2020 Creators Conference

The NashFilm 2020 Creators Conference (Oct. 2 & 3, 2020) was presented virtually, online this year. Connecting filmmakers, industry trailblazers, tastemakers and thought leaders, the panels explored 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.

OUR PANELS

Synopsis

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 advantage 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.

Panelists

Beth Barrett

Artistic Director at Seattle International Film Festival

Beth has been with SIFF since 2003, and is responsible for managing the artistic vision of SIFF, including all aspects of film programming, the staff of film programmers, and both the 25-day Film Festival as well as SIFF Cinema’s 5 year-round screens and the SIFF Education team. Graduating from the University of Iowa with a Masters degree in Northern Renaissance Art History, Beth moved to Seattle in 1993, and has worked as a baker, bartender, art docent, and digital prepress technician. She secured SIFF’s status as an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short film in 2008. Before starting at SIFF in 2003, Beth worked with the Sydney Film Festival, as a programming assistant. In addition to her daily work in programming, Beth has served on juries and panels in Palm Springs, Park City, Cleveland, Vancouver BC and Berlin, Germany.

Vivian Hua

Writer, Filmmaker, and Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits. Learn more about her work at vivianhua.com.

Eric Hatch

Film Programmer, Critic, and Consultant

Eric Allen Hatch is a film programmer, critic, and consultant based in Baltimore, MD. Eric has programmed film series for the Baltimore Museum of Art, and was the Director of Programming for Maryland Film Festival from 2007-2018. He is also a co-founder and worker-owner of Beyond Video, Baltimore’s non-profit video-rental store, offering access to over 16,000 films. Eric’s writing includes the much-discussed Filmmaker article “Why I Am Hopeful,” the MUBI Notebook column Infinite Fest, and years reviewing film and music for Baltimore City Paper. He has coordinated the U.S. theatrical distribution of such films as Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts and Jessica Oreck’s forthcoming One Man Dies a Million Times. His film memes on Twitter and Instagram as @ericallenhatch resulted in an artist talk for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, as well as his own site, ericallenhatch.com.

Moderator: Rebecca Fons

Programming Director at FilmScene & Programming Director at the historic Iowa Theater

Rebecca Fons is the Programming Director at FilmScene, Iowa City’s art house cinema, and serves as the Development and Programming Director for the historic Iowa Theater in Winterset, IA. Rebecca previously served as the Education Director for The Chicago International Film Festival and is co-founder of Destroy Your Art, a yearly film event in Chicago. Rebecca received a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature Studies from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Community Council.

Synopsis

This panel explores how filmmakers and artists collaborate with archives to reuse, sample, and re-contextualize archival audiovisual footage. The panel will help filmmakers navigate the sometimes tricky routes to accessing rare historic footage, talk about where your film goes after its production run (and what happens when your own film becomes historic footage), and we will chat with filmmakers and archivists about their most innovative uses of archival footage.

Panelists

Ina Archer

Visual Artist, Filmmaker and Programmer, and Media Conservator

Ina Archer is a visual artist and filmmaker and film programmer whose work examines the intersections of race/ethnicity, representation, and technology. Her multimedia installations and single-channel works have been shown nationally including at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; The List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; Portland Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon; and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, among others. Archer was a Studio Artist in the Whitney Independent Study program, a NYFA multidisciplinary Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee in film and video, and she has been awarded numerous residencies.

Ina writes and about cinema and culture for periodicals such as Film Comment and Black Camera. She is a Media Conservator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Archer received a BA in Film/Video from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU. She was born in Paris, France and currently lives and works between Washington DC and Brooklyn, NY.

Rick Prelinger

Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz

Rick Prelinger, Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and educator. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his feature project No More Road Trips? received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His 27 Lost Landscapes live urban history projects have played to tens of thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. He co-founded an experimental research library in San Francisco in 2004, which serves over a thousand artists, researchers and activists each year.

Tom Neff

Filmmaker and Professor

Tom Neff teaches film production, media, documentary history, management, marketing and communication as Assistant Professor at MTSU (Middle TN State University). As well as being known for documentaries, Neff’s photographs have been featured with single and group exhibitions at Cheekwood Museum in Nashville and other cities.

Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Tom Neff has over twenty-five years’ experience in the film industry with many national and international awards, including an Oscar nomination, an Emmy win, and an Emmy nomination. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Neff’s films have ranged widely in subject and format from HD to 35mm to IMAX. He is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Neff founded the Documentary Channel™, which aired to over 45 million viewers nationally.

Moderator: Kelli Hix

Audiovisual Archivist

Audiovisual Archivist Kelli Hix is an audiovisual archivist and the project manager of the Audiovisual Heritage Center, a regional archive supported by Nashville Metro Archives and the Nashville Public Library. She is a core member of the Community Archiving Workshop and her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Synopsis

World renowned American artist Dale Chihuly understood early on the importance of documenting his work through the medium of film. We are joined by Leslie Chihuly and filmmaker Peter West as they discuss the intersection of art and film. Creating a way for your audience to virtually experience an exhibit in a time when we are all craving an escape to something more peaceful, Chihuly has found a way to do just that. We will also explore the latest exhibit Chihuly at Cheekwood here in Nashville TN.

Panelists

Leslie Chihuly

Chihuly President & CEO, Chihuly Studio Co-founder, The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation Chair Emerita, Seattle Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

Leslie Jackson Chihuly is an American arts executive and philanthropist with a focus on democratizing access to the arts and to ensuring ongoing viability for artists and arts organizations. She is the president and CEO of Chihuly Studio, the working studio of American artist Dale Chihuly, and co-founder of the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation.

