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Indigenize the Narrative presented by The Syndication Project

Indigenize the Narrative presented by The Syndication Project

Native American and Indigenous storytellers long preceded the days of television, but have largely been excluded from the industry, stereotyped by inauthentic storytelling, or erased from the picture altogether. However, these creatives are changing TV for the better, and reclaiming their long-overdue seat at the table. Join us for a conversation with the Native American and Indigenous actors, writers, directors, and producers that are recentering Indigenous storytelling and producing dynamic TV in the process.

Panelists: Sierra Teller Ornelas (showrunner/executive producer/co-creator, Rutherford Falls), Sydney Freeland (director, Rutherford Falls, The Wilds), Michael Greyeyes (actor, Rutherford Falls), Kimberly Guerrero (actor, Rutherford Falls, The Wilds), Migizi Pensoneau (writer, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Reservation Dogs)

Moderator: Vincent Schilling (Indian Country Today)

SEX/LIFE

SEX/LIFE

Get an early look at the first episode of Sex/Life, an upcoming original series from Netflix, which debuts June 25, along with a conversation with executive producers and cast. Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past that takes a provocative new look at female identity and desire.

Panelists: Stacy Rukeyser (creator/showrunner), J. Miles Dale (executive producer), Sarah Shahi (cast), Adam Demos (cast), Mike Vogel (cast), Margaret Odette (cast)

HISTORY OF THEM

HISTORY OF THEM

ATX will feature History of Them, an unaired pilot from creator, writer, executive producer and ATX Advisory Board Member Gloria Calderón Kellett. Written by Calderón Kellett and directed by Pam Fryman, the semi-autobiographical History of Them was developed in 2018 for CBS and is a multi-cultural ensemble that revolves around two friends, Luna (Ana Villafañe) and Adam (Brett Dier), and how they fell in love, using the couple’s social media accounts as a guide. The pilot screening will be followed by a panel conversation. History of Them is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios.

Panelists: Gloria Calderón Kellett (creator/writer/executive producer), Pam Fryman (director), Brett Dier (cast), Ana Villafañe (cast), Caitlin McGee (cast), Chris Powell (cast), Amit Shah (cast), Felix Solis (cast)

BLINDSPOTTING Writers’ Room

BLINDSPOTTING Writers’ Room

Starz joins this year’s line-up with a look inside the writers’ room of their new summer series, Blindspotting, the television series inspired by the 2018 feature film from writers/producers/stars Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. The half-hour dramedy centers on Ashley, played by Emmy® nominee Jasmine Cephas Jones, who was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles (Rafael Casal), her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother Rainey (Helen Hunt) and half-sister Trish (Jaylen Barron). We’ll enjoy a conversation about adapting the concept from film to TV, expanding Ashley and Miles’ world, and the unique musicality of the series, and get an early look at Episode 2 of the series. Blindspotting premieres June 13 on Starz.

Panelists: Rafael Casal (creator/executive producer/writer), Daveed Diggs (creator/executive producer/writer), Alanna Brown (writer), Nijla Mumin (writer), Priscila Garcia-Jacquier (writer), Benjamin Turner (writer)

Date: Saturday, June 19

HOME BEFORE DARK

HOME BEFORE DARK

Creatives and cast of Apple TV+’s dramatic mystery series, Home Before Dark, will join the festival for a virtual panel to discuss the inspiration for the series with Hilde Lysiak, the real life journalist behind the story, the importance of the pursuit of the truth, and the timely themes throughout the series. They will also share an exclusive look from the second season of the critically acclaimed series, premiering June 11 on Apple TV+.

Panelists: Dana Fox (co-creator/executive producer), Hilde Lysiak (journalist), additional TBA

MYTHIC QUEST presented by Apple TV+

MYTHIC QUEST presented by Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will present a marquee conversation with the cast and creatives of the critically hailed workplace comedy Mythic Quest amid the current sophomore season. “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% critics rating, the Apple original series releases new episodes every Friday through the June 25 season finale.

Panelists: Rob McElhenney (co-creator/executive producer/cast), Megan Ganz (co-creator/executive producer), David Hornsby (executive producer/cast), Ashly Burch (series writer/cast), Charlotte Nicdao (cast), F. Murray Abraham (cast), Danny Pudi (cast), Imani Hakim (cast), Jessie Ennis (cast)

CENTRAL PARK presented by Apple TV+

CENTRAL PARK presented by Apple TV+

The star-studded cast and creative team behind Apple’s critically-acclaimed, hit animated musical comedy series, Central Park, will join the festival for a virtual panel and share a first look at the highly anticipated sophomore season premiering June 25 on Apple TV+. In season two, created, written and executive produced by Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad and Nora Smith, the Tillerman family continues to navigate living in and caring for the world’s most famous park.

KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF presented by AMC

KEVIN CAN F**K HIMSELF presented by AMC

AMC will present a conversation with the creator and stars of Kevin Can F**K Himself, exploring the inspiration behind the new dark comedy, the cultural evolution of the sitcom wife, and the unique use of both multi-cam & single-cam formats to examine its character’s inner lives. Kevin Can F**K Himself premieres June 13 on AMC+ and June 20 on AMC.

Panelists: Valerie Armstrong (creator/executive producer), Annie Murphy (cast), Mary Hollis Inboden (cast)

ULTRA CITY SMITHS presented by AMC+

ULTRA CITY SMITHS presented by AMC+

AMC+ will present a first look at Ultra City Smiths – an all-new series that unfolds via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of all-star characters. Ultra City Smiths centers on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Ultra City’s most famous magnate and the two intrepid detectives following the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home. The series is created by Steve Conrad (Perpetual Grace Ltd.), who will join the all-star cast for a Q&A and first look at the series. Ultra City Smiths premieres July 22 on AMC+.

Panelists: Steve Conrad (creator), additional TBA

Horror Anthologies presented by SHUDDER

Horror Anthologies presented by SHUDDER

AMC Networks’ premium streamer SHUDDER will present a “Horror Anthologies” panel, exploring the modern series that have become successors to classics like Creepshow and Tales of the Crypt, and the ways in which the horror genre is so uniquely suited to the “short story” mode of storytelling.

Panelists: Greg Nicotero (showrunner/writer/executive producer/director, Creepshow), Tananarive Due (writer, Untitled Black Horror Anthology), Steven Barnes (writer, Untitled Black Horror Anthology), additional TBA