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353 Studios
353 West 48th Street (b/t 8th & 9th Aves.) New York, NY 10036


Our 212th Forum in the past 29 years!

Thursday, September 7th


353 Studios, 353 West 48th Street; New York, NY

This is our 212th Forum in the past 29 years! Timing is everything! Meet and audition for seven emerging film director stars just as they are “exploding” or “blowing up” as they say, in the business. Included will be a detailed discussion on what tier upcoming projects are and how they work with and hire actors. Each of these directors is seeking new, qualified talent NOW. These life-long career opportunities are priceless as they and you rise in the business.

Includes 3 days of free coaching + video greeting prior to the forum. $145

Panelists to include:
“I am looking forward to sharing my perspective on film making and am excited to find new talent.” 

Film Maker
 Travis Satten is an award-winning film-maker based in New York City with a passion for bold concepts, vivid images and writing in the third person.
“I’m looking forward to meeting other aspiring filmmakers to discuss strategies on how to thrive, grow, and still be creative in such a difficult industry.” 

Writer, Director, Cinematographer – Whiteboard Pictures

A writer from Ohio, he has been directing for the last five or so years and loves everything Cleveland. He came to New York after his first film out of college went viral. Ironically enough, it was a video aimed at Lebron for leaving Cleveland. He is currently a writer/ In-house director for Mcgarrybowen as well as a freelance filmmaker with Swoon New York. Both amazing agencies and he recently joined the Whiteboard team.  He is a writer, director with a strong passion for storytelling. For over seven years he has written stories for brands like Maserati, Chevron, Squarespace, Verizon, JCPenney, Brooklyn Cyclones, Chase, along with a host of others.

“I love taking an idea and turning into something palpable, something that engages and influences the audience it was created for, as well as the audiences who never saw it coming. I love the way camera movement evokes emotion, like a smell that instantly brings you back to a specific place and time. I love the dance between the music and visuals. I love pulling performances out of talent. But most of all I love taking an idea, solving it, and then shattering it against a wall, just to start all over again and see how it comes out differently. I love this business. I love short film and storytelling. I have shot all over the world, all types of people, concepts, and ideas. I bring a fresh perspective that elevates brand content above and beyond what’s expected.”


 Editor, Director, Writer
Darya Zhuk left Minsk, Belarus at the tender age of 16 to study in the US. Six years later with a cum laude B.A. degree from Harvard University, Darya Zhuk started making films first as a video artist, then as a producer and today as a director. She is a proud honors graduate of Columbia University MFA program in Directing. Her films have been selected to SXSW, Tarkovsky, Oaxaca, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Koroche, Santa Fe Independent film festivals just to name a few. In 2015, she won the best female writer-director award from New York Women in Film and Television for her work on The Real American, as well as the jury prize for the best short at the oldest film festival in Belarus, Listapad; What Doesn’t Kill You won the best short at Boston Jewish Film Festival. In 2014, she directed a half-hour comedy pilot for the Russian cable network TNT called Filfak, which has been green-lit for production. She splits her time between Brooklyn, Moscow and Minsk.

Dorian Coss is a Director and Cinematographer (located here in Manhattan) equipped with the Red Epic Dragon, Blackmagic 4k, Sony F7, Sony A7s, Canon 5d MIII, Zeiss CP.2’s along with the DJI Ronin (3 axis stabilizer). He is well versed in narrative filmmaking, documentary, commercial, journalistic, and event style photography. Having years of experience as a director, Dorian works well with talent – from ‘real people’ to celebrities as well as with producers, agencies, and crew members. Keeping the morale up and getting the most out of the crew is one of his strengths. 
Today, Dorian directs/ DP’s/edits national broadcast commercials for companies such as Pfizer, Volvo Nokia, and other high-profile clients/agencies. 
“It’s always exciting and a thrill to meet new talent and I very much look forward to give back to the film community that so graciously embraced me. I’m always looking for a killer team to collaborate with.”
Director, Whiteboard Pictures

Jonathan Whittaker is a partner and founding member of ManInHat, a New York based production company. With over 15 years of experience in the film industry, having produced, directed and lensed short films, music videos, live concerts, commercials, TV shows, feature docs and 3D specials, he is never one to shy away from a new challenge. Nissan, Sony Pictures, DirecTV, Gillette and Sports Illustrated are just a few of his clients and collaborators. When he is not on set or in an edit you can usually find him at the head of a lecture hall sharing his thoughts on the art of cinematography and directing. In addition to being a resident professor at The New York Film Academy he has also given guest lectures all over the globe, include but not limited to the venerable Beijing Film Academy, Shanghai Theater Academy and Dar El-Hekma.



No refunds – In house credit only. Cancellations up to 3 days prior to the Forum for which you register can be used towards a future Forum within 6 months of the date of your registered Forum.