Alan Watt - Mediator: Al Watt is the Creative Director of L.A. Writers' Lab, bestselling author, and writer/director of Interior Night. He founded L.A. Writers’ Lab in 2002 as a place for writers to deepen their craft by learning to marry the rigor of structure to the freedom of the muse. He has taught everyone from award-winning authors to A-list screenwriters, journalists, poets, actors, professional athletes, war veterans, housewives, doctors, lawyers, television showrunners, Emmy-winning directors, first-time writers, and anyone else with a story to tell.
Jerome Courshon - Marketing and Distribution: Jerome Courshon is one of today’s leading experts in independent film distribution. Through his lively lectures, master classes, and private consulting services, he takes the guesswork out of how the Motion Picture distribution industry works. He teaches a course, "THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!" to both neophyte and established producers and directors. He has written for numerous film magazines, is currently a contributor to The Wrap (TheWrap.com), and is quoted in major business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Movies and MSN News. Courshon also speaks at various film schools and film festivals both domestically and internationally, sharing his vast knowledge of the film distribution “game.” A producer in his own right (his very first movie achieved distribution through Warner Bros.), he spent nearly a decade at HBO working in several capacities, most notably in Original Programming and HBO Films. He also worked in Original Programming and Development for Comedy Central. For more info about him or his classes, visit: www.Distribution.LA
David Streit - Pre-production, Production, Post-Production, Marketing and Distribution: David Streit has been a line producer or production manager on: Rockers (Cannes Festival, Un Certain Regard), Alambrista! (Cannes Festival, Director's Fortnight), The Prowler, Deep in the Heart, Yuri Nosenko, KGB, The River's Edge, Pass the Ammo, The Marrying Man, Fires Within, Internal Affairs, Hear No Evil, Deep Cover, Camp Nowhere, Species, and Jurassic Park 3. His films collectively have earned over $300 million in box office. From 2001-2012 he was a lecturer and mentor at the AFI Conservatory.
Hunter Lee Hughes - Production: Hunter Lee Hughes created his debut feature film Guys Reading Poems after immersing himself in poetry books left to him by his late grandmother Kathleen. He committed to write and direct Guys Reading Poems with the hope of effectively combining visual poetry with narrative storytelling in a feature film. Hunter’s previous directing effort was the comedy narrative webseries Dumbass Filmmakers!, launched in 2012, which won four awards at L.A.WebFest, including “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.” Hunter also wrote and produced Winner Takes All, which screened at ten international film festivals before being acquired for distribution as part of the Black Briefs collection of dark short films. He is currently developing his second feature film, Inside-Out, Outside-In.
Ruben Sebban - Post-Production: Ruben Sebban graduated with an MFA in Editing from the American Film Institute. He has seven years of professional experience in the film industry, and has edited ten feature films. This includes: The Power of the Heart, released in sixty-four countries and a top selling documentary on iTunes, Interior Night which has won 5 awards including Best International Feature at the New York and TV Festival, and The Moment which was nominated at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jordan Brady - Marketing and Distribution: Jordan Brady began as a stand-up comedian, touring nightclubs and colleges in 49 states across America. Mr. Brady’s true passion is commercials. He has directed over more than 1000 national TV spots to date. Through his commercial production company, Superlounge, he directs ad campaigns for brands and agencies all over the world, recently working with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Keegan-Michael Key. He has directed five features films, including the 2010 cult hit feature documentary I AM COMIC (Netflix, Showtime) and its follow-up, 2014’s I AM ROAD COMIC (Hulu). His 2017 documentary "I AM BATTLE COMIC" about doing comedy for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq completes the trilogy. Mr. Brady also hosts the popular podcast RESPECT THE PROCESS, described as “The Rosetta Stone of filmmaking.”
Day One – Pre-Production
Day Two – Production
Day Three – Post-Production
Day Four – Marketing and Distribution
Class Length: 4 days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, Nov. 6, 7, 8, & 10
2:00-3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Where: Your telephone