Mentors - Programming 1: Narrative
Festivals and markets are as vital as ever in today's filmmaking scene. Learn what to do - and more importantly, what not to do - when it comes to festival submissions, festival attendance, and beyond for Narrative films.
Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders at a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants who signed up online must check-in 30 minutes before your mentor time slot to guarantee your spot. Limited on-site signup is also available for a small number of mentor sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.
To sign up for a mentor session click on the link for the mentor you are interested in meeting with:
Adam Roffman -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/27
Erik Jambor -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/22
Hugues Barbier -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/21
Jenn Murphy -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/26
Jon Korn -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/25
Lane Kneedler -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/24
Mike Keegan -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/20
Stephanie Trepanier -- http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/23
The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) will hold its 9th edition April 27-May 4, 2011. IFFBoston has been recognized by the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, and the Boston Society of Film Critics as the premier film festival in the Greater Boston area. Over 20,000 people attend the 8-day festival each year. The festival takes place at the most historic arthouse venues in the Boston area; The Somerville Theatre, The Brattle Theatre, The Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the new Stuart Street Playhouse.
Adam Roffman has served as Program Director since the festival's inception. In addition to programming IFFBoston, Adam has produced three features that premiered at SXSW (Alex Karpovsky's WOODPECKER and TRUST US THIS IS ALL MADE UP and Garth Donovan's PHILLIP THE FOSSIL) and has worked directly with filmmakers such as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Ben Affleck, Denzel Washington, and Martin Campbell as an On-Set Dresser.
For over fourteen years, Erik has lead non-profit community-based regional film festivals in the South and Pacific Northwest corners of the country -- all three of which were ranked as one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" during his tenure. In 1999, he co-founded the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, serving as Director for its first eight years and growing the event into a filmmaker favorite and one of Time Magazine's "Film Festivals For the Rest of Us." In 2007 he moved to Bend, Oregon to run the BendFilm Festival, where he created a program that The Oregonian called "the best crop of fictional features yet to screen at BendFilm." Since 2008, Erik has served as Executive Director of Indie Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, where he doubled the festival's attendance in three years and won the organization two grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Erik has also served on numerous film festival juries, including South by Southwest, Slamdance, Atlanta, Nashville and the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy.
Hugues Barbier has been working for the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (SEFFF - France) for three years, programming films and contributing to broader festival planning and organization. In November 2010 he moved to Ithaca (NY), and while still working for the SEFFF, programmed in 2011 a monthly series of genre movies called ‘Fantastic Film Fridays: From Trash to Treasure’ at Cornell Cinema. He's also the Co-Founder of the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival (IIFFF) that will premiere in November 2012.
Jenn Murphy received her BA in Film from the University of New Orleans. While there, she helped found UNO Filmmakers, an organization that provides access to professional filmmaking equipment and allows students hands-on experience in independent filmmaking. After graduation, she began working for the New Orleans Film Society and New Orleans Film Festival; working within the organization she was promoted to Program Director where she worked in tandem with the Artistic Director to program the New Orleans Film Festival. Jenn recently moved to Los Angeles, where she currently works in programming for AFI FEST and the Los Angeles Film Festival. As a programmer, her interests are in international and genre films. Jenn is a former roller derby player who loves karaoke, robots, and cats.
Jon Korn is currently a Shorts Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and a partner in Cinemad Presents, a distributor of new and unusual films. He is also a Shorts Programmer at Outfest, where he was Programmer for the 2009 festival. Previously, Jon worked as an Associate Programmer at AFI FEST and as Associate Creative Producer for CineVegas. He is the Co-Creator of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart and a Jeopardy! champion.
Lane Kneedler received his BFA in Film from the University of Colorado in Boulder. There he studied under many influential experimental filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. While attending CU Boulder, he began volunteering for the Sundance Film Festival. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles and began working for the Sundance Institute full time. Working within the organization he eventually became a programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Screenwriters and Filmmakers labs. Other festivals Lane has worked with include the Cinevegas Film Festival, the Silverlake Film Festival, the Waterfront Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. In past years Lane served on the documentary jury for HBO's Comedy Arts Festival as well and served as a juror for the Northwest Film Forum and the Dallas Film Festival. Currently Lane is the current Associate Director of Programming for AFI FEST, a festival celebrating it’s 25th year in 2011.
Born in upstate New York in the early '80s, Mike Keegan got a job in the parking lot of an art house cinema in high school so that he could see R-rated movies for free. Be careful what you wish for. In 2004, he started programming Midnight Movies at the Spectrum 8 in Albany, NY, bringing a mix of cult classics, maligned gems and film festival favorites to New York State's under-screened state capital. Seeking (very) slightly warmer weather, he moved to San Francisco in 2009, landing at the Roxie Theater.
The Roxie is entering it's one hundred and third year doing what it does best: showing the wildest, most maligned, mis-managed and marginalized movies of the past, present and future. Staring down the overhyped "death" of 35mm and the Chicken Little landscape of theatrical exhibition, we could not be more energized and excited about the possibilities of cinema as a tool to engage, provoke, excite and surprise our community.
Stephanie has been involved with Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival for the past 7 years, first as a Publicist and Guest Coordinator, and now as the Market, New Media and Hospitality Director, as well as International Programmer.
Fantasia is North-America's largest genre film festival. For its 16th edition, it will be introducing new industry initiatives: the Fantasia Film Market and the Frontières International Co-Production Market, the first co-production market to concentrate on genre film while bringing projects from North-America, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia together.
She is also the founder of Evokative Films, a boutique film distribution company that independently releases International films across Canada since 2008.