WHERE NYC's FILM & FINANCE PROFESSIONALS COME TO CONNECT...
New York City Film & Finance network is a member community of individuals in both the film and finance industries interested in working together to produce independent & feature films for theatrical distribution.
This annual event is to help Entrepreneurs, attorneys, bankers, investment managers, entertainment lawyers, venture capitalists and above the line film professionals (producers, directors, casting directors, etc.) educate themselves on the ever changing landscape of film finance and also to help them connect on film and television projects.
Join us from 11am-5pm for an day of dynamic speakers, curated content, film conversation and business card exchange.
PANEL UPDATE!! Yes! We have added a new panel and also JAY BULGER, the Grand Jury Winner at SXSW will be joining us and showing one of his trailers!!
PANEL ONE: A Discussion on Crowdfunding - 11:15am-12:30pm
Filmmakers share success & failures of crowdfunding! Each of these dynamic directors have successfully raised funding ($25k+) for their films and will come discuss their strategies. (incl. Q&A). Panelists: Sara Nodjoumi, Till Schauder, Jayce Bartok
BREAK - Snacks will be made available | Cafe will also be open
PANEL TWO: Film Trailer Showcase & Festival Discussion- 1:15pm-2:30pm
This weekend at NYCFF Film & Finance Forum, we have great trailers being showcased by directors Jayce Bartok, Morgan Nichols, the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, Jay Bulger. Panelists: Jay Bulger, Morgan Nichols, Jayce Bartok and Michael Helman.
PANEL TWO: Crowdfunding & Social Distribution for the Independent Film - 2:45pm-4:00pm
Our industry panel will discuss the present/future ramifications of social distribution & crowdfunding on filmmaking as well as share inside info & strategies for filmmakers. Panelists: Danielle DiGiacomo, Morgan Nichols, Ranfi Rivera and Ralph Scott
WHEN: Sat., March 31st from 11am-5pm
WHERE: Showbiz Store & Cafe, 19 West 21st Street, New York, NY
Cost: $25 Early Member | $35 Early Non-Member
Every attendee will receive one (1) raffle ticket. We'll be raffling off:
* A featured profile on ProductionHub.com ($495 value)
* Ten (10) Copies of 2012 NY411 Production Guide ($59 value)
* Two (2) A Triple Fat Goose T-Shirt ($30 value)
Steve C. Beer
Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig
Steven C. Beer has served as counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors and producers. He also represents industry leading film production, film finance and film distribution companies. Steven has served as counsel to numerous multi-platinum musical artists and has worked with high-profile production companies and record labels. Steven is the founder of R&B FM, LLC, a film production company focusing on producing music-oriented films. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, he established the entertainment and media law firm of Rudolph & Beer, LLP with Laurence H. Rudolph in 1993.
At Sundance Film Festival in 2011, Steven sold Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest to Sony Pictures Classics, and it became one of the top-grossing documentaries at the box office last year. Earlier this month at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference, Steven represented the Grand Jury Award-winning documentary film, Beware of Mr. Baker, and is currently in negotiations for its sale. Next month at Tribeca Film Festival, you won't want to miss the world premiere of Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, for which Steven serves as Executive Producer and Distribution Counsel. Steven is also known for hosting periodic Stevestock events in New York City through which he promotes his film and music clients. Next month, Steven will host a Stevestock screening at Ogilvy of another film for which he served as Executive Producer and Production Counsel, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, starring Mira Sorvino, Joe Pantoliano and his son, Maxwell Beer.
Company URL: http://www.gtlaw.com/People/StevenCBeer
Personal Website: http://www.stevenbeer.com/
After appearing in films and television shows as an actor, most notably Richard Linklater's Suburbia, John Frankenheimer's Andersonville , Sam Raimi's Spiderman, Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent and Georgia Lee's Red Doors; Jayce Bartok was inspired to write and direct, Stricken, a short film starring Hayley Mills. Eager to embark on a larger project, he produced and directed with his wife Tiffany, Altered By Elvis, an award-winning documentary about lives changed by the King of Rock 'n Roll.
