Local and Indie Filmmakers Talk About Their Craft
Richmond, VA. February 8, 2013- James River Writers, the largest literary arts organization in Virginia, presents a new set of writing and publishing professionals on a panel almost every month in a popular program called The Writing Show. On February 28, James River Writers is partnering with the Richmond International Film Festival to offer an evening with screenwriters, directors and producers.
Movie lovers, aspiring screenwriters, and writers looking to recycle their unpublished novel will enjoy an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the business and craft of getting a script produced, even when you don’t live in Hollywood.
The panel includes filmmakers Imogene Drummond, Michael Gibrall, Brent Martz, Scott Mathias and Ron Newcomb. Julie Geen, local writer and chair of JRW’s Writing Show, will be moderating. Logistics about the February Writing Show are as follows:
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Pavilion Room // The Children’s Museum of Richmond // 2626 West Broad Street,Richmond, VA 23220
Fees: $10 in advance, www.jamesriverwriters.org // $12 at the door // $5 students
Imogene Drummond, artist, writer, filmmaker, paints and makes art films—or visual poems—about creativity. She adapted her Divine Sparks poem into Divine Sparks award-winning film (2013). Currently, she’s developing Divine Sparks Arts, Creativity & Literacy Guide. Her article on cultural transformation “Options for the Future” was the closing piece in the thought-provoking anthology The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy (2006) endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and author Jared Diamond. www.idrummond.com
Michael Gibrall is a two-time Emmy Award winner, once for his work on the NFL Draft for ESPN, and once directing a local newscast. He has written several feature and short screenplays since 2010 in various genres, won eight screenplay awards, and has been nominated six times at film festivals and competitions across the country. Michael wrote, produced and directed the children’s television pilot, “The Learning Curves,” which was shot in Richmond. www.oneofeachproductions.com
Brent Martz, producer of Not Today, is the creative ministries pastor at Church in Yorba Linda, Calif., and no stranger to large-scale entertainment with purpose. Brent co-wrote, directed and produced an interactive musical drama, with a cast and crew of more than 200 members, based on the last week in the life of Christ, which ran for three years and drew more than 10,000 viewers. Outside of Not Today, Brent has also produced four award-winning films, including Day of Reckoning and Deletes. www.nottodaythemovie.com
Scott Mathias has written and co-written several full-length films, including Opening Act Production’s projects, The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers and Eulogy for a Stranger and Fear. He is currently working on a graphic novel and has other projects he is working to publish. Scott has been a journalist and business writer for over 20 years, writing about everything from art to politics to health. He is a communications graduate of Virginia Tech and Wheaton College. openingactproductions.com
Ron Newcomb is a writer, producer and director. He has been a script and production consultant on several projects. He has been a training instructor in several areas of filmmaking. Ron is an alumnus of the distinguished Act One Writing Program in 2004 and the Dov S-Siemens Film School in 2008. He has been involved in several other film events and workshops throughout the DC area. He has worked on features and many short films. www.thefellowshipmovie.com
About James River Writers: James River Writers (JRW) is a non-profit organization of over 300 members that builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia. JRW offers an annual writers’ conference, regular panels at The Writing Show, literacy improvement programs for young writers, and writing awards and contests. Since its founding in 2003 JRW has played a key role in expanding the region’s life-long literacy and in adding a vital dimension to Richmond, VA’s cultural offerings. JamesRiverWriters.org
About Richmond International Film Festival: The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is an inclusive and spirited festival designed to honor true film artists. Festival week features four days of film screenings of all genres and niches (features & shorts). From award winning to emerging artists, filmmakers will travel to Richmond for the premiere of their film and compete for top awards with the Grand Jury, as well as international screenwriters. Through its film productions, shot predominantly in Virginia each winter, the festival also provides an additional collaborative platform between local filmmakers and other filmmakers from across the country. www.themixshorts.com
About The Writing Show: The Writing Show, held the last Thursday of almost every month, features panels of authors, editors, agents, librarians, booksellers, illustrators and other literary professionals. Each show includes a moderator whose expertise is tied to the show’s topic. Previous topics have included Trends in Publishing, Memoir, Plot Structure, and Writing for Children, to name a few. The Writing Show routinely draws nearly 100 attendees. In 2012, nearly 1,000 people were served by the series.