Making Quality Movies for Wide Audiences

10:00 AM, May 30, 2015

From script development to distribution

A workshop with producer Lara Alameddine

Presented by WIFTV and Creative BC

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Location: Cineworks - 300-1131 Howe St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7 (entrance in back alleyway)

Time:       10am - 1pm

Content is King (or Queen). It’s the one consistent thing that permeates through the movie business. From the developing / building of content, through the packaging of director and actors, arrangement of financing, to marketing and distribution, this will be a filmmaking workshop through a producer’s lens, with a focus on building quality content for wide audiences.

The workshop will be highly relevant to producers but also to writers and directors seeking to connect with, and build positive relationships with producers.

Lara_A.jpgLara Alameddine’s film career started at the University of British Columbia film program. She started with a string of branded content short films for corporations such as Honda and Atom Films. Over the course of the last ten years she has been working independently developing a slate of feature film and television series from original ideas, books, articles, and screenplays.

Alameddine launched her new company, The Allegiance Theater, in early 2012 with producing partner Academy Award® nominated producer Daniel Dubiecki. The company, based in Los Angeles, was build as destination of trust and protection for artists and audiences to experience character and quality-driven storytelling through all mediums.

The Allegiance Theater is growing its slate of more than 20 character-driven motion picture projects across all genres for wide audiences, including the upcoming dramatic thriller Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell for TriStar / Sony; Veronica’s Room, Ira Levin’s follow up to Rosemary’s Baby, being written by Mark Bomback for Weinstein / Dimension; the 3D animated reimagining of the Christmas classic Nutcracker for ReelFX; At the Devil’s Table, being written by John Krasinski for Ben Affleck to direct at Warner Brothers. And most recently The Allegiance Theater has teamed up with Robert and Susan Downey’s Team Downey on the dramatic horror film based on the book by author Paul Tremblay, A Head Full of Ghosts, currently in negotiations with Focus Features. Up next on the company’s production slate is Please Stand By directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions), starring Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt, planning to shoot 2015.

Television has been another focus for Alameddine. The Allegiance Theater sold its first show “The Revengers”, written by Kara Taylor, to the CW with WBTV and Rashida Jones’ Le Train Train Productions. Most recently Allegiance sold a mocumentary style series, Meital, with ThinkFactory, to TBS television.