Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5, 2019

@ The Nashville Film Festival

The NashFilm Creators Conference at this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is an annual event where creative minded people can connect with their peers, discover the latest industry trends and expand your network. During this annual event, which coincides with the Nashville Film Festival, we will not only take a look at what is happening in our community but also engage with industry veterans across film, television and music from all over the country.


The NashFilm Creators Conference combines professional development of a conference with the kinetic energy of a festival. Sessions include intimate conversations and diverse panels covering a range of topics within this ever-changing medium.  With Nashville’s unique musical footprint, we will also take a deep dive into how music and film work hand in hand telling compelling stories across multiple platforms.

Creators Conference panels will take place on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th. All panels are free to VIP badge holders and $15 per session for general admission

Conference with feature over 20+ informative and engaging panels including…

In Conversation with HBO’s Len Amato and Evyen J. Klean

A look into how ideas are chosen by the network giant and brought to life from the perspective of HBO’s President of Film, Miniseries and Cinemax – Len Amato.  We will hear how Len decides what to greenlight and the importance of his working relationship with Emmy Award winning producer and music supervisor Evyen J. Klean.

Stories Behind the Songs: The Rockumentary 

Join Joseph Hudak, Senior Editor at Rolling Stone as he talks to filmmakers and musicians from some our favorite “rock docs” showing at this year’s festival.  Behind the scenes stories from films BLUEBIRD; WHO’S THE GIRL? THE STORY OF ASHLEY CLEVELAND; and RED DOG.

Made in Tennessee: Creator’s in the New South

Insight into the different types of content created in Tennessee through the perspective of the people that are actually doing it. Traditional and non-traditional producers who call Tennessee home and how they have navigated through the region to create compelling entertainment.

Plus More:

  • Behind the Lens: The Wide World of Cinematography
  • Documentary Filmmaking: Conception to Exhibition
  • Evolve Studios | The New Creative Frontier
  • The Great Unknowns: Making a Music Documentary
  • Synch Upstream: Growing Music with Synch
  • The Case Study in Synch
  • The Progress of the #METOO Movement: A conversation with Jessica Barth & Johnathon Schaech
  • Power and the Planet: Sustainability in the Film Industry
  • Adapting Books for Film: Finding the Best Stories
  • Take a Stand: Films For Social Justice
  • Women In Cinema: DIY Creation
  • Marketing From Script to Screen and Beyond
  • New Voices in LGBTQ Filmmaking
  • The Future Film Experience: In Theater vs. Streaming
  • The Future of Music City: Producing Music for Film, Television, & Video Games
  • Inside Casting: So you want to be famous?
  • The Ins & Outs of Mining for Comedy Gold
  • The Musical Anatomy of Entertainment: Composing for TV, Film and Gaming
  • Songs As Storytelling: The Art of Music Videos Evolving into Long Form
  • The Evolving Future of VR in Filmmaking
  • The Film School Graduate: What’s Next?

The full 2019 Creators Conference Schedule is available on the official Nashville Film Festival App and here:





The Evolving Future of VR in Filmmaking

A workshop showcasing how to implement VR and 360 cameras into every production (pre and post). We will demonstrate how to use a 360 camera to location scout and plan lighting and shots. We will also demonstrate how use the 360-degree photos to light a subject in C4D and plan lighting out ahead of time. Experience using a VR camera ready within a VR film set where we will ask audience members to come up operate in a virtual environment.

Panelist: Matt DeLisi

Friday October 4th – 10:00am

Matt DeLisi is a director, VFX artist, and editor based out of Nashville TN. He works directing

primarily commercial and music video works and is a VFX artist for major brands. His goal is to create out-of-this-world pieces that push the limits of what’s possible and inspire others to create.



Take a Stand: Films for Social Justice

A look into how filmmakers are using their creativity and platforms to highlight social injustices across a variety of subjects. We will talk about how these filmmakers decided to stand up, be brave and tell important stories.

Panelists: Blair Durham – Lawyer, Peter Samuelson – Filmmaker, Denae Peters – Director of Impact Distribution at Picture Motion, Davey Rothbart- Filmmaker

Friday October 4th – 10:00am

Blair Durham was an enlisted infantryman for almost four years in the United States Marine Corps.  He served at Parris Island, Camp LeJeune, the Naval Sub Base Bangor (outside Seattle), and with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, at Camp Pendleton.  He spent six months TDY in Korea and Japan. He completed the Marine cold weather training at Bridgeport, California, and received several Mast Awards. He completed basic, advanced basic, Marine combat training, the school of infantry, and the Marine security school.  He left the Marine Corps to finish his undergraduate education at Belmont University in Nashville. His law degree is from Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California. He spent a month as a barrister’s pupil to Simon Connely at the Middle Temple in London and assisted his pupil master on trials at the Old Bailey.  He also spent a month at a law program in Florence, Italy.  The London and Florence programs were part of the University of San Diego law school summer session in 2000. He has completed the Harvard Law School’s Basic and Advanced Negotiation Workshops, the University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, and the Trial Skills Workshop of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is licensed to practice in California, Kentucky and Tennessee, and is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, California Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Peter Samuelson is the CEO of PhilmCo Media llc. A respected serial pro-social entrepreneur, Peter has produced two dozen award-winning films  and founded five impactful charities.  Peter recruited Steven Spielberg and Norman Schwarzkopf as Chairmen of which has raised over $1 billion to serve 80 million seriously ill children. Peter founded thirteen university-based academies for high school age foster youth across the U.S. and U.K. He founded to deploy homeless shelters on wheels.  Peter’s motion pictures include The Return of the Pink Panther, Revenge of the Nerds, Tom & Viv, Wilde, Arlington Road.  He served on the founding Board of Participant Media for seven years. Peter piloted ASPIRE at UCLA

Denae Peters is the Director of Impact Distribution at Picture Motion, where she leads the operations and management of the non-theatrical distribution team. She is also the Toronto International Film Festival documentary programming associate and programmer for TIFF’s Doc Conference. She began her impact distribution work as a Campaign Director at Film Sprout where she managed campaigns for titles including Knife Skills, For Ahkeem and Whose Streets?. Prior to this, she spent five years at TIFF where she was the Manager of Guest/Filmmaker Relations and managed TIFF’s hospitality industry sponsorships. She is a Board Member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM), a collective of women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary industry and has served on selection committees for festivals including the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, DOCNYC and the Tribeca Film Festival.



New Voices in LGBTQ Filmmaking

Artistic freedom, diverse urban scapes, smart casting and authentic stories that matter. New Voices in LGBTQ Filmmaking will go in depth on what it means to make films using their unique voices and perspectives creating dynamic stories that have no boundaries.

Panelists: David Plazas – Opinion and Engagement Director USA TODAY NETWORK, Flavio Alves –  filmmaker,  Roy Wol – Filmmaker,  Emerson Kyle – Filmmaker

Friday October 4th – 11:15am

David Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for the USA TODAY NETWORK Tennessee and The Tennessean where he serves an editorial writer, opinion columnist, op-ed editor and an editorial board member. He also oversees the opinion team for The Tennessean, The Knoxville News-Sentinel and The Memphis Commercial Appeal. He is an award-winning journalist who wrote a series on affordable housing, “The Costs of Growth in Nashville” (2017), and leads a statewide campaign, “Civility Tennessee” (starting in 2018), to encourage, promote and practice civil discourse. In March 2019, the USA TODAY NETWORK awarded him and fellow editorial board members its annual Journalism Award in the Transformation category for the civility initiative. Also, in 2019, he received first-place for editorials in both the Tennessee Press Association and Tennessee AP awards. He frequently works on community listening sessions with diverse groups and moderates events in partnership with local organizations. A longtime mentor of young journalists and champion for diversity and inclusion, Plazas, a Chicago native, lives with his family in Nashville’s Salemtown neighborhood. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish and a master’s in journalism, both from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Nashville.

Flavio Alves is a Brazilian film writer, director, and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and to then-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D-NY). In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at NYU, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. His debut feature film, The Garden Left Behind (2019), premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. In 2018, Alves received The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy fellowship, and has recently been selected to Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Directing Program, aimed at creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera. He is also the recipient of grants from numerous organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Jerome Foundation.

