The public is invited to a Special Presentation at the Sedona Film School (SFS) on February 25 from 9:30 am to noon. A panel discussion with professional filmmakers that have taken films from pre-production all the way to the big screen--winning Academy awards along the way! If you want to know what it takes to make movies in today’s market, don’t miss this event.“We are so excited to offer this FREE filmmakers’ panel in support of the Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF),” said Rue, SFS Director. “Our three guest panelists have an amazing wealth of knowledge. This is a great opportunity to get insider information!” Rue added.
Panelist Tracy Boyd - DGA Director, Writer, & Producer
Tracy Boyd's first professional gig came on the Academy Award nominated ABOUT SCHMIDT (starring Jack Nicholson). For over a decade now Boyd has worked as a writer, director, and producer--directing and producing the second units for the Academy Award winning, THE DESCENDANTS (George Clooney), SIDEWAYS (Paul Giamatti), and THE KING OF CALIFORNIA (Michael Douglas), along with the pilot and three seasons of HBO’s “Hung” (Thomas Jane), and “Enlightened” (Laura Dern).
Most recently Boyd directed and executive produced “Happy Bobby Gulliver,” a TV pilot featuring an all-star cast of Second City alums. Boyd is currently in development on two features he has written, THE CROOKED ROAD and THE ART OF NEGATIVE THINKING.
Panelist Paul Levin - DGA Director, Post-Production Manager
Paul Levin has been the post-production genius for over 50 feature films and documentaries, including JULIE & JULIA (starring Meryl Streep), and THE DEPARTED (Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson), SIXTH SENSE (Bruce Willis), MEN IN BLACK 2 (Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith) and many more.
He has directed the award winning short films, “The Portrait”, “Before Breakfast”, and “Atomism.” He is currently in development/pre-production on the feature JOKERS & THIEVES.
Panelist Jim Behnke - DGA Director, Producer & Unit Production Manager
Jim Behnke began his career in post-production for film and television. He graduated from the DGA-Producers Assistant Director Training Program in 1982.Once in Hollywood, he worked his way up through the ranks as assistant director, production manger and producer. He worked on films directed by Rob Reiner, James Milius, and Frank Darabont. Behnke has worked in every aspect of the industry including major motion pictures. His credits include DRIVE (starring Ryan Gosling), KNIGHT & DAY (Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz), STAND BY ME (River Phoenix), BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep), THE SALTON SEA (Val Kilmer), THE MAJESTIC (Jim Carey), and the television shows “The Midnight Caller,” “JAG,” “The Pretender,” and “Freaks & Geeks.” These experiences enable him to work in a variety of budget-ranges and project formats.
“Bringing industry professionals to our film school is the best way to keep our program current,” Rue continued, “I think it is great for the community to have access to these resources, and I am glad we can open this panel up to Sedona and the Verde Valley.”
The discussion will consist of brief presentations and then the panelists will take questions from the audience. The three panelists have worked on all types of films from ultra, low-budget independents to the huge, Hollywood blockbusters. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask general questions about production, as well as specific questions about unique projects.
The Sedona Film School will have SIFF programs on-site so attendees can start planning their screenings for the week. The SIFF filmmaker conversations begin on Tuesday at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The Sedona Film School is located at the Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts and Technology, 4215 Arts Village Drive, Sedona, Arizona. Call Rue at (928) 649-4257 for more information. The film school is now accepting applications for fall 2013. To learn more about the Sedona Film School, please visit www.sedonafilmschool.com.