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Tag: Film Festivals

Tape Recorder + Full Disclosure Screening at Omaha Film Festival

by on Mar.08, 2015, under Projects

Hey, Two of my shorts playing at the 2015 Omaha Film Festival!

Hey, Two of my shorts playing at the 2015 Omaha Film Festival!

Tape Recorder will be screening next weekend as an official selection at the 10th annual Omaha Film Festival. It’s a wonderful fest and I’m really pleased to be back in it with this short. Full Disclosure won the Best Short Film Award at the very first OFF in 2006. So I was really pleased recently when Jeremy Decker the festival director asked if they could show Full Disclosure again as part of a retrospective of fav films from their first ten years. If you’re in Omaha next weekend, come on down and check out the festival. Here are the screening times:

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Advice to Young Filmmakers (of any age)

by on Apr.25, 2014, under Filmmaking

Young filmmakers ask questions of Seattle film industry mentors at NFFTY.

Young filmmakers ask questions of Seattle film industry mentors at NFFTY.

I had the chance today to participate in a group mentoring event for young filmmakers in Seattle’s NFFTY Film Festival for filmmakers 22 and under. It was such a pleasure to share my perspective on the filmmaking life with so many young filmmakers from around the world. I had taken part last year as well and jumped at the chance to take part again. It’s inspiring to see these filmmakers just starting out and doing exciting things. If you’re in Seattle, definitely check out NFFTY.

One thing I noticed this year and last is that a lot of the same questions kept coming up throughout the “speed networking” type event and I developed a bit of spiel to get through my advice in the few minutes allotted. So to those who I didn’t get a chance to speak with at the event today, or just to young filmmakers who weren’t taking part in NFFTY, here’s my best advice. (By the way, this advice is actually pretty good for filmmakers at any age. I have to remind myself of it sometimes.) (continue reading…)

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Promoting Your Film—and Yourself—at Film Festivals: Tips You Only Learn After Your 20th Film Festival.

by on Jun.19, 2012, under Distribution, Filmmaking

Some things you don't learn at your first film festival.

The other day I was attending a film panel at SIFF, moderated by filmmaker, attorney, and all-around-great-guy Steve Edmiston.  After the panel, Steve and I were talking with a few filmmakers who were newer at festivals when Steve started busting out with all these great tips for how to navigate a festival your first few times.  I realized that there were a lot of things that I just took for granted about festivals after having attended way more than I care to remember.  But I can still recall that feeling I had in my first few film festivals that I probably could have done a lot more, better, and had more fun doing it if I’d just known a little more going in.

So, until someone comes up with a definitive film festival attendee’s playbook, I’ve asked Steve to join me in listing some of our favorite tips for getting the most out of a film festival. (continue reading…)

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Film Festivals and Online Distribution

by on May.22, 2012, under Distribution, Filmmaking, Internet Television

There's nothing like a film festival Q&A in front of thousands of people with some very good friends.

It’s no secret, I strongly believe that independent series are the sweet spot for filmmakers/visual storytellers/narrative creatives—pick your moniker.  But it’s May in Seattle and that means it’s time for the biggest little film festival in America to kick off again—the Seattle International Film Festival.  I have a long history with SIFF—My short Full Disclosure won the Golden Space Needle Award in 2006, I was on the Short Film Jury in 2008.  This year I’m back with two films—I wrote the original screenplay for Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, which is playing in the festival and Coffee & Pie, a short film I directed with Amy Seimetz and Sophia Takal is playing as well.  I’m also speaking on a panel about short films—which just proves that the minute to publicly proclaim your lack of interest in something, you’ll be asked to speak about it!

I don’t want anyone to take my excitement about independent series as a disdain for independent films.  I think series are the better option for the future, but features (and even shorts) are a great form of entertainment and artistic expression and are the right format for certain stories.  I have attended film festivals for over a decade and I’ve made a lot of great friends on the film festival circuit—filmmakers and curators/programmers who I really admire and enjoying knowing.  When I think about my focus on independent series, I get a little lump in my throat knowing that I may be removing myself from the film festival world to some extent.  The logical part of my brain knows I’m making the best decision, but at the emotional level, it’s hard to distance myself from participating in something that I’ve enjoyed so much for so long.

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