2019 Hollywood Radio Television Society mentorship & 2018 IFP Narrative Lab fellow, Roy Wol is the founder of Autonomous Pictures and a mentor of Ghetto Film School in Harlem. Wol produced 2019 SXSW winning critically acclaimed THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND directed by NYFF Artist Academy fellow Flavio Alves; Golden Lion winner, Academy nominee Milcho Manchevski’s BIKINI MOON (Flix Premiere); Sundance shorts Alumni Doug Karr’s ART MACHINE (FilmBuff) which stars Independent Spirit nominee Christopher Abbott, Golden Globe Award nominee Joey Lauren Adams; TOM IN AMERICA (Amazon) starring Academy nominees Burt Young & Sally Kirkland; AMERICAN.ISH starring Palestinian comedian Mo Amer (Netflix Special) and 6 time Emmy nominee George Wendt. Most notably as a producer in 2019 Wol launched 50 transgender actors’ careers and is the co-founder of a new fundraising platform As a director and a video artist Wol’s work can be seen in New York Times, Refinery29 and his broadcast commercial work often plays in primetime in Israeli television.

Emerson Kyle

Filmmakers usually don’t come from small towns like Lascassas, TN, and queer people especially don’t, but Emerson Kyle did, and since the age of 14 she’s been making movies. She’s shot two feature films, directed several music videos – collaborating with rappers, R&B artist, singer songwriters – and directed short films and commercials. She loves shooting film, mostly 16mm, having worked with it several times – it has a classic softness that matches her spirit. And she is particularly interested in capturing small emotional moments between people – looking to make moving images that are simple and iconic. Her goal is to make videos for Vogue, Prada, Apple, and others.


Evolve Studios | The New Frontier

In 2010 two “Vimeo Kids” founded Evolve. What started out as a dream fueled by an iMac, DSLRs & ramen noodles; Evolve Studios is now becoming one of the most discretely influential original & branded content studios. Empowered by incredible talent, team culture and blue-collar creative work effort, Evolve has built a multifaceted studio that produces in three industry verticals… all from the new content frontier in Nashville, Tennessee. This panel is for everyone; all artists, entrepreneurs & executives curious to learn more about Evolve’s unique organization, big plans for the future, untraditional process and of course… their secret sauce.

Panelists: Joel Edwards – Founder and President, Jesse Edwards – Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Zach Prichard – Sr. Editor, Lindsey Perkins- Development Head of Story

Friday October 4th – 11:30am

Evolve is an independent, award-winning original & branded content studio based in Nashville, TN.  A unique IP + turn-key services studio, Evolve produces a diverse range of premium content; from feature films, unscripted episodic series, branded & commercial content, documentaries, promos, title sequences, digital content and immersive VR content. Our work has been recognized with numerous awards, including 5 National Television Emmy’s, 40 Emmy nominations & many other top industry accolades.



Adapting Books for Film: Finding the Best Stories

Hollywood has been turning books into movies for decades. Increasingly, synergy between book IP (intellectual property) and film drives decision-making at the acquisitions and marketing stages as well. Learn more from these seasoned veterans of the publishing and film industries. Presented in partnership with WriterFest Nashville.

Panelists: Andrea Williams – Author, Journalist, and Editor at, Stephanie Beard – Editor,  Carey Nelson Burch – Producer, Brian Mitchell – CEO The WTA Group

Friday October 4th – 11:45am

Andrea Williams is a storyteller who lives in Nashville with her husband and four children. She is currently working on two books about Effa Manley, the only woman inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Stephanie Beard is the Executive Editor at Turner Publishing, an industry leading independent publisher based in Nashville, TN, which has a backlist of over 5,000 books and publishes 36 new books per year across all genres.  In addition to acquiring all of the books for the front list, she is also the Subsidiary Rights Director.  Stephanie has a J.D. from Vermont Law School where she specialized in International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution and a B.A. from Centre College in International Relations and French.

Carey Nelson Burch is the Owner of My Own Shingle where she consults for several companies including Made In Network, Centric Screenworks, Right Brian Left Brain, The Building Barn, Medals of Honor and Big Banzai, while managing a handful of screenwriters, authors and influencers. Nelson Burch handles film and TV rights on behalf of Turner Publishing. Previously, Nelson Burch was the President of Hideout Pictures, a division of Average Joes Entertainment and the company behind CMT’s “Still the King” starring Joey Lauren Adams and Billy Ray Cyrus. Prior she was an Executive Producer at TackleBox Films 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, and Film Com.

Brian Mitchell brings to The WTA Group extensive entertainment industry experience beginning in 1986 in radio broadcast roles, and then record executive leadership positions at Provident/Sony and Capitol/Universal, including General Manager of Essential Records, launching artists such as Jars of Clay and Third Day. While at Thomas Nelson Publishers/HarperCollins as Vice President of Marketing, he led multiple book imprints to 14 New York Times bestselling books from authors such as William J. Bennett, Michael Savage and Bill Cosby. Mitchell served at Big Idea Entertainment/DreamWorks Animation as Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for the VeggieTales® brand before joining The WTA Group in 2013. In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, he develops business strategies and plans while also leading the literary and consumer products licensing initiatives for some of the top grossing faith-based films including, War Room and I can Only Imagine. In addition, Mitchell contributes his marketing expertise to theatrical, home video, and digital distribution campaigns



Marketing From Script to Screen and Beyond: Finding and Serving Your Audience

Discover how to prioritize audience satisfaction in all aspects of development, release, and marketing. A special session featuring Rich Peluso (AFFIRM/Sony Pictures) and Andy Peterson (Aspiration) who’ve reached millions through the films they’ve made, and the film marketing campaigns they’ve developed and executed.

Panelists: Tiffany Long – Founder at Troops & Allies, Andy Peterson – ASPIRATION ENTERTAINMENT, Rich Peluso – AFFIRM/Sony Pictures

Friday October 4th – 1:00pm

Tiffany Long is founder & CEO of Troops & Allies, an entertainment marketing company that specializes in film marketing.  She began her career 25 years ago in film and video post-production which led to many years working in the music business producing commercial photography, album packaging and music videos. Over the last fifteen years, her career has evolved into multi-faceted leadership on theatrical film campaigns.  With notable clients such as Sony Pictures and Sony Affirm, Franklin Entertainment, Kingdom Studios and The WTA Group, Tiffany has worked on films that have amassed approximately 300 million in domestic box office (Facing The Giants, Heaven is For Real, 90 Minutes in Heaven, Risen, Miracles From Heaven, The Star, I Can Only Imagine, Breakthrough and more).   Whether taking on the role of Chief of Operations, Director of Strategic Partnerships or managing materials & advertising for these campaigns, Troops & Allies provides 360° entertainment marketing services to ensure their client’s projects find the right audience at the right moment while meeting their goals on time and on budget. Tiffany is a unique Nashville native and enjoys raising her three boys here while watching the city grow up alongside them.

Andy Peterson is a senior creative media executive at the forefront of marketing film and television content to cause conscious & specialty audiences. As a principal at film marketing agency Aspiration, Andy has been involved in launching dozens of independent and studio feature films and TV series’ including projects from A24, Abramorama, AMC, Focus Features, FOX, IFC, National Geographic, Neon, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Roadside Attractions, Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures among others. He is also leading Aspiration’s Docs/ology initiative for curating, servicing and funding ‘praiseworthy’ documentary films. Upcoming films under the Docs/ology banner include Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey and Strange Negotiations. In 2012 Andy created the Justice Film Festival, a film experience that promotes social justice and celebrates emerging filmmakers from around the world.  The 7th annual event in New York City at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture takes place November 13-16, 2019.  Andy is married with three children and lives in Tennessee where he maintains a borderline unhealthy obsession with collecting vinyl records and Nashville’s ‘craft hot dog’ scene. He can usually be found visiting contemporary art museums and other sacred spaces during his travels.

 Rich Peluso is the Executive Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) focused on the development, production, acquisition and marketing of faith-based and inspirational films. These films span a wide range of genres and budgets and enjoy the various global distribution platforms at SPE including theatrical, television, church exhibition and home entertainment.  Peluso reports to Steve Bersch, President, ScreenGems/Sony Pictures. Peluso works with writers, directors and independent producers at various stages of production from concept and script, through production and completion, to produce and distribute quality entertainment that inspires, uplifts, challenges and captivates.  Recent films he has worked on include the #1 box-office hit WAR ROOM, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, SOUL SURFER, RISEN, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT and most recently ALL SAINTS, THE STAR and PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST.  Upcoming releases include the latest film from the Kendrick Brothers, OVERCOMER, hitting theaters worldwide August, 23rd, 2019, and A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD featuring Tom Hanks and releasing in theaters November 2019. Peluso has led AFFIRM Films since its inception in 2007. Over the last 11 years AFFIRM Films has earned 4 coveted A+ CinemaScore ratings (SOUL SURFER, COURAGEOUS, WAR ROOM and MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN) and exceeded $520 million in worldwide box-office making it the largest and most successful faith-based film studio. Prior to joining Sony Pictures Entertainment, Peluso served 15 years at EMI Christian Music Group/EMI Music (now known as Capitol Christian/Universal Music) as the president of EMI CMG Distribution. He was also president of The Safe Side Company, a children’s entertainment company founded by John Walsh (Host of America’s Most Wanted) and Julie Clark (Founder of The Baby Einstein Company).  He lives in Leiper’s Fork, TN with his wife and three of his four daughters, and commutes to his office at Sony Pictures in Culver City, CA.




