Workshops and discussions sponsored by the Mississippi Film Office

(Free and open to the public)

Saturday, April 5 @ 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.  (Malco, Screen B)                                                                                 

A Conversation with Tom Rice and Patrik-Ian Polk

Some filmmakers have been with Crossroads since the beginning. At the first festival in 2000, Tom Rice and Patrik-Ian Polk premiered their first feature films. In the 14 years since then, they’ve grown as writers, directors, and producers. Crossroads is excited to welcome back and celebrate two of our homegrown stars. See Tom’s recent film The Way Way Back on 4/4/14 at 7:10 and Patrik’s film Blackbird (filmed in Hattiesburg) on 4/5/14 at 7:10.

Tom Rice, a Jackson, MS, native debuted his first film The Rising Place at the 1st Crossroads Film Festival. He has since produced the Sundance hit The Way, Way Back (Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell), and the upcoming films Begin Again (Kierra Knightley, Mark Ruffalo), Merry Friggin’ Christmas (Robin Williams, Joel McHale), and Mississippi Grind (Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn) which was partially filmed in Mississippi.



Patrik-Ian Polk is a director, producer, screenwriter, singer, and actor. He is noted for his  films that explore the African-American LGBT experience and relationships. His feature film directorial debut Punks, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. Polk created the TV series Noah’s Arc, for the Logo network and the independent features The Skinny and Blackbird. Patrik is a native of Hattiesburg, and graduated from the film program at the University of Southern Mississippi before attending Brandeis and USC.

Saturday, April 5 @ 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. (Malco, Screen B)

Matthew Morgan Casting Mississippi

Casting Director Matthew Morgan of Morgan Casting will share auditioning tips and his experiences casting a diverse range of films. He has been responsible for all recent local casting for features filmed in Mississippi including As I Lay Dying, Blunt Force, The Historian, Starve, Blackbird, and Big Significant Things.

Matthew Morgan comes to casting with educational training in business (degrees in International Business and Foreign Languages). Having lived and studied in the United States, Canada, France and Spain, Matthew has a diverse eye for people and a broad understanding of international cultures, practices and trends in 
marketing/advertising. He has had over a decade of real-people casting experience, along with casting professional models and actors. Morgan Casting has offices in Toronto, Ontario; New Orleans, Louisiana & Canton, Mississippi.

Saturday, April 5 @ 11:45 – 1:00 p.m.  (Malco, Screen C)                                                                      

Making Your First Feature Film

Bryan Reisberg (Director) and Andrew Corkin (Producer) will share their experiences making Bryan’s first feature, Big Significant Things. Andrew has worked with several first-time directors from conception to exhibition with all opening at major film festivals.

Bryan Reisberg’s first short film Father/Son premiered at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival and he recently directed The Walker, a web series starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan and Rightor Doyle. Since forming Uncorked Productions with Andrew Corkin in 2008, Bryan has also directed music videos and commercials. Big Significant Things is Bryan’s first feature film and it premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival last month.

Andrew D. Corkin, of Uncorked Productions, is a Gotham Award winning New York-based Producer. Within the past 6 years, Andrew has had 5 films at Sundance, 4 at SxSW, and 4 at Cannes. Andrew’s recent credits include: Martha Marcy May Marlene, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Gotham Award winner), King Kelly, Burma (SxSW 2013, Special Jury Prize winner), We Are What We Are, Wild Canaries, and Big Significant Things. Andrew recently executive produced Andrew Renzi’s feature debut, Franny, starring Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning.

Saturday, April 5 @ 2:30 p.m.  (Malco, Arcade Room)

Filmmaking & the Legal World

An interactive session for filmmakers/musicians/artists/creators discussing case studies related to filmmaking and the creative arts. Bring your questions.

Ryanne Duffie Saucier is the Deputy Executive Director for Support Services and Contracts at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB). Ryanne has worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years in the areas of artist management, radio programming, concert planning, artist promotion and film production. Prior to joining MPB, she practiced entertainment law, working with musicians, writers, filmmakers, and broadcasters in the areas of music licensing, music publishing as well as copyright, trademark and media law. A graduate of Mississippi College School of Law she has been published by the American Bar Association on the topics of film and music licensing.