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Published:July 26th, 2007 03:39 EST
This is a Call to All - Be a part of this multi-million dollar industry in Rhode Island

This is a Call to All - Be a part of this multi-million dollar industry in Rhode Island

By SOP newswire


Rhode Island Cities & Towns
Film Production Crews
Film Students
Artistic Directors, Film Vendors
Civic Organizations
Historic and Preservation Groups
Property Manager
Recreation Managers
Hotel Managers, Rental Agencies

Be a part of this multi-million dollar industry here in Rhode Island

Here’s a chance to become involved with Rhode Island’s “stars” of the film community. The two-day forum will bring together leaders of the film industry with the decision-making community leaders and historic, natural and commercial property managers of Rhode Island.

“How To” Sessions:

• How to work with the film industry
• How to get the film industry to work with you
• How to be prepared and pro-active
• What are the resources that filmmakers need?
• Understand how to create a partnership so that everyone involved benefits.
• What are the emerging technologies that will be impacting on future film productions?

• How do you promote and what is web 2.0?

The film industry in Rhode Island is growing by leaps and bounds. This program is designed to help facilitate a better understanding of the needs of the industry and the wants of the community to make Rhode Island the most film friendly in the country.

Rhode Island in Film & Television

Here are some of the films made in the Ocean State. To learn more about Rhode Island's film history, click here.

  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • The Scarlet Letter (1975)
  • The Betsy (1978)
  • Mr. North (1987)
  • Mermaids (1990)
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  • Wind (1992)
  • Federal Hill (1993)
  • The Buccaneers (1993)
  • True Lies (1994)
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994)
  • Killer ( 1994)
  • American Buffalo (1995)
  • Code of Ethics (1996)
  • Ties to Rachel (1996)
  • Strangers in Transit (1996)
  • Outside Providence (1997)
  • Tax Day (1997)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • There's Something About Mary (1998)
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Me, Myself & Irene (1999)
  • NBC 's Providence (1999 -
  • The Brotherhood (2005 - )
  • Underdog (2007)
  • Dan in Real Life (2007)
  • 27 Dresses (2008)

Will you film be next? Will your community host the next film or photo shoot?

The Rhode Island Film Forum is designed to provide a networking platform, spur dialogue and get answers to your questions from those who make decisions.

First held in 1998 at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, the 2007 event promises to be bigger, cover more ground and will be capped by a keynote luncheon.

This Year's Program:
DAY ONE: August 8th

8:00AM          Registration

8:30AM          Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45AM          Why Rhode Island Is Right For Your Film
A focus on the locations in Rhode Island; its surrounding beauty and the uniqueness of the Ocean State. Learn where and why previous Hollywood films have chosen to shoot on location in the state; see why location scouts select their locations; and discover the perks of filming in Rhode Island as opposed to other New England states. How are partnerships created that benefit everyone involved which reach out to each city and town? How to find the resources needed to get your production completed, on budget, while slicing through red tape.

Panel Discussion featuring: Bob Billington, President, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council; Karen Jedson, Director, Warwick Tourism; Kristin Adamo, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

9:45AM          Coffee Break

10:00AM        Rhode Island Film & Television Tax Credit
Tax incentives currently for film production in about 39 states in the United States. Just what are the benefits from the tax incentive law offered in Rhode Island? Learn how selling tax credits to other Rhode Island taxpaying companies and individuals can be a source of revenue for your film. An up close and in-depth forensic of a critical issue involving film/television/ video game production in the state.
Break Out Room: Featuring Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of RI Film & Television Office; Loranne Turgeon, Interim Director of the Vermont Film Commission; Heidi Hamilton, Division Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Film Division

                       Film & Entertainment Law 101
Learn the fundamentals of media law and explore legal relationships within broadcasting and film industries. How to avoid legal problems prior to production, learn about copyright laws, insurance issues and unions. Hear about issues on new and changing laws regarding obtaining rights to music, scripts, etc. Hear from attorneys and their experience as well as from producers and directors and what they have experienced.

     Break Out Room: Featuring David Spatt, Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts; Director/Producer, Eric Latek of Phantazma Pictures
11:00AM        Coffee Break

11:15AM        Recently In Rhode Island
Join us for a panel of industry leaders who have filmed or are currently in production in Rhode Island. Listen first hand about the experiences they have had and why these productions decided to film in the state, and what they believe are the benefits of filming in Rhode Island. Some of the work shot in Rhode Island includes: The Brotherhood, The Waterfront, Evening, 27 Dresses, Underdog, and Trouble Man.
Panel Discussion featuring: Toni-Ann Baker, Filmmaker;  Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of RI Film & Television Office; Eric Latek, Director/Producer of the feature documentary “Sweet Dreams”; Director/Producer of the feature film “By the Sea,” Dean Huh; Writer/Producer of “The Strange Case of Marie France,” Vin Fraioli.

