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IFP filmmaker conference panelist list

IFP FILMMAKER CONFERENCE PANELIST LIST as of 9.8.08


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14th - MAKING YOUR FIRST FEATURE

SCRIPT TO SCREEN 10-11AM
Susan Stover, Producer, Laurel Canyon
Howard Gertler, Producer, Process Media
Robert Seigel, Attorney, Cowan DeBaets Abrams & Sheppard LLP
Michael Sladek, SAG Indie
Meredith Tucker, Casting Director Year of the Dog, Youth in Revolt
Emily Ziff, Partner, Cooper’s Town Productions

PRODUCTION & POST PRODUCTION 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Susan Stover, Producer, Laurel Canyon
Howard Gertler, Producer, Process Media
Brad Anderson, Director, Transsiberian
Joe Beirne, EVP of Technology, Post Works
Jacob Craycroft, Editor, Joshua
Jessica Levin, Producer Day Night Day Night, Post-production Supervisor Synecdoche New York
Per Melita, Producer Sangre de mi Sangre, Production Manager Never Forever

MUSIC MAKES THE MOVIE 1:00 - 2:00PM
Doreen Ringer Ross, VP of Film & TV Relations, BMI
Barry Cole, Music Supervisor, Notorious
Lyle Hysen, Music Supervisor, Choke
Nathan Larson, Composer, Choke
Craig Zobel, Director, Great World of Sound

CASE STUDY: FINDING A VISUAL LANGUAGE (KODAK) 2:30 – 3:30PM
Anna Boden, Writer/Director/ Editor, Sugar, Half Nelson
Ryan Fleck, Writer/Director Sugar, Half Nelson
Jeremy Kipp Walker, Producer, Sugar, Half Nelson, Maria Full of Grace
Andrij Parekh, Cinematographer, Sugar, Half Nelson

SHOW AND SELL: POSITIONING YOUR FILM FOR FESTIVALS AND BUYERS 4:00 – 5:00PM
Susan Stover, Producer, Laurel Canyon
Howard Gertler, Producer, Process Media
Courtney Hunt, Director Frozen River
Ryan Kampe, Partner, International Sales, Visit Films
Jarod Neece, Programmer, SXSW
Tom Quinn, SVP Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures
Reid Rosefelt, Marketing Consultant and Publicity

A CONVERSATION WITH…KEVIN SMITH 5:30 - 7:00PM
Kevin Smith, Director, Clerks, Zack and Miri Make a Porno













MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15th - FILMMAKING 2.0

SHOW ME THE NEW MONEY 10-11AM
Ingrid Kopp, US Director, Shooting People
Miles Beckett, CEO, EQAL
Ryan Harrington, IndiePix Studios
Slava Rubin, CEO, IndieGoGo
Joel Wright, VP Interactive Media, Paradigm Talent Agency

A CONVERSATION WITH…… 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Eugene Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief, Indiewire
Josh Sapan, President and CEO, Rainbow Media

NET NEUTRALITY 1:00 - 2:00 PM
David Rosen
Ted Hope, Producer, This is That
Art Brodsky, Communications Director, Public Knowledge

CASE STUDY: YOUR FILM ONLINE 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Heather Chaplin, Author Smartbomb
Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo, Director, The West Side
Douglas Gayeton, Director, Molotov Alva
Zachary Lieberman, Director, The West Side
Timo Vuorensola, Director, Star Wreck

CROWDSOURCING: BUILDING AN ONLINE FANBASE 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Jeffrey Abramson, GenArt
Marissa Bryce, CEO, Reelchanges
Paul Moore, Co-Founder, Spout
Zach Mortensen, Ghost Robot/ Space:Unicorn
Lance Weiler, Director Head Trauma
Kenneth Woo, Founder, Massify

THE STATE OF FILM FESTIVALS 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Michelle Byrd, Executive Director, IFP
Christian Gaines, Director of Festivals, Withoutabox
Geoff Gilmore, Sundance Film Festival



TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16th - THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

US INDEPENDENTS GOING GLOBAL 10-11AM
Yael Taqqu, Partner, McKinsey & Co
Brad Rust Gray, Producer, Treeless Mountain
So Yong Kim, Director In Between Days, Treeless Mountain
Charlotte Mickie, Managing Director, Maximum Films
Peter Saraf, Producer, Big Beach Films

A CONVERSATION WITH… 11:30AM - 12:30 PM
Rajendra Roy, Chief Curator of Film, MOMA
Frida Torresblanco, Producer Pan’s Labyrinth


NICHE MARKETING TOOLS 1:00-2:00 PM
Chris Holland, Director of Festival Operations, B-Side
Jasson Cassidy, EVP Marketing, Miramax
Larry Fessenden, Director The Last Winte, Producer Wendy and Lucy
Jon Gerrans, President, Strand Releasing
Aaron Hillis,VP, Benten Films
Steven Raphael, Principal, Required Viewing

CASE STUDY: GLOBAL FILMMAKING 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Ed Arentz, Managing Director, Music Box Films
Anthony Bregman, Producer, Likely Story
Alex Rivera, Director, Sleep Dealer

