9:30AM (PST) – Julie Michaels & Conrad Palmisano, Stunt Coordinators
Born on an Air Force base in Washington State, Julie Michaels attended the University of Washington as an NCAA gymnast before moving to Hollywood. In her first weeks of residing in Hollywood, Joel Silver cast her in “Road House” with Patrick Swayze (1989). Julie was then cast by Kathryn Bigelow as “The babe who nuked Keanu Reeves” in “Point Break”. She also killed “Jason” in “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday” (1993) and tangled with Dwayne Johnson in “The Scorpion King” (2002). Along with her feature credits, Julie has made her mark in television as well, on shows such as “Desperate Housewives” (2004), “In Justice” (2006), “Numb3rs”, (2005), “24” (2001), “She Spies” (2002) and “Weeds”. In 2013 Julie was elected to the Los Angeles Board of Directors of SAG-AFTRA and was just re-elected to a second term.
She currently has over 100 film and television credits and has expanded her career from acting to stunts and then to stunt coordination. Julie was nominated for a 2011 SAG AWARD, for her contribution of “Outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble for TNT’s “SouthLAnd”. She then served on the Blue Ribbon voting committee for the 2012 College Television Awards for the Television Academy. In 2014, Julie was nominated for an Emmy Award for the Showtime show “Shameless” for Outstanding Stunt Coordination in a Comedy or Variety show – The first woman in history to be nominated in this category! Currently Julie is a stunt coordinator on ABC’s hit “How To Get Away With Murder” and the CW’s “Jane The Virgin”.
Julie has also been successful as a writer and producer. In 2002, her first film won honorary mention at a 168 film festival. Julie’s producing credits include “Wake Up and Write”, 2007, “MVP”, 2002, and her project “Karma Quads..and Me in 2007!”. In July of 2014, Julie was awarded, along side her co-producer, Laura Anderson, the TOP TEN PRODUCERS for the Producers Guild of America – Make Your Mark competition for the short “Last Writes”. She went on to win multiple awards including AWARD OF MERIT by IndyFEST in 2015.
Julie, a mother of two, is married to two-time EMMY-WINNER for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”, Peewee Piemonte.
Conrad Palmisano is a working 2nd Unit Director, Stunt Coordinator and stuntman who has been a member of SAG since 1970. He has served six years as the President of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, two as First Vice President, and five years as Executive Secretary of SAMP’s BOD. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, he serves on the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Taurus World Stunt Awards and was instrumental in forming the National Stunt and Safety Committee, which he also chaired as well as having served on the Board of Directors of The Screen Actors Guild.
He has a commitment to give back to the industry for all he has received during his career. Conrad Palmisano’s credits date to 1970, however, a partial list is presented here.
CREDITS: 2nd Unit Director and or Stunt Coordinator – partial list: “Rush Hour 2”, “Rush Hour 3”, “Disturbia”, “X-Men”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Into The Blue”, “Red Dragon”, “Peter Pan”, “Romeo Must Die”, “Lethal Weapon 4”, “Conspiracy Theory”, “Six Day Seven Nights”, “No escape”, “RoboCop 3”, “Another Stakeout”, “Weekend At Bernies”, “11 Assassins”.
Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestsellers SHRED: The Revolutionary Diet, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet. He appears regularly as co-host of The Rachael Ray Show. He also served as co-host on the Emmy Award-winning talk show The Doctors, and as medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club. He is also the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. A graduate of Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Smith was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.10:30AM (PST) – RJ Mitte, “Who’s Driving Doug”
Best known as Walter “Flynn” White Jr for five riveting seasons of AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning dramatic thriller “Breaking Bad”, RJ Mitte, reemerged this year on the big screen in DIXIELAND, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, portraying the deceptive CJ, in his first non-handicapped leading role. Following his “Breaking Bad” success RJ was thrust into the global spotlight as the celebrity face and model of GAP International’s 2014 “Lived in Spring” campaign. With his image appearing on mediums such as billboards, buses, and life-sized posters in cities across the world from Tokyo to Dubai and across the US, he has cemented himself as a face to know in the fashion world. In 2015 he was found walking in Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, Berlin and New York City for Vivienne Westwood, soPopular and Ovadia & Sons.
During its fifth and final season, the “Breaking Bad” premiere drew approximately 5.9 million viewers, a number that nearly doubled to 10.3 million by the season’s final episode. As Walt Jr., also referred to by fans as “The Breakfast King”, Mitte acted as the Cerebral Palsy-afflicted son of Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Skyler (Anna Gunn). As Walter continued his descent into drug manufacturing and trade, Walt Jr. finds himself torn between his father’s deceit, his mother’s protectiveness, and his own developing sense of independence. Walter Jr.’s Cerebral Palsy on the show was embellished, meaning RJ had to learn how to walk on crutches and slur his speech to create a more dramatic version of his own disability.
At the young age of three, Louisiana native Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, though that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. After moving to Los Angeles due to his sister’s chance encounter with a casting director, Mitte landed roles in various shows such as SHOWTIME’s “Weeds”, NBC’s “Vegas”, and CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” until being cast in his life-changing role on “Breaking Bad”. In addition, Mitte currently costars on ABC Family’s primetime hit show “Switched at Birth” as Campbell, the love interest of Daphne, a girl whose being switched at birth and subsequently reunited with her biological family becomes a major source of tension in her personal and romantic life.
Throughout the years, Mitte has been an inspiration to his peers around the world by championing over his Cerebral Palsy in hopes of removing the stigma associated with disabilities. In order to bring awareness to his own issues with bullying and prejudice, Mitte has engaged in public speaking and serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign launched October 2014 in support of children with disabilities, much like himself and was a featured panelist at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival discussing diversity. He’s also involved with SAG-AFTRA as a member of the union’s Performers with Disabilities Committee.
Alan J. Bauman, M.D. is a full-time hair transplant surgeon who has treated over 17,000 patients and performed over 7,000 surgical procedures since starting his medical hair loss practice, Bauman Medical Group, in 1997. Currently located in Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Bauman received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College and surgical residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Bauman is one of approximately 100 physicians worldwide to achieve the certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, is an accepted member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS) and is also recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. Dr. Bauman has achieved the coveted Fellow status within the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS) and is a frequently invited faculty member at numerous annual scientific meetings and live surgery workshops. He is an author of articles and textbook chapters on the science of hair care and hair transplantation, including eyelash transplant surgery, and has been extensively featured in the world’s leading mass media as a medical expert and successful early-adopter of some of the most advanced technologies in the treatment of hair loss such as laser therapy and minimally-invasive NeoGraft FUE hair transplantation. Dr. Bauman also has been a member of the esteemed Pantene Hair Research Institute, a global network of leading hair experts focused on the advancement of hair science, technologies and products. Personal appearances, interviews and profiles include the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Doctors and Dateline NBC among other TV appearances. Newspaper and Magazine articles and feature stories include The New York Times, Newsweek, Cosmo, Elle, Vogue, Allure, O – The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health among others.
In addition to operating Bauman Medical and teaching and consulting internationally, Dr. Bauman personally treats patients at his facility in Boca Raton, Florida.