DAY TWO: August 9th

8:00AM          Registration

8:30AM          Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45AM          A Guide To Post-Production
A helpful session to learn about the new softwares and technologies that are being used in the industry for visual effects. Hear from top regional companies in post production such as Tango Pix.

Featuring: Theresa Corrao, visual Effects producer for the Harry Potter films and Jurassic Park 3; Michael Dawson, Director of Post-Production at TangoPix;                    
                        Film Financing & Distribution
How do you find sources who can assist in getting your work funded and out to the public?  We’ll start with how to budget a film by demonstrating how you can plan production, publicity, marketing, delivery, and legal costs.  Learn how not to overlook areas that can come back to haunt you.  Also, find out how to prospect and pitch your project to potential investors, softwares available for film budgeting, as well as ways of budgeting for working with S.A.G. actors.

Featuring: Page Ostrow, President of Ostrow & Company; Alexis Fish, of SAGIndie Development and Sponsorship; Entertainment Partners Representatives Myfa Cirinna & Marcella Andre

                        Niche Films

This detailed Q & A session uncovers the many different niches of films, from documentary, animation, gay & lesbian, and feature films.  A panel of filmmakers will discuss the benefits and pitfalls to making a niche film.  Find out what technology is available to help you to discover and to connect with your niche audience.

Featuring:  Michelle Le Brun, Director/ Producer “Death: A Love Story”; Michael Attardi, Director/Producer “Once Upon A Christmas Village; Executive Director of NewFest Film Festival, Basil Tsiokos; Director/Editor of “Happy Monday,” Andrew Filippone Jr.

                        Casting For Your Film

Learn to see acting talent when it presents itself- and the knack for conducting a casting call, making the right decisions, and having faith in your actors.  Hear from actors on what it is like to be on the other side of the casting table, from casting calls to screen tests.  Find out how the internet can help you streamline the casting process

Featuring:  Carson Grant, Actor/Director;  SAG Representative and Co-Chair of the Independent Film Committee of the Boston Organizing Committee, Mick Hoegen;  Director/Producer of “City By the Sea,” Dean Huh;  Casting Director of LDI Casting, Anne Mulhall.

9:45AM          Coffee Break

10:00AM       Finding Your Audience & Building a Portfolio

There is an important question that every filmmaker needs to ask themselves:   How do I find a target audience for my film?  Internet, self-distribution, festivals, television, etc.- we will explore new tactics for reaching the public.  Learn how the web can help you in marketing your film by utilizing new online communication channels like blogging, podcasting, and social networking.  Discover the best niche for your film, and how to be practical and market your piece in order to to get your name and your film into the public eye.

Featuring: David Tames, Professor, MIT Media Lab, Filmmaker, and Media Technologist; Jamie Benti, Image Icon Entertainment; Kevin Anderton, Award-winning Producer, Founder of Midnight Chimes Entertainment; Vin Fraioli, Award-winning Producer/Screenwriter.

                        Using The Web To Build A Portfolio
Learn how the web can help you in marketing your film, from using new methods from blogging, podcasting, and social networking. Discover more about publicizing to the public via the internet and getting your name and your film out in the public eye. Learn how to build yourself a portfolio through the net.
Break Out Room:

10:45AM        Coffee Break

11:00PM         The Latest In Technology

As we step into the 21st Century, the technology of filmmaking and distribution is evolving at a rapid pace.  This panel discussion explores the new technologies at the modern filmmaker's disposal.  See and hear about the latest breakthroughs in high-Definition, satellite distribution, as well as the latest in visual effects and sound recording.  We will explore how the film industry is moving further into the future.
Featuring:  Sony Sales Representative, Steve Dirksmeier;  John Rule, President, Rule Broadcast Systems; Chris Dodge, Arts Alliance Labs.

12:30PM        Lunch (Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence)
                        Keynote Speaker
                        Closing Remarks

2007 RI Film Forum Application Form: (click here)

You can participate in either the one or two day program. The Keynote luncheon is a separate fee.

Please call 401-861-4445 and speak with Jordan Burbank or email if you have any questions.