Top 5 Most Anticipated Events & Panels of the Bentonville Film Festival

Posted by EJ Higginbotham on May 1, 2015

Top 6 Events

There are almost as many panels as films being at this year's Bentonville Film Festival and, with these panels, there are a lot of famous faces to see. But more than that, the panels serve to help get the message out about the mission of BFF – diversity and equality.

Robert De NiroRemembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

Esteemed actor Robert De Niro sits down to talk about his father’s legacy in the art world. Robert De Niro, Sr. was an obscure artist in life, but has now been rediscovered through efforts from his famous son. This was the subject of the 2014 documentary, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

It may not be talk about his legacy in film that some were hoping for, but it’s sure to be an interesting panel. His co-panelist is renowned art advisor, and advisor of the Robert De Niro, Sr. estate, Megan Fox Kelly.

Panelists: Robert De Niro, Megan Fox Kelly

Geena & Friends

Geena Davis gathers an all female cast to re-imagine famous all-male scenes from the history of female, via a public table read. This will be a great opportunity see a group of actresses chewing the scenery live on stage. Her friends include Alysia Reiner (Sideways), Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami, Treme), Rosie O’Donnell, and Queen Latifah

Moderator: Tim Brown, Perrier | Panelists: Rosie O’Donnell, Alysia Reiner, Khandi Alexander, Queen Latifah

Power of the Brand for Social Change

Panelists from Coca-Cola, Lifetime, and our own Elise Mitchell of Mitchell Communications Group will discuss how corporations can help expand our understanding of equality in our fast-paced changing society. They will discuss how branding can help get this message out to the masses and ultimately change the world.

Moderator: Mindy McAlindon | Panelists: Stuart Kronauge (Coca-Cola), Racquel Harris (Sam’s Club), Danielle Carrig (Lifetime), Kristine Decker (P&G), Michelle Ferguson (LUNA), Elise Mitchell (Mitchell Communications Group)

Behind the Lens: A Director’s Perspective

This should be a great panel for aspiring directors, with behind-the-scenes stories and advice from some great female directors. Panelists include Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Nisha Ganatra (Transparent and The Mindy Project), Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club, Young Guns), Nick Cannon (Three Little Words) and George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food).

Moderator: Josh Welsh (Film Independent) | Panelists: Emilio Estevez, Nisha Ganatra, Nick Cannon, Perri Peltz, Catherine Hardwicke, Anna Martemucci, George Tillman Jr.

Reel vs. Real Diversity in Hollywood

This panel will bring together a diverse group of entrepreneurs and creatives to talk about how they are changing and helping us grow our ideas past mere tolerance and acceptance to a more cohesive society.

Moderator: Michelle Ebanks, Essence | Panelists: Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Gil Robertson, Brian Yang, Sharonda L. Britton, Khandi Alexander

Mitchell Communications Group is proud to support the Bentonville Film Festival's mission of championing women and diversity in film as an official sponsor. If you get a chance, drop by and see us at the Mitchell Lightbulb Lounge tent, located between 21C Hotel and Compton Gardens in downtown Bentonville.

Topics: Mitchell Team