Free 'Cafe Conversations' and 'Amateur Hour with Joe Swanberg' workshop at Indie Memphis this weekend

Don't miss the 'Cafe Conversations' and Workshop taking place this weekend at the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, and learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about independent films and filmmaking.

Best of all, they're FREE and open to the public!

'Cafe Conversations' take place at the Festival Cafe, located in front of the Studio on the Square in the parking lot of Bogie's Deli. The Joe Swanberg workshop takes place at the Brooks Museum of Art.

The Film Festival Circuit
Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 12 pm - Festival Cafe

Get the ins and outs of the film festival circuit with Chris Holland (Film Festival Secrets) and Heidi Van Lier (The Indie Film Rule Book), who will share years of accumulated knowledge and insight! Learn where -- and how -- to submit your film, and get advice on developing your own festival submission strategy. If you're lucky, they may even let you buy one of their books.

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When Critics Converse
Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 1 pm - Festival Cafe

Join John Beifuss (The Commercial Appeal and The Bloodshot Eye), Chris Herrington (Memphis Flyer) and former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell (host of KCRW's The Treatment) for a conversation on the role of the film critic. Learn about the changes that the advent of the Internet has brought to the profession and hear about their personal experiences, perspectives and observations -- and find out why they connect with the films they love best (maybe). Be prepared to watch sparks fly!

For Screens of All Sizes: Filmmaking For the Web
Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 2 pm - Festival Cafe

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Indie Film Q&A with Heidi Van Lier
Saturday, Oct. 10 @ 3 pm - Festival Cafe

Got a question about indie filmmaking? Need to find out what's wrong with our film -- and what's right? Ask Heidi Van Lier, author of The Indie Film Rule Book and the "Indie Film Q & A with Heidi Van Lier" blog for Film Independent.

Heidi advises 10-20 filmmakers a year, speak at colleges and on film festival panels (like this one!), and programs the Slamdance Film Festival. Her first feature, Chi Girl won the Slamdance's Grand Jury Prize in 1999 and sold to IFC Films. Her second feature Monday, will be released soon digitally through Cinetic Rights Management. She is just finishing her third feature, American Decaf, which will hit the festival circuit in 2010.

Distribute Me: A Conversation On Getting Your Film Out To The World
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ 12 pm - Festival Cafe

Join Steven Beckman (Cinetic Media), Chris Holland (B-Side) and other special guests for a conversation about the current state of film distribution. Hear about how filmmakers are getting their films out to the world, and learn what options might be right for our next project.

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Amateur Hour with Joe Swanberg: Working with Non-Professional Actors
Sunday, Oct. 11 @ 1 pm - Brooks Museum of Art

Independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg is acclaimed both for his films (Kissing on the Mouth, LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends, Alexander the Last) and for his episodic work for the web (Young American Bodies, The Stagg Party, Butterknife). In addition to its unadorned style, naturalistic dialog, and loosely scripted narratives, Joe's work is notable for its use of non-professional actors.

In this workshop, Joe will share his personal experiences and opinions on the appeal of working with untrained actors, as well as challenges and potential problems. He'll also discuss the different ways that nonprofessionals can be used most effectively, such as building characters around the actor and putting them in comfortable situations. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions about their own projects, as well.