The primary topic of the symposium will be human rights with a focus on the global clean water crisis. A VIP brunch and “Conversation with Michael Cain” featuring Larry Hagman, star of the television series “Dallas” and human rights advocate Brigid McConville will kick off the day’s events.
Presented by Founding Sponsor M3 Films LLC and Host Sponsor the Hilton Anatole, supported by SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, and co-founded by Stephen Nemeth, Susan Thomson and Melina McKinnon, FilmMatters has been curated to specifically engage, educate and inspire an audience to support film as a means to stimulate social action.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Filmanthropy Fund of the Dallas Foundation.
The brunch and conversation with Larry Hagman and Brigid McConville will focus on Hagman’s implementation of environmentally conscious practices and how Hagman has parlayed his success as an actor into raising awareness for alternative energy. McConville will speak of her efforts to use film to bring about worldwide awareness regarding fetal and maternal health.
Immediately following the brunch, national experts will participate in three panels called “WHY?,” “WHAT?” and “HOW?” film can be utilized to effectively promote social change.
“The power of film can truly make a difference in people’s lives. Filmmakers have a choice on whether they want to use this medium as a way of raising social awareness, but for many they are unsure how to use this to its best advantage,” McKinnon, producer of FilmMatters and CEO of M3 Films LLC, said. “We are thrilled to be able to bring FilmMatters back into the public domain.”
The VIP brunch will take place at SĖR Steaks + Spirits on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole at 11 a.m. To ensure a seat, RSVP to FilmMatters co-producer Julia Geyer at 214-458-4807. Tickets are $75 each.
The FilmMatters panels will take place at the Obelisk Room at the Hilton Anatole at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once RSVP’d, tickets can be purchased at the door.