Indie film productions are facing unprecedented pressures between the coronavirus pandemic and collapsing economy, diminishing film festivals and distribution pipelines, plus changes to tax incentives and union agreements. What are the potential pitfalls, strategies, ideas, opportunities, and silver linings to consider as indie filmmakers in these uncertain times? SAGindie’s Michael Sládek brought together a talented group of filmmakers to offer advice and insight on how they’ll navigate the waters ahead.
- Filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green
- Producer/Screenwriter Laura Heberton
- Producer Mynette Louie
- Producer, Writer, Educator Mike S. Ryan
- Writer/Director/Producer Jane Schoenbrun
- Producer Susan Stover
- Moderated by Filmmaker/SAGindie New York Consultant Michael Sládek
About the Panelists:
RASHAAD ERNESTO GREEN
Filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green made the features Gun Hill Road and Premature, which was release this February. He won the Someone to Watch Award and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards. His TV directing credits include shows for Marvel, Netflix, Showtime, Hulu, NBC, Fox, Warner Bros, VH1, and BET.
Laura Heberton is an award-winning producer and screenwriter whose features have premiered at top festivals. Directors she’s worked with include Jennifer Reeder, Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, Josephine Decker, Alison Bagnall, and Matt Porterfield. Her projects have been supported multiple times by SFFILM, Austin Film Society, and IFP.
Mynette Louie is an Emmy-nominated, Spirit Award-winning producer whose credits include 2020’s Swallow and I Carry You With Me, as well as The Tale, Gemini, Buster’s Mal Heart, The Invitation, Land Ho!, Children of Invention, and Mutual Appreciation. She’s on the Board of Directors for Film Independent and is a member of the Academy.
MIKE S. RYAN
Producer, writer, educator Mike S. Ryan has worked with such directors as Hal Hartley, Todd Solondz, Kelly Reichardt, Bela Tarr, Rick Alverson, Ira Sachs, Gaspar Noé, and Jake Mahaffy. His films have played and won awards at the top festivals, and have been nominated for Oscars and Spirit Awards. He’s a member of SAG-AFTRA and of the Academy.
Writer, director, producer Jane Schoenbrun is the founder of The Eyeslicer touring variety series, the omnibus film collective:unconscious, as well as the Radical Film Fair. Their directing credits include A Self-Induced Hallucination and We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which is currently in post. They also produced the feature Chained for Life and Random Acts of Flyness.
Producer Susan Stover’s most recent feature is 2020’s South Mountain. She produced John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons, the IFP Gotham Awards, and the films River of Grass, Welcome to the Dollhouse, LoveGod, The Sticky Fingers of Time, High Art, Laurel Canyon, Ode, Happy Accidents, The Business of Strangers, One Last Thing…, Syrup, and Glass Chin.
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