Workshops and discussions sponsored by the Mississippi Film Office

(Free and open to the public)

Shooting Stars | Saturday, April 11 @ 9:15 – 10:30 (Malco Screen A) - Industry kids & parents talk the reality of being on set. Does your child have what it takes to be an actor? How about you – Mom/Dad? Brady Permenter (As I Lay Dying), Camden & Carsen Flowers (Free State of Jones), Alvin Edney (Get On Up), and Ava Clarke (model/actress) along with their parents will talk auditions, call backs, and what to expect as you build an acting career with your child. They will share tips on how they manage the work and play of it all while keeping up with school and home life.
 

Camden & Carsen Flowers: At 4 years old, Camden & Carsen Flowers, auditioned for the part of Mae Mobly in The Help, which was filmed in Greenwood, MS, just a few hours from their hometown of Brandon, MS. The girls didn't get the role, but the audition marked the moment the girls were first bitten by the acting bug.

Camden & Carsen Flowers: At 4 years old, Camden & Carsen Flowers, auditioned for the part of Mae Mobly in The Help, which was filmed in Greenwood, MS, just a few hours from their hometown of Brandon, MS. The girls didn't get the role, but the audition marked the moment the girls were first bitten by the acting bug.

Alvin Edney, II is a new and upcoming actor. Edney is known for his role in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up (2014), staring Chadwick Boseman. Edney played James Brown's son, Teddy, in the film. Alvin Edney, II is excited and ready to pursue additional roles in television and film.

Alvin Edney, II is a new and upcoming actor. Edney is known for his role in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up (2014), staring Chadwick Boseman. Edney played James Brown's son, Teddy, in the film. Alvin Edney, II is excited and ready to pursue additional roles in television and film.

Brady Permenter: Brady Permenter is an actor, known for As I Lay Dying (2013), The Gift (2015) and The Sound and the Fury (2014).

Brady Permenter: Brady Permenter is an actor, known for As I Lay Dying (2013), The Gift (2015) and The Sound and the Fury (2014).

Ava Clarke: What people may consider physical flaws have proven to be pure flawless beauty.  Ava's blue/green eyes, her blonde hair and pink lips have all grabbed the attention of modeling scouts, photographers and movie stars around the world.  She is an experienced model who enjoys dressing up and interacting with the camera.  Ava has been photographed and appeared on the covers of BOOM Magazine, VIP Magazine and Denim Magazine. She has traveled across the country working with celebrity photographers Lance Gross, Will Sterling and others. She has modeled for several clothing designers and stylists.  Ava's physical appearance and unique features allow directors to cast her for versatile roles.

Ava Clarke: What people may consider physical flaws have proven to be pure flawless beauty.  Ava's blue/green eyes, her blonde hair and pink lips have all grabbed the attention of modeling scouts, photographers and movie stars around the world.  She is an experienced model who enjoys dressing up and interacting with the camera.  Ava has been photographed and appeared on the covers of BOOM Magazine, VIP Magazine and Denim Magazine. She has traveled across the country working with celebrity photographers Lance Gross, Will Sterling and others. She has modeled for several clothing designers and stylists.  Ava's physical appearance and unique features allow directors to cast her for versatile roles.


Work It Mississippi! | Saturday, April 11 @ 9:30 - 10:45 (Malco Screen B) Connie Hoy (Battlecreek), Missy Tanner (The Livingston Gardner), and Robbie Fisher (A Mississippi Love Story/ Sequence/ Leadway) break down the nitty-gritty of producing films in MS. Why is Mississippi attractive as a filming location? What are the challenges of financing independent films? What do producers consider when hiring local crew? Get industry insight from a diverse panel of women who have produced films in Mississippi.

Going from practicing law to working on films may seem like a strange leap. But Robbie Fisher knows better. Since she left her law career and position as Mississippi Nature Conservancy's state director, her main focus has been filmmaking, specifically producing films.  Since 2008, her focus has been solely on producing films. Her job as a producer includes many tasks spanning from pre-production to post-production, including negotiating location contracts, getting the rights to music, finding money to produce the film, making sure filming stays safe for the crew and cast, and figuring out how to distribute the movies. She loves doing documentaries, but her favorite types of films to work on are narrative fiction. Besides producing films, Fisher is also involved with the Crossroads Film Festival. She has been on the board of the organization since late 2012 and helps with fundraising.

Going from practicing law to working on films may seem like a strange leap. But Robbie Fisher knows better. Since she left her law career and position as Mississippi Nature Conservancy's state director, her main focus has been filmmaking, specifically producing films.  Since 2008, her focus has been solely on producing films. Her job as a producer includes many tasks spanning from pre-production to post-production, including negotiating location contracts, getting the rights to music, finding money to produce the film, making sure filming stays safe for the crew and cast, and figuring out how to distribute the movies. She loves doing documentaries, but her favorite types of films to work on are narrative fiction. Besides producing films, Fisher is also involved with the Crossroads Film Festival. She has been on the board of the organization since late 2012 and helps with fundraising.

