.
Pellington then began directing feature films, including period drama Going All the Way, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz, paranoia thriller Arlington Road, starring Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges, cult film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, The Severing, and Nightwalkers, starring Alfie Allen. Pellington has also worked with such musical artists as Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, Echosmith, Dave Matthews, Michael Jackson, Moby, Damian Marley, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.
Recently, Pellington also created the 13 part series, SURVIVE, starring Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins for new mobile app QUIBI. He also penned a visual memoir, THE VISUALIST: NARRATIVE AND IMAGE 1983-2020. In the meantime, his new creative offshoot Prolific will continue to develop innovative projects with his trusted collaborators , in order to facilitate his desire to create personal work in all arenas of creative expression.
Sarah Pirozek (Writer/Director/Producer) left school at 16 and lived off-grid for 5 years, helping to found ‘The Brixton Housing Co-op’, toured with her punk band and was introduced to the world of music videos by Puffy at Uptown Records, all before working in TV and Film.
After attending St. Martins and the Whitney Museum’s ISP a career directing fashion clips, Hip-Hop music videos and award-winning national commercials and docs followed, including Free Tibet with the Beastie Boys, winning ‘Best of Fest’ at Edinburgh IFF.
Her work has been commissioned by Sundance Channel, VH1, NatGeo, AMC, Lifetime, BBC, TLC, CNN, TNT, NBC, PBS, V2, Atlantic, Sony, Jive, Electra, Tommy Boy, Universal, Geffen, MTV, HBO, and Channel 4 TV UK. Her scripts have been nominated as finalists by Slamdance, ScreenCraft, Austin FF, and The Page Awards. Pirozek's latest pivot is as writer/director/producer of her debut feature, #LIKE, currently screening at multiple festivals, winning ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Script' and a nomination for ‘Best Indie.’
Liz Hinlein is an award-winning director and cinematographer. She is the creator of The 20/20 Series and is the Creative Director of Filmmaking & Cinematography at New York Film Academy. Over the course of her career, Hinlein has made a name for herself in a traditionally male-dominated industry as a passionate, talented filmmaker and director of photography whose work has spanned the fields of feature film, advertising, music video and VR/AR/XR.
Hinlein’s debut feature film, Other People’s Children, earned several awards on the film festival circuit—including Best of the Fest at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival and Best Director at the NYLA International Film Festival—and is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and iTunes. Recently, her VR film for Byton Auto was nominated for Best Branded Entertainment/Commercial at the 2019 CES VR Fest and in 2018, she directed Accenture’s VR film, Behind the Style, winning that same award.
Most recently, Hinlein spent time in China writing and directing The Dream Factory and she is currently in pre-production on OSAGE '85, a groundbreaking immersive documentary experience. Her visual expertise comes from a background of directing commercials and music videos for top brands, including Dove, Lifetime, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, A&E, and MAC Cosmetics. Additionally, Hinlein has created films for superstar musicians such as Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears, and has been commissioned to photograph Quincy Jones, Incubus, and Fishbone.
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