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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.

Moderators
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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 including: Horton Foote’s Academy Award winning, The Trip to Bountiful; Universal Pictures’ The Fast and the Furious and the acclaimed... Read More →

Panelists
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Etta Devine

Diani & Devine Prod
Etta Devine is an actor and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She recently wrote, directed and starred in the feature "Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse" with Gabriel Diani (premiering at the Austin Film Festival). Their first movie, "The Selling," played at over 30 film festivals and got a limited theatrical release and international distribution. Also with Gabriel Diani, she published "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn {Robotic Edition}" and is... Read More →
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Gabriel Diani

Writer/Director/Producer "Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse" "The Selling", Diani & Devine Productions
"Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse" premiers Friday, Oct. 14th at the State theater at 9:45pm. Second screening 4pm Tuesday, Oct. 18th at the Alamo Drafthouse Village. | | Gabriel Diani is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and writer. He wrote, produced, and starred in the horror comedy "The Selling" which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, played at over 30 film festivals, was in the Top 10 of About.com's Best... 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, and Eleanore Pienta is currently in post-production. Jason has been selected to participate in the IFP Emerging Storytellers program and as a resident of the San... 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 credits include 22 JUMP STREET and FREAKS OF NATURE.
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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, music videos, and short films. He makes his feature film writing and directing debut with "No Retreat."


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

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