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The Secrets of Guerilla Filmmaking



Saturday, June 26, 2010, 2:00—3:30 p.m.
Wayne State University, State Hall, Room 224

You are invited to a free panel discussion on “The Secrets of Guerilla Filmmaking” as part of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival Tech Fair.   This panel will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wayne State University’s State Hall, Room 224 (5143 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202).

You must register for this panel at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/719684596
There is no cover charge or fee to attend this event.

“The Secrets of Guerilla Filmmaking” will be hosted by Connie Mangilin, producer of the forthcoming war short, “The Wars of Other Men,” “The Message,” (an invitation-only international shootout entry), “A Little Knowledge” (Best Film at the Detroit 2009 48 Hour Film Project), the “InZer0” series and feature film, and producer of various other short films.  Mangilin is also the curator of the Mitten Movie Project (a monthly film festival showcasing only independent films), and co-producer and co-host of the Mitten Movie Show, a public access television show.

Mangilin will give a presentation on the secrets, tricks, and lessons learned from making guerilla films.  This will be followed by a round table panel discussion on guerilla filmmaking from a select group of directors and producers.  To end the forum, a Q & A session will be conducted with the audience.

On the panel are the following filmmakers:

•    HOST — Connie Mangilin (The Wars of Other Men, The Message, A Little Knowledge, InZer0)
•    Keith Jefferies (Pink Slip, Felix Graves, Naked Angel, Raised Alone)
•    Sultan Sharrief (Bilal’s Stand – 2010 Sundance Official Selection, The Spiral Project)
•    Carrie LeZotte (Regional Roots:  The Birth and Evolution of Detroit and its People, 72, Small Beautiful Hands, One of Us)
•    Mike Madigan (4 Pictures, Danyelle, Dealbreaker, New Directions, Cadence)
•    TBA

In “The Secrets of Guerilla Filmmaking” panel, the filmmakers will cover the following topics:

•    Why make a guerilla film
•    How to shoot your film on an extremely tight or nonexistent budget (or how to make the most with what you have)
•    How not to burn bridges
•    How to keep your “A-Team” crew over various projects
•    How to recruit (and where to find) new crew
•    When to pull permits and get location releases versus when to steal shots
•    What to implement from Hollywood productions versus what is a waste of time and money
•    Where (and how) to secure food donations
•    How to secure locations without fees
•    Where to find actors
•    When to use SAG actors
•    Where to find free or inexpensive props/set dressing

Space is limited.  To register for this forum, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/719684596
(This panel discussion sold out when it was given at the 2009 Ferndale Film Festival.  So please register if you’re coming!)

For more information on the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, go to www.dwiff.org

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