After a fantastic Monday hosting a Jim Carrey press conference and a filmmaker panel on navigating Hollywood with LGBT content, Tuesday brings another full day at Queer Lounge, beginning with an open house inauguration viewing party at 9am MT, 608 Main St., Park City, UT, followed by the appearance of Benjamin Bratt at one of two great panels in the afternoon.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:00PM
Panelists: Peter Bratt (Writer/Director) and cast members Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego and John Amaechi (Consulting Producer).
Moderator: Mike Goodridge (Screen International)
This Sundance Spectrum premiere tells the story of Che, an ex-inmate and working-class single-father who commands respect in San Francisco's Mission District often through intimidation and fear. Che is a man entrenched in the old world culture of his Latino and Native American communities, who reacts with anger and violence upon discovering his son is gay, and later is forced to confront his own prejudices and demons. Director Peter Bratt teams with his brother Benjamin Bratt to bring this character to life in a powerful performance. The result is a rich film that tackles the topic of homophobia in minority communities and families, as well as the machismo culture. Join the cast and filmmakers for an insightful discussion of the film and the very timely issues around culture and sexual orientation that it addresses.
ROAD TO PARK CITY AND BEYOND: LAUNCHING YOUR FILM CAREER
Co-Sponsored by Film Independent
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 3:00 PM
Panelists: Steak House (Prod., Weather Girl), Morgan Stiff (Prod., Mississippi Damned), Tina Mabry (Dir., Mississippi Damned), Cherien Dabis (Dir., Amreeka), Tze Chun (Dir., Children of Invention), Glenn McQuaid (Dir., I Sell the Dead).
Moderator: Josh Welsh, (Dir. of Talent Development, Film Independent).
Making a film can be a daunting prospect, but launching an entire career as a filmmaker is typically an even more intimidating and overwhelming proposal. There isn't exactly a bar exam for first time directors or producers, and with so many associated costs, no one can afford to spend money unwisely in rocky economic times. From film festivals, to production courses and labs, to online and viral marketing, to TV and commercials, there are many ways to get a film career off the ground, but not every plan works for every person. So how do you know what's the right path for you? With the guidance of Sundance and Slamdance filmmakers, many of whom have participated in Film Independent's Filmmakers Labe, discover how to kick-start your career and hit the ground running.