Saturday, December 4, 2010

[MISP] Film Financing Event New Mexico

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The Institute for Int'l Film Financing (IIFF) invites you to its
inaugural FILM FINANCE TOWNHALLS in Santa Fe & Las Cruces. IIFF's
one-of-a-kind events foster collaboration between FILMMAKERS &
FINANCIERS, educate about the movie business & GET FILMS FUNDED.

Register now for your preferred locale:

* Santa Fe on 12/8 - http://asw.filmfinancing.org/120810.n46

* Las Cruces on 12/9 - http://asw.filmfinancing.org/120910.nA0

The meetings follow our proven formula for FILM FINANCING SUCCESS
through goal-oriented education & focused networking. Our HANDS-ON
EXPERTS & their presentation topics include:

1) "ATTRACT TALENT & GET FUNDED: How to Work With the Best" -- by
MICHAEL FITZGERALD, veteran movie producer & collaborator of
Hollywood legend John Huston ("Maltese Falcon," "Treasure of the
Sierra Madre," "African Queen"); started career producing &
co-writing Huston's celebrated adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's
"Wise Blood"; also produced Huston's double Oscar nominee "Under the
Volcano," Sean Penn's "The Pledge," double Cannes winner "The Three
Burials of Melquiades Estrada," "In the Electric Mist," "Color Me
Kubrick," Oscar winner Bruce Beresford's "Mister Johnson" & "The
Penitent"; sits on Board of Governors at Telluride Film Fest & Board
of Advisers at Harvard Film Archive; Trustee at Virginia Wellington
Cabot Foundation; served on many film festival juries including
Mexico City, Buenos Aires & Abu Dhabi; etc.

2) "TURBULENCE WITHIN THE ENTERTAINMENT SPACE: Hot Legal Issues to
Watch" -- by HAL "CORKY" KESSLER, leading expert on business & legal
aspects of feature film development, financing & tax incentives;
Partner at Chicago law firm Deutsch, Levy & Engel; currently setting
up several film funds; worked with Governors & Congressmen to
implement new laws & federal tax incentives for film & TV
investments; built winning teams for 30+ entertainment & other
ventures; represented, developed, packaged & executive produced
numerous feature films, theater & TV projects; Exec. Producer on
features "Certifiably Jonathan," Australian Academy Award winner "The
Sum of Us," "The Legend of Bloody Mary," "Finding North," "Osso
Bucco"; Adj. Prof. at Northwestern Law School & John Marshall Law
School; speaker at Sundance & other film festivals; etc.

3) "FINANCING INDEPENDENT FILM: How to Fund Low-Budget Projects" --
by ROSS KAGAN MARKS, 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") & Mark Harris
("Crash"), starring Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Beals, Brendan
Fraser & Rosie O'Donnell, which garnered many award nominations &
wins; MFA from prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) & one of its
youngest graduates; etc.

4) "THE NEW MEXICO FILM FUND: Alternative Ways to Capitalize Similar
Funds" -- by KENNETH SEGURA KNOLL, 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 & Exec. Producer at
media production service company Southwest Communication Services
with nearly 30 years experience serving corporate, non-profit,
education & government clients; fmr. Director & Founder at Sacramento
Int'l Film Festival; fmr. Managing Partner at full-service movie & TV
production facility Delta Studios; etc.

5) "ACCELERATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: How to Make Entrepreneurship
Work" -- by CHRIS PENNER, leader at New Mexico State University's
economic & business development center, which helps create
environment for small business success by providing services to
entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists & others; Arrowhead
Center uses comprehensive approach to generating jobs, wealth &
enhanced quality of life in New Mexico; services include developing
business plans, incubating businesses in Arrowhead Business &
Research Park, connecting key players in business & economic
development process; etc.

6) "FINANCING & MANAGING DIFFICULT VENTURES: Tips for Producers &
Investors" -- by TONY MARK, highly accomplished Producer of 25+
feature, cable & TV films including 6-fold Oscar winner "Hurt
Locker"; designs & builds creative, complex & extremely time/dollar
sensitive projects worldwide (e.g., China, Jordan, Argentina, Greece,
Ireland); creates & supervises production plans & budgets from $3M to
$70M; produced "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Scary Movie 2,"
"Ultraviolet," Terry Gilliam's Oscar winner "The Fisher King,"
"Bordertown," "Most Wanted," "8 Seconds," "And Starring Pancho Villa
as Himself" & many others; also worked as Production Manager on 19
films & as Second Unit Director on 3; part of team that won
prestigious DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
2010; nominated for Emmy in 2004; etc.

7) "SUCCEEDING IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS: How to Kickstart Your Career"
-- by RICHARD ROMERO, currently Associate Producer at Ithaca Films,
working with veteran Hollywood producer Michael Fitzgerald; grew up
in Santa Fe & moved to LA to pursue motorsports career; fmr. lead
mechanic for 2 championship Mazda teams; then became Technical
Supervisor for some of highest-rated reality TV shows like 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' "In the Valley of Elah," "The Hitcher," "Dr. Phil"; etc.

8) "FILM FINANCE & DISTRIBUTION: Making the Most of Your Picture" --
by DAVID L. DIRKS, 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," Billy Bob Thornton's
"All the Pretty Horses," "Tin Cup," "Rx," "Death Valley" &
"Maniacts"; runs private law practice focusing on film, provides
legal & business advice to filmmakers; co-founded production company
Red Thunder Entertainment; helped manage careers of Rene Russo, John
Hurt & Charlize Theron; fmr. Sr. VP at Wall Street startup
Superannuities, guided private placements totaling $7M; previously at
Manhattan law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman with clients including
Paramount, Fox & Paul Newman; etc.

9) "INDEPENDENT PRODUCING: How to Find & Finance Winning Projects"
-- by BRAD LITTLEFIELD, successful high-tech professional turned
award-winning independent film producer; worked with some of most
exciting startups in California over 10+ years, including
Google/YouTube; Co-Founder at DAP Studios in Los Angeles; Producer at
Open Range Pictures, working on several film projects; produced
feature film "Becoming Eduardo," shot in New Mexico, won Milagro
Award for Best Latino Film & New Mexico Filmmaker Award at 2009 Santa
Fe Film Festival as well as Audience Choice & Best New Mexican Film at
2010 White Sands Int'l Film Festival; prior entertainment experience
includes talent & casting for MTV Networks; active with multiple
nonprofits; member of American Film Institute (AFI) & Screen Actors
Guild (SAG) Signatory Producer; etc.

Each EXTRAORDINARY EVENT runs from 7 to 10pm. Our hosts are La
Posada Resort in Santa Fe <http://asw.filmfinancing.org/120810.n46>
on December 8 & New Mexico State University in Las Cruces
<http://asw.filmfinancing.org/120910.nA0> on the 9th. Follow the
links for complete details & to secure your SPECIAL DISCOUNT.

IIFF's New Mexico team & our WORLD-CLASS SPEAKERS look forward to
meeting you. Please tell your friends & peers!

Sincerely,
Your Friends at IIFF
http://filmfinancing.org

P.S.: Submit your film project to pioneering ANGEL INVESTOR GROUP
FilmAngels <http://filmangels.org>, the world's first of its kind.
Simply bring a summary to one of the upcoming Townhalls.

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