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Friday, October 30 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
*Roundtable: Independent Filmmaking

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*Get in-depth answers to your questions about how to make it in the world of independent film. How do you find funds for your project? How does the process of making a short differ from that of a feature? What do the stages of production actually entail? How do you navigate the dense festival circuit and position your film for its best shot at success? And after all that, how do you market your film and find distribution? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to independent filmmakers, producers, and distributors in an informal setting.

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

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Emily Best

Emily Best founded SEED & SPARK, the world’s first crowd-funding and digital distribution platform made just for independent film, to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of... Read More →
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Adam Bowers

writer/director/editor/producer/actor Paperback
When he was 23, Adam Bowers wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in his first feature, NEW LOW, a no-budget romantic comedy that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is now being distributed internationally by Cinedigm. That same year, he was named one of Filmmaker... Read More →
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Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at... Read More →
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Graham Davidson

A native Texan, Graham Davidson started producing award winning independent films while attending the University of Texas. Soon after, he joined Megalomedia to help produce international documentary hits such as the Half Ton strand (Half Ton Mum, Half Ton Teen on C4™ and TLC™), Heavy on... Read More →
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Brandon Dickerson

writer/director/producer Spiral Films
Brandon Dickerson is an award winning writer+director honored for his work in features, commercials, and music videos—including the coveted Cannes Gold Lion.  His debut feature SIRONIA, starring Tony Hale, Amy Acker, and Jeremy Sisto, won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival... Read More →
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Nicolas Gonda

Co-Founder/CEO of Tugg, Inc.; executive producer Last Days in the Desert, After the Fall; co-producer The Tree of Life; producer To The Wonder, Knight of Cups, The Better Angels
Nicolas Gonda began his film career at Focus Features, working on the publicity, marketing, and worldwide distribution of a number of Academy Award® winning films such as THE PIANIST and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. In 2005, he joined the production of Terrence Malick’s... Read More →
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Dan Guando

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, The Weinstein Company
Dan Guando is Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Production, and Development at The Weinstein Company, where he has worked for the last eleven years. During his time at TWC, Dan has overseen the acquisition of dozens of films, including The Imitation Game, The Artist, Fruitvale... Read More →
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Mark Lyons

Senior Manager of Sales and Business Management, Gravitas Ventures, NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR
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Duncan Montgomery

High Frequency Entertainment, LLC
Mr. Montgomery is an independent film producer based in Austin, TX.  In 2009, he produced The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, starring Lizzy Kaplan, Kris Kristofferson, and Peter Dinklage.  In 2011, he was an executive producer on Richard Linklater’s Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew... Read More →
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Eric Murphy

Steel Valley Films - director/editor Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
Eric Murphy is a filmmaker, writer, and producer with more than 25 credits to his name. Notable works include the award winning short film “Steel Valley” starring Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill and writing/producing credits on the History Channel series’ “Ancient Aliens... Read More →
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Heather Page

Director, Texas Film Commission
    Page has been the Director of the Texas Film Commission since September 2012.  Prior to joining the commission she was an accomplished motion picture camerawoman, having worked for 25 years on feature films and television shows such as The Green Mile, Armageddon, Revenge... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

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