Panel Details


After months of delays, cancellations, and general uncertainty, film productions have begun ramping up again in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. So, how’s it going? SAGindie’s Michael Sládek moderated a panel of film professionals who have delved into COVID-era productions to discuss the ins and outs of what it means to produce an independent film during a global pandemic. From additional costs to creative story changes to testing protocols, see what it takes to safely get your film made.

[Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Working Through” panel series.]


  • Actor Amy Hargreaves
  • Producer Laura Ivey
  • Producer/Director/Screenwriter Jon Keeyes
  • Producer/Director/Screenwriter/Author Dan Mirvish
  • Moderated by Filmmaker/SAGindie New York Consultant Michael Sládek

About the Panelists:

Actor Amy Hargreaves is a series regular on Netflix’s hit series 13 Reasons Why and was a regular on eight seasons of Showtime’s hit series Homeland. Additional notable works include Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin, Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton, Steve McQueen’s Shame, Tom DiCillo’s Delirious, as well as Against the Current, El Camino, and the 1990s cult classic Brainscan.

Producer Lura Ivey’s recent productions include the upcoming Broadway musical Mrs. Doubtfire and the feature Walking Out. She produced Meg Ryan’s directorial debut Ithaca, the musical adaptation of Tony-Award winner The Last Five Years, and shepherded the film The Spectacular Now, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. She’s on of the Board of Directors of FilmNorth and Maestra Music and served as Co-President of the Board of Outfest LA.

Producer, director, screenwriter Jon Keeyes most recently directed the action movie Red 48. His extensive directing and/or producing credits include Living & Dying for HBO; Fall Down Dead for Warner Bros; Becky, starring Kevin James and Lulu Wilson; Separation, starring Rupert Friend and Brian Cox; Crypto, starring Kurt Russell and Luke Hemsworth; and the forthcoming Panama, starring Mel Gibson and Cole Hauser.

DGA director, screenwriter, producer, and author Dan Mirvish is currently making his new feature 18 1/2. His other features are Bernard & Huey, Between Us, Omaha (The Movie), and Open House. He co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival and is the author of the books “The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide To Independent Filmmaking” and the novel “I Am Martin Eisenstadt.”

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