The AHS PTSA is sponsoring its second Career Panel on April 18 at 7:30 pm. The panel will feature four professionals at various stages of their careers who work in media - acting, directing, writing, radio, and print journalism.
"This will be a great opportunity for students to hear what their jobs are like, how they got where they are, how their educations, experiences, and interests helped shape their careers, and what tips they have for those who are interested in similar careers," says AHS PTSA President Joe Keiser. "And even if you’ve never thought about a similar career, it’s always great to hear about the often circuitous paths that lead people to where they are in their careers and their lives."
The panel guests will be:
Taylor Takahashi AHS graduate, class of 2010. Taylor is the star of the 2021 feature film “Boogie” and is also featured in the upcoming film, "The Ghost Trap." Taylor is an actor, entrepreneur, and activist - and is still the all-time leading scorer in AHS men’s basketball history with over 2000 points. He was born in Berkeley and grew up in Alameda.
Deepa Fernandes, an NPR on-air personality, co-host of "Here and Now," and resident of Alameda. Deepa has traveled the world for her job, living for a year in Cuba and extended periods in Ecuador, Mexico, and India. She's reported from two dozen countries, including a rebel-controlled prison in Haiti, the pristine beaches of the Galapagos, and parts of the Amazon rainforest where no westerners had ever been.
Tamar Halpern has written and directed eleven features, most recently female-driven thrillers for A&E Networks. In 2023, her book "RAD" will be released by Diogenes Press and she adapted "Some of Tim’s Stories," a novel by S.E. Hinton, into a screen play and she is now scheduled to direct that film. Halpern also adapted and directed the bestselling YA book "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life" starring Mira Sorvino, and she wrote and directed the award-winning "Shelf Life" starring Betsy Brandt, called “a whip-smart film that taps into a fresh source for American comedy” by "Variety." Her short film "Death, Taxes and Apple Juice" has been invited to 40+ festivals, winning 16 awards, including Boston Women in Comedy. Her feature documentary" Llyn Foulkes One Man Band" aired on Netflix and Amazon.
Peter Hartlaub is "The San Francisco Chronicle's" culture critic and co-host of "Total SF" podcast. The Bay Area native has worked at The Chronicle since 2000, interviewing everyone from Jordan Peele to George Lucas to Hayao Miyazaki to Draymond Green. He also worked for 17 years as a movie and video game critic. He previously worked as a courtroom reporter in Los Angeles, covering parts of the O.J. Simpson and Snoop Dogg murder cases. He's been an Alameda resident since 2016, and his wife Kelly Gregor Hartlaub has worked at AHS since 1999.
Meeting ID: 930 1834 1137