Storytelling Celebration

  • Katherine Waddell
  • Tom Huang
  • Barnaby Dallas
  • Larry Schapiro


California Theatre, San Jose Sat, Aug 20, 2022 10:00 AM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Forum
Runtime (minutes):2 sessions 1 hour each


Part One: 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Producers Guide to Getting It Done...from Script to Screen

This tantalizing conversation and presentation will engage a panel of successful producers to share their journeys of making great film/tv on various budgets and methods. Join us as each Producer discloses the processes, tools, stories, and keys behind taking one of their beloved projects from a script onto screens.


Part 2: 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Tackling the Challenge of New Stories

Now the producers will imagine what they would do today to take 3-4 of the Cinequest Screenplay & Teleplay finalist scripts into screen reality. Screenwriters will pitch their unique ideas, and producers will select a project and explain how they would strategize and work to produce that story. From big budget studio projects to independently produced lower budget projects, producers will showcase that there’s different paths to success.



Panelists Include:

Katherine Waddell – Producer, Actor

Katherine Waddell is a 29-year-old actress and producer who grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, and has studied fine arts for over 18 years, spanning two continents. Her first producing credit came from her role as Associate Producer on Six L.A. Love Stories, featuring Matthew Lillard, Alicia Witt, and Carrie Preston. Her latest credits come as Co-Executive Producer on Dinner in America starring Kyle Gallner and Emily Skeggs, from PSH Creative and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions. Dinner in America was officially selected to compete in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2020. She is also an executive producer on We Need To Do Something, a horror film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, she recently signed on to executive produce the film “The Inventor,” starring Marion Cotillard, Stephen Fry, and Daisy Ridley. Now residing in Los Angeles, in 2020 Katherine started the production company First Bloom Films alongside writer and director, Em Johnson, and they recently completed their company's first feature, Balloon Animal, which has been accepted into over 14 film festivals and recently secured distribution with Buffalo8.


Tom Huang – Writer, Director, Producer

Tom Huang is an award-winning Writer/Director. His last feature, FIND ME, which he wrote and directed, won multiple festival awards including Best Screenplay, Best Feature Film and Audience Awards. Outside Magazine named it “the Indie Adventure Film we all need,” and the Hollywood Reporter called it a “touching and quirky charmer.” The film was a critical and streaming hit, achieving 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics, as well as making multiple top-viewed lists on Amazon Prime, including Top Drama Movies, Top Comedy Movies and Popular Movies.


Tom is a Warner Brothers Sitcom Workshop graduate and has also been a staff writer for network TV sitcoms, including the critically lauded ABC show SONS AND DAUGHTERS and STILL STANDING on CBS. He has also produced and directed numerous commercials and promo campaigns for studios, networks and corporations such as Fox, DirecTV, FX, NFL Network, hulu and many more.


Tom is a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab and Fast Track Fellow, where he developed his current feature film, DEALING WITH DAD, which just started its film festival run across the US and has already won three Best Feature Film Awards, as well as two Audience Awards for Best Feature Film. Chicago Film Critic Pamela Powell said the film “creates what feels like a simple story but what is actually a rather complicated one complete with layers of humor takes just the right cast and Huang has found them,“ while Character Media called the film “…both funny and achingly poignant.” He is also developing THE LOYAL BETRAYAL, a film noir feature set in the Manzanar Japanese Internment Camp during World War II, and a sequel for FIND ME.


Larry Schapiro – Producer, Writer, Talent Manager

Larry Schapiro has been a writer, film/television producer and talent manager for over twenty-five years. Larry has written several screenplays under his pen name, Allen Lawrence, including “Bobby Z" for Sony Pictures starring the late Paul Walker, Laurence Fishburne and Olivia Wilde. He produced and co-directed the 2020 Cinequest opening night film, the documentary: “You Go Now: The John Pinette Story". He has produced for both feature films and television, including two one-hour specials for Comedy Central and several feature films which include, PLAYING MONA LISA (Buena Vista) as well as INSANITARIUM and ZOMBIE STRIPPERS! (Sony). He just recently wrapped production on “One Fast Move” starring K.J. Apa, Eric Dane and Maia Reficco. Larry is one of the founders and Co-President of the management firm Luber/Roklin Entertainment.


Moderated by Barnaby Dallas – Producer, Writer, Story Development

Barnaby Dallas has taught screenwriting and story development for DreamWorks Animation for the past 14 years.  He has taught screenwriting at San Jose State University for 20 years where is also the Director of Production for Film and Theatre.  He currently has projects in development for Nine Yards Entertainment.