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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film

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*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film. How do you break in, deal with contracts and options, and find representation? What’s the difference between indie and studio films, and what happens when your movie goes into development? What are the most essential habits and routines to assume? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.

Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM


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Elizabeth Bassin

Feature Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Elizabeth began her career in physical production before transitioning into development. She spent two years at Mandeville Films, where she worked on such films as Insurgent and Wonder. She soon made the leap into an executive role moving over to Josephson Entertainment to head their... Read More →
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Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the world... Read More →
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Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; script reader; contributor Final Draft, Script Magazine
Asmara Bhattacharya is a filmmaker and playwright, a script reader for Austin Film Festival and other contests, and a film screener for Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. She writes for Final Draft’s blog and Script Magazine, interviewing the pros and sharing tips that are never... Read More →
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Angela Torres Camarena

writer/director; faculty LMU LA
Angela is an award-winning film director and writer devoted to creating meaningful films from a sensitive and poetic perspective. Her films have been selected at film festivals around the world including the Palm Springs Film Festival, SXSW and Cannes. In 2009 she won the Changemaker... Read More →
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Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative... Read More →
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Jon Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018), Naruto (2019)
Screenwriting brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have worked in a diverse array of genres and formats during their 20-year stint in Hollywood. First gaining traction with the 1998 Sundance hit Montana, the team began aprolific run in features, animation, and graphic novels,writing... Read More →
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Josh Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the last... Read More →
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Nick Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the last... Read More →
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Samantha Kern

producer The California No; executive producer Manson Family Vacation; co-producer G.B.F.
Samantha Kern, an Oklahoma native, is an independent film producer, writer, and actress. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of La Verne (Cum Laude) and graduated with a post-graduate certificate from The Guildford School of Acting (UK) with an MFA... Read More →
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Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
Chris Mass co-wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature Chalk, which garnered numerous festival awards including AFF's Jury and Audience Awards before going on to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The feature brought Chris his first studio gig at Universal... Read More →
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director/producer The Intergalactic Nemesis; writer/director Hit & Run, Buttercup
Jason Neulander is an award-winning theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s premiere producer of new plays Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994 to 2008. Over his tenure he grew the company from producing... Read More →
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Joyce San Pedro

producer Troupe Zero, Life: Round 2, Salome
Joyce is a former Los Angeles studio-based producer who recently transitioned to Indie Producer in New York. Her TV and film projects are stories of empowerment, insight, and education. Her co-production partners include Amazon Studios, Escape Artists, EndemolShine, UCP, Sumayoko... Read More →
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Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus, Robin Hood
Maresa Pullman started her career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency as an Agent Trainee in 1999. Since then she has excelled as an executive and producer for talent-based companies. She acted as Executive Producer on The Polar Bears (2012) animated short for Ridley Scott... Read More →
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Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants of East Harlem, Nightshift NYC
Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008 when his screenplay BOBBIE SUE won a spot on the Hollywood Blacklist. He has since worked as a writer-for-hire for studios and production companies, including... Read More →
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Brad Silberling

Director/Writer/Producer Brad Silberling is proud to bring audiences his latest motion picture, the suspense drama AN ORDINARY MAN starring Ben Kingsley.   His prior features include CITY OF ANGELS starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage, MOONLIGHT MILE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin... Read More →
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Ethan Stearns

Executive Producer, MWM Immersive
Ethan Stearns serves as the Executive Producer at Madison Wells Media (MWM) a diversified entertainment and media company focused on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live theater. With his background in feature production and technology coupled with... Read More →
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Guinevere Turner

writer American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, Go Fish
Guinevere Turner is a writer, director and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut film Go Fish, which she wrote, produced and starred in. She teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the films American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page. She was a writer... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall