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Wheaton Film Festival [2nd Annual]

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With film screenings, panel discussions, and networking, the Wheaton Film Festival is a great showcase for filmmakers from the Greater DC area [Maryland, DC, Virginia]...

Tickets are required: (
Use code “Partner75” to get 75% off the ticket price.

UPDATE- as of 11-10-16, the only seats remaining for sale are the PANELS from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. The entire day tickets and the film screenings tickets are both sold out. [Thanks everyone for such strong support.]


Everyone is invited to come to Chuck Levin's Music Center [Performance Space] in Wheaton on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm.

Tentative Schedule:
2:30pm - 3pm Doors Open, informal networking, welcome
6:10pm - 7 pm Networking, refreshments available, and gear exhibition
7pm - 9:10pm FILM SCREENINGS
9:10pm - 9:30pm Award Presentations and Closing Comments
9:30 - 11:59pm AFTER PARTY at Unplugged Bar & Restaurant


We will have three education panels planned from 3pm - 6:10pm: (please note the panels are subject to change)

• Documentary Filmmaking- a discussion of the process of documentary filmmaking and distribution. With Erica Ginsberg and Sam Hampton of Docs In Progress.
• Entertainment Law 101 - presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) with John Mason and Ken Kaufman
• Future of Filmmaking- a discussion of the technological advances that affect filmmaking, how to adapt, and what we can expect for the future of filmmaking. With Jonathan Powell of Look On Media and Chris Petracco of TrustedPhotoDC and Double Helix Production.

Networking reception will follow the panels. [Dinner will be provided free of charge courtesy of SAPRAC.]


Film Lineup includes:
Bad Luck
Counter Act
Hardboiled Egg
The Escalator
Never Forget
Wheaton Time Capsule
I've Been Bullied
Nature Planet
WFF Promo


Scheduled speakers include:

• Erica Ginsberg is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for documentary filmmakers. She has more than 20 years of experience in program administration in the nonprofit and government sectors, working in the areas of arts and culture, nonprofit management, and international professional exchanges. She is a host of The D-Word (, an online documentary filmmaker community with more than 10,000 members from around the world. Erica has extensive experience working with film festivals and speaking to audiences on everything from documentary fundraising to social media to international exchanges. She teaches Documentary Pre-Production and Outreach classes for Docs In Progress and facilitates work-in-progress screenings, Peer Pitches, and documentary appreciation salons.

• Sam Hampton co-founded Docs In Progress as a nonprofit organization in 2008 and served on its founding staff from 2009-2012. He was instrumental in developing the organization’s core curriculum of adult and youth educational programs and remains a key advisor and teaching artist for Docs In Progress classes. Sam balances his time between consulting with nonprofits through Hampton Consulting (, and producing award-winning documentaries for the educational market. His films include My Mother’s Journey; Hidden Books; Mr. Stokes’ Mission, Transcending Surgeon, and Freak the Language. In addition to his filmmaking background, Sam has more than 25 years of experience working on social justice issues, including directing a national model community technology center and managing strategic planning and grants management for minority-serving colleges and universities.

• John Mason, of WALA, Copyright Counselors LLC and Mason Literary, is a Washington D.C. based art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney and literary agent. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark registrations and transactional matters, litigation, copyright infringement, publishing and media issues, defamation, licensing and contracts, and commercial matters relating to creative industries.

Ken Kaufman is an attorney specializing in entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, Internet law, social media, sports law, and the evolving new technologies in the entertainment and computer fields. Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries. Immediately prior to joining Manant, Phelps & Phillips LLP, Ken was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc. (now known as Showtime Networks Inc.); as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of PolyGram Records, Inc.; and as General Counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

• Chris Petracco is a senior digital media specialist and content creator with over 15 years experience in communications and media production, including teaching at the college level. Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of multimedia production, social media solutions, digital media production, and digital tools to create comprehensive media campaigns. Chris helps clients develop broadcast, cable, and online products. He is the founder of TrustedPhotoDC and Double Helix Productions.

• Jonathan Powell has over ten years experience in digital product development and degrees in Marketing and Digital Media from Colorado State University. He has produced numerous virtual reality videos, launched high-profile websites, created award-winning mobile games, and completed numerous studio productions. He was previously the Design Director for Bithenergy and is now a cofounder Look On Media.


Film Screenings will take place from 7:10pm - 9:10pm.
The filmmakers will get to introduce their film live to the attending audience and answer some brief Q&A.

Awards & Prizes
"Levin Grand Prize" - Jury Award for Best Overall Film
"Wheaton Award" - Jury Award for Best Student Film
"Kamen Grand Prize" - Jury Award for Best Community Story Prizes include Final Draft Software, Adobe Software & Merchandise, raffles for attendees, framed awards, and more.



There are half day or full day tickets available for the festival. The full day tickets give you access to all the events for the full day on November 11th. The half day Panels Ticket will give you access to the first half of the festival from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. The half day Film Showcase Ticket will give you access to the second half of the festival from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

To buy tickets to The Wheaton Film Festival 2016 go to: ( .
Use code “Partner75” to get 75% off the ticket price.

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The WFF is supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Chuck Levin’s Music Center, Adobe Software, SAPRAC, Docs In Progress, Jungle Software, WALA, DC Shorts, DC Media Makers, DC Filmmakers, Copyright Counselors, Pro Cuts Editing, Red Giant Software, Buredo, Write Brothers Software, Ledo Pizza, Unplugged, Practical Filmmaking Tour, Montgomery Parks and Final Draft Software. The WFF is produced by Arune LLC. (

11151 Veirs Mill Rd. · Wheaton, MD