2017 Panel Discussion Details

THE NEW DOCUMENTARIANS

FRIDAY, 3/31 | O’CALLAGHAN | 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
Since the turn of the new millennium, the documentary has made a spectacular rise as an entertainment medium. As such, the very concept of what a documentary is, what it means, what it promises to a viewer, remains in constant flux. Cinematic storytelling techiniques are being seen more and more in journalism, short films and other media. How does this impact how the story is received? What gear and techniques are used to make the story vibrant, visual and compelling? Leam more from the experts.

MODERATOR: 

Ashley Bloom Kenny | Senior Producer, The Atlantic

PANELISTS:
James Burns | Filmmaker, VICE Media
Dana Flor | Co-Director, CHECK IT
Hermann Vaske | Director, DENNIS HOPPER: UNEASY RIDER
Paul Wolansky | Producer, BREAKING POINT: THE BATTLE FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE


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HOW TO MAKE A GREAT SHORT FILM

FRIDAY, 3/31 | O’CALLAGHAN | 10:30 AM–11:30 AM
There are more reasons than ever to make a short film — a calling card for an aspiring director, a proof-of-concept exercise for a creative team, an opportunity to build a team of like-minded creatives — but how can you build a foolproof story structure and immersive production values? Upon what merits will festivals, distributors, and investors appraise your film? What’s that critical step that takes a good short film to a great one? Find out more here.

MODERATOR: 
Mimi Edmunds | Producer, Former CBS Producer, Former Director of the Maine Workshops and Professor Emeritus at Emerson College

PANELISTS:
John Fortson | Director, RATED
Laura Seay | Director, SPEAK
James Burns | Director, REVOLVING DOORS
Producer, VICE MEDIA
Andres Rovira, Director, NO STRANGER PILGRIMS
Minter Dial, Director, THE LAST RING HOME

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WRITING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE ACROSS FILM, TELEVISION, AND NEW MEDIA

Presented by WeScreenplay
SATURDAY, 4/1 | ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE KEY AUDITORIUM Conversation Room| 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

As a structural document, a script informs nearly every element of a film or television project — the performances, the production design, the scoring…That’s no small feat, given the sky-high stakes of the entertainment industry. But what of modern writers and the ever-present demand for truthful, dynamic onscreen representation? How can the complexities and conundrums of an individual existence be conveyed with authenticity on the page? What can be done to challenge conventions and avoid stagnant storytelling with the boom of scripted new media? Join us to delve into the act of committing character to paper — how are these creations inspired, shephered, and expanded over the course of production?

MODERATOR:
Emily Dell | ScreenCraft
PANEL:
Melissa Carter | Executive Producer, QUEEN SUGAR
Jordan Roberts | Director and Writer, BURN YOUR MAPS
Tanya Saracho | Writer, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Matt Spicer | Director and Writer, INGRID GOES WEST

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RELEASING YOUR FILM: DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

FRIDAY, 3/31 | O’CALLAGHAN | 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
There’s no one model for the trajectory of a feature film’s release. In this age of Netflix , YouTube, and Vimeo, what’s the best marketing strategy to ensure a successful release? How can enterprising filmmakers get the edge on digital distribution by capitalizing on social media and search engine optimization? Find the best release strategy and marketing plans and why audience awards matter to distributors.

MODERATOR: 
Emil Gallina
, Producer, Former Executive Producer at Discovery, WNAV Radio Host

PANEL:
Phil Hudson | Rook SEO
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Zac Reeder | Electric Entertainment, Domestic Distribution

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PRODUCERS & DIRECTORS

SATURDAY, 4/1 | ST. JOHNS COLLEGE KEY AUDITORIUM Conversation Room| 10:30 AM–11:30 AM
As long as there has been a motion picture industry, there have been producers and directors collaborating — and clashing. When artistic vision meets the hard-and-fast reality of production, sparks are bound to fly. What defines their roles, their challenges and desires? This dance is often a love-hate relationship held together by money, passion, and mutual respect. When it works, it’s movie magic.

MODERATOR: 
Joe Neumaier, AFF Advisory Board, WOR Film Critic

PANEL:
Ruth Du | Producer, THE ARCHER
Jordan Roberts | Director, BURN YOUR MAPS
Wayne Roberts | Director, KATIE SAYS GOODBYE
Wayne Rogers | Producer, WIND RIVER and AFF Advisory Board
Matt Spicer | Director, INGRID GOES WEST
Tim White | Producer, INGRID GOES WEST and LBJ
Trevor White | Producer, INGRID GOES WEST and LBJ

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THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE

SATURDAY, 4/1 | ANNAPOLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA – Enter on Compromise Street side
10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Whether getting their big break in commercials, films, or theater, the youngest performers of the Annapolis Film Festival are making strides in the industry. How do these young actors balance their professional ambition with their personal growth? Does an on-set tutor compare to a homeroom teacher? Is it difficult to take direction from A-list filmmakers? Come get to know these performers as they make their mark on the big screen.

MODERATOR:
Casey Baum | Student and Actor, CHEMISTRY 101 and META
PANELISTS:
Jillian Lebling | Actor, SLEEPTALKER, BRIDGE OF SPIES, THE BLACK LIST
Anthony Gonzalez | Actor, ICEBOX, COCO
Max Page | Actor, NO STRANGER PILGRIMS, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, SECRET SUMMER

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FILM FATALES & WIFV present:
VOICES AND VISION

Sunday, 4/2 | ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE KEY AUDITORIUM Conversation Room | 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Always formidable, often overlooked, the behavior and cultural contributions of women have never been under more scrutiny. Bona fide “nasty women” and newly raised voices alike have an edge and authenticity in their storytelling and filmmaking that cannot be replaced or replicated. In 2017, how can we create a persistent, intersectional movement for change in the film industry?

MODERATOR:
Melissa Houghton, Executive Director of WIFV DC

PANEL:
Melissa Carter | Executive Producer, QUEEN SUGAR
Ruth Du | Producer, THE ARCHER
Ferne Pearlstein | Director, THE LAST LAUGH
Dana Flor | Co-Director, CHECK IT

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