ReelWorld Indie Film Lounge Opens Industry Panel Access to Filmmaking Community

by kanationtalk on September 5, 20131766 Views

Toronto, Ontario (August 29, 2013) – ReelWorld Foundation (ReelWorld) pulls out all the stops at this year’s ReelWorld Indie Film Lounge, offering free access for the filmmaking community to attend the Telefilm Canada Case Study with the filmmakers from Empire of Dirt and the Kodak Canada Inc. Special Presentation: A Film Industry Update. This afternoon of insights into the Canadian film and television industry is part of a two-day symposium held on Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Dazzling Modern Restaurant and Bar. Journalists also are invited to attend the ReelWorld Indie Film Lounge Cocktail Reception on September 10 (accreditation required).

Telefilm Case Study: Empire of Dirt, Monday, September 9 from 12:30pm ET to 1:30pm ET.

Empire of Dirt, distributed by Mongrel Media, brings viewers into the world of three generations of Native Canadian women who discover that family can help them escape their past and provide a second chance. The feature film is an official selection of TIFF 2013 and is already generating buzz within the filmmaking community.

Moderated by Dan Lyon, The Telefilm Case Study brings together the filmmaking team from Empire of Dirt to discuss the making and the launching of this modest budget film. This session is a must-attend for any filmmaker looking to make a small-to mid-sized budget film in Canada. Panellists include: Director Peter Stebbings (“Defendor”, starring Woody Harrelson and Sandra Oh), Producer and award-winning Actress Jennifer Podemski (“Wonderstruck”, “The Diviners”, “The Rez”, “Degrassi: TNG”) and Writer Shannon Masters.

Kodak Canada Inc. Presents: A Film Industry Update, Monday, September 9 at 1:45pm ET to 2:15pm ET.

Experts from Kodak Canada Inc. and Vision Globale will share innovations in film processing within Canada and around the world.   Find out which filmmakers are choosing to create with film…and why. Kodak and Vision Globale will also share details about a prize of $7,000 worth of film stock/negative film processing (with minimum film purchase) open to the first Indie Film Lounge 2013 Emerging 20 to go to camera.    

The half-hour panel is hosted by Rhonda Lockwood (Account Manager, Kodak Entertainment Imaging Canada, Production and Post), Johanna Gravelle (Worldwide Marketing Director, Kodak Entertainment Imaging), and special guests François Garcia (VP Sales for VFX Service, Vision Globale), Paul Bellerose (Vice-President of Sales, Vision Globale).

The September 9 case study and panel are FREE to the filmmaking community and are held at Modern Dazzling Restaurant and Bar (291 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 1J7).  Seating is limited so attendees are asked to arrive early and reserve their seats. Doors open at 11:30am on September 9 and a light brunch is served. (Access by stairs only).

Journalists are invited to attend the ReelWorld Indie Film Lounge cocktail reception: 
Tuesday, September 10 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm (accreditation required). 
Dazzling Modern Restaurant and Bar (291 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 1J7)

ReelWorld Indie Film Lounge is a stepping stone to propel the careers of artists from Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other racially diverse backgrounds. During the symposium, 20 bright and talented emerging artists (E20s) will sit down during Face2Face with up to 21 mentors to pitch their story ideas and projects…and themselves.

To prepare for this career-propelling initiative, emerging artists were first coached for six hours during ReelPrep by Meridian Artists Founder Glenn Cockburn, Media and Visual Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council Mark Haslam, and Filmmaker/Past E20 Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi.

This year’s E20s include: Janelle Brown, Stephen Chen, Tamara Dawit, Richard Duke, Rodger Edralin, Kristina Esposito, Daniel Hayes, Kaniehtiio (Tiio) Horn, Nam Kiwanuka, Jerome Kruin, Amanda Lo, Surita Parmar, Yelena Pavlova, Billy Phan, Jason Rochester, Ian Tuason, Natasha Semone Vassell, Priyankara Vittanachchi, Richard Young and Robert O’neill Young. Click here to read their biographies.

They will each meet with up to 10 mentors who are experts in production, programming, marketing, financing, and entertainment law. This year’s mentors include: Alfons Adetuyi (Producer/Director/Writer, Inner City Films); Angela Argento (President, The Associates Talent and Literary Management Inc.); Meghan Baxter (Sales and Acquisitions Assistant, Cineflix); Yuval Daniel (Screen WriterDirector); Gina Dineen (Manager, bravoFACT); Indra Escobar(Senior Production Advisor, ACTRA); Joel Goldberg (Owner and President, Joel Goldberg Productions Inc.); Lisa Gotlieb (Original Programming Coordinator at Bell Media); Eric Jordan (Producer, The Film Works Ltd); Susan Karnay (Legal Counsel Content – Radio and TV, Rogers Communications); Tasso Lakas (Toronto Indie Productions Co-Coordinator, ACTRA); Lea Marin (Producer, National Film Board of Canada); Terry Markus (Executive Producer and Entertainment Lawyer); Tom McGillis (President/Executive Producer/Writer, Fresh TV Inc.); Marva Ollivierre(President, Doe Eye Media Productions Inc.); Marguerite Pigott (Head of Creative Development, Super Channel);David Rumley (Business Representative, (IATSE Local 667) International Cinematographers Guild); Frances-Anne Solomon (Chief Executive Officer, CarribeanTales WorldWide Distribution Inc.); Alejandra Sosa (Director of Communications, Directors Guild of Canada); Richard Stursberg (Former CBC Executive Vice President and Former Executive Director and CEO at Telefilm Canada); and Tushar Unadkat (Founder/Executive Director, Nouveau iDEA)*.

ReelWorld Indie Film Lounge is the signature event of ReelWorld Foundation, the registered Canadian charity and sister organization to the ReelWorld Film Festival.  ReelWorld addresses the noticeable lack of racial diversity in Canada’s film and television industry by creating a forum for artists to show their work, offering professional development activities and honouring excellence.  The Indie Film Lounge is sponsored by Telefilm Canada and Kodak Canada Inc., along with Dazzling Modern Restaurant and Bar, Wired Messenger Inc., among other food, beverage and merchandise partners.

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For more information, please contact:

Sasha Stoltz (Sasha Stoltz Publicity)
ReelWorld Manager of Publicity
mobile: 416-579-4804                                                   


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