Mentorship At LIFF 2018

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LIFF’s Mentorship Program is one of the most exciting ways that we give back to our community!

FREE and open to the public, our Mentorship weekend offers a range of classes, panels, and workshops led by industry professionals from across the US.


Friday, April 20

Future Friday: Careers In Entertainment @ Celtic Studios


9:00 am – 11:00 am: Soundstage Workshops

Design for Film & TV * Video Game Creation * Indie Movie- Making * Stuntman in Action! *LitCam- iPhone Videography * Audio Post & Sound Mixing * Camera Operating * Acting for Camera * Louisiana Film Prize * Puppetry with Swaybox * Film Crew 101 * Mask-Making for Movies * Entertainment Law * Women In Film & TV * NOVAC * Visual Effects * Aerial Drone Demonstration by Atmosphere Aerials * Filmmakers in Competition, AND MORE!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Brunch on The Lot – Participating filmmakers in competition during LIFF 2018 and special guests will speak during Brunch (Provided At NO COST).

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Aerial Drone Demonstration


Saturday, April 21 – Perkins Rowe

Saturday and Sunday Mentorship workshops are located at the Synergy Sidebar, at Perkins Rowe, between Paris Parker Aveda & Anthropologie, opposite the Filmmaker’s Lounge

9:30 am – 10:15 am: Save the Swamp (Environmental Panel) – Amy Wold, & Ben Pierce

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Writing & Distributing a Web Series (Evan Kidd)

11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Screenwriting – The Art of Storytelling (Sybil Rosen BLAZE, Stephen Sepher DEAD ON ARRIVAL, Stephen Hoover TINKER, David Dubos, and Carlos Aguilar, film critic, IndieWire, MovieMaker, and reader for Sundance Screenwriters Lab).

12: 30 pm – 1:15 pm: Louisiana Filmmaker Panel – Greg Dichary (Director SUICIDE: RIPPLE EFFECT), Lauren Durr and Dane Moreton (Director & Producer 1000 YEAR FLOOD), Carol Bidault (Producer, CUT OFF), Jonathan Evans (Director, ON OUR WATCH) and Rankin Hickman (Producer, DEAD ON ARRIVAL).

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: From Idea to Screen – The Creative, Business and Legal Aspects of the Motion Picture Industry, With Particular Emphasis on the African American Filmmaker (Gary Watson)

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Reporting in the Fake News Era (Leonard M. Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Endowed Chair in Media Literacy Manship School of Mass Communication & Kyra Darnton of RetroReport and Jonathan Earle, Dean of Ogden Honors College at LSU ) 

IS THAT TRUE? Exploring A World of Half-Truths, Conspiracy Theories and Distorted Reality

At a time when “fake news” dominates headlines and emotions can overwhelm facts, is technology part of the solution or the crux of the problem?  Three short documentaries explore the hazards of story-telling  today — from the rise of conspiracy theories, to the weapon social media has become, to technologies that can alter reality.

The three films are:

Conspiracy’s Grip explores decades of conspiracy theories — from the John F. Kennedy assassination to Pizzagate — and what they can tell us about how we view the world today.

Liebeck v. McDonald’s: The Big Burn examines the legal claim against McDonald’s by an elderly woman who spilled a cup of coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s. The story and the facts took on a life of their own.

The Future of Facts – This story looks at how new technology, including virtual reality, will transform the way we consume news and the challenge when perceptions can be manipulated. 

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Filmmakers In Competition @ LIFF 2018 – Alexander Shebanow (Director FAIL STATE), Tiffany Bartok (Director LARGER THAN LIFE), and Harriet Hirshom (Director NOTHING WITHOUT US: THE WOMEN WHO WILL END AIDS)  

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Career in Gaming with LSU Digital Media (Marc Aubanel)

Sunday, April 22 – Perkins Rowe

Saturday and Sunday Mentorship workshops are located at the Synergy Sidebar, at Perkins Rowe, between Paris Parker Aveda & Anthropologie, opposite the Filmmaker’s Lounge

9:30 am – 10:15 am: Save the Coast (Environmental Panel) – Cynthia Duet, Audubon Louisiana’s Deputy Director

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Inside Casting Advice – Kim Taylor & Jason Grindle from KTA Talent and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Financing your Film with Carol Bidault, John Hardy (Executive Producer), and Kirk Roos

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Filmmakers in Competition @ LIFF 2018 – Teddy Smith (Director URBAN COUNTRY), Tom Bhramayana (Producer TINKER), Josh Freund (Director & Writer DO YOU WANT IT?) and Vincent Grashaw (Director AND THEN I GO) 

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: From Hip-Hop to BitCoin – Music & Multimedia with David Lotwin

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Producing & Development – Kirk Roos, Independent Filmmaker

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Screenwriting a Musical (Michael Berry: Director STUCK)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Documentary Process with Special Screening of WE LIVED THE BLUES (Tyler Q. Rosen, Fax Bahr, Uriah Herr & Evan Kidd)