RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020
Emily Kranking (Writer, Scripted/Children’s) is an upcoming actress and writer. Her first feature film Best Summer Ever, in which she stars as the bubbly cheerleader Nancy, was set to premiere at SXSW Film Festival this March. In return, Best Summer Ever digitally won SXSW’s Final Draft Screenwriters Award. She also wrote, directed and starred in the children’s short Sayler & Selena for last year’s Easterseals Disability Film Festival. Today, Kranking is the Communications Consultant at National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Her independent articles recently have been published on Yahoo and The Mighty. She previously worked at RespectAbility for a year as a Fellow for Employment & Policy and Hollywood Communications.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: Fox Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment