MPI Hosts Masterclass with Peter Billingsley

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Behind the Scenes: Producing FIlm & TV

You might know Peter Billingsley as Ralphie from the iconic 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story. But his childhood acting roles were just the beginning of his impressive Hollywood career. He has achieved success both in front of and behind the camera, most recently executive producing the Jon Favreau blockbuster Iron Man, executive producing IFC’s Dinner for Five, and making his directorial debut with  Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn. He currently serves as executive producer of the Netflix series F is For Family.

In May, Billingsley joined us for an evening masterclass, sharing over four decades of industry experience with a room of MPI filmmakers, producers, and screenwriters. Filmmakers in attendance had this to say:

“I learned a more effective way to ask for and use feedback on my film projects.”


“I really appreciated how candid and open he was. He was lively, engaging, and seemed to take a genuine interest in everyone at the dinner.”


“Peter's career and outlook on life are so varied and deep that everything he said was incredibly informative and ridiculously entertaining at the same time.”


“Each MPI Masterclass is like a shot in the arm of inspiration and encouragement, pure motivation to forge your own path.”

Learn how to apply for MPI masterclasses and other filmmaker opportunities here.