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Sunday, March 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hollywood Lessons: What Film School Didn't Teach Me

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The film industry can be a difficult business to navigate, you can go to film school to prepare for it, but how far does that go? Hear from a number of recent graduates of various schools who are making a living within the industry about how different life in the industry is from life in film school. Panelists will describe where their education left off and what they've had to learn the hard way. We’ll be looking at how to make the transition from the world of academia to the film world. Discussion will include the place of short films to making your first feature (micro or indie budget) and realistic goals for those films. We’ll talk about how panelist’s goals have changed over the years in light of lessons learned and changing perspectives on the industry. The panel will include reflections on life decisions, and what they wish they knew at various stages in their careers, for instance, before they went to film school and before moving to NY/LA. This is a focus on the points of entry into the business side of the industry, including a general overview and a look into the role of agencies, festivals and networking.

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Jennifer Cochis

ProducerFront Porch Films
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John Lang

ExecRough & Tumble FilmsAn executive with Rough & Tumble Films in Los Angeles, John has a diverse background with in the film industry. His experiences include time spent working for production companies, sales agents, film festivals, and in production. Before moving to LA, John lived... Read More →
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Deborah McIntosh

AgentWME EntertainmentWME Global agent Deborah McIntosh has helped structure the financing and arrange North American distribution for some of the most successful independent films of the past year. As part of her work in WME, she develops financing packages for production companies... Read More →
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Jared Mercier

Freelance ProductionN/AJared Scott Mercier attended ASU early in the 00’s. There was no film school there at the time so he and a few friends started a club and got a film degree program created. While in school he wrote and directed several shorts as well as the feature Madison... Read More →
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Michael Mohan

DirEx-SexMichael Mohan makes films of all shapes and sizes. His first feature film ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. He has directed music videos for artists including Fitz and the Tantrums, Sea Wolf and Minus the Bear. He is currently working... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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