Splitting Time Between TV and Indie: a Conversation with Working Actors
Friday, 6:15 p.m. (Screen 8)

Many actors living in Los Angeles are recognizable from their television work while they still devote time to their love of independent film. From Parenthood to Justified to Supernatural, these actors help bring their television fans to the world of independent cinema. 

Jason Ritter has an extensive resume on television (NBC’s “Parenthood,” and “The Event,” and upcoming on Fox’s “Us & Them”), on stage in New York and London, and in independent film. He recently wrapped filming feature films “Hits,” directed by David Cross, “About Alex,” directed by Jesse Zwick, “Seven Minutes” directed by Jay Martin and “There’s Always Woodstock” directed by Rita Merson. He will be seen next in “You’re Not You” opposite Hillary Swank and he was last seen in “Five More” for Lifetime. He has appeared in numerous films programmed for the Oxford Film Festival, including “Good Dick” at OFF 2009. This year, he is in two of our films: “The Sidekick,” a narrative short and the feature “Teddy Bears” with David Krumholz. At Saturday’s award ceremony, we will present him with a special Hoka Award for Achievement in Film, last presented to Ray McKinnon in 2010.

Richard Speight, Jr. starred in the award-winning HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” the CBS series “The Agency,” and the TNT mini-series “Into the West,” and has had recurring roles on “Justified,” “Supernatural,” “Look for Showtime,” and the CBS cult hit “Jericho.” Behind the camera, he co-produced, co-directed, and starred in the indie flick “North Beach,” and co-wrote and starred in “Open Water 2” for Lions Gate Films. Richard's first solo writing and directing effort, the award winning short film "America 101," made its World Premiere at last year’s OFF; it has since screened at 27 festivals across the US, UK, and Canada. At this year’s festival, he appears in the narrative short “The Sidekick.”

Moderator Don Lewis loves film. Having written for Film Threat for over 10 years, he is also a documentary filmmaker in his own right. His feature Worst in Show played OFF 2011, and he recently co-produced “Holy Ghost People.” Don holds a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State and resides in Northern California with his wife, daughter and dog named Igby.

Plus other special guests to be announced on the panel. 


Bringing Adventure Time to Life: Storyboarding for Animation with Kent Osborne
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. (Conference Center)

From “SpongeBob SquarePants” to “Phineas and Ferb” and now “Adventure Time,” Kent Osborne is a writer and storyboard artist that has captured the imagination of children and adults everywhere. Listen to him talk about writing for beloved animated characters.

Kent Osborne, a writer and storyboard artist from Los Angeles, has received multiple Emmy nominations for his work on shows like "SpongeBob Squarepants", "Phineas and Ferb", "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" and "Adventure Time". He is also the creator of the web-series "Cat Agent". He has also appeared in such indie fare as “How to Cheat” (OFF 2012), “The Pipe” (OFF 2008), and “Hannah Takes the Stairs.”

Moderator Coop Cooper, AKA “The Small Town Critic,” has the versatility of a Swiss Army knife when it comes to writing in the motion picture industry. After earning his BFA in Cinema at Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Hollywood, Coop returned to his native hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi where he writes movie reviews for the Clarksdale Press Register, operates his movie-related website Smalltowncritic.com, aids/promotes film crews seeking to shoot feature films in the Mississippi Delta, teaches seminars, films live music events, works on about a dozen screenwriting/film projects at a time and still manages to watch an average of 2 movies per day.

Breaking Down the Score
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (Conference Center)

Four composers take us through the anatomy of scoring a scene within a film. After showing a clip of a scene, the composers will discuss how music enhances the story.

Moderator Ian Hierons is Co-Founder and CEO of Score Revolution, a technology-driven online platform connecting film music rights holders with licensing opportunities worldwide. The company represents film music catalogs from leading film music rights holder, composers and producers including Studiocanal, Lionsgate and Contantin Film. Prior to Score Revolution, Ian was the Senior Vice President for Acquisitions of Milan Records, one of the premiere soundtrack record labels in the world. For more than ten years, he produced and distributed soundtrack albums for numerous commercially successful and critically acclaimed films including “March of the Penguins,” “Pan's Labyrinth,” “Mulholland Drive,” “The Queen,” “Bend It Like Beckham,” “Monsoon Wedding” and “City of God.”

