Women in Film Dallas presents a masterclass for your next festival run. We will talk to the top programmers and festival directors in North Texas to give you a playbook to submit, screen and repeat!
Thursday, August 27
6 - 7 pm - Mix & Mingle
7 - 8:30 pm - Panel Discussion with Q&A
Food & Drink provided
Joshua Butler, Director - Thin Line Film Fest
Joshua is a Houston native that came to North Texas in 2003 to complete a film degree. Shortly after arriving in Denton he founded a media non-profit, Texas Filmmakers. The organization produces Thin Line Fest, now the largest documentary event in Texas. The emphasis on documentaries comes from Joshua’s love for the truth-bending genre. Every year, Joshua watches hundreds of documentary films to select a few dozen to screen before North Texas audiences. In 2007, Joshua released his feature-length documentary, One-Eyed Girl, about the town of Bay St. Louis, MS following Hurricane Katrina.
James Faust, Artistic Director - Dallas Film Society
James began as the festival’s Senior Programmer at AFI DALLAS’ inception in 2006. James began his film career as a grip on ARMAGEDDON. After working his way up to being a commercial producer, he started a local production company for which he won a local Emmy. He’s one of the founding members of the Deep Ellum Film Festival and was instrumental in the formation of AFI DALLAS and the Dallas Film Society. James has also served as a programmer with the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, the Austin Film Festival and the Texas Black Film Festival and was honored by that festival as Filmmaker of the year in 2009.
David Gibson, Director of Operations/Programmer – Asian Film Festival of Dallas
David joined the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) in 2004 as a volunteer, and has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2010. He has worked in various roles within the festival such as Membership Director and Short Film Programmer. When David is not directing AFFD, he is working full time as a Sr. Manager of National Account at McKesson Corp, the largest Pharmaceutical Wholesaler in the world. David has been with McKesson since 2000 and his current role involves managing agreement compliance for a $6 billion Group Purchasing Organization.
Kathryn Omarkhail, COO & Artistic Director - QCinema
Kathryn is originally a Southern Belle from Mississippi with a passion to promote dignity and respect for all. She became QCinema’s COO and artistic director in 2012. She has been director for membership, fundraising, advertising and special guests. In 2007, she moved from behind the scenes to on the screen in a feature documentary, Truths & Transformations. She is a clinical social worker, saving lives employed as a manager and assessment clinician and volunteers with multiple organizations including president of her neighborhood association. Kathryn is known to many as the paragon of virtue.
David Small, Director – Texas Black Film Festival
David is the founding director of the Texas Black Film Festival. He was also a board member for the AFI Dallas International Film Festival (2007-2010). From the international dance craze hit “My Dougie,” to Young Money Records recording artist Lil Twist, to serving as counsel for some of the nation’s top film and music production facilities, Attorney David A. Small is an experienced counsel in the areas of TV/ Music/ Film/ Public Relations/ Radio and Multi-Media content. As an event and music producer, David has produced events featuring Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, Rick Ross, Reuben Studdard, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, and many others.
Bart Weiss, Founder & Director - Dallas VideoFest
Bart is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator, who has lived in Dallas since 1981. He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas VideoFest. He produces the TV show “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV in Dallas, and is the artistic Director of 3 Stars Cinema. He has traveled to Nigeria Pakistan and China to show American Documentaries for the US State Department. He is currently an Associate Professor of film video at UT Arlington.
MODERATED BY COURTNEY WARE
Courtney Ware is a 2014 IFP Narrative Lab Fellow for her producing work on Cameron Bruce Nelson’s SOME BEASTS. As a director, her award winning short film work has been seen in over 40 national and international locations. Her feature directorial debut, SUNNY IN THE DARK, received the 2014 Women in Film Dallas Finishing Fund Grant as well as “Best First Feature” from the Arizona International Film Festival. Both films will be released in 2016. She has been the owner of Aware Films since 2011.
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