Panel Discussions at the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival

Panel Discussions and Featured Q&A Sessions

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The Dallas International Film Festival Panel Discussions offer wide-ranging conversations on industry topics and intimate talks with influential filmmakers.


Tools of the Trade: A Camera Symposium

Saturday, April 11, 12:00 p.m. @The Highland Ballroom
When it comes to choosing a camera for your film, the choices are endless: Arri 416, AlexaXT, Sonyf55, Epic Dragon, Genesis, Panavision – this is just the tip of the iceberg in the array of cameras being used by filmmakers today. Each camera with various features – optics, digital display, ground glass, magazines – working together to create a unique look and style all their own. Presented by Panavision, this symposium offers a hands-on, in-person look at some of the cameras currently used in the motion picture and television industries today.

Trends in Technology: A Conversation with Cinematographers

Moderated by HutcH – Producer & Cinematographer 
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 p.m. @The Highland Ballroom
As trends in technology continue to revolutionize the tools filmmakers use, no one understands the effect these new technologies have on the way movies are made more than cinematographers. Immediately following the camera symposium, stick around for a conversation with experts in the field to learn more about the ever-changing world of cinematography.
Alain Choquart—Director & Cinematographer
Chuck Hatcher—Cinematographer
Norry Niven—Director & Cinematographer

Legal Panel: Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Moderated by Danica L. Mathes – Entertainment & Intellectual Property Attorney
Sunday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. @The Nasher

Just as most lawyers shouldn’t make films, most filmmakers shouldn’t play lawyer. Concepts like copyrights, fair use, music licensing, contracts and incentives can mean lots of money – either in or out of your pocket. A panel of experienced entertainment lawyers will share insights to help your film stay out of the courtroom and get on the screen. Approved for CLE credit.
Evan Fitzmaurice—Former Director of the Texas Film Commission
Sally Helppie—Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C.
Lawrence Waks—Wilson Elser LLP

Cinema as Next Level Marketing

Moderated by Alan Berg — Arts+Labor Co-Founder & Filmmaker (THE JONES FAMILY WILL MAKE A WAY)
Sunday, April 12 3:00 p.m. @The Nasher

Increasingly, commercial marketers are turning to filmmakers to develop cinematic campaigns that use tools and techniques used in feature films including CGI, lenses, filters, creative transitions, lighting, special effects, and more to promote new products or services. This panel will include a discussion with some of the filmmakers who blend art, cinematography and marketing to create epic teaser films and other cinematic advertisements that are fun, fresh, and targeted to Generation X, Generation Y, and Millennials alike.
David Shafei—Filmmaker (BLAH AIRLINES 101)
Michael Illick—Filmmaker (BLAH AIRLINES 101)
Norry Niven—Stone Core Films Co-Founder & Filmmaker (FROM ABOVE)

Conversation with John Landis

Moderated by Chris Vognar – Film Critic for The Dallas Morning News
Saturday, April 18, 2:30 p.m. @DMA

Join us at the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art for a conversation with Dallas Star Award Honoree John Landis, moderated by Dallas Morning News film critic Chris Vognar. An award-winning writer/director with more than 40 years of experience working in the film industry, Landis will share valuable insight and experiences from his illustrious career.

This is a FREE event. Parking is available in the Dallas Museum of Art parking garage for $10, free for members of the DMA.


Education Docs: Changing the Way We Think About Learning

Presented by FilmMatters and Art House Dallas
Monday, April 13, 4:00 p.m. after MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED @Angelika 4

Immediately following the screening of education documentary, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, will be a discussion on the current state of the American education system and the documentaries that are shining a light on the issues in hopes of sparking conversation and implementing change.

A Conversation with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Saturday April 18, 11:00 a.m. @Angelika 6
Immediately following a special presentation screening of THE LEGO MOVIE, join us for a conversation with the film’s directors and recipients of the 2015 Texas Avery Award presented by Reel FX, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The award-winning dynamic duo will discuss their work on THE LEGO MOVIE and share other experiences from their successful careers in animation filmmaking. Included with your ticket to the screening. 

Remembering L.M. Kit Carson at BREATHLESS screening

Saturday, April 18, 4:00pm @Texas Theatre
The 2015 Dallas International Film Festival is screening BREATHLESS in honor of the late L.M. Kit Carson. Carson’s son, actor Hunter Carson, will lead a conversation paying tribute to the life and work of his father, a true film frontiersman. Included with your ticket to the screening. 

John Landis at THE BLUES BROTHERS screening

Moderated by Robert Wilonsky
Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm @Texas Theatre

With over 40 years of working in the industry, award-winning filmmaker John Landis has made a lasting impression on the film world. The director and producer will participate in a Q&A session after the screening of THE BLUES BROTHERS. Included with your ticket to the screening

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L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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Presented by REEL FX

Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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