Education

The Tryon International Film Festival was founded by the Polk County Film Initiative to further its mission to promote filmaking to our community. A major piece of this mission is focused on education which is why we’re very pleased to offer these panels and workshops presented by stellar industry professionals.

The art of Filmmaking is the process by which a film is made. From Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production and Distribution, Filmmaking involves a number of complex and discrete stages including an initial story, idea, or commission, through screenwriting, casting, shooting, sound recording, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience in the hopes that it all may result in a film release and an exhibition. 

ALL education programs are free to the public thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Space is limited so please pre-register with the form,  below – thank you!

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING with CLAY JOHNSON Friday 1-3

Friday, October 7th  1:00pm-3:00pm

Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Learn how to create a documentary… everything from pre- to post- production!

clay johnson headshotClay Johnson is an award-winning documentary producer, writer and journalist based in Raleigh, North Carolina. His work has been recognized with an Alfred I DuPont Award from the Columbia School of Journalism, a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and eight Emmy Awards. Clay is also a contributing producer for PBS North Carolina, a statewide PBS network.

Clay’s latest work is “Moment of Truth”, a five part documentary series on the murder of Michael Jordan’s father in 1993 and the investigation and trial that followed.  Clay produced the doc series for Capitol Broadcasting Company in collaboration with Bow and Arrow Entertainment in Los Angeles.

Clay was also a writer and field producer on two nationally syndicated PBS travel series. He’s also produced a wide-variety of award winning videos for select clients. He was appointed as an adjunct faculty member at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy where he taught a class in television journalism for nine years. Clay is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Society of Professional Journalists and volunteers as a member of two civic advisory boards in his local community.

SMART PHONE FILMMAKING with ALISON MAREK Friday 3-5 and Saturday 3-5

PART ONE: Friday, October 7th     3:00pm – 5:00pm

PART TWO: Saturday, October 8th     3:00pm – 5:00pm

Pavilion at Tryon Fine Arts Center

 In between watching exciting, groundbreaking TRIFF films, why not make one yourself?

Have you always wanted to make a movie, but don’t have the time or money to invest in years of film school?

Have you made videos before but don’t feel satisfied with the result?

Do you wonder how you can create a short film or video that tells a story and takes your audience on an unforgettable journey?

The Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop provides you with the basics of storytelling, cinematic grammar, and shooting strategies so you can craft short films that are memorable and emotional. 

All you need is a smartphone with a camera, an editing app, plus a burning desire to share your dreams and perspective with an audience. 

2-day Workshop        1-5 minute silent documentary or narrative film

Day 1: 

2 hours

Basics covered include:

  • Preproduction – How to craft a story and develop a shooting strategy that supports it
  • Production – Shooting efficiently so that you go into the editing room with everything you need

Day 2:

2 hours  

  • Basic concepts of postproduction
  • How to decide which shots to choose, when, and why, based on the experience you want your audience to have

SHOOT YOUR PROJECT at TRIFF!

Help promote TRIFF and support other filmmakers by shooting key moments from the festival weekend. Finished films may be selected for uploading to the TRIFF site! 

 

ALISON MAREKHOST: ALISON MAREK (MFA, New York University) is an award-winning writer and director who’s combined words and images professionally since she was in her late teens. Her short films have played in festivals around the world and aired on cable TV. Her writing and directing have won grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Showtime Networks, Inc., been nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy Award, and received a Gold Aurora, Bronze Telly, and other awards and nominations. She’s produced shorts, features, and TV. She also built and ran the video department at an online magazine, where she shot and edited thousands of videos. Her graphic novels “Desert Streams” and “Sparrow” were published by Piranha Press, an offshoot of DC Comics.

Sponsored by Anaheim University 

SCREENWRITING and FINANCING with KEVIN BERNHARDT and STEVEN ESTEB Friday 2-4

Friday, October 7th  2:00pm – 4:00pm

Pavilion at Tryon Fine Arts Center

This workshop covers everything from elevating your screenplay to the best it can be to the finance and production side of seeing your story come to life!