Leslie is the strategic architect for Chihuly Studio’s long-term vision. As president and CEO, she strives to balance the creative energy and rapidly changing needs of an artist’s studio with the demands of the arts sector, ensuring stability for the Studio and advancing the interests of clients, galleries, and museums worldwide. Leading a team of 90 employees, Leslie fosters an environment which helps to realize Dale Chihuly’s artistic vision and supports his ongoing experimentation.

Leslie co-founded the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation in 2009 with a mission to educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations. Together, Leslie and Dale are involved with numerous non-profit and philanthropic organizations both locally and nationally with a focus on health, education, music and the arts.

Leslie serves on the boards of Vassar College and Pilchuck Glass School. In 2018, she was elected chair emerita of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra Board after serving nine years as board chair.

Leslie received the “Women of Influence” Award from the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2011. She was awarded the “Women of Valor Award” by Senator Maria Cantwell in 2015, honoring women who inspire and build-up our community, and received the “Brava! Award” from The Women’s University Club in 2017 for her work advocating for the arts. In 2018, Leslie was inducted into the College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in recognition of her extraordinary achievements in the arts.

Peter West

Filmmaker

Peter West is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked closely with American artist Dale Chihuly for 20 years, directing documentaries about the artist’s process and exhibitions in museums and gardens worldwide. His films, including “Chihuly in the Hotshop” and “Chihuly Outside,” have been broadcast nationally on PBS and screened at film festivals including the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) in Montreal, Canada. In addition to his work with Chihuly, West makes films about artists and museum exhibitions and has collaborated on several artist’s film projects.

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Synopsis

Discussion with trailblazers who fight the good fight focusing on the importance of creating stories that highlight social change and advocacy. Diving into the struggles on creating these types of works and the passion and perseverance it takes to get to the finish line.

Panelists

Brian Ivie

Filmmaker

Brian Tetsuro Ivie is an American filmmaker and director of documentaries, often with religious and sociopolitical subject matter. He is most well known for his documentary film, “Emanuel,” which tells the story of the 2015 Charleston Church Shooting, which took the lives of nine innocent African Americans. Ivie studied film and television at The University of Southern California, where he also began producing his first documentary feature, “The Drop Box,” the story of a South Korean pastor, who rescues children through a small hatch built into the wall of his home. Ivie’s follow-up feature, “Emanuel,” from Executive Producers Viola Davis, Stephen Curry, and Mariska Hargitay, made its television debut on Starz in conjunction with the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. As a screenwriter, Brian has written for Netflix, Sony Pictures, and Breakwater Studios. He is represented by CAA.

Erick Peyton

Chief Creative Officer of Unanimous Media

Erick is Chief Creative Officer of Unanimous Media, a company he co-founded with NBA superstar Stephen Curry that develops and produces television, film and digital content. Unanimous launched in April 2018 in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and strives to encourage empower and uplift audiences through a variety of diverse narratives, with an emphasis on family, faith, and sports themes. Peyton has created films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, digital content, and other audio-visual projects for an array of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to individual artists. Peyton infuses each project with fresh, innovative ideas and utilizes the highest quality directing, writing, editing and motion graphics to bring stories to life. As a result, Peyton’s work has been featured on every major broadcast network and digital outlet, garnering 500 million+ impressions across hundreds of platforms. Peyton’s passion for production started at an early age – he was shooting short films at age eleven and hasn’t put a camera down since. In high school, he began writing, editing, and producing commercials for the school news program. He holds a Technical Degree in Film Production from Valencia College (Orlando) as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Electronic Arts from Long Beach State University.

Erin Bernhardt

Filmmaker

Erin Bernhardt has won numerous film festival awards, two Peabody Awards, and an Emmy. Her first independent feature documentary, IMBA MEANS SING, aired worldwide on Netflix. She is currently completing post-production on CLARKSTON (working title), a film set in America’s most diverse square mile – Clarkston, GA – that follows a Muslim refugee and a former Klansman on their journeys to find healing in a fractured America. Prior to independent filmmaking, Erin served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, worked as a Writer/Producer at CNN, and as the Director of Engagement for Points of Light, President George. H. W. Bush’s foundation. She is a proud UVA alumna who loves volunteering, traveling, teaching yoga, and making her young son giggle.

Moderator: Andy Peterson

Creative Media Executive at Docs/ology Films

Andy Peterson is a senior creative media executive at the forefront of marketing film & television content to cause conscious & specialty audiences. In the past 15-years Andy has been involved in launching dozens of independent and studio feature films and TV series’ including projects from A24, Abramorama, Focus Features, National Geographic, Neon, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Sony Pictures, AMC, FOX, IFC Films and dick clark productions among others. Recently Andy launched Docs/ology, an initiative for curating, promoting and supporting ‘praise-worthy’ documentary films, true stories and other non-fiction content — which has included work on the films Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, The Biggest Little Farm, Strange Negotiations, Jump Shot, Social Animals and the Oscar winning feature documentary Free Solo. In 2012 Andy created the Justice Film Festival, a film experience that promotes social justice and celebrates emerging filmmakers from around the world. The festival, which Andy directs, will (virtually) return for its 8th season in New York City at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture this November. Andy has lived in Nashville for 25-years with his wife and three children. An avid record collector Andy has over 1,000 pieces of vinyl in his collection, and can usually be found visiting contemporary art museums and other sacred spaces during his travels.

