Workshop Panels

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Make A Film Foundation Special Presentation
Saturday, July 13 @ 11 AM

Featuring Thalia Buitron

Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions, helping them to create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, directors and writers. We believe the art of filmmaking is not only healing and therapeutic, but also offers hope and builds self-esteem.

Film Distribution Panel
Sunday, July 14 @ 12 PM

Featuring Alex Kanish (FilmBreak), Jerome Coushon, Linda Nelson (Indie Rights), and Jason Brubaker

Film Producer & Distribution Expert Jerome Courshon has assisted hundreds of filmmakers with achieving successful distribution through his classes, speaking engagements, and consultations. For more info about him or his acclaimed 3-Day Program, “THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!,” visit: http://www.distribution.LA

Linda Nelson and Michael Madison co-founded Nelson Madison Films/Indie Rights with the intention of becoming an innovative, independent studio that both produces and distributes festival quality independent film. Part of their mission is to help educate filmmakers about how to become cinema entrepreneurs. That intent has now been realized. Nelson Madison Films is currently working on it’s fourth feature film and Indie Rights is acting as the technology partner for over 150 filmmakers, placing them on all premium digital platforms through their direct Enterprise level partnerships with companies like Google, Amazon, and a host of others.

Jason Brubaker is a Hollywood based Independent Motion Picture Producer and an expert in Video On Demand distribution. He is focused on helping YOU make, market and sell movies more easily by growing your fan base, building buzz and creating community around your title. Jason is a contributing author of The Independent’s Guide to Film Distributors, he is the founder of Filmmaking Stuff, a professional resource for independent filmmakers, and his articles on independent movie marketing and film distribution have been featured in The Independent and Movie Maker Magazine. Brubaker currently serves as the film acquisitions manager at Chill where he finds awesome films and helps indie filmmakers leverage the social window to get movies seen and selling.

Pitching Comedy Scripts: I Wrote, I Worried, I Pitched
Sunday, July 14 @ 2 PM

Featuring Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis

Writers will learn tactics to hone their pitch and perform it fearlessly by learning to manage their stage fright. The presenters include insights from their book, Show Me The Funny, interviews with Hollywood’s greatest comedy writers. This presentation helps comedy writers better pitch their material by overcoming pitch panic.

One out of every 150 people in America bought a copy of a joke book that Peter Desberg has written. Unfortunately, Scholastic sold the most popular one for $1 each, so he still has to work. Counting his five joke books, he has had twenty books published. In addition to this lucrative writing career, he is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of stage fright. He has worked with many top stand-up comedians, who are regularly confronted with massive cases of flop sweat. He also has been moonlighting as a full professor at California State University Dominguez Hills for over thirty years. He has done extensive research on the psychology of humor and is a frequent consultant to business presenters on how to use humor persuasively. No stranger to media, for ten years he hosted his own cable TV show on technology. In the areas of humor and stage fright, he has done many radio and television interviews and is frequently quoted in national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, the Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and Cosmopolitan. He has to be a humor expert because he has a daughter who is about to turn twenty-one.

Jeffrey Davis’s earliest memories are of sitting around the writers’ table at Nate & Al’s Delicatessen, where his father and his comedy writer cronies gathered over corn beef and Doctor Brown’s Cream Soda, told war stories, and tried to fix third acts. He began his own career writing jokes for Thicke of the Night. Among his situation comedy credits are Love Boat, House Calls with Lynn Redgrave, Give Me a Break, Diff’rent Strokes, and Night Court. He has also written for such shows as America’s Funniest People, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Small Wonder, and has had film projects developed by Bette Midler’s All Girl Productions, among others. He has written documentaries for A&E, Discovery, and the National Geographic Channel, and written a variety of corporate and informational videos. His plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles. His most recently published play is Speed Dating 101. He is the Screenwriting Department Chair and associate professor of film and TV writing at Loyola Marymount University. His one night of stand-up at the Comedy Store convinced him that he should stay permanently seated at his desk.

Building An Audience With Social Media
Monday, July 15 @ 7 PM

Featuring Linda Nelson of Indie Rights

Bring your laptop for this hands-on workshop presented by Linda Nelson and Michael Madison, founders of Nelson Madison Films & Indie Rights. Attendees will learn how to sell and market their films through social media platforms, custom marketing strategy based on the film’s current production phase, analysis and recommendations relating to niche markets for the film, recommendations about what to sell and where. Using Facebook Timeline Movie Page as a platform to develop strategies for building a strong audience for their films, topics include using graphics and custom apps, how to use Insights to track progress, different ways on how to engage your audience, advertising and more!

