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Film Summit full schedule – kicks off tonight

July 7, 2011


JULY 7-8, 2011

Please join the business and filmmaking communities to help celebrate the opening of the Mississippi Film Studios in Canton Thursday evening, followed by a one-day conference at the new Muse Center on the Pearl Campus of Hinds Community College exploring the future of the film industry in Mississippi, the enhanced incentive rebate program, and the new workforce training and film education programs.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mississippi Film Studio Reception

123 Wadford Parkway, Canton

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Directions to reception:

From Interstate I-55 take the Canton Exit 119.  Go West toward Flora on Highway 22. You will go one mile to top of hill and turn left on Watford Parkway. The Mississippi Film Studios is the first commercial building on the left. (As you enter Highway 22, you will pass Love’s Truck Stop on your left and look for the big blue water tower. The tower sits right next to the building.)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mississippi Film Summit Sessions

Pearl Campus, Hinds Community College

Muse Center

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration with coffee/donuts begins at 8:00 AM

(Lunch will cost $10.00 cash; pay on site)




Directions to Hinds (Rankin campus in Pearl): From I-20 take Exit 52 –  Airport Rd . Go North on Airport Rd. (Highway 475 – International Dr.) Take a left in between the motels on Country Place Parkway (just before the red light at Country Place subdivision entrance). Muse Center is on the left at the end of Country Place Parkway and College Dr.




FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011





8:30a     Welcome/Introductions

Ward Emling, Manager

Bureau of Film and Cultural Heritage

Mississippi Development Authority


Opening Remarks

The Honorable Haley Barbour, Governor


9:00a – 10:15a                    The Mississippi Rebate – How It Works

The improved Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program (HB 1161, 2011 Regular Session) establishes Mississippi as one of the top incentive states, and therefore a prime choice for location production.  The cash rebate makes it attractive, the ease of application and reporting makes it appealing, and this straightforward process creates multiple opportunities for investment and production.  This panel will explore the incentive and show how it can be utilized by you as producer, service provider, or investor.


Ellen Benton, Red Planet Entertainment

Billy Klauser, Financial Resources, Mississippi Development Authority

Rick Moore, President, Eyevox Entertainment

Kolie Wegner, Louisiana Production Consultants, Shreveport



Jeff Begun – Ease Entertainment/The Incentives Office, Los Angeles


10:30a – 11:45a                 Developing and Funding your Film

Today’s filmed entertainment industry puts more opportunity in the hands of local filmmakers and investors than ever before.  Incentives can provide both a cushion for production and a certain return on investment for a producer.  Local production, through festivals, DVD, video on demand, foreign sales and more can find a path to profit.  This panel will explore the development process from script to audience to success in the global marketplace.


Mike Frascogna, Frascogna Courtney PLLC

Hudson Hickman, Independent Producer, Los Angeles

Jennifer Ogden, Independent Producer



Stephen Weizenecker, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLC, Atlanta


12:00p   Lunch



Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant


1:30p – 2:45p                     Mississippi Production Case Studies

Covering the spectrum of filmed entertainment and budgets, this panel of filmmakers will discuss the production of several recent films made in Mississippi.  They will speak about their project’s development and production, as well as the benefits, challenges, and anecdotes of filming on location in Mississippi.


Melanie Addington, WHERE I BEGIN


Sonya Lunsford, THE HELP




Nina Parikh


3:00p – 4:15p                     Infrastructure/Work Force Training

Even with an excellent incentive program, the demand for a deep and experienced work force is paramount to the attraction and long term development of the film industry. Fortunately, the training of the entertainment industry work force is not rocket science.  This panel will discuss what is being done and what can be done to create a strong film industry work force.


Wes Benton, Red Planet Entertainment

Jeremy Hariton, RoadTown Enterprises, Los Angeles

Jennifer Ogden, Independent Producer

Michael Williams, IndieMississippi


4:15p     Closing Remarks and screening of films funded by Emerging Filmmaker Grant program through Mississippi Film and Video Alliance

Nina Parikh, Deputy Director

Mississippi Film Office

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