Synopsis

Join us in talking with a few industry titans on how to actually get your project made. A bottom-line look into who actually makes the decisions on what projects get put into development, first-hand knowledge on best practices, post-COVID realities and current and future trends within our industry.

Panelists

Les Bohem

Writer

Les Bohem was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cultish hit with their single, Are You Ready For the Sex Girls. (If you ever saw Revenge of the Nerds, you know it). At the same time, he was holding down a day job as the bass player with the legendary band, Sparks. After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, Les started writing. He has written a lot of movies and TV shows including Twenty Bucks, Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo and the mini-series, Taken, which he wrote and executive produced with Steven Spielberg and for which he won an Emmy award, a Television Critics Award and a Saturn Award. His stories are up and about in numerous places as is his novel, Flight 505. He has had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde) and Alvin (of the Chipmunks.) His first solo album, Moved to Duarte, was released last year to rave reviews and absolutely no sales or downloads. His Audible Original novel, Junk, narrated by John Waters, was the best-selling Audible Original of 2019. He’ll give it all up if you’re looking for a bass player.

Gilbert Adler

Producer

Gilbert Adler is a highly regarded writer, producer and director in the entertainment industry who is known for producing films with big-star names and delivering on big-budget productions with characteristic calm. Over the last decade, he produced the critically acclaimed “Valkyrie” starring Tom Cruise and featuring an ensemble of some of the world’s finest actors, including Tom Wilkinson and Kenneth Branagh; and “Superman Returns,” introducing the iconic superhero to a new movie audience. He was Executive Producer on “Constantine” starring Keanu Reeves; and “Starsky & Hutch,” starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the boxoffice hit. Adler is associated with the mystery-horror-thriller genre in many of his works, having produced “Ghost Ship” starring Julianna Margulies, “Thirteen Ghosts” and “House on Haunted Hill.” His most recent producing credit is “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,” a mystery thriller scheduled for release in Winter 2010 and based on the Dylan Dog Italian comic book series whose eponymous hero is a paranormal investigator. Adler is also currently in pre-production on “The Other Side,” an otherworldly comedy starring Jason Lee and Woody Harrelson and featuring Anjelica Huston, Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette. Adler was born in New York City and began his career by producing plays before moving to Hollywood to write, produce and direct in film. Starting in television, he wrote, produced and directed the successful series “Tales from the Crypt.” With Robert Zemeckis, he created, wrote, produced and directed HBO’s “Perversions of Science” series. Also for HBO, he was a co-executive producer and director of “Vietnam War Stories” and was producer-writer-director on the popular, long-running TV series “Freddy’s Nightmare’s.” Adler also directed the feature film “Bordello of Blood,” and the popular “Charmed” and “Fantasy Island” TV series.

James V. Hart

Writer and Producer

James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft.Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Tuck Everlasting, Jack And The Beanstalk: The Real Story. Sahara, Lara Croft: Tombraider – The Cradle Of Life, August Rush, Epic, and the TV series, Crossbones, which he created and developed. The Hot Zone, the acclaimed series for Nat Geo based on Richard Preston’s best selling book, was created by Hart, who also shared writing and story credits on each episode and served as an Executive Producer. Hart is a co-founder of the Peter Pan Children’s Fund, a non-profit that fosters youth philanthropy supporting Children’s Hospitals, has served on the Meadows School of the Arts board at SMU, is a founding member of the Writer’s Guild Initiative board, and founder of Lionfish University, a non-profit .org dedicated to reef preservation and conservation. His renowned story mapping tool app, TheHartChart, and the HartChart toolkit, were launched online and in print at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. “Go with Gravity” is Hart’s primary mantra for the writing life.

Moderator: Andy van Roon

Founder of GM FILM-COM and President of TN Entertainment Alliance

Andy van Roon is founder/GM of Film-Com packaging, financing & distribution business market for feature film, scripted & unscripted television, and documentary projects (2009-present). He was producer of the Independent Filmmakers Symposium (1998) and Nashville Filmmakers Conference (1999) at Belcourt Theatre; founding president of FilmNashville (2001), founding producer Nashville 48 Hour Film Project (2003), annual multi-org town meetings, Nashy Awards (beginning 2004); has taught/lectured film business at Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, Watkins, Nashville Film Institute, AI/TN; is president of TEA / TN Entertainment Alliance, statewide advocacy entity for film/television incentives; has written/produced film, theater and arts-related projects in Chicago, NYC, Nashville and L.A.. He has an MFA from University of Southern California.

Synopsis

An in-depth behind the scenes look at the decisions that are made when selecting a song for a sync placement by dissecting specific examples of work by top music supervisors and music producers. We will break down ‘the brief’, discuss how tempo, tone/feeling, and theme play a role, examine the reason(s) a song gets selected or not selected, the importance of context in a song and what makes one song work better than another. This is an advanced look at sync placements.

Panelists

Dave Lapinsky

VP Music Producer at Grey Group/Townhouse

Dave Lapinsky, VP Music Producer at Grey Group/Townhouse has worked on music for brands such as; Volvo, Marriott International, Bose, Pantene, and Applebee’s. Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing powerhouse agency with over 430 offices in 96 countries. Dave oversees music strategy, production, and supervision. Notable projects include numerous Super Bowl spots and Cannes award-winning campaigns. He recently served on the AMP Awards Curatorial Committee (Association of Music Producers). He previously worked in the touring industry at a boutique talent agency while moonlighting as a live sound technician in NYC.

Brandon Young

Director of Music Affairs at Activision

Brandon Young is the Director of Music Affairs at Activision.  At the helm of Activision’s Music Department since 2003, Brandon has led the musical creative direction for all of Activision’s in-game music initiatives, any/all music in marketing and promotional assets and partnerships, and quite frankly, anything that touches music.

He originally led the music selection and negotiations on the famed Tony Hawk franchises, which is about to see a resurgence, and since then has placed and licensed more than 5,000 commercial songs for in-game use, launched some of the most iconic music collaborations in Activision’s [and gaming] history, and has worked with the world’s most prolific modern composers to create orchestral soundtracks rivaling Hollywood’s top feature films.

With now seventeen years with Activision, he has executive the scores behind the gaming industry’s all-time biggest selling franchise, Call of Duty. He was also responsible for overseeing the music selection and in-game celebrity talent integrations for Activision’s acclaimed franchise, Guitar Hero, opening the door to work with music legends like Metallica, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Taylor Swift, and any other talent partnership that comes through this multi-billion dollar company.

Anny Colvin

Head of Music at MakeMake

Anny Colvin is the head of music at MakeMake, a boutique creative campus that specializes in editorial for movie trailers (JAX), design (Elastic), advertising (Rock Paper Scissors) and original content (MakeMake).  Most recently, Anny has worked on film campaigns like Warner Brother’s Tenet and Joker, Netflix’s Roma and Universal’s 1917. She’s also worked on the TV campaigns for HBO’s new docu-series, The Vow, Euphoria, Silicon Valley, and the Game of Thrones franchise, Showtime’s Who Is America and Amazon’s Jack Ryan franchise. Her most recent work in advertising/design can be seen in the new sonic branding for Nissan. Anny was also the 2020 Guild Of Music Supervisor’s winner of best music supervision in a trailer for her work on the Joker marketing campaign. Before Anny was a music supervisor, she worked in various aspects of the music industry including both publishers (Position Music, EMI) and record labels (Capitol Records, Universal).  She currently lives in Los Angeles and spends her time cooking, playing soccer and listening to pop science podcasts.

Moderator: Heather Cook

Director of Marketing & Brands at peermusic

Heather Cook, Director of Marketing & Brands at peermusic. Starting her career in music 20 years ago at The Voice Studio in Boston, she later finished her degree in Music Business at Belmont University and went on to start and run her own publishing and artist management company for 3 years. In her position at peermusic she is responsible for the marketing, promotion and pitching of peer music’s 90+ year legacy catalog, legacy songwriters and artists (Donovan, David Foster, Corey Hart, Linda Perry, Salaam Remi, James Poyser, George Clinton and others), as well as new emerging songwriters, artist, producers and composers. She has placed songs in commercials for IKEA, Payless, Marriott, Rooms to Go, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, KIWI Shoe Polish, Kay Jewelers, Pandora, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Hershey’s, and ESPN among others. She signed indie bands The Royal Foundry (Currently Top 20 Billboard Alt Rock in Canada), The Weeks, Luna Aura, Nikki’s Wives, Jamie Kent, Jasmine Ash, Justin Wade Tam, Humming House, Swimming With Bears and others. She currently serves as a mentor and professional member of the Recording Academy and the Senior Music Event Producer for The Nashville Film Festival.

Synopsis

An in-depth behind the scenes look at the decisions that are made when selecting a song for a sync placement by dissecting specific examples of work by top music supervisors and music producers. We will break down ‘the brief’, discuss how tempo, tone/feeling, and theme play a role, examine the reason(s) a song gets selected or not selected, the importance of context in a song and what makes one song work better than another. This is an advanced look at sync placements.

Panelists

Amine Ramer

Founder of States of Sound

As a music supervisor and consultant, Amine Ramer has influenced the sound and mood of feature films, documentaries and award-winning television series for over a decade.  Ramer’s success can be attributed to her careful selection of significant artists, ranging from the unknown to the popular, and her keen sensibility to create a visceral experience by connecting sight with sound.

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Ramer credits her career path to her upbringing in an environment that encouraged the development of individuality and seeking out the new rather than following trends.

Credits include Crip Camp, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, Flint Town, Finders Keepers, The Signal, The November Man, Faking it, Richard Pryor – Omit the Logic, The Lovers and The Despot and For A Good Time Call.

Jen Malone

Music Supervisor at Black & White

Prior to music supervision Jen Malone started her career in the music industry as a publicist at Formula PR, working for Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, Prodigy and many more. While living in Boston she formed the boutique publicity agency, Black & White and represented several artists and labels including The Hellacopters, The Hives, Backyard Babies, The Wildhearts, Gearhead Records and Hydrahead Records to name a few.

In 2009, Jen Malone left PR and moved to LA to pursue music supervision and started with an internship with Dave Jordan and Julia Michels at Format Entertainment.  From there she rose through the ranks and is now a prolific music supervisor in her own right and recent credits include: Euphoria (HBO), Atlanta (FX), Zola (A24), King Of Staten Island (Universal Films), Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC), Umbrella Academy (Netflix), The Resident (Fox), Defending Jacob (Apple+), Creed II (MGM) and many more.  She has been nominated for 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Supervision: 2018 for Atlanta and this year for Euphoria.  In February she won the Guild Of Music Supervisors Award for her work in Euphoria.

