In addition to a full slate of films this during the 2011, we presented our always-popular and FREE Talk/Show panel discussions. As part of Talk/Show, we presented a special series of panels called Film Matters, a three-part discussion curated to engage, educate, and inspire an audience to support film as a means to facilitate social action.
The DALLAS International Film Festival presents a free series of panel discussions that will interest filmgoers and filmmakers alike. Held at the Filmmaker Lounge, the panels will be conducted by notable filmmakers and journalists.
All Talk/Shows were held at the DALLAS IFF Festival Lounge
1608-C Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Talk/Show #1 – Packaging
Saturday, April 2 – 3:00 PM
Theme: How to put together an independent film, from script to distribution, in today’s Netflix world.
John Wildman – Sr. Publicist, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Jason Michael Berman – Producer/“The Dry Land”; “Jess + Moss”
Peter Trinh – ICM Talent
Richard Turner – Starz Encore, Sr VP Biz Affairs/Programming; Anchor Bay Distribution, Acquisitions
Talk/Show #2 – Old Media, New Media and Writing About Film
Sunday, April 3 – 1:00 PM
Print media faces prolonged challenges as bloggers and social media continue to proliferate. In short, the world of movie coverage has changed dramatically in a short period of time. We gather representatives from both sides of the fence to discuss some salient questions: Do critics and bloggers serve the same function? Is there room for serious criticism in the blogosphere? Do critics still matter? How can the old guard adapt to the new world? Join us for a lively conversation about the ways we write and read about the movies.
John Wildman – Sr. Publicist, Film Society of Lincoln Center
James Wallace – Senior Editor, Gordon and the Whale
Chris Vognar – Dallas Morning News
Mark Bell – FilmThreat
Robert Wilonsky – Dallas Observer
Making Films That Change The World
A Three-Part Series
An important goal for all film festivals is to provide opportunities to educate its audience, in order to better develop its understanding of the role of film in today’s world. FilmMatters explored the current challenges filmmakers, activists and non-profit organizations often face in the long journey to make a “movie with a mission.” The three-part discussion offered insight from Emmy and Oscar-nominated filmmakers, PBS executives, media and communications specialists, and key leadership for several extraordinary non-profit organizations. The discussions featured specific stories of lessons learned and offered advice on how to effectively make a movie that changes the world.
All panels were held at the DALLAS IFF Festival Lounge
1608-C Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
FilmMatters Panel #1 – WHY MESSAGING IN MOVIES CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
Saturday, April 2 – 11:00 AM
James Chippendale is founder and CEO of the prominent CSI Entertainment Insurance as well as a cancer survivor and co-founder of the progressive Love Hope Strength Foundation, an organization that has profoundly broadened the reach of cancer awareness through concerts, film, and the arts. His story is the subject of Noah Hutton’s MORE TO LIVE FOR.
Leslie Manookian Bradshaw- THE GREATER GOOD
Leslie Manookian Bradshaw was a successful Wall Street business executive who left at the height of her career to pursue social issues. After
becoming aware of the vaccine debate, she vowed to make a documentary exploring the issue. THE GREATER GOOD acts to reduce the taboo of the vaccination conversation by addressing its diverse, often polarizing arguments and bringing rational ideas back into focus.
Kerri Briggs is the Director of Education Reform for the George W. Bush Institute. As Director, Briggs’ immediate focus is the implementation of The Bush Institute’s recently announced Alliance to Reform Education Leadership, the largest initiative in history to enhance the achievement of America’s children by improving the performance of America’s school principals.
Bill Lively is President and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee was instrumental in the development of the Slant 45 program which partnered with Big Thought to ensure North Texas’s youngest citizens benefited from the Super Bowl. The efforts of this program were captured in SLANT 45: THE DOCUMENTARY, which chronicles the young participants’ personal struggles and how their commitments and service ultimately impacted their communities.
