2018 UMFF screenwriter panel

Universe Multicultural Film Festival--2018
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 2018UMFF " Multicultural Screenplay" Panel 

TOPICS:
– HOW TO FIND A PRODUCER
– HOW TO PITCH TO A PRODUCER
– SELLING YOUR STORY IN ONE SENTENCE
– MARKETING YOURSELF & YOUR SCRIPT
– SELLING YOUR SCRIPT WITHOUT AN AGENT/MANAGER
– SUBMITTING TO SCREENPLAY CONTESTS
– WRITING THE LOW-BUDGET, LIMITED LOCATION/CAST SCRIPT
- WRITING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
- FINDING PAID WRITING WORK
- HOW TO APPROACH CRITIQUE/NOTES

Time: 11:00-12:30PM; April 7, 2018
Location: Fireside room @Fred Hesse Community Park Center,(29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275;  Admission by  Panel Pass.

 

 

 The Panel Speakers: (TBA)

James Cullen Bressack, Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Bursting onto the indie horror scene at the age of eighteen with his first feature, My Pure Joy, James Cullen Bressack has been called "horror's new hope" (Studio City Patch) and "a talent to watch out for" (H.S.T.), also receiving rave reviews on most every major horror website. Released by Media Blasters on their Fresh Meat Shriek Show label in 2012, the film quickly rose to the top of the best sellers list on Amazon.com in the horror category. His second feature, Hate Crime, was a festival favorite and garnered numerous awards and became one of only three films in the past decade to be banned in the U.K. by the BBFC. Bressack then made history with his next feature, To Jennifer, which was the first feature film shot entirely on an iPhone 5. The prolific filmmaker then followed up with seven features, including Pernicious, 13-13-13, If Looks Could Kill— Which Aires on Lifetime and LMN, and Blood Lake—which aired on Animal Planet and was a top ratings getter. After writing and directing BETHANY, a horror film that garnered rave reviews and a small limited theatrical run, James spent time focusing on producing. After producing many films, two of which were released by LionsGate and one by Cinedigm, James joined the PGA and is a proud member. One of his recent producing efforts was ranked #14 in the weekly top charts of dvd and Blue ray sales of all films in the country. James began his venture into VR. A winner of multiple Best Picture and Best Director awards on the film festival circuit, James has become one of the few indie filmmakers to be "verified" on twitter, where he has amassed a loyal following of 140,000+ fans. Aside from his new ventures in VR, James, recently directed an animated feature film entitled CARGO and has a few more movies scheduled for release in 2018.
  Zack Van Eyck; writer, director and producer
Zack produced features include the romantic comedy "Jupiter Landing" (2005) and the award-winning auto racing film "Daytona Dream" (2010). His sci-fi, time-travel feature "The Shenandoah Experiment" is scheduled for production in September, 2018. Four of Zack's original comedy series can be seen on Amazon Prime, including the Southern-influenced satire "Sweet Caroline" and the sports-broadcast spoof "Coitus of the Week."
In his career 20-year Hollywood career, Zack has written 41 feature-length screenplays, two dozen TV pilots and episodes, and more than 60 short scripts and Webisodes, working primarily for independent producers as a writer-for-hire. Originally from Virginia, he graduated from high school in Alaska and attended Vanderbilt University on a writing scholarship. He is also an astrologer, a paranormal researcher, a former investigative news journalist and a founding member of the punk rock tribute band Ramones Alive.