Salt Lake Design Week Panel Discussion with 3 Utah-Based Filmmakers

Zac Ramras

Sweetgrass | Owner, Producer, Speciality Camera Operator

A founding member of Sweetgrass Productions, Emmy Award winner, and lifelong filmmaker. Zac has worked on dozens of commercial and feature shoots as a producer and camera op. His unique ability to meld large scale production experience with the ‘get it done’ attitude of his humble roots allows him to operate in a wide variety of productions and see them through to completion. Through the years his bag of tricks has grown to encompass cinematography, production logistics, cable cam operation, distribution, daredevil school bus driving/maintenance, and customer service. Truly a Zac of all trades.

Alexandra Fuller

Camp4Collective | Director | Writer | Creative Director

For 20 years, Alex has been making stories about the intersection of people and place, with a strong emphasis on wild and rural places. She writes and directs brand films and campaigns, as well as independent documentary and narrative films. As a director, she is known for building deep empathy and raw vulnerability with subjects, and for creating work that is as earnest as it is lyrical. Her films have premiered at Sundance, won a jury prize at SXSW, garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick, and been nominated for an Emmy. She is also a poet and fine art photographer. When she works with brands, Alex brings a rare understanding that comes from the decade she spent as an advertising creative director. Today she writes and directs branded content and commercial videos both through agencies and client-direct, but always with a strategic eye for the audience and an understanding of the ecosystem in which the content will live. Alex graduated sum laude from Middlebury College a long time ago.

Sean Slobodan

Local Studio | Owner | Filmmaker

Sean Slobodan grew up making films on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Known by some as The Big Maple, the Canadian filmmaker's instinct for genuine human stories and ability to connect with both his talent and real human subjects takes him across the globe, working as both a director and cinematographer. Sean's work is emotive and his passion for people, places and environmental protection fuels his creative process. His work has garnered accolades from Emmy's to Vimeo staff picks and "Best of" laurels in film festivals world wide. He is the founder of Local Studio in Salt Lake City, where he lives with his wife, Megan, and their children Evelyn, Penelope, and Paul.

Shandi Kano -- moderator

Independent Producer

As a producer, Shandi is best known for her hustle, passion and positivity. She brings ease and confidence to a wide range of work; from her time at ESPN and the XGames, to commercial video content, branded storytelling work and award-winning, feature length films. With over 15 years of both in-house and freelance production behind her, she has a unique ability to seamlessly flex between hands-on production, creative concepting and workflow management. She prides herself on fostering long-term, healthy relationships with both client and crew as she is inspired by a genuine love for people and a desire to connect.

COVID Protocols

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About Salt Lake City Design Week

October 18-22, 2021

Salt Lake Design Week celebrates and promotes the impact of all design in Utah. By providing a forum for designers, business professionals, students, and the general public to interact, collaborate, and learn from each other, we build a stronger creative community. We are inclusive of all people and disciplines including; graphic, digital, product, fashion, film, photography, architecture, interiors, and more. From October 18-22, 2021 we will host SLDW to celebrate Utah creatives and promote the impact of design throughout the state and beyond.

SLDW is hosted annually by the AIGA Salt Lake City chapter.

When & Where
Tue, Oct 19, 2021 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MDT
Brewvies Cinema Pub
677 South 200 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101