Brigid McConville is an award-winning author, journalist, and human rights advocate. Her recent focus has been to expose the worldwide injustices of maternal mortality. She is Director of the White Ribbon Alliance, an international coalition that seeks to change that injustice, making pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns everywhere.
FilmMatters Panel #2 – WHAT TYPE OF FILM WILL BEST REACH YOUR AUDIENCE
Saturday, April 2 – 1:00 PM
Anne Bothwell is director of KERA ’s Art&Seek, a program advocating community-based arts. She has shaped coverage of the arts in North Texas over the last 20 years, co-creating the GuideLive section and leading award-winning coverage for The Dallas Morning News. Art&Seek’s initiatives engage citizens as active participants and give local artists opportunities for exposure.
Sahara Byrne is an assistant professor of Communications at Cornell University, where she has taught, conducted research and published multiple articles on the development of online communication, questioning why strategies that are intended to promote positive effects and cyber-safety are generally rejected by web-savvy children.
Lauren Embrey is CEO and President of the Embrey Family Foundation, producing partner for Theatre Quorum in Dallas, and part of iDeal Partners Film Fund in NYC . Her passions are film, theater and human rights advocacy. She produced the 2007 U.S. Premiere of Truth in Translation at SMU, and the 2009 documentary Playground, about the exploitation of American children.
Judith Helfand is the Co-Founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures. Filmmaker, activist and educator, she’s best known for her ability to take the dark, cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and make them personal, resonant, highly charged, and entertaining. Her films have earned Emmy-nominations, Sundance and Peabody awards.
Kathy Lo is responsible for PBS’s program evaluation, development and acquisitions and oversees PBS Plus, a syndicated programming service of specials and series in a variety of genres. In collaboration with ITVS, she also curates PBS’s Independent Lens, a weekly Emmy Award-winning showcase of independent film.
Brian Malone is a five-time Emmy Award winner and has produced more than a dozen independent documentaries for broadcast and cable. His programs have aired nationally on PBS and cable networks, covering Grammy-Award-Winning recording artists, to environmental issues, to Native American culture.
* immediately following the panel will be a screening of a 20 minute sneak peek of Brian Malone’s upcoming film Middle Ground (working title). Americans are polarized and angry. In the crossfire of the loudest voices, reason and compromise are often shut out of the national debate replaced by fear and anxiety. Middle Ground explores the anger and frustration in America. A long list of Washington journalists, academia and the nation’s top lawmakers give viewer a rare and comprehensive insight into the factors behind extreme polarization and possible solutions to move beyond it.
FilmMatters Panel #3 – HOW PLANNED DISTRIBUTION IMPACTS FUNDING
Sunday, April 3 – 3:00 PM
Stephen Nemeth is one of the “Top Ten Most Prolific Producers in Hollywood,” (Hollywood Reporter), and winner of 2009’s Vision Award and “Artivist” Award for his production of socially-aware films. He executive produced WAR/DANCE, nominated for a 2008 Academy Award and winner of the 2007 Sundance Director’s Award. He has recently been named to the Washington, DC ’s Friends of the Earth Board of Directors.
Tony Fay is the VP of Communications for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. He was instrumental in the production of SLANT 45: The Documentary, which offers an intimate look at children who, through ingenuity, courage and spirit, embarked on a year-long journey to identify problems and improve the lives of those around them.
Noah Hutton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, pursuing his passion for human rights awareness. He is making films with a message that not only establish a dialogue now, but perhaps have future implications through his examination of the impact of oil drilling, the importance of cancer awareness, and cataloging of neuroscience research.
Keith Maitland is the director and producer of THE EYES OF ME, which presents an extraordinary look at four blind teenagers over the course of one year at the Texas School for the Blind in Austin. The film competed at the 2009 AFI Dallas Film Festival, aired on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and was awarded a Barbara Jordan Media Award by the Texas Governor’s Office.
Tom Stephenson is Founder of Look Entertainment and Vice-Chairman of the Board for Rave Motion Pictures, a rapidly growing movie theater chain that is now the 5th-largest circuit in the country, setting the tone for the future of film exhibition through its early move to all-digital projection and inclusion of amenities that heighten the movie-going experience.
Judith Vecchione is an Executive Producer for the National Programming unit of WGBH (Public Broadcasting from Boston) and is tasked with finding and developing the next generation of talented professionals. She’s focusing on future award-winning projects and on helping WGBH remain public television’s preeminent production.
THE GREATER GOOD hosts “Vaccine Safety”
Sunday, April 3rd at Angelika 7
Barabara Loe Fisher
Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder & president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, founded in 1982, and co-author of the seminal 1985 book DPT: A Shot in the Dark. She worked with Congress on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and has served on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (1988-1991); Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Forum (1995-1998); FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (1999-2002); and CDC’s Vaccine Policy Analysis Collaborative (2002-2005). She has testified in Congress and state legislatures and appeared in many national and international media news reports on vaccination, including PBS, CNN, BBC, NPR, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. She has publicly debated more doctors on the subject of vaccination on television than any other American.
Dawn Richardson is the Director of Advocacy for the national non-profit The National Vaccine Education Center (NVIC) and is the designer and developer of NVIC’s Advocacy Portal, an online database and communication tool offering assistance to those who want to become engaged and involved with the state legislative process to promote the right to informed consent to vaccination through the protection and expansion of vaccine exemptions to mandatory vaccination. Dawn is also president of PROVE (Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education), a Texas parent rights advocacy network she co-founded in 1997. Dawn’s work in Texas has contributed to positive legislative changes, including the passage of a statewide conscientious belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in 2003; the vacating of a gubernatorial executive order for mandatory HPV vaccines for 6th grade girls in 2007; and institution of medical privacy protections in a statewide vaccine tracking system and a newborn DNA storage system. She has publicly debated doctors and legislators, speaks at health conferences, and actively participates in interviews with local and national media on legislative vaccine issues surrounding vaccine mandates and vaccine exemptions.
Robert W. Sears, MD
Robert W. Sears, MD, is board-certified in Pediatrics, and a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library. “Dr. Bob,” as he likes to be called by his little patients, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, finishing in 1998. Dr. Bob practices a unique approach to pediatrics by providing a combination of alternative and traditional medical care. By limiting antibiotic use, using science-based natural treatment approaches whenever possible, and focusing on good nutrition and immune system health, Dr. Bob takes preventative medicine to a whole new level. His commitment to breastfeeding success for all his patients also helps babies get a right start in life.
Dr. Bob has a particular passion for helping parents understand childhood vaccines and the options open to them in choosing the safest possible vaccine schedule for their child. As the solo author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, his in-depth knowledge of vaccines and the diseases they prevent has helped parents nationwide get a better understanding of this complex and confusing issue. Dr. Bob has appeared on several television shows to offer advice on child behavior and parenting issues. He is a frequent speaker at La Leche League conferences, including the International LLL Conference 2007 as well as various parenting health Expos. He has written for Contemporary Pediatrics, Newsweek Japan, and dozen’s of regional parenting magazines across the nation.
Lawrence B Palesky, MD
Lawrence B Palesky, MD, is a board certified pediatrician who received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987. His clinical experience includes pediatric emergency and intensive care medicine, in-patient and outpatient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care, newborn and delivery room medicine and private practice. Dr. Palevsky served as the Chief of the Pediatric Acute Care Unit at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital from 1995-1998. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, co-founder and president of the Holistic Pediatric Association, a board member of the American Holistic Medical Association, a member of the medical advisory board of NVIC and a Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Rebecca Rex is co-founder of PROVE (Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education), which promotes awareness about vaccine safety, medical privacy and informed consent issues. Their grassroots campaigns have contributed to positive legislative changes in state law including expansion of vaccine exemptions, parental consent prior to immunization registry inclusion, and overturning an executive order mandating HPV vaccine for 6th grade girls. Rebecca is a featured speaker at B.I.R.T.H., an annual event focusing on healthy, natural, safe birth and parenting.
Justin Rex is an 18-year-old high school senior. He enjoys many outdoor activities, especially hiking and cycling. He completed the BPMS150 for the first time at the age of 15. Justin is also very civic minded and has campaigned for local, state as well as congressional candidates. He is looking forward to college where he intends to study economics and photography, two of his passions.
Christopher Shaw, PhD
Christopher Shaw, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia and holds cross appointments with the Department of Experimental Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He is the author of more than 100 peer- reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters and special reviews. Shaw has edited four books on neuroscience themes. The main focus of his research has been on the Guamanian neurological disease spectrum, ALS-parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS-PDC). Recent work in the laboratory has developed animal models of the disease that are able to recapitulate all the essential behavioral and pathological features. The model is also being used to understand gene-toxin interactions, define neurodegeneration pathways involved, and to attempt therapeutic interventions at early, mid and late time points.
Speakeasies provide opportunities for film and video professionals to network and discuss issues vital to their ongoing development. They are presented at the Angelika Film Center Dallas Café.
Angelika Film Center Dallas Café
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
sponsored by Texas Monthly
Monday, April 4 – 5:30PM
Texas Monthly and Austin Film Festival, with the help of local film organizations, offered short-film workshops that are specific to the “Where I’m From” competition. Representatives from both organizations expanded on the theme of the competition as well as provided potential entrants a more in depth explanation of what the judges will be looking for. In addition, a local filmmaker from each city was on hand to touch on the technical aspects of short filmmaking.
Kelly Williams – Austin Film Festival
Skip Hollandsworth – Texas Monthly
Ya’Ke Smith – Filmmaker
Filmmaking and the Law
Monday, April 4 – 11:30AM-1:30PM
The Joule Hotel Ballroom
1530 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Whether you’re making a short or feature, a documentary or commercial, you’ve got issues. Legal issues…and lots of ‘em. A panel of experienced entertainment lawyers dispeled some myths, provided valuable insight, and answered questions about how to navigate the legal issues that filmmakers face from script to screen.
*** Approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit. Sponsored by: SMU Dedman School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Association, SMU Senate, SMU Student Bar Association, SMU Dean’s Suite, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C., and Dallas Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section
Danica L. Mathes
Danica Mathes is an attorney with Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas. Her practice focuses on Entertainment, Advertising, Intellectual Property and New Media law. She represents and counsels clients in various arenas of the entertainment industry, such as Fortune 100 companies, multi-platinum recording artists and producers, record labels and publishers, reality television participants and producers, award-winning filmmakers, producers and actors, literary authors and publishers, and amateur and professional athletes.
Danica was an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in American for Entertainment Law since 2007, and was also selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 and as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming Lawyers.
She often presents at national and regional entertainment conferences and events and is a prolific writer and contributor to various industry publications and websites. Danica is one of the inaugural organizers of IgniteDallas and is the Panel Coordinator for the Dallas International Film Festival. She has served on the Board of Directors for St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and she is a member of the StarPolish.com Attorney Panel as well as the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Forum.
Mike Farris is an attorney with Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C., where his practice includes entertainment law, focusing on the movie and publishing industries. Mike is also a literary agent with Farris Literary Agency, Inc. As an agent, Mike has placed several award-winning novels for publication, and has sold movie and TV rights for his clients’ books to major Hollywood studios.
Mike was the 2010 Vice-chair of the Dallas Bar’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section, after serving as the Chair in 2009, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas in its Sports & Entertainment Management MBA program, where he serves on the Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board.
Mike is much in demand as a presenter at writers’ conferences around the country, speaking on topics ranging from legal issues for writers and understanding publishing contracts to how to get published. A published author, Mike collaborated with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor/producer/director Robert Hinkle on Hinkle’s memoir of his years in show business entitled Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood, which was published in 2009 by the University of Oklahoma Press. He recently signed a contract with an independent press in Honolulu to publish his Hawaiian thriller, Kanaka Blues, which is scheduled for an August 2010 release. Also a screenwriter, Mike has three script projects currently in various stages of development and production, both locally and in Los Angeles.
