Independent Film Arizona http://independentfilmarizona.com an irrational exuberance for filmmaking Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:21:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 131773908 Business Basics of Film Making http://independentfilmarizona.com/2017/07/07/business-basics-of-film-making/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:06:04 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=1148 RAIL YARD     610 S Park Av, Tucson AZ, 85719

Admission $5.00 (cash 0r check)

Speakers:

Eric Schumacher and Frances Causey

Discussions related to the business formation and commercial side of Production.  DISCLAIMER:  Presenters are not attorneys and are not presenting legal advice, only general information related to industry practices.

 

 

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July 2017 Regular Meeting http://independentfilmarizona.com/2017/07/07/july-2017-regular-meeting/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:52:41 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=1144 Art Institute of Tucson    5099 E Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712

Tuesday July 11th at 7:00pm

Role of the AD:  Hosted by Richard Goldstein

Meeting is open to the public, free admission.  Join Independent Film Arizona for or monthly lecture series about aspects of Production.

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Tucson International Film festival 2017 http://independentfilmarizona.com/2017/04/27/tucson-international-film-festival-2017/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:34:22 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=1129

Join us for this years films!  Get hip to the schedule HERE.

Follow us on FACEBOOK.

 

FREE PANEL  Saturday, April 29 : 11am-noon
Arizona International Film Festival!
MEET THE RULE BREAKERS!

Meet the Rule-breakers from
FORBIDDEN CUBA
AND VIOLET
MONDAY
HUNTING PIGNUT

The Screening Room  127 E Congress Link text  

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August 2016 – Why On Earth Would I Enter A Film Festival? http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/07/31/august-2016-why-on-earth-would-i-enter-a-film-festival/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:13:51 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=1019

Why On Earth Would I Enter A Film Festival?

Tuesday, August 2nd at 7pm
Connect Coworking, Downtown
33 S Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Please join us for our next meeting, August 2nd, at 7pm at Connect Coworking. The topic of the meeting will be “Why On Earth Would I Enter A Film Festival?”and will be an overview of the pros and cons of entering your film projects to film festivals around the country and abroad. We will have three experts who will tell you, in an entertaining way, the steps to follow and what you should expect to happen when entering your projects in festivals.

IFA meetings are free and open to the public.


Philip Sedgwick

Philip wrote his first screenplay largely due to the prompting of a writer friend and his second script, Neon Cactus, landed a berth as a Quarter-Finalist in the Academy’s esteemed Nicholl Fellowship (1990). Since then, thirty of his scripts & films have received acclaim in screenwriting contests, film festivals and writing fellowships.

Films:
-Adapting Louis: Writer
-Thorns From a Rose: co-writer
-Zunovian Invasion: co-writer

Awards:
-Sunscreen West Film Festival, Best Short Film (writer), 2013 Mirage at Zabul Province (dir. N. Bettisworth)
-Prescott Film Festival, Director’s Choice – Best Short Film (writer), 2013 Mirage at Zabul Province (dir. N. Bettisworth)
-Sedona Film Festival, Audience Choice, Best Short Film (tie, writer), 2014 Mirage at Zabul Province
-4th Annual Story Pros Awards, 1st Place, Action-Adventure, 2011 A Nuclear Option
-Independent Short Film and Music Arts Festival, Runner Up, 2010 The Tie, short screenplay
-Horror Screenplay Contest, 2nd Place, 2012 Scarecrow in the Snow

For more information, visit Philip’s website: www.philipcsedgwick.com

Lesley Cessna-Kontowicz 

Shortly after graduating New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Cinema Studies program, Lesley served as script-supervisor on the 1993 Oscar-nominated film The Lady in Waiting before being lured away from NYC with the draw of a regular paycheck. That led to a successful 20-year career in advertising and publishing with two thriving Tucson publishers—Tucson Weekly and Madden Media. In 2010, Lesley left her executive position to return to her roots in filmmaking. She is an alumnus of the ScreenwritingU ProSeries program and has achieved recognition in the StoryPros International Screenplay Contest and the Beverly Hills Film Festival. When she’s not writing scripts, she wears many hats as a script supervisor, Prescott Film Festival juror, Contest of Contest Winners judge, freelance content provider, editor, proof-reader, and marketer. She is a member of the respected Tucscreen Writers Group and Independent Film Arizona.

Mia Schnaible

Director of Marketing and Development for the Arizona International Film Festival

Mia has had many tasks in her 14 years with the Arizona International Film Festival. The Arizona International Film Festival is the oldest and longest running Film Festival in the state of Arizona. AIFF celebrated its 25th year this past April.

