A monthly gathering of Entrepreneurial filmmakers in the Bay Area. The Townhall is all about getting Filmmakers, Marketers, and Business people talking and networking. It's an interactive event where you'll meet people you might not otherwise meet, and do more than just sit and fiddle with your Smartphone, or just listen to speakers talk about their work. The Townhalls are for sharing useful information, and meeting useful people to grow your team and your company to the next level.
6:30-7:00 Loose Networking, Mingling, and Snacks
7:00-7:15 Community Announcements
7:15-7:30 Producer Foundry Organizers announcements and housekeeping.
7:30-7:45 Featured Speaker: Marc Smolowitz
7:45-8:30 Semi Structured Networking Game
8:30-9:00 Networking follow-up
We're asking for a 5 dollar suggested donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We'd rather have you there without the donation, than not have you there at all. The money is primarily to cover location costs, and the cost of the snacks.
Marc is an Academy Award® nominated film, TV & new media producer, multi-award winning director, and executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. Smolowitz's career focus has been powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres, and his credits include: "Heaven Adores You" (Producer, 2014), "Havana Curveball" (Executive Producer, 2014), "The Campaign" (Producer, 2013), “Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” narrated by Margaret Cho (Director/Producer, 2013), "The Power Of Two" (Director/Producer, 2011), "Still Around" (Executive Producer/Collaborating Director, 2011), "The Weather Underground" (Producer, 2003), "Trembling Before G-d" (Producer, 2001), among others. In recent years, he was the in-house producer at TellyTopia, a Silicon Valley start up specializing in interactive television, IP-TV and VOD products for cable & satellite companies. In the 1990s, he was widely known as the President and Founder of Turbulent Arts, Inc. -- a boutique, indie film distribution and sales company based in San Francisco that ranked as the 26th largest film company in North America at its peek in 1998 (the 14th largest among independents.) Today, he works full-time as an independent filmmaker, while maintaining a thriving consulting practice called 13th GEN that guides filmmakers through key stages of development, fundraising, production, post, completion, and distribution. As a freelancer, he regularly works on special projects with a diverse slate of media and technology companies, nonprofits, and philanthropies. Finally, he serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit local news organization.