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FILM FINANCING CASE STUDIES

November 29, 2014, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Membership open to men and women, for membership info: http://www.womeninfilm.ca/membership.html

WIFTV and Creative BC Present

Feature and Documentary Film Financing:  Case Studies

Don’t miss this workshop where producers with recent success in financing their projects will share how they did it. From maxing out one’s credit card to agency funding, learn how filmmakers are putting together the funds to realize their projects. 

Saturday November 29th, 2014

9:30 – 4:00pm

Location:  #4-306 Abbott Street (Buzz Code: #8) Vancouver, B.C.  

Agenda:

9:30 –09:45 am        Registration and introductions

09:45 – 12:30 pm:    Producers 

  • Suzanne Crocker, All The Time in the World – as Suzanne lives in Dawson City, she will join us via Skype
  • Cari Green, When I Walk
  • Jen Rustemeyer, Just Eat It 
  • Robyn Wiener, Black Fly

12:30 – 1:30 pm:      Lunch
(for those who wish to stay, this will be a networking lunch - you can either bring $10 to join a veggie &/or fish sushi lunch or bring your own lunch)

1:30 – 4:00 pm:        Producers

  • Amy Belling, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows
  • Jessica Clark-Bojin & Lindsay Mann, Charlotte’s Song
  • Nick Carella and / or Ali Liebert and / or  Michelle Ouellet, Afterparty

Each producer will speak about for about 45 minutes about how their projects were financed and take questions. 

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SUZANNE CROCKER – Director, Producer, CinematographerSuzanne Crocker, a Yukon filmmaker, switched careers from rural family physician to filmmaker in 2009.  Her award winning short film Time Lines (2010) screened at film festivals in Canada, the US and Europe, and was selected for a National Film Board Filmmakers Assistance Grant. All The Time In The World represents Suzanne Crocker’s feature film. It won the audience award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival.

JEN RUSTEMEYER - ProducerJenny is a film producer and writer who is passionate about sustainability. She wrote the blog and produced the documentary The Clean Bin Project (2010) which documented a year living zero waste. With her partner Grant, she recently completed Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie which premiered at Hot Docs and won both the VIFF Impact and Must See BC awards at the Vancouver International Film Fest. Jen spends her fair share of time both in front of and behind the camera, and on the weekends can be found in mountains or making things from scratch.

CARI GREEN - Producer
Cari Green is a veteran film and television producer of social issue films. She has been nominated for several Genie awards, winning twice for The Corporation and Scared Sacred. Green has been an advocate for the Canadian film industry, serving on many organizations, and has been honoured with a lifetime membership in Women in Film and Television.
She completed her master of fine arts in film production (2013) at the University of British Columbia, producing Citizen Jane, her thesis film. She has worked with diverse communities on films such as Washing of Tears, The Learning Path, and Warrior Boyz. Green has been an educator at various institutions, including the Vancouver Film School (since 2006) where she has mentored over a thousand students.
She is currently working on a documentary with emerging filmmaker Joella Cabalu on her feature documentary, The Legacy, in production right now in BC, California, and the Philippines.

ROBYN WIENER - Producer
A seasoned professional with over 19 years of experience in the film and television industry, Robyn has worked in many aspects of production and proudly holds over 40 professional credits to her name. As a Producer, Robyn has been producing and developing projects since 2002 and has been attached to several award winning short films some of which include the DGC Kickstart short My Inventions, The Comedy Network aired short The 30 Second Guaranteed Foolproof Ancient Cantonese Method, the Bravo! Fact short bANGER, The Journey the MPPIA award winning short film Move Out Clean (VIFF 2011 selected) and a Leo award winning music video, Accidental Kisses. She recently screened the hit film Black Fly at VIFF, which is making the festival rounds now.

AMY BELLING - DOP and Producer
Amy Belling is a multiple Leo Award winning director of photography and producer with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. With director Jamie Travis she lensed the critically acclaimed short films Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner (2003) and The Saddest Boy In The World (2006), which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Slamdance, SXSW, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary. Amy shot A.J. Bond’s Comic-Con 2009 award-winning short film Hirsute (TIFF 2006), Madame Perrault’s Bluebeard (Clermont-Ferrand 2011), Bond’s docu-fiction debut feature film experiment Stress Position (2012) and most recently Songs She Wrote About People She Knows (TIFF 2014).

