2014 FILMFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
7PM The Infinite Man * Neon
9PM Flick My Clip * Neon
12PM International Shorts * Neon
12:30PM Life to Narrative * ThinkTV
2PM Give to Live the Movie * Neon
2:30PM Comedy in TV/Film * ThinkTV
4PM Ohio Shorts Block * Neon
7PM Zero Motivation * Neon
9:00PM Pitch It! & Party * Gilly’s
12PM The Critic’s Perspective * ThinkTV
12:30PM U.S. Shorts Block * Neon
2:00PM Auditioning for Actors * ThinkTV
3:15PM Stomping Ground * Neon
5:30PM This Time Next Year * Neon
8PM FilmDayton Awards*Neon
Ryan Singers collection of comedy shorts (under 5 minutes) is BACK. Last year this sometimes random, sometimes raunchy mini-fest brought much laughter. From Ryan, “Have fun making some weird, wild, funny, ridiculous, crazy, unconventional, from the heart comedy videos and I hope to be able to showcase them in this year’s screening. I love doing this, so please keep them coming as there are fewer joys greater than discovering someone else’s beautiful comedic mind put into practice and manifested in something we can all share.” You can submit for free to Flick My Clip which has a unique submission and jury system. Learn more online.
WORKSHOP LINE-UP AND DESCRIPTION
LIFE TO NARRATIVE WORKSHOP (Saturday, 24, 12:30 PM – ThinkTV)
Chinonye Chukwu and Samuel Autman
How can filmmakers take events that occurred in real life and transfer them into a narrative? What ethical obligations do filmmakers have to the people who were involved in these real life events? Filmmaker, Chinonye Chukwu, a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised filmmaker and recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship will discuss these issues among others; along with Samuel Autman whom her most recent film, A Long Walk, was based upon. Samuel Autman is part of DePauw University’s writing faculty where he specializes in the personal essay and journalism.
COMEDY IN TV/FILM WORKSHOP (Saturday, August 23, 2:30 PM – ThinkTV)
Alex Mangen and Ryan Singer and Greg Nichols
This workshop is an exploration into the world of creating your own comedic content for the world to consume, either through the internet, TV or film festivals. What should creators focus on, devote their energy and time to, and what are the limitations of the DIY filmmaking world. Ryan Singer, Alex Mangen and Greg Nichols will take you down the path. Singer is the rarest of breeds: A comic’s comic who electrifies mainstream audiences with material that is both uncompromising and unpretentious. LaughSpin says, “With his high-energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there’s not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer. Alex Mangen is a writer, director and producer, of comedic films. His sketch comedy has been licensed by programs on MTV and CW, and awarded a Culture Works Grant for the Arts. His films have played at the Gene Siskel Center, the Wexner Center, and film festivals across the country. He is also a WSU Motion Pictures Alum with many ties to the Dayton Community. Greg Nichols is a director, producer, and actor and has been active in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas for the past 18 years. His first feature film “The Wonderland Express” won the audience award at the Starlight Film Festival and played over twenty film festivals. His short “Hat Trick” placed in the top ten with the Producer’s Guild of America Weekend Shorts Competition in 2012. Greg Nichols was also a founding member of Strangely Attractive, an improv troupe.
THE CRITICS PERSPECTIVE WORKSHOP (Sunday August 24, 12PM – ThinkTV)
Jeff Reicert and Fariha Zaman
What makes a great film? Filmmakers and critics Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman will navigate you through the complex world of film criticism. Reichert and Farihah’s documentary, This Time Next Year, will be shown Sunday evening.
AUDITIONING FOR ACTORS WORKSHOP (Sunday, August 24, 2:00PM – ThinkTV):
Shaunn Baker and Jason Kaufman
Are you an actor looking for great tips on how to get the attention of casting directors? Here’s your chance! Jason Kaufman and Shaunn Baker are here to help you through the auditioning process. Jason Kaufman holds an MFA from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School. He has appeared in numerous stage productions and television shows. Most familiar include CSI-Miami, Without a Trace and many major soap operas. He is currently an assistant professor at Wright State University. Shaunn Baker is Managing Partner for WorldStage Media, an award winning media and entertainment Production Company located in Dayton, Ohio. He has produced hundreds of projects for businesses in the Dayton area and worked with FilmDayton to bring to life a pro-am community filmmaking project in 2013.
Pitch It! & Festival Party (9:00PM Gilly’s)
Think you’ve got a golden idea for a film or TV show? This is your opportunity to prove it. Drop $5 in the hat and pitch your movie in two minutes to a panel of industry experts. Winner takes home a cash prize and
a FREE 1-year premium membership for a screenwriting package. This lively event is fun for audience and aspiring filmmakers alike – join us in the party atmosphere with cash bar and catering by Christopher’s. Pitch your story to industry professionals in this “American Idol”-style format. Hosted by Niki Dakota, WYSO 91.3-FM music director. Featured filmmakers will be there, the bar will be pouring, and a DJ will be keeping you moving all night.
Filmmaker Award: Presented to Jim Klein – An educator at Wright State, Jim has impacted the careers of countless emerging filmmakers. His work has been recognized, collected and nominated by such agencies as he Library of Congress, the Academy Awards and the Emmys. Jim is also the co-founder of new Day Films which strives to deliver “dynamic, provocative storytelling to educational institutions…ensuring access to a wide range of contemporary and classic films.”
Key Award: Presented to Jonathan McNeal – For over a decade, Jonathan McNeal has managed The Neon Theater, but his true talent is as an award-winning filmmaker. He graduated from Wright State University in 1996 from the motion picture production program. His documentary short The Rubi Girls is a joyous, uplifting chronicle of the professional men behind the comedic, charity-driven, Dayton based drag troupe; Jonathan performs as IIeasa Plymouth. The Rubi Girls premiered at the 2003 San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. From there, the film went on to win Audience and Best of Festival at the Fire Island Film & Video Festival and the Out on Film Festival in Atlanta. He is the founder and programmer of the Downtown Dayton LGBT Festival, now in its ninth year. Jonathan is an ardent supporter of filmmaking and filmmakers in the Miami Valley. He offers his time and expertise on professional and student productions. Jonathan volunteers his time to support FilmDayton, and has more than once been a presenter at their monthly Film Connections meetings. He has taught film production classes at both Stivers School for the Arts and Wright State University, inspiring the next generation of filmmakers.
SUNDOG FILM FESTIVAL – COMPLETE
To support young filmmakers, FilmDayton is providing support to the volunteer-led Sundog Film Festival. Students in grades 8-12 can submit their short films for professional review/feedback and potential screening. More information online now.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
FilmDayton is dedicated to fostering the growth of our regional film industry and audience.
FilmDayton offers education, professional development, arts and production support to filmmakers in the region. As a major aspect of our mission, we host the annual FilmDayton Festival which introduces our audience to new short films from across the country and highlights features with a strong regional connection.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The FilmDayton Festival launched as an all-volunteer labor of love dedicated to showcasing the great talent connected to the Dayton region. In early years, films were welcomed by invitation only with a focus on locally-connected films and filmmakers including winners from SXSW, Sundance, True/False Festivals.
After years of growing crowds and great success, we joined together with the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation to add a submission element for shorts and features in varied genres. With a special eye to Ohio-talent, we are dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers from across the country (and world) and sharing their work with our engaged and film-saavy regional audiences.
The Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival draws strongly on audiences from the Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati areas as well as visitors from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida and New York.