HOSTS: KEVIN BERHARDT and STEVEN ESTEB

 

Kevin BernhardtKEVIN BERNHARDT has had over 30 very different screenplays – result in produced films. They range from commercial action – to critically and spiritually-acclaimed. In the past 4 years, he has had four films shoot as a writer, with budgets up to $30 million – and casts including Michael Caine, Orlando Bloom, Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer, Patti LuPone, Christopher Plummer and Ben Foster.

In addition to those, Bernhardt’s work has resulted in films with Academy Award winners and nominees  – including Donald Sutherland, John Lithgow, Nick Nolte, Djimon Hounsou, Sylvester Stallone and Dennis Hopper. Other prestigious notables include Kevin Bacon, Patrick Swayze, Chris Rock, Roy Scheider, Michael Biehn, Charlie Sheen, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jennifer Beals, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, Amy Smart, Matthew Goode, Til Schweiger and Wesley Snipes.

While building a career as a writer Bernhardt supported himself as an actor, with multi year contract/lead roles on GENERAL HOSPITAL and DYNASTY, followed by numerous leads in films such as Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER. Most recently, he returned with a supporting role opposite Michael Caine and Ben Foster in MEDIEVAL, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. in 2021. But screenwriting remains the passion.

 

Steven EstebSTEVEN ESTEB – An award winning filmmaker that has worked as a Hollywood screenwriter and directed features, commercials, music videos, documentaries and was also a professor at Loyola University New Orleans teaching film and screenwriting. Founder of the Louisiana Screenwriters Bootcamp.  His film, HATE CRIME, received numerous awards at film festivals all over the world. He’s also known for the cult film, BALLER BLOCKIN’, a rap film for Universal starring Lil Wayne, hit #1 on the Billboard charts in DVD and video sales eventually going quadruple platinum. Steve’s been repped by top agencies as a screenwriter and worked as a script fixer, and screenwriting coach. He lived and worked at an AIDS hospice for two years while making the feature length documentary, LIVING WITH…A FILM ABOUT LOVE AND AIDS. It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and traveled the world, contributing to the opening of new AIDS Hospices, his proudest accomplishment.

Sponsored by Final Draft

DISCUSSION GROUP with HONEY HEAD FILMS Saturday 9-11

Hindsight 2020 : An Indie Filmmaking Retrospective

Erika Arlee + Kristi Ray

Saturday, October 8th, 9:00 – 11:00am

Pavilion at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Tryon International Film Festival judges Kristi Ray and Erika Edwards

Hindsight 2020 : An Indie Filmmaking Retrospective

A conversation with Honey Head Films, breaking down the arc of scaling your zero budget short film concept into a fully funded feature. This workshop encompasses a  high-level overview of building a brand that people want to invest in and laying the foundation for your career one season at a time. Throughan enlightening, informative and entertaining discussion, you will learn how to reverse engineer your most audacious creative goals. 

Come with questions, leave with inspiration and get an exclusive sneak peek at North Carolina’s newest independent feature film: A Song For Imogene.  

Honey Head Films is an award winning female led film production company based out of Wilmington, NC.  Co-founded in 2016 by Kristi Ray and Erika Arlee, this boutique film house utilizes a proven small-footprint approach with a focus on agility and sustainability while actively changing the landscape for women and marginalized creatives in the film industry.  

 

Sponsored by Honey Head Films
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF FILMMAKING with FRANK CALO Saturday 11-1

Saturday October 8th  11:00am – 1:00pm

Pavilion at Tryon Fine Arts Center

This workshop with filmmaker Frank Calo focuses on the reality of the business from all three stages of production! Frank outlines the details of pre-production, production & post-production. You’ll learn how to create shooting schedules, budgets, contracts, financials, as well as actual shooting techniques, and writing techniques. He’ll also explain all aspects of the other areas of production for above the line and below the line crew.

This workshop is great for directors, producers, writers, actors and any other crew positions, and offers a dedicated Q & A portion!

