Contact: Alia Quart Khan, Film Independent
Tel: 310.432.1287 or aqkhan@filmindependent.org

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Tel: 323.645.6800 or gina.lang@ginsberglibby.com


Nightcrawler is Opening Night Film

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 16, 2014) — Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that writer/director Jill Soloway (Transparent, Afternoon Delight, United States of Tara, Six Feet Under) will deliver the Filmmaker Keynote address kicking off the Forum on Saturday, October 25. This will be followed the next day by the Executive Keynote address given by Tim League, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films and Fantastic Fest, on Sunday, October 26.Open Road Films’ Nightcrawler, written and directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton will kick off the 10th annual Film Independent Forum as the Opening Night Film on Friday, October 24; the screening will be followed by a Q+A session with writer/director Dan Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox. The Forum will take place during the weekend of October 24-26 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles.


“My goal as an artist has always been to privilege the other, to make the object the subject,” said Filmmaker Keynote speaker Jill Soloway. “Filmmaking provides the ideal opportunity to reverse the polarity around the seer and the seen. I’m so excited to share my ideas about how to make the kind of art that changes the world by captivating and illuminating authentic feelings.” Soloway was nominated for a 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award for her debut feature, Afternoon Delight.

“I was honored to be asked to present the Executive Keynote address at this year’s Film Independent Forum,” says Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. “We’re in an era of tremendous change but equally tremendous opportunity as new means of digital distribution arise. I look forward to a great conversation about emerging techniques, platforms, opportunities and pitfalls.”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Film Independent Forum and I couldn’t be prouder of this event. The Forum has always been at the forefront of identifying and disseminating new trends in the industry, as well as best practices for filmmakers making and selling their work,” said Film Independent Senior Director of Education, Maria Raquel Bozzi. “The Forum has a proven track record of presenting thought-provoking keynotes and panels that have generated many industry-wide conversations over the years. We will continue that tradition with both our executive and filmmaker keynote speakers. Jill Soloway is breaking new ground for filmmakers to explore storytelling through different platforms, and Tim League is leading the charge in creating new spaces for the exhibition and distribution of daring independent film.”

New to this year’s Forum, Film Independent and CreatorUp are co-producing a hackathon for filmmakers and developers to collaborate in creating a new technology prototype for filmmakers to connect with their fans for film projects that create social impact. Filmmakers may submit their ideas at https://creatorup.com/fan-connect-for-impact-hackathon/ before Tuesday, October 7. Eight filmmakers will be selected and paired with developers and all projects will be presented at the Film Independent Forum at the DGA on Sunday, October 26.

At the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reception during the Forum, the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into Film Independent’s Producing Lab, will be awarded to a Film Independent Fellow 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.

The 2014 Film Independent Forum is presented by Indiewire. Additional sponsors include Premier Sponsors Directors Guild of America, SAGindie, IMDbPro and Principal Sponsors the Montana Film Office and Indiegogo.


Panelists for the 2014 Film Independent Forum include:

Stephanie Allain, Director, Los Angeles Film Festival; producer, Dear White People

Ana Lily Amirpour, writer/director/producer, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Peter Broderick, President, Paradigm Consulting

Jennifer Fox, producer, Nightcrawler

Aron Gaudet, writer, producer, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky

Dan Gilroy, writer/director, Nightcrawler

Ted Hope, Chief Executive Officer, Fandor

Tim League, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest

Elvis Mitchell, Film Curator, Film Independent

Brian O’Shea, Chief Executive Officer, The Exchange

Gita Pullapilly, writer, producer, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky

Jill Soloway, writer/director, Transparent, Afternoon Delight, United States of Tara, Six Feet Under

Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360

Gary Michael Walters,Chief Executive Officer, Bold Films

Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent

with additional panelists to be announced


Topics for this year’s panels are:

Money Matters: A Financing Clinic

Beyond The Lottery: California’s New Film & TV Tax Credit

Serial Content: What Does It Take To Launch A Show?

Realize Your Vision: Production Case Studies

The Producer – Director Partnership: A Most Creative Collaboration

Distribution And Marketing Case Study

Film Independent Documentary Works In Progress Screening

Powered By Your Audience

Tools For Engagement: 48-Hour Forum Hackathon

Gatekeepers, Tastemakers, And Disruptors

Early registration conference passes are $215 for Film Independent members and $285 for non-members who register by Friday, September 19. After September 19, 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 310.432.1246.


About Film Independent Forum

Now in its 10th 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 2014 Film Independent Forum takes place October 24-26 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.

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