The 19-minute short film which evolved from the initial concept of a music video is the subject of discussion. Emmy and Grammy winning filmmaker, Thom Zinmy, sits down with Producer/Writer John Carter Cash and Director David McClister to uncover the thought process of story development and adding depth to characters in the short film format.

Panelists: Tom Zimny – Director, John Carter Cash – Filmmaker, David McCallister- Filmmaker

Friday October 4th – 1:15pm

Tom Zimny is a Grammy® and Emmy Award®-winning artist, and the director and producer of the Emmy-nominated Springsteen On Broadway [NETFLIX / 2018]. His most recent feature THE GIFT: THE JOURNEY OF JOHNNY CASH was made in collaboration with the Cash Estate, and premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and was featured internationally at the CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. His previous film, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, a two-part feature, premiered at SXSW and aired on HBO in 2018, receiving widespread critical acclaim. He has previously directed and produced two feature length documentaries chronicling key chapters in Bruce Springsteen’s recording career, winning a Grammy for WINGS FOR WHEELS: THE MAKING OF BORN TO RUN, while THE PROMISE: THE MAKING OF DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently released on HBO.  Zimny has worked with Springsteen for the past 18 years and has directed documentaries, including BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES [HBO / 2014] and THE TIES THAT BIND [HBO / 2015], the short film for High Hopes track HUNTER OF INVISIBLE GAME, co-directed with Bruce Springsteen, and several music videos.  He has also helmed music videos for Bob Dylan, The Low Anthem and many others.  Zimny previously edited three seasons of the highly acclaimed HBO series by David Simon, THE WIRE. He has also served as a consulting producer on Trouper Production’s DOWNLOADED (VH1 / 2014) and DEEP WEB (Epix / 2015) and as a Music Consultant on HBO Miniseries SHOW ME A HERO.

 John Carter Cash has been involved in music all his life. He is an accomplished and award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only child from the marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he carries on the family tradition of creativity and music. In the mid 1990’s, he began in the studio, recording his own material, and for others. In 1999, he was co-producer for his mother’s album Press On, which went on to win the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. He continued his studio work with his father, serving as Associate Producer under Rick Rubin for the Grammy winning American Recordings series, including American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around. His production of his mother’s Wildwood Flower won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2003. The Carter Family’s music had always been a large part of his life, but in the early 2000’s it grew substantially, inspiring him to work with various artists to create the album Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family. This work went on to achieve three Grammy nominations. From here, John Carter continued on producing inspired music. He was co-producer with Marty Stuart for Marty’s album Badlands. His production on Billy Joe Shaver’s Everybody’s Brother, helped earn a Grammy nomination in 2007. Since 2008, he has worked extensively with Loretta Lynn, co-producing over one hundred songs for the country legend. Loretta’s 2016 release Full Circle received immense critical acclaim and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Country Album. In all, John Carter has received 5 Grammy Awards as producer, with a total of 12 nominations.  John Carter Cash has produced hundreds of recordings for dozens of artists within the past twenty years, including Chris Cornell, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Dailey and Vincent, Mavis Staples, Jewel, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Justin Johnson, Josh Turner, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly, Rosanne Cash, Norman and Nancy Blake, Tim O’ Brien, Darius Rucker, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wylie and the Wild West, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Carlene Carter, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Tony Rice, John Prine, and Alison Krauss and Union Station. John Carter’s own musical recordings and compositions are naturally all across the board, as he produces and listens to numerous genres of music. Universal Music Group released John Carter’s Bitter Harvest in 2003.  His 2010 album The Family Secret received many accolades, including a three-starred review in Rolling Stone. His upcoming album, We Must Believe in Magic will be available spring of 2018. His work as an author is just as inspired, and no less diverse. He wrote his mother’s biography, Anchored in Love and House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash, on his personal relationship with his father. He is the author of three children’s books, Momma Loves Her Little Son, Daddy Loves His Little Girl, and The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit. Ravenstone Books published his first novel, the fantasy tale Lupus Rex, June of 2013. Currently, he is writing a Cash and Carter Family Cookbook. He owns and operates Cash Cabin Enterprises, LLC in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and does nearly all of his music production work in the Cash Cabin Studio, the same studio where his father recorded, years ago. He is husband of entertainer and songwriter Ana Cristina Cash, and father to four children, Joseph John Cash, Anna Maybelle Cash, Jack Ezra Cash, and Grace June Cash.

 David McClister has worked with some of the most treasured musicians in the Americana landscape. His photographs and films are often considered to not only reflect his subjects but to define them in so many ways. The Nashville-based veteran filmmaker and music video director grew up in the South and first picked up a still camera at the urging of his wife. Through photographing local bands and musicians that he admired, he fell in love with the freedom and spontaneity of the medium. David currently divides his time between photo assignments and directing films, commercials and music videos. His photography has appeared on many major label artist releases, and in such publications as Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Garden & Gun and Billboard.



The Great Unknowns: Making a Music Documentary

A focus on how songwriters who come to the Bluebird are looking to be discovered (a la Taylor); how Ashley Cleveland never became a household name despite her critical success; and how Luke Dick, while not recognizable to many, is responsible for some of country music’s most well-known hits. A closer look into how three rock documentaries featured at this year’s Nashville Film Festival were made and the stories behind the scenes.

Panelists: Joseph Hudak, Luke Dick, Brian Loschiavo, Ashley Cleveland

Friday October 4th – 1:30pm

 Joseph Hudak is a senior editor at Rolling Stone, overseeing the magazine’s Nashville office and the Rolling Stone Country website, which covers the country and Americana genres. Prior to joining the iconic title in 2014, he was managing editor of Country Weekly magazine and spent 12 years at TV Guide magazine as an editor, dissecting and writing about all types of television programming. Most recently, he’s hosted the Country Pickups series for Rolling Stone Country, moderated panels and interviews with artists from Luke Bryan to John Oates, and called for the country music community to speak up about gun control and “alternative facts” in a series of essays for

Luke Dick was raised in a topless bar and grew up to be a philosophy professor; now he’s a songwriter, filmmaker, and new wave bandleader, in no particular order. He has been profiled in Rolling Stone, and written chart-topping and award-winning hits for Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley, among others. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids, and recently sent another off to college. Red Dog is his first feature.

Brian Loschiavo has directed numerous television, commercial and digital productions with an emphasis on music-based storytelling. After a decade working as a freelance screenwriter and television producer, he co-founded Nashville and Los Angeles-based production company, Riverside Entertainment.

Since her debut on Atlantic Records in 1991, Ashley Cleveland has recorded 9 critically acclaimed albums.  She has won three Grammys for Best Rock Gospel Album (Lesson of Love, 1995; You Are There, 1998; Before The Daylight’s Shot, 2007).  She was the first female to be nominated in that category and the only one to win the award three times.  She has been nominated for 6 Dove awards and won twice for compilation records (Songs From The Loft: Praise and Worship Album of the year; The Jesus Record: Album of the Year).  She received her fourth Grammy nomination in 2010 for her disc, God Don’t Never Change, a collection of spirituals in the Best Traditional Gospel Album category. Three of her albums have been on Billboards year-end best list (Big Town, Bus Named Desire, Men And Angels Say) and she has been nominated twice for a Nashville Music Award (Lesson Of Love, God Don’t Never Change) winning for Lesson Of Love.  She was named Female Vocalist of the year in 2007 by Christianity and, in addition to her own recordings, has contributed background vocals on over 300 records over the course of her career.   Her 10th album, One More Song released in February of 2018.  Ashley is the subject of a feature length documentary: Who’s The Girl, The Story Of Ashley Cleveland (www.bigbranchproductions).  The film won three awards in the documentary category at the Knoxville Film Festival in September 2018 and is set to be part of the Nashville Film Festival in October 2019, celebrating the 50th year of the festival. Ashley is a writer/essayist and has written a memoir entitled “Little Black Sheep” which was released September 2013 by David C Cook Publishing.  She is currently finishing a second book. Ashley is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband Kenny Greenberg.  She has three adult children, Rebecca, Henry and Lily.



