FUELFILM: Memphis Announces Star-Studded Expo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Memphis, TN – September 19, 2012
FuelFilm:Memphis proudly announces the Second Annual FuelFilm:Expo, A Motion Picture Industry Conference & Tradeshow, September 28-30, 2012 at Southwest TN Community College’s Macon Campus. Featuring guest speakers, expert panels, and hands-on workshops, this unique 3-day event offers learning, entertainment, and networking for all levels and categories of motion picture talent. From the beginning actor to the dedicated camera operator to the professional filmmaker – there’s something for everyone!
The Expo kicks off Friday night with a comedic welcome by Host DENNIS PHILLIPPI. Further recognizing homegrown talent, the “Made in Memphis” Filmmakers Panel celebrates the achievements of local filmmakers who have garnered distribution for their feature films. Known nationally, beloved locally, WILLY BEARDEN, DAVID EVANS, and RYAN WATT share filmmaking stories from creation to distribution. Afterward, the Panel will judge the Screenwriters Pitch Contest – whose winner will be awarded a prize package of filmmaking goods and services worth $2500. FuelFilm will present a screening of the short films and music videos engendered by them since their 2009 launch. Emmy-nominated Stuntman IAN QUINN (Nashville, TN) closes the evening with a segment we like to call “On Fire For Film”. Without giving away the big finale, we can say most assuredly – Ian’s HOT for filmmaking!! And that’s only Day 1!!
Day 2 gets down to business – the business of making films. Whether you’re interested in acting, working behind the camera, or filmmaking as a whole, there is a programming track for you. (And if space permits, you can sample other tracks, just to expand your reach.) Nashville Film-Com Founder/Producer ANDY VAN ROON hosts the Filmmakers Track, taking a look into “The Business of Film”, “Award-Winning Documentaries”, “New Media”, and “Entertainment Law”. Featured speakers in this track are Network, Film, and Web Producer GERRY BRUNO (Little Rock, AR), Producer/Cinematographer BILL VOLLAND Hot Springs, AR), Emmy-Award Winning Filmmaker/Cinematographer RICHARD CHISOLM (Baltimore, MD), CARLEE McCULLOUGH, Esq. (Memphis, TN) and BILL LUCKETT, Esq. (Clarksdale, MS).
Memphis Film Society Founder/Producer RICH NEWMAN hosts the Crew Track, which features “We’ll Fix It in Post”, “On Set 101”, “Tips From the Field”, and “Shoot to Edit”. Esteemed guest speakers for this track include ‘The Black & Blue’ Blogger/Field Director EVAN LUZI (Washington DC), Production Crew Instructor KRIS C. JONES (Chattanooga, TN), Stuntman/Field Director IAN QUINN (Nashville, TN), and Editor/FX Artist LES GALUSHA (Little Rock, AR).
Media Celebrity DONNA DAVIS hosts the Actors Track, which promises an insightful look into the business, from celebrities who have been there. “I’m A Natural! Why Take Lessons”, “Making It in TinselTown”, “Hiring An Agent/Manager” are panel discussions every actor (seasoned or aspiring) will want to hear! “Dark Knight Rises”/”Suburgatory ” Actor PATRICK COX (Los Angeles, CA), “Halloween 5”/”Knot’s Landing” Actress TAMARA GLYNN (Hot Springs, AR), Actress/Casting Director LORILYNN ROSAS (Evansville, IN), Model/Agent JANA LIND (Chattanooga, TN), and Acting Coach/Agent DON RAYMOND (Chattanooga, TN) bring decades of experience and insider information to this track. In a hands-on segment, Stuntman IAN QUINN and Actor PATRICK COX give live performances in Stage Combat, and Fashion Consultant LISA THOMAS (Memphis, TN), Costume/Wardrobe Designer AMELIA HOUSER (Hot Springs, AR) and Historical Fashion Expert ALEXIS LOTT (Memphis, TN) present a look at iconic clothing across the decades in “Fashion in Film”.
Robert Hall Studios and Xceptional Photography are offering onsite “Expo-‐ Only” Headshot specials, and Photographer Anthony Nguyen promises a FREE Facebook headshot to the first 50 walkups!
An Industry Trade Show featuring Nikon cameras and equipment will run concurrently with the Expo. Additional vendors will also present products and services in support of the film industry. Film Screenings hosted by Indie Memphis are provided as part of admission.
A Gourmet Food Truck Rodeo brings culinary excitement to the Expo for the entire weekend. With local favorites such as Fuel, Central Bar-B-Que, and Top Knot Pizza in attendance, there’s guaranteed to be something to please every palate.
Day 3 of the Expo provides rare insight and opportunity to learn “insider” secrets of the regional film industry from the very representatives who make it happen. Hosted by Actor/Reporter JON SPARKS, Film Commissioners from TN, AR, and MS will be in attendance to discuss “The State of the Film Industry”. TN Commissioner BOB RAINES, AR Commissioner CHRISTOPHER CRANE, and MS Commissioner WARD EMLING join Memphis/Shelby County TN Commissioner LINN SITLER for this timely and informative panel.
Wrapping up the morning session, the “All-Star Super Panel” will convene, hosted by FuelFilm:Memphis’ Board of Directors. Q&A, comment, and lively discussion are sure to break out in this spontaneous closing panel. The afternoon will bring the opportunity to enjoy a selection of films, hosted by OnLocation Memphis.
The Expo is generously sponsored by Nikon, a worldwide leader in digital photography equipment, and by Southwest TN Community College, who offers affordable, attainable secondary education with nine campuses in the greater Memphis area.
FuelFilm:Memphis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded as an educational resource and economic development engine, supporting both the independent filmmaking community and the growing professional film industry in the Mid-South.
FuelFilm:Memphis presents FuelFilm:Expo, A Motion Picture Industry Conference & Trade Show
September 28-30, 2012
Southwest TN Community College, Memphis, TN
For more information, and to register for the event, go to www.fuelfilm.org/expo
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