2021 Creators Conference

The NashFilm 2021 Creators Conference (Oct. 1 & 2) connects filmmakers, industry trailblazers, tastemakers and thought leaders with online panels exploring the current industry trends in the film and music industries while also focusing on important topical cultural issues.

NashFilm expands the inclusive nature of the festival by bringing film and music industry leaders together for a fully immersive experience of insights, content, resources and new relationships.

Ethics in Filmmaking

We ain’t embarrassed to use the word. We’re talkin’ about ethics. Are there ethical responsibilities a filmmaker assumes when shooting a film? To whom? The audience? The subject? The crew?  Is there a line between documenting a tragedy and allowing harm to come to a subject? Experienced documentarians and filmmakers share their stories, offer guidance, and discuss the role of ethics in filmmaking.

Tobias Deml

Moderator

Co Founder, SIE Society/Social Impact Filmmaker

Kirsten Johnson

Speaker

Filmmaker, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

Fr3deR1cK Taylor

Speaker

Filmmaker/Founder, Tomorrow Pictures

Peter Gilbert

Speaker

Filmmaker, HOOPDREAMS

Diversity & Inclusion in Filmmaking

Representation on screen is important, but how do we actually go about centering the margins? Those whose voices have been absent from the screen—whether for how they identify, where they are from, the color of their skin, or how they navigate the world—are changing the conversation by telling their own stories. How can we all keep advancing the dialog and continue expanding the frame in our roles as viewers, casting agents, writers, producers, and directors?

Bears Rebecca Fonté

Moderator

Artistic Director, AGLIFF

Paul Jenkins

Speaker

Founder, META Studios

Monty Ross

Speaker

Producer, MALCOLM X

Waverly Ann Harris

Speaker

Friends Life Community

Sarah Edwards

Speaker

Friends Life Community

The Working Indie Screenwriter: The Business of Screenwriting

Is it possible to make a living as a screenwriter without “selling out?” Or is fear of selling out a cop out? Whether selling a spec script, reworking or punching-up studio projects, or landing a seat in the writer’s room for a hit series, there are lots of ways to make a living as a screenwriter. Let’s explore the ins and outs of writing for the screen with some actual working screenwriters who will tell you all about it.

Matthew Harrison

Moderator

Filmmaker, KICKED IN THE HEAD, RHYTHM THIEF

Debra Eisenstadt

Speaker

Writer, DAYDREAM BELIEVER, BLUSH

Ruckus & Lane Skye

Speaker

Writers BECKY, writers/directors THE DEVIL TO PAY

Kristen Uno

Speaker

Writer, SEE YOU THEN

Scoring Your Film

Music can soothe the savage beast. It can also add emotional depth and resonance to a film. An original movie score might heighten a film’s emotional impact, set the mood from scene to scene, or communicate something unspoken through recurring themes.. Learn about the relationship dynamics between a composer and director and how best to use music to deepen an audience’s connection to the film.

Leo Sidran

Moderator

Composer, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

Joe Kraemer

Speaker

Composer, THE WAY OF THE GUN

Michael Montes

Speaker

Composer, ALWAYS SHINING

Paul Osborne

Speaker

Director, FAVOR, CRUEL HEARTS

The Art of Storytelling

Fade in: A screenwriter stares at the blank page… Now what? When it comes to the “art” to storytelling, let our panel help you find the balance between artisan and artist. While there are many ways to structure your story for the screen, our panel of screenwriters will share some of their best tips and tricks on how to break a story, develop fully-realized characters, and build your screenplay into a well-constructed brickhouse, with artistic flair.

Amy Dotson

Moderator

Director of Northwest Film Center & Curator, Film & New Media, Portland Art Museum

Michael Lucker

Speaker

Writer, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN

Angela Tucker

Speaker

Director/Producer, The Trees Remember

Moon Molson

Speaker

Writer, THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST, and JOHNNY ACE

Distributing Your Film

If your film is finished and no one is around to see it, does it make a difference? Let’s discuss how to navigate the distribution landscape so you can get your film out to the world. Join us as we talk with the folks who help deliver content to the world— whether putting butts in seats in a theater or attracting eyeballs to screens through streaming—our experts know how to connect your work with an audience.

Brian Newman

Moderator

Founder, Sub-Genre

Clémence Taillandier

Speaker

Director of Theatrical Sales, Kino Lorber

Kyle Greenberg

Speaker

VP of Marketing & Distribution, Utopia

Karol Martesko-Fenster

Speaker

COO/Partner, Abramorama

Festival Strategies for Filmmakers

Film festivals act as gatekeepers and trendsetters, shifting the direction of careers and successes with their reputations, influence and laurels. This panel will discuss how festivals uphold their programming integrity, and how transparent they are regarding their selection process. Panelists will explore the relationship between these powerful institutions and the filmmakers they serve, to better answer the question: “What is the right festival for me, and how do I get into it?”. From the judging process, to the advantages of smaller vs larger festivals, to how festivals are pivoting in an ever-changing landscape, this conversation will help you decide what home is best for your film.

Tom Hall

Moderator

Executive Director, Montclair Film Festival

Daniel Crooke

Speaker

Programs Manager, Outfest

Jason Anderson

Speaker

Short Cuts Programmer, TIFF

Brighid Wheeler

Speaker

Senior Programmer, IndieMemphis

Create It In Tennessee!

Hear from leading content creators from the Volunteer State as they discuss their experiences producing film, television, and media-based projects here at home. They will share the good, bad, and ‘not so awful’ as they offer insights on how to leverage resources, workforce, and the almighty incentive to make a ‘dam good production’.

Keith McDaniel

Moderator

Executive Director, Knoxville Film Festival

Bob Raines

Speaker

Executive Director, Tennessee Entertainment Commission

Chris Conner

Speaker

Producer, Hideout Pictures

Sarah Kunin

Speaker

Producer, Riverside Entertainment