Synopsis: Want to know how to break into TV Directing? Candid discussion with directors Carmen Marrón and C. Fitz. They will share their experiences and thoughts on the craft, the biz and inspiration! Interactive audience Q & A to follow!
Director: C. Fitz
Synopsis: JEWEL’S CATCH ONE celebrates the legacy of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Catch One, and the life-changing impact its owner, LGBTQ rights trailblazer, Jewel Thais-Williams, had on her community breaking down racial and cultural barriers and building the oldest black-owned disco in America. Catch One became known as the
‘Studio 54” of the West Coast.
Directed by C. Fitz, Jewel’s Catch One honors four decades of important cultural history covering music, fashion, celebrities and activism that helped changed the course of our country.
Distributed by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY and produced by Dancing Pictures.
***Winner of 4 “Best Documentary” awards and Palm Springs “Best of Fest” List + screened globally in over 60 film festivals!
Press and Awards: www.JewelsCatchOneDocumentary.com
5 Things to Know – C. Fitz Award Winning Film and TV Director/Producer/Writer –
Creative Producer – Digital Campaigns for Disney, Pepsi, Qualcomm
2018 Disney’s Star Wars “The Last Jedi” (+2 million views Facebook)
2018 Johnny Depp Surprises Disneyland (+16 million views Facebook)
2015 “Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos” (+12 million views Youtube)
2014 Qualcomm “Best Bus Stop” (+6 million views Youtube + worldwide)
Carmen Marrón is a self-taught writer, director, and producer whose debut indie feature, “Go For It!” was distributed by Lionsgate in theaters across the US. The movie is based on her experiences growing up as an inner-city street dancer in Chicago. As well as writing and directing, she edited, cast the actors and co-composed the theme song for her dance drama. Carmen’s second film, “ENDGAME”, premiered on HBO.
Filmmaking became an aspiration for Carmen while she was working as a guidance counselor for high-risk elementary school children in Phoenix, AZ. Carmen’s vision was to write and direct stories that her Latino students could relate to and be inspired. Go For It! sold out at festivals from coast to coast and won four Audience Awards. The New York Times hailed the movie as “an unpretentious rite-of-passage drama, thanks to the supple script and capable direction of Carmen Marron, the force behind “Go For It!” It also launched Gina Rodriguez’s (Jane The Virgin) film career.
Marrón’s second feature that she wrote and directed, ENDGAME, a coming-of-age story, premiered on HBO. It stars Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) and Justina Machado (One Day At A Time) and was based on true events about struggling middle-school students in Brownsville, Texas. She spent months researching the story and capturing the community’s multi-cultural values. Indiewire’s Latinobuzz named Carmen as “one of five Latina Directors at the helm of breaking films in 2016. Carmen is a talented genre director whose tenacity and talent make her primed to be our Latina Ava DuVernay success story.”
In March 2019, Carmen made her TV directorial debut on OWN’s hit series QUEEN SUGAR, from Ava DuVernay and Harpo Productions. In 2019-2020, Carmen sold and wrote her one
hour dramedy pilot, RX, for ABC Studios. It was based on her experience as a pharmaceutical rep. In 2021, Carmen recently directed the season six premiere of QUEEN
SUGAR and is currently in the process of pitching other drama pilots, including a dance drama.
Marrón has been an international guest speaker for the US State Department in Latin American countries, promoting public diplomacy through her work in Latino Cinema and Education. She holds a BA of Science from DePaul University and an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona. She was also part of the NBC/NHMC Summer Writers Program.