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Saturday, October 15 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
*Roundtable: Independent Filmmaking

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*Get in-depth answers to your questions about how to make it in the world of independent film. How do you find funds for your project? How does the process of making a short differ from that of a feature? What do the stages of production actually entail? How do you navigate the dense festival circuit and position your film for its best shot at success? And after all that, how do you market your film and find distribution? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to independent filmmakers, producers, and distributors in an informal setting.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-approopriate badge.

Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 12 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 13 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 14 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

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Kim Bass

writer In Living Color, Sister, Sister, Kenan & Kel; writer/director Kill Speed, Day of Days (2016)
Kim Bass—is an Emmy-nominated, screenplay and teleplay writer who became a member of the Writers Guild of America West in 1989 after selling sketch comedy material to the HBO news parody show, Not Necessarily The News and optioning his first screenplay.  Also in 1989 Mr. Bass... Read More →
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Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best founded Seed&Spark to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. Synthesizing subscription streaming and crowdfunding, Seed&Spark delivers sustainability for artists and diversity of content for audiences - and... Read More →
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Jeffrey Brown

Production For Use; producer Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary, Moving Mountains: A Land Art Film, Vinyl Generation, Yallah! Underground, Pirating Pirates, Mamas & Papas
Jeffrey Brown has produced several award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and the USA. He is Co-Producer of No No: A Dockumentary on outspoken 1970s baseball player Dock Ellis, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, was released theatrically... Read More →
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Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel (formerly By Way of Helena), Triple Nine, and Patriot’s Day. Both By Way of Helena (2010) and Triple Nine (2012) made the top 10 of The Black List. Cook... Read More →
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Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, When Jack Went Glamping; director A Single Frame; writer Benjamin Dove, storiesaboutmyass.com
Brandon Dickerson is an award-winning writer and director with an extensive body of work in features, commercials, and music videos. He has been honored with the coveted Cannes Gold Lion as well as two Austin Film Festival Audience Awards for his debut feature SIRONIA and documentary... Read More →
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Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative... Read More →
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Kevin Hamedani

Moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
Kevin Hamedani began his filmmaking career with the feature ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION. Produced by Academy Award nominee John Sinno (IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS) the film went on to receive critical acclaim showing in film festivals worldwide.  ZMD was acquired by Lions Gate and premiered... Read More →
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Jacob Jaffke

producer In a Valley of Violence, Sleepwalk with Me, Don't Think Twice, The Sacrament, Jamie Marks Is Dead
Jacob Jaffke is an award­winning producer and the head of development & production for filmmaker Tate Taylor's Wyolah Films. Before joining Wyolah in early 2016, Jaffke was the head of feature film development at producer Eric Newman's Studiocanal backed co­venture Grand Electric... Read More →
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Justin Lader

writer The Discovery (2017), The One I Love
After receiving a film degree from the University of Central Florida, Justin went on to attend the American Film Institute (AFI) where he received his Masters in Screenwriting.  While at AFI, Justin met Charlie McDowell who was enrolled in the directing program.  Their partnership... Read More →
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Jason Neulander

writer/director The Intergalactic Nemesis, Hit & Run, Buttercup
Jason Neulander is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He is best known for creating the transmedia sci-fi multiverse THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS, which takes the form of graphic novels, a YouTube series, podcasts, audio dramas, novels, and a live... 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... Read More →
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Barbara Twist

Managing Director at Art House Convergence
Barbara Twist is a filmmaker based in Detroit, Michigan. As a producer, her credits include an independent feature, Consideration (2013), and as a director, her credits include Shark Tank, a short film which screened at the 2011 Traverse City Film Festival. She is currently in post-production... Read More →
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Laura Walker

CEO of AG Capital
Laura Walker has over ten years of experience in film which spans production, post-production, financing, packaging and domestic sales.  After graduating from the University of Texas, Laura worked on projects like BOYHOOD and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.  However, most of her career has... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall