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Fw: Filmmakers Day at The Expo - September 28, 12:00 - 8:00 PM

From: Susie L.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:10 PM
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Subject: Filmmakers Day at The Expo - September 28, 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Filmmakers Day
New Orleans  
September 28, 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Pan American Life Building
601 Poydras
(Due to hurricane Isaac, the deadline for 
PITCH TO PRODUCERS has been extended to 
September 21 11:59 pm CDT.  
A day of filmmaker panel discussions, presentations and demonstrations.  Featuring an exhibit area for businesses that provide the tools 
and services for the film industry.
Created to educate, inspire and empower! 
12:00 - 1:00 PM - The Treatment Project -  Learn from Writers Guild of America writers how to craft a winning treatment.WGA writers/directors/producers Steven Esteb, Henry GriffinMari Kornhauser and Suzanne Weinert. Moderated by Christopher C. Brown, independent filmmaker. 
1:15 - 2:15 - Casting Your Film, presented by Expo Sponsor Actors Access/Breakdown Services, with Shawn Summerer and casting director LaTanya Potts of LaTanya Potts Casting.
2:30 - 3:30 Shooting in 3D, presented by MIO 3D developer and CEO, Sean Fairburn.
4:30 - 5:30 The Cut - Editing for Filmmakers, presented by Ben Balser, Louisiana's only Final Cut Pro certified trainer.
5:45 - 6:45  Film Finance Forum - Hear from from investors and entertainment attorneys how to get your project financed. Eric Thompson, Esq., legal representative, Twentieth Century Fox, Jason Hewitt, Films In Motion, Executive Producer and CEO, Rob Wollfarth, Esq. Baker Donelson and Will French, Esq. Film Production Capital.  Hosted by Melissa Wiseman, manager, Entertainment Partners.
7:00- 8:00   Pitch to Producers - Three Filmmakers will have the opportunity to pitch their project to top executive producers, producers and entrepreneurs.
Deadline for Pitch to Producers 
submission has been extended to 
September 21, 11:00 pm CDT
French Quarter Chronicles
Click above for sample presentation
 Executive Producer/Producer Michael Arata
Producer and Entrepreneur Danny Bigel,
Producer Suzanne Weinert,
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Carol Markowitz
The Idea Village - entrepreneur developers.
Pitch to Producers is one of the highly-anticipated new programs for filmmakers at The Expo this year, offering filmmakers a rare opportunity to pitch their projects 
to producers who can help them get green lighted. Participants must submit a dynamic presentation based upon the guidelines listed on the website -  The presentations are simply a visual anchor for the pitch and will provide insight into an independent filmmaker's plan of action, as well as their creative vision. 
Guidelines on website are listed to assist in package development and presentation creation. THEY ARE NOT REQUIREMENTS.
After an extensive review process, three lucky filmmakers will be chosen to pitch their project to Executive Producer Michael Arata, and Producers Danny Bigel and Suzanne Weinert.  Carol Markowitz, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the globally recognized and New Orleans-based The Idea Village, also will be on hand to provide additional sound business advice.  In addition to having a chance to get their project green lighted, filmmakers will receive invaluable feedback on their presentation and pitch.
Pitch to Producers is a program at The Expo, and only open to registered attendees of the conference.  There is no cost to submit your project and participate in Pitch to Producers.  For more information and to register for The Expo, go to
The Expo is sponsored by nationally recognized Actors Access/Breakdown Services, the premier online casting portal that facilitates 98% of the films and TV projects produced in the US.  New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) and Louisiana Film & Video Magazine are also on board as local sponsors. The Expo is produced in part with contribution by the City of New Orleans.
About The Expo: Louisiana Actors & Film Industry Conference
The Expo: Louisiana Actors & Film Industry Conference ( is the largest professional development conference in the Gulf South region that supports the Louisiana film industry, the number three state for film production in the US.
For more information, please go to our website at, or contact Shanda Quintal at [address removed]  or[masked], or Lolita Burrell at [address removed] or[masked]-6833.
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