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11TH ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT FORUM ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE CONVERSATION
“THE KEY TO THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF BLUM” WITH BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS LEADERSHIP TEAM
FORUM RUNS OCTOBER 23-25, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 17, 2015) — Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and LA Film Festival, announced today that the 11th annual Film Independent Forum will feature Blumhouse Productions Founder and CEO Jason Blum, along with Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures and Terri Taylor, Head of Casting participating in an Executive Conversation on Sunday, October 25.Additional panelists at the Forum include producers Miranda Bailey (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Nina Yang Bongiovi, (Dope, Fruitvale Station; Partner, Significant Productions), writers Bridget Bedard (Transparent, Mad Men), Wendy Calhoun (Empire),
Josh Braun,Co-President of Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe and Jessica Lacy, Head of International & Independent Film at ICM Partners, to list a few. The Forum will take place during the weekend of October 23-25 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles.
“Our company is committed to giving filmmakers creative freedom to tell their stories so we are excited to be at the Film Independent Forum to share our process with some of the most talented and up and coming writers and directors,” said Blumhouse Productions Founder and CEO Jason Blum.
“I’m thrilled that Film Independent Forum attendees will hear from Jason Blum who with his team is leading the charge in creating smart, director-driven, low-budget films,” said María Raquel Bozzi, Film Independent’s Senior Director of Education. “I’m sure they will offer some great insight into what the possibilities in independent filmmaking are today.”
At the Forum, Film Independent will present the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant to a Film Independent Fellow accepted into the Producing Lab that is developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme. The Producing Lab is one of Film Independent’s highly selective Artist Development programs. In addition, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television will host a reception during the Film Independent Forum to celebrate documentary filmmakers.
The 2015 Film Independent Forum is presented by Indiewire. Additional sponsors include Premier Sponsors Directors Guild of America, SAGindie, Indiegogo, Singani 63 and Principal Sponsor Montana Film Office.
Panelists for the 2015 Film Independent Forum include:
Miranda Bailey, producer, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Hend Baghdady, producer, Lucas Bros Moving Co, Axe Cop
Bridget Bedard, writer, Transparent, Mad Men
Jason Blum, Founder & CEO, Blumhouse Productions
Nina Yang Bongiovi, producer, Dope, Fruitvale Station; Partner, Significant Productions
Josh Braun, Co-President, Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe
Wendy Calhoun, writer, Empire
Wendy Cohen, Principal & Partner, Picture Motion
Mercedes Yolanda Cooper, Director of Marketing, ARRAY
Alex Fumero, Director of Programming & Development, Fusion
Kirk Hamilton, Indieworks
Marc Hofstatter, Head of Film, Indiegogo
Azazel Jacobs, writer/director, Doll and Em
Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA
Jessica Lacy, Head, International & Independent Film, ICM Partners
David Magdael, President/CEO, David Magdael & Associates
Paul O’Neill, Business Development, Premiere Digital for Quiver
Erick Opeka, EVP, Digital Networks, Cinedigm
Tommy Pallotta, writer/director, Last Hijack
Nicole Papincak, Indieworks
Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures, Blumhouse Productions
Terri Taylor, Head of Casting, Blumhouse Productions
Michael Tringe, Co-Founder, CreatorUp
Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer ITVS
Femke Wolting, writer/director/producer, Last Hijack
with additional panelists to be announced
Topics for this year’s panels are:
Viable Films: Your Budget Vs. The Market
Market Report: Documentaries
Five F#@*Ups And How To Fix Them
Doc Case Studies: Measuring Impact
Gatekeepers And Enablers: Documentary Funders
Television: The Writers Room
Your Film + Your Audience: Marketing & Distribution Clinic
Conquering The Web: One Episode At A Time
Social Media Tools: The Nitty Gritty Details
Breaking The Gates: Artists In Control
New Media: POV And Film Independent Story Hackathon
Early registration conference passes are $215 for Film Independent Members and $285 for non-Members who register through Friday, September 18. After September 18, conference passes are $275 for Film Independent Members and $325 for non-Members. For more information about this year’s Film Independent Forum or to purchase a pass, visit FilmIndependent.org/Forum or call 310.432.1213.
About Film Independent Forum
Now in its 11th year, the Film Independent Forum is the pre-eminent conference for independent filmmakers and content creators in Los Angeles. Off-the-record conversations with working filmmakers make this the must-attend fall event for filmmakers and industry professionals. If you are anywhere near production or close to entering the festival circuit, join your peers for a weekend of solution-driven strategies, success stories, and opportunities to connect one-on-one with working artists and industry pros.
The 2015 Film Independent Forum takes place October 23-25 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles, CA. For a full schedule of events, speakers and to register, visit FilmIndependent.org/Forum.
About Film Independent
Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.
Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.
With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit www.FilmIndependent.org.