Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm (PT)
The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program is hosting a bicoastal producing series dedicated to providing actors with the tools and inspiration needed to make their dream project a reality. This series will provide a five-part online, digital filmmaking guidebook covering finance, pre-production, production, post and distribution. The series intends to capture and celebrate the spirit of indie filmmaking. The Los Angeles events will cover pre-production, production and post while the New York events will cover finance and distribution.
Meet the Panelists:
Sebastian Dungan was named one of Variety's "10 Producers to Watch" in 2012. Most recently, he produced AFTERNOON DELIGHT, starring Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Juno Temple and Jane Lynch. The film was Emmy-nominated writer Jill Soloway's feature writing/directing debut and won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance 2013. The film was released theatrically by The Film Arcade/Cinedigm and has earned a Gotham Award nomination for Kathryn Hahn as Breakout Actor of the Year. Dungan also produced the documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL, featuring Robert Reich, which is currently in theatrical release from Radius/The Weinstein Company. INEQUALITY FOR ALL won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Filmmaking at Sundance 2013 and is on many prognosticators lists as an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary. Sebastian also produced TRANSAMERICA starring Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zegers, which received two Academy Award nominations (Best Actress and Best Song) and won a Golden Globe for Ms. Huffman (Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama) and both the Best Female Lead and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards. Dungan began his career at Paramount Pictures and at Warner Bros.-based Witt-Thomas Films where he was involved in developing such films as David O. Russell's THREE KINGS and Christopher Nolan's INSOMNIA. Dungan was raised in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Yale University.
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Shaun O'Banion soon began producing his own projects when he formed Ravenwood Films, ﬁrst partnering with Desert Skye Entertainment to produce DAKOTA SKYE. DAKOTA SKYE became a festival hit, picking up more than 7 top awards at festivals across North America. The ﬁlm was picked up by E1 Entertainment following it’s successful festival run and is now available for purchase through all major retailers. The ﬁlm was in the Top 100 most viewed on Netﬂix Instant for nearly 5 years with 80% positive reviews and has aired on Showtime, Time-Warner On-Demand and Comcast. The ﬁlm is also a regular topic of discussion among teen girls on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Following the success of DAKOTA SKYE, O’Banion partnered with The Wayne/Lauren Film Company to produce GIRLFRIEND. The ﬁlm made its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival where it landed in the trades for being one of 13 ﬁlms sold in the ﬁrst week! GIRLFRIEND went on to collect a handful of awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Audience Awards at various Festivals around the world as well as winning a prestigious 2011 IFP GOTHAM AWARD. The ﬁlm saw a limited theatrical release in 2011 and debuted on DVD and VOD in the fourth quarter of 2012 from Strand Releasing. Last year, he co-produced THE AUTOMATIC HATE, which reunited him with writer/director Justin Lerner (GIRLFRIEND) and teamed him with Academy Award-nominated producer Alix Madigan (WINTER’S BONE). The ﬁlm, currently in post, is set to debut on the festival circuit in 2015, and stars Joseph Cross (LINCOLN, MILK), Adelaide Clemens (THE GREAT GATSBY, IFC’s Rectify), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Richard Schiff (MAN OF STEEL, The West Wing) and Ricky Jay (BOOGIE NIGHTS, HEIST).
Moderator - Kelly Thomas has more than 10 years of experience producing independent features and is VP of JuntoBox Film's Incubator Initiative. Prior to JuntoBox, she was the Producer in Residence for Film Independent's Artist Development programs and in that capacity produced branded entertainment for Vanity Fair and Lincoln Motors. She started her film career with Mockingbird Pictures and later co-founded Extraordinary Renditions. Kelly has worked with acclaimed directors Rodrigo Garcia, Phedon Papamichael, Robin Swicord, and Brad Silberling. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in English from the University of Michigan
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