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Academy Participates at Sundance for First Time Ever, Presents Conversation with Producer Will Packer

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 17, 2013 at 3:02PM

As part of the Academy Conversations series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Blackhouse Foundation will present a conversation with producer Will Packer ("Think Like a Man," "Takers") at Sundance on January 19. This marks the first time the Academy has participated in one of the festival's programs.
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Will Packer
Will Packer

As part of the Academy Conversations series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Blackhouse Foundation will present a conversation with producer Will Packer ("Think Like a Man," "Takers") at Sundance on January 19. This marks the first time the Academy has participated in one of the festival's programs.

The conversation will be held January 19 at 3:30pm at Buona Vita in Park City, and will be moderated by Blackhouse Foundation chairman Brickson Diamond. They will discuss Packer's career trajectory. The producer became a member of the Academy in 2012. Following the conversation, a presentation will be given on Oscar qualification rules, filmmaker engagement, educational programs, festival grants and membership.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.