Thursday, December 9, 2010

[MISP] FILM FINANCING EVENT IN LAS CRUSES

The Town Hall Film Financing Panel in Santa Fe was well attended and informative. Tonight the panel will travels down south to Las Cruses to meet with investors and film makers from southern New Mexico. It is not to late to sign up. Attached is the link:


PANEL:

Film Finance & Distribution: Making the Most of Your Picture

David Dirks, Esq. (bio), entertainment attorney with 20 years experience in both entertainment law & film production in New York, Los Angeles & New Mexico; successfully produced, developed & raised financing for feature films; worked on Ron Howard's "Ransom" (Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Liev Schreiber), Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses" (Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz), "Tin Cup" (Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson), "Rx" (Eric Balfour, Colin Hanks), "Death Valley" (Eric Christian Olsen) & "Maniacts" (Jeff Fahey); runs private law practice focusing on film, provides legal & business advice to filmmakers; co-founded film & TV production company Red Thunder Entertainment; helped manage careers of Rene Russo, John Hurt & Charlize Theron at John Crosby Management in LA; fmr. General Counsel & Sr. VP at Wall Street startup Superannuities, guided private placements totaling $7M; previously at NYC law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman with clients including Paramount, Fox & Paul Newman; JD from New York University School of Law, received Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for Highest Excellence in Entertainment Law; studied film at University of Michigan … 


Corky Kessler, Esq. (bio), leading expert on business & legal aspects of feature film development, financing & tax incentives; Attorney & Partner at Chicago law firm Deutsch, Levy & Engel, heading up entertainment division; currently setting up several film funds; successfully worked with Governors & Congressmen to implement new laws & federal tax incentives for film & TV investments (led to Sections 181 & 199 of American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 & its 2008 extension & amendment); authored reference book covering such federal & state tax incentives; built winning teams for 30+ entertainment & other business ventures; represented, developed, packaged & executive produced numerous feature films, theater & TV projects; Executive Producer on features "Certifiably Jonathan" (Robin Williams, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Lili Tomlin, Sara Silverman), Australian Academy Award winner "The Sum of Us" (Russell Crowe), "The Legend of Bloody Mary", "Finding North", "Osso Bucco" & others; Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School & John Marshall Law School; speaker at Sundance & many more film festivals & seminars in US & Canada … 

The New Mexico Film Fund: Alternative Ways to Capitalize Similar Funds

Kenneth Segura Knoll (bio), Manager at New Mexico Film Fund, private equity fund that invests in New Mexico based film & TV related projects; Managing Partner & Producer at Turquoise Trail Films, focused on integration of traditional & non-traditional financing, production & distribution methods; oversees capital raising, project selection & management, contract negotiations, foreign sales & domestic distribution; Founder & Executive Producer at media production service company Southwest Communication Services with nearly 30 years experience serving corporate, non-profit, education & government clients; fmr. Founder & Director at Sacramento Festival of Cinema, now Sacramento International Film Festival; fmr. Managing Partner at full-service movie & TV production facility Delta Studios … 

Succeeding in the Movie Business: How to Kickstart Your Career

Richard Romero (bio), currently Associate Producer at Ithaca Films ("In the Electric Mist" starring Tommy Lee Jones), working with veteran Hollywood producer Michael Fitzgerald, whose films include "The Pledge," "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" & "Color Me Kubrick"; grew up in Santa Fe & moved to LA to pursue career in motorsports; fmr. lead mechanic for 2 championship Mazda teams; changed career & became Technical Supervisor for some of highest-rated reality TV shows including MTV's "The Real World", "Making the Band" & "Meet the Barkers" as well as NBC's Emmy winners "Starting Over" & "Fear Factor"; also worked on Paul Haggis's "In the Valley of Elah" (Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, James Franco, Josh Brolin), "The Hitcher" (Sean Bean), "Buried Alive," "Living Hell," "Dr. Phil," "College Hill," "Road Rules" … 

Financing Independent Film: How to Fund Low-Budget Projects

Ross Kagan Marks (bio), award-winning independent filmmaker based in Las Cruces, nominated for coveted Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival; executive produced & directed feature film "Homage" (Blythe Danner, Frank Whaley, Sheryl Lee, Bruce Davison), written & produced by Oscar nominee Mark Medoff, which premiered at Sundance & received numerous awards; directed movie adaptation of controversial Broadway play "The Twilight of the Golds," produced by famous actor/director/writer Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman," "Happy Days") & Mark R. Harris ("Crash"), starring Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Beals, Brendan Fraser, Jon Tenney, Rosie O'Donnell, Jack Klugman, which garnered many award nominations & wins; MFA from Directing program at prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) & one of its youngest graduates … 

Accelerating Economic Development: How to Make Entrepreneurship Work

Chris Penner (bio), leader at New Mexico State University's economic & business development center, which helps create environment for small businesses to grow & thrive by providing wide-ranging services to entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists & others; Arrowhead Center uses comprehensive approach to generating jobs, wealth & enhanced quality of life in New Mexico; focuses on interrelated activities of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, economic studies/policy analysis, workforce analyses, research park development & business incubation that lead to sustainable economic development; specific services include developing business plans, incubating businesses in Arrowhead Business & Research Park, connecting key players in business & economic development process … 

Independent Producing: How to Find & Finance Winning Projects

Brad Littlefield (bio), successful high-tech professional turned award-winning independent film producer; worked with some of most exciting startups in Northern & Southern California over course of 10+ years, including Google/YouTube; Co-Founder at DAP Studios in Los Angeles; Producer & Partner at Open Range Pictures, developing several film projects; produced feature film "Becoming Eduardo," shot in New Mexico, won Milagro Award for Best Latino Film & prestigious New Mexico Filmmaker Award at 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival as well as Audience Choice & Best New Mexican Film Awards at 2010 White Sands International Film Festival; presently working on features "Traveling Salesmen," "Desert Water," "Face" & "Devil of Appalachia"; prior entertainment experience includes talent & casting for MTV Networks; active with multiple non-profit organizations including Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center's Legal Services Department, San Mateo County Center for Domestic Violence Prevention & Performing Arts Studio West; member of American Film Institute (AFI); Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Signatory Producer … 


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