Film Independent has announced that the 11th annual Film Independent Forum will feature Blumhouse Productions Founder and CEO Jason Blum, along with Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures and Terri Taylor, Head of Casting participating in an Executive Conversation on Sunday, October 25. Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival.
Additional panelists at the Forum include producers Miranda Bailey (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Dope,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Partner,” “Significant Productions”), writers Bridget Bedard (“Transparent,” “Mad Men”), Wendy Calhoun (“Empire”), Josh Braun (Co-President of Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe) and Jessica Lacy (Head of International & Independent Film at ICM Partners).
“I’m thrilled that Film Independent Forum attendees will hear from Jason Blum who with his team is leading the charge in creating smart, director-driven, low-budget films,” said Maria Raquel Bozzi, Film Independent’s Senior Director of Education. “I’m sure they will offer some great insight into what the possibilities in independent filmmaking are today.”
The Sloan Producers Grant will be presented at the Forum, which provides a $30,000 production grant to a Film Independent Fellow accepted into the Producing Lab that is developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme. The Producing Lab is one of Film Independent’s highly selective Artist Development programs. In addition, to celebrate documentary filmmakers Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television will host a reception during the Film Independent Forum.
The Forum will take place during the weekend of October 23-25 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. More information can be found at the Forum’s website.