 

Frank CaloFRANK M CALO is an Independent Producer and Director whose film THE BELIEVER, starring Ryan Gosling and Billy Zane won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival.  That film won all the festivals that year including The Berlin Film Festival.  It was shown nation wide and had a great box office run.

His film, HERE & THERE with Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton has won the BEST NY NARRATIVE IN WORLD COMPETITION 2009 at Robert DeNiro’s, Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and had it’s official News York premier played to wide audiences domestically and overseas.

Mr. Calo has worked with Robert DeNiro (Godsend) Demi Moore, Mike Myers Shelly Winters, Marlon Brando and many more.  His film THE COOKOUT with Queen Latifah also had a great box office run distributed by Lions Gate Films.

He also worked for two years with The Motion Picture Bond Company under Robert Bordiga, as a Producer working on films throughout the tri-state areas.

He was one of the few and only directors who studied privately under Mr. Elia Kazan.

Sponsored by RED Cameras

CINEMATOGRAPHY with ERIK OLSEN Saturday 1-3

Saturday, October 8th   1:00pm – 3:00pm

Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Join filmmaker Erik Olsen as he shares with you his best practices for telling your story visually and creating an incredibly cinematic film!

Erik OlsenHOST: ERIK OLSEN

A native of Germany, I began learning about photography at a very early age. I turned my childhood dream into a career. I worked as a television news photojournalist for over a decade, then starting my own photography and filmmaking business in the foothills of the Carolinas. I can’t wait to get up each morning to do what I love to do. I’m so fortunate that I have turned my passion into my profession.

Sponsored by Spartan Photo

 

CONTENT CREATOR'S PANEL Saturday 5-7

 Jazelle Foster, Cruz Crane. Moderator: Jashiel Valerio

Saturday, October 8th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Pavilion at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Jashiel ValerioJashiel Valerio is an Atlanta, Ga based actor who hails from Brooklyn, Ny. There he studied the craft with one of New York’s leading acting coaches, Penny Templeton of Penny Templeton Studio. Jashiel has worked on commercials for Teddy Grahams, Rhino Insurance, Uber and most recently Alka Seltzer. He has also worked on films; Judys Child ( currently streaming on Amazon Prime ), We Only Know So Much ( Clean Slate Pictures ), The Times ( NYFF ) and many more. Some of his stage work include Off-Broadway shows; B-Boy Blues, Sub-Basement, and Prayers For the Ghetto. Jashiel is currently writing a new pilot and working on content creation. He also enjoys running, biking, swimming, yoga, and meditation on his off time.

Jazelle FosterJazelle Foster is an Actor, Acting Coach, & Media and Marketing Specialist. In short…a storyteller. 

A working actor mostly known for her recurring role in ABC’s What Would You Do?! with John Quinones. Commercial work for brands such as Olay, Target, AT&T & Uber.  Co-Lead in Feature Film God’s Compass alongside actors Karen Abercrombie & T.C. Stallings.

Jazelle has taught hundreds of actors around New York City in top acting schools including T. Schreiber, Denise Simon Studio and Actor’s Connection. Teaching online as well on her Youtube where she teaches 130K actors & parents the ins and out of starting an acting career. Her young women’s program, Worthy By Design, is focused on building the self-esteem of young women through devised theater and performance.

Alongside her acting efforts, Jazelle is the founder of Creatives Meet Marketing a digital marketing agency that manages & consults with creatives & companies such as The Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg, Denise Simon Coaching, Actor Class, The Honee Pot & T. Schreiber Studio. They believe if marketing is draining your creativity… you’re doing it wrong. They offer you permission to let your business be an extension of your artistic expression. 

Cruz CraneCruz Crane began his career with small videos for a local rock climbing gym in his area. This sent him down a 6 year exploration of all kinds of different videos to create including narrative story telling, comedy skits, informative videos, aviation and now filming himself building ridiculous things. Cruz enjoys bringing concepts and techniques from his film background into comedic YouTube videos.

