Join us for conversations with industry experts who will share insights from behind the camera and learn about the future of the media industry – our talented Youth Producers! Mingle behind the scenes with producers and crew members from award-winning cable television series Treme, VEEP, and The Wire.
- Ken Arnold, Actor
- Lisa Dietrich, Set Dresser
- Debbie Donaldson Dorsey, Baltimore Film Office
- Dan Franko, Actor
- Jack Gerbes, Director, Maryland Film Office
- Pat Moran, Casting Director
- David Noble, Key Grip
- Nina K. Noble, Producer
- Matt Porterfield, Director
- Bill Zorzi, Writer
* Guests are subject to professional availability.
May 2, 2013 (6-9pm) at The Ritz Carlton Residences, 801 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230.
Tickets $55* • Space Limited • Buy Tickets
New Orleans-style food courtesy of Tooloulou’s • Drinks will be served.
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About Our Special Guests:
Ken Arnold, Actor Writer & Director
Ken Arnold is an actor-writer-director who has appeared in hundreds of projects over his 16 year acting career. Some of his credits include Veep, Men in Black 3, Revolution, Law and Order and Blue Bloods. Before becoming an actor he was a professional baseball player spending time in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. He has also won awards for his directing and writing and will be producing his first feature film this fall.
Lisa Dietrich, Set Decorator & VP of Green Product Placement
Lisa graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been working in film television and commercials in both the Baltimore/Washington area as well as in Toronto, Canada for over 15 years designing and maintaining the sets and props for such Feature Films and Television Shows as Liberty Heights, The Incredible Hulk, The Wire, and Resident Evil: Afterlife. Then about a year and a half ago Lisa started a Product Placement Company called Green Product Placement with a friend and college Beth Bell to help promote “good” brands in Film and Television.
Debbie Donaldson Dorsey
Debbie Donaldson Dorsey is the Director of the Baltimore Film Office. Born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Debbie graduated from Towson University in 1982 with a BA in Mass Communication. She went on to enjoy as successful career as a location manager for television and film productions working on projects such as “Avalon,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” Sleepless in Seattle,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Washington Square,” and many others. In 2007 she accepted the position of Director of the Baltimore Film Office. Debbie is a founding officer and Chair of Government Relations for the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, the advocacy group who led the charge for the passage of the Maryland Film Production Employment Act of 2011. She lives on the South River with her two teenage children.
Dan Franko, Actor
Since graduating from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD with a degree in Theatre Arts, Dan Franko is pursuing a career in acting. Dan has worked in independent short films and webseries, local and national commercials, on stage, and in film and television. His credits include the Baltimore production of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, the viral web series Indie vs Studio and ParaAbnormal, the feature film Lovely Molly (filmed in Maryland by Blair Witch co-creator Eduardo Sanchez) and guest-starring roles on HBO’s The Wire and Veep. Dan has also been involved in the production side of things, taking on the roles of Producer, Director and Writer on various productions. Dan wrote and co-starred in the short film Full Circlewhich was selected to the Frederick Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, and the Maryland Film Festival. Dan has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 2003. He lives in Frederick County, Maryland with his wife and son, and co-instructs the Tuesday night acting workshop (aka “Actor’s Club”) at Studio Boh in Canton.
Jack Gerbes, Director of Maryland Film Office
Jack Gerbes joined the Maryland Film Office as its location and project manager in 1992. He was appointed Director of the Film Office in 2002. The Maryland Film Office promotes the state to the film and television industry, and works with the productions as a location, logistical and informational resource while they film in Maryland. During the course of his career, Jack has worked on over 125 films or television series in Maryland. His credits include: “VEEP”, “House of Cards”, “The Wire”, “Ladder 49”, “Wedding Crashers”, “Enemy of the State”, “12 Monkeys” “Runaway Bride”, “Step Up” and “Step Up 2”, “Live Free or Die Hard” and “The Blair Witch Project”. While promoting Maryland to the film industry, Jack has been fortunate to attend film festivals worldwide including Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2006 Jack was on the jury of the Kratkofil Film Festival in Bosnia. In 2004, Jack was named a Baltimorean of the Year by Baltimore Magazine.
