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MVFF presents workshops and panels on the art, technology and business of filmmaking with top filmmakers and industry professionals.


 

INSIGHT: DAVID THOMSON
A MASTER CLASS CONVERSATION

Saturday, October 5 • 12:00 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

David Thomson is a nationally recognized writer, film historian and film critic for the New Republic.  His recent works, the ‘New Biographical Dictionary of Film’, now in its 5th edition and 2012’s ‘The Big Screen: the Story of the Movies’ are textbooks for film lovers. In his latest book, Thomson re-examines a series of moments—in beautifully reproduced illustrations—from seventy films across a hundred year time span. David will read from ‘Moments that Made the Movies’ and share his candid observations in a master-class conversation with Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center’s director of programming, Richard Peterson. Q & A will follow.

 

A BOOK SIGNING AND SALE (WITH DISCOUNT FOR TICKET HOLDERS) OF MOMENTS THAT MADE THE MOVIESWILL FOLLOW THE PROGRAM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THEATRE. 


Master-Class $20


 

THE STATE OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA REDUX, OR, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Sunday, October 6 • 11:00 AM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

The future is now. Theaters have completed the digital transition. Films like Margin Call and Arbitrage grossed more money on VOD than in theaters. Smart TVs are the next big thing destined to fill holiday stockings this year.

Despite all these changes, the industry is still in flux. Adapting is critical to survival in the world of independent film. Some of the most experienced independent film veterans in the areas of production, acquisition, distribution and exhibition will discuss the steps you need to take—whether you’re still putting pen to paper, in development or in the final stages of post-production. Join us for a lively and informative panel on how to adapt and succeed in this ever-changing industry. 

INVITED GUESTS:

SCILLA ANDREEN, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFix, is an award-winning filmmaker, Emmy-nominated costume designer, and known as a disruptor and pioneer in the independent film space. She is relentless in her mission to help filmmakers translate their artistic vision into commercial success. Frustrated by complicated and one-sided distribution deals, Scilla co-founded IndieFix in 2005 and over the years, it has become one of the most meaningful global online streaming platforms in the industry. Her latest innovation, the RPM model (Royalty Pool Minutes), jettisons antiquated payment systems in favor of refreshing simplicity: for every minute watched, a filmmaker gets paid.

BOB BERNEY is founder of Picturehouse, who will distribute Nimród Antal’s Metallica Through the Never in theaters on September 27 exclusively in IMAX and theaters everywhere on October 4. He has overseen the US theatrical releases of blockbusters My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Insidious, as well as high-profile art house films Pan’s Labyrinth, La Vie en Rose and Drive.

TED HOPE, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, has produced films for Ang Lee, Hal Hartley and Todd Field, among others. Among Ted’s 23 Sundance entries, three have been Grand Prize winners: The Brothers McMullen, American Splendor and What Happened Was.....

LAURIE KIRBY, entertainment attorney and executive director of the IFFS (International Film Festival Summit) and the IMFCON (International Music Festival Conference). She is the strategic leader for these two organizations, which intersect leaders of film, music and the entertainment industry. They hold annual conferences in the US and Europe. She has doubled the attendance and revenue of the conference to achieve national recognition. 

GARY RUBIN, executive vice president at the Cohen Media Group, Gary Rubin has over 25 years of experience in the motion picture and television business, including acquisition and distribution. Prior to his current position, he formed and ran First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company. Gary teaches a popular production class at UCLA.

MARK FISHKIN (moderator), is the executive director and founder of the California Film Institute and the director and founder of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Under Mark’s helm, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center was renovated and reopened in May 1999.

NETWORKING RECEPTION TO FOLLOW. 

PANEL AND RECEPTION $20

 


 

INSIGHT: JAN TROELL & YOHANNA TROELL
A MASTER CLASS CONVERSATION

Wednesday, October 9 • 5:30 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Following a film screening, master filmmaker Jan Troell will be joined by his daughter, filmmaker Yohanna Troell, in conversation with Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Director of Programming Richard Peterson. Q&A will follow. 

 

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Master-Class $20

 

PRESENTED WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HONORARY CONSUL OF SWEDEN AND THE BABRO OSHER PRO SUECIA FOUNDATION


 

VARIETY FOCUS ON DIRECTORS

Join us for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented by each of their dramatic projects. Our Moderator,Variety Features Editor Peter Caranicas, will conduct a lively conversation ranging from each of their artistic aspirations for their films to the nitty-gritty of the film business. We'll look at how each filmmaker integrates their creative hopes into a winning plan that incorporates marketing campaigns designed to attract audiences into each of their provocative and often disturbing stories which range from the daily brutality of slavery to a contemporary America still filled with ills and obstacles to our highest ideals.

There are many competitive races in what has come to be known as Awards Season, but perhaps no creative discipline draws more attention than that of film directing. This is especially true of the Oscars ever since the best picture competition has expanded to potentially ten entries, while the best director race remains locked in with five competitors. In 2013, an outstanding field of quality films has yielded many noteworthy works by the finest directors in film.

Variety has chosen Mill Valley as the site for their first Focus on Directors panel discussion and brought together five of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers: JC Chandor (All is Lost); Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station); (Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace); Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave); John Wells (August: Osage County).

Join us for a panel discussion featuring the following directors:

J.C. CHANDOR —  All is Lost, Margin Call

RYAN COOGLER — Fruitvale Station

SCOTT COOPER — Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace

STEVE MCQUEEN — 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame

JOHN WELLS — August: Osage County, The Company Men

PANEL MODERATED BY Variety Features Editor Peter Caranicas


Saturday, October 12 • 11:00 AM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

$20 Members & Non-Members

 


 

SCALING UP: BREAKING BARRIERS & ADVANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY

Saturday, October 12 • 1:00 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Working creatively in independent film can be as challenging as it is rewarding, but for women, maintaining a career in film remains an uphill struggle. Recent studies by institutions like the Sundance Institute and USC Annenberg have highlighted ways to address barriers and opportunities for women in the industry. What resources support a creative life? What role models, onscreen and off, have helped pave the way? This diverse panel of women offers a wealth of wisdom and experience.


INVITED GUESTS:

STACY SMITH, PH.D. (moderator) has been working for the last five years with a team of USC Annenberg students to assess portrayals of men and women in popular media. Her new research study, focusing on the barriers and opportunities for women in independent film, was presented at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Dr. Smith ̇s research has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek and Variety, among other places.

VERA FARMIGA is an actress and director currently appearing in At Middleton (MVFF, 2013). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Up In The Air (MVFF 2009).

JENEE LAMARQUE is the director and screenwriter of The Pretty One (MVFF 2013).

PRATIBHA PARMAR is an award-winning producer and director whose works include Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (MVFF, 2013), Warrior Marks (1993) and Nina's Heavenly Delights.

OSNAT SHURER is vice president of development and producer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has previously worked as a producer (One Man Band, Boundin’) at Pixar Animation Studios, Intuit Films and Aardman Animations. 

Master-Class $20


PRESENTED WITH SPEAK TO ME AND SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN'S FESTIVAL


FOR OTHER PANELS, PLEASE SEE STANDING ON SACRED GROUND 1 AND STANDING ON SACRED GROUND 2

*  All New Movies Lab participants subject to change.