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Sidetalks Panels and Workshops

Sponsored by The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis
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Sidetalks Panels and Workshops are FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, August 27

10:30am (90 minutes) – Workshop – Crowdfunding to Build Independence by Seed & Spark

Workshop Facilitator: Julie Keck – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for theatrical distribution that you control. Seed&Spark and Tugg are combining forces to invest in the future of independent film by offering a comprehensive Crowdfunding to Build Independence seminar. This workshop for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.
Seed&Spark is a truly independent film community where filmmakers and audiences join forces to fund, promote and watch the best new independent films. Seed&Spark’s film-specific crowdfunding tool — the “WishList” — allows supporters to buy or loan specific items to a production. Tugg is a web platform that enables you to bring your film to your fans’ local theaters or community venues. Through Tugg, individuals are empowered to select a film, time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community.

12:30pm (75 minutes) – Table Read – Sidewrite Alabama Short Screenplay Table Read

Table Read Facilitator: Bernadette Chapman – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)

The Acting Studios actors reading the three finalists from our local Sidewrite finalists
Warrior Fork by Dan Goforth
Three Minutes by Ian Cunningham
Rose by Joey Prestley

2:00 pm (45 minutes) – Panel – The Black Lens

Moderator: T. Marie King – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)
Panelists: Marva Douglas, Jamel Jackson and

A discussion of diversity and representation in filmmaking

3:15pm (45 minutes) – Panel – Why Retrospective Matters

Moderator: John Wildman – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)
Panelists: Aaron Hillis and Mary Katherine McElroy

Why do video stores, theatrical screenings and retrospective programming matter in a world of streaming content?

4:30pm (45 minutes) – Panel – Casting Stars

Moderator: – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)
Panelists: Ash Christian, Bobby Miller, and Melodie Sisk

You must have good actors but is it necessary to have a star? Learn about the role casting plays in financing your film, how to cast a star and what to do when a star drops out of your project.

5:30pm (45 minutes) – Panel – Are the Queer Kids Alright?

Moderator: Gina Malisham – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)
Panelists: Dr. Lara Embry, Lauren Jacobs, and Nathan Adloff

A discussion of the portrayal of LGBTQ persons in queer film and television and how their representation affects young people who identify on the spectrum.

Sunday, August 28

11:00am (45 minutes) – Panel – Intractive and Innovative Storytelling in Film

Moderator: Jen West – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)
Panelists: Michael Arcos, Matt Soson and Andrew Beck Grace

12:15pm (75 minutes) – Table Read – Sidewrite International Short Screenplay Table Read

Table Read Facilitator: Bernadette Chapman – The Acting Studio – Rushton Theatre at McWane Science Center

The Tennis Racket by Matthew Onorato
Adrift by Stuart Creque
Lovin’ It by Stuart Creque
The Sister Twins by Stephen Webb

2:00pm (45 minutes) – Panel – Feminism in Film

Moderator: Jacklyn Loquidis Hamric – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)
Panelists: Virginia Newcomb and Melanie Smith

3:15pm (45 minutes) – Director Talk Back – A Conversation with Ondi Timoner

Host: Farah White – Rushton Theater at McWane Science Center (enter from 3rd Ave. N.)

A conversation with two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, director, Ondi Timoner

4:30pm (60 minutes) – Workshop – ALERT! Actors & Directors

Workshop Facilitator: Susan McCain

Discover the ONE thing that delivers an Actor’s performance to fulfill the Director’s Dream – a workshop that gets Director & Actor on the same page.