For the second year, Industry Days Oct. 20-23 during the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival brings together “an auspicious group of 38 top executives, financiers, and filmmakers from New York LA and Chicago,” says Industry Days programmer Anthony Kaufman.
Kaufman is a longtime film journalist, whose byline has appeared in a plethora of publications, (Time Out Chicago, IndieWire, Filmmaker, New York Times, Village Voice) and a teacher (The New School), who joined CIFF in 2015 as a festival programmer.
Additionally, he says, filmmakers selected to make The Pitch on Oct. 23, will attempt to convince one local and three New York producers why their project deserves the prize of a suite of in-kind services worth tens of thousands of dollars from Chicago production facilities.
COMPLETE INDUSTRY DAYS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, sponsored by Wintrust Community Banks and Film Freeway, held at the Gallery at GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie, unless otherwise indicated.
THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. “The Money is Here! Chicago Financiers, Angels and Instigators,” with IFP’s Nicole Bernardi-Reis moderating panelists Steve Cohen (Chicago Media Project), Ted Reilly (Chicago Media Angels), Jonathan Bross (Periscope), Matthew Ellison (Maudit).
7-8 p.m. Industry Days Tribute to James D. Stern, founder of Endgame Entertainment and executive producer of “Snowden,” who will share his many extraordinary film business experiences with Tribune columnist Mark Caro, at the AMC River East 21 theatre, 322 E. Illinois.
8:30-10:30 p.m. Reception at GreenRiver.
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 10-11 a.m. “A Conversation with Howard Tullman on the Future of Filmed Entertainment,” moderated by Aymar Jean “AJ Christian (Open TV, Northwestern.”)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “From Horror to Comedy, is Genre Content a Viable Way to Launch Your Career?” Panelists Angie Gaffney, moderator; Ned Crowley (“Middle Man”), Nicole Goelzhaeuser (MPI) and Spencer Parsons (“I’ll Come Running).
2-3 p.m. “Punchlines: How to Make St*t Funny.” Moderated by Rachael Mason (Second City), actors Jim O’Heir, David Pasquesi, Michael McCarthy who talk about surviving in the comedy business.
4-5 p.m. “Hollywood Dealmaker: A Conversation with MACRO’s Charles D. King (partner at WME for 15 years) on Producing & Packaging Films,” speaking with veteran executive Laverne McKinnon.
SATURDAY, OCT. 22. 10-11 a.m. “Distribution 5.0: Navigating the Changing V.O.D./Theatrical Marketplace.” Moderated by Jonah Zeiger (Northwestern), Brian Andreotti (Music Box Films), Andrew Carlin (Oscilloscope), Danielle DiGiacomo (The Orchard) Blandine Mercier-McGovern (Cinema Guild) and Michael Sorenson (Distribber).
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Standing Out from the Crowd: Promoting, Positioning and Premiering your Project,” moderated by Kartemquin’s Ian Kibbe, with panelists Abby Davis (“Preferred Content”), Susan Norget (Norget Film Promotion) and Lilly Riber (MUBI).
1-2 P.M. “State of the Art-House: A Conversation with Ira Deutchman,” producer, marketer and distributor of more than 150 films since 1975 and Columbia University professor and Film Program chair 2011-2015.
2-3 p.m. “Black Cinema Then and Now: 25 Years after the Black New Wave.” Moderated by Allyson Field (UCLA professor), with panelists Matthew Cherry (“9 Rides”), Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’”), Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”) and Qasim Bashir (“Destines”).
3:30-4:30 p.m. “Secrets of the Screenwriting Trade.” Moderated by Brad Riddell, with Caitlin Parrish )The View from Tall”) and Scott Myers (“Go Into the Story.”
6-7 p.m. Industry Days “Meet the Distributors” Cocktail Reception, at the Gallery at GreenRiver.
SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2-6 p.m. “The Pitch” co-presented by IFP/Chicago with CIFF. Pitch jury: Molly O’Keefe (Tribeca Film Industry), Eddie Linker (Forager Films), Aiah Keith (IFC Films) and Rebecca Green (Two Flints).
Industry Badges, $50 to $150, may be ordered here.