Montclair Film and The Film Institute at Montclair State today announced speakers and programs for their annual collaboration, Behind the Screen (BTS), a day of free filmmaking workshops and seminars taking place Sunday, Jan. 28 at the School of Communication and Media on the campus of Montclair State University.

The BTS program is designed for students and adults from all backgrounds to discover the process for building a career in film and television through engagement with leading industry professionals. This year’s program features sessions on performance, the casting process, costume design, development and pitching, as well as a program on the impact of harassment on career and project development.

Behind the Screen 2018 is free and open to the public. Online registration is required. To register, please visit

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The 2018 Behind The Screen Program

Acting Masterclass with Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Domińczyk
Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony nominated actor Patrick Wilson and his actress/author wife, Dagmara Dominczyk, share the stage to discuss the art and craft of acting for TV, film and stage.

Matching Character and Actor with Casting Director Avy Kaufman
From Steven Spielberg to Ang Lee to Wes Craven, Emmy award winning casting director Avy Kauffman (The OA, The Night of, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Billions, The Sixth Sense) shares her insights on the creative and collaborative casting process.

Directing the True Crime Documentary with Erin Lee Carr
Documentary director and one of Forbes “30 under 30” individuals in media, Erin Lee Carr (HBO’s Mommy Dead and Dearest, Thought Police: The Case of the Cannibal Cop) will discuss her fascination with and the challenges of bringing notoriously disturbing true crime stories to the screen.

Costume Design: The Power & Impact of Wardrobe with Daniel Lawson
Emmy nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson (The Good Wife, The Good Fight) reveals the hidden power clothing has on characters and actors, and its impact on stories, the culture, and fashion.

Pitching: The Art and Craft of Selling a Show
Development Executives Greg Rhem (HBO Docs), Brian Bockwrath (Bays Thomas Productions) and Amanda Verdon (AMC/Sundance TV) discuss the art and craft of pitching ideas, shows, and stories from the perspective of the buyer and seller.

#MeToo: A Conversation about Harassment and Empowerment
The #MeToo movement created seismic shifts in entertainment and media. This panel discussion will unearth the real-life effects of dealing with harassment, and explore strategies for change and empowerment.