Sponsored by Casting Networks
and BroPilots 
and Jazelle Foster

TRULY INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING DISCUSSION GROUP WITH SHERENE STRAUSBERG & DEBRA TORRENCE Saturday 5-7

Sherene  Strausberg & Debra Torrence

Saturday, October 8th   5:00pm – 7:00pm

Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Chat with filmmaker Sherene Starusberg and she guides you through what it takes to create your film without the backing of a studio!

Sherene StrausbergHOST: Sherene Strausberg

Award-winning filmmaker Sherene Strausberg combines her experience in film, music and sound engineering with graphic design and illustration to create animated videos for her clients at the company she founded, 87th Street Creative. Having won a national composition competition in high school, she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, where she completed two bachelor’s degrees in four years. Film scores she wrote in her first career, as a film composer, have been heard on AMC, Spike TV and Netflix. As a graphic designer for Jewish National Fund, she won two awards from Graphic Design USA. Her latest passion project, the short, animated film “Cool For You”, which she animated and scored, has been accepted to film festivals around the world and recently won the Jury Award for Youth Films at the Cineglobe Film Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. Recent projects of 87th Street Creative have included Walmart, American Express and Healthline.

Through the power of music and sound effects along with moving images, Sherene knew at the age of 16, she wanted to be a film composer. After 10 years pursuing that, while also working as a broadcast engineer at National Public Radio, she changed careers, first to graphic design and then to motion design. Motion graphics returned Sherene to her true passion of how sound and moving images together can immerse the viewer/listener. Combining this with her desire to work with clients who believe in sustainability and social justice, 87th Street Creative has worked with nonprofits and businesses who help make the world a better place.

Debra TorrenceDebra Torrence, Ed.M. has over 30 years of experience in non-profit administration, university research and fund development. She has successfully secured dozens of grants for a host of community, research, education, arts, human services and local government entities. Her Tryon-based business, Grants for Good, provides contracted fund development and marketing services. She and her husband, Clay Johnson, who produces documentaries and features for PBS live in downtown Tryon with their pets Henry B. and Chazzy Cat.

VOICE ACTING + MOTION CAPTURE with FRANCESCA CALO Sunday 11-1

Sunday, October 9th  11:00am-1:00pm

Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be working in the illustrious field of Voiceover! In this workshop, Francesca will break down what you need to succeed in the age of remote recording, go over what casting directors and directors look for in auditions in the various genres of voiceover and motion/performance capture, what you’ll need for agent submissions, and answer any questions you might have about this fantastically fun world.

FRANCESCA CALOHOST FRANCESCA CALO Calo is a bicoastal actor, MoCap performer, and voice actress who spent her childhood on film and television sets with her parents. She began acting at the age of seven, and has since enthusiastically followed her passion. She studied and performed with theaters such as the moscow Art Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, as well as with acclaimed international director, Adolf Shapiro. In the voice over realm, she has worked on a myriad of animated series, anime, films, and video games. She can be heard as Salene Crow in Wasteland 3: The Battle of Steeltown, Cheng Chen in the popular mobile game, Seven Knights 2, Stella Loussier in Gundam Seed: Destiny, Pokemon, and more.

Sponsored by  Ian Russell, The British Voice LLC

CREATIVE NONFICTION with KIRK GOLLWITZER, PAUL REID & GREGG JAMBACK Sunday 1-2

Kirk Gollwitzer, Gregg Jamback & Paul Reid

Sunday, October 9th   1:00pm – 2:00pm

Auditorium

Creative Nonfiction defines the genre simply, succinctly, and accurately as “true stories, well told.” In some ways, creative nonfiction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, and techniques, some newly invented and others as old as writing itself. Creative nonfiction can be an essay, a journal article, a research paper, a memoir, a tweet; it can be personal or not, or it can be all of these. In short, rule one is: it must be true. Rule two is: Be artistic, be literary, aim high, but again, it must be true.

