Meet filmmakers, discuss lofty concepts and learn more about the craft in these special Flyway sessions.
CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE
It’s time to stop complaining about crowdfunding and start seeing it as a path to true independence as an artist. Crowdfunding has become a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. But it’s also a way to turn your funding campaigns into audience-building connections that can last an entire career. This seminar for film-related projects will help you create the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. Bring your questions for the experts about your own projects!
Whether or not you attended last year’s Seed&Spark “Crowdfunding 101” workshop with Emily Best, you’ll want to catch this seminar: it’s all new info that you probably can’t afford to miss, unless your projects are now fully funded and your audience in the millions. :-)
Friday, October 24
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Maiden Rock Inn, N531 County Road S, Maiden Rock
Admission: $10 + ticketing fee in advance; $15 at the door; free with Festival Pass
Limited to 20 participants
DOCUMENTARIES: “STORY OVER TOPIC AND CHARACTER ABOVE ALL”
If you’re making a documentary, you have a topic – that’s a given. There are issues to be discussed – also a given. What you, the filmmaker, bring to the table is your approach to the story, how it will be told, and who will tell it. Columbia College film professor Jeff Spitz (Food Patriots) will discuss the critical role of story and character in documentary filmmaking with fellow award-winning documentarians Jesse Roesler, Jan Selby and Amy Elliott.
“LIVING CINEMA:” A MASTER CLASS WITH HENRY CORRA AND JEREMY AMAR
Living Cinema is a style of nonfiction filmmaking characterized by a deep and intense relationship with one’s subjects, a painterly eye, and a novelist’s sensibility. In this unscripted approach, Henry Corra emotionally embeds himself in his subject’s story without knowing the outcome. The subjects are complicit in the uncertainty and become collaborators in the creation of the films based on their lives. Hence, living cinema. In this seminar, Henry and Jeremy will discuss their filmmaking process, highlight past and current works, and share their creative inspirations.
Saturday, October 25
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Maiden Rock Inn, N531 County Road S, Maiden Rock
Jeremy Amar, producer, Farewell to Hollywood
Erica Anderson, crowdfunder, Seed&Spark
Jayce Bartok, actor/writer/director, Fall to Rise
Henry Corra, director, Farewell to Hollywood
Brian Dehler, digital distribution expert, Cine-O-Matic
Jeff Spitz, director, Food Patriots
FILMMAKING MENTOR SESSIONS
Sign up to discuss your project in a 15-minute session with an industry professional. Whether you’re a beginner with the germ of an idea for a script, or you’re moving toward the final edit of your soon-to-be award-winning documentary, these people can help you take it to the next level. Sign up for as many as you want, as time allows! You must register in advance: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the mentor(s) you’d like to meet. Deadline for signup is Thursday, October 23.
Executive Producer, Corra Films Inc.
Jeremy has twenty years experience producing for every screen: broadcast partners NBC, AMC, VH1, and MTV; national and international campaigns for Fortune 50 advertisers; and advocacy work that includes the most successful stop-smoking campaign (“Marie”) in the history of the NYC Department of Health. As the executive producer for Corra Films, Inc., Amar has produced two direct-for-TV broadcast productions, hundreds of commercials and branded content films, and two theatrical features.
Director of Crowdfunding & Community, Seed&Spark
Erica is Seed&Spark’s Director of Crowdfunding & Community and one of its founding members. Seed&Spark is a crowdfunding and distribution platform that was developed specifically for film and film related projects. An actress and producer, Erica brings 10 years of theater, film, and commercial experience to her role working with filmmakers to build audiences, where she has been responsible for the highest crowdfunding success rate in the business.
After appearing in films and television shows as an actor, most notably Richard Linklater’s Suburbia, Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, and Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent, Jayce Bartok was inspired to write and star in The Cake Eaters, Jayce’s critically acclaimed feature screenplay debut, directed by Mary Stuart Masterson and starring Kristen Stewart. His directorial debut, Fall to Rise, is screening at the Flyway, and he has two more screenplays in development: Dream Country (based on the novel by Luanne Rice) and Red River, a dark thriller about mysterious drownings in Wisconsin.
Filmmaker, Corra Films, Inc.Henry is a filmmaker and Sundance Institute Fellow, best known for pioneering Living Cinema, his unique style of nonfiction. Corra’s films have been exhibited worldwide in theatrical venues and broadcast by outlets such as HBO, Showtime, LOGO, CBS, PBS, VH1, Arte and Channel 4. His films are characterized by a deep and intense relationship with his subjects, his painterly eye, and his novelist sensibility. He has also done episodic TV projects for broadcasters including MTV, VH1, Bravo, and the Sundance Channel.
Brian is a filmmaker, artist, and an entrepreneur. Since 2007, Brian has been the president and co-owner of Cine-O-Matic, a digital delivery service provider offering DVD, Blu-ray, DCP, and VOD services to independent filmmakers, studios, and distributers. Cine-O-Matic has designed and authored DVDs and Blu-rays for PBS, Bullfrog Films, Sony, Disney, Miramax, Carsey-Werner, and others. In addition, they have begun producing their own documentaries and episodic programs for retail distribution.
Amy C. Elliott
FilmmakerAmy is a documentary filmmaker and photographer with a focus on regional American culture. Her feature World’s Largest, about small towns with roadside attractions, premiered at SXSW 2010 and screened at Flyway as well. Her latest film, Wicker Kittens, produced with Mike Scholtz (Wild Bill’s Run) of Duluth, also premiered at SXSW.
Co-Founder, Tugg Inc.Nick Gonda, recently named one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch,” co-founded Tugg, Inc., a web-platform that enables audiences to choose the films that play in their local theaters. He began his film career at Focus Features, later moving on to the production of Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD, where he served as the Music Supervisor and oversaw elements of the film’s post-production. He went on to work with Mr. Malick as Co-Producer of THE TREE OF LIFE, Oscar™ nominee for Best Picture and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and Producer of TO THE WONDER. He currently lives in Austin, Texas where he serves on the board of the Austin Film Society.
Jesse Roesler’s latest film The Starfish Throwers is currently on the festival circuit, winning awards nationally and internationally. An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, his work has been screened and broadcast in venues such as South By Southwest Film Festival and Current TV. Jesse’s approach to filmmaking is best described as Cinematic Authenticity. By fusing narrative cinematic technique with the authenticity found in documentary style filmmaking, his work blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction by capturing emotional truth in an artful manner.
Director/Producer, Quiet Island Films
Founder of Quiet Island films, director/producer Jan Selby is an award-winning filmmaker who strives to create films that will serve as catalysts for change. Jan’s most recent film, Beyond the Divide (screening at Flyway), is a feature-length documentary about the courage to find common ground. Past film credits include directing A Circle and Three Lines about the history of the peace symbol and producing Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story. Jan’s next film, BUILDING THE PINK TOWER, will reimagine learning through the lens of Montessori education.
Jeff is an Emmy Award winner who creates original documentaries for broadcast on PBS and cable. His credits as a writer/producer/director include The Return of Navajo Boy, a documentary that reunited a Navajo family and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; From the Bottom Up, a national PBS public affairs report on community activism; his latest film, Food Patriots (screening at Flyway), and many more nationally acclaimed documentaries. A California native and graduate of UCLA, Spitz teaches documentary filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago.