Professional Panel Discussions | Garden State Film Festival

Professional Panel Discussions

ALL PANELS are $12 and take place in THE GREEN ROOM located on the Ocean Tower Conference Level (13th Fl)-in Resorts Hotel & Casino

(ALL PANELS ARE INCLUDED IN THE WEEKEND PASS – It’s really the best way to enjoy GSFF!)


Saturday April 2rd, 1:00PM

Documenting History


Jeri Rice




Join documenterian Jeri Rice as she shares her journey of documenting history in the making. She’ll be just back from accompanying president Barack Obama on his historic trip to Cuba. Jeri will share her passion and her craft. Joining her is Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Russ Baker who among other assignments in his long career covered the White House, Congress and the State Department for The New York Times.

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Saturday April 2rd, 7:00PM


Actors On Acting

SStruthersRed_Hiresed asnerAl Sapienza HDSTWhitney

So you want to be an actor??Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with some of the people who really know what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Join Host Whitney Ulman as she moderates Ed Asner, Sally Struthers and Al Sapienza for this not to be missed panel discussion!

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Sunday April 3rd-1:00PM

Activism and Hollywood

Omar Sharif jr

YARUBAMichael Baldwin





Moderated by author Michael Baldwin join activist/actor, Omar Sharif, Jr. and film director/activist  Yoruba Richen as they discuss their relation to film and how it has impacted their activism. They will share their inspiring stories and what motivated them to speak up as advocates for LGBT rights within their cultures and communities in spite of the potential repercussions. Both will be speak to the overwhelming response and consequences for them as an actor and filmmaker.

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