Two-time Emmy-award winning Canadian composer/arranger Hummie Mann has collaborated with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films.  His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks' “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates' “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” to “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazzello.

Scott Bomar is a Memphis musician, Emmy Award-winning film composer and Grammy-nominated music producer and recording engineer. Projects include the films Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Soul Men, and producing and engineering Cyndi Lauper’s Grammy-nominated album Memphis Blues at his Electraphonic Recording Studio. Bomar is also the leader of the BoKeys, a Memphis soul group whose most recent album, Got to Get Back!, was featured on NPR, BBC, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Bomar is a trustee of the Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy.

(Update:Ted Speaker, listed in the program, will be unable to join us.)


Learn Your Craft!  Making Short Films 
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (Conference Center)

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In 1992 Kelley Baker had his first child and decided to make a fun little film about it.  The result, the 3-minute “You'll Change,” has been seen all over the world.  Not bad for a little movie shot on short ends for less than $1000.  He followed this with “Stolen Toyota,” also made for under $1000.   He has made 8 personal short films which have screened on PBS, The Learning Channel, Canadian and Australian television and have won numerous awards in film festivals like London, Sydney, Annecy, Edinburgh, Sundance, Chicago and others.  In addition to his own films he was the sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant's feature films including, “My Own Private Idaho,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Finding Forrester,” and Todd Haynes’s film, “Far From Heaven.”

Kelley will discuss how he takes the little moments in his life and makes award winning films out of them for fun and profit. Believing in complete control of his own work from script to screen, he writes and directs all of his films and self-distributes them. He then travels the country showing his fiercely independent work at art house theaters, media art centers and at universities and colleges. Against all odds, Kelley is currently finishing up a feature length documentary, “Dangerous: Kay Boyle,” a personal project he has passionately pursued for over 25 years, and maintaining his website, angryfilmmaker.com.  


From Mississippi to the Big Screen
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (Conference Center)

Moderator Kevin Broughton, a working Mississippi actor based in Madison, leads a discussion of other actors currently living in Mississippi, but working in the film industry, whether in Los Angeles or New Orleans, or points in between.

Kenny Cook is an Actor, Writer and Director from Baldwyn, Miss.  He didn’t start acting until 2007, when he took a Sketch Comedy Class in Atlanta.  He has been involved in both stage and film productions.  Recently he has booked roles in “As I Lay Dying” and “Homefront”.  He has also worked with local, award willing film makers, Glenn Payne and Johnson Thomasson.

Casey Dillard is an actor, writer, improviser and sometimes director living in Tupelo, Miss. and working wherever she can. An interest in acting on stage as a child continued to grow and branch out into different aspects of filmmaking and performing. When she is not making films she can be found performing with her award-winning improv team, West of Shake Rag anywhere from Tupelo to Chicago.

Arkansas native Jennifer Pierce Mathus is an accomplished actress, first performing in a self-directed, all-girl cast, elementary school send-up of The Odyssey.  She later spent 13 years with Little Rock-based Red Octopus Theatre as an actor, sketch comedy writer and board member.  In addition to national and regional commercial work for radio and TV, Jennifer's film credits include various award-winning independent films and a supporting role in the forthcoming film “Dark Places,” starring Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks.

Jessica Lemon Wilkinson has been a professional working actor for the past 10 years, working out of Jackson, Miss. She often acts at New Stage Theatre, Mississippi's only professional theatre, having been in over a dozen productions, as well as teaching and directing there. She has also done many commercials and industrial films. She has recently worked in feature films in New Orleans and the Jackson area such as "As I Lay Dying," "2 Bedroom 1 Bath," "Starve," and "Civil War: The Untold Stories" which airs on PBS in April. Aside from acting, she is also a singer and performs with a bluegrass band.

Moderator Kevin Broughton is a lawyer, writer, actor and filmmaker in Madison, Mississippi. His first short film, “Murderabilia,” won Best Mississippi narrative at the 2011 Oxford Film Festival. His second, “Old Oak,” won the same prize the following year. He is currently collaborating with Ryan Bohling on a documentary.