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Taking Feature Films in a New Direction

March 22, 2015   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Festival Events


Photo by Nanekia Morgan.
New Direction filmmakers participated in a Q&A session with the audience to talk about their experiences as first-time filmmakers. From left to right: Douglas Boswell ("Labyrinthus"), Brian and Ann-Marie Schmidt ("Incredible Adventures of JoJo"), Abhay Kumar ("Placebo"), Khalil Sullins ("Listening"), and Joshua Tate ("Love Land"). Clint O’Connor, film critic from the Plain Dealer, moderated the panel.

New Direction, a new program showcasing debut feature-length directors, brought together six filmmakers to talk about their experiences. They discussed everything from getting funding to problem-solving on the set to making intriguing trailers.

On financing: Sullin used the insurance money he got when his home burned down during the 2007 California wildfires as "seed money" to finance his film.

Problem-solving: The Schmidts had to deal with children growing during the course of a long shoot.

Trailers: All directors noted that they don’t like it when the trailer gives away too much. You still want people to see your film. Kumar relayed this story: Somebody who saw "Placebo" noted that [the trailer] doesn't do the film justice. "And I said, 'thank you.'"

Lisa Curland and Anne M. DiTeodoro

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Related Screenings:
03/19/15 @ 12:05 PM – Labyrinthus*
03/19/15 @ 2:10 PM – The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)
03/19/15 @ 8:30 PM – Listening
03/20/15 @ 2:00 PM – Listening
03/20/15 @ 4:30 PM – The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)
03/20/15 @ 7:00 PM – Labyrinthus*
03/20/15 @ 9:20 PM – Love Land and Guest Room
03/21/15 @ 9:20 AM – Labyrinthus*
03/21/15 @ 11:20 AM – Placebo
03/21/15 @ 12:10 PM – Love Land and Guest Room
03/21/15 @ 7:30 PM – The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)
03/22/15 @ 9:30 AM – Listening
03/22/15 @ 6:00 PM – Placebo

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