There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your September weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!
CLASSES AND Q&As
Voiceover Lab: AUDIOBOOK WORKOUT – (New York, NY) Come by the VO Lab and spend a few hours working on your craft! Step behind the mic and practice voicing audiobooks. You will receive instant feedback from prolific audiobook pro & VO Lab engineer/booth director, Tatiana Grey, which you will be able to apply in your subsequent reads. Come out and work with your VO community members in this constructive, supportive, safe and fun workout. You will hear the difference in your takes.
Casting Access: MICHAEL VIEYRA – (Los Angeles, CA) This class will include a Q&A and a commercial cold reading session with an experienced casting professional. Michael Vieyra has booked over 50 national commercials and most notably the Got Milk campaign in 2007. He has been working as a Commercial Session Director since 2000, most recently with Ross Lacy Casting, who is undoubtedly the busiest commercial casting director in town. He has run hundreds of sessions and auditioned thousands of actors.
Telluride Film Festival – (Telluride, CO) We proudly announce artist Edwina White as our TFF 46 2019 poster artist. Telluride Film Festival’s prestigious annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics takes place every Labor Day weekend in the picturesque town of Telluride, Colorado. The 46th edition of TFF will run August 30-September 2, 2019.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – (Toronto, ON) Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a “festival of festivals” — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as “the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive.”
K-12 – A brave-hearted girl and her charming best friend make a bewitching pair as they embark on a mission to take down the oppressive schooling system of K-12. Starring Melanie Martinez, Emma Harvey, Zión Moreno.
It Chapter Two – Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.
Night Hunter – A weathered Lieutenant, his police force, and a local vigilante are all caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who’s linked to years of female abductions and murders. Starring Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, and Minka Kelly.
Strange But True – A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child. Starring Margaret Qualley, Mena Massoud, and Brian Cox.
Reality Queen! – Reality Queen. follows an heiress’ quest to show the world she isn’t just another “it” girl and pretentious celebutante, chronicled by renowned BBC journalist Diana Smeltmarlin. Starring Julia Faye West, Denise Richards, and Mike Tyson.
CLASSES AND Q&As
Small Group Sessions: REPRESENTATION – (Los Angeles, CA) Building one’s team is an important component to an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team. Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.
Casting Access: CANDIDO CORNEJO – (Los Angeles, CA) This class will include a Q&A and a cold reading session with an experienced casting professional. Candido Conejo has worked on over 20 films and 8 TV shows. He was an associate on THE FOSTERS, HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and DELIRIUM.
SF IndieFest – (San Francisco, CA) SF Indiefest is a year-round, non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998. We present four annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival (SF Indie for short), the SF Documentary Festival (DocFest for short), the SF Independent Short Film Festival (IndieShorts) and Another Hole in the Head, our genre film festival. In the past, we’ve presented the Northern California Action Sports Film Festival, the US edition of the touring International Short Film Festival, and numerous music festivals and one-off parties and events.
Hustlers – Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, and Julia Stiles.
The Goldfinch – A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, and Sarah Paulson.
Freaks – A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control. Starring Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, and Lexy Kolker.
Haunt – On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. Starring Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, and Lauryn Alisa McClain.
CLASSES AND Q&As
Casting Access Specialty: HARRIET GREENSPAN (Ages 9-17 only) – (Los Angeles, CA) Actors will be added to the class from the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis after we verify that they are between ages 9 and 17. This class will include a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional. Harriet would like to see you perform something you did recently for an audition but did not receive a callback on. Together you will work on what you could have done differently. Please bring two copies. Please also be aware to choose material appropriate for an under 18 audience.
IndieLink 2019: Composers – (Los Angeles, CA) How can you find the perfect composer for your next project? Come to IndieLink to watch reels from – and meet – a variety of talented composers. If you are a producer or director; whether your project is a short, doc or narrative feature, this is a unique opportunity to get to know a diverse group of composers in just one night. All you have to do is reserve a spot to attend. Following the event, there will be a networking reception. This event happens only once a year, so register now!
Writer’s Salon: IRL – (Los Angeles, CA) Film Independent’s Writers Salon is back, bringing together some of today’s top screenwriters to talk about a specific aspect of their craft in an intimate setting. This session’s topic will cover writing about real people and events, and dramatizing history for the screen. We have an exciting list of writers who will be participating, including Jane Anderson (The Wife), Julian Breece (When They See Us) and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures). The evening will begin with a tea and dessert reception at 7:00 pm for all attendees. The conversation will begin at 7:30 pm.
Rambo: Last Blood – Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, and Yvette Monreal.
Ad Astra – Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. Starring Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, and Tommy Lee Jones.
Downton Abbey – The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. Starring Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, and Michelle Dockery.
Villains – After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, and Jeffrey Donovan.
Corporate Animals – Lucy (Demi Moore) is the egotistical megalomaniac CEO of Incredible Edibles, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery. In her infinite wisdom, Lucy leads her staff including her long-suffering assistants, Freddie (Karan Soni) and Jess (Jessica Williams), on a corporate team-building caving weekend to New Mexico. When disaster strikes, not even their useless guide, Brandon (Ed Helms), can save them. Trapped underground by a cave-in, this mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together in order to survive. Starring Demi Moore, Ed Helms, and Jessica Williams.
Running with the Devil – The CEO of an International conglomerate sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why shipments of cocaine are being hijacked and over cut somewhere on the supply chain. Starring Cole Hauser, Nicolas Cage, and Leslie Bibb.
CLASSES AND Q&As
Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION – (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.
57th New York Film Festival – (New York, NY) This major annual film event—a centerpiece of New York culture since 1963—will introduce the most essential new cinematic works from around the world to U.S. audiences in its Main Slate. NYFF will also continue to feature a variety of titles in different sections and sidebars, including Spotlight on Documentary, newly rejuvenated classics in Restorations and Revivals, a diverse selection of international and locally made Shorts, the ever-expanding experimental showcase Projections, and the immersive storytelling experiences of the cutting-edge Convergence. Additionally, there will be an exciting lineup of special events, free filmmaker talks and panel discussions, and the latest editions of our annual Artist and Critic Academies.
Connecticut Film Festival – (Bethel, CT) The Connecticut Film Festival returns to the scene of the crime September 26th. Back to where it all began in Bethel, CT when it was originally called The Bethel Film Festival in 2005. The one-day September festival will play host to a group of thought-provoking film events that are all FREE!
Zeroville – A young actor arrives in Hollywood in 1969 during a transitional time in the Industry. Starring Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, and Joey King.
Judy – Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. Starring Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, and Rufus Sewell.
Abominable – A magical Yeti must return to his family. Starring Albert Tsai, Chloe Bennet, and Sarah Paulson.
The Day Shall Come – An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams. Starring Anna Kendrick, Jim Gaffigan, and Kayvan Novak.