The Cake Eaters, Jayce's critically-acclaimed feature screenplay debut, was directed by Mary Stuart Masterson and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Bruce Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Aaron Stanford, and was released in March 2009 to positive reviews. He has four more screenplays currently in development, including Tiny Dancer, Livingston Avenue, Dream Country (adapted from the acclaimed novel by Luanne Rice) and Red River, a dark thriller about mysterious drownings in Wisconsin.
Jayce currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Tiffany, and is repped by Stewart Talent and Jackie Eckhouse at Sloss Law. He is a proud member of the WGA, a jury member at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, a selected committee member of SAGIndie and a contributor to NOW WRITE! Screenwriting published by Tarcher/Penguin. He can be seen in Kevin Smith's comedy, Cop Out, and the upcoming films Coming Up Roses, Price Check and Predisposed. In addition, he directed the music videos Wage Slavery for the band Eva, and the experimental video Dogs Are Loyal for the OZET.
The Independent Collective on Twitter: @TICNYC
Jayce of Twitter: @jaycebartok
Manager, Video Distribution - The Orchard
Danielle DiGiacomo is the Manager of Video Distribution at The Orchard, a pioneering, 15-year old independent music and video distribution company operating in more than 20 global markets. She is also an independent film producer and consultant based in New York City. Previously, she worked as the Community Manager at IFP, the nation's oldest and largest membership organization for independent filmmakers and as Head of Documentary Acquisitions for IndiePix Films, building up the documentary feature catalogue and spearheading successful multi-platform releases.. She also developed and produced the first and second annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Film, and Associate Produced two documentary features, Jennifer Venditti's BILLY THE KID (Best Documentary Feature, L.A. Film Festival 2007, South by Southwest 2007) and Samantha Buck's 21 BELOW. In 2010, she produced 3 short films, two of which premiered at Cannes' Short Film Corner, and Associate Produced one feature, Andrew Seman's NANCY PLEASE, which will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in May 2012.
She is currently producing and consulting on several projects, including Chris Kelly's documentary CAUSE OF PROGRESS, Samantha Buck's BEST KEPT SECRET, and Mark Elijah Rosenberg's AD INEXPLORATA. She also consults as a panel programmer for several international film festivals and is advising on the distribution strategy of several feature documentaries. DiGiacomo was one of 6 producers selected to attend the 2011 Sundance Institute's Creative Producing Lab, where she was the Mark Silverman Honoree.
The Orchard on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theorchard
Danielle on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dandig
The Orchard on Twitter: @orchtweets
Danielle on Twitter: @dandig
Orchard Blog: The Daily Rind - dailyrindblog.com
Co-founder & Director
Williamsburg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST)
As a partner in Brooklyn Films, a 26 year old entertainment and technology company, Michael has been producer and/or director of several films, television series, dozens of music videos and muti-camera HD concerts. Include his work as an editor and he's been responsible for thousands of hours of programming. A pioneer in the use of non-linear editing technology,Michael founded Post Digital, NY in 1989.
Currently, Michael is co-founder and director of the Williamsburg International Film Festival | WILLiFEST, now in its third year. Many submitted, selected and award winning films at WILLiFEST have been made possible by the advent of crowdfunding.
Company Website: www.brooklynfilms.com/
Festival Website: www.willifest.com/
Morgan Nichols is a filmmaker currently in post-production on his third microbudget feature. The first two, Jesus Freak (2003) and the little Death (2006) won a combined five film festival awards. He is co-creator of the lo-film method, a unique improvisational filmmaking process that has yielded 50+ short films by groups around the country. Morgan holds an MFA from USC Cinema.
Producer | Partner Pictures
Nodjoumi co-produced and co-directed a series of documentaries about the Iranian community in America. I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN: IRANIANS IN AMERICA, the first of these films, aired on multiple PBS stations and premiered at the MoMA Documentary Fortnight in NY. In 2002 Nodjoumi joined award winning director Till Schauder as a producer on his feature films SANTA SMOKES and DUKE'S HOUSE. In 2006, she worked on the marketing and release of Charles Sturridge's LASSIE. In addition to her producing work, Nodjoumi worked as Associate Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival from 2004-2009. In 2009, Nodjoumi launched the first children's film series at Tribeca Cinemas (Rated #1 movie series for kids in NYC). In January 2012, Nodjoumi and director Till Schauder completed one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns off all time for their upcoming feature documentary, THE IRAN JOB, reaching 200% of the initial funding goal. THE IRAN JOB is currently being prepared for a 2012 release.
