Charlotte area filmmakers will get valuable advice from Sundance Institute and industry professionals

 By Cameron Lee

April 8, 2019

Sundance Institute will return to Charlotte on April 18 to present a free public filmmaking session. Charlotte area filmmakers will get valuable advice on producing your next film project from some seasoned industry professionals through Q&A’s and panel discussions followed by a cocktail reception.

Among the filmmakers on hand will be Shaka King (writer, director, and producer), most recognized for his short film Newlyweeds which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and garnered the director a 2014 Independent Spirit Award.

New York–based producer Gabrielle Nadig will join King for the panel discussion and Q&A. Nadig’s first feature film King Jack, won the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival’s Narrative Audience Award and three of her films have played at Sundance Film Festival including short films Lucia, Before and After (Jury Award winner) and Toru along with feature film, The Sunlit Night. Nadig will bring her expertise as a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow, Women at Sundance Fellow, and Independent Spirit Awards’ Producers Award nominee.

Courtesy of Sundance Institute. Photo by Chuck Barry

Joining the conversation on the process of creating a successful short film, and the producer-director relationship, will be Chris Ohlson. The Mr. Roosevelt producer (SXSW Film Festival audience award) and Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award-winner, is also a Producers Guild of America member who will be sure to offer some enlightening advice on the filmmaking process. 

Senior Programmer of Sundance Film Festival Mike Plante will also talk about the Short Film Program and how the festival discovers films and new talent. Plante will also discuss how shorts can be a unique medium and a launching pad for your film career.

Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or looking to take your craft to the next level, this event will allow you to learn from the experts, get personalized advice, and enjoy a free cocktail reception.

Sundance Film Institute’s Shorts Producing Session will take place in Charlotte on April 18 at Booth Playhouse. Register for free while you can (space is limited).

Check out the schedule: 

1:00 p.m. – Registration and Check-In

1:30 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions

2:00 p.m. – Sundance Shorts

Senior Programmer Mike Plante talks about the Short Film Program at the Sundance Film Festival, how the Festival discovers films and new talent, and how shorts can be both a unique art form and a stepping stone in your career.

3:30 p.m. – Break

4:00 p.m. – Producing Panel Discussion and Q&A

Shaka King (Writer, Director, Producer), Chris Ohlson (Producer), Gabrielle Nadig (Producer)

Seasoned filmmakers speak about the nuts and bolts of making a successful film and the producer-director relationship in the independent film world.

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

Complimentary food and beverages will be served.

Register for the Sundance Film Institute’s free Shorts Producing Session in Charlotte on April 18 at Booth Playhouse.

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