Brian J Miller

Music Supervisor at NFL Network

Brian is the Music Supervisor for NFL Network, supervising and coordinating music content for assigned NLFN television shows and NFL Media content.

Jonathan Christiansen

Music Supervisor at Hit The Ground Running, Inc.

Jonathan Christiansen is a music supervisor and A&R based in Los Angeles.  He has supervised projects including The First Purge, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men (GMS Awards Winner), Power, C.S.I., and the recently-released, Drake-produced Gen Z thriller Spree.  He is currently working on several documentaries, including ones for The Notorious B.I.G., DMX and Migos.  In his role at PUSHER, he has A&R’ed music which has been featured in trailers for Ozark, Call Of Duty, Orange Is The New Black,  Euphoria, and many others.

Moderator: Steve Nalbert

Head of Creative Licensing at Round Hill Music

Steve heads Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles quoting and pitching for a wide range of clients in Film, TV, Video Games and Advertising. Prior to Round Hill, he held Synch positions at BMG Rights Management and Cherry Lane Music Publishing, while starting his career at ASCAP. Over the years, Steve has had the pleasure of representing a wide range of artists/writers/catalogs including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Quincy Jones, John Legend, James Brown, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips and Alt J.

Synopsis

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

Panelists

Clarke Gallivan

Producer

Clarke Gallivan is a Nashville-based producer with over 30 years of diverse experience.

From 2000 to 2016 she served as president of the successful, long-running film production company, RuckusFilm. Over its long history, RuckusFilm produced thousands of television commercials, hundreds of music videos, weeks-worth of television series, tens of millions of dollars worth of feature films and Web-based content. They won numerous Clios, Addys, Emmys and music video of the year awards – CMA, ACM, CMT.

She has also had significant production and post production roles in more than a dozen movies with budgets ranging from under $1 million to over $15 million. Her feature producing credits include Existo (with JIm Varney and Bruce Arntson), The Second Chance (with Michael W. Smith), Billy The Early Years (with Armie Hammer, Martin Landau), Blue Like Jazz (with Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Eric Lange), Reel Love (with LeAnn Rimes, Burt Reynolds), The Identical (with Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green), and Roll With It (with Chonda Pierce, McKaley Miller and Judith Hoag).

Clarke and partner Coke Sams now have RightBrain/LeftBrain Entertainment, a media company created to discover, and develop high-performance, highly marketable intellectual properties AND to produce them into content that will surprise, delight and entertain audiences around the world.

Michael Lohmann

Executive Producer

Michael Lohmann is a 28 year veteran, 3rd generation filmmaker with dozens of features and over 500 hours of 1 hour episodic television under his belt. Quite literally raised on set since the age of 5 by his father, a cinematographer, Michael has held positions in nearly every department below and above the line. Most recently, Michael has worked as a Director of Photography, Director, Producing Director, Line Producer, and Executive Producer.

In 2019, he started his own studio and constructed a 150,000 square foot state of the art facility complete with the industry’s top of the line equipment in camera, electric, and grip. These unique experiences allow for a well rounded, finite understanding of the business as it affects creative and visa versa.

Michael currently works for Kapital Entertainment as Head of Production. He lives in the Pacific Palisades / Nashville with his wife of 21 years and their 5 children.

Ryan Westheimer

CS West Productions, Inc. President/Producer

Mr. Westheimer is a producer with over 29 years in the entertainment industry, during which he has worked on over 125 feature films, 20 television shows and over 100 music videos and commercials. He has been an active member of the Producers Guild of America for almost 20 years, working with some of the most prolific producers in the entertainment industry on multiple campaigns and tackling salient issues facing the entertainment industry today. In 2001, Mr. Westheimer started his production company, CS West Productions, Inc., in order to develop strong stories for the big screen. The company’s mission is to reach a wide audience by producing high quality character driven feature films in a wide variety of genres but at a budget level that makes sense for a return on investment and profit. He has worked in numerous arenas of film and television production, including feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and on-line content. Mr. Westheimer has worked with companies including 20th Century Fox, Sony, Universal, CBS, Voltage Pictures, MTV, YouTube, Facebook, and Hallmark. His vast and diverse background and understanding of all aspects of creative and physical production, including development, budgeting, scheduling, financing, and sales gives him the strong ability to assess the risk of a given project in order to determine whether a project is worth-while, viable and potentially a lucrative investment. Mr. Westheimer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications with a minor in English and Film studies from the University of Florida.

Moderator: Bob Raines

Executive Director at Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC)

Appointed by the Governor in 2012 to lead economic community development and job creation initiatives within the State’s entertainment sectors. Raines is responsible for advancing the strategic goals of the Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC); managing (TEC) incentive & grant programs; marketing Tennessee’s key industry assets and competitive advantages; acting as strategic advisor to senior government officials and providing State Legislators’ with analysis of the State’s entertainment sector. Over his 16-year career, Raines has consulted for a 1000 + production projects with notable clients including NBCUNI, Lionsgate, HBO, Legendary Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Disney and Netflix. His leadership in key development initiatives grew the State’s employment rate in motion picture/video production by 135% from 2013-2018; producing 10,000+ Tennessee production jobs; $420M in new incomes for Tennesseans’; 10,000 + production days and $655M in economic output for State businesses & production vendors. Under Raines’ tenure as executive Director, the State of Tennessee has risen to be ranked 6th in the nation for motion picture/video production employment; No. 1 for workforce concentration and No. 2 for total employment in record production and music publishing. In 2016, Raines initiated the State’s first digital economy strategy to accelerate high-quality job growth in the emerging interactive digital media cluster also referred to “Creative Technology” with Key Focuses on VR&AR; Music Tech, Video Game Development & Gamification; Animation. Raines has managed the development of a Statewide Council of Industry Leaders to advise & advance these efforts; Launched a marketing & recruitment campaign which includes a target industry site; resource directory for talent and created an ongoing content development & marketing campaign to promote the state by spotlighting multimedia brands & content creators. In 2018 Raines worked to successfully pass the Visual Content Modernization Act expanding State incentives to include Interactive Digital Media and Post Production Scoring. Then on Nov. 20th, 2018 launched the TEC Scoring Incentive Program; the State’s first music industry incentive focused on generating job opportunities and expanding existing infrastructure. Raines currently is appointed to the Mayor’s Nashville Music City Music Council; Vice President of the Nashville Film Festival Board; a Leadership Music Class of 2016 Alumni and oversees the Governor’s Entertainment Commission board which is a Statewide board composed of leaders from Tennessee base companies like Discovery Inc., Sony and WME. He actively manages a private-public sponsorship program responsible for supporting organization across the State with focuses of advancing the entertainment industry and maintains strategic partnerships with city and county alliances in Memphis, Knoxville & Chattanooga. Raines holds a degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and an accreditation with the International Association for Management Education.

Synopsis

Feature debut filmmakers and up up and coming content creators talk about the hardships on getting your film made. Hear from filmmakers from this years NashFilm Fest talk about their journey’s and what it took to get from script to screen.

Panelists

Morgan Ingari

Writer/Director

Morgan Ingari is a Brooklyn-based queer writer/director, originally from Boston. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television in 2013. Since graduation, she has worked in New York as a writer and director. Her first feature film, “Milkwater,” has screened and won awards at multiple festivals including the Atlanta Film Festival, Dances With Films, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Provincetown International Film Festival. The film was recently positively reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter, the Advocate, and Film Threat. She is slated to direct another independent feature in 2021. She is as committed to representing women behind the camera as she is to telling their stories on screen.

Olivia Peace

Director

Olivia Peace (she/they) is a queer black interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan living in Los Angeles. Their artistic style has been referred to lovingly as “a hat on a hat… but like in a good way, you know?” They are heavily informed by hip hop, B-movies, and a family history of bipolar disorder. They believe that style helps to facilitate agency in people and so they set out to create work that’s replete with style.

After garnering critical and institutional praise for their 2017 short film “Pangaea,” Olivia landed a fellowship with the Sundance Institute in the year-long Ignite Fellowship Program. They spent 2019 working on their feature film debut, Tahara while still a full time MFA student at USC. Tahara premiered in January at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival to rave reviews and is making its rounds at festivals now. Currently, Olivia is hard at work putting together their next feature film.

Olivia remains committed to discussing and exploring critical imagination and radical optimism in the face of loss and change. They believe that in order to discuss the turmoil of what’s going on outward, one must look inward. And so their work looks inward, often in some mashup form of animation and always with subtitles.

Jiayan “Jenny” Shi

Documentary Filmmaker and Video Journalist

Jiayan “Jenny” Shi is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker who is passionate about social justice issues regarding people of color. Her debut feature documentary Finding Yingying was set to premiere at 2020 SXSW Film Festival and won the Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice. She has worked on multiple projects as a researcher, digital content editor and translator including the ITVS co-produced web series Pulling The Thread and the 2020 Academy Award-winning Netflix film, American Factory. Jenny is a graduate of Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices In Docs program, a TFI Network alum, the winner of the Paley DocPitch Competition 2018 and a fellow of 2020-2021 Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellowship.

Moderator: Carey Nelson Burch

Producer and Owner of My Own Shingle

Carey Nelson Burch is the Owner of My Own Shingle where she consults for several companies including Big Branch Productions, Made In Network, NEP/Screenworks new Smart Stage in Nashville, Right Brian Left Brain, The Building Barn, RocketSlide Films and Big Banzai, while managing a handful of screenwriters, authors and influencers. Nelson Burch handles film and TV rights on behalf of Turner Publishing and its imprint Keylight Books, having secured sales to Osprey Pictures, Sony Studios, Grammnet, Echolake, Kay Canon and Sysiphus to name a few. Previously, Nelson Burch was the President of Hideout Pictures and served as Executive Producer on the Chad Daniels comedy special DAD CHANIELS, the half hour single camera comedy JESSUP, the independent feature BEAUTY MARK, and the eight part miniseries THE PROPERTY. Prior she was an Executive Producer at TackleBox Films, having produced music videos for Kaleo, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Dan & Shay, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan to name a few, all the while running her own company, My Own Shingle. Nelson Burch was a packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor for 12 1/2 years and had the distinction of being the only TV/Film agent in Nashville, servicing Feature and TV producers, the country artist roster, as well as numerous projects. Before joining William Morris Endeavor, Nelson Burch was an Executive at NBC in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Film Festival, Belmont’s Film & TV Advisory Committee, Film Com and Medals of Honor.

Synopsis

Get an inside look at what it actually takes to make it as a writer in Hollywood. Seasoned and award winning writers from TV and Film will take us through their process from outlines to the final script. Learn about pitching to executives, writing for showrunners, and ways to develop your ideas into great stories.

Panelists

Chuck Hayward

Writer

Chuck Hayward writes things. A lot. And sometimes he actually writes them well. Just ask his fellow writers on Netflix’s Dear White People, Disney+’s WandaVision, or ABC’s Mixed-Ish. Or you can ask the directors and producers of the movies he’s written, Netflix’s Step Sisters, the indie film Fat Camp; and the upcoming movies, Glow Up, and the remake of the 90’s cult classic, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. Chuck promises they’ll confirm it. You calling him a liar?!?!

Aïda Croal

Writer and Executive Producer

Canadian-born playwright and screenwriter, Aïda Mashaka Croal, received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She won a Daytime Emmy while writing on her first TV show: ABC’s “One Life to Live.” She has since written for Syfy (“Sanctuary”), Cartoon Network (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), AMC (“TURN: Washington’s Spies”), Netflix (Marvel’s Luke Cage; season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones). In addition, she has won a Saturn Award and been nominated for a Peabody Award for her work on Marvel’s Luke Cage. She was an EP and co-showrunner for FX Networks pilot, “Y”, based on Brian K. Vaughn’s award-winning comic book series, “Y: The Last Man.” Aïda is currently creating a one-hour drama series for HBO.

Sean Hennen

Executive Producer for “The Blacklist”

With a decade of professional writing under his belt, Sean has worked on television shows such as CBS’s “Person of Interest,” Fox’s Steven Spielberg-produced “Minority Report,” the 2016 reboot of “MacGyver” and several others. He’s found himself in writers rooms with heavyweight creative minds like Jonathan Nolan, Kevin Williamson, JJ Abrams and Spielberg himself. For the past three seasons, he’s been a co-executive producer on NBC’s “The Blacklist” when not pursuing development and passion projects that represent the kind of storytelling the world needs more of right now.

Moderator: Stephen Hauser

Writer and Professor

Stephen has had 20 years of employment as a Hollywood screenwriter, including Michael Crichton’s SPHERE, directed by Barry Levinson. Stephen spent three seasons helping produce ABC/Hulu’s TV series “NASHVILLE”. He has been a professor at Belmont for the last three years.

Synopsis

Ever dreamed of being on TV? Hear from expert casting gurus who have found some of the most entertaining people for reality TV. Listen as they tell you behind the scenes stories about casting shows for network hits on Bravo, MTV, Netflix, TLC, Lifetime, NBC, ABC and many more! Tips and tricks on how to get the attention of the people that really can turn yours dreams into reality.

Panelists

Randy Bernstein

Casting Director

Casting Duo is the full service casting company founded in 2007. With over 200 projects successfully cast, the Casting Duo has proven itself as one of the premier unscripted casting companies by consistently sourcing and identifying some of the most memorable characters on television today. Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi, Project Runway’s Christian Siriano, and Tabatha Coffey from Tabatha Takes Over are just a few of the dynamic personalities they’ve discovered.

Getting To Know Randy…

After making the transition from the stage to behind-the-scenes, Casting Duo President and co-founder Randy Bernstein quickly moved up the casting ranks. Since its inception in 2007, Casting Duo has become the go-to casting agency for all types of projects—cooking shows, game shows, talent shows—you name it, they’ve cast it!

Now, with over a decade of experience under his belt and over 200 shows successfully cast, Randy has established himself as a true “connoisseur” of the casting industry, harboring a resume that includes hits such as Top Chef, MasterChef, Project Runway, Encore!, and The Glee Project.

Randy’s innate ability to pinpoint interesting and outrageous characters has led to the discoveries of some of television’s most memorable personalities. Recent castings include NBC’s Hollywood Game Night, featuring Emmy winning host Jane Lynch, Family Food Fight hosted by Ayesha Curry, and the winner of the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs, Encore! on Disney+

Randy’s infectious personality and forward-thinking approach to casting keeps his finger on the pulse of the reality television industry. He exemplifies his motto, “ABC: Always Be Casting”, every day — no matter the time or place.

Diana Wallace

Casting and Media

If someone had told college-aged Diana Wallace that she’d one day be working in reality television, he or she might have received a strange look, as her “claim to fame” amongst her peers was, at one point, that she DIDN’T watch reality television!

After graduating from the University of Alabama with degrees in English and French, Diana spent several years in New York, where she (and everyone else) cut her teeth in the Fashion industry. A fortuitous sequence of events soon took her to Los Angeles, however, and an accidental career in – and passion for – casting was born.

In LA, Diana was fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of Randy Bernstein and Alexis Diamond at Casting Duo, where she had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of everything surrounding casting, from the managerial side, to working onset, to producing. She spent time working as a casting coordinator, casting manager, talent wrangler, and associate casting producer for shows such as NBC’s Hollywood Game Night, Oxygen’s The Face, Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, and NBC’s The Biggest Loser before eventually settling into her role as casting director.

Diana’s extensive knowledge of all aspects of the casting process have established her as a formidable “one woman show”, as well as a valuable team member. Her ability to conduct on-camera and Skype interviews, organize and manage open calls and events, and, most importantly, to find the most unique and riveting personalities out there, is unmatched. More so than television itself, Diana is passionate about people: their stories, their abilities, and the overarching qualities that make them unique. She loves scouring the globe for the next big “story” or talent, and has found an unexpected niche in the realm of unscripted television.

Now based out of her hometown, Nashville, Diana continues to work with networks, production companies, and casting teams nationwide. Her most recent projects include Bravo’s Below Deck and Below Deck: Mediterranean, USA’s Real Country, and NBC’s Making It. Whether she is working independently, leading a project, or part of a large casting team, Diana stays true to her motto: “No job is too big or too small!”.

