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Lunch&Learn: Legal Advice for Indie Filmmakers

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Let's set you up for legal success on your next project.

Indie filmmakers wear a lot of hats — sometimes too many. (We see you and salute you, Writer-Director-Producer-Editor-ProductionDesigner-AnimalWranglers!) But when it comes to the best legal practices for your production, cutting corners can get you into hot water, and fast. On this panel, we’ll chat with entertainment lawyers and creative professionals fluent in legal practices for filmmakers. Don’t cut corners — Come get your entertainment law questions answered by the experts.

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Stacey A. Davis (she/her) is an award-winning filmmaker and an entertainment lawyer. In various producer roles, her films include JOCKEY (Sundance 2021); SWAN SONG (SXSW 2021); SWORD OF TRUST (SXSW, dir. Lynn Shelton), LITTLE SISTER (SXSW, named by “The New Yorker” as the best film of 2016); and 1985 (SXSW). She made her directorial debut in 2019 with her dramedy short CHERRY and her short documentary PIE IN THE PUSS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF PIEING IN FILM, screening at over 30 festivals, including DC Shorts, Edmonton International Film Festival, BendFilm and Cucalorus Festival. As an entertainment lawyer, she’s represented A24, Plan B Entertainment, Tadmor Entertainment and others on a variety of projects, including MINARI, DEATH OF DICK LONG, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, SUMMER ’03 and ONLY. Davis serves as the immediate past-President of the Board of Directors for The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema and sits on the board of Stowe Story Labs. Find Stacey on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Erika Canchola (she/her)

In her leadership of production legal for such breakout works as the 2021 Sundance film “Wild Indian” and 2020 festival films “Four Good Days,” “Arkansas” and “Happily” as well as 2019 Golden Globe winner, “The Americans,” and Skydance’s “Grace and Frankie” and “Foundation,” Partner Erika Canchola optimizes her clients’ financial, legal and business position in the financing, production and exploitation of their content. Erika serves as outside production counsel for Skydance Television and is currently advising several producers of short- and long-form content slated for theatrical, television and new media platforms.

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