The independent film community has never seemed more connected than it does today.
However, we continue to learn that the Internet is not a sufficient surrogate for real, in person, interaction and discussions about the ever-evolving face of independent film.
The Whitewater Roundtable strives to facilitate community-building through a series of face-to-face lunch-time discussions among industry professionals about the art and craft of filmmaking, with the explicit goal of sharing the most current information on topics as varied as: the changing state of distribution, how the proliferation of digital technology has shaped indie production, the impact casting continues to have on foreign pre-sales and domestic deals, the never-ending search for sources of financing, piracy and its effect on independent films, how to successfully market indie films in the post-print media era, and much more.
Panelists are hand-picked by Whitewater Films with an eye toward individuals who will bring both their expertise and their shared passion of indie film to the discourse. The Roundtable is moderated by a professional member of the press and guests are encouraged to participate in the discussions that flow over a free lunch hosted by Rick Rosenthal and the team at WWF.
UPCOMING PANEL DATES
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09.2016: Branded Content
Moderator: David Cohen, Digital Feature Director, Variety
Panelists: Todd Makurath, CEO, Bullitt/ Chris King, Creative Artists Agency/ Luke McDonough, Founder, AirMedia; Founder, iFilm/ Marcus Peterzell, EVP, Ketchum Sports and Entertainment/ Jim Deutch, Creator, Fashion Star/ Kevin Lake, Producer, Gleason
03.2016: Current State of the Industry Panel
Moderator- Liz Ogilvie, Director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, 7057 Media
Panelists- Jason Michael Berman, Vice President of Mandalay Pictures/ Derek Dressler, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Vimeo/ Kevin Lake, Wired2Engage/ Ravi Nandan, A24's Television- Production/ Meghan Oliver, Paradigm Talent Agency/ Chadwick Turner, Co-Founder of Circle VR
07.2015: THE COMEDY PANEL
Nick Morton, Producer- Whitewater Films- Moderator/ Scot Armstrong, Writer- Old School, Hangover Part II/ Owen Burke, Writer, Producer- Gary Sanchez Productions, Funny or Die/ Kirk Fox, Comedian, Writer- Comedy Central Presents, Parks and Rec/ John Lehr & Nancy Hower- Creators, Quickdraw, Ten Items or Less/ Henry Phillips, Comedian- Comedy Central Presents, Punching the Clown
07.2010: Indi-film Finance/International Market
Jeremy Kay, Screen International - Moderator, Glen Feig - Reder/Feig, Sebastian Twardosz - Circus Road Films, Jacob Estes - Filmmaker (Mean Creek, The Details), Naomi Despres - Producer (Fragments, Chapter 27), Rick Rosenthal - Director/Producer - Whitewater Films
05.2010: The Impact of Emerging Technologies
Sharon Waxman, The Wrap - Moderator, Rick Rosenthal, Producer/Director-Whitewater Films, Dave Koplan, Principal - Timbergrove Entertainment, Harris Done, Writer, Director, Cameraman, Tom Clary, Co-Owner, Visual Effects Producer - Scoundrel FX, Miguel Rivera, Supervising Sound Editor, Michael Cioni, CEO - Lightiron Digital, David Cole, Senior Digital Colorist - LaserPacific, Bob Mori, Editor