Independent Film Arizona

April Meeting: Development and Pre-Production

Tuesday, April 5th, 7pm Downtown,
Connect Coworking
33 S. Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

IFA April 2016 Newsletter


As always we want to thank you for coming every month to be part of the amazing Independent Film Arizona community.

Continuing with our education program this year, we have invited Justin Kreinbrink of Taz Entertainment and Monsoon Production Services and Jermey Womac, an award-winning film producer. They will tackle the subject of development and pre-production of filmmaking using their extensive experience and knowledge of this subject.

Don’t miss this exciting and interesting presentation.

Remember, IFA meetings are free and open to the public, but we also strongly encourage you to take the next step and become a member. For only $25.00 a year, you can be part of this amazing group of people who strive to help the independent filmmakers of Southern Arizona. Academic memberships are also available for free for actively enrolled students.

You know that being on time is one of the keys to success, so we’ll see you there at 7:00 PM.

Grísel Wilson
Independent Film Arizona

Development and Pre-Production

At the April meeting, our presenters Justin Kreinbrink and Jeremy Womac will discuss the basics of filmmaking in the world of Independent Film. They will discuss films with budgets primarily between 200K and 600K, and their goals will be:

  • To take you through the steps that you will need to take as a Producer, Line Producer, and/or a Unit Production Manager.
  • To discuss the role of crew positions, understanding what they are and their functions.

Speaker Bios

JustinJustin Kreinbrink
A Tucson native, Justin Kreinbrink has over twenty years of professional experience in the motion picture industry. At fifteen, he became a production assistant on the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart and the television movie Vanishing Point. In 2006, Justin directed/produced/starred in the western feature The Decoy, shot entirely in Southern Arizona, and distributed nationwide by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment/Showtime, and worldwide by Unistar Entertainment. The Decoy made a 68% profit in its first quarter of release and has been re-released 8 times since, most recently in a DVD box set where Justin shared the cover with John Wayne and Tom Selleck.


Besides The Decoy, Justin has served as a Director, Producer, UPM, Assistant Director, and/or Coordinator on dozens of feature films, commercials, music videos, reality series, live shoots, and industrial projects. Some of his clients include Discovery Channel, Dove, Sun Life Insurance, Caterpillar, Red Bull Media House, NFL, Audi, PBS, Cox Media, Bicycling Magazine, and some of the nation’s top marketing agencies. He produced, directed, and hosted the documentary El Tour de Tucson, winner of 14 Telly Awards including Directing and Long Subject Film. He has produced/hosted the videos of El Tour de Tucson since 2003, which have aired on ABC every year.

Justin is an award-winning actor, he has appeared in commercials for national companies, he has also acted in theatrical productions and several independent and Hollywood productions. He has served as a stunt man/double in numerous productions and countless national commercials, specializing in driving, rigging, and fight scenes. Justin is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild (former Regional Council Member). He is currently the owner of Taz Entertainment and Monsoon Production Services, Southern Arizona’s largest motion picture equipment rental company.

Jeremy Womac

Jeremy has over 15 years’ experience in film and theatre Having worked in most every department on set, ranging from assistant art director to sound mixer. He has produced two feature films. Additionally, he has produced several short films and music videos. Along with Assistant Directing on a number of films, Jeremy has also been Unit Production Manager on several films, including six festival selections. Most recently he was the Arizona – Unit Production Manager for the film 600 Miles starring Tim Roth, which played at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the award for Best First Feature. As well as the UPM for the feature film “You’re Gonna Miss Me” starring Kit Brooks, Morgan Fairchild, and Eric Roberts.


IFA is looking for panelists and/or presenters for
our May 3rd and June 7th meetings.

  • May 3rd’s meeting will be about Hiring the Best Actor For Your Film, and we are looking for actors, a casting director and/or a director to share their experiences. We prefer directors with experience in hiring actors for more than one film, unless that film has won Best Actor (Male or Female)
  • June 7th’s meeting will be about Production (Shooting), and we are looking for a Director and Director of Photography to provide an overview of this part of the filming project.

If you want to be considered for either meeting, please send an e-mail with your information and experience to:


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Making Your Projects Happen:
Successful Film/TV Producing and Financing
Former ICM agent turned award-winning filmmaker and author Jim Jermanok will be at The Screening Room on April 10 to present a workshop on Producing and Financing. The workshop is designed for filmmakers, writers, directors and actors who want to empower themselves in understanding the full filmmaking process; for producers who want to become better producers; and for investors who want to be better informed.



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Arizona International Film Festival
Films and schedules are now online for the Arizona International Film Festival. The festival, now in its 25th year, will run from April 14 – May 1. Arizona Shorts Night will be Friday, April 15 at The Screening Room at 9:30pm


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Casa Video and Casa Film Bar is launching an Open Screen Night on the last Tuesday of every month, inviting local filmmakers to screen their films. For budding film directors, it is also a chance to receive feedback on any early projects.


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