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'Silver Linings Playbook' and John Singleton to Headline 2012 Film Independent Forum

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire October 9, 2012 at 1:06PM

David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” will kick off the 8th annual Film Independent Forum Friday, Oct. 19, and “Boyz N the Hood” writer-director John Singleton will deliver the event’s keynote speech the following day. The FIND Forum, which focuses on independent filmmaking and producing, runs Oct. 19-21 at the DGA in L.A.
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David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” will kick off the 8th annual Film Independent Forum Friday, Oct. 19, and “Boyz N the Hood” writer-director John Singleton will deliver the event’s keynote speech the following day. The FIND Forum, which focuses on independent filmmaking and producing, runs Oct. 19-21 at the DGA in L.A.

“There's no better way to start the Forum than with the advice of such a seminal filmmaker as John Singleton,” said Film Independent director of education Maria Bozzi. “Since his breakthrough with the very personal and highly acclaimed ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ Singleton has established a path that many filmmakers have strived to emulate — his advice will be sure to inspire those attending the Forum.”

John Singelton

Presented by Indiewire, the 2012 Film Independent Forum also will present its annual Sloan Producers Grant award, which provides $25,000 in development funds to a producing lab fellow who is developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme. The screening of “Playbook” will be followed by a discussion with producer Jonathan Gordon and editor Jay Cassidy.

A new twist to the forum this year will involve FIND’s inaugural Movie Hackathon, which invites Indiewire readers and forum participants to submit ideas for new promotional apps and tools that a collection of developers will work on throughout the weekend to compete for three cash prizes. YouTube channel ZEFR has partnered with FIND on the special event, which Fast Company’s Co.Create is sponsoring. Full details are here.

Click through for a list of panelists and topics at this year's forum.

Panelists for the 2012 Film Independent Forum include:

Stephanie Allain, Director, Los Angeles Film Festival; producer, Hustle & Flow

Claire Aguilar, Vice President of Programming, ITVS

Mark Ankner, Agent, Global Finance and Distribution, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Jake Avnet, Chief Operating Officer, WIGS

Ram Bergman, producer, Looper, Brick

Neil Berkeley, writer/director/producer,Beauty is Embarrassing

Jason Michael Berman, producer,LUV

Amy Berg, writer/director/producer, West of Memphis, Deliver Us from Evil

Effie T. Brown, producer, In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves

Sheldon Candis, writer/director,LUV

Jay Cassidy, editor, Silver Linings Playbook

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Co-Founder, Catapult Film Fund

Karin Chien, producer, Jack and Diane, Circumstance

Howard Cohen, Co-President, Roadside Attractions

Eric d'Arbeloff, Co-President, Roadside Attractions

Joe Davola, AwesomenessTV

Allen DeBevoise, Chairman and CEO, Machinima, Inc

Audrey Delaney, VP of Acquisitions, Business Development & Marketing, Lightning Entertainment

David Dinerstein, President, LD Entertainment

Neal Dodson, producer, Margin Call, All is Lost; Partner, Before the Door Pictures

Kelly Duane de la Vega, producer/director, Better This World

Jay Duplass, writer/director, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus

Paola Freccero, Co-Founder, Crowdstarter

Michael Friend, Archivist, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO, Gravitas Ventures

Rodrigo Garcia, director, Albert Nobbs, Mother and Child

Jonathan Gordon, producer, Silver Linings Playbook

Lisa Gutberlet, Senior VP, Worldwide Distribution, Myriad Films

Dana Harris, Editor-in-Chief, Indiewire

Jay Van Hoy, producer, The Loneliest Planet, Beginners

Lynette Howell, producer, The Place Beyond the Pines, Terri

Kevin Iwashina, producer, Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Rian Johnson, writer/director, Looper, Brick

Rory Kennedy, producer/director, Ethel, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Maryam Keshavarz, writer/director, Circumstance

Sydney Levine, Indiewire

Chris Libby, Partner, Ginsberg Libby

Courtney Lischke, Strategy, YouTube at Google

Julie Lynn, producer, Albert Nobbs, The Jane Austen Book Club

Liz Ogilvie, Co-Founder, Crowdstarter

Erick Opeka, VP of Digital Distribution, New Video

Steven Poster, ASC, National President, International Cinematographers Guild (ICG)

Rich Raddon, Co-Founder, ZEFR

Heather Rae, producer, Mosquita y Mari, Frozen River

Kate Roughan, producer, Birth Story

Hal Sadoff, Financial Advisor

Marjan Safinia, President, International Documentary Association

Paula Schmit, Vice President, Film Finances

AJ Schnack, director, Convention, Kurt Cobain About a Son

Lynn Shelton, writer/director, Your Sister's Sister, Humpday

Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO, Radiant Films International

Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360, San Francisco Film Society

Emily Verellen, Director of Programs and Communications, The Fledgling Fund           

Josh Welsh, Co-President, Film Independent

Mary Wigmore, director, Birth Story

Greg Whiteley, director/producer, New York Doll, Resolved

Katherine Fairfax Wright, writer/director, Call Me Kuchu

Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Topics for this year’s panels are:

Think Big(ger):  Exploring the Mid-Range Budget

Documentary Funders Today:  Gatekeepers or Partners?

Armed to Sell:  A Financing Clinic

Reality Bites:  The Perils of the Doc

Just Shoot It:  Narrative Case Studies

Developing Story:  Documentary Case Studies

Roadside Attractions:  A Conversation with Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff

Find New Docs:  Works In Progress from Film Independent Fellows

Distribution:  A Fork in the Road

Channeling the Web:  Online Indie Channels

Crunching the Numbers:  VOD Calculations Revealed?

The Global Village:  International Market Review

Movie, Meet Audience:  A Marketing & Distribution Clinic

Movie Hackathon: Cool Tools in the Making

Do You Know Where Your Film Is?  Preserving and Accessing Your Assets In the Digital Age

How They Got There:  Career Advice From Young Indiewood