Workshops and Mentor Sessions
Meet filmmakers, discuss lofty concepts and learn more about the craft in these special Flyway sessions.
THE ART OF THE PITCH
The Art of the Pitch is all about your story and how you tell it, but it also matters how you come into the room. This workshop is about building the tools you need for a successful pitch meeting: identifying your end game, crafting the story, and conveying confidence.This class covers the basics of pitching for anything: film, tech, non-profit, to brands, etc. Come prepared to pitch your current or next project! You may be selected from the audience for a three minute pitch!
MAKE A SERIES, DAMN IT!
With the break-out successes of shows like “Broad City,” “Awkward Black Girl” and “High Maintenance,” the web series has finally separated itself from its cat video brethren to become a viable path to Hollywood (or at least Vimeo.) In Make a Series, Damn It!, we will explore the benefits of short form content written specifically for the web, as well as how to navigate the new media landscape in order to build an audience, reach influencers, and create a sustainable career in filmmaking.
Friday, October 23
10:30 – noon
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
LOCATION. LOCATION? LOCATION!!
What does a location manager do? How do you become a location scout? How does a location become a character in a film? What should you know when filming on location in a foreign country? This group of location experts and location-conscious filmmakers will take you through the ins and outs of finding and getting the most out of your location.
— Twin Cities-based location manager Charlotte Ariss and Pepin-based location scout Steve Anderson will show examples of shoots they’ve managed in rural Wisconsin.
— Kristjan Knigge, a Danish/English filmmaker whose 2014 film The Right Juice screened at Flyway last year and whose latest film Second Honeymoon premieres at Flyway this year, will shoot his next film in Pepin after the Flyway. He’ll talk about why he’s crossing the ocean from his scenic homeland to shoot in this area.
— Emily Ting (It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong), who shot her recent narrative in Hong Kong, and Norah Shapiro (Miss Tibet), who shot her documentary in India, will discuss the roles location played in their films and what they learned from shooting abroad.
CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD AN AUDIENCE
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Whether you’ve had a successful crowdfunding campaign, a miserably failed one, or you’ve never tried it at all, you know you’ve got more to learn: 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 Erica about your own projects!
Thursday, October 22 – Saturday, October 24
Erica Anderson, Seed&Spark (Los Angeles)
Brian Dehler, Cine-O-Matic (Minneapolis)
Deirdre Haj, Director of Full Frame Documentary Festival (Raleigh-Durham, NC)
Vanessa Hope, Director/Producer (Los Angeles)
Jessica King & Julie Keck, King is a Fink Productions (Chicago)
Brian Newman, Sub-Genre (New York)
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 Tuesday, October 20.
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Panelist and Mentor Bios
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.
Location Manager Charlotte Ariss has curated a wide selection of out-of-the-ordinary and traditional locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has spent 28 years as an advertising professional in agencies big and small and 14 years with one of the most beloved Minnesota brands—Target. Along the way, she’s learned a bit about creative types and what they are looking for when casting eyes to find the right backdrop for their vision.
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.
Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
In her position at Full Frame, Deirdre created a free year-round screening series, numerous education programs, and the “A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy” discussion venue. She is Vice President of the executive committee for IFP’s Festival Forum, serves on the boards of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, and has moderated/participated in panel discussions and juries at several universities, film festivals and conferences. She is a member of Women in Film and the Screen Actors Guild.
Vanessa Hope started her film career in China while completing her Ph.D. at Columbia University. Fluent in Chinese, she has produced multiple films in China including: Wang Quanan’s The Story of Ermei (2004); Chantal Akerman’s Tombee de Nuit Sur Shanghai (2007); and her own short films, China in Three Words (2013) andChina Connection: Jerry (2014). Her U.S. producing credits include Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010); Joel Schumacher’s Twelve (2010); and the feature documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe by Sarah and Emily Kunstler (2009). Hope is currently a fellow at the San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse, though she is now based in Los Angeles. Her latest film, All Eyes and Ears, premiered at Tribeca and is screening at the Flyway.
Julie Keck and Jessica King
King is a Fink Productions
Julie Keck and Jessica King run King is a Fink Productions. They’ve made short films, features, web series, and documentaries, some of which have shown at Flyway. They currently produce films, concoct social media strategies, design digital platforms, and cause mayhem. Play with them: ’kingisafink’ on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.
Director, Second Honeymoon
Kristjan was born in Denmark to an English mother and a Danish father. He grew up in the Algarve in southern Portugal, and now lives and works in Amsterdam. He has worked professionally all over the world: camera crew, art department, production manager, electrical unit, grip, special effects, editing and 1st Assistant Director. In 2004 he overtook the plunge and decided to direct. To date he has made commercials, corporates, music videos, a full length documentary and about a dozen short films. Feature films are The Right Juice (2014) and Second Honeymoon (2015). He plans to shoot his next feature in Pepin after the Flyway this year.
Kelly Nathe is a writer/producer who has worked on documentaries for Public Interest Pictures, Michael Moore, Granada UK & USA, as well as docu-series for US cable, including A&E, MTV, VH1, Discovery, and TLC. She is the recipient of several filmmaking grants, including Jerome Foundation, MN State Arts Board, and the General Mills Foundation. Her short documentary “Hotel Hidajet,” about life in post-war Bosnia, received awards at South by Southwest (SXSW) and Slamdance Film Festivals and was broadcast on PBS. She is a producer on “Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile,” and is currently co-directing and producing, along with Norah Shapiro, a documentary about moonshine and craft whisky entitled, “Minnesota 13.”
Brian created Sub-Genre Media as a film and new media production, distribution and marketing company that helps filmmakers and new media artists develop their projects and bring them to an audience. He served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, where he conceived and launched the Reframe project – a groundbreaking initiative to aggregate, curate, digitize and disseminate over 1,000 hard-to-find films and videos for new audiences. He is a former executive director of IMAGE Film & Video Center, and a prolific author on new media trends.
Director, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Norah Shapiro left a decade-long career as a public defender to pursue documentary filmmaking. Her first feature, If You Dare about an inner-city theater company working with at-risk children, premiered at the 2009 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and aired on Twin Cities Public Television. Her latest documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile had its world premiere at the 2014 DOC NYC Film Festival, received the 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival “Best Minnesota Made Feature Documentary.” Ms. Shapiro was awarded a McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship in 2012 and has received numerous production and completion funding grants.
Director, It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Emily Ting is mostly known for her producing work. She previously produced Ishai Setton’s THE KITCHEN and Stephen Suettinger’s A YEAR AND CHANGE, and she also served as Associate Producer on Yen Tan’s PIT STOP, Executive Producer on Dave Boyle’s MAN FROM RENO, and Co-Executive Producer on Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’ LAND HO! IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG is Emily’s first features as a writer/director.