NO BUDGET, NO PROBLEM 4-5 PM
Gabe Wardell, Exec Director, Atlanta Film Festival
Bryan Poyser, Writer/ Producer Cassidy Kids
Barry Jenkins, Director, Medicine for Melancholy
Melissa Scaramucci, Director Making Arrangements
Todd Rohal, Director The Guatemalan Handshake

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Anne Thompson, Deputy Editor, Variety
Bob Berney, President, Picturehouse



























WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17th – ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION

KNOW YOUR DIGITAL RIGHTS 10AM -11AM
Laure Parsons, Infinicine
Steven Beer, Shareholder Greenburg Traurig
Janet Brown, COO, Cinetic Rights Management
Charles Choi, Founder, Caachi
Karol Martesko-Fenster, Head of Film, CInelan
Joe Swanberg, Director Nights and Weekends, Hannah Takes the Stairs


A CONVERSATION WITH… RICK ALLEN 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Dade Hayes, NY Bureau Chief, Variety
Rick Allen, President, SnagFilms

CONSUMER VIEWING HABITS 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Brent Hoff, Executive Producer, Wholphin
Andrew Grant, President, Benten Films
Brian Newman, CEO, Tribeca Film Institute
Heath Shapiro, Director of Sales, Samuel Goldwyn Films
Christian Vesper, SVP Acquisitions, Program Planning, and Scheduling, Sundance Channel
Hunter Weeks, Director 10 Yards
Brett Wilson, CEO, Tube Mogul

CASE STUDY, THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Paul Harrill, Self-Reliant Film
Adam Browne, The Cult of Sincerity
Brendan Choisnet, The Cult of Sincerity
Gary Hustwit, Director, Helvetica
Daniel Nayeri, The Cult of Sincerity
Erik Opeka, Senior Manager Digital Distribution, New Video

DIY THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Mark Elijah Rosenberg,, Founder/ Artistic Director, Rooftop Films
Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum
Ned Hinkle, Creative Director, Brattle Theater
Wendy Lidell, President, International Film Circuit
Dennis O’Connor, Marketing Consultant, Bottle Shock
Cora Olson, Producer, Good Dick
Cynthia Swartz, Partner, 42 West PR

THE STATE OF DISTRIBUTION 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Ira Deutchman, President and CEO, Emerging Pictures
Tom Bernard, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics
Lance Weiler, Founder, Workbook Project

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18th - THE TRUTH ABOUT NON-FICTION

ASKING FOR IT: FUNDRAISING BLUEPRITNS FOR DOCS 10AM -11AM
Julie Goldman, Partner, Cactus 3
Claire Aguilar, Vice President of Programming, ITVS
Dori Bernstein, Director/Producer, Some Assembly Required, Gotta Dance
Wendy Ettinger, Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg
Thuy Tran, Program Officer, United States Artists

A CONVERSATION WITH… ROBERT GREENWALD 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Scott Kirsner, Editor, CinemaTech
Robert Greenwald, President, Brave New films

SUBJECTIVE: WORKING WITH DOCUMENTARY SUBJECTS 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Nina Davenport, Director Operation Filmmaker
Lucia Small, Director, Axe in the Attic
Cynthia Wade, Director, Freeheld

CASE STUDYL DOCUMENTARY MARKETING 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Josh Baran, Baran Communications
Patrick Creadon, Director, IOUSA
Rich Lim, Sidetrack Films, Executive Producer Beautiful Losers
Jared Moshe, Sidetrack Films, Executive Producer Beautiful Losers

New Venues for Documentary 4:00 - 5:00 PM
David Wilson, True/False Film Festival
Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment
Alice Elliott, New Day
David Fenkel, Oscilloscope Pictures
David Redmond, Carnivalesque Films
Michael Rubin, MSNBCS Films
Ashley Sabin, Carnivalesque Films

HBO Presnets: Life During Wartime 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Jackie Glover, VP HBO Documentary Films
Jon Alpert, Producer/Director, Baghdad ER, Alive Day Memories
Alex Gibney, Producer/Director, Taxi to the Dark Side
Matthew O’Neill Producer, Baghdad ER, Alive Day Memories
Alan Oxman, Producer, The Recruiter


























FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21st – FILM AND PHILANTHROPY

FILM AND PHILANTHROPY 101 – 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Beth Davenport, Arts Engine
Angela Tucker, Arts Engine
Judith Helfand, Working Films
Julia Reichert, Director, A Lion in the House
Macky Alston, The Harley Film Foundation

CASE STUDY: FINDING AND MOBILIZING AUDIENCES 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Peter Broderick, President, Paradigm Consulting
Sandi Dubowski, Director Trembling Before G-d
Robert Bahar, Made in LA
Almudena Carracedo, Made in LA

FILM AND PHILANTHROPY ROUNDTABLE 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Jody Arlington, Festival Director, Impact Film Festival
Henry Ansbacher, Producer, They Killed Sister Dorothy
Dan Cogan, Executive Director, Impact Partners
Heidi Ewing, Director Jesus Camp
Anna Richardson, Sunshine Sachs and Associates
Irena Salina, Director Flow: For Love of Water
Annie Sundeberg , The Devil Came on Horseback










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