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Inside Filmmaking: An Evening with Filmmaker Dana Kalmey ’05
What does it take to succeed in the film industry? How does a documentary go from an idea to an award-winning film?

Join us as independent filmmaker Dana Kalmey, BArch ’05, sits down for a conversation with Jefferson Communications student Arielle Marcum and shares an insider’s look at documentary filmmaking. You’ll learn how Ms. Kalmey entered the film industry, overcame challenges, and received recognition in the field.

Jefferson, Textile, and Philadelphia University alumni are invited to spend an evening with Ms. Kalmey as she reflects on her roster of films, including Sundance and Peabody Award-winners she’s been a part of, and provides a preview of her next project involving Jefferson.

A Q&A follows the discussion.

May 12, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dana Kalmey, BArch ’05
Independent Filmmaker
Dana Kalmey is a documentary filmmaker whose roster includes the award-winning Trapped, Well Groomed, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, and Backpack Full of Cash (narrated by Matt Damon), amongst others. Her work has screened and broadcast nationally and internationally and can be found on streaming platforms. Dana is currently directing sports documentaries: The Last 90 Minutes, about a college women’s soccer team, and Tandem, about the forgotten sport and tradition of tandem surfing, while also producing Inspirare (Tribeca All Access 2020) about a professional female freediver. She is an Impact Partners Producing Fellow, a newportFILM Documentary Cinematography Lab Fellow, holds an MFA in Social Documentary Film from SVA, is trained as an architect, and is a former college soccer coach and former architecture teacher and coach with The Green Gecko Project in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Last 90 Minutes will be her directorial debut.
Arielle Marcum, ’21
Arielle Marcum, ’21, from Nazareth, PA, is a senior Communications major, minoring in Psychology and Marketing at Thomas Jefferson University. She has interned with the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs, a minor league baseball team in Allentown PA, as a Game Day Intern, participating in game day promotions. During her junior year, she hosted a round table event, interviewing the president of the Black Students Union (BSU), discussing the financial aid crisis. She was also part of Jefferson’s communications promotional video. In the summer of 2020, Arielle began an internship with Robbins Rehabilitation West’s marketing team, which is a physical therapy business located in the Leigh Valley. There, she created marketing ads, rack cards and arranged meetings with their small business partners. The internship led Arielle to be hired by Robbins in August as their Lead Manager, in which she contacts leads and also works on marketing campaigns.