Some of the work Mia has done with AIFF:
-Responsible for all global marketing of the Festival
-Secures cash and in-kind sponsorships annually
-Developed the “Light Up the Marquee” Sponsorship campaign
-Negotiated a Hotel Discount with 5 local Hotels for festival attendees
-Created the Music Café program to highlight Tucson musicians
-Developed the VIP Discount program to reward Festival patrons and encourage local business patronage
-Recruited, supervised and trained AIFF and The Screening Room volunteers
-Coordinated the Festival Program advertising for seven years
-Handles AIFF outreach events, including the 4th Avenue Street Fair, Tucson Festival of Books and the Math, Science and Technology FunFest
-In charge of the AIFF social media
-Coordinates Filmmakers while they are in Tucson
-Selected as “Staffer of the Decade” – 2012

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July 2016 – Changing the View of Networking http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/07/09/july-2016-changing-the-view-of-networking/ Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:23:45 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=1008

CHANGING THE VIEW OF NETWORKING

Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm
Connect Coworking, Downtown
33 S Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

The focus for IFA’s July 12th meeting is Changing The View of Networking. Most often we talk about core traditional elements of networking, but for our July meeting, we will be expanding our vision and adding new elements to the networking paradigm. Our featured guests, Crown Chimp Films, will share their thoughts, strategies, and approach to networking in the film industry, along with suggestions on “what not to do” when you find yourself ready to present yourself and your projects.

Also at the meeting we will have special guests from Monsoon Production Services, Southern Arizona Video Productions, and Tucson Media Studio who will talk to members about potential opportunities for local talent in the Tucson area. You will have a chance to meet these talented representatives and the Crown Chimp crew during our speed networking session following the opening discussion.

CROWN CHIMP FILMS is a production company working in commercials, television, and film. They’ve earned over 60 industry awards including a dozen on the national level for work with clients like Adidas, Coca Cola, the NBA, and Nike. Their film work has played around the world and are currently developing a project with Warner Bros. They specialize in artistic storytelling and collaboration with studios, clients, and casts & crews.

Crown Chimp Awards include a National ADDY, Emmy, 6 National Tellys, 2 National W3 Awards, 3 Communicator Awards, International Davey, MoMA Nomination, 1,000,000+ YouTube Channel Views, and 51 Regional Awards.

NICKOLAS DUARTE
writer/director/ep


A commercial, film, and series writer/director and the owner of Crown Chimp Productions. Nickolas, a native to Tucson, AZ, has earned over 60 industry awards (a dozen on the national level) and a Museum of Modern Art nomination. He has written, directed and/or developed projects across the world for brands such as Adidas, the NBA, Charles Schwab, BMW, the NFL, the MLS, Peak, New Era, Western Union and Nike. His short and experimental films have been recognized consistently on the national and international levels and in online outlets like Short of the Week.

His narrative-driven stories aim to find truth in every moment, with an emphasis on humanity, and are characterized by composition-focused visuals that utilize negative space and possess a cinéma vérité sensibility toward naturalistic imagery.  A collaborative filmmaker who values strong, nuanced performances and believes that most projects are made or broken by whoever is placed in front of the camera.  Nickolas cites influences in the world of contemporary art such as Erwin Olaf,  Andrew Wyeth and Eric Fischl.

FRANK ARMENDAREZ
writer/producer/shooter/director

A former amateur boxer and graduate of Arizona State University. His experiences as a young man in South Tucson provide an authentic point of view to the often rough and brutal way of life in what was recently called “The Most Dangerous Small Town in the USA.” Frank is the proud father of a high school aged daughter, and has become an excellent example of a modern Renaissance Man. After a career ending injury in boxing, he found his true calling and passion in and has been an integral part of Crown Chimp for several years as both a producer and writer.

MATTHEW KING
writer/editor/operations


As one of the co-founders of Crown Chimp, Matt brings almost a decade of experience, while playing many roles within the company. With a blended background in film and computer science, and a passion for striking a tech-creative balance, he has settled in as Crown Chimp’s Chief Editor. Previously working as a web engineer across medical, higher education and tech start-up industries, Matt brings a variety of expertise, structure and…long boring conversations about boring things.

Aspiring to showcase all the motivations behind production and nuances of a performance, he brings great instinct to his role as an editor.

DREW GRUBICH
writer/producer/actor


Drew has always been a weirdo. He fortunately found a passion for acting, moved to Chicago then LA and has done over 1000 live shows. He is a veteran of the Second City Conservatory Chicago and takes pride in utilizing his improv skills in unique ways to generate new content and ideas as a member of Crown Chimp for the past eight years.  As a producer he lives by the simple code, “do good work and be nice to people.” Which usually works out pretty well.

SONIA CAMPBELL
writer/producer/mua


Sonia Campbell started working in independent film as an FX and special makeup artist, due to her love of horror and fantasy genres.  She eventually began writing and producing short scripts, while occasionally taking on small parts, composing, and other tasks that came along with independent filmmaking.  She first met Nickolas Duarte at a short film showcase and offered to help out as a makeup artist as needed.  With a career in marketing, Sonia was able to lend more skills to the company, and was made an Associate Producer this year.  Now she is beginning co-writing within the company, assisting with our series preproduction as needed, handling Crown Chimp social media and moderating the Crown Chimp podcasts. Sonia is also a priceless Ballbuster with a capital B.

MONSOON PRODUCTION SERVICES is Southern Arizona’s largest motion picture equipment and production services company. They supply pre-loaded 10 ton, 5 ton, 3 ton and 1 ton trucks, generators and distro, grip equipment, lighting equipment from 12k HMI to Kino-Flo Celebs, and 10k tungsten to Dedo kits. They feature camera packages from the Sony F55 to Arri Alexa, DSLR’s to GoPro. They provide production management and crewing services for the feature, broadcast and web markets.

Their customers include Paramount, Disney, PBS, BBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, A&E, History Channel, National Geographic, Red Bull, Apple, Intel, Desert Diamond Casino, U.S. Navy, Caterpillar, Ogilvy & Mather, and many others.

Contacts: Justin Kreinbrink and Paul Stapleton-Smith
520-623-3144

SOUTHERN ARIZONA VIDEO PRODUCTIONS – “Production is what we do – production is what we love.” Together, the members of their team possess decades of experience in this field. They specialize in multi-camera productions, live events for broadcast, commercial production, and are adept to other areas of film production.

Their studio is equipped with an 1,100 SqFt sound stage, a 30’ wide x 36’ long x 10’ high green screen wall, control room, and a make-up/wardrobe room. Their fully outfitted production trailer is capable of running 16 cameras, dual graphics, and has a 4-channel instant replay system. Some of their other equipment includes 4k cameras, Jibs, Steadicam, Camera Dollies, and various fluorescent, tungsten, LED, and fresnel lighting.

Contact: Harry Findysz
520-303-1280

TUCSON MEDIA STUDIO is a video production company and full-service creative agency. They believe in bringing a cinematic look to our productions which brings a much higher level of quality. They understand video may not be your area of expertise. They will work with you from script to screen to make sure they capture your vision and deliver a product that is beyond their client’s expectations.

They will support, advise and create for you from the start to create a great video. Their experts know where to put the right amount of effort, and they will deliver the highest quality video within your budget and with the desired message coming across. All their videos are done based on the latest technology. They have in-house editing suites, all updated with the latest hardware and software. They can deliver in any desired format for use on the internet, television, movie theaters and other digital formats.

Contact: Ryan Martinez
520-344-2554

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June 2016 – Production and Its Participants http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/06/02/june-2016-production-and-its-participants/ Fri, 03 Jun 2016 06:35:10 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=947 Independent Film Arizona

June Meeting: Production And Its Participants

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

IFA June Newsletter

Join us Tuesday, June 7th for IFA’s next meeting “Production And Its Participants.” This meeting will be a panel discussion where we’ll meet local filmmakers who have been through the film production process and have discovered that Murphy’s law exists and most likely will not be kind to you on your first day of filming. They will tell you how to avoid the many mistakes and problems that often occur, and they will share how to successfully manage the production process until the day you can happily say, “It’s a wrap!”

Moderated by Philip Sedgwick, our panelists will be Steve Anderson, Randal Feemster, Alan Williams, Rogelio Camarillo, Joshua Zientarsky, Ralph Horn, and Martie Ashworth.

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 7:00pm.

Grísel Wilson
President, Independent Film Arizona

 

Production And Its Participants

Moderator

phillipPhilip Sedgwick

Philip wrote his first screenplay largely due to the prompting of a writer friend. The second script he penned, Neon Cactus, landed a berth as a Quarter-Finalist in the Academy’s esteemed Nicholl Fellowship (1990). Since then, thirty of his scripts & films have received acclaim in screenwriting contests, film festivals and writing fellowships. He has written and co-written for the films Adapting Louis, Thorns From a Rose, and Zunovian Invasion. For more information, go to Philip’s website.

www.philipcsedgwick.com

Panelists

steveSteve Anderson

Steve earned his MFA in Acting in 1991, and has performed off-Broadway and in Regional Theatre. Steve was a guest artist at Clemson University, among others, and has been directing and coaching actors for over 20 years. Steve directed the feature film Lucky U Ranch, which has appeared at the Phoenix Film Festival, the Arizona Int’l Film Festival, and will be appearing in Seoul, South Korea late this summer. He recently directed The Secret Lives of Teachers, a quirky short film produced in Phoenix, and he will be teaching acting in London this summer. He’s also the director of Teen Street Films here in Tucson and is currently fundraising for their next project. Here’s their GoFundMe if you want to support:

www.gofundme.com/TEENSTREETFILMS

He is currently in pre-production for Arizona 10 Short Films, as well as a feature length film Jackson & Delilah, both projects being filmed in and around Arizona. Find out more about Steve on his website:

www.steveandersonacting.com

randalRandal Feemster, (DP, SOC)

Randal has almost three decades experience as a feature film and TV Camera Operator and Director of Photography. His break in the business came in Tucson in early 1987 as the Camera Operator on the popular feature Can’t Buy Me Love. Arizona was beginning a strong period of popularity for non-union production work at that time, and Randal’s experience grew with that wave. He steadily increased his experience, joining Local 659 and the L.A. Experience Roster in 1988, which enabled him to step up to increasingly larger shows. Randal enjoyed busy years as a B-Camera Operator on increasingly larger, more prestigious features through the 90s. In 1996 Randal was inducted into the prestigious Society of Operating Cameramen, and the “SOC” suffix would follow his screen credit from that time forward. Randal moved up to A-Camera Operator in 1997 at the by-name request of veteran director Jeff Murphy and actor/director Bill Paxton. His diversification specialty is aerials with Wescam, Spacecam, and Tyler aerial systems, and Randal has often been called on to shoot 2nd unit and aerials for major features and television. Randal also has extensive experience as a commercial and corporate image DP and producer.

Some of Randal’s notable credits include Twister, A Time To Kill, Star Trek: First Contact, Dante’s Peak, Frailty, and The West Wing (pilot which won the Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography).

alanAlan Williams (Director, DP)

After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis on film production and directing in 1993, Alan focused on honing his skills as a screenwriter while continuing work behind the camera on independent projects in a variety of capacities including DP, AD and script consultant.

Alan penned several feature length screenplays that garnered a number of screenwriting awards and he then pressed on to resume pursuing his ambitions in the director’s chair. He wrote and produced, directed and edited two short films, On A Clear Day and The Human Condition, that enjoyed recognition on the festival circuit in addition to directing numerous music videos. His documentary, The Avenue, about Tucson’s famed 4th Ave won Best Of Arizona at 2011 AIFF and recently got picked up for distribution.

Most recently, he was the Assistant Director on the feature film The Drama Club which is in post production. He is currently in development of his feature length film titled Zero Saved based on his experiences working as a paramedic. Alan is owner of Organized Chaos Productions, LLC and also in charge of Production and Creative Development at Picture Arizona, LLC.

rogelioRogelio Camarillo (Actor, Sound Engineer)

Rogelio is an experienced theater, film, television and voice over actor who began acting at the age of 10. He has played roles on Legends & Lies, Frontera Roja, Tombstone-Rashomon, Mariachi,  and Reddington among others and will play the leading role in the upcoming film Para Mi Familia, by writer/director Marcelo Dietrich.

Rogelio is also a production sound mixer, post-production sound mixer and sound designer. Rogelio’s career in sound started in 1993 in radio at KAWC on the campus of Arizona Western College. During his time at Pima Community College, Rogelio studied recording studio arts and enjoyed an internship at Jim Brady Recording Studios. Since then he founded “Artistic Sound,” a full scale sound recording company offering all aspects of sound recording services that range from location sound to the recording studio environment.

www.artisticsoundandvideo.com

joshuaJoshua Zientarsky (Director, AC, DP)

Joshua’s penchant for visual arts began during his early school years. His passion began to materialize into a career after he graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000. He has credits in almost every department of film production. Above the line credits include co-writer of a TV pilot called Stardust and the Bandit, which was produced in 2012, also as producer of The System Is Broken, a political-drama completed in 2015. Joshua also wrote, directed and produced a crime-drama, Divide, currently in post production.

 

 

 

ralphRalph Horn

Ralph Horn learned stage-craft techniques in college in the 1960’s. In 1971, he was hired by the Director at Old Tucson where he assisted with props in movies like Joe Kidd and Judge Roy Bean. In the 80s, he was a stagehand in numerous Studios in Los Angeles. In the 90s, back in Florida, when Disney-MGM Studios opened, he freelanced as Prop-Master/ Decorator.

Ralph joined IATSE-Union 485 (Tucson) as scenic-artist on The Quick- Dead (1994). He joined IA-Union 477 (Florida) on G.I. Jane and Ace Ventura (1996). Ralph has continuously worked as an Actor in short films, theatre and commercials.

 

 

 

martieMartie Ashworth

Martie began her acting training later in life under screen writer and director Michael Bond. She stayed with him for over a year and then continued on with various other instructors. Her one night acting direction under William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, and Ted Danson was both delightful and inspiring. Martie has had the great privilege of receiving a nomination at the DC Film Festival for Best Actress (White Knuckles/Sabi Company) and has worked with Ron Rifkin, Cameron Daddo, and Steve Eastin.

Martie’s greatest wish is to have more roles written for older women.

 

 

 

 


Announcements

June 7th: IFA Proposal To Change By-Laws

At IFA’s June 7th meeting, a vote will be taken by the membership of IFA for a proposed change to Article XII of the by-laws.

The proposed change to the by-laws is below. We will have the full by-laws available to read, and any paying member may vote, with a majority consent needed to adopt this policy change placing the Board in charge of governing the by-laws.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS

Current: “These by-laws may be altered, amended or repealed and new by-laws may be adopted by a majority of the members present at any general membership meeting or at any special meeting, given that appropriate notice has been provided to the membership as specified in these by-laws.”

Proposed: “These by-laws may be altered, amended or repealed and replaced by a 2/3 majority of Board members at any scheduled board meeting where an Agenda item specifying action to the bylaws is listed and where appropriate time to consider the changes has been provided to the board.”

uastreetsTeen Street Films: Fundraising for Meditation Project

TEEN STREET FILMS is a young artist education program based in Tucson, Arizona that offers advanced actor training to teen performers as they collaborate on original material for short film production. Their current project is THE MEDITATION, a series of four short films by Steve Anderson, all of which were created by Teen Street members during a single 10-minute meditation. Last year’s Teen Street film, For The People, is nearing completion and here’s a link to the short trailer for the project: vimeo.com/137665416

Please support these fine young artists as they endeavor to expand their creativity and strengthen their artistic voices! Shooting begins May 29! FUNDS will be used to hire a professional crew, and for other production costs like wardrobe, makeup, props, location fees, production equipment, etc. Oh, and food. Gotta have good hearty food for a hard-working cast & crew!

