Tuesday, November 30, 2010

[MISP] Update on Institute for International Film Financing Town Hall Meetings

IFF American Southwest (Click on Notice Links to Register)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (MT)

Santa Fe, NM | La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa

Thursday, December 09, 2010 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (MT)

Las Cruces, NM | New Mexico State University: Creative Media Institute

The Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an innovative, independent social-impact organization that endeavors to bridge the gap between the worlds of filmmaking and finance for the benefit of all stakeholders – including the public at large.
Founded by Thomas Trenker in 2003 and headquartered in San Francisco, IIFF has chapters in the Bay AreaNew York CityNew EnglandFloridaLos AngelesWashington, DCLondon, the Pacific Northwest, the Lower Midwest and the Southwest.

Santa Fe Panel Line Up

David L. Dirks, Esq. (Distribution: Making the Most of Your Picture)  has worked in entertainment law and film production in New York, Los Angeles and New Mexico. After studying film at Stanford and the University of Michigan, he received his juris doctorate from NYU Law. In New York City he practiced intellectual property with a law firm representing Paramount and Fox.  In Los Angeles he worked for a management company representing actors.  He settled in Santa Fe in 2000, where he enjoys a private practice advising film makers.

 Kenneth Segura Knoll  (The New Mexico Film Fund: Alternative Ways to Capitalize Similar Funds)  is Managing Partner and Producer at Turquoise Trail Films, LLC., he is responsible for the day to day operation of the company and generally oversees capital raising, project selections and management, contract negotiations, foreign sales and domestic distribution.  Kenneth is the Founder and Executive Producer of Southwest Communication Services (SCS) Inc., 1983-present, a media and entertainment company with vast experience in addressing the media communication needs of education, government, and corporate clients.  He is also the Founder of the Sacremento Festival of Cinema and acted as the Director of the organization from 1995 to 2000.  Additionally, Kenneth was a managing partner at Delta Studios from 1985-1997, a full service motion picture and television production facility.
 

Michael Fitzgerald (Attracting Talent: How to Work With the Best)  started his career producing and co-writing John Huston's celebrated film adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood".  His second film with Huston, "Under the Volcano", was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actor—Albert Finney and Best Music—Alex North).  He then produced "The Penitent" with Academy Award-winning director Bruce Beresford and "Blue Danube Waltz" with the world-renowned Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó.  A producing partnership with actor/director Sean Penn culminated in their critically acclaimed production of "The Pledge".  In 2005 he completed both "Colour Me Kubrick" and "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada", which won the Actor prize for Tommy Lee Jones and the Screenplay prize for Guillermo Arriaga at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.  Mr. Fitzgerald then produced "In the Electric Mist" in collaboration with the director Bertrand Tavernier.  Michael Fitzgerald is a member of the Board of Governors of the Telluride Film Festival, The Board Of Advisers of The Harvard Film Archive, and a Trustee of The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation.  He has served on many Film Festival Juries around the world, including Mexico City, Morelia, Buenos Aires, Thessaloniki, Cluj and Abu Dhabi.

Tony Mark (Negotiating & Managing Difficult Ventures: Tips for Filmmakers and Financiers)  has been a Producer for over 25 films, including the Academy-Award winning "The Hurt Locker".  He has additionally been a production manger for 19 films and a second unit director on 3 additional titles.  Tony was nominated for an Emmy for "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" in 2004 and was part of the team that won the prestigious DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement (for "The Hurt Locker") in 2010.
 

Hal "Corky" Kessler (Turbulence Within the Entertainment Space: 10+ Hot Legal Issues to Watch)  has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience.  Corky has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying film and television projects, in addition to authoring a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives.  Corky has assembled and built winning teams for more than 30 entertainment and other business ventures. He has developed, packaged and executive produced feature films, theatre projects and television projects, including "The Sum of Us," starring Russell Crowe, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Film and most currently "Certifiably Jonathan" starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman, and others.  Corky has been the attorney on over 15 feature films and is actively working on over 12 more film projects.  He has also developed, produced and been the attorney for many theatrical plays.

Brent Tiano: The Investors Role: makes his living in commercial real estate but has recently produced the feature film: Warrior Woman.  Brent has a background in financing real estate projects and previously owned a graphics/animation company.  He also worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida as an animation checker.

