The panel is under the banner of Black Shirt Reads, an organization that has undertaken a series of unproduced screenplay table readings here in Santa Fe, employing some of the City Different’s best local talent. (They undertake their latest, Enchantment, at 1pm at the Cocteau — just prior to the panel.)
I had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural George RR Martin Screenwriting Grant as one of the WGA professionals judging submissions and selecting a winning entry — which turned out to be a proposed television series entitled “Disempowered,” written by Santa Fean Kevin Atkinson, and awarded to him on November 8 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
The grant was administered by the New Mexico Film Foundation, aiming to grow the above-the-line talent in the state, and was open only to state residents.
You can soak up some of the vibe from the award night (which also dovetailed with the 20th anniversary screening of Earth 2, a TV series shot in New Mexico and at Garson Studios), and catch a few more photos of me hanging out with my screenwriting colleagues at this NM Film Foundation photo album.
Coolest part of participating in the panel discussion on “Working With Unions” at the Albuquerque Film Festival this Saturday morning was having legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler introduce himself to me after the panel and follow up on a point I’d made during the hour-long session. Haskell Wexler, ladies and gentlemen!
Just a reminder that I’ll be on a panel along with members of the DGA, IATSE and SAG to speak about “Working With Unions”, this Saturday, September 20, 9:30-10:30am at the Albuquerque Hyatt Regency, as part of the Albuquerque Film Festival. The panel discussion is open to the public, and if you’re attending the Film Fest, I hope you’ll stop on by.
I’ll be speaking on a panel about entertainment unions at the Albuquerque Film Festival on Saturday, August 20 (9:30am at the downtown Hyatt Regency). Members from the DGA, IATSE, and SAG will join me as I represent the WGA, and together we’ll discuss how working with guilds and unions … well, works.
This will be my first time at the Albuquerque Film Festival, which this year is premiering legendary writer/director John Sayles’ newest work. And as the film and television biz in New Mexico has reached a significant economic crossroads, it should be an interesting panel.
If you happen to be near Albuquerque or Santa Fe on that date, I’d be delighted if you dropped by for the panel discussion and said hello.
Attending the jointly sponsored Writers Guild of America and Mobile Entertainment Forum series of panels on Content Creation for Mobile Devices this past Saturday, I was reminded again how critical entrepreneurialism is to the 21st-century screenwriter. The idea that screenwriters could just rely on their agents to do the selling was never really true: but today’s effective screenwriter needs marketing and management skills like never before.