GoFundme page: www.gofundme.com/TEENSTREETFILMS

Arizona Student Film Festival

Announcing the Arizona Student Film Festival, August 25-27, 2017. Submissions will be taken for this festival starting in January 2017 and it will be open to all Arizona students. For more information, contact Gene Rudolf at 520-722-3423.

ambiguityFilm Release: “Ambiguity, Crónica De Un Sueño Americano

IFA member and President Grisel Wilson has just released her film “Ambiguity, Crónica De Un Sueño Americano” on Vimeo On Demand. Below is a short description of the film and the trailer. If you want to see the film, it is now available for rent.

Trailer: vimeo.com/ondemand/ambiguity/134676769

“The unstable economy in Guatemala forces an educated young family man to travel undocumented to the United States, in search of the “American Dream”. Andrés Valenzuela and a group of “illegals” guided by a psychopath, soon discover that that dream is nothing less than a horrible nightmare. This story shows the different factors that affect the people who decide to make such a trip and the imminent dangers that could lead them to a sure death.”

If you have announcements for IFA social media or future newsletters, please e-mail them to: news@independentfilmarizona.com

Upcoming IFA Meetings

Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm – Speed Networking for Film Professionals

Tuesday, August 2 at 7pm – Music Score and Composing

Sponsors

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If you are interested in being a sponsor for IFA, please send an email to: contact@independentfilmarizona.com

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100 Actors List http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/05/29/100-actors-list/ Sun, 29 May 2016 23:53:04 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=936 NOMINEES FOR THE 2015 INDEPENDENT FILM ARIZONA 100 BEST ACTORS LIST

The following actors are nominees.  The winners – the final 2015 List — will be announced at  IFA’s April 7 Actors Meeting, 7 PM, Connect Coworking, 33 South Fifth Avenue, Tucson.

To nominate an actor for the 2015 Independent Film Arizona 100 Best Actors List, send their name and e-mail address to independentfilmarizona@gmail.com.

Anita Agnerican
Kaily Alissano
Howard Allen
Jacqui Allen
Lauren Alonzo
Trinidad Amaya
Richard Anderson
Gil Andrews
Caroline Antone
Kylie Arnold
Greg Attaway
Enrique Aviles
Stan Babola
Sylvia Badilla-Vidaurri
Bob Barr
Kyra Batte
Candace Bean
Royah Beheshti
Ken Beider
Charlotte Bell
Jon Benda
Phillip Bennett
Scott Berg
Michael Beufue
Tiffany Ann Bischeler
Eddie Bolero
Ron Bowen
Bud Bowersock
Darious Britt
Shanna Brock
Jacob Brown
Kathryn Kellner Brown
Jordan Buchanan
Joseph Buckley
JC Burgos
Keyghan Burns
Jim Burton
Terri Cafazzo
Kathleen Cannon
Antonella Cassia
Jake Chapman
Kelly Chrisbacher
Robin Carson
Jantzen Claybaugh
Don Cline
Kevin Cohen
Lisa Cohen
Joseph Conca
Luann Cordero
Enrique Correa
Kelly D’Amato
Jayson Daniel
Megan Davis
Gabriella De Brequet
Holly Dell
Layni Direnfeld
Sarah Downie
David Dudley Jr.
Rick Dyer
Tony Eckstat
Rob Edwards
Carlyle Ellis
Jose Enriquez
Terry Erbe
Swice Farez
Connor Foster
Mary Anne Fout
Roy Fox
Sally Francis
Audrey Gambach
Aaron Ginn Forsberg
Taylor Genovese
Susan Gherharz
Barbara Glover
Glen Gold
Pierino Gordillo
Wendy Grahm
David Greenwood
Drew Grubich
Caleb Grusing
Anna Guarino
Michaela Gutierrez
Holly Griffith
Alex Ha
Eric Haberman
Darwin Hall
David Halverson
Nate Hamer
Michael Harrelson
Megan Haught
John Hay
Nikki Heinrich
Randy Heller
Janet Henderson
Gary Herkimer
Charles Herring
Stephanie Hill
Trish Hill
Jamie Hoggan
Michele Holland
Cynthia Jeffrey
Alonzao Janson
Brian Johnson
Christopher Johnson
Josh Johnson
Kristin Johnson
Molly Bates Johnson
Jedediah Jones
Marcus Jordan
Greg Joseph
Drew Kallen
Chauna Kanter
Sean Kapera
Charles Karp
Michael Kent
Mark Klugheit
Carolyn Knott
Ryan Parker Knox
Laura Kobar
John Kordish
Cyndi La Frese
Monica Lam
Amber Layne
Elizabeth Ledon
Kimber Leigh
Will Leon
Robert Linden
Andy Lister
Audrey Lister
Lonnie Lister
Art Lohman
Aryana Londir
Chauna Mae
Ed Marquiz
James McCallum
Gary McGaha
Joseph McGrath
Steve McKee
Maribel Miller
Nadia Miller
Ryan Mink
Megan Mioduski
Sara Mirasola
Doug Mitchell
Tom Mix
Angela Montebello
Lorenzo Montijo
Stephen Moon
Carmen Morales
Gabe Morales
David Morden
Sophia Mouzakis
John Muller
Brian Mulligan
Brendan Guy Murphy
Sophia Nastase
Shandi Nichole
Nathan Oppenheimer
Diane Ouradnick
Debbie Overbey
Roger Owen
Lisa Owsley
Daren Palacio
Nancy Parsons
Shawn Patrick
Samuel Paugh
Jay Kyle Petersen
Lanny Pethaber
Lou Pimber
Karen Pollard
Jasmine Pratt
Kelly Priestly
Jon Proudstar
Avi Pwyll
Robert Quigley
Renata Rauschen
Eric Reinert
Richard Rincon
Shane Rikaso
Andrea Robertson
Angelica Rodenback
Moriah Rodin
Juan Diego Rodriquez
Jose Rosete
Lynn Ruybalid
Rachel Santay
Jim Saylor
Patricia Schafer
Kinsey Schofield
John Schul
Eric Schumacher
Jeff Scotland
Lance Segal
Tonya Shank
John Shay
Tiffany Shepis
David Silver
Andrew Silverman
Ina Shivack
Stephanie Sikes
Alejandro Silva
Tiffany Simon
Sandy Smith-Distel
Wayne Spencer
David Staley
Lissa Staples
Stan Stein
Michael Stone
Ann Stryker
Abby Swanson
Gregory Sweet
Heather Taylor
Scott Thomas
Ruth Trushin
Carla Turco
Susan Uli
Martie Van Der Voort
Artemas Walters
Tammy Weeden
Marlene Wight
Barbea Williams
Grisel Wilson
Tara Wise
Kimberly Wolcott
Andrew Wolverton
Tony Yeatropolis
David Zinke
Jenya Zurita
Rosie Zwaduk

