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2015 Filmmaking Panels and Guest Speakers

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Special Guest: James Foley – “Building A House: Drama, Dialogue, and Directing”James-Web
Saturday April 25, 3:30 pm | SIFF Uptown 1
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James Foley reflects on his incredible, long and successful directing career. From Twin Peaks to Glengarry Glenn Ross to the hit Netflix series House of Cards, Foley’s work exemplifies the riveting power of drama in television and film. He has worked with the best and brightest actors –  from Gene Hackman and Al Pacino to Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, New York, he started his career journey intending to be a clinical psychologist, but after taking a summer course in filmmaking at NYU on a whim, he knew where he really wanted to concentrate his heart and mind.


Masterclass: The Journey from Idea to Story
Presented by Station Next, Denmark & Scan | Design Foundation
Friday April 24, 11:30 am | SIFF Uptown 1Rasmus
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Join us as Danish screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg leads us on the intricate process from an idea to a story. Often we see films where the idea was strong and original, but the whole script never completed the intentions. In this workshop we will explore how to find the right path for an idea so it can develop into characters, plot and themes. Additionally, how to stay on that path throughout the writing process with the goal of turning ideas into scenes and sequences, and then finally a whole script.
Rasmus Heisterberg graduated from the National Danish Filmschool in 1999. Among his work is the original version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the costume drama A Royal Affair, which was Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.


Panel: How Not To Be A Filmmaker
Friday April 24, 4:00 pm | SIFF Uptown 1
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In order to know what TO do, sometimes you first need to learn what NOT to do. Here to help you navigate the unpredictable waters of
filmmaking is a diverse panel of filmmakers with experience in both the indie and Hollywood realm. Join us for a lively discussion on the dos, don’ts, and everything in-between as we dive into common misconceptions that young filmmakers are often trained to believe are truths about the industry. Distinguished panelists include Alan Nay (President, World Famous), Jen McGowan (Kelly & Cal), and Eugene Mazzola (The Details)!


Panel: Works In Progress
Friday April 24, 2:30 pm | SIFF Uptown 2
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Join us for the inaugural NFFTY Works In Progress Event! Presented in partnership with Relativity School, we will be screening unfinished films from filmmakers 24-and-under. The event features a panel of industry professionals providing constructive feedback to the selected filmmakers. We will kick off the event with a presentation by Relativity School in which they will screen a portion of an upcoming Relativity-produced feature film and dissect the creative process. The audience is encouraged and will be called upon to participate in the screening and engage in the creative discussion. Panelists include Glenn Kalison (Relativity School), Mark Millhone (Relativity School), Jen McGowan (Filmmaker), Wilbert Plijnaar (Story Artist), and Rick Stevenson (Prodigy Camp).


Panel Host and Moderator: Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 5.10.29 PMWarren Etheredge

We are thrilled to announce that Warren Etheredge will be NFFTY 2015 Panel Host and Moderator.  Warren is well known in the film community as the host of KCTS 9’s Reel NW and the Emmy®-nominated program The High Bar and has conducted over 3,000 interviews in his professional career. Warren is a producer, educator, author, playwright and one of the founding faculty members of TheFilmSchool and The Red Badge Project.