 

Las Cruces Panel Line Up

Ross Kagan Marks (The Independent Film: How to Fund Low-Budget Projects)  was one of the youngest graduates of the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Program, where he received his MFA in 1994.  In 1994, Ross also directed the award-wining short film SHOWDOWN ON RIO ROAD featuring Robby Benson. In 1995, Ross directed the full-length feature film, HOMAGE, starring Blythe Danner and Frank Whaley, written and produced by Mark Medoff.   The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received an award and went on to receive more awards at numerous film festivals.  In 1997, Ross directed the film adaptation of the play THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS.  The film was produced by Garry Marshall and featured Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser, Rosie O'Donnell, Jack Klugman, Jon Tenney, and Jennifer Beals. The film opened the Chicago film festival in 1998, won an award at Sundance, and received many other awards.

Kenneth Segura Knoll  (The New Mexico Film Fund: Alternative Ways to Capitalize Similar Funds)  is Managing Partner and Producer at Turquoise Trail Films, LLC., he is responsible for the day to day operation of the company and generally oversees capital raising, project selections and management, contract negotiations, foreign sales and domestic distribution.  Kenneth is the Founder and Executive Producer of Southwest Communication Services (SCS) Inc., 1983-present, a media and entertainment company with vast experience in addressing the media communication needs of education, government, and corporate clients.  He is also the Founder of the Sacremento Festival of Cinema and acted as the Director of the organization from 1995 to 2000.  Additionally, Kenneth was a managing partner at Delta Studios from 1985-1997, a full service motion picture and television production facility.
 

David L. Dirks, Esq. (Distribution: Making the Most of Your Picture)  has worked in entertainment law and film production in New York, Los Angeles and New Mexico. After studying film at Stanford and the University of Michigan, he received his juris doctorate from NYU Law. In New York City he practiced intellectual property with a law firm representing Paramount and Fox.  In Los Angeles he worked for a management company representing actors.  He settled in Santa Fe in 2000, where he enjoys a private practice advising film makers.

Hal "Corky" Kessler (Turbulence Within the Entertainment Space: 10+ Hot Legal Issues to Watch)  has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience.  Corky has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying film and television projects, in addition to authoring a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives.  Corky has assembled and built winning teams for more than 30 entertainment and other business ventures. He has developed, packaged and executive produced feature films, theatre projects and television projects, including "The Sum of Us," starring Russell Crowe, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Film and most currently "Certifiably Jonathan" starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman, and others.  Corky has been the attorney on over 15 feature films and is actively working on over 12 more film projects.  He has also developed, produced and been the attorney for many theatrical plays.
 

Richard Romero (Transitioning Into Film: How to Kickstart Your Career)  grew up in Santa Fe and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in motorsports where he went on to be the lead mechanic for two championship Mazda teams.  With a total 180 degree career change he started working for MTV in Los Angeles and worked his way up through the ranks to become technical supervisor for some of the highest rated reality shows on television - "The Real World", "Making The Band" and "Meet The Barkers" – as well as Emmy award winning shows for NBC: "Starting Over" and "Fear Factor".  His work with MTV and other networks allowed for worldwide travel on various shows.  Rich has been a Steadicam operator for the last eight years for television and feature films, he is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and local 480.  He currently is working as an associate producer for Michael Fitzgerald, whose films include "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" and "Color Me Kubrick", and is an Associate Producer at Ithaca Films.

 Chris Penner (Accelerating Economic Development: How to Make Entrepreneurship Work)  is a leader at the Arrowhead Center, the economic and business development leader for New Mexico State University.  Chris utilizes a comprehensive approach to generating jobs, wealth, and an enhanced quality of life New Mexico, synergizing all of the resources available.  He focuses on the interrelated activities of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, economic studies/policy analysis, workforce analyses, research development, and business incubation that lead to economic development.
 

Brad Littlefield (Independent Producing: How to Find Winning Projects)  has worked with successful high technology start ups in California, as well as film production and television.  In 2008, he co-founded DAP Studios, and in 2009, he produced the feature film, BECOMING EDUARDO, shot in New Mexico.  BECOMING EDUARDO recently won Best Latino Film 2009 at the Santa Fe Film Festival, along with the prestigious New Mexico Filmmaker Award as well as the Audience Choice award at the 2010 White Sands International Film Festival.  Brad's entertainment experience includes talent and casting for MTV Networks, project management for YouTube, and he is currently working for Open Range Pictures, LLC on TRAVELING SALESMEN and DESERT WATER, as well as Remote Films on THE DEVIL OF APPALACHIA.  His interest in public service has led to active participation with many non-profit organizations including The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center Legal Services Department, The San Mateo County Center for Domestic Violence Prevention, and Performing Arts Studio West.  He is a Screen Actors Guild Signatory Producer and member of the American Film Institute.


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