JAMIE-HUSS-GREGG-JAMBACKHOSTS: Gregg Jamback

Gregg is a film and video professional. For more than 30 years his work has been seen on broadcast outlets, such as NatGeo, Animal Planet, ESPN, public television, and others. His clients have included corporations, such as IBM, Amex, Pitney Bowes, Deloitte & Touche, and many others. Institutional clients include numerous foundations, such as the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Winston-Salem Foundation, Save the Children, and non-profits. As a filmmaker Gregg has produced independent projects, including Discover Yourself with the Enneagram, The Little America’s Cup Challenge, Peelers, Busters, & Soft Shell Crabs (broadcast on UNC-TV), The Real Cost of Coal, and Greg Taylor Ghost. Awards include Best of the Fest at Down East Flick Fest, Judge’s Choice at Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, and Best Documentary at Rugged Phoenix Underground Film Festival.

Kirk GollwitzerKirk Gollwitzer is a co-founder of the Tryon International Film Festival.  Kirk is a real estate broker with New View Realty and a active member of the Tryon community.  He has a degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina. For more than 25 years Kirk devoted his life to computer science, culminating to owning and operating a successful software development company in Greenville which sold in 2009 and is still in operation today.  After moving to the Tryon area Kirk began exploring the arts as a photographer, writer, author, videographer and musician. Kirk has been a reporter and feature writer for the Tryon Daily Bulletin and other media platforms, but it has been his novel “Illegitimate Advantage”, that he claims as his largest artistic accomplishment.  Kirk has a deep love for Western North Carolina, where he lives and breathes on a horse farm in Mill Spring.

Paul ReidPaul Reid is an award-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and Tryon resident. As a reporter Paul covered the Yugoslav war, narco-terrorism in Colombia, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. In 2003, Paul was embedded with United States Marines at the start of the Iraq War. In October 2003 Paul’s friend, the renowned historian William Manchester, asked him to write the long-awaited third volume of Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill. Manchester had suffered two strokes and could no longer write. Seven months later Manchester died. In 2005, Paul left the Palm Beach Post and made the move to Tryon and the Blue Ridge in order to write THE LAST LION: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965. The book was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by The Wall Street Journal. In 2015, Paul was made a Churchill Fellow at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill gave his Iron Curtain speech in 1946.

SCREEN ACTING with JAMES K. FULATER Sunday 1-3

Sunday, October 9th  1:00pm-3:00pm

Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center

James K. FulaterHost: James K. Fulater

James has been Acting for over 40 years covering all aspects of the craft. Since James moved to New York City, he has acted in 10 Movies including  “Breaking Point “, “Landing Up”, “The Right to Live” and “ Bare Knuckle Brawler “ in which he acted along side Danny Trejo. He also performed in a off Broadway Showcase production of “ To Life “. Jim begin teaching 5 years ago and really enjoys working with Actors of all levels from beginners to seasoned pros. “ the joy is in the journey “ Jim looks forward to working with TRIFF!

Sponsored by Tryon Little Theater

 

AGENTS, MANAGERS AND CASTING PANEL Sunday 3-5

Patti Price, Alison Marek, Stisa Talent Agency’s Lisa and Steve Lopez, Jashiel Valerio, Francesca Calo and James Fulater

Sunday, October 9th  3:00pm – 5:00 pm

Pavilion at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Moderator: Jazelle Foster

Jazelle Foster

Jazelle Foster of Jazelle’s Artistry is an Actor, Acting Coach, & Media and Marketing Specialist. In short…a storyteller. 

A working actor mostly known for her recurring role in ABC’s What Would You Do?! with John Quinones. Commercial work for brands such as Olay, Target, AT&T & Uber.  Co-Lead in Feature Film God’s Compass alongside actors Karen Abercrombie & T.C. Stallings.

Jazelle has taught hundreds of actors around New York City in top acting schools including T. Schreiber, Denise Simon Studio and Actor’s Connection. Teaching online as well on her Youtube where she teaches 130K actors & parents the ins and out of starting an acting career. Her young women’s program, Worthy By Design, is focused on building the self-esteem of young women through devised theater and performance.

