New Orleans Workshops

De-Mystifying Distribution

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), a sister media arts center in Seattle, provides an array of technical and financial support to regional filmmakers, including the Start-to-Finish program. Since 1998, it has also been a film distributor, using its institutional muscle and expertise to shepherd local, regional and international films into the marketplace. Having built this component of NWFF’s offerings from the ground up, Former Program Director Adam Sekuler knows the behind-the-scenes terrain inside and out. Learn from his insights to plan and apply realistic solutions to properly promoting and marketing your film to the largest audiences possible (increasing your chances of creating a revenue stream). Case studies will reveal how the worlds of film festivals and publicity have played out with different films and how the network of North American film organizations fits in to today’s changing theatrical landscape. You might think with all of the new digital platforms out there now, it’s easier to get your film distributed. Actually, it’s just gotten more complicated. The good news is, there is a lot of opportunity to reach your audience and to keep more revenue. But you have to understand the new system and make the right choices for you and your project. This content-packed workshop will give you not only a comprehensive overview of all of those choices, but will also give you concrete steps to paving a path of success. There really are a myriad of workable options available out there, so don’t let the daunting challenges of distributing your own film become an afterthought.

 

Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $100 for members and $150 for new members.

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Perceptive Practices: the Observational Documentary Film

July 22 & 23

Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker and curator whose films strike a delicate balance between stylization and naturalism, anchored within an observational world while creating a poetic and lyrical form of visual storytelling. His work screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, Seattle Art Museum, and dozens of other venues across the globe.

The task of this weekend course is to practice paying attention in our filmmaking. Using a looking and listening technique, we’ll investigate how our eyes and ears connect us to space and to others. We will use elements of personal storytelling, fictional narrative and environmental description to generate images and ideas; and then craft those images with further explorations of focus. Participants will be introduced to observational documentary filmmaking and will be invited to see and document their familiar surroundings in a new way. The goal will be to present lived human experience in a way that respects the context in which that experience takes place, while still presenting an artistic point of view. The workshop will consist of one day in the field practicing audio and camera work and one day editing. The class will include screenings and culminate in a 5-10 minute observational-styled documentary.

 

Reserve your spot now! Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for non-members. 

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Editing 101 with Brent Joseph

September 9 – 10

Editing 101 will be a two-day workshop where participants will learn how to use Adobe’s Premiere Pro software to edit narrative & documentary films. The class time with be divided into four parts.

  1. Brief introduction to editing theory and style.
  2. Overview of editing in Premiere Pro CC (importing, organizing, editing, exporting)
  3. Watching and discussing original uncut footage.
  4. Workshop (footage will be provided for you to practice editing and get one-on-one feedback).

 

Brent Joseph is a New Orleans filmmaker who specializes in post-postproduction. He edited the SXSW feature film Five Time Champion as well as numerous shorts, commercials and documentaries like Shell Shocked (PBS) and MTV’s True Life: I’m Living in Iraq (2005 Edward R. Morrow award for Best TV Network News Documentary). He has also worked as an assistant in the editing rooms of David Fincher, Larry Clark, David Simon and Seth Rogen.

 

Tickets are $225 for members and $275 for new members. 

 

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