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May 2016 – How To Hire The Best Actor http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/04/28/may-2016-how-to-hire-the-best-actor/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:18:06 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=905 Independent Film Arizona

May Meeting: How To Hire The Best Actor

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7pm Downtown,
Connect Coworking
33 S. Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

IFA May 2016 Newsletter

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

Join IFA for our May meeting, “How To Hire The Best Actor.” The daunting phase of hiring the best actor for your film might not be as grim as you think. For our next meeting, we’ll have a group of expert panelists (well trained Directors, Actors and Casting Directors), who will explain the process of looking for, finding and negotiating the best options. Our panelists will also give the best advice to actors, so they can be prepared for auditions and be ready with all the necessary required materials to impress and possibly secure a part in a film.

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.

independentfilmarizona.com/membership

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
President
Independent Film Arizona

How To Hire The Best Actor

Moderator

KatieKatie Rose Welp

Katie is a Tucson native. She grew up in Montana and Northern California where she started training at a local theater at 11. There she found her love for Shakespeare, and took every opportunity to perform it, even if it meant requesting her friends play out scenes in the living room. She joined her school’s circus in 5th grade, where she learned the power of presentation in a performance. She performed and taught circus throughout middle and high school while maintaining her “A” average at a competitive private school. After high school she attended Vancouver Film School where she graduated with a degree in Film Acting. She has always maintained a love of science. She got her first telescope at 6, and continues her astronomy studies to this day. In high school she learned to love quantum mechanics and astrophysics. She wrote her first script in 7th grade and writes when ever she can.

 

Panelists

MarceloMarcelo Dietrich

Marcelo is an award-winning auteur (a filmmaker whose films are steeped in their personal style, making them the “author” of their films). He also is a writer, producer and director for film (documentary & narrative), TV (episodic & broadcast), Internet (series & entertainment), theater and print. While he is a writer, producer & director, he was and is an actor first.

He is currently in pre-production for Arizona 10 Short Films, as well as a feature length film, both projects being filmed in and around Arizona.

 

 

 

 

Michael A. CandelaMichael

Michael has been involved in the entertainment industry his whole life. He helped create and direct the television pilot “Radio Needles” and has written four produced screenplays. As a film Producer he was co-owner of 7.23 Productions in Los Angeles producing 10 films among them Dish Dogs with Sean Astin, Brian Dennehy; Chasing Destiny with Lauren Graham, Roger Daltry; Hell of a Guywith Rob Lowe; Shark in a Bottle with Ben Gazzara; and the Austin Film Festivals “Best Picture of the Year” La Cuccaracha starring Eric Roberts. Before that Mr. Candela was a casting director, both in LA and New York, casting over 70 projects and 4 TV Series including Ronald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected. He was the Artistic Director of the Naugatuck Teen Theatre, United Arts, Hollywood Youth Theatre, Hartford Children’s Theater, Cheshire Youth Theatre and Theatre Harmony

Ensemble, and has directed over 100 plays. He has won tons of awards for directing including the Halo Award from Seven Angels Theatre as Best Play 2005, and the Governors Award in Connecticut for his production of JC Superstar. As an actor he has appeared in over 70 productions. He has co-starred in over twenty films, his last one being Lucky U Ranch shot locally.

