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Saturday, October 15 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Indie Film Track: The Actor/Director Relationship

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In the world of independent film, everyone on a production does, well, everything: directors write, actors produce, and someone’s mom does props. But on a shoot, amidst the chaos of doing a million other jobs, building a good actor-director relationship is crucial to making the film a success. As a director, how can you be an effective creative leader, even as you’re setting locations and dealing with last-minute script changes? And as an actor, how can you put in the focus necessary for your craft even while you feel pressure to pick up other duties on a production? Our panelists are seasoned independent filmmakers who can give you tips on how to make the most of this delicate dynamic.

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Allen Odom


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Tom E. Brown

writer/director Pushing Dead
Tom has been making films since the age of ten when he picked up his dad’s 8mm movie camera, a superhero cape, and a handful of smoke bombs. His films have been featured at the American Museum of Natural History, the Walker Art Center, and the Guggenheim. His work has been televised... Read More →
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Ned Crowley

writer/director Middle Man
NED CROWLEY (Writer, Director) makes his feature film debut as both writer and director with MIDDLE MAN. Which recently won the GRAND JURY PRIZE for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Fest.   He also wrote the festival-winning dark comedy PARTING WORDS, is a published... Read More →
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Jim O'Heir

actor Parks & Recreation, Middle Man
JIM O’HEIR (LENNY FREEMAN) is perhaps best known for co-starring as Garry Gergich on the Award-winning NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. O'Heir has appeared in several films including Accepted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Life After Beth and made guest appearances... Read More →
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James Roday

actor/writer/director Psych; director Gravy, Rosewood, Rush Hour, Battle Creek, Blood Drive; actor Stuck, Baby, Baby, Baby, Christmas Eve, Pushing Dead
Roday is best known for his eight-year run as the hyper-observant consultant detective Shawn Spencer on the USA Network hit comedy “Psych,” and he also wrote and directed several episodes of the series. He made his film directorial debut with the horror-comedy “Gravy” and... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft