On August 19, 2020, as part of The 20/20 Series, we welcomed award-winning producer Gretchen McGowan, for a conversation with director, cinematographer, and NYFA’s Filmmaking & Cinematography Creative Director, Liz Hinlein. Gretchen McGowan is an award-winning producer and the Head of Production for Goldcrest Features in New York City where she has overseen the titles Carol, Mojave, Slumber, Restrepo, Carrie Pilby, and Danger, Close. McGowan has collaborated with Sebastian Junger on five films and she is now completing Blood on the Wall with Junger and Fisher Stevens, a documentary feature to premiere September 30th on National Geographic. During the live Q&A, Gretchen explained that, generally, when she receives a project she thinks about the relevance of the story in time, noting that, “you may have a great script for the moment, but it begs the question of, once production is finished, will the story still be well received by an audience?”

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The 20/20 Series” is a pop-up event, presented by New York Film Academy and created by Liz Hinlein, that takes us into the homes, hubs, and workspaces of an array of dynamic creative visionaries to allow for relaxed, engaging conversations on craft, creation, and artistic vision.