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Thursday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Fresh Off the Set: First Time Directors

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Directing for the first time can be daunting. Join recent feature film directorial debutants fresh off the set as they discuss their journey from writer to director.

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Dennis Bishop

Moderator; producer The Trip to Bountiful, Dexter; production executive The Fast and the Furious; VP of Production HBO Barbarians at the Gate, And the Band Played On
The genesis of Dennis’ filmmaking career began with a Nikon F camera that his brother Gary gave him and the intimate portrait that he shot of his family’s Christmas. A native Texan, Dennis has overseen numerous commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions... Read More →

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Etta Devine

writer Bee & Puppycat; writer/producer/director Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse; producer/actor The Selling, Diani & Devine Prod
Etta Devine is an actor, filmmaker, and writer whose script Don’t Be Evil made the 2017 Blacklist and was optioned by See-Saw Films. With partner Gabriel Diani she wrote, directed, and starred in the feature Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse which premiered at the Austin Film Festival... Read More →
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Gabriel Diani

Writer Director Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse; writer Don't Be Evil, Bee & Puppycat, Diani & Devine Productions
Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani are award-winning filmmakers whose script “Don’t Be Evil” made the 2017 Blacklist and was optioned by See-Saw Films. They wrote, directed, and starred in the feature “Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse” which premiered at the Austin Film Festival... Read More →
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Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
Jason Headley's short films have been featured on NBC's TODAY Show, SundanceTV, Banksy's Dismaland, the front page of Funny or Die, the TED Conference, Vimeo Staff Picks, and film festivals far and wide. His first feature film, "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong" starring Matt Jones, Will Rogers... Read More →
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Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The God Particle
Oren Uziel recently directed his first feature, SHIMMER LAKE, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Production recently wrapped on his science fiction film THE GOD PARTICLE, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams. His previous... Read More →
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Nicholas Zafonte

writer/director/producer No Retreat, The First Day; director Picket Fence; writer Alabaster
Nicholas Zafonte started his career as an advertising copywriter, producing award-winning work for American Express, Johnnie Walker, Axe, LG, Miller Lite, and Levi's, including the record-breaking "Elf Yourself" viral website for Office Max. He then moved into directing commercials... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room