Pat Moran, Casting Director
Mid-Atlantic based Casting Director, Pat Moran, C.S.A., has worked with national and international directors for many years. A longtime member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – twice she was awarded the industry’s highest honor, the prime-time EMMY for outstanding casting in 2012 for HBO’s Game Change and 1997 for NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets” as well as nominated seven times for an EMMY in outstanding casting – including the most recent nominations for HBO’s VEEP. Pat was also nominated and accepted into the Casting Society of America, which honored her three times with their highest achievement the Artios – for HBO’s “The Wire” in 2003 and “Something the Lord Made” in 2004 and most recently in 2012 for HBO’s Game Change. An experienced casting director and producer with a strong theater background, Pat has been involved in every aspect of film from pre-production to post.
David Noble, Key Grip
David Noble is a Grip with 20 + years experience on film sets throughout the U.S. He is also a skilled rigger whose film & TV credits include Game Change, Ladder 49, My Bloody Valentine, The Wire, Step Up, Something the Lord Made, Malcolm X. and numerous commercials including Under Armour. Special skills include Mountaineering and Technical climbing, Carpentry, Blacksmithing and Machining, in addition to Sailing and Canoeing. In his spare time Noble loves to cook, design and build furniture, and spend time with his wife and kids.
Nina K. Noble, Producer
Nina K. Noble is a producer of a variety of projects for television. She was born in New York and raised on film sets in various cities. After many years of work as a production assistant , she joined the Director’s Guild of America as a 2nd Assistant Director. The next 10 years were spent as a free lance Assistant Director, traveling throughout the U.S. with many prominent directors, including Alan Parker, Paul Mazursky, Ron Shelton, Paul Verhoeven, and Ivan Reitman. In 1995, she began production managing and producing TV pilots and Movies for TV, primarily for the Levinson/ Fontana company in NY. This association led to a meeting with David Simon in 1999, and began a successful collaboration between Noble and Simon on “The Corner” , a miniseries which won 3 emmys, “The Wire” which won a Peabody, DGA, and many other awards, “Generation Kill”, a miniseries shot in Namibia, Mozambique and S. Africa, and “Treme”, a series which is has just recently concluded after 4 seasons. When not on location, Noble resides in Baltimore with her husband, sons, and numerous pets.
Matt Porterfield, Director
Matt Porterfield studied film at NYUʼs Tisch School of the Arts and teaches in the Film & Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. His first feature, Hamilton, was released in 2006. Named “one of the finest American independent films ever made” by New Yorker film editor Richard Brody, it was included in John Water’s 2006 Top Ten in Artforum International and was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. His second feature, Putty Hill, premiered at the Berlinaleʼs International Forum of New Cinema in 2010 and was released in the U.S. by Cinema Guild in 2011. In 2012, Porterfield was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial and was awarded grants from Creative Capital and the Wexner Center for the Arts. He has two projects in development, Metal Gods (IFP No Borders, 2012) and Sollers Point (IFFR’s CineMart, 2013). His most recent film, I Used To Be Darker, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this fall.
Bill Zorzi, Writer
William F. Zorzi was a reporter and editor at The Sun of Baltimore for nearly 20 years before leaving the newspaper to write for television in 2002. Zorzi, a Baltimore native, wrote for the last three seasons of “The Wire” television program on Home Box Office (HBO) and also acted in the series, portraying an ill-tempered reporter named Bill Zorzi in a fictional Sun newsroom. He and writing partner David Simon are now developing a miniseries for HBO about the volatile events surrounding a federal public housing desegregation case in Yonkers, NY, in the 1980s and 1990s. The two also are at work on a book about the rise of the drug culture in Baltimore, using Pennsylvania Avenue and its habitues as the vehicles to tell the story.
Guests are subject to professional availability. More special guests to be announced.