Aug. 5

11:15 AM

Crafting Your Style

Approaches to Creating Film and Media Arts While Finding Pathways to Support Your Growth

This panel with serve youth film and media artists age 22 and under. Join diverse film and media professionals as they share their insights on developing creative approaches to visual and cinematic arts as well as the experiences and lessons gained in their ongoing journey across fields. Priority seating for youth 22 and under. RSVP Required. Lunch provided.


Stefon Bristol

Brooklyn-born, Long Island-bred, Stefon Bristol is writing his own success story as a fresh face with a creative voice in the indie film world. Stefon is an award-winning filmmaker and recent alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Film Program. Stefon’s gift is his ability to go deep with his characters; peeling back the layers of a character that looms larger than life and revealing what makes them relatable to audiences in a manner that is both authentic and captivating. While at NYU, Stefon helmed five films including the Cine Golden Eagle Award winner The Bodega. Spike Lee, a longtime mentor, awarded Stefon with the 2016 Spike Lee Production Grant for See You Yesterday, a poignant, sci-fi short film. See You Yesterday is also being adapted into a feature film produced by Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are Back to the Future and Jurassic Park… Don’t judge!

Yvonne Shirley

YVONNE MICHELLE SHIRLEY is a Newark, NJ based filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. While there, her work garnered various awards, including a Warner Brother’s Production Grant and a Tisch School of the Arts Department Fellowship. Her narrative short film, Saturday Morning Blues, toured festivals around the country. Her short, Flowers (co-directed with Nikyatu Jusu), won the HBO Best Short Film Award at the 2016 American Black Film Festival. Her documentary credits include Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, Spike Lee’s Peabody Award winning If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise. Yvonne also produced the Sundance and Ford Foundation supported film, 25 To Life, which won Best Documentary at the 2014 American Black Film Festival. She is currently a producer on an upcoming feature length documentary about the life and work of the artist, Gil Scott-Heron, directed by Orlando Bagwell (Eyes on the Prize, Citizen King).

Vashti Harrison

Part author – illustrator – filmmaker, Vashti Harrison is an artist originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in filmmaking and a love for storytelling. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia as a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art with concentrations in Film and Cinematography. She then went on to receive her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she  rekindled a love for drawing and painting.  Now, utilizing both skillsets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories for children and young adults in the film and kidlit worlds.