FILM CONNECTIONS is the monthly social gathering for filmmakers and film lovers. Typically hosted on the last Tuesday of the month, Film Connections offers tips and hints to strengthen skills, critical perspectives on film genres, screenings of films connected to local filmmakers or networking among aspiring and professional filmmakers.


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

7 PM – 9 PM


Wright Dunbar Events Center

1100 West Third St

Dayton, OH 45402


Film Dayton welcomes Director John Whitney, Producer Phil Garrett, & Producer-Actor Dino Tripodis as our Guest Speakers for September’s Film Connections networking event on Tuesday, September 25!

Learn about the creative journey in producing your own feature film projects as our guests share their knowledge and experience in producing for their feature independent film THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE.


JOHN WHITNEY – Originally from Dayton, Ohio, John has been at the helm of music videos, commercials, short and feature films. He has directed the short films, Eroded, Measured Sacrifice, A Family Matter, and The Mission and the feature film, THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE. Two of his films, “A Passion for Filmmaking” and “The Fixer,” aired on the Independent Film Channel as part of their original series, IFC Media Lab.

PHIL GARRETT Is a filmmaker and educator. He is a partner in Arbor Avenue Films and Route 7 Films, with whom he recently produced the independent feature film, THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE. Phil’s background ranges from live action and animation, to studio and independent motion pictures, documentary, visual effects, commercial video, experimental film, and theatre. His short films have played internationally in festivals and venues in Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Greece, and across the US. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2017 for his short documentary, “Dennison W. Griffith: Another World,” which premiered on WOSU/PBS.He is a Visiting Professor of Film at Kenyon College where he teaches directing, screenwriting, producing, and film studies. Phil is currently working on a documentary about Icelandic cinema and is producing two feature films to be released in 2019.

DINO TRIPODIS is a producer, writer, actor and owner of NEVER THE LUCK PRODUCTIONS. While “luck” is in the name, he banks more on the skill, talent and quality of work the people he makes movies with possess. That’s evident in NEVER THE LUCK’S previous efforts which include the festival award winning feature film, MINUS ONE, and other film projects that include THE FUNNY MAN, SOUTH 40, ERODED, and the Emmy award winning NITE OWL THEATER. Dino Produced, co-wrote and also stared in the feature film, THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE.

Join us for Film Connections. It is FREE for Film Dayton members and only $5 for non-members. Interested in joining? Learn more at If you are a non-member, your $5 can be applied toward membership if you join that night.


Aug 28 – Kathy Byrne of SAG-AFTRA Chicago

July  31 – Marisha Mukerjee – An insiders look at the Industry

June  26 –  ALLYSON WEST . Filmmaker / Founder & Creative Director, Cindependent Film Festival

May 29 – Shaunn Baker – WorldStage Media

April 24 – Mike McGraner  – Director,  Writer, Co-Creator of Nite Owl Theatre

March – no meeting

February 27 – Warped Wing meet and mingle

January 30 – DATV Tour

December 26 – Show and Tell

November 28 – Laura Von Holle (Heyman Talent Artists Agency)

October 24 – Film Composers & Sound Designers: Cut Time Music

September 26 – Meeting held in community room in new downtown Dayton Metro Library

September 12 – Bernard Dalichau, Executive Producer of the documentary “John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs

August 29 – Shaunn Baker 

July 25 – Michael Potter of Plum Street Productions

June 27 – Scott Spears

May  30 – Lana Read and the team that made “Western World

April 25 – Rhoda Cronebach MUA

March 28 – SkyDeck Studios

Feb 28 –  Chase Crawford – Social Media and the Movies

Jan 31 – Johanna McGinley– actress from WGN series Outsiders

Dec 27 – Member Show & Tell

Nov 29 – Karri O’Rielly–  State of the Industry Update

Oct  25 – Ray Zimmerman, 30+ year veteran of Hollywood

Sept 27 – Liz Cambronfilmmaker and punk musician based in Chicago, IL.

Aug 30 – Joel Levinson & Physis Films– Preproduction on Boy Band Film

July 26 – Peter John Ross

June 28 – Aymie Majerski. Producer / Owner at Barking Fish Entertainment

May 31 – Adam Rabinowitz, Production specialist at Sound for Film & Video

April 26 –  The Relationship between a DP & a Gaffer  at Nucleus Co-Share

March 29 – Jaclyn Laravie – make up artist/costumer

Feb 23 –  Location Scouting with Jane Streeter

Jan 26 – All About Casting with D. Lynn Meyers

Dec 29 –  FilmDayton Members Show & Tell

Nov 24 –  Selling Your Screenplay

Oct 27 – It’s all about the Fest- FilmDayton FilmFest

Sept 29 – Drones – on location at Sinclair

Aug 25 – Extra! Extra! How To Land a Spot in Film

June 30 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – Cartoon Network special exhibit on animation.

May 26 –  Matt Hayden – constructing film scores and soundtracks.