THE 20/20 SERIES: A Conversation with Director Laura Belsey

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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.


Laura Belsey is a commercial, film and television director who has directed several short films, the documentary Katrina’s Children and numerous television episodes for shows including: The Walking Dead, Bosch, Genius: Picasso, Preacher, New Amsterdam, Arrow, The Flash, Animal Kingdom, Queen of the South, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, and many others.

Belsey has been a member of the Directors Guild of America’s National Board since 2007 and serves as the Fourth Vice President for the DGA. She has helmed hundreds of commercials and won numerous international awards, including a Cannes Gold Lion.
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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