Thursday, February 19, 2009

IFP's Script to Screen Conference is Back in Effect!

IFP’s Script to Screen Conference is returning after a five-year sabbatical to address the new landscape and opportunities facing content creators working across platforms in film, television and new technologies. Directly connecting aspiring and working screenwriters, filmmakers and producers to the decision-makers of the film, television and new media business, the Conference features some of the most prolific industry innovators and iconic screenwriters in independent film today.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Keynote Focus Feature CEO James Schamus and “30 Rock’s” Jerry Kupfer
  • Master classes with filmmaker Lee Daniels (2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Push: Based on the Novel By Sapphire) and producer
  • Scott Franklin (The Wrestler)
  • Panels with:
  • Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (Sugar, Half Nelson),
  • Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo)
  • Kelly Masterson (Before The Devil Knows Your Dead)
  • Producer Ted Hope and more!”

March 7 & 8

New York Film Academy 100 East 17th Street, New York, NY

Click Here to Purchase Pass

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Best Websites for Filmmakers w/ Maxie Collier, Tech Guru

Join us for another info-packed DOUBLE DOWN FILM SHOW, as we breakdown all the best web resources for filmmakers from film education to DVD duplication and everything in between.

Special guest Maxie Collier, author of the “IFilm DV Filmmakers Handbook”, director of the IFC documentary “Paper Chasers” and all around web technology guru will give an informative overview of some of the best websites for filmmakers.

In just the last few years, the web has greatly leveled the playing field for indie filmmakers and artists. Learn how to use the full power of Web 2.0 to prepare, produce, and promote your projects regardless of your budget.

The Double Down Film Show…Filmmaking Reality Starts Here!”

Wednesday, February 18th @ 9PM EST

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Maxie Collier's Websites:
Paper Chasers TV
B-More Hacks

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Powerful New Short - 'Us: A Love Story"

Just wanted to give a share with everyone a short film that I recently had the pleasure of viewing. It's called "Us: A Love Story" and it's by a serious up and coming filmmaking talent and personal friend, Alrick Brown.

Some of you may be familiar with Alrick from the reality series, Film School, which chronicled a year in the life of four NYU grad film students. Well, Alrick has since graduated from grad school and "Us: A Love Story" is his thesis film which is just starting to make the festival rounds.

Interview w/ Alrick and his Short "Super N"
(chronicled in the IFC series, "Film School")

If it comes anywhere near your area, make the pilgrimage to check out "Us: A Love Story". Like much of Alrick's work to date, it's a powerful, thought-provoking and deep examination of race relations in America. It's the type of film that can make an audience uncomfortable, because it shines a magnifying glass and bright light on some deep and heavy cultural issues that have long since been swept under the rug. It completely skirts preachiness and simplicity in favor of unflinching unexamined truths about- us.

It stayed with me long after I saw it. And if it's a sign of things to come from Alrick, I look forward to a long career of provocative intelligent films. Keep your eye out for his will definitely hear it again.

Trailer - "Us: A Love Story"

Coming Soon to:

Garden State Film Festival
Asbury Park, NJ
April 2 - 5, 2009

Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival
Seattle, WA
April 18-26, 2009