Synch Upstream: Growing Your Music Career with Synch

Sync is a billion-dollar industry, we know this to be true. For artists, sync can be the launchpad of a career and the foundation of an artist’s brand development. For the independent artist, sync can provide a sustainable income. For the legacy artist, sync can reinvigorate back catalog. So we ask the question “an artist gets a synch placement, then what?”. This panel will go beyond the traditional “Sync 101” layout and dive deeper into the symbiotic relationship that can occur when a sync placement is secured; even after the check is cashed, how the positive impact of a sync placement can spill into streaming numbers and in turn create streaming revenue.

Panelists: Wendy Duffy – Founder/CEO of Resin8 Music Licensing & Artist Management, John Butler – Head of Artist & Song Development at Getty Music, Corey Hart – Recording Artist, Sam Tinnesz – Acclaimed Songwriter & Recording Artist

Friday October 4th – 2:30pm

Whether it was the first time she heard Michael Jackson’s Thriller album or the countless hours spent watching MTV as a young child, Wendy Duff was bitten by the music bug at an early age and it really forged her path in life.  Music has always been at the center of her life; long before dedicating herself to a career in the music industry.  After managing VO talent for almost 6 years in Los Angeles, Duffy decided to take her knowledge and contacts built in TV/Film marketing and apply it towards her first love; music. With a background in radio, publicity, marketing and promotions, Duffy saw an opportunity to partner with the indie artist and focus on brand initiatives and and help them focus on their responsibility as the musicpreneur.  “Building relationships and engagement in every area of business is becoming more and more important as a way to differentiate yourself in the marketplace—the music business is no different. There is a lot of talent out there and you need to focus on your brand, what makes you authentic and find platforms to build and engage a committed fan base. Then, you need to really promote those findings and do it over and over again,” explained Duffy. This idea and passion is what forged Duffy to start Resin8 Management alongside iV Music Licensing, which Duffy launched in July 2013. In April 2016 she went solo and launched a licensing division at Resin8. She had already started building and growing talent awareness in partnering with artists to get music placed in advertising initiatives such as TV promo’s and Film Trailers while forging relationships with top companies such as Capitol Publishing, Secret Road, Peer Music, Kompass/Kobalt, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV, Disney and VH1 to name a few.  “With Resin 8, we use a strategic approach to marketing and connecting the dots. We identify the path and goals of the artists and then create strategic plans to move them towards that success” – says Duffy. Over the years, refining that approach which is centered on synch and streaming and using those outlets os launching pads for indie artists. Duffy’s personable approach to marketing and strategy is unmatched, as building long lasting business relationships is always her first and most important priority.

 John Butler has over 25 years of music industry strategic experience in marketing, artist development, radio promotion and digital. Recently, JB crafted a new position at Getty Music in Nashville, overseeing their global music streaming strategy, which includes artist services, catalog and song development.  Prior to this John came from Spotify where he joined as Head of Christian music then additionally serving in the editorial team for Pop and adult genres. While there, he oversaw the development of the editorial playlisting voice for Christian and Gospel genres worldwide for the streaming service. JB notably spent 16  years with Curb Records in Nashville, as VP of Radio Promotion where he worked in every music genre and oversaw the label’s Pop and Christian music piloting the careers of Natalie Grant, Selah, Plumb and promoted music from Hank 3, Tim McGraw, MercyMe, Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes and more.  Prior to this, he directed radio promotion at Squint Entertainment where he was instrumental in the pop radio success of Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me”).   This followed promotion roles at Arista Records, and Jive Records in New York, where he developed successful and notable radio campaigns for a diverse rosters that included Jars Of Clay, Buddy Guy, KRS-One, Backstreet Boys, Insane Clown Posse and others.  He got his start at TVT Records, founding the label’s college radio promotion department pitching the 1st Nine Inch Nails album after interning at New York City’s Top 40 radio landmark Z-100 (WHTZ-fm).

Corey Hart is a Grammy Nominated , 2019 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame inductee & multi Juno Award winning hit singer-songwriter with 32 Top 40 singles in Canada & 9 US Billboard Top 40 hits in the USA including  “Sunglasses at Night” ,”It Ain’t Enough” and “Never Surrender”.

Sam Tinnesz is originally from Atlanta, Ga but has now lived in Nashville, TN for 15 years. He signed his first record deal with Curb Records before he graduated college and toured for over 8 years all around North America soon after. In his mid 20’s he decided to leave the road and start writing exclusively. He went on to later to be an integral part of the team that developed Ruelle, who in 2018 was Billboard’s number 1 most synced artist. He also has written and co produced for artists like Banners, Daniella Mason, Fleurie and others. Now stepping into his own solo career he’s found success landing spots on Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, Bad Samaritan, Samsung Galaxy ad and countless other network show features. Amassing over 50 million streams on his latest LP independently with no label in a small amount of time, he is excited about the future and releasing a new record in early 2020. Sam also has had his first charting pop single as a writer this year with Andreas Moss’ “Stuck in My Feelings” that broke the top 30 on Hot AC.



The Future Film Experience: In Theater vs. Streaming

The relationship between movie theaters and streaming has fueled a debate about the future of movies, yet new records are being set at the box office—at home and worldwide—at the same time options in the home expand. This panel will take a deeper look at the relationship between the two as well as how important diverse voices are to creating cinema fans around the world.

Panelists: Phil Contrino – NATO, Ken Thewes – CMO Regal Cinema’s, Shawn Robbins- Chief Analyst at Boxoffice Media

Friday October 4th – 2:45pm

Phil Contrino has worked at NATO since 2015, where his focus has been on the trends that impact the future of moviegoing and the experience of going to the movies. His thoughts on the movie industry have been featured by CNN, The New York Times, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and many others.

Ken Thewes has made a career out of repositioning brands.  Prior to joining Regal Cinemas as its CMO in 2012, his experience spanned a broad range of industries and billion-dollar brands — including Tide, Red Lobster, and Chili’s — and has enabled him to quickly cut through the clutter and focus on what matters to consumers most. Ken currently heads up all B2C and B2B marketing efforts for Regal, a subsidiary of The Cineworld Group, which includes leveraging the Regal Crown Club, the company’s industry-leading loyalty program, to help drive revenue and profitability.  In addition, he leads the teams responsible for strategy development, advertising, digital, social & mobile media, promotions, public relations, consumer insights, customer service and local marketing.

As chief analyst with Boxoffice Media, Shawn Robbins leads the team’s reporting, forecasting, and data services while playing an integral part in the company’s brand development, client relationships, and media presence. His background includes nearly two decades spent researching and analyzing film industry trends. He began working with Boxoffice in 2012 as a writer and assistant editor. Partnering with company leadership on various projects since, he helped the team expand their reporting and social media presence before taking on his current role in 2016.



Women In Cinema: DIY Creation

Taking the DO IT YOURSELF approach, these incredible women took the reins of their projects creating works from the ground up. Rolling up your sleeves and not taking “no” for an answer is how these creators started but hearing about their journeys will educate and inspire.

Panelists: Carey Nelson Burch, Hannah Leder – Filmmaker, Ani Simon-Kennedy- Filmmaker, Diana Peralta- Filmmaker, Lauren Jenkins- Recording Artist

Friday October 4th – 3:30pm

Hannah Leder is a filmmaker and actress. She attended New School University in New York, where she received a B.A. in Writing and wrote her first novella. After college, Hannah worked as a writing intern for David Milch on HBO’s “Luck,” and directed/co-starred in “Auto-Cowrecked,” a comedic short which ran in 28 film festivals nationwide. Some of her acting credits include guest stars in Neil LaBute’s “Full Circle,” NBC’s “Revenge,” and HBO’s “The Comeback.” Most recently, she appears as a reoccurring guest star on the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show,” out this fall. She and her creative partner, Alexandra Kotcheff, wrote, directed, starred in, and single-handedly crewed their first feature film, “The Planters.”

