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Panels and pitches and more at Indie Memphis

October 21, 2010

Indie Memphis has some exciting guests this year including Larry Karaszewski and Scott Mosier as well as returning favorites Peter Gilbert and Elvis Mitchell. Check out some very cool panels that are happening this year.

‘Script to Screen’ panel

3 pm Saturday, Oct. 23 – Festival Cafe @ Playhouse

Screenwriters Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon) and Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Race to Witch Mountain, Bedtime Stories) talk with Elvis Mitchell about the realities of the scriptwriting process, and how things change from the original concept to the finished film.

‘Film Incentives: What We Have, What We Need’
1 pm Sunday, Oct. 24 – Festival Cafe @ Playhouse

Linn Sitler (Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner), Gisela Moore (Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission, Assistant to Director) discuss the current state of Memphis and Tennessee’s film incentive programs — and what we can all do to help bring more film productions to the area.

‘First Feature: Highs and Lows’
4 pm Sunday, Oct. 24 – Festival Cafe @ Playhouse

Scott Mosier (Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma) talks with Elvis Mitchell about the making of his first feature film, Clerks, with Kevin Smith — from the film’s production through its runaway success at the Sundance Film Festival and beyond, to how the industry has changed since its 1994 premiere.

This year’s festival offers rare opportunities for filmmakers to connect with industry professionals and develop their craft — but you need to be an Indie Memphis member to take full advantage. Not already a member or need to renew? Click here to sign up and learn about all the other benefits you can enjoy at the festival — and year round!

At 12 pm on Saturday at the Brooks Museum of Art, Indie Memphis will hold its first-ever “Pitch Session,” giving local filmmakers an opportunity to do a 2-minute “pitch” of their story idea to noted industry professionals who have had to do the same to studio heads and A-list directors countless times.

Producer Scott Mosier (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma) and screenwriters Larry Karaszewski(Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon) and Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Race to Witch Mountain, Bedtime Stories) will offer feedback and advice — on both content and presentation — to help filmmakers better understand the pitching process and learn how they can improve for when they find themselves in an elevator with Steven Spielberg, and only few short minutes to pitch him on movie idea.

The pitch session is free and open to the public, who are invited to sit in and listen on the pitches and the panel’s advice and feedback.

Those interested in presenting a pitch should make sure they have a current Indie Memphis membership — and then click here to sign up for a Pitch Session slot. The limited number of pitching positions are available on a first come-first serve basis. A wait list will be available at the event, for those in attendance to fill any open slots.


Scott, Larry and Matt and other industry guests, including Hoop Dreams Peter Gilbert, will also be available for 10-minute “Mentor Sessions” during the festival weekend — allowing local filmmakers the opportunity for one-on-one career consultation and advice on subjects including indie filmmaking, cinematography, distribution, scriptwriting and documentaries.

Mentor sessions are available for Indie Memphis members on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click here to register for a Mentor Session or sign up for an Indie Memphismembership, if you aren’t already a member and would like to participate.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 3, 2010 1:49 am

    i love watching movies specially when you have Vinn Diesel on it. Race To Witch Mountain is a classic alien movie ~;~

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