NYWIFT Industry Screening & Q&A: ‘Lost Girls’ with Liz Garbus, Amy Ryan, and Anne Carey

Join us on Thursday, November 19th at 4pm ET for a screening and conversation with Lost Girls creative team Liz Garbus, Amy Ryan, and Anne Carey


When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari (Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan) embarks on a dark journey that finds her face to face with hard truths about her daughter, herself, and police bias. Determined to find her daughter at all costs, Mari Gilbert retraces Shannan’s last known steps, driving her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget.

Inspired by Robert Kolker’s best-selling nonfiction book of the same name and produced by Archer Gray’s Anne Carey (Can You Ever Forgive Me?; 20th Century Women), Lost Girls is directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Liz Garbus (The Fourth Estate; What Happened, Miss Simone?). Thomasin McKenzie, Gabriel Byrne and Lola Kirke co-star.

Watch the film: Available on Netflix
Join the Q&A: Thursday, November 19th at 4PM ET
Cost: Free 

Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane




Liz Garbus is a two-time Academy Award®-nominee, two-time Emmy winner, Peabody winner, Grammy nominee, Directors Guild of America nominee, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts-nominated director. Garbus, who graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a major in history and semiotics, has earned a reputation for creating electrifying, archival-driven, historical documentaries that retain all the narrative velocity, artistic craft, and conceptual depth of propulsive, cinéma vérité films. Garbus delves into today’s most hotly debated topics. Her latest series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark premiered on HBO in June 2020. Her narrative feature debut, Lost Girls, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and was released on Netflix and in theatres in March 2020.  The Fourth Estate, for Showtime, was nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and includes full access to the Russia investigation and much more. Her 2015 feature, Sundance opener, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a Netflix original, was nominated for a 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and took home the Emmy Award for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. In 2018, HBO premiered Garbus’ documentary, A Dangerous Son, which tracks the lives of three families as they navigate mental illness and the healthcare system. Other credits include: The Innocence Films (Netflix, 2020), Who Killed Garrett Phillips (HBO, 2019), There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (HBO), The Farm: Angola, USA (Academy Award nominee 1998) and many others.


Academy Award nominated actress, Amy Ryan, is well-known for her work on the big and small screen alike, as well as her Tony-nominated work on stage. Most recently, she was seen in the Amazon Studios feature film, ​Late Night,​ directed by Nisha Ganatra and starring opposite Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy and Reid Scott. Ryan will next be seen in W​orth,​ starring with Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci. In the Fall of 2018, Ryan was seen in the critically-acclaimed Amazon film, B​eautiful Boy​, opposite Steve Carrell, Timothée Chalamet and Maura Tierney and directed by Felix van Groeningen. Also in 2018, Ryan starred in the thriller film, Strange But True,​ directed by Rowan Athale. Additional film credits include: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar®-winning ​Birdman,Central Intelligence, Louder Than Bombs​, Steven Spielberg’s​ Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, Don Verdean,​ and Abundant Acreage Available​ – among others. Though, Ryan is perhaps best known on the big screen for her performance in Ben Affleck’s G​one Baby Gone. Ryan is also widely acknowledged for her work on the small screen, including her memorable portrayals as Holly Flax on The Office, Adele on In Treatment, and Officer Beatrice ‘Beadie’ Russell on The Wire


Anne Carey is President of Production at Archer Gray, an independent film and television production company based in New York City. Carey’s not able recent film credits include T​he Day Shall Come​ written and directed by Chris Morris, The Operative written and directed by Yuval Adler and starring Diane Kruger,​ Can You Ever Forgive Me?,​ directed by Marielle Heller, written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty; AcademyAward®​ ​-nominated ​20th Century Women written and directed by MikeMills; Marielle Heller’s T​he Diary of a Teenage Girl​, starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard; and ​Mr Holmes,​ directed by Bill Condon, starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney. Prior to Archer Gray, Carey was a partner at the independent production company This is That where she produced many critically-acclaimed films including Tamara Jenkins’s Academy Award nominated The Savages​, Greg Mottola’s ​Adventureland,​ Anton Corbijn’s ​The American.​ Before co-founding This is That, Carey was Head of Development and a producer at the seminal independent film company Good Machine. Carey began her career at the William Morris Agency as the director of literary development sourcing literary material for the agencies top film and television clients. Carey is a member of The PGA and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Kathryn O’Kane is currently the show runner and director of the Disney+ docuseries Parenting Without Borders, which examines how culture shapes parenting around the world and is hosted and executive produced by Jessica Alba. Kathryn was also the show runner of the James Beard award-winning Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a four-part travel culinary series on Netflix based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling book of the same name. Kathryn recently directed and produced episodes of Death Row Stories, a true crime documentary series for CNN. Kathryn is a non-fiction director/producer with over fifteen years of experience in television, advertising, and web media. She provides content for clients like ABC, IBM, OWN, Nike, Discovery and Sundance Channel. Her strength is telling character-driven stories, and she’s crafted narratives as diverse as Mission Juno, documenting NASA’s probe to Jupiter; Talking Dead, the hit show for AMC; and commercial assignments for United Airlines, SAP and Kellogg’s. Having started her career supporting democratic initiatives in Latin America, Kathryn first learned the power of messaging while organizing election observations in the Dominican Republic with President Jimmy Carter. She now seeks to bridge cultural differences through art and storytelling.  

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November 19 @ 4:00pm
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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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.