Ani Simon-Kennedy was raised in Paris and based in New York, Ani Simon-Kennedy is a feature film, documentary and commercial director. Under the banner of Bicephaly Pictures, she collaborates with  cinematographer Cailin Yatsko on socially-conscious stories. Her first feature film, Days of Gray, played at top festivals around the world with an original live score by Hjaltalin. The Icelandic film was deemed “an assured debut” by the Hollywood Reporter. She has directed award-winning campaigns for Colgate, Smirnoff, Intel, Glamour, The New Yorker and Vice. Her work has received support from the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, Film Independent, Chanel and AT&T. Her second narrative feature, The Short History of the Long Road premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and received a Special Mention for Best Screenplay. It is currently on the festival circuit.

Diana Peralta is a filmmaker, producer, and writer from New York City. Her debut feature DE LO MIO had its world premiere as the closing night film of BAMcinemaFest in June 2019. She currently works as a Sr. Producer at Revlon, Inc. Her work as a producer on the short documentary LA FERIA CONCRETA was screened as part of the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture

Big Machine recording artist Lauren Jenkins has been a touring artist since she was 15 years old. The Texas born, Carolina-raised singer-songwriter chose a life that would fit perfectly in the songs she writes: across countless smoky bars, fake IDs, and endless miles on the road, music has been her one constant companion. Named an Artist to Watch by the New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pandora, and many more, she was also chosen as a member of the “Class of 2019” by influential radio DJ Bobby Bones, and made her TODAY Show debut as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month in February. Lauren recently completed writing, co-producing, and starring in an original short film titled Running Out of Road that accompanied the release of her debut album, NO SAINT, available now.



The Case Study in Sync

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 the lines between the lines. This is an advanced look at sync placements.

Panelists: Heather Cook – Creative Manager Advertising Markets at peermusic, Rick Clark (indy supervisor), Melissa Love (songfinder), Heather Guibert (francium), Amand Krieg Thomas (yayteam), Alec Stern (DDB Adteriting), Mandi Collier (whirleygirl), Justine Winterfell (format), Jessica Gramugliea (conde Nast)

Friday October 4th – 4:00pm


The Future Of Music City: Producing Music for Film, Television, & Video Games

When you think of music licensing, complex (and boring) legalese likely comes to mind. Indeed, the process of copyrighting songs for films can get complicated, and often usage restrictions abound. It’s a lot. That’s where Soundstripe comes in. Founded in the heart of Nashville, Soundstripe’s goal from day one is to do everything possible to empower filmmakers to Keep Creating. Hear from the company’s founders as they discuss a multitude of topics, like why it was so important to make it easy, profitable and fun to license music.

Panelists: Chris Small – VP of Marketing, Travis Terrell – Co-CEO, Micah Sannan – Co-CEO and Trevor Hinesley – CTO

Friday October 4th – 4:00pm

Chris Small graduated from Belmont University with a B.B.A. in Music Business in 2009 and then worked in sales and marketing. He started at Word Entertainment before accepting a role in sales at Apple. While there, he dabbled in digital marketing through e-commerce and drop shipping side-hustles. Additionally, Chris began composing and licensing his music, eventually through Soundstripe, where he is now the VP of Marketing and leading a team of nine creatives.

As a live performer, Travis Terrell played alongside legends such as Alan Jackson, Peter Frampton, and Willie Nelson – to name a few. Travis has a deep understanding of the art and marriage of music and film, having also produced and composed TV jingles for international brands such as BMW and McDonald’s. His hobbies include cooking for friends; aviation, in which he is a student pilot; and reading an average of 25 books per year.

Micah Sannan started his journey in music touring internationally as a full-time member of multiple signed acts, including the bands Falling Up and Disciple. After returning home, Micah transitioned into artist management before eventually opening a recording studio, where he produced albums and music for advertisement. His decades of music business experience has helped shepherd Soundstripe into one of the industry’s most formidable disrupters.

A Belmont University graduate, Trevor Hinesley was a full-time touring musician for years. While on the road, Trevor remotely developed countless websites and applications for everyone from Fortune 500 companies to top Billboard artists. Trevor brings a blend of music business knowledge and technological expertise that perfectly aligns with Soundstripe’s mission.




The Evolving Future of VR in Filmmaking

A workshop showcasing how to implement VR and 360 cameras into every production (pre and post). We will demonstrate how to use a 360 camera to location scout and plan lighting and shots. We will also demonstrate how use the 360-degree photos to light a subject in C4D and plan lighting out ahead of time. Experience using a VR camera ready within a VR film set where we will ask audience members to come up operate in a virtual environment.

Panelist: Matt DeLisi

Saturday October 5th – 10:00am


What’s the Score: Composing for TV, Film, and Gaming

Composing for TV, film, and gaming is an ever-changing industry. Hear from Emmy- and Grammy-Award winning composers/producers as they give the insider perspective on how they got their start, the competitive landscape, and what it really takes to compose music for some of entertainment’s most recognizable TV shows, films, and games.

Panelists: Composers – Stacy Widelitz, Matthew Head, Matt Mahaffey, Jessica Rae Huber and Kristen Baum

Saturday October 5th – 11:15am

Stacy Widelitz started composing professionally at nineteen but came to prominence with the song “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written with Patrick Swayze and featured in Swayze’s blockbuster Dirty Dancing.  Featured on the movie’s wildly successful soundtrack, it reached no. 3 on Billboard’s top-40 chart (no. 1 among adult-contemporary radio listeners). He also received two BMI awards for the tune as among the most-performed songs of that year. He has scored features, more than twenty made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, has received four Gold Addies for music he composed for advertising, and was nominated for an Emmy for ABC’s World of Discovery. Stacy also wrote the title song and scored all the episodes of ABC’s acclaimed animated series Cro, and scored and composed much of the dance music for the film One Last Dance, which garnered him a Best Music Award at the Nashville Film Festival. He subsequently served as board president of Nashville Film Festival, as well as ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and Leadership Music. Currently, Stacy is past president of Nashville Opera, and is a Commissioner in the City of Oak Hill.

Film/TV Music Composer and Producer, Matthew Head has built a career through sheer talent, resilience and by earning the respect of power players within his industry including Oprah Winfrey, Lena Waithe, and Broadway Director, Kenny Leon. Through these coveted positions, the Marietta, Georgia native’s work has won an Emmy, NAACP Image Award, a Stellar Award, a Peabody Award, and several Grammy nominations. With over 50 credits to his name and counting, which include scoring BET’s hit series, Boomerang as well as serving as Music Producer for OWN’s series, Greenleaf, Head brings masterful insight and a keen ear to each and every project. Head also collaborated with Grammy Award winning Music Producer Timbaland to create the music for YouTube Premium series, Step Up High Water. From scoring the hard-hitting documentaries that challenges the viewer to change the way they think about the world to scoring light-hearted romantic comedies that offers the escapism movies often do; from packed theaters to a home audience, no matter the scale he uses his unique ability to move an audience through music.

Jessica Rae Huber is a film and television composer who has written music for projects such as The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander, Black Sails, 60 Days In, and Constantine. She is an in-demand independent film composer and is frequently recruited to write additional music for other composers. Jessica is one of the original composers chosen for The Future Is Female: a Concert for Women in Film where she conducted her original piece for a sold-out crowd. She previously worked as an Assistant Composer and Scoring Manager for a major music production company and has become a highly sought-after consultant who has recruited, built, and maintained scoring teams and workflows for multiple composers.  She holds a degree in film and video game scoring from Berklee College of Music. During this period she also learned the art of not freezing to death and being the only woman in a room.

Kristen Baum is an American Composer and Songwriter working in film, theatre and the concert hall. At university, she studied piano performance, earning a Master of Music in Theory and Composition. In 2007 she moved to LA and began working and studying with film composer Christopher Young (Sinister, Creation, Pet Sematary) who quickly became her mentor and friend. As part of his music team, she worked on Untraceable and The Uninvited. She also orchestrated on Priest and When in Rome. In 2011, she was selected as one of six Sundance fellows for the Feature Film Composers Lab. Kristen has scored several indie features in addition to composing music for live theatre and concerts. Her scores range from classical style (with traditional instrumentation) to hybrid scores (combining electronic elements with live instruments) to experimental scores (using found-sound and audio manipulation).  Her credits include a solo piano composition on The Book of Eli (source music). She wrote the end credits song for the award-winning documentary Kidnapped for Christ, directed by Kate Logan, and wrote lyrics and provided vocals for “Hush Lullaby,” for director Paul Levin’s Atomism.

