Light Iron Presents: Navigating Technology in Production & Post

The way we create and consume content is ever-changing -- UHD, 6K, Cloud, Netflix, Apple Watch... Are you sometimes overwhelmed keeping up with all the new technologies, or are you the first of your colleagues to embrace the latest gadget? And is your relationship to technology the same in your professional career and your personal life?

Join our panel of talented filmmakers as they explore the role of technology in the art and business of content creation. This engaging conversation, provided by Light Iron, will offer valuable insight on how to leverage the right technology at the right time to improve your craft, plus save time and money.

Light Iron is the post house behind the recent films Gone Girl, Transparent, Kelly & Cal, Cold in July and John Wick. They specialize in on-site dailies, digital intermediate, archival and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras. With facilities in Hollywood and New York City, Light Iron serves feature film, episodic television, commercial and web-bound projects at both the independent and studio level. Light Iron delivers post production workflows that minimize time, maximize image fidelity and increase filmmakers' creative control over their projects.



Sabine Hoffman, ACE, has edited Rebecca Miller’s films Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Other credits include Morgan J. Freeman’s Desert Blue and Hurricane Streets and the multi-award-winning Brother To Brother and Harlem Aria.  Hoffman recently completed Richard LaGravenese's The Last 5 Years, Cherien Dabis' May in the Summer and Sean Gullette's Traitors. She has served as a consultant and story advisor and also edited numerous documentary films, including Academy Award-nominated Ferry Tales and The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela. Hoffman is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves on the advisory board of the Woodstock Film Festival.

Liza Johnson is a writer and director.  Her first feature film, Return, which stars Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery, premiered in Director's Fortnight at Cannes and was released by Focus World in 2012.  Her second feature, Mark Poirier's Alice Munro adaptation Hateship Loveship, stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Haillee Steinfeld, and Nick Nolte, and was released by IFC Films in 2014.  Johnson has also made many short films and installation projects that have been exhibited in festivals, galleries, and museums internationally.  She is currently writing a new feature film, Nervous, and next year will direct What Happened to Anna K, written by Kate Bernstein and produced by Anna Gerb.  Johnson is the author of many articles about art and film, and is Professor of Art at Williams College.


Mynette Louie is the President of Gamechanger Films, which finances narrative features directed by women. She is winner of the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award. Her producing credits include Land Ho! (Sundance 2014, Sony Pictures Classics), Cold Comes the Night (Sony/Goldwyn 2014), California Solo (Sundance 2012), Stones in the Sun (Tribeca 2012), Arcadia (Berlin 2012), Children of Invention (Sundance 2009) and Mutual Appreciation (SXSW
2005). Louie serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, IFP and A3 Foundation.  She was named one of Ted Hope’s "21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.”

Reed Morano, ASC is a recipient of the Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography at the 2011 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, and has also been named one of Variety’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch”.  She has been a regular at Sundance, having films in competition for the past 6 years.  Morano’s most recent features include The Skeleton Twins, And So It Goes, and Kill Your Darlings, and last year she shot the HBO series Looking.  Morano’s earlier work includes Frozen River, which won the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and went on to be nominated for two Academy Awards and seven Independent Spirit Awards.  She is currently editing her first feature as both director and DP, the dark drama Meadowland, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.  Morano is the youngest member of the American Society of Cinematographers and one of very few women in this prestigious organization.

Mary Yurkovic (Moderator) is a technology strategy consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the publishing, entertainment, and technology sectors.  Working in a range of creative and technical roles, Yurkovic has been responsible for implementing successful digital asset management (DAM) solutions for companies such as Playboy Enterprises, NFL.com, Fox Filmed Entertainment, McDonalds Corporate, and Marvel Entertainment.  For her work building community among content management professionals – including developing conferences, social media, and blogs – Yurkovic was named one of the “Top DAM Influencers of 2013”.  Yurkovic is currently working on two start-up companies and is developing the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance’s new special interest group “Women in Technology Hollywood”.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts