2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Independent Directors on Working with Actors

Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 17B
Austin Convention Center


Independent directors have a special relationship with actors. They can be their neighbors, their peers, their friends, their family; sometimes directors are even actors themselves. Hear from four award-winning Austin directors: Andrew Bujalski (RESULTS, COMPUTER CHESS), Kat Candler (HELLION, CICADAS), Todd Rohal (UNCLE KENT 2, THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM) & David Zellner (KUMIKO: THE TREASURE HUNTER, KID-THING) discuss working with actors. Topics include developing characters from script to screen; unconventional casting; directing non-actors vs. pros; collaboration, improvisation & surprises on set; tips for first time directors on getting the performances you want; how their own acting has influenced their directing; and the actor s/he most wants to direct. Presented by the SAG Foundation.


Andrew Bujalski


Andrew Bujalski was born in 1978 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a director, writer and actor known for Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005), Beeswax (2009) and Computer Chess (2013)...

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Caroline O'Connor

Dir of Communications

Screen Actors Guild Foundation

Caroline is the Director of Communications at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation which provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the publ...

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David Zellner


Zellner Bros

David Zellner is a director, writer, and actor known for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014), Kid-Thing (2012) and Goliath (2008).

Zellner's IMDb Page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0954655/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Kat Candler


Candler Productions

Kat Candler's award winning short films Hellion and Black Metal have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Maryla...

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Todd Rohal


Smits Brothers Partners

Todd Rohal is an American independent filmmaker. His feature films include 2014's ABCs of Death 2, 2011's The Catechism Cataclysm, and 2006's The Guatemalan Handshake. He is also responsible for th...

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