OXFORD FILM FEST 2017 PANELS

2017 PANELS

All panels are free courtesy of SagIndie, Seed & Spark and OxFilm Society & Theatre Oxford. The children’s workshops are part of the Kid Film Fest ticket which is $10and also includes free film screenings on Sunday.

FRIDAY

Actors Taking Charge of their Career

Sponsored by Sag Indie

Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Malco Commons

Not getting enough auditions? Not even getting an audition? Don’t have an agent? Completley scared of all of it? Your not alone. Learn how to be proactive in the ever changing industry of TV and Film. An inside look of the business side of Agents and Casting Directors and how the audition process really works. This panel will offer some insights of taking your career into your own hands and letting go of the fear of not being good enough.  

Panelist: Gabriel Furman of Queens, NY is an actor, dancer, comedian and writer. Gabriel has studied and performed comedy at UCB and The Pit. His recent acting credits include Netflix’s Daredevil, NBC’s Forever, Taxi Brooklyn, USA’s White Collar, Judas in The Actors Studio Production of Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot', directed by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons. He also starred opposite Ellen Burstyn as Yasha in The Actors Studio Production of The Cherry Orchard. Gabriel also wrote, produced and starred opposite Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in 'Mother's Day'. The Award Winning Short Film was chosen as an Official Selection in over 50 Film Festivals including The Rhode Island International Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Oxford Film Festival and HollyShorts, among others. He has previously worked as a special effects artist in TV and film, as well as a professional DJ and Breakdancer. Gabriel, a member of The Actor’s Studio, loves flea markets and is always searching for a story to capture.

Fest Forward: Careers in New Media

Sponsored by Visit Mississippi

Join moderator Kim Voynar and New Media and Virtual Reality filmmakers discuss the growing industry of new media.

Friday, 11 a.m. Powerhouse

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Sponsored by Seed & Spark

Malco Commons, Friday, Noon-130 p.m.

Crowdfunding to Build Independence is workshop designed to help you leverage the tools for great crowdfunding to build a direct relationship with your audience that will last your entire career. The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding has become a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. But most filmmakers miss the opportunity to leverage the power of crowdfunding for one film into an audience-building opportunity that can last an entire career – and provide the groundwork for effective distribution. In order to leverage this opportunity, it requires a new way of coming to work, and that’s what you’ll learn here. We’ve taught this class at over 100 film festivals, schools and organizations around the country, and gathered learning from the thousands of filmmakers we’ve met and hundreds of campaigns we’ve supported. Fun Fact: Filmmakers who have attended these classes have a Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign success rate of 100%!

Panelist: Julie Keck tends to media and communication strategy at Seed&Spark. She joined the team with 10 years of filmmaking experience and 5 of crowdfunding under her belt. Julie has run or consulted on crowdfunding projects that have raised over $300k total, and she’s spoken about social media for creatives, sustainable filmmaking, and audience engagement at SXSW, the University of Notre Dame, the Chicago International Film Festival, and more. Julie is co-author of Social Media Charm School, a social media guide for filmmakers, available for free on the Seed&Spark site. Play with her on Twitter as @KingIsAFink

 

Female Filmmaker Coffee Hour

Friday, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., Shelter

Come have some coffee on us and enjoy some mingling with other female filmmakers. An informal discussion will be held about the ups and downs of filmmaking in 2017 for women filmmakers.

Small Town Gay Gar Panel Discussion

Join filmmaker Malcolm Ingram and special guests as they discuss the continuing struggles of the LGBTQ community in the Deep South 10 years after the films release after a screening of the film.

Ticketed event.

Screening Time: Friday 5:30 p.m.  Malco Commons

 

SATURDAY

misbitsJunior: Stop Motion Animation Workshop

age range: 8 - 15

12:30 - 3:15 p.m., Powerhouse

Sponsored by OxFilm Society

Participants will use available materials to create a collaborative stop motion animation piece by choosing which materials to use and how. Each child will have an opportunity to arrange a scene and/or shot during the workshop. The final animation will be compiled and shared with the families of participants as well as featured on the misbits: a new media art space website at www.misbitsnma.com.