Alongside her acting efforts, Jazelle is the founder of Creatives Meet Marketing a digital marketing agency that manages & consults with creatives & companies such as The Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg, Denise Simon Coaching, Actor Class, The Honee Pot & T. Schreiber Studio. They believe if marketing is draining your creativity… you’re doing it wrong. They offer you permission to let your business be an extension of your artistic expression.

 

Patti PriceProducer Patti Price is a testament to it’s never tolate to do what you love. In what seems like a past life, she was in corporate management and negotiations running multi-million dollar departments and saving her company over $6M in one year, before fully enjoying life as an award-winning producer. She took that business experience to found KP Films and KP Films Studio in North Carolina. She recently produced a comedic Christmas feature and has a slate of features moving forward including action, horror, family friendly (another Christmas movie), and a heart-warming dramedy about reincarnation as well as TV series. Combining the best in production value while bringing in the business sense leads to successful film distribution. She is President of NC Women in Film and Television and founder of Teens in Film (a 501c3), giving back to the community through full scholarship film camps. She serves as a consultant to several film producers and speaker regarding budgeting, tax incentives, and other business-related items.

Jashiel ValerioJashiel Valerio is an Atlanta, Ga based actor who hails from Brooklyn, Ny. There he studied the craft with one of New York’s leading acting coaches, Penny Templeton of Penny Templeton Studio. Jashiel has worked on commercials for Teddy Grahams, Rhino Insurance, Uber and most recently Alka Seltzer. He has also worked on films; Judys Child ( currently streaming on Amazon Prime ), We Only Know So Much ( Clean Slate Pictures ), The Times ( NYFF ) and many more. Some of his stage work include Off-Broadway shows; B-Boy Blues, Sub-Basement, and Prayers For the Ghetto. Jashiel is currently writing a new pilot and working on content creation. He also enjoys running, biking, swimming, yoga, and meditation on his off time.

Alison Marek (MFA, New York University) is an award-winning writer and director who’s combined words and images professionally since she was in her late teens. Her short films have played in festivals around the world and aired on cable TV. Her writing and directing have won grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Showtime Networks, Inc., been nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy Award, and received a Gold Aurora, Bronze Telly, and other awards and nominations. She’s produced shorts, features, and TV. She also built and ran the video department at an online magazine, where she shot and edited thousands of videos. Her graphic novels “Desert Streams” and “Sparrow” were published by Piranha Press, an offshoot of DC Comics.

The Brock Agency’s Agent & Casting Director Beverly Brock

  • The Brock Agency, Hickory, North Carolina, has been in business since 1990. The success of The Brock Agency in placement of talent and models is well known throughout the world of entertainment and the fashion industry. There has not been a talent and/or modeling in the state that has enjoyed the amount of success The Brock Agency has for the past twenty four years.

Ms. Brock is a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of the Church’s choir. The Brock Agency also had a long standing membership with the Better Business Bureau and has been a member of the Catawba Chamber of Commerce for many years. Ms. Brock’s previous experience on stage and modeling provides her talent with valuable inside information on the business. Ms. Brock has always been active in local charities and previously helped in spearheading Operation Christmas Child in 2010.

Director and Voice Actress Francesca Calo

I am a bicoastal actor, performance capture, and voice actress. Born and raised in New York City, I am half Chinese and half Spanish,  and spent my childhood on film and television sets with my parents.  I began my own studies of the performing arts at the age of seven, and have since enthusiastically followed my passion for acting.  I’ve studied and performed with theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre Company and New York Stage and Film, as well as with acclaimed international director Adolf Shapiro.  I can be seen alongside Sandra Bullock in the Warner Bros film, Ocean’s Eight, most recently in the hit HBO TV show Mare of Easttown, and can be heard as various characters in Disney XD’s Pokemon, Nickelodeon’s Regal Academy, the popular videogame, Warframe, and more! Other fun facts: I’m a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and am conversational in Spanish & Japanese.  I also enjoy baking!  My aesthetic is cozy rainy days under a blanket, with a dog and tea for extra love. I will always accept dog pictures.