Mr. Candela lives in Tucson with his wife, Dr. Marsha Brooks-Candela, and his children Nick and Hannah.

 

KristinaKristina Hughes

Kristina (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, entrepreneur, author, producer, casting coordinator and publicity director. Kristina’s acting credits include appearances in numerous network, studio and independent projects like Boston Legal, Old School and Green River. Look for Kristina in the soon-to-be-released interpolated rotoscoped film, Helicon and the mega-hit series The Resolve and Vegan 101. In print, commercials, and live campaigns you may also recognize her from projects with Lexus, Pfizer, L’Oreal and Rozerem. She has also worked as a co-host for several awards shows and is a former Miss Connecticut USA.

Kristina is the COO and Co-Founder of Holdon Log, which is the leader in business and marketing products and services for the Entertainment Industry. Their products and services include the popular paper-based Holdon Log Logbooks at HoldonLog.com, as well as PerformerTrack – the standard online application to manage your entire performing career at PerformerTrack.com, and ShowBiz Sender the streamlined promotional e-mail service created just for those who work in the Entertainment Industry at ShowBizSender.com. Holdon Log is also the company behind Industry Deal at IndustryDeal.com – where you can find daily Deals at 50-95% off for products and services geared just to Entertainment Industry Professionals.

Kristina has traveled as a seminar leader or guest speaker for SAG Conservatory, SAG Foundation, The Actors Center, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The LA Femme International Film Festival, The Image Awards, The Actor’s Network, Acting Success Now, The Actors Fund, Children in Film, BizParentz, Actors Creative Workshop, The Sanford Meisner Studio, The ShowBiz Expo, Creative Actors Alliance, Women In Film and other numerous respected performing organizations. Kristina addresses the problems performers face and provides them with innovative solutions through Holdon Log’s webware product, PerformerTrack. Realizing the importance of face-to-face relationships, Kristina co-hosts live Meetup networking events and seminars throughout Los Angeles and understands that everyone in Entertainment cannot always be in Los Angeles, Kristina also co- hosts live webinars weekly that address a myriad of powerful performing topics rarely discussed in Entertainment Industry circles.

As an accomplished writer, you can find Kristina’s published articles at PerformerNation.com and PageantNation.com.

Kristina has been interviewed for her products reviewed in print with high praise for How to be a Working Actor, Back Stage, New England Entertainment Digest, Hollywood How-To, MovieMaker, Chuckle Monkey, Music Connection, Theatre Bay Area, Supermodels Unlimited, Amateur Stage. Kristina also enjoys embracing technology having appeared in podcasts and recorded interviews for The Thriving Artists Circle, REEL Ladies on the Spot, Actors Connect, Inside Entertainment, Business Of Entertainment and Everything Acting Podcast.

BrianBrian Vermeire

Brian (SAG-AFTRA) wears many hats in the Entertainment Industry as a writer, producer, executive producer, host, actor and voice over artist for various networks/production companies such as FOX, The Disney Channel, The Family Channel, Vin DiBona Productions, WRINtv and Lumiq Studios.

Brian is also a respected stand-up comedian known in the Los Angeles market as the “sharp and witty comedian with a ‘late night-style’ talk show host appeal.” Brian performs stand-up comedy which often “hysterically lampoons current events with amazingly twisted, skewed and off-kilter punchlines.” You can catch Brian playing to crowds at major comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store, Caroline’s and The Ice House.

Outside of performing, Brian is the CEO and Co-Founder of Holdon Log which is the leader in business and marketing products and services for the Entertainment Industry. Their products and services include the popular paper-based Holdon Log Logbooks at HoldonLog.com, as well as PerformerTrack – the standard online application to manage your entire performing career at PerformerTrack.com, and ShowBiz Sender the streamlined promotional e-mail service created just for those who work in the Entertainment Industry at ShowBizSender.com. Holdon Log is also the company behind Industry Deal at IndustryDeal.com – where you can find daily Deals at 50-95% off for products and services geared just to Entertainment Industry Professionals.

Brian has traveled as a seminar leader or guest speaker for SAG Conservatory, SAG Foundation, The Actors Center, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, VOICE 2010, The LA Femme International Film Festival, The Image Awards, The Actor’s Network, Acting Success Now, The Actors Fund, Children in Film, BizParentz, Actors Creative Workshop, The Sanford Meisner Studio, The ShowBiz Expo, Creative Actors Alliance, Women In Film and other numerous respected performing organizations. Brian addresses the problems performers face and provides them with innovative solutions through Holdon Log’s webware product, PerformerTrack.

Brian has been interviewed or his products reviewed in print with high praise in How to be a Working Actor, Back Stage, New England Entertainment Digest, Hollywood How-To, MovieMaker, Chuckle Monkey, Music Connection, Theatre

Bay Area, Supermodels Unlimited, Amateur Stage. Brian also enjoys embracing technology having appeared in podcasts and recorded interviews for The Thriving Artists Circle, REEL Ladies on the Spot, Actors Connect, Inside Entertainment, Business Of Entertainment and Everything Acting Podcast.

