AiF Presents: Diversity Discourse Sessions
Q&A with Kriss Turner Towner
Moderated by Kristian "Krit" Schmidt
Join us for an intimate chat with a range of industry professionals who can speak to the importance and challenges of diversity in Hollywood.
While the industry hits new milestones in progression everyday, it still has a long way to go when it comes to ignorance, education and power. Each session features a special guest working in the writing, acting, development or representation fields, offering insight through their backgrounds and experiences. Each speaker will address a specific focus on a different equity issue such as racism, gender equality, homophobia/transphobia and intersectionality.
Please join us Monday, August 20, with special guest, award winning writer and director,
KRISS TURNER TOWNER
who will have a special focus on gender equality and intersectionality.
Kriss Turner Towner is a television writer and producer. She's written on such shows as Cosby, The Bernie Mac Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Living Single, Whoopi, Sister, Sister and the upcoming Matt Weiner (Mad Men) Amazon drama series, The Romanoffs as well as the Showtime series Black Monday, starring Don Cheadle. She is currently an Executive Producer on OWN's Greenleaf. Kriss has been honored for her writing with a Peabody, Peabody, Humanitas and NAACP Award. Her first feature film, Something New, won a Black Filmmakers Award for best screenplay.
Kriss was born in Hawaii and raised in Los Angeles. In her sophomore year of high school she moved with her family to Bellevue, Washington and graduated from Forest Ridge. In 1984, Kriss graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications. The day after graduation, she drove down to Los Angeles and worked in the Nordstrom shoe department during the day and wrote scripts at night. Eventually, her spec Larry Sanders got into the hands of a producer, which ultimately led to her first writing job on Sister, Sister.
Kriss lives in Hollywood, California, with her husband and three dogs.
Moderator: Kristian "Krit" Schmidt
With arguably the best head of hair in the business, New Zealand born Kristian 'Krit' Schmidt broke into the scene as a VJ for MTV Australia and New Zealand after coming out on top in a nationwide search in 2014.
Earning a Master's degree in Education, a conjoint degree in Law and Arts and being a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship, it's not just street smarts that the quick-witted 32-year-old brings to his new life as an actor and entertainer in LA.
Monday, August 20
CHARLIE'S at AiF
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038