Panelist: Valerie Guinn Polgar is a new media artist, educator, and founder of misbits: a new media art space.  She currently lives in Oxford, MS with her husband and two young daughters.  Valerie uses animation, video, and physical computing to create interactive and immersive artwork.  Her work has been shown in NYC and the DC metro area.

 

Chasing Amy Live Script Reading

Saturday, 1 p.m., Shelter

Sponsored by Theatre Oxford

Theatre Oxford is proud to perform a reading of the 1997 classic film Chasing Amy. Written and directed by Kevin Smith, this romantic comedy revolves around sexuality, sexual history, and evolving friendships. This reading will be similar to when the cast first gets together with the director and other creative team members of a film production and performs a table-read of the script.

 

TEENS: DEMISTIFYING THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

age range: 8 - 15

3:30 - 5:15 p.m., Powerhouse

Sponsored by SagIndie

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You need to network! No, you need a headshot first! No, blah, blah, blah. Learn how the acting business really works and the insights demystifying the he said / she said of how it’s done. This panel will offer some insights for younger actors on how to stand out in the business by utilizing the best weapon an actor can have, their true selves. CAUTION: You might learn that this whole thing called acting is about playing and having fun.  

Panelist: Gabriel Furman of Queens, NY is an actor, dancer, comedian and writer. Gabriel has studied and performed comedy at UCB and The Pit. His recent acting credits include Netflix’s Daredevil, NBC’s Forever, Taxi Brooklyn, USA’s White Collar, Judas in The Actors Studio Production of Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot', directed by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons. He also starred opposite Ellen Burstyn as Yasha in The Actors Studio Production of The Cherry Orchard. Gabriel also wrote, produced and starred opposite Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in 'Mother's Day'. The Award Winning Short Film was chosen as an Official Selection in over 50 Film Festivals including The Rhode Island International Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Oxford Film Festival and HollyShorts, among others. He has previously worked as a special effects artist in TV and film, as well as a professional DJ and Breakdancer. Gabriel, a member of The Actor’s Studio, loves flea markets and is always searching for a story to capture.

 

Chasing Amy Panel Discussion

Join Moderator Mark Bell as he discusses with special guests the endurance of Chasing Amy after the anniversary screening.

Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Gertrude Ford Performing Arts Center with panel discussion following.

 

 

SUNDAY  

misbits: Pixilation Animation Workshop

age range: 13 - 99

Sponsored by OxFilm Society

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Malco

 

Creating appropriate lighting for stop motion animation as well as frame by frame animation topics will be discussed. Participants will create a collaborative pixilation animation, which is frame by frame animation involving human subjects, using each other as the subjects. The final animation will be compiled and shared with the families of participants as well as featured on the misbits: a new media art space website at www.misbitsnma.com.

Panelist: Valerie Guinn Polgar is a new media artist, educator, and founder of misbits: a new media art space. She currently lives in Oxford, MS with her husband and two young daughters. Valerie uses animation, video, and physical computing to create interactive and immersive artwork.  Her work has been shown in NYC and the DC metro area.

 

LGBTQ Panel

Sunday, Following the 12:45 p.m. LGBT winner screening, Malco

Join LGBTQ filmmakers as they discuss filmmaking.

Moderator: Eric D. Snider has been a film critic and journalist since 1999, first for "newspapers" (back when those were a thing), and now for the Internet. He co-hosts the "Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider" podcast and posts everything he writes at EricDSnider.com. He lives in sunny Portland, Ore.

 

 

For videos of past panels, see below:

2015 Casting Panel with Elise Fyke, Savannah Strachen and Matthew Morgan

2015 Producer Panel with Lee Caplin, Hudson Hickman, Adam Hohenberg, moderator Don Lewis and train safety expert and railroad coordinator Arthur Miller.

2015 Diversity Panel with Nina Parikh, Mark Jones, Kat Phillips, Eric Snider and moderator Aaron Hillis

2014 Actor's Panel with Mississippi actors Jennifer Pierce Mathus, Jessica Lemon Wilkinson, Kevin Broughton, Kenny Cook and Casey Dillard Pernell.

 

2014 Splitting Time Between Indie and Television with Richard Speight Jr, Jason Ritter and Rob Benedict with moderator Don Lewis

2010 Elvis Mitchell on Tyson during the Art of the Celebrity Interview