The Iran Job Website: http://www.theiranjob.com/
The Iran Job on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554272471/the-iran-job?ref=live
Executive Director, Business Development & Distribution
As a lawyer and a business affairs executive with a career spanning 20 years and credits far too numerous to list for programming that has been acknowledged with Emmys, Peabody's and even a Grammy, Ranfi has been helping creative and production executives find innovative ways to finance, produce and distribute their work.
Having served as the Deputy General Counsel at WNET, he was responsible for the management of the legal and business affairs department with oversight over all of the company's production related activities. Always trying to extend the viewing experience beyond the screen, Ranfi has also helped WNET launch some of its boldest initiatives including The Celebration of Teaching & Learning, which is now the country's largest educational conference. He also spearheaded the effort to stage public television's largest fundraising event with the final concert of The Police's worldwide record breaking tour at Madison Square Garden and, more recently, helped WNET navigate through the production and filming of Andrea Bocelli's historic performance in Central Park. In his more recent role as the Executive Director of Business Development and Distribution, he is not only serving as the lead negotiator on marquis projects, but also helping the company expand its efforts to develop new revenue opportunities and strategic partnerships.
Independent Film Promoter, Director and Producer
After spending the better part of 18 years promoting independent films in various film festivals and a nationally broadcast short film showcase, Scott has recently made his maiden voyage into the world of film-making.
His company, Social Cinema is focused on exploiting films that speak to particular social issues. His current film Barbasol, is a father and son story that touches on Dementia. It will be used to open up discussions about mental health as well as the father and son dynamic. He deems it important to open up these issues to begin the dialog that is well needed in the Black community. For more information about his film and the Social Cinema movement.
Writer - Director - Producer | Partner Pictures
Till worked at Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures in Los Angeles before attending the University of Television and Film, Munich. In Germany he wrote and directed the award winning films STRONG SHIT (Max Ophüls Film Festival Reader's Award), and CITY BOMBER. After earning a government grant for the arts he made his U.S. debut with the romantic comedy SANTA SMOKES which won several international awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. DUKE'S HOUSE, about Duke Ellington's Harlem home premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to his independently produced features, Schauder has been commissioned to direct and produce television shows such as Storyhouse Production's GALILEO MYSTERY. His upcoming feature documentary, THE IRAN JOB, currently being completed for a 2012 release, has won multiple production grants and recently completed one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time in January 2012.
The Iran Job Website: http://www.theiranjob.com/
The Iran Job on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554272471/the-iran-job?ref=live
* More Panelists MAY be Announced
About New York City Film & Finance
NYCFF is a member community of individuals in both the film and finance industries interested in working together to produce independent & feature films for theatrical distribution. Film Directors, Producers, and Investors are welcome to join.
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About the Institute for International Film Finance
The Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an independent grassroots organization equally dedicated to serving the needs of filmmakers & financiers. IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope and appeal of film financing and do so for the benefit of the public at large. True to its proven motto of "democratizing film finance," IIFF's monthly Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations, inspiring discussion and focused networking. Past meetings have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities and drawn large, enthusiastic crowds. IIFF has local chapters in many cites and is looking to expand further to better serve filmmakers and financiers everywhere.
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WILLiFEST was established to provide a platform for the creative visions of today's emerging artists. The Williamsburg International Film Festival is the film component of WILLiFEST. The film and music festival is an opportunity for artists to enhance their career by exposing their art to an influential audience, gaining crucial media exposure and strengthening industry relationships.
Partnering with major universities, local non-profit organizations and industry leaders, our Educational Panels introduce the artist to new technologies that affect their craft as well as gaining perspective on how the business-side of their industry is changing and real world methods to assist in successfully generating a livelihood from their art.
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