First you worry about the filmmaking and then you get to angst over who will see your work. Whether it is a short film or feature length, finding distribution and the funds to market a film is key. Exploring the pathways to get there is part of the art of filmmaking. Ask the experts about a plan, a direction and the elements one needs to make your film available for screenings at the least and SOLD at best.
Barbara Doyle: MODERATOR, Professor, Film Producing, Emerson, Former Tri-Star executive Derek Horne, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Distribution Coordinator Nicole Collins, Women Make Movies Steve Burns, Rollercoaster Road/Curiosity Stream/Former EVP at Discovery and Nat Geo Maggie Stogner, Exec. Dir, American U. Center for Environmental Filmmaking Shannon Moore, Allied Global Marketing
More and more filmmakers are being asked this question about their documentary by programmers, distributors and viewers. Why? Because the “documentary “has evolved into three ways of presenting itself. This group of filmmakers will address the differences in approach, style and editorial essence for the cinematic doc, the informational/investigative doc and the hybrid doc (using actors for recreations). Do these truth discovering films still have in common, the truth… or is that evolving as well?
Mimi Edmunds: MODERATOR, documentary filmmaker Martha Spanninger, Producer, Netflix, LEGEND: The Bill Russell Story Molly Dorn, Co-Producer, KING COAL Andrea Nix Fine, Change Content, Producer, NO LEGS. ALL HEART. Sean Fine, Change Content, Producer, NO LEGS. ALL HEART. Amelia Hanibelsz, Director of Development, ABC News Studios
What the heck is a producer anyway? Come find out what it really takes to produce a film, of any length or genre. Producing is becoming a popular role so many emerging filmmakers and storytellers are interested in. Meet the producers who have different skills and fill specific jobs on set and off. There are several kinds of producers, so find out what your interest might be and what you will be responsible for delivering
Barbara Doyle: MODERATOR, Professor, Film Producing, Emerson, Former Tri-Star executive Martha Spanninger, Producer, Netflix, LEGEND: The Bill Russell Story Steven Snyder, Executive, Innisfree Pictures Todd Shotz, Producer, THE GROTTO Cheryl Staurulaukis, Executive Producer, OUT IN THE RING and CATEGORY: WOMAN Anne Peterson, Executive Producer, MELGES: THE WIZARD OF ZENDA
If you are thinking about making your own short film, or ready to move into a first feature, time to grab a notebook and pen and start making your list and checking it twice. Santa won’t be coming down the chimney. You will have to find your own gifts to meet your needs and then make movie magic happen. These industry professionals will shine a light on workflow, cinematic camera choice, post sound and design, music and the video post-production process for delivery.
Barbara Doyle: MODERATOR, Professor, Film Producing, Emerson, Former Tri-Star executive Emily Maya Mills, Director, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED Steven Snyder, Executive, Innisfree Pictures Jaime Horrigan, Sound Department/Studio Unknown Sam Crawford, Chief Technology Officer, Henninger Media Services Bryan Auman, Manager, Red Star Baltimore
Everyone wants to be a director, until they, actually, have to do the job. But for those who have the real desire for it, the dream remains. Directing is part artistic vision, part communication & technical skill and part true passion. Take this opportunity to listen to and probe the hearts and minds of these directors and the stories they want to tell.
Christopher L. Reed: MODERATOR, Film Professor & Chair, Stevenson University Lisa Cortes, Director, LITTLE RICHARD Joanna Gleason, Director, THE GROTTO Laura Waters Hinson, Director, PROJECT HOME Pablo Durana, Director, NO LEGS. ALL HEART. Ry Levey, Director, OUT IN THE RING
Even though there is forward motion for women in the film and TV industry today, there is still an “elephant in the room”. Women may be getting more creative jobs yet less high-level recognition to accompany those opportunities. This year’s Academy Awards have no women nominees for directing. Join this eclectic group of women working in the industry who will move this conversation forward by examining the progress and the issues that are still prevalent today.
Anne Peterson, MODERATOR, Executive Producer, MELGES: THE WIZARD OF ZENDA Lisa Cortes, Director, LITTLE RICHARD/Producer, INVISIBLE BEAUTY Laura Waters Hinson, Director, PROJECT HOME Victoria Bruce, Director, LAS ABOGADAS Martha Spanninger, Producer, LEGEND: The Bill Russell Story Nicole Collins, Director, PERIOD PARTY/Women Make Movies Maggie Stogner, Exec. Dir, American U. Center for Environmental Filmmaking Robin Honan, Filmmaker, OF MEDICINE AND MIRACLES
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