@ the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI)Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts & Technology
In partnership with the Sedona International Film Festival
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All workshops and roundtable discussions are FREE and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required.
Transformative Fundraising for Filmmakers
with Morrie Warshawski
Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 24
9 a.m. – Noon
• Fundraising from A to Z
• Investor Models for Film Financing
• Non-Profit Models for Film Financing
• Engaging donors & investors from pre-production through distribution
Morrie Warshawski works with nonprofits and filmmakers that are having difficulty realizing their full potential. He helps them create roadmaps to a better future through strategic planning. His work is characterized by a commitment to the core values of tolerance, thoughtfulness, transparency, and creativity.
Warshawski has worked in the field for over thirty years as an administrator, consultant, facilitator, teacher and writer. He was the Executive Director of two media arts centers (Bay Area Video Coalition and The Media Project). He has served on numerous grant panels, and consulted with dozens of independent filmmakers.
Warshawski is the author of two books on fundraising, Shaking The Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants And Donations For Film And Video, and The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause.
The Business of Getting Your Film Out There: Distribution
George Rush and Lise Swenson
Thursday, Feb. 25
9 a.m. – Noon
George M. Rush is an attorney and sales rep specializing in the entertainment industry with emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area film community. Clients include producers, directors, screen-writers and investors in development, production and distribution phases. George recently repped Frazer Bradshaw’s Everything Strange and New, Barry Jenkin’s Medicine for Melancholy and Geralyn Pezanoski’s Mine.
Lise Swenson has been an active member in the media arts of the Bay Area since the early 1980s. As a filmmaker she creates documentaries, experimental documentaries, feature length fiction and short experimental video art works. Swenson also creates multi-monitor video art works and video installations built in response to specific sites. She was a first assistant director on ‘Strange Culture’ and a producer of ‘Mission Movie’ both films garnered many festival awards nationwide.
Today Swenson is working on her latest feature film, “Saltwater” as well as the documentary ‘An Unexamined Life’. She is a popular instructor of film and video internationally.
Producing Your Film: What You Need to Know
with Debbie Brubaker
Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. – Noon
This is a two-part workshop. The first part is dedicated to development and pre-production planning. We will discuss scheduling, budgeting, business plans and casting, legal issues and much more. The second part will focus on the transition between development and pre-production to production, post, and distribution. We will discuss bonds, post production, clearances, product placement, music, festivals and distribution – currently a hot topic in the film industry.
Debbie Brubaker is a seasoned producer in the world of “indie” feature films and ‘godmother’ of the San Francisco Bay Area independent movie arena. One of her recent successes was co-producing Peter Bratt’s movie La Mission, a Sundance 2009 hit.