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Sunday, November 1 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Independent Filmmaking: The Actor/Director Relationship

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In the world of independent film everyone on a production does, well, everything: directors write, actors produce, and someone’s mom does props. But on a shoot, amidst the chaos of doing a million other jobs, building a good actor-director relationship is crucial to making the film a success. As a director, how can you be an effective creative leader, even as you’re setting locations and dealing with last-minute script changes? And as an actor, how can you put in the focus necessary for your craft even while you feel pressure to pick up other duties on a production? Our panelists are seasoned independent filmmakers who can give you tips on how to make the most of this delicate dynamic.

Moderators
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Dan Rosen

writer/director Freeloaders, Dead Man's Curve; writer/producer The First Family; writer The Last Supper
Dan Rosen’s first screenplay was the critically acclaimed cult favorite, “The Last Supper” starring Cameron Diaz, Anabeth Gish, Ron Pearlman, and Bill Paxton. Debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, The Last Supper was a crowd favorite at The London Film Festival, South By Southwest, and Sundance before being released in the United States in 1996 by Sony Releasing. The Last Supper also won the Cognac Film Festival’s... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Michelle Ang

Michelle Ang

actor Fallen Stars
Originally from New Zealand, Michelle is known to American audiences for her work in Jane Campion’s Emmy-winning miniseries Top Of The Lake. Living in the States since 2008, she has been in the films Big Momma's House; Like Father Like Son, The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster, Netflix cult horror film The Taking of Deborah Logan produced by Bryan Singer and will be seen in the upcoming John Hillcoat drama Triple Nine, working opposite... Read More →
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Scott Haze

director Mully
Scott Haze is an actor, director and writer, born in Dallas Texas.  An alumnus of the Stella Adler Conservatory and Playhouse West, which was founded by Robert Carnegie and Sanford Meisner. In 2006 Haze envisioned, built and founded The Sherry Theater in the North Hollywood Arts District in California, naming the theater after his mother. Plays penned by Haze have included 2006’s critically acclaimed, Devil’s... Read More →
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Brian Jett

writer/director Fallen Stars
The son of a career diplomat, Brian Jett spent much of his youth abroad, living in places such as: Argentina, Israel, Malawi and Mozambique.  His first feature film, LET GO, which stars Kevin Hart, Gillian Jacobs, David Denman and Ed Asner, premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2011 and was released domestically by eOne Entertainment in 2012. His second film, FALLEN STARS, which stars Ryan O’Nan and Michelle Ang will be making... Read More →
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Stefania Owen

actor Coming Through the Rye
STEFANIA OWEN made her acting debut in the 2009 Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones, playing Flora Hernandez. From 2010 to 2011, she played the character Puddle Kadubic in the Fox comedy series Running Wilde. She went on to co-star as Dorrit, Carrie Bradshaw's younger rebellious sister, in The Carrie Diaries which ran on the CW 2013-2014. Since Coming Through the Rye Stefania has been cast in the... Read More →
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Jim Sadwith

Writer/Director/Producer, Coming Through the Rye
JAMES SADWITH [writer/director/producer] Jim started out writing and subsequently directing and producing movies, miniseries and drama series for television. His projects have won or been nominated for over thirty-five Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. He has been twice nominated for Emmys and won the Emmy for Best Direction with the miniseries "Sinatra (1992)." In addition he has twice been a DGA Award finalist and once a finalist for the Humanitas... Read More →
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Alex Wolff

actor Coming Through the Rye
ALEX WOLFF began his career at age 8 in the 2005 musical comedy film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie. That film led to the Nickelodian series The Naked Brothers Band which ran from 2007–2009. Alex starred with his brother, Nat, and also contributed lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation. For his work Alex won a Broadcast Music, Inc. Cable Award, and the Audience Award for a Family Feature Film at the Hamptons... Read More →


Sunday November 1, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

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