Given the quirky nature of Matt Mahaffey’s original music, one would not suspect that he grew up in East Tennessee playing Bluegrass at Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s Theme Park) at age 11…. Matt has performed with and produced many artists. Some well-known artists he has worked with are P!nk, Beck, Liz Phair, Tenacious D, Snoop Dog, Beyonce, Keith Urban, and Smashmouth. Also, newer artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Hellogoodbye, Miranda Cosgrove, Poppy, and Welshly Arms. Matt’s alter ego, sElf, was formed in the early 1990’s, releasing five albums to date. Matt has since released more free online music than any artist. Matt has been nominated for an Emmy and an Annie Award. Matt has worked with various movie directors including Ivan Reitman, Michael Mann, Jeffery Katzenburg, Andrew Adamson, Hans Zimmer (for Film Score) and more…
Most notably, Matt wrote the only original song for “Shrek” Also, recorded the cast and produced the music for surprise endings to the entire Shrek series. Matt wrote and performed “Expedia!..DOT COOOOOM!” Matt played guitar, drums, and keys on tour with Beck throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan in 2005 and 2006. Also contributing to the “Odelay” Deluxe Edition and Grammy Winning “Morning Phase” album in 2015. In the past, Matt has performed with various pop starts, such as Mandy Moore and Mika. Matt’s music has been featured on numerous television shows including CSI Miami, Entourage, Weeds, 60 Minutes, Total Divas, Total Bellas, and many more. Matt’s past scoring projects include songs and scoring for Nick Jr’s “Ni Hao Kai-Lan”, Disney’s “Henry Hugglemonster, “Miles From Tomorrowland”, “Mission Force One”, and Nick’s “Sanjay And Craig”. Matt’s current scoring projects include Nickelodeon’s “Nella, The Princess Knight”, “Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, and Discovery’s “Transformers – Rescue Bots Academy”.


Made In Tennessee: Creator’s in the New South

Insight into what is really happening in Tennessee through the perspective of the people who are actually creating compelling entertainment. Learn about the ins and outs on working within the region from traditional and non-traditional producers who call Tennessee home and hear how they have navigated through the region to produce amazing work.

Panelists: Bob Raines, Executive Director at the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, Chris Conner – Hideout Pictures, Michael Lohmann – Producer, Lisa Erspamer – Producer, Pickler & Ben, Traylor Woodall- 5 stone Studios, Jen Lewis- Producer at Evolve

Saturday October 5th – 11:15am

Bob Raines was 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.

Chris Conner has been active in the film & television industry for 18 years, working as Producer and Director on projects ranging from feature films, television series, and documentaries to music videos, commercials, concerts, and political campaigns. This body of work has provided him opportunities to work with Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar winners along with senators, congressmen, and a presidential candidate. Chris has produced national television commercials for global brands such as Ford and Merck. And for many years, he’s worked with comedy musical act The Cleverlys as a producer and director. With Hideout Pictures, he was a producer on 2 seasons of CMT’s “Still the King” the on the crime series “Howard’s Mill,” and is currently in pre-production on a Western feature titled “Old Henry”. Chris is currently an active principal partner in three production companies, each specializing in different forms of entertainment and advertising.

Lisa Erspamer is a multiple Emmy-nominated producer; New York Times best selling author; producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary Whitney which was nominated for a Grammy, Critics Choice, IDA and NAACP award; executive producer and creator of the five-time Emmy nominated talk show Pickler & Ben and co-founder of Happy Street Entertainment. Lisa is a 19 year Oprah veteran, previously serving as chief creative officer and executive vice president of programming and development for OWN, as well as a co-executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

When you meet Traylor Woodall for the first time, three qualities stand out. First – he loves his job. Second – you have to look up to him because he’s so tall! And probably the third thing is you will hear the phrase, ‘We’re looking for bad math, folks’. In a nutshell, bad math is the 1+1=3 and 3+3=9 that happens, the sum that is greater than its parts, when teams experience true collaboration. “My favorite thing is when we all sit back and say ‘Wow’! Where did that come from,’ says Woodall. ‘My journey over the last 25 years has been working on that recipe, learning how to empower teams with the right culture, and tools to make something bigger than themselves.’ This drive for building culture, teams, and immersive content has led to a stint at MTV/CMT as a Senior Designer and now to founding Nashville-based, Fivestone Studios, a multi-disciplinary digital agency that creates a range of world-class projects for brands around the globe like Honda, Dell, HP, HGTV, National Geographic, etc.

Jen Lewis is a Sr. Producer at Evolve which is an independent, award-winning original & branded content studio based in Nashville, TN. A unique IP + turn-key services studio, Evolve produces a diverse range of premium content; from feature films, unscripted episodic series, branded & commercial content, documentaries, promos, title sequences, digital content and immersive VR content. Our work has been recognized with numerous awards, including 5 National Television Emmy’s, 40 Emmy nominations & many other top industry accolades.



Power and the Planet: Sustainability In Motion Picture

Sustainability in motion picture is getting interesting with new tech and sustainable solutions to significantly reduce environmental impacts. Learn about industry sustainability trends highlighted by Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group and the power and technology solutions behind them by Mark Rabin, CEO, Portable Electric. The Future is Sustainable.

Panelists: Zena Harris – President of Green Spark Group, Mark Rabin – CEO at Portable Electric

Saturday October 5th – 11:30am

Zena Harris is President of Green Spark Group, a sustainability consultancy working across North America to implement sustainable production practices in motion picture.  She works with studios such as Fox/Disney, NBCUniversal, Amazon, and HBO on production and consults for corporate clients and industry organizations such as Creative BC and the Producers Guild of America. She is the Director of the Sustainable Production Forum, a conference dedicated to sustainability in entertainment.  Zena holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Mark Rabin is an energy specialist, entrepreneur, and collaborator working at the intersection of the new energy paradigm of distributed energy systems, big batteries/storage, new technology integration, micro-grids and sustainability. Mark has worked in energy for the past 18 years with roles ranging petroleum geology to power systems in Africa. Mark founded Portable Electric® in 2015, after 13 years in the traditional energy sector, when he realized that the equipment rental industry was in need of clean power generators. The company has since grown into be the leader in clean energy portable and mobile power stations, with their silent and emissions-free VOLTstack® product line, providing new energy solutions for the film and entertainment, events, construction and disaster relief industries.


The Film School Graduate: What’s Next?

NaFF pays a special homage to the budding filmmaker, the next generation of Spielberg’s graduating students from Nashville and Middle Tennessee film schools with a lively panel, “OMG! I’m Graduating! Is there life After Film School??” Moderated by USC Film School graduate, MTSU Assistant Professor and Documentary Channel Founder Tom Neff, this panel will feature Billy Pittard, Chair of MTSU’s Department of Media Arts; Valerie Stover, founding chair of the Watkins film program; Andy Van Roon, Founder of Film-Com, the nation’s first Film Financing convention; and most important, we will have some former film school students who can speak directly from their own experience. And keep checking in, as we add more panelists to the unique look at the landscape, prospects, challenges, and successes that await student filmmakers.

Panelists: Tom Neff, Billy Pittard (MTSU) Valorie Stover Quarles (Watkins) Andy Van Roon (Film-Com) Will Akers (Belmont), Laura Wilbanks Cruz, Jennifer Bonior, Rebecca Woods

Saturday October 5th – 1:00pm

Tom Neff has over thirty five years’ experience in the film industry with many national and international awards, including an Oscar nomination, an Emmy win, and an Emmy nomination.  He is a member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy.Neff founded the Documentary Channel which aired to over 45 million viewers nationally. Neff has created, written, directed, produced, or executive produced – often filling all of these roles in a single project — over 100 documentaries, including the Emmy winning documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire; the Oscar nominated Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse; the IMAX film,Our Country, and many others. His films have shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian, New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center, Lincoln Jazz Center, Denver Art Museum, Tennessee State Museum, the Director’s Guild of America, The Academy, Ojai Center, and other venues and cities.  Neff’s recent documentary co-produced with partner Shelley Hay, Mr. Temple and the Tigerbellesfeatures Coach Ed Temple and the famed African American female track team which broke the color barriers of the Olympics in the early 1960s with runners such as Wilma Rudolph.  The documentary was shortlisted by the International Documentary Association as one of the nation’s best short documentaries of 2018, has played to sold out audiences at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Nashville Public Library, TN. State Museum, won Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary at the Cleveland International Film Festival, and was accepted into this summer’s prestigious RSF Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.  After the 1992 Rodney King LA Riots, Neff crossed police barricades to shoot black and white, large scale photographs of the ravaged interiors and exteriors of buildings, featured in the one-man, multimedia exhibition Dialogue on Firer.

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.

