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SAGindie was a returning premiere sponsor of the 2015 FILM INDEPENDENT FORUM, which kicked off Friday, October 23, at the Directors Guild of America, with a screening of Jay Roach's Trumbo.

Filmmakers who attended the Forum got access to conversations, case-studies, and panels on topics like marketing, crowdfunding, distribution, and more. Panelists and speakers included Miranda Bailey (producer, The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Nina Yang Bongiovi (producer, Dope), Josh Braun (producer/distribution advisor, Tiny Furniture), and many more. SAGindie got to meet some great filmmakers at our hosted lunches (shout out to our table co-hosts, (500) Days of Summer screenwriter Scott Neustadter and The Film Arcade co-founder Andy Bohn). We also hosted an indieLink table, so thanks to all the filmmakers we got to meet on our little speed-dating sessions!

But three of the weekend’s biggest highlights included a Filmmaker Keynote from director John Chu (Step Up 3D, Jem and the Holograms), an Executive Conversation with producer Jason Blum and his team from Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Whiplash), and a Conversation between filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister, Laggies) and actress Illeana Douglas (Ghost World, Grace of My Heart).

See full videos of the speeches below.


Film Independent Forum 2015 Keynote Speech: John Chu


Film Independent Forum 2015 Executive Conversation:
Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions


Film Independent Forum 2015:
Lynn Shelton in Conversation with Illeana Douglas

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