School of Communication

Carried Away by Stories - From Idea to Screen
A Series of Interactive Panel Discussions on Filmmaking Featuring Visiting Filmmakers from The 36th CIFF

Filmmaking is an extremely complex process, and the purpose of these panels are to provide an overview of how any work begins as an idea, is next realized in the written form of a script or treatment, and then must be translated into the real world by a producer, director, and production crew. We will also discuss the post-production process and the biggest challenge of all: getting the film seen. Panels were held on March 31 and April 1, 2012 on the campus of Cleveland State University.


Carried Away by Stories - From Idea to Screen
Filmmaking is an extremely complex process, and the purpose of this panel is to provide an overview of how any work begins as an idea, is next realized in the written form of a script or treatment, and then must be translated into the real world by a producer, director, and production crew. We will also discuss the post-production process and the biggest challenge of all: getting the film seen.

Panelists
Genevieve Bailey, I Am Eleven
Neil Berkeley, Beauty is Embarrassing
Andre Hules, The Maiden Danced to Death
Eric Kissack, Missed Connections
Sheldon Larry, Leave It on the Floor
Jim Stark, The Pier

Moderator
Evan Lieberman

 

 


Carried Away by Visions of the Homeland - Filmmakers of the African Diaspora
This panel has been constituted in recognition of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® grant to the CIFF through their Focus on Filmmakers program, which this year is dedicated to supporting the work of filmmakers of the African Diaspora. The panel will look at how the African, African-American, Afro European, and Black Canadian experience is fueling an explosion of Black cinema worldwide, affecting the stories contemporary writers, directors, and producers are choosing to tell and the creative ways in which they are telling them. Another focus of the panel will be the new opportunities available to filmmakers of the African Diaspora as a result of technological innovation and the emergence of alternative models of production, distribution, and exhibition. This panel will be presented with the cooperation of CSU’s Department of Modern Languages.

Panelists
Ava DuVernay, I Will Follow
Eliaichi Kimaro, A Lot Like You
Michael King, The Rescuers
Terence Nance, An Oversimplification
of Her Beauty

Moderator
Eric Siler

 


Carried Away Briefly– Short Film - Production and Distribution
The explosion in film production inspired by the digital revolution has been even more notable in the realm of the short film than in feature length work. This panel will examine the ways in which the short represents a distinct form of filmmaking, from the range of stories that can be told to the different production approaches that make this type of film more accessible for beginning filmmakers with limited resources. We will also explore the avenues available for short film distribution and exhibition.

Panelists
Shawn Christenson, Curfew
 ACADEMY AWARD WINNER,
  2013 Best Live Action Short Film

Christina Grozik, Dark Before Dawn
Joseph Jurecki, Remarkable
Regine Richards, Some Things are Worse
Than Being Gay

V.W. Scheich, Wallenda

Moderator
James Denny

 


Carried Away to the Audience - Documentary Distribution and Exhibition
Contemporary documentarists have an unprecedented number of options for the distribution and exhibition of their work. At the same time, audiences for documentary content have become specialized and often fragmented. This panel will address the opportunities and challenges inherent in the process of getting documentaries out to their audiences. Panelists will discuss their own experiences in distribution and exhibition of their documentary work, including the role of film festivals such as the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Panelists
Xan Aranda, Andrew Bird:
Fever Year/Kartemquin Films

Joshua Green, I Want My Name
Back/Emerging Pictures

Ryan Levey, Vagrant Films Releasing &
Publicity

Andrew Rodgers, River Run Film Festival
Karina Rotenstein, Independent
Producer/Film Programming Consultant
(and past Programmer, Hot Docs)

Moderator

Michael Rand

Carried Away with the Real–Documentary Production
The range of documentary content and production styles has expanded greatly in recent decades, corresponding to an increased availability of inexpensive and portable equipment for filming/videography. This panel will clarify the wide range of options for contemporary documentary production in terms of selection of topic and focus, budgeting, production technique choices, and editing. Panelists will discuss how they approach the scripting, planning, and execution of documentary production, as well as how their decisions are affected by such factors as societal and economic climate, unforeseen shifts in focus during the production process, and desired audience responses.

Panelists
Bryan Hopkins, Dirty Energy
Kristi Jacobson, Finding North
Stephen Kessler, Paul Williams Still Alive
Martin Mudry, Where Dreams Don't Fade
Geoff Yaw, King Me

Moderator
Kim Neuendorf

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