The founding chair of the Watkins film program, Valorie Stover Quarles has worked as a filmmaker and educator for more than three decades. She has received numerous festival awards and grants for her projects and programs from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences. Quarles has served as the president of the Nashville Film Festival and as a member of the Nashville Screenwriting Conference Advisory Board and the Film Nashville board. She has her MFA from the Florida State University Film School.

Jennifer Bonior attended film school at Watkins College of Art and got her footing within the Nashville film community by competing in the 48 Hour Film Project. After winning “Best in Nashville” several years in a row, Jennifer retired from the competition, only to return in 2018, but this time as the City Producer. In addition to running the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project, she has made a name for herself as a writer, director, and producer developing award-winning commercials, music videos, and short & feature films, many of which have screened around the world. She currently works as a Producer for Fivestone Studios in Nashville and is one third of the all female horror film group, Daisy Dukes Films, where she creates micro shorts and immersive art installations with a spooky and horrible twist.


Inside Casting: So you want to be famous?

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: Casting Directors –  Diana Wallace, Holland Weathers, Angelic Mercer and Ian Young

Saturday October 5th – 1:30pm

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

Holland Weathers grew up in the rural Alabama town of Hartford, Alabama. She attended Auburn University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication. Upon graduating in 2002 from Auburn she moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where she worked as a casting assistant and later casting director at a small production company. There, she cast everything from local commercials to independent feature films. After working on Donald Trump and Martha Stewart’s The Apprentice, Holland made the move to Los Angeles to pursue casting for reality television. Over the last 17 years she has cast over 100 reality television shows and docu- series such as The Biggest Loser, Extreme Weight Loss, MasterChef, The Real World, Kids Baking Championship, Fear Factor, Beat Shazam, Wife Swap, and Family Food Fight. She now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and most recently cast her 14th season of The Biggest Loser.

Upon graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz, Angelic Mercer moved to Los Angeles to begin a career in television. She has worked as a Casting Manager for over 10 years, handling the logistics for unscripted casting departments. Her credits include The Biggest LoserMasterChefSurvivor, and Catfish.

Ian Young isn’t famous, but he does have 20 years of rich experience in producing and casting unscripted entertainment for nearly every major broadcast, cable, and digital network. Having recently cast USA’s reboot of long-running franchise The Biggest Loser, he is currently serving as the Supervising Casting Producer on FOX television’s La La Land-influenced dating and dancing mash-up, Flirty Dancing. Both projects are set to air in Spring 2020. Other notable projects include multiple seasons of The FOUR: Battle for Stardom, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and America’s Next Top Model. If Ian had the power to subtitle this panel, he’d call it ‘Inside Casting: The Inexact Science Of Managed Chaos’.


The Ends & Outs of Mining for Comedy Gold

Comedy is a literary genre and a type of dramatic work that is amusing and satirical in its tone, mostly having a cheerful ending. The motif of this dramatic work is triumph over unpleasant circumstance by creating comic effects, resulting in a happy or successful conclusion. Blah, blah, blah…What does this definition have to do with our comedy panel? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Come listen to industry leaders spend time trying to convince you (through their own experiences) that comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. Refreshments not included. Dress is casual.

Panelists:  Michael Abbott Jr, Chuck Hayward (Dear White People and Mixedish), Kevin Kane (Inside Amy Schumer), Shawn Harwell (Red Oaks)

Saturday October 5th – 2:30pm

Michael Abbott Jr. leads the cast of the A24 produced Sundance 2019 hit The Death of Dick Long (directed by Daniel Scheinert). He made his film debut in Jeff Nichol’s 2007 directorial debut, Shotgun Stories (Independent Spirit Award) opposite Michael Shannon. Other film credits include VACATION!, Pilgrim Song, MUD, And Then I Go, Dish, Elbow Grease, Loving, and the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival favorite In The Radiant City. His next film is the psychological thriller The Dark and the Wicked written and directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers). Michael’s television credits include guest starring roles on The Blacklist (NBC), DAREDEVIL (Netflix) and Difficult People (Hulu) to name a few. He is a member of John Houseman’s Tony Award winning Acting Company and has appeared Off Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and across the country in many of the nation’s most prestigious regional theatre’s including productions of UNCIVIL, Bus Stop, Brother Wolf, Providence Gap, Dearly Departed, Taming of the Shrew, Othello, BAT BOY the MUSICAL and Puddn’head Wilson among others. In 2018, he appeared in the cast of David Thigpen’s new critically acclaimed play Hurricane Party in a sold out run at New York City’s historic Cherry Lane Theatre. Michael is also a video game voiceover actor with credits including Red Dead Redemption, Undead Nightmare and the newly released Red Dead Redemption II.

Chuck Hayward writes things.  A lot. And sometimes he actually writes them well.  Just ask his fellow writers on Netflix’s Dear White People, or upcoming shows: Disney+’s WandaVision, or ABC’s Mixed-Ish.  Or you can ask the directors of the movies he’s written, Netflix’s Step Sisters, and the indie film Fat Camp.   Chuck promises they’ll confirm it.  You calling him a liar?!?!

Kevin Kane is an actor, director and producer for theatre, film and television.  He won a Peabody Award, Television Critics Award and a Primetime Emmy for producing Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, where he also appeared as an actor for four seasons. He served as special on-set consultant to Judd Apatow and actor for Trainwreck, as both producer and actor on FOX’s Snatched and STX’s I Feel Pretty. Kevin most recently can be seen as Professor Charles in Bonding on Netflix.  Other recent credits include Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, Mark Jackson’s This Teacher (LA Film Fest Jury Award), Uncle SilasLez Bomb, Im Not Me (IFP Lab), Chicago, P.D., Law and Order:SVU. Currently he produces and appears on the comedy podcast 3 Girls, 1 Keith for Spotify.   He is a founding ensemble member of The Collective NY where he has acted in and directed numerous theatre productions since its inception, including David Thigpen’s Hurricane Party at Cherry Lane Theatre (2018). He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (NYIT) for his performance in the revival of Frank McGuinness’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at New York Theatre Workshop. Next he can be seen in the upcoming 3rd season of No Activity on CBS All-Access and will serve as EP, actor and co-director for Love, Beth for Hulu (2020).

Shawn Harwell is a screenwriter originally from Lenoir, NC. He is a graduate from the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has worked as a writer for the HBO series Eastbound & Down, as well as Red Oaks on Amazon Prime. He is also the co-writer of the 2012 Warner Bros. comedy The Campaign, which was an R-rated political satire at the time of release and now unfortunately looks like a G-rated documentary for naive and delusional toddlers. Shawn currently lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Gretchen, and daughter Ingrid.


Behind the Lens: The Wide World of Cinematography

Taking a deep dive into what it takes to be a modern day cinematographer. Learn from some of Nashville’s best DP’s about shooting a feature horror film in just 7 days, traveling the world with sports stars for ESPN & Showtime, and DP’ing a feature documentary, national ads & high-end music videos. You’ll get a taste for the many hats required to make Sh*t happen and the challenges of finding representation as a DP.

Panelists: Nathan Thompson, Nyk Allen, Elizabeth Olmstead, Mike White and Justin Fredericks

Saturday October 5th – 2:45pm

Nathan Thompson is the owner of production company Contrast Visuals, rental house Contrast Cine, and is President of the Nashville Filmmakers Guild. He’s lensed everything from narrative films, music videos & commercials, to struggles in remote Africa and the war in Afghanistan. He is a 19 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and has DP’ed productions for ESPN, Amazon, Bridgestone, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Wayne Gretzky & more. Outside of work he enjoys rock climbing, running and drumming.

Nyk Allen grew up in a small town in Texas, which fostered the creativity and independence central to who he is today. He prides himself on crafting stunning images that convey a strong emotion. He’s filmed all over the globe for brands like Sony, Bridgestone, Google, AudioTechnica, Spotify, and more. Nyk savors the opportunity for a challenge and is consistently pushing his images to convey a deeper understanding of the human experience.