Linda Nelson and Michael Madison co-founded Nelson Madison Films/Indie Rights with the intention of becoming an innovative, independent studio that both produces and distributes festival quality independent film. Part of their mission is to help educate filmmakers about how to become cinema entrepreneurs. That intent has now been realized. Nelson Madison Films is currently working on it’s fourth feature film and Indie Rights is acting as the technology partner for over 150 filmmakers, placing them on all premium digital platforms through their direct Enterprise level partnerships with companies like Google, Amazon, and a host of others.

Film Music Panel
Wednesday July 17 @ 7 PM

Featuring Music Supervisor Andrea von Foerster, Attorney Jaia Thomas, Filmmaker Calvin Leung, Filmmaker Jonathan Holiff, and Composer and Moderator Tony Smith

Jaia Thomas is a sports and entertainment attorney with seasoned experience in New York and Los Angeles. Her principal clients include motion picture companies, as well as individual screenwriters and filmmakers. Her motion picture work encompasses finance and distribution transactions. She also assists in the drafting, negotiating and preparation of music licensing agreements, option agreements and product placement agreements. Ms. Thomas frequently lectures at colleges and universities across the country, including Vassar College and Carnegie Mellon University. She has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times (“Sports Stars Seek Profit in Catchphrases”) and USA Today (“Colin Kaepernick Defends Move to Protect Personal Branding”). She has had scholarly works published in the American Bar Association and National Bar Association. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Thomas is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and The George Washington University (JD). She is also a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a Certificate in Television, Film and New Media Production. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

As a storyteller and the filmmaker of Furious Beauty, Calvin Leung fuses his interests in visual media, performance art and community outreach in his work. Never having danced before, he became a hip-hop dancer in 2003 while researching a script about dancers. Joining the Los Angeles dance community, he then grew to become a community organizer at Homeland Cultural Center in Long Beach. In 2010, he co-founded an event company named Keep It Live Productions (www.keepitliveproductions.com) to produce hip-hop dance competitions. Calvin is also a script coordinator & television writer for Nickelodeon (Ni Hao, Kai-lan; The Fresh Beat Band) and is the founder of Plixyl Studios. He is a graduate of Yale University with a biology degree as well as a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a filmmaking degree. You can follow Calvin at www.instagram.com/furiousbeauty.

Jonathan Holiff made his directorial debut with the 35mm feature documentary “My Father and The Man In Black.” Since June 2012, the film has played more than 30 festivals, in 15 countries, winning 8 competitions. It will be released in Canada, UK, and USA in September. A former television producer, his credits include live television and music specials. For seven years, he was a producer of The NHL Awards (ESPN), and has since worked on television shows broadcast by FOX, CBS and TBS.

Tony Smith has composed and produced music for short films that have screened in twenty film festivals, modern dance performances, runway fashion and burlesque shows, art exhibitions, live comedy shows and commercials. In 2012, he was named Best Electronic Artist and Best Performing Artist in San Jose for his unique live performances using a custom electronic audiovisual setup. As a music publisher, he represents a 2,000+ song catalog and a team of veteran writers and producers based in the Louisville, Nashville and Hunstville metro areas with placements at MTV, Disney, HBO, WB, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks.

Crowd Funding Roundtable
Friday July 19 @ 7 PM

Featuring Andy Martinez

Today’s filmmakers must have more than the core set of skills of a filmmaker and must learn to market themselves and projects to obtain funds, and now must look towards new opportunities to see their projects reach fruition. Come here to hear first hand from filmmakers who have had successful crowdfunding projects and have learned the tricks of the trade.

We will be discussing the current crowdfunding landscape and go over crowdfunding best practices including, which platform to use and planning your campaign. The panel will end with questions from the audience.

Andy is a science fiction author and screen writer. He is currently working on a multi-phased approach to crowdfunding his film. He is in the planning stage of his campaign series and has some great insight on what is required to build a following from scratch. His three phase campaign consists of a $3,000 campaign selling 3D posters of his book art, a $30,000 campaign to pre-sell his book, then a $50,000 campaign for production of his movie. His Twitter handle is @FirsttoMars.

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