Sally Helppie is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law who focuses her practice on Entertainment Law and commercial litigation.
Sally’s entertainment law practice runs the gamut from representing high-budget Hollywood productions to small independent producers, as well as individual writers, actors and financiers. She negotiates acquisitions and distribution, drafts production and financing agreements, advises on insurance and bonds, addresses Guild and Union issues, handles all aspects of production legal work, and litigates disputes. Representative legal work includes “The Tourist,” presently in production with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp; “The Young Victoria,” starring Emily Blunt and produced by Martin Scorsese; “Edge of Darkness” starring Mel Gibson; and “London Boulevard” with Keira Knightley. She also regularly counsels Texas production companies regarding cast, crew, equipment, location and union contracts.
In addition, Sally is an award-winning producer and President of Advocate Pictures, LLC. She produced the 2008 action thriller, “Exit Speed,” which enjoyed a platform U.S. theatrical run and wide release abroad; it screened on the Showtime Channel and currently is available on DVD. She also produced “The Beacon,” a supernatural chiller that won the top award for Best Feature Film at the 2009 Paranoia Film Festival and for which she was named Best Producer at the 2009 La Femme Film Festival. It has been released abroad and will be available in the U.S. in 2010.
Sally was selected as a member of the Producers’ Network for the 2009 Cannes Film Market. She is a sought-after speaker who has presented at the Austin Film Festival, Dallas Screenwriters Association, Entertainment Law Institute and multiple law-related conferences. Among her current projects, she just wrapped principal photography for “Beyond the Farthest Star,” a family-friendly movie shot in Texas, and is executive producing “Verdigris,” a feature scheduled to shoot in New Orleans in 2010.
David Hale Smith
Before starting his own agency in 1994, David Hale Smith began his career as an assistant agent at Dupree/Miller & Associates in 1991.
DHS Literary, Inc. is a literary agency and creative management firm located in Dallas, Texas. DHS Literary provides literary representation, creative project management and intellectual property licensing. The agency handles a mix of literary and commercial fiction — especially hard-boiled mystery, suspense and thrillers – popular nonfiction, and an exciting list of special projects and intellectual properties, ranging from original comic books and graphic novels to computer games to high profile name-brand cookbooks, website content, video products, live lecture series and more.
David’s clients are under contract with Algonquin Books; Bantam; BBC; Columbia Pictures; Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; Fox Entertainment; HarperCollins; Knopf; CBS/Paramount; Penguin; Random House; Shape Magazine; Simon & Schuster; St. Martin’s Press; William Morrow & Co., Wiley, and many other publishers and entertainment media companies. DHS Literary has handled New York Times best-sellers, BusinessWeek best-sellers and numerous regional best-sellers and award-winning books since 1994.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Brian Cleveland went to work in the documentary world where he worked on BIOGRAPHY for the A&E channel as well as new media productions for the AMPEX Corporation. With a desire to transition into feature films, Brian studied screenwriting at NYU before collaborating with his brother on Soul’s Midnight, a vampire script that starring Armand Assante and produced by Gray Frederickson, producer of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. Brian and Jason followed up with Fingerprints, a supernatural horror film that starred Kristin Cavallari, Leah Pipes, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Fingerprints won “Best Feature” at the New York City Horror Film Festival and plays regularly on Showtime.
As a producer on both films, Brian learned the business of distribution and film acquisition. Working with Cinema Management Group since 2009, Brian has been instrumental in acquiring films such as Chris Rock’s Good Hair, SXSW Audience Award Winner Brotherhood, The Perfect Host with David Hyde Pierce which premiered at Sundance, and the provocative documentary Gasland, which won the Jury award at Sundance and has been shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Documentary Feature.