Lectures - The International Indie Gathering

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All lectures, panel discussions and seminars are included with a weekend or day pass!

Our interactive 2017 event schedule will soon be available for download.

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 - Lectures


Script Sessions

Hear scene readings from some of the winning scripts at this year's festival.


Lecture: Marketing and Publicity

Bring your marketing/publicity questions, for answers from Johnny Wu. Wu has successfully marketed all his short and feature films, winning awards, guaranteed to be screened at festivals/conventions and getting positive reviews from critics. Not only with independent films, Wu has also organized back in Los Angeles events where talents such as Eve, Will Smith, Kevin Bacon, Stevel Seagal and many attended. You will understand how to work with media, how to promote, and how to get your film out to the world.


Lecture: Understanding Distribution

with Johnny Wu. Attend this lecture to understand how distribution works and what is needed to successfully sell your film.


Panel Discussion: Screenwriting

with Bill Johns, Geoffrey Calhoun, JoAnn Hess, Lorraine Portman, and Saba


Panel Discussion: Acting

with Ryan LaPlante, Saba, and Vernard Adams


Lecture: Casting

with Tina Hobbs, owner of HobbsStyle Casting & Production which houses all of her production services. Since 2011, her company has cast and produced numerous projects including feature films, short films, television shows, music videos and theater productions. Specializing in independent film, Tina hosts the bi-annual "Schmooze" which is a widely attended networking event designed to connect industry professionals.


Panel Discussion: Directing

with Gary Jones, Jason Tostevin, Peter John Ross, and Ryan LaPlante


Lecture: Your Series

with 4 time Emmy nominated, 3 Time Emmy-Winning Producer, 3 Time Telly-Winning Executive Producer, Ray Szuch. How to successfully create and develop your own series for web or TV.


Lecture: Stunts

with Rick Fike


Lecture: Understanding IMDb

with Bruno Tatalovic

Sunday, August 13th, 2017 - Lectures


Panel Discussion: Cinematography

with Bill Johns, Bryan Doud, and Robert David Duncan


Lecture: Crowdfunding

with Saba. First time crowdfunding your project? Or you've been doing it but it hasn't been successful? Let us help you learn the major steps of crowdfunding. From Kickstarter to Indiegogo, we have some info to make your next crowdfunding experience stand out.


Lecture: Legal Aspects of Filmmaking

with Mary Ellen Tomazic, ESQ. Learn about the latest on the following: Business Organizations – LLC pros and cons; Copyright and Trademark Issues – Licenses and logos; The status of documentaries under the Copyright laws; Waivers and releases – how much protection do they give filmmakers?; Case law update – state, federal and US Supreme Court cases concerning filmmakers’ issues. No matter what field you work in, this is a lecture you don't want to miss. Bring your legal questions!


Panel Discussion: Editing

with Brant Jones, Cesar Cruz, Logan Fry, and Peter John Ross


Panel Discussion: Producing

with Jason Tostevin and Johnny Wu


Panel Discussion: Sound

with Bill Johns, Landon Knoblock, and Pavel Rivera

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