Connie Hoy is known for her work on Dead Man (1995), Mystery Train (1989) and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). She has 23+ years of film production experience, including scheduling & budgeting and seamless set skills.

Connie Hoy is known for her work on Dead Man (1995), Mystery Train (1989) and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). She has 23+ years of film production experience, including scheduling & budgeting and seamless set skills.

Missy Tanner is a native of Jackson, MS.  In 1996, she moved to Los Angeles where she landed roles in such films as “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia”, and “Good Burger”. After spending a decade working with every major studio in Los Angeles as a Marketing Executive and writer, she decided to return to her roots in Mississippi.  Missy recently raised the entire budget for the feature film THE LIVINGSTON GARDENER which was shot in Jackson and Canton in 2014. She is currently raising $1.8 million for her second feature, MURDERABILIA.

Missy Tanner is a native of Jackson, MS.  In 1996, she moved to Los Angeles where she landed roles in such films as “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia”, and “Good Burger”. After spending a decade working with every major studio in Los Angeles as a Marketing Executive and writer, she decided to return to her roots in Mississippi.  Missy recently raised the entire budget for the feature film THE LIVINGSTON GARDENER which was shot in Jackson and Canton in 2014. She is currently raising $1.8 million for her second feature, MURDERABILIA.


In the Web with Angela Tucker |  Saturday, April 11 @ 1:15 - 2:45 (Malco Arcade) Angela Tucker is a writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes B L A C K F O L K DON’T - a satirical, documentary web series in its third season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life.” Angela will share her experience in short form media and the ins and outs of producing a web-based series. Presented in partnership with Independent Black Film Collective.

Angela Tucker is a writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes (A)SEXUAL, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction available on Netflix, Hulu and Netflix and BLACK FOLK DON’T … a satirical, documentary web series in its third season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life.” She is a Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK, a feature length documentary currently in production about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements. The film was honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access. Angela is also the Series Producer for the PBS documentary series, AFROPOP. She was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There, she produced several award winning documentaries including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS’ Independent Lens) about a Congolese mother and daughter separated over 12 years. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where she was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship. Tucker is based in Brooklyn, NY and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl.

Short Circuit: Taking Your Project from Local to Global | Saturday, April 11 @ 3:15 - 4:45 (Malco Arcade) Melanie Addington (Oxford Film Festival) and Lauren Cioffi (Sundance Film Festival) have a unique perspective on festivals as they are both festival programmers AND filmmakers. They’ll share tips on how to best take advantage of being on the festival circuit, preparing for a festival, and what programmers are seeking.

Melanie is an award winning documentary filmmaker and directs, writes and produces narrative films in her spare time. She has worked on over 20 projects and directed a feature documentary, a short documentary, "Mile High Pie," that took home the DC Shorts Golden Pineapple Award and Food Film Festival Slotted Spoon Best film awards and was recently selected by IndieFlix for online distribution. She has also directed a handful of narrative shorts and helped write and produce a feature film, "Where I Begin," filmed in Mississippi and now currently moving toward distribution.  She is in post-production on the feature documentary "I Didn't Do It" about the celebrity impersonator framed for sending ricin to the President of the United States by the karate instructor. She has also worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2004 and since 2006 serves as the Development Director. She serves on the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance Board and also helps run the OxFilm program with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In her real-world job, she eats pizza and plays on Facebook as social media director/writer/video producer for PMQ Pizza Magazine.

Melanie is an award winning documentary filmmaker and directs, writes and produces narrative films in her spare time. She has worked on over 20 projects and directed a feature documentary, a short documentary, "Mile High Pie," that took home the DC Shorts Golden Pineapple Award and Food Film Festival Slotted Spoon Best film awards and was recently selected by IndieFlix for online distribution. She has also directed a handful of narrative shorts and helped write and produce a feature film, "Where I Begin," filmed in Mississippi and now currently moving toward distribution.  She is in post-production on the feature documentary "I Didn't Do It" about the celebrity impersonator framed for sending ricin to the President of the United States by the karate instructor. She has also worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2004 and since 2006 serves as the Development Director. She serves on the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance Board and also helps run the OxFilm program with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In her real-world job, she eats pizza and plays on Facebook as social media director/writer/video producer for PMQ Pizza Magazine.

Lauren Cioffi is based in Los Angeles and making her living in the film industry. Not only is she making films, but she’s also working for the Sundance Film Festival as a screener — an enviable job that allows her to watch movies just about all day long.

Lauren Cioffi is based in Los Angeles and making her living in the film industry. Not only is she making films, but she’s also working for the Sundance Film Festival as a screener — an enviable job that allows her to watch movies just about all day long.