SOCIABLE FILMS:
NICHOLAS CARELLA - Actor, Writer, Producer
Nicholas Carella is an award-winning actor and writer, best known for his role as Deputy Patrick Lillis on CBS’ Harper’s Island. In 2009, Nicholas was a double nominee at the Canadian Comedy Awards (Best Actor, Best Screenplay) for his feature film writing debut, Hooked on Speedman, which is still enjoying a successful television run across the country. Over the last ten years, Nicholas has been a busy actor whose favourite credits include Citizen Duane, The Kennedys, Stir of Echoes II and the upcoming films The Millionaire’s Club and Klapstock Syndrome. You may also recognize Nicholas from guest starring appearances on Fringe, Supernatural, V as well as numerous other prime-time dramas. Currently, Nicholas is head-writer and show-runner of the web-series, The True Heroines, and is over the moon about Sociable’s exciting slate of upcoming productions, including a new web series, PSI.

ALI LIEBERT - Actor, Producer
Ali Liebert is an actress who is quickly becoming one of Canada’s rising stars with the recent completions of 4 feature films; Foxfire, Afghan Luke, Sisters & Brothers, and In the Hive, as well portraying one of the leads, Betty McRae on the original Global series, Bomb Girls. Perhaps best known for her role on the popular CBS series, Harper’s Island, Ali is no stranger to film or television with over 50 credits to her name. Ali has premiered 4 films at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as several short films internationally. She has graced the pages of Elle Canada, Hello! Canada, Reel West, TV Week, Playback Magazine, The Vancouver Observer, National Post, Globe & Mail, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, After Ellen, Vancouver Magazine and many others. Currently she is devoted to Sociable Films as well as studying at the Groundlings in Los Angeles.

MICHELLE OUELLET - Director, Producer
Michelle Ouellet is an award-winning director and producer. Her feature debut Hooked on Speedman was the recipient of the Maple Leaf Award for Best Canadian Film at The Prince Edward Island International Film Festival and was nominated for three Canadian Comedy Awards including best direction of a film. Hooked on Speedman (starring Nicholas Carella, Christopher Jacot, Maury Chaykin and Paul Gross) has toured to numerous festivals and has played on CBC, City TV, FX and Super Channel & is distributed by EOne. Currently, Michelle is in the final stages of post-production for her short film This Feels Nice which was recently awarded a BC Arts Council New Media grant to assist with the film’s completion. Michelle is also a principal in the Vancouver based company True Heroines Entertainment where she serves as Executive Producer and director for The True Heroines web-series & is resident director of The True Heroines Live Show, a bi-monthly cabaret at The Electric Owl Social Club. Her co-op film Afterparty was shown at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival in 2014.


DONE FOUR PRODUCTIONS:
JESSICA CLARK-BOJIN - Producer
Jessica Clark-Bojin has worked with the CBC, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Seven24 Films, Halifax Film, BioWare, Rainmaker Entertainment, and many others on film, television and digital properties, and co-authored the industry primer: From Zeros to Heroes: Digital Strategies for Film and Television Properties. In recognition of this work, Jessica was nominated as “Digital Media Woman of the Year” at the 2010 Canadian New Media Awards.
Jessica is a Principal and founding executive of Done Four Productions, an entertainment production company focusing on high-end genre properties, inspired by folklore, and grounded in real human drama. The company's inaugural feature Charlotte's Song is slated for a Spring 2015 release.

LINDSEY MANN - Prodcuer
Lindsey Mann is an award winning producer from Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to producing the highly acclaimed Little Mermaid short film, Lindsey produced the Halloween episode of Written by a Kid for Felicia Day’s YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, as well as the short film Fidelium, that would go on to win Best Film at the BloodShots Horror Competition as chosen by George A. Romero. Lindsey is a principal at Done Four Productions.