Elizabeth Olmstead is freelance Director/DP who splits her time between Nashville, Tn + Los Angelos. Her work has premiered on Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety, CMT, MTV, VH1, featured on Youtube, TIME, Vice, and Vox . She’s collaborated on multiple campaigns for Spotify, Vevo, Youtube, Nike, Amazon, and ESPN. In addition to working on music videos and commercials. Elizabeth has ventured into social justice documentary work. In January she released her first documentary short Perspective in January 2019, in partnership with Centric Screenworks. Her second documentary, Separated, looks into the lives of families and individuals affected by the US federal immigration system, following the family separation crisis happening at the Mexico/Texas border. It is set to release in the spring of 2020. Elizabeth aims to tell stories through the lens of empathy. She believes that you can’t make anything great on your own and loves collaborating within the Nashville and LA film communities

Justin Fredericks is a 4-time Sports Emmy Award winning Director of Photography and 21 time nominee. He’s also been honored with the Edward R Murrow, NYC Film Festival Gold Medal, and Imagine Awards. Justin has filmed a wide variety of network series & films for Netflix, ESPN, Showtime, CBS, NBC & more. He’s shot E:60 features, 30 for 30 shows, ESPN Draft Academy doc series and indie doc ‘We Like it Like That’ which was an official SXSW film festival selection. Justin is regularly on the road chasing the next project and is now a proud father to his baby girl Isla.


Documentary Filmmaking: Conception to Exhibition

Join the conversation with notable documentarians talking anyone who ever thought of making a documentary, as well as anyone now working on a documentary, or who has already made a doc. This lively panel will be moderated by documentary filmmaker and Documentary Channel Founder Tom Neff include experts in every aspect of making a documentary film, from concept to distribution. This panel will appeal to both the untutored potential documentarian as well as those working in the industry today. Topics of discussion will include concept, production issues, rights, audience and marketing, and distribution, and will be a “must attend” for anyone interested in documentary and reality programming. Panelists will include renowned journalist and former Channel 4 anchor Demetria Kalodimos and current producer of “Barnegie Hall” a  series exploring the art and heart of songwriting with Nashville singer-songwriter Verlon Thompson. Other panelists include Allie Sultan, Assistant Professor of Cinema/Television at MTSU; Jessica Turk, Programming Manager of NPT, Nashville’s Public Television Network; Stephen Lackey, local Nashville documentary film producer.

Panelists: Tom Neff, Demetria Kalodimos, Jessica Turk, Stephen Lackey and Allie Sultan

Saturday October 5th – 3:30pm


The Progress of the #METOO Movement: A conversation with Jessica Barth & Johnathon Schaech

Johnathon Schaech and Jessica Barth are survivors, advocates and heroes both spearheading important changes and awareness surrounding the #METOO movement. They will not only share their stories, but also talk about what the industry is doing to provide safer working environments and how they both use their unique platforms and voices to promote awareness and hope. Join these talented actors and advocates on a conversation about how to make a difference and how not to fear standing up for what is right.

Panelists: Jessica Barth & Johnathon Schaech

Saturday October 5th – 3:45pm

Johnathon Schaech’s acting career started out landing pivotal roles in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Gregg Araki’s Doom Generation (1995) and Tom Hanks’ directorial debut That Thing You Do! (1996) Since then, Johnathon has starred in over one-hundred and sixty Hollywood productions. Including Showtime’s hit series Ray Donovan (2014) and portrays comic-book legend Jonah Hex on the DC’s shows. Flash, Legends and Batwoman.  He’ll next be seen in Michael Cristofer’s Night Clerk (2019) opposite Ana de Armas, and Helen Hunt, and A Different Kind of Champion opposite Terrance Howard. (Which was shot in Nashville. Johnathon is an outspoken sexual abuse survivor and part of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement. He’s on the Speakers Bureau for the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN. Johnathon recently moved to franklin with his 6 year-old son, Camden, with his wife, Julie Solomon.

Jessica Barth is an actress best known for her breakout leading role in the hilarious Ted movie franchise.  She began her career in the Philadelphia Theatre scene as a young girl which led her to a prestigious apprenticeship at Vassar College in association with New York Stage and Film. It was there that she honed her craft before deciding to head to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. During her years in LA, she has appeared and starred in numerous plays, commercials, television shows and films.  She graduated with a B.A in Theatre and Creative Writing. In addition to writing short films, plays and scripts, she created Champagne and Vinyl ( a lifestyle blog documenting the often hilarious trials and tribulations of her life as a working mother of three. A book of essays encapsulating her journey from aspiring actress to being one of the first Silence Breakers within the explosive and unprecedented Me Too movement will be published early next year and she will produce and direct her first feature film in the Spring.  Jessica has always been hugely passionate about advocating for young women and has worked for years with foster care youth, teaching female empowerment through creativity. Jessica is Founder and CEO of Voices in Action. an initiative to prevent and eradicate sexual harassment and assault. VIA offers a safe online reporting system with the ability to track serial perpetrators. Her #ProVoice campaign allows victims to use their voice and step into their power.



In Conversation with HBO’s Len Amato and Evyen J. Klean

A look into how ideas are chosen by the network giant and brought to life from the perspective of HBO’s President of Film, Miniseries and Cinemax – Len Amato. We will hear how Len decides what to green light and the importance of his working relationship with Emmy Award winning producer and music supervisor Evyen J. Klean.

Saturday October 5th – 4:00pm

Len Amato is the President of HBO Films, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. He has recently added Miniseries and Cinemax to his responsibilities. As president of HBO Films, for Home Box Office, he is responsible for overseeing the development and production of original HBO Films for the network. With Amato at the helm since October 2008, HBO Films has garnered numerous awards and accolades. The 2009-2018 awards seasons produced 43 Emmy® Awards and 12 Golden Globes® for HBO Films overall. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded HBO Films the Outstanding Made For Television Movie Emmy® in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Grey Gardens, Temple Grandin, Game Change, Behind the Candelabra, The Normal Heart and Bessie, respectively), for a total of 20 Best Movie Emmys® since 1993. Behind the Candelabra, with 11 wins and 15 nominations, was the most-honored program at the 2013 Emmys®. Before becoming president, Amato served as HBO program executive and executive producer on 2008’s multiple Emmy®-winning film Recount. Recount garnered 3 Emmy® Awards including Best Made for Television movie, which resulted in an Emmy® for Amato as Executive Producer. The film began Amato’s association with director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong who would later repeat their creative collaboration on Game Change. Amato joined HBO in March 2007 as senior vice president, HBO Films, continuing his long relationship with the network which began in 1997 in New York when he produced Charles Dutton’s directorial debut First Time Felon, starring Omar Epps and Delroy Lindo, and executive produced Iron Jawed Angels, starring Academy Award® winners Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston in 2004. Amato appeared on the fourth season of the HBO series Project Greenlight. Prior to joining HBO, Amato was president, Spring Creek Productions. His producer/executive producer credits include: Analyze This and Analyze That, starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro; Possession, featuring Oscar® winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart; Deliver Us From Eva, with LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; Rumor Has It, featuring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Oscar® winner Shirley MacLaine; as well as the Golden Globe® and Oscar®-nominated Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly; and The Astronaut Farmer, with Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton. Earlier, Amato was Story Editor for Robert De Niro’s newly formed Tribeca Productions in New York where he worked on such films as Michael Apted’s Thunderheart and Irwin Winkler’s Night in the City. Amato began his film career in New York as a story analyst for various independent producers and studios. Prior to his career in the film industry, Amato was a musician and actor, performing at such renowned downtown venues as CBGB’s and La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Amato is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015.

Evyen J Klean is a Music Supervisor at Neophonic, Inc. a premium music supervision company based in Los Angeles, California.  He is an Emmy Award winner, a six-time Guild of Music Supervisor Award winner as well as a five-time Hollywood Music in Media (HMMA) Award nominee.  He founded Neophonic in 1980 and was involved in the areas of Artist Management, Music Publishing, Record Labels, and Recording Studios where he developed a reputation of vast musical knowledge, experience and strong relationships in the entertainment community. Eventually shifting the company’s focus to music supervision, Evyen has since supervised and consulted for over 100 films and well over 2,000 hours of television. From full-service soundtrack production and supervision to creative and technical consultation, he has worked with nearly every major film and TV studio, network, and independent alike. Evyen and team Neophonic have had the pleasure of consulting for HBO for over twenty-four years, working with dozens of award-winning directors, producers, composers, and as well as producing music with a countless number of musical artists.



2018 Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Award – Mike Judge Presents: Tales of the Tour Bus Season 2, Cinemax

2017 Emmy Honors – Game of Thrones, HBO

2016 Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Award – Bessie, HBO

2015 Emmy Won – Bessie, HBO

2013 Emmy Honors – Behind the Candelabra, HBO

2013 Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Award – Behind the Candelabra, HBO

2012 Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Award – Game Change, HBO

2012 Emmy Honors – Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

2012 Emmy Honors – Games of Thrones, HBO

2011 Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Music Supervisor of the Year – Longform Television

2010 Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Music Supervisor of the Year – Longform Television