Online Filmmaking Panels
at the 2021 Arizona International Film Festival
Panel discussions will be happening live on Zoom at 3pm (Arizona time). If you click on the Zoom link and it says the meeting is full, don’t fret! Just go to the Arizona International Film Festival Facebook page where the discussion will also be streaming on Facebook Live.
Thursday, April 15, 3 pm
DUSTWUN — Made in Arizona
Filmed entirely in Green Valley, south of Tucson, Dustwun explores the complex issues of immigration and focuses on a relationship between a lost migrant and an American war veteran. Genevieve Anderson, the writer/director, will be joined on the panel by members of her creative team to discuss filming in the desert in Arizona, the pluses, minuses, finding resources, dealing with the community, permits, and other issues.
Panelists include: Genevieve Anderson (Writer/Director), Tomas Arceo (Director of Photography), Crystal Hernandez (Lead Actor), Karen Hernandez (Producer), Shay Lopez (Art Director), Andy Martinez Jr. (Actor), Tim Ottman (Production Designer) and Jill Remez (Actor).
Friday, April 16, 3 pm
A Focus on Cinematography
She’s in Portland is a road movie about two buddies who drive up California Highway 1 to Portland on a journey of life re-examination. Director of Photography Devin Whetstone, a Festival alumnus, will recount his journey up the coast to discuss the variety of cinematographic challenges presented, his vision for the film, and his selection of technical resources to meet these situations. Director Marc Carlini will join the panel to discuss his relationship with his DP.
Saturday, April 17, 3pm
How different is it to produce a film in Europe? The Turkish/German team of Sevgi and Chris Hirschhaeuser (Toprak), Italian filmmaker (based in London) Raffaello Degruttola (Transference: A Bipolar Love Story) and Polish filmmaker Tomasz Sliwinski (Ondine) will discuss how they approached their aspects of productions including funding, locations, crew, filming, editing, distribution and festivals.
Sunday, April 18, 3pm
Panel on Voter Suppression in the United States of America
Is voter suppression the “new normal” in American politics? Learn what is happening now in Arizona and nationally with panelists who are in the midst of this fight. The panel will lead off with an opening statement by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, a sponsor of a current anti- voter suppression bills in Congress. Panelists will include Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, the first indigenous woman ever elected county-wide, who deals with voter registration; director Gavin Guerra of Let The People Decide which traces the history of voter suppression in the US; Flavio Bravo, director of the Arizona Democracy Collaborative; and representatives from statewide organizations on voter registration.
Join us on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/
Monday, April 19, 3 pm
HELL OF A HEARTACHE— Made in Arizona
Hell of a Heartache is a feature film that was shot entirely in Cottonwood, Arizona near Sedona. It tells the story of a faded and jaded country music performer who gets a second chance at life. Rob Burson, lead actor and director, and members of his creative team will talk about the making of this film with special emphasis on shooting the film in Arizona, the issues they faced and their solutions.
Panelists include: Rob Burson (Actor/Director), Katie Owens (Assistant Director), Brendan Rincon (Music Director/Composer) and Vic Rincon (Cinematographer)
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Wednesday, April 21, 3 pm
The Nuts and Bolts of Independent Film Distribution
Many filmmakers come to realize that making their films is not the biggest hurdle they face. It’s distribution after their film is made. Writer/producer/director Liz Manashil is a leading expert on independent film distribution. In 2016 she managed the groundbreaking Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative and conducted research into all aspects of independent film distribution. Ms. Manashil will talk about film festival strategy, how and when to connect to a distributor, what sales agents do, self distribution, and more.
Thursday, April 22, 3pm
A Documentary Point of View
Hear what challenges are overcome and insights gained in the production of documentaries that touch on exploiting prison inmates for profit, the vicissitudes of sanctuary and the portrayal of sex workers in film. Unique questions about the documentary process such as how place determines what films get made, how differences between early visions and actual conclusions are reconciled and how much public demand and funding affect themes chosen will be discussed.
Panelists include: Arizona documentary filmmakers: Lisa Molomot (Soledad) and Juliana Piccillo (Whores on Film), John Sheedy (Rosa’s Sanctuary) and John Wright (Imprisoned for Profit) will comprise this distinguished panel.
Friday, April 23, 3pm
A Conversation with Panavision
Panavision has been a critical part of the motion picture business since its inception. It is the world's leading manufacturer of cameras and lenses for motion picture production and has a storied history of influence and leadership in the industry that few companies can rival.
Representatives from Panavision will share their perspectives on current trends and major issues affecting the business today, discuss where they see production technology headed, highlight some of their products and programs that support independent producers — like the Panavision DXL2 camera system and their New Filmmaker Program — and take questions from those attending. This program is not to be missed!
Saturday, April 24, 3pm
Behind the Scenes Filmmaking
Join actors Britt Harris and Molly Elizabeth Parker as they recount their trek to Brazil for the making of an independent feature film. Time is the enemy in their behind the scenes documentary, Jump the Fence, an amazing adventure in no-budget filmmaking. Learn about the delights and demands of the magic and drama of independent filmmaking on a shoestring budget and meet Ale Paschoalini, the director of the independent feature, Raízes.
Sunday, April 25, 3pm
Book to Screenplay to Film: A Discussion
Writer Stacey Cochran and writer-director-producer Desmond Devenish discuss the process of optioning and adapting Stacey’s bestselling novel Eddie & Sunny to film. Staying true to the writer’s vision is always a creative issue. Learn how Stacey and Desmond navigated this sensitive process. Moderated by Scott McVeigh.