To “Lifetime” and Beyond – Writing, Directing and Producing for TV Panel Discussion – June 30th

The Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival invites you to a discussion with screenwriter, Marcy Holland, producer/director, John Stimpson, and entertainment lawyer, Matt Valentinas who have worked together on multiple made-for-TV films for the ultimate Chick Flick channel – Lifetime.  4:15 – 5:15 PM on June 3oth. Learn the ins of producing for Lifetime and discover how these pros have created many other projects, from indie films, to sci-fi, to explosive documentaries while living far from LA.


Since 2012, Marcy Holland has written twelve made-for-TV movies for networks including Lifetime, LMN and SyFy. Her latest movie Caught, starring Anna Camp, premiered at the 2015 LA Film Festival. She currently resides on the North Shore and occasionally tweets at @hollandnotes.





John Stimpson is a writer, director and editor of motion pictures. Having worked extensively in episodic, documentary style television on programs for Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV and Outdoor Life, Stimpson turned his focus on scripted, narrative content in the early 2000’s. His interest in film and television began at Harvard where he majored in Visual and Environmental Studies and was President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He then spent five years as a professional actor in Los Angeles before returning to the East Coast and refocusing his talent on the other side of the lens. With ten features under his belt as a director and many others as writer, editor, producer or consultant, John believes that motion pictures are the ultimate collaborative creative medium. For Stimpson the filmmaking process is about capturing magic – on the page, within the performance and ultimately on the screen.

His filmography includes: The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006), A Christmas Kiss (2010), Sexting in Suburbia (2011), A Deadly Obsession (2012), A Fall From Grace, aka Last Hours in Suburbia (2012), The March Sisters at Christmas (2013), The Off Season (2013), Sins of the Preacher (2014), Black Car (2016) In development: Genesis One (slated for production Fall 2016), Franconia Notch (co-written by Casey Sherman, based on his book, Bad Blood), Crashing Camelot (based on the book, Forever Young, My friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. by William Noonan), The Scottish Play (co written with Geoffrey Taylor), Cocoanut Grove (based on the 1942 nightclub fire in Boston).


Matthew ValentinasCropABOUT MATT VALENTINAS:

Matthew Valentinas is an entertainment lawyer, literary manager, and producer. Matthew has held various creative and business administrative positions in the entertainment industry working in both New York and Los Angeles since 1995. A Newton native, Matthew returned to the Boston area and founded the Law Office of Matthew Valentinas in 2009 while also establishing Mom’s Basement Management to represent television personalities, screenwriters, directors, producers, and authors. Matthew focuses on sourcing and exploiting life-rights, nonfiction rights (including true crime) and undervalued or undiscovered intellectual property that may appeal to a broader commercial market. He positions his clients’ material with publishers, production companies, networks and studios. Additionally, Matthew represents and packages motion pictures, television projects, and documentaries with independent financing to be acquired and licensed. Matthew recently produced the controversial documentary An Open Secret about the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry.

Furthermore, Matthew is a co-founder in the management consulting company Mass Media. Mass Media develops and/or seeds venture opportunities in intellectual property. A current project for Mass Media is White Devil, the true story of the first white Asian crime boss which is in development with a major studio based on the book White Devil by Bob Halloran. Matthew received his BFA in film and television production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and earned his (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School in Boston where his focus was corporate finance and intellectual property.

You can reach Matt on Twitter @MattValentinas.

Tickets to this individual event can be purchased online for $10.00 or you can purchase an All-Access Pass to attend all 4 workshops for only $25.00.

This workshop is hosted by Different Faces Different Voices, as part of the Flicks4Chicks film contest, in collaboration with Women in Film and Video/New England Chapter.

LOCATION: University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.