Special Guest, Director On Site

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Rebecca Elena Banks was born in Santa Monica, California in July of 1994.  Banks works predominantly in film as a director and writer. She has also previously worked in producing work for dual video and sculpture installations, journalistic photography and experimental film. Banks began her art career at SAIC: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying 35mm film and New Media Design. Banks then moved from Chicago, IL to Indiana University of Bloomington, IN where she followed her father, Emmy nominated and acclaimed actor Jonathan Banks, into the arts. Banks had her first step into film through her involvement in the award winning AMC series Better Call Saul.  Currently, she is earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production Design and a dual degree in Arts Management for Professional Arts Organizations dealing directly in film curation. Banks is also involved in the media and videography development for WTIU, virtual channel 30, a PBS member television station located in Bloomington, Indiana and the Indiana University Arts Museum.

Her artistic work has been spearheaded to comment on weighted topics in the LBGT community, views on upcoming political candidates, environmental protection awareness and the development of the fine arts in theatre and music. Banks screened her documentary “All Star Chuck”, an homage to Chuck Taylor and the converse shoe at the IU Cinema in Fall of 2014. She is now currently working on her next venture that addresses coming out stories from the LBGT community perspective in a short arts film set to be released at festival in spring of 2016. Banks currently lives in Malibu, California and continues to make films.

As a Rising Star, Banks will serve the festival as an on site director; part of the We Make Movie Makers Program geared towards building the infrastructure of the cinematic arts locally, nationally, and internationally. A music video production of Rising Star Jessie Bridges will take place during the festival directed by Rebecca Elena Banks and her crew. Guests are encouraged to attend the concert and witness movie magic in progress while competing for opportunities to be a part of the Rising Star production December 2-6, 2015 at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival.

Upcoming Events

Feb
6
Tue
2018
5:30 pm Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join New Mexico Film Industry Tune Up Tuesday kick off event at Hotel Santa Fe in the Kiva ballroom. A special Guest to be announced!
Feb
9
Fri
2018
12:00 pm Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe | Nuevo Laredo | Tamaulipas | Mexico
Anyone can be taught to deliver a believable performance on camera, but not everyone can move an audience. In this intensive lecture and workshop award-winning film director Graham Cantwell will outline a system of working for the screen...
4:00 pm Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Women of a Certain Age in Film and TV Panel @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE PANEL What are the growing opportunities for women over 50 in the Film and Television market? As more films are being written and directed by women, are the roles for older women becoming...
Feb
10
Sat
2018
11:30 am Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Feb 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Panel: Empowering Women in the New Mexico Film Industry @ Center for Contemporary Arts | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Featuring Mentors, Mentees, and Judges from the New Mexico Girls Make Movies (NMGMM) program, this panel will focus on women starting out in the film industry or looking to move to next level. From networking and competitions to...
1:30 pm Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join Melanie Mayron will join SFFF Programmer Aaron Leventman for a discussion of her career followed by a conversation with the audience. Melanie Mayron  best known for her Emmy-winning role on TV’s Thirtysomething will be honored at the Santa Fe...