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Our signature event with industry insiders as they share their war stories and answer questions from the audience.

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2017 SVFF COFFEE TALKERS

Allison Williams

Friday, March 17th | 10:00am

Allison Williams is making her feature film debut as the star of Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele. She is currently starring in the final season of HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television series, GIRLS. She previous starred in NBC’s live action musical event, Peter Pan Live.

The Yale graduate initially caught the attention of GIRLS producer Judd Apatow when she released Mad Men Theme Song...With A Twist on YouTube in 2010. It quickly became a viral sensation and led to her audition for GIRLS.

Allison is deeply devoted to her ambassadorship role for HORIZONS NATIONAL, a transformational, community-centered program proven to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income children.


Brett Ratner 

Saturday, March 18th | 10:00am

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years old with the action comedy hit Money Talks. He followed with the blockbuster Rush Hour and its successful sequels. Brett also directed The Family Man, Red Dragon, After the Sunset, X-Men: The Last Stand, Tower Heist and Hercules

Ratner has also enjoyed critical acclaim and box office success as a producer.  He has served as an executive producer on the Golden Globe® and Oscar® winning The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, and War Dogs, starring Jonah Hills; and as a producer on Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett; I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, Rules Don’t Apply, written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty and the Academy Award nominated Land of Mine directed by Martin Zandvliet. His other produced films include the smash hit comedy Horrible Bosses and its sequel, and the re-imagined Snow White tale Mirror Mirror.

His additional producing credits include the documentaries Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Catfish, the Emmy-nominated Woody Allen – A Documentary, Helmut by June, I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, Chuck Norris vs. Communism, the 5-time Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning Night Will Fall, and Leonardo diCaprio’s Before the Flood, released by National Geographic® .  He also executive produced and directed the Golden Globe-nominated FOX® series Prison Break.

Brett, along with his business partner James Packer, formed RatPac Entertainment® , a film finance production and media company, in 2013. RatPac has a first-look deal with Warner Bros.® and joined with Dune Capita® l to co-finance over 75 films including Gravity, The Lego Movie, and American Sniper.  Recent films include Sully, The Accountant, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  In partnership with New Regency, RatPac co-financed The Revenant and Birdman.  Internationally, Warner Bros.® and RatPac® have formed a joint venture with Warner Bros.® , China Media Capital® , and WPP® to finance local content.

Since inception, RatPac Entertainment® has co-financed 61 theatrically released motion pictures exceeding $10 billion in worldwide box office receipts.  RatPac’s co-financed films have been nominated for 52 Academy Awards® , 20 Golden Globes® and 39 BAFTAs® and have won 21 Academy Awards® , 7 Golden Globes® , and 17 BAFTAs® .

Brett is a Board of Trustees member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance. He currently sits on the boards of Ghetto Film School, Chrysalis, Best Buddies, and the Los Angeles Police Foundation, while serving on the Dean’s Council of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and on the Board of Directors at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television. In 2017, he was honored with a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Jon Glickman

Saturday, March 18th | 10:00am

Jonathan Glickman is the President of the Motion Picture Group for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios® (MGM). He joined the company in February 2011. In this role, he oversees the studio’s development and global production operations and steers the company’s theatrical production division as well as on-stage productions.

During Glickman’s tenure, MGM released Skyfall and Spectre, the 23rd and 24th installments of the Bond franchise produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, which became the highest-grossing Bond films of all time. Additionally, the studio released all three films of The Hobbit franchise, which earned seven Oscar® nominations and $3B in global ticket sales. MGM’s recent feature film highlights include the critical and commercial smash Creed, Ryan Coogler’s compelling new chapter in the Rocky legend; the 2016 sleeper success Me Before You, which grossed over $200M worldwide; and the Denzel Washington/Chris Pratt hit Western The Magnificent Seven. Other MGM releases include both films in the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum Jump Street franchise, Ice Cube’s Barbershop The Next Cut, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules, and the young-adult adaptation If I Stay. Upcoming releases include James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment, Everything, Everything,  Bruce Willis in Death Wish, and Elton John’s Sherlock Gnomes.

Prior to joining MGM® , Glickman served as the President of Spyglass Entertainment® . At Spyglass, along with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, he produced such hits as The Vow, Four Christmases, 27 Dresses, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Pacifier, The Count of Monte Cristo, and  Shanghai Noon.

Glickman started his career with Birnbaum at Caravan Pictures in 1993, where he brought in such projects as “While You Were Sleeping” and executive produced “Grosse Pointe Blank.” In 1998 he produced the global phenomenon “Rush Hour” and its sequels.

Glickman serves on the National Board of the Posse Foundation and Story Pirates, as well as the Foreign Policy Roundtable Advisory Council. In 2014, Glickman started the Visiting Producer Series Endowment Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan.


Bobby and Peter Farrelly

Sunday, March 19th | 10:00am
Recognized worldwide for their distinct comedic sensibility, Peter and Bobby Farrelly have garnered notable and global commercial success with their heartfelt and raucously funny films. They are true comedic auteurs whose films consistently come in under budget and achieve tremendous global box office success.
 
In 1994, the Farrellys showcased their talents writing and directing their first feature film, Dumb & Dumber. A commercial success, Dumb & Dumber went on to gross over $246 million worldwide and launched Jim Carrey’s career. Building off the overwhelming response to the film, Peter and Bobby continued to define comedy with There’s Something About Mary. Starring Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz, the film has gone on to gross more than $360 million worldwide. Their catalogue of additional hits includes Kingpin; Outside Providence; Me, Myself & Irene; Shallow Hal; Stuck On You; Fever Pitch; The Heartbreak Kid and Hall Pass.

In 2012, their film, The Three Stooges, fulfilled a lifelong dream of having their childhood icons adapted for the big screen. Written and directed by the Farrellys, this long- awaited film adaptation was a contemporary take on the classic comedy trio that is filled with the original slapstick humor, Stooge sound effects, haircuts and other Stooge-isms that made them a household name.

Their latest film, Dumb & Dumber To, brought back together Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in an original adventure for their characters Harry and Lloyd. The Farrellys continue to thrive together as well as lending their own creative visions to individual projects. Peter has published the novels Outside Providence, The Comedy Writer, and the children’s book, Abigail the Happy Whale. He is a graduate of Providence College and the Master’s creative writing program at Columbia University. Peter is currently working on the TV Show entitled Loudermilk which will air on The Audience Network.

Bobby received an Emmy® nomination for The Lost Son of Havana, a documentary about the compelling journey of baseball great Luis Tiant. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute while tending goal for their hockey team. Bobby currently developing several comedy screenplays and is Executive Producing an independent comedy, LezBomb, due out later this year