BFF2017 Women in Film Panel

Join us for our third annual Women in Film Panel - featuring Bonnie Bruckheimer (Hocus Pocus; Beaches; The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Amy Gile (Silverdraft), Yvette Harper (Filmmaker/Actress), and Erin Westfall (Cloud); moderated by Peg Owens, Pegasus Productions.

Friday, Sept 22 at 6:45 PM at JUMP Boise - JUMP Room (Floor #5)

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Peg Owens

Pegasus Production Services/Photographer/Filmmaker

Peg is the owner of Pegasus Production Services as well as the Former Film Commissioner at Idaho Film Office. She has spent her most of her life working as a photographer and filmmaker while striving to better the Idaho film industry.

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Bonnie Bruckheimer (Panelist)

Producer

Bruckheimer began her Hollywood career at Columbia Pictures, later forming All Girls Productions with Bette Midler, and producing such hits as Beaches, For the Boys, Hocus Pocus and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. She is also currently serving as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Bonnie is traveling to Idaho to promote her next feature film project, The Boy On The Lake, currently in development and based on the book of the same title about life experiences of local cancer survivor, Trevor Schaefer, whose personal struggles with cancer inspired Trevor’s Law (www.trevorstrek.org).

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Amy Gile (Panelist)

Co-Founder/CEO, Silverdraft Supercomputing

Amy began her career in media and entertainment nationally and internationally. After spending time in front of the camera as an actor and then as a Producer she identified a need in the industry for a better solution for production and for the artist. The demands of rendering, animation, and visual effects required a sophisticated approach to computing. From that point on she dedicated herself to building the highest performance compact supercomputers on the market for media and entertainment. Today, those same needs she identified for Hollywood are needed across several industries.

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Yvette Harper* (Panelist)

Actress/Graphic Designer

Yvette Harper was recently voted Best Actress at the i48 Film Festival 2017 (novice division) and has been in the film community for years. She is in two films “Sounds of Silence” and “Netflix & Kill” (both screening at BFF2017). She is a local Emcee, Social Media Coordinator (currently for the film The Unlost) and Graphic Designer. She is locally recognized for her light-hearted presentation at Ignite Boise 2015 about online dating. Ask her about social media/marketing for your film!

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Erin Westfall* (Panelist)

Filmmaker

Erin Westfall is a filmmaker from Boise, Idaho. Starting in theater, she received a degree in Theatrical Lighting Design from Central Washington University in 2004. Since moving to Boise she has co-founded a theater company (Daisy's Madhouse), designed and acted with numerous theater companies in the area, and eventually decided to try out film. Erin has had the opportunity to work with many of the wonderful local film companies in the valley as an actor and as a crew member. Most notably, Erin was on the ground floor of the creation of Lady Les Bois, a film company dedicated to providing opportunities and training of women and girls in all areas of film production, as well as the soon to be OMGFemalefilmmakers!, a place for female directors and producers to let their visions come to life.

Wanting a challenge, Erin wrote, directed, and produced a short narrative, Cloud, in 2016 with a budget of only $100 (to feed the cast and crew). She is currently in preproduction for a short horror narrative, in production for staring in The Unlost, by Stephanie Cullen, and is co-writing a feature length script.

*Indicates the panelist has a film screening at #BFF2017