Sponsored by JP Morgan
Friday, May 31 at 1:30 pm at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
Filmmakers have the power to enact positive social change on a national and global level, enabling conversation, audience engagement, and empathy through storytelling. Join us for an important discussion with female trailblazers about lessons learned and best practices for using film to inspire change.
Featuring Melinda Arons, SVP of Social Impact at Participant Media, Abigail Disney, Founder, Partner & Producer at Level Forward, and Laura Lewis, Founder, and CEO of Rebelle Media.
Presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and in partnership with ESPN.
Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 am at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
Have you ever wondered what gold medalists must sacrifice to achieve their dreams? Be it on the world stage at the Olympics, the Stanley Cup, or the World Series, athletic success starts with dedication and passion at a young age. Hear from a panel of award-winning athletes who share their journey to the gold, including the highs and lows, wins and losses, and countless hours of training.
Featuring: Dr. Sam Taylor, Physician HSS and Mark Teixeira, former Yankee player, Becky Lynch, WWE Superstar, Jon Hock of ESPN’s 30 for 30, and Sue Merz Olympic Ice Hockey athlete.
Brought to you by Hospital for Special Surgery and in partnership with ESPN.
Generously underwritten by The Stapleton Family Foundation and Bank of America in honor of former President George H. W. Bush and the critical legislation he passed to create a more equitable world for the disabled.
Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 pm at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
We often hear that Hollywood films lack diversity, but rarely do we hear about the lack of representation of people with disabilities. When sexual orientation, race, and gender are always at the forefront of this matter, what can we do to celebrate the actors who have overcome incredible obstacles and have achieved prodigious careers? Meet actors and key figures from this world who will shine a light on disability inclusion in entertainment and what we need to do about it.
Featuring: Millicent Simmonds (Deaf Actress – A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck), Carol Glazer from The National Organization on Disabilities, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security and Board Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, Tom Ridge, Chris Lopes and Kathy Lopes (subject of short film to be played in advance of panel, A Different Script, and Mr. John H. Hager, the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from August 2007-May 2008. He also served as the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, and as an assistant secretary within the United States Department of Education from 2004 to 2007.
Sunday, June 2 At 12:30 pm Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
This family-friendly panel event will provide a sneak peek into the world of animation production at Blue Sky Studios. From the designing of characters and locations to animation and the recording of voices, this panel will share how animated movies are made from script to screen right here in our own back yard!
This panel will feature a mix of Blue Sky Studios directors, artists, and executives that have brought you beloved animated feature films including the “Ice Age” movies, the “Rio” movies, and last year’s Academy Award®-nominated feature film “Ferdinand.”
Featuring Chris Wedge, Co-Founder and Director (“Ice Age,” “Robots,” “Epic”), Steve Martino, Director (“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” “The Peanuts Movie”), Lisa Fragner, VP of Development, Sabine Heller, Head of Characters, and Tom Cardone, Production Designer.