Actor James Fulater has been Acting for over 40 years covering all aspects of the craft. Since James moved to New York City, he has acted in 10 Movies including  “Breaking Point “, “Landing Up”, “The Right to Live” and “ Bare Knuckle Brawler “ in which he acted along side Danny Trejo. He also performed in a off Broadway Showcase production of “ To Life “. Jim begin teaching 5 years ago and really enjoys working with Actors of all levels from beginners to seasoned pros. “ the joy is in the journey “ Jim looks forward to working with TRIFF!

Stisa Talent Agency’s Lisa & Steve Lopez pride themselves on their hands-on approach with each of its talent.  They are accessible to all of their talents, the same as if they were their own family members.  They are often referred to as Stisa family members.  Directors have sought out their talent for repeated bookings because of their professionalism, reliability, and uniqueness.  They are the only talent agents in the Carolinas that have served as an actual momager and dadager to an actor/model/voiceover artist in the NYC and LA markets who is now a successful college student at a prestigious art school; so they know what it takes to manage school, career, and family.

Steve and Lisa Lopez are the co-founders and owners of Stisa Talent Agency, and they are extremely passionate about the talent they represent.  Each one is treated like family.  They put their hearts and emotions into their work, bearing their personal experiences and sharing them with their talents.  Their office is conveniently located on the west side of Spartanburg, but they work with casting directors all over the United States.

Sponsored by CastingNetworks.com

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY! ADVENTURES FROM THE WORLD OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING SESSION Sunday 3-5

Jamie Huss + Gregg Jamback

Sunday, October 9th   3:00pm – 5:00pm

Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Join us – Gregg Jamback and Jamie Huss, producers/directors of “In Pursuit of Justice”- (a feature-length criminal justice doc awarded Tryon’s “Audience Choice Award” in 2019) for a wide-ranging discussion about independent documentary production.

We’ll discuss “behind the scenes” obstacles, setbacks, and pitfalls we (like many filmmakers) went through – from production setbacks, frustrated “talent,” the joys of co-producing while “in relationship” to editing challenges, fundraising stress, and film festival success/failure. We’ll facilitate sidebar discussions on the current state of “documentary” production. Let’s all discuss resources to help with your film project.

We hope to facilitate lively conversation for all, hear your stories, and provide encouragement to all who endeavor to “make a doc”. Filmmakers and film “lovers” are all welcome. See you at the movies! 

JAMIE-HUSS-GREGG-JAMBACKHOSTS: Jamie Huss + Gregg Jamback

Gregg is a film and video professional. For more than 30 years his work has been seen on broadcast outlets, such as NatGeo, Animal Planet, ESPN, public television, and others. His clients have included corporations, such as IBM, Amex, Pitney Bowes, Deloitte & Touche, and many others. Institutional clients include numerous foundations, such as the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Winston-Salem Foundation, Save the Children, and non-profits. As a filmmaker Gregg has produced independent projects, including Discover Yourself with the Enneagram, The Little America’s Cup Challenge, Peelers, Busters, & Soft Shell Crabs (broadcast on UNC-TV), The Real Cost of Coal, and Greg Taylor Ghost. Awards include Best of the Fest at Down East Flick Fest, Judge’s Choice at Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, and Best Documentary at Rugged Phoenix Underground Film Festival.

Jamie has worked as a producing partner at Swiftwater Media on three independent productions: Discover Yourself with the Enneagram (2001), The Real Cost of Coal (2010), and Greg Taylor Ghost (2014). She has consulted on many others. With 11 years experience in a Fortune 500 corporate position involving communications, presentations, and training sessions (spanning all levels of employees and executives), she is comfortable with organizing materials for comprehension and meeting new people — skills critical to a film festival. With 30 years of experience as a partner or a sole-proprietor of healthcare-related practices, she is able to oversee every aspect of a project. She has honed interview skills used when dealing with confidential, traumatic, or emotional subjects. A longstanding commitment to social justice issues led her to devote four years to a local foundation where she focused her energies on donor development, re-branding, and creating marketing materials (producing three annual fundraising testimonial videos).

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