Several Great Events Are Happening This Week For Indie Filmmakers
This is an interesting week for indie filmmakers looking for workshops and other events they can attend in person or online.. For those in the LA area IndieCon is presenting a Film Finance & Distribution Workshop on Saturday, July 14th at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica at 2pm. Financing Panelists include Executive Producer Palak Patel (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Oz the Great and Powerful”); Producer Braxton Pope (“Shrink,” “The Take,” “The Canyons”) and Alan Bailey, a former Paramount Executive and current head of DMI, a financing firm specializing in state tax incentives while the Distribution Panel features Shaun Hill, who is the head of Indican, and Chris Charalambous, an Executive from Freestyle Releasing. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $20 and there are discounts for students, seniors and members of American Cinemateque.
IndieCon is an education and networking forum for visual storytellers highlighting the business and creative disciplines associated with Indie Filmmaking, Games and Animation by presenting prominent industry guest speakers who present their ideas, strategies and insights. Events are moderated by award-winning filmmaker Marc Clebanoff (“Break,” “Unspoken,” “The Pink Conspiracy”) and his Co-Chair Gena Vasquez founder of The Producer’s Fund, an investment entity geared to financing select independent films with some of the most respected talent in the industry. Since Gena’s appointment in 2010 the duo has been extremely successful in booking some of Hollywood’s most sought after talents for their monthly events and attendance continues to grow.
For those not near Los Angeles there is a webinar being presented at the same day and time (Saturday, July 14th at 2pm PST) by ScreenwritingU. They are offering a free 90 minute teleconference entitled “How to Get an Agent”. This call will give listeners the rules, the reality and the roadmap to get writers in the door to the point of getting representation by teaching strategies that came from over 100 interviews with agents and managers, the fundamentals of landing an agent or manager and the four mistakes that everyone advises writers to make with agents. In addition, it will cover the rules of engagement with agents, advice on how to be a great client and 8 strategies for landing a manager or agent. Limited to 100 callers, you can register at http://www.screenwritingu.com/agent_conference2.html?et_mid=567202&rid=232799158.
If you’re in New York next week on July 17th at 8pm EST the Film Society at Lincoln Center and Double Hope Films is presenting KID-THINGS as part of its Indie Night Screening Series. This film from The Zellner Bros. stars Sydney Aguirre, who delivers an inspired and intense performance as Annie, the child at the center of the story. The movie could be perceived as a young girl’s search for a moral compass or interpreted as the character study of a future sociopath. As the film progresses Annie is given choices that will challenge her increasing lack of compassion although many questions may still remain at when the movie ends. The screening is being held at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at the Film Society of Lincoln Center located at 144 W. 65th Street in New York and there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers afterwards. For information or to order tickets visit http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/kid-thing.
Finally, for those who aren’t in New York City on the 17th, there’s another event you can participate in from home or anywhere else. This one is a screenwriting webinar from Final Draft that is scheduled between 6pm and 715pm PST that is called The Insider View: Formatting as a Writing Tool with Dr. Format (aka Dave Trottier). This program is designed to review formatting essentials and show screenwriters how to avoid common mistakes. Topics being covered include: surprising reasons why formatting is important, the big picture of screenplay parts, looking at where most screenwriters go wrong, hot flashbacks, common problems and easy fixes, the dialogue block, texting and languages and looking at yourself as a creative writer. The cost is $29.00 and there will be a Q&A at the end of the webinar. Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3817542372 if you’re interested in registering or need more information.