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Friday, October 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Indie Film Track: Short Films, Big Heart

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It’s hard enough to compose a script that has character development, rising action, intelligent dialogue, and a clear beginning, middle, and end while developing a feature film. Creating a film that lasts less than a half-hour, however, can bring forth its own set of challenges. Panelists will share tips on the process of making a short film and how to craft a compelling narrative that demands the same investment from an audience within these condensed parameters.

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Tom Copeland

Moderator; Professor at Texas State University
Since 1983 Tom Copeland has been one of the state’s best-known and most-respected advocates for its film production industry.  During his ten years as the director of the Texas Film Commission, a division of the Office of the Governor, he was the state’s primary liaison and troubleshooter between Hollywood, state and local governments and the private sector. Copeland’s film career began in 1974, as a crew member on the... Read More →

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Shawn Gerrard

writer/director My Viola; producer Head on Pictures Inc.
Shawn Gerrard is a filmmaker from Toronto and alumnus of York University’s Film Production and Screenwriting program. Since graduating, Shawn has directed three short films Isaiah’s Birthday, 5PiX and My Viola, a short film financed by the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and National Film Board. Over the last several years, Shawn’s work as a director has focused on making films about characters confronted with... Read More →
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Elizabeth Rose

writer/director The Law of Averages; co-writer/co-producer CHUM
Elizabeth Rose is a Canadian-Ameican filmmaker. She is currently in her final year as an MFA candidate in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in New York City where she is the co­chair of Columbia Women in Film, a student group that advocates for and empowers female filmmakers within the Graduate School of the Arts, and is a preceptor in Documentary Filmmaking, teaching Columbia undergraduates. In 2015 Elizabeth was awarded the... Read More →
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Ya'Ke Smith

writer/director Katrina’s Son, WOLF, dawn., Hope’s War, One Hitta Quitta; film professor at UT Arlington
Ya’Ke Smith known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, is a rising voice in independent cinema. His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 90 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards, HBO, Showtime, and the City of Buffalo, NY, which proclaimed February 23, 2013 as Ya’Ke Smith Day, have honored him. He was named as one of... Read More →
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Oates Yinchao Wu

writer/ director/ editor Like Hope, Flying Trout and Swimming Vulture, Goodbye, My Big Cat, Behind the Bear's Eyes
Oates Yinchao Wu is a Chinese but US based writer-director and editor. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2015 with an MFA in Film Directing. Oates is an autobiographical filmmaker, and his work focuses on sexual identity, gender and race. He is especially interested in topics like the impact of socio-cultural background, fantasy vs. reality, and the nature of desire, shame and fear. Oates directed 4 short films and... Read More →

Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

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