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2009 New Hampshire Film Festival >> Film Office Panel Discussions

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office
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The New Hampshire Film Festival

Community Access Media and the Independent Filmmaker

Friday, October 16, 2009 from 10 a.m.-noon
Connie Bean Center, 135 Daniel St., Portsmouth, NH
This panel is FREE and open to the public

As the independent film scene continues to change shape, more and more filmmakers are looking for alternative distribution and exhibition methods to get their work seen, and in doing so, many have rediscovered the means right in their own backyard – via community access television and the web. Filmmakers are anxiously looking for an audience while at the same time community access television stations are hungry for new and cutting-edge programming. This panel discussion will take a look at what’s happening with today’s community access media, including its bridge to the internet, and how community access media can be an ideal venue for independent media production and filmmaking. Attendees are encouraged to participate and to offer their ideas, suggestions, and opinions.

The Panel:
Joe Cummings - Co-creator/Executive Producer, Hollywood New England
Joe Cummings is the co-creator/executive producer of Hollywood New England, a half-hour talk show that highlights regional talent involved in the film, music, arts, and entertainment industries and is cablecast on community access stations throughout the region and across the nation. Cummings' resume includes work on television shows such as Cheers, St. Elsewhere, Spenser for Hire and features such as The Verdict with Academy Award winner Paul Newman and the Oscar-winning film, On Golden Pond. He is also the owner of Autumn Drive Productions, LLC.

C. Daniel Freund - Producer, Kinney Hill Media Partners & Founder, ShortStreamTV
Daniel is the managing producer for Kinney Hill Media Partners, a Portsmouth, NH based digital strategy & production studio. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in economics, and immediately began pursuing a career in the media/interactive industries. Most recently, he has begun developing a community-oriented, online media network in Portsmouth featuring local personalities and events, available here Formerly, he served as a producer with Silver Oven Studios where he was responsible for strategy assignments, copywriting, and project management for clients in the private equity and investment banking industries.

Glenn Gardner - Independent Filmmaker
Glenn Gardner is an independent producer whose credits include the 2006 Palme d' Or winner for short films at the Cannes International Film Festival. He holds a BS in Broadcasting & Film from Boston University and an MFA in Film from Columbia University in New York. Currently he is developing a fictional series intended for distribution on public access stations nationwide.

Dottie Grover - Director of Cable Services, Londonderry Access Television & President, NHCCM
Dottie started her career in PEG Access television when she was asked to produce a video for the opening ceremonies for the Bicentennial of the Constitution held in Annapolis, Maryland. This video now resides in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. After working as a volunteer for three years, the position of coordinator opened up at the Londonderry Access Center in 1988. Dottie was hired by the Cable Advisory Board. She began her work with 5 active volunteers, 1-2 hours of weekly programming, one channel and she was part-time. The Londonderry Access Center currently has over 200 trained volunteers, and there are 6 channels that are programmed 24/7 with countless hours of local and imported programs and a total of 5 employees. The size of the access center also grew from 750sf to 4,000sf. Dottie is now the Director of Cable Services. She was also instrumental in establishing the NH Coalition for Community Media (NHCCM) and has served as president for the last 5 years.

Julienne Turner - Executive Director, Concord TV
Julienne Turner is an accomplished video production trainer specializing in youth media training. She is an award-winning producer and began working in the field of community television in 1999. Julienne served on the Alliance for Community Media National Board of Directors for four years. In 2006 she moved to Concord from Oregon to take the position of Executive Director at Concord Community TV, which she currently holds.

Matthew Newton - Director, New Hampshire Film & Television Office
Matthew Newton is the director of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, promoting the state as a filmmaking destination for media projects and working to support New Hampshire’s in-state film and video industry. Newton is a 1997 graduate of the film studies program at Keene State College in Keene, NH, where he returned to teach film production in 2003 and 2004. He is formerly a production coordinator and editor at C.2K Entertainment, a commercial production company in Los Angeles, CA and has worked in a variety of capacities on feature film and television projects on the west coast. Newton is also Vice Chair on the board of directors for Concord TV.

The Top Ten Legal and Business Choices for Independent Filmmakers

Friday, October 16, 2009 from 1-3 p.m.
Connie Bean Center, 135 Daniel St., Portsmouth, NH
This panel is FREE and open to the public

This panel will identify and highlight the most important lessons for an independent filmmaker, including such topics as entity structure, financing, fundraising, rights agreements, cast, insurance, distribution, music, and others. The panelists will share their “must list” for producing the successful independent film. Attendees are encouraged to participate and to offer their ideas, suggestions, and opinions.

The Panel:
Paul Durham - Chair, Entertainment, Media and Publishing Group, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
In his law practice, Paul Durham represents individual artists, authors, independent filmmakers and television producers. He assists producers in acquiring the rights to literary properties and structuring private offerings for independent film financing. He also assists companies and entrepreneurs with varied corporate matters including business formations, domestic and international contracts, and intellectual property licensing. Before joining Sheehan Phinney, Paul was Senior Counsel at Playboy TV International, LLC, where he managed international legal affairs and assisted executives in launching branded television networks around the world. Paul is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Writers' Project and serves as the attorney panelist for the Amoskeag Business Incubator’s “Ask-the-Expert” online forum.

Jon Garon - Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law; of counsel Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC
Jon Garon is an attorney and professor of entertainment, intellectual property and business law. He has extensive practice experience in the areas of entertainment law, business planning, copyright, software licensing, data privacy and security, and trademark law. He works closely with filmmakers in all stages of development, production and distribution. Professor Garon has written numerous books and articles, including The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009); Own It – The Law & Business Guide to Launching a New Business Through Innovation, Exclusivity and Relevance (Carolina Academic Press 2007); and Entertainment Law & Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2005) (supplement 2007).

Denis Maloney - Shareholder, Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC
Denis Maloney represents clients on corporate, securities, entertainment and banking matters. His practice includes federal and state securities filings and related disclosure obligations, broker/dealer and investment adviser matters, complex regulatory and compliance matters, and corporate governance and shareholder relations. Denis’ services include production company formations and related LLC operating agreements, private placement memoranda and corporate finance assistance. Denis also maintains an active practice forming and advising non-profit corporations.

Van McLeod - Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources
Van has 40 years of experience producing and directing theatre and film as well as producing numerous other events and programs within the arts and entertainment industry. Prior to his job as Commissioner he served as Artistic Producing Director for the Papermill Theatrein Lincoln, NH and was the Founder and Producer of First Night New Hampshire in Concord. Van was honored by the New Hampshire Film Festival in 2008 and had an annual award named after him for achievement and support of the film industry in New Hampshire and in 2007 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the NH Theatre Awards. Van has also won the Granite State Award for outstanding public service, was recognized by Business NH Magazine, “NH Leaders for the 21st Century” in 2000 and has been listed in Who's Who in Entertainment. He was one of four American Fellows at the Salzburg Seminars, “The Power of Theater: Artistry, Entertainment, and Social Commentary." He won the Gold Aurora Award for his work as Director/Producer the documentary film shot in Northern Ireland Murals: Romanticizing the Violence. He attended the Orson Welles Film School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa.Van lives in Concord, New Hampshire with his wife Joan and daughter Chelsea.



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