 

Announcements

IDIWS-2016-GraphicMay 7th
I Dream in Widescreen
I Dream in Widescreen is an annual showcase of BFA Thesis Films which gives Tucson the first chance to see original works from the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television before they travel the world to major international festivals such as Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival, among others. This captivating evening of films will take place at Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday, May 7, at 7:00pm, sponsored by Rica & Harvey Spivack.

Tickets can be purchased at the UA Fine Arts Box or online at www.tickets.arizona.edu

If you have announcements for IFA social media or future newsletters, please e-mail them to: news@independentfilmarizona.com

Sponsors

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If you are interested in being a sponsor for IFA, please send an email to: contact@independentfilmarizona.com

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April 2016 – Development and Pre-Production http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/03/30/april-2016-development-and-pre-production/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:39:47 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=860 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.

http://independentfilmarizona.com/membership/

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
President
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.

Announcements

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: contact@independentfilmarizona.com

 

afb3ee8e-cd1a-415d-ae6a-cee2775de555April 10th
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.
https://tucsonproducing.eventbrite.com

 

 

8df2ead9-75a4-43de-86e8-d01e0bbff8a2April 14 – May 1
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
http://www.filmfestivalarizona.com

 

ddb18c1d-5977-4d04-8c5b-9f59eac8b700Casa Video and Casa Film Bar
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.
www.casafilmbar.com

 

 
If you have announcements for IFA social media or future newsletters, please e-mail them to: news@independentfilmarizona.com

Sponsors

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If you are interested in being a sponsor for IFA, please send an email to: contact@independentfilmarizona.com

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March 2016 – Women In Film http://independentfilmarizona.com/2016/02/21/women-in-film/ Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:23:13 +0000 http://independentfilmarizona.com/?p=834 Independent Film Arizona

March Meeting: Women in Film

Tuesday, March 1st, 7pm Downtown,
Connect Coworking
33 S. Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

IFA March 2016 Newsletter

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

March is National Women’s Month and it is our pleasure to invite you to celebrate with us the amazing work of women in the filming industry.  Our panel, “Women In Film”, which was put together by Ms. Jana Segal, will bring an array of local women who have contributed enormously to the industry.

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.

http://independentfilmarizona.com/membership/

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
President
Independent Film Arizona

Women in Film 

Opening Statement

courtneyThere will be a pre-recorded opening statement by Courtney Marsh, director of “Chau: Beyond the Lines,” an Oscar Nominated Documentary Short in 2016.

www.courtneynmarsh.com

Panel Bios

kathrynKathryn Bertine wrote two books about her life as a professional figure skater and cyclist, and then worked as a journalist at ESPN and served as the Senior Editor for espnW. She produced, wrote and directed, “Half the Road” about women cyclists. As an advocate for equality in women’s sports, Kathryn started a movement to bring parity to women’s professional road cycling, starting with the Tour de France.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/halftheroad


heatherHeather Hale
 directed two pilots, many commercials, and the feature thriller “Absolute Killers” with Ed Asner and Meat Loaf. She wrote the Lifetime Original Movie “The Courage to Love” starring Vanessa Williams and Stacey Keach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd5UhkpBdC8

anneAnne Dalton provided photography and writing for AZ Public Media. She produced her first documentary, “The Price of Silence,” raising awareness on the rising trend of domestic minor sex trafficking in Southern Arizona. She continues to focus her documentary work on health topics. She mentors others by facilitating the IFA documentary group and workshops.
https://youtu.be/ZXIFfbiDj0k

 

francesFrances Causey acted as national editor and producer for CNN. The team won Emmys for their coverage of the Oklahoma City and Olympic Park Bombings. Frances’s documentary, “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, distributed in over 50 countries. Frances was honored with the Women’s International Film and Television Jury Award for that effort. Frances has become an environmental advocate by presenting, “Ours Is the Land,” her short documentary about the proposed Rosemont open pit copper mine south of Tucson encroaching on the Tohono O’odham ancestral burial grounds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWh-G3MFkSA

 

sarahSarah Sher is a classically trained film and television professional whose disciplines are in writing, directing, and editing. Sarah co-wrote and co-directed (with Dick Fisher), “Stardust and the Bandit.” It won Best TV Pilot at the California Film Awards. With some spare time and good friends she created “The Pet Friendly Traveler,” which is due to begin airing on American Public Television in 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ3XXbihmcw

 

janaModerator: Jana Segal-Stormont is an award-winning  screenwriter, who produced and directed her short scripts, “The Bath-a-holic” and, “Desert Angel.” As the founder of Reel Inspiration, Jana organized the Reel Vision Filmmakers Conference and several directing workshops. For the last 10 years, she has written reviews promoting meaningful films. After discovering that less than 7% of studio productions were directed by women, Jana did some research to find out what happened to all the women filmmakers. That resulted in the article “Incredible Invisible Women Filmmakers” and this forum.

http://reelinspiration.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-incredible-invisible-women.html

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