Professional Skills

MAXIMUM FILM!
A movie podcast that isn’t just a bunch of straight white dudes. I co-host with comedian Ify Nwadiwe and film critic Alonso Duralde for a fast, funny, flight through film, with weekly episodes of movie news, reviews and in-depth insight. A Maximum Fun production.

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Drea Clark 

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Professional Experience

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I have been a festival programmer for almost twenty years, with a focus on first time directors. I’ve been dedicated to growing an impressive roster of film and filmmaker discoveries. I was instrumental in programming the first works of filmmakers like Lynn Shelton, Sean Baker, Jeremy Saulnier, Tina Mabry, Seth Gordon, Bong Joon-ho, and Jon M. Chu. Programming provides me with a sharp eye at recognizing talent and identifying films that satisfy specific audiences and organizational missions.

I love the art and craft of filmmaking, with particular attention to underrepresented stories, characters and filmmakers. I have a vast career in development, production and film festival programming that speaks to that love, as well as a more recent background in podcasting that… well, quite literally speaks to that love.

I’ve produced three feature films, one TV pilot and countless short form projects, including award winning festival shorts, webseries and music videos. My background in large scale event production enables me to be comfortable in fast-paced environments that require clear and constant communication with multiple stakeholders. I am equally adept at working with story, characterization, casting, and editing as I am pulling together a production team and overseeing budget, schedules, and logistics.

Programming

Producing

I have over a decade of experience in tracking and sourcing material for feature films (pitches, scripts, outlines, intellectual property), working with filmmakers to hone screenplays, discovering new filmmaking talent, and fostering relationships with filmmakers and industry executives. I am familiar with and continually pursuing a wide range of media (longreads, novels, documentaries, international films, video games, music videos, comics) for content and new talent.

TICKLISH BUSINESS
A podcast devoted to honoring and deconstructing classic cinema, co-hosted by four women with a deep appreciation for Hollywood’s golden age and a critical eye for the political, social and cultural influences of those times. I co-host with Kristen Lopez, Samantha Ellis and Kimberly Pierce. 
CURRENT HOME: Los Angeles, CA
HOMETOWN:
White Bear Lake, MN
CATS: Trillian & Peck 
DRINK: Fresca
SKINCARE: Obsessive

​​film producer, festival programmer, friendly podcaster

INDEPENDENT PRODUCER
The Last Time You Had Fun (director Mo Perkins, distributor Gravitas Ventures)
Lake Los Angeles  (director Mike Ott, distributor Under the Milky Way)
No Light and No Land Anywhere  (director Amber Sealey, executive producer Miranda July, distributor Factory 25)
We’re Good, Thanks (director Charlie Day / pilot for FX)
In development: Metal Knights (director Trish Sie), Almost Genius (director Duncan Birmingham)

FILM INDEPENDENTProducer in Residence (2018-2021)

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALProgramming Associate (2017-2021)
BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL: Film Curator (2016-2021)

DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS: Golden Globes Post Production (2010-2021)
THE WRAP: Director of Programming; Starz and Breakthrough Prize Foundation Film Competitions (2019-2020) 
LA FILM FESTIVALSenior Programmer (2015-2018), Programmer (2009-2014); Head of Filmmaker Relations (2014-2018)
ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION: Sloan Film Summit Producer (2014, 2017)
SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Head, Narrative Feature Programming (2005-17); Exec Director/Festival Producer (2007-09)
INDIECADE FESTIVAL OF GAMINGProducer (2009-2016)