When she’s not in the office, Diana can most often be found road tripping across the country with her sidekick and casting assistant, Lila the Labrador

Alexis Diamond

Vice President Casting Duo

Alexis Diamond has 15 years of casting experience and has been Vice President of Casting Duo since 2011. Her enthusiasm for getting to know interesting people have driven her success and career in the industry. Warm and welcoming, Lex makes everyone feel at ease as these attributes have underpinned her talent for casting.

Originally from Philly, Lex always had a passion for the arts. Whether it be photography, ballet or getting cast as the star of the school play, Lex was sure to find her way into the world of television. Lex went on to graduate from Indiana University with a degree in TV Production and a minor in Acting and Directing.

She had a brief stint in the scripted casting world before jumping into reality TV. Once landing a gig at Casting Duo, she couldn’t get enough of what we once referred to the company as Paradise Cove…and here we are years later!

Moderator: Betsy Spina

Actor and Host

Betsy Spina is an actor (AEA, SAG-AFTRA), radio personality, and host, best known for her work on Radio Disney Country, SiriusXM, One Life To Live, and Greek. Born in Maine, and raised in New York, Betsy made her way to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where she graduated with her BA in Theatre and Music Performance. Spending time in Los Angeles and New York, Betsy has been heard on Radio Disney, as well as on SiriusXM’s channels like The Highway, Today Show Radio, The Message, and Prime Country, all of which reached over 32 million subscribers. She has been seen on television shows like Greek, and One Life To Live. Betsy is a passionate host of live events, and has anchored events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and was a co-creator of the YouTube series, Just Off Broadway. Betsy has interviewed outstanding artists like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Idina Menzel, Josh Duhamel and more. Now living in Los Angeles, Betsy can be seen on Disney Channel, and can be heard daily as the host of Radio Disney Country. She loves to help others, and give back to her local community. Betsy is an active volunteer with Musicians On Call, a special program that delivers the healing power of music to hospital patients at their bedside. Betsy hopes to encourage you to follow your dreams!

Synopsis

Everyone has an idea for a podcast, but what does it take to really get it off the ground? Learn from successful podcast creators who took their idea and found a loyal audience. Building your fanbase is only the beginning—you’ve got to keep them coming back for more. In this panel, we will also discuss strategies for building an engaging fan community and how to maintain a following as you continue to generate new content.

Panelists

JAS HANDS

Co-Host and Producer of The Brown Liquor Report

JAS HANDS is Co-Host and Producer of The Brown Liquor Report (“BLR”) podcast. A self-avowed resident raspy, turn up coordinator, and passionate twerk advocate, when not producing BLR awesomeness, enjoying a strong pour of whisk(e)y, or politicking, she is using her graduate degrees in Public Health and Social Work to change communities for the better. She is a trained public health professional and licensed social worker, with more than a decade of experience in various aspects of healthcare. The balance of her professional experience and her ability to relay thought-provoking truth, tempered with humor and grounded in facts, makes her a worthy voice fit for her show and the larger public.

Sarah Merrill

Writer and Creator of “BigKidProblems”

Sarah Merrill is the comedy writer and creator of “BigKidProblems” a wildly popular Instagram account turned Blog and Podcast all about the daily struggles of growing up and navigating through the adult world. From tiny apartments to living on tinier paychecks and (ugh) the dating, Sarah uses a mixture of wry wit, pop culture references and relatable experience to connect to and help her half-million followers navigate through the ups and downs of contemporary adulting. Whether you are twenty-two or sixty-two, there is no use in fighting it; we all have Big Kid Problems. Through her social media fame, Sarah has appeared three times on the Emmy Award-winning Steve Harvey Show and spoken at various conferences and Universities about growing a business through Social Media. A collection of her original jokes were published by Andrews McMeel in 2020.

Will Compton

NFL Player / Co-host & founder of Bussin With The Boys

Pro footballer and one of Nashville’s beloved Titans, Will Compton is one half of the incredibly popular podcast “Bussin’ With the Boys” which he co-hosts with his best friend and fellow Titan, Taylor Lewan.  Will is entering his 8th season with the NFL and has played with such power house teams as Washington, Raiders and 2 stints with the Titans.  He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and when he is not playing football or interviewing pop culture luminaries, sports stars and famous musicians, you can find Will snuggled on the couch with his fiancé Charo Bishop and their beloved bulldog Waffle.

Moderator: Shanna Strassberg

VP of Music and Talent, CMT

Shanna Strassberg is a consummate television and music industry professional. She currently holds the professional title of VP of Music and Talent at CMT, part of the MTV/Viacom/CBS family. Having spent the last 16 years in TV production as both Talent Booker and Producer, Shanna has successfully worked with artists/celebrities on a multitude of series, live events, music specials and red carpets. Shanna has booked over 4,500 musical guests as well as celebrities from film, television, comedy and sports (including NFR, CBR, PBR rodeos and NASCAR), on various networks and online properties.

In the past few years Shanna has worked on the Dolly Parton Telethon “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund”, The Loretta Lynn Birthday Celebration at Bridgestone Arena and the original Documentary on the legendary Bluebird Café “Bluebird – The Movie”, and Ken Burns “Country Music Live at the Ryman”, among other
things. She has great instincts for recognizing talent and getting the best version of that person to reveal themselves on camera. Shanna also spends time creating her own video series, dreaming up documentaries, and executing terrible recipe ideas in the kitchen.

Also…she won an Emmy!

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