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Mentors - Open Call 3

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Feeling adrift in the film world and need some valuable one-to-one general advice? This is the session for you; "Open Call" features industry insiders that run the gamut of the film spectrum. Whether you're seeking advice on production, festivals, distribution or all of the above, sign up now and get the lowdown.

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:

Nick LoPiccolo --
Carolyn Meili --
Emily Rothschild --
Jeanette Scott --
Keith Leopard --
Molly Thompson --
Steve Joyner --


Carolyn Meili Coord Festival of Moving Media

Carolyn Meili coordinates the Festival of Moving Media; an international documentary film festival based in Canada.

Emily Rothschild Mgr of Acquisitions New Video

As New Video’s Manager of Acquisitions, Emily Rothschild oversees all acquisitions for Docurama Films, New Video’s acclaimed label of award-winning documentaries. Additionally, she acquires content for theatrical, DVD, VOD and digital release across New Video’s various brands and for the company’s industry-leading digital aggregation arm. Recent acquisitions include the Sundance award-winning Hell and Back Again, Being Elmo, Revenge of the Electric Car, and Woody Allen: A Documentary. Prior to joining New Video, Emily served as Director of Marketing and Distribution for Arthouse Films, where she worked on the theatrical releases of several acclaimed documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated Waste Land and Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

Jeanette Scott Art Dir/Set Decorator

Jeanette Scott has worked in film as a set decorator and art director for the past twenty years. Her most recent release was 2011’s Oscar nominated Tree of Life. After college, Jeanette spent a few years "knocking around the globe" before landing in Mexico & attending art school. Upon returning to Texas, she settled into the world of film and felt she had found her home. She was attracted to the art department by the opportunity to be creative in a collaborative medium with ever changing challenges. She has since traveled extensively with her work- from Maine to Puerto Rico, from the Midwest to the east coast. Her favorite experience was decorating Mississippi Masala, the first film to shoot in Uganda since 1951 when Bogart was there to film The African Queen. She worked on several films with Robert Rodriguez, including Sin City, for which she won the San Diego film critics award for art direction. Jeanette's personal interests are art/design, languages, and travel. In addition to her film work, Ms. Scott has volunteered for several non-profits in the community and serves on the boards of the Austin Film Society the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. She lives with her husband, daughter, alley cat and a rescued miniature dachshund.

Keith Leopard VP, Business Dev Millennium Entertainment

Responsible for managing business development, identifying new strategic initiatives, partnerships and distribution deals. Also manages all aspects of Millennium’s IVOD business.

Molly Thompson VP, A&E IndieFilms A&E IndieFilms

Molly Thompson launched and runs A&E IndieFilms, the network’s feature documentary division. Thompson executive produces the division’s original productions including: “My Kid Could Paint That,” “American Teen,” “The September Issue” and “The Tillman Story.” More recently, “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” directed by Alex Gibney, was nominated for three News and Documentary Emmy Awards in 2011. A&E IndieFilms’ productions include the Oscar-nominated, Sundance Award-winner “Murderball” and the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp.” Thompson’s latest films for A&E IndieFilms are “The Imposter” and “Under African Skies” both of which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Nick LoPiccolo Agent Paradigm

Nick LoPiccolo is an Agent at Paradigm Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, specializing in film finance and distribution. Nick works with a wide spectrum of clients including actors, directors, producers, and film financiers; the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment; animation and VFX studio, Arc Productions Ltd. (“Gnomeo and Juliet”); feature film production companies such as FilmEngine (“Lucky Number Slevin,” “The Butterfly Effect,” “The Rum Diary”), Peter Facinelli’s banner, Facinelli Films (“Loosies”), Corsan (“The Devil’s Double,” “Killing Season”), and Boss Media (“Ten Year”); and one of the world's largest physical distributors, Alliance Entertainment Corporation.

This year at SXSW, Nick is representing four films including ELECTRICK CHILDREN, GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, and the festival’s closing night film, BIG EASY EXPRESS. Nick is a graduate of the University of Delaware, the Villanova University School of Law, and Southwestern Law School, where he earned an LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law. A former two-sport athlete at the University of Delaware, Nick ran track and played football for the Blue Hens.

Steve Joyner Production Designer Troublemaker Studios

Born in 1964, Steve grew up in Phoenix, Arizona during the space age. During high school and college his was active in technical theatre. After spending a year in the college of architecture at Arizona State he switched to Electrical Engineering with his father’s encouragement. While working at a computer store in Phoenix he was hired to work on the 1997 feature “Campus Man” running their computers. There he met members of the film community and was soon doing commercials.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and rode the wave of production as a prop master on Showtime and HBO movies. He met Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino in 1994 and worked with them on “From Dusk til Dawn. In 2005 Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino gave him the opportunity to move up to Production Design on their double feature "Grindhouse.” Steve counts David Wasco, Tony Cowley and Nigel Clinker among his production design mentors.

His notable films include "Jackie Brown", "Kill Bill", the "Spy Kids" franchise, "Sin City", "Inglourious Basterds" and "Predators". He splits his time between Los Angels and Austin, Texas where is currently designing a bar made of sea going shipping containers. His father still believes he ran away and joined the circus.

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