Directors Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert To Keynote Film Independent Forum
Daniels (image by Adele Supreme Williams)
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Set to keynote the upcoming Film Independent Forum, which this year returns in a hybrid format beginning on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theatre, are the writer/director duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka Daniels (Everything Everywhere All at Once, Swiss Army Man) and a screening of A24’s The Inspection followed by a Q&A with director Elegance Bratton, Gamechanger’s CEO/producer Effie T. Brown and producer Chester Algernal Gordon. The conference will continue with virtual sessions and panels for global audiences October 25-27. 

“We are thrilled to spotlight The Inspection at the Forum. Elegance Bratton’s vision conjures all that Film Independent celebrates: deeply personal, bold and provocative filmmaking,” said Maria Raquel Bozzi, sr. director of education and international initiatives, “This is a full circle moment for us, as the film was supported through our Artist Development programs, and Elegance and the producing team of veteran producer Effie T. Brown and rising talent Chester Algernal Gordon are all Film Independent Fellows, as alums of our Artist Development programs.”

Rachel Bleemer, director of events and programming for Film Independent, said of Daniels, “Much like their ingenious approach to filmmaking, audiences will be in for a keynote experience like no other.”  (The Daniels are repped in the commercialmaking/branded content arena by PRETTYBIRD.)

Designed to inspire and empower filmmakers with tools and connections they need to get their projects made and seen, the Forum offers a program comprised of screenings, panels, workshops, one-on-one meetings, a welcome reception and networking opportunities. Conversations and panels at this year’s Forum will delve into the best practices for financing, production and distribution of films and digital content across different platforms, exploring the diverse channels storytellers have today to create and connect with audiences. The mixed format will allow attendees in the L.A. area to reconnect and celebrate in person, while providing easy remote access to serve a global community of filmmakers and film enthusiasts. The Film Independent Forum is sponsored by the Directors Guild of America, SAGindie and Mississippi Film Office. 

The kickoff event at the DGA will also feature a welcome happy hour reception, Social Impact Campaign Master Class with Brian Walker of Picture Motion, and Industry Connect meetings throughout the day. Additional speakers for the virtual sessions include Pachinko creator Soo Hugh, Shari Page (Half Initiative), Sarah Calderón (The Film Agency), Diego Najera (Participant), Paula Manzanedo (Film Finances), and filmmakers Miranda Bailey (God’s Country), Elizabeth Lo and Shane Boris (Stray), KD Davila, Carey Williams and John Fischer (Emergency), Linda Yvette Chavez (Gentefied), Billy Luther (Frybread Face and Me), Angel Kristi Williams (Really Love), Aitch Alberto and Valerie Stadler (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe)—many of whom have participated in Film Independent Artist Development programs—with additional panelists to be announced. 

The virtual sessions available via the Forum’s platform will include feature film, documentary and episodic case studies, a financing and pitching clinic, producers roundtable, sessions devoted to exploring the global marketplace for independent film, social impact, inclusion and sustainability issues, as well as building a career path in the current landscape, with a panel of esteemed Film Independent Fellows, as Film Independent prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Artist Development programs next year. 


Aitch Alberto, Director, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 
Miranda Bailey, Producer, God’s Country 
Shane Boris, Producer, Stray 
Elegance Bratton, Writer/Director, The Inspection 
Effie T. Brown, Producer, The Inspection 
Miguel Angel Caballero, Writer/Director, Angel in Retrograde 
Sarah Calderón, Founder/CEO, The Film Agency 
Linda Yvette Chavez, Creator, Gentefied 
KD Davila, Writer, Emergency 
Stephanie Dawson, Producer 
John Fisher, Producer, Emergency 
Chester Algernal Gordon, Producer, The Inspection 
Soo Hugh, Creator, Pachinko 
Ornella Jaramillo, Producer, Angel in Retrograde 
Daniel Kwan, Writer/Director, Everything Everywhere All at Once 
Elizabeth Lo, Director, Stray 
Billy Luther, Writer/Director, Frybread Face and Me
Paula Manzanedo, Film Finances
Joseph Marconi, Writer/Director, Wild Animal 
Jhane Myers, Producer, Prey 
Diego Najera, Director of Narrative Films, Participant 
Shari Page, Program Director, Half Initiative 
Myriam Sassine, Producer Costa Brava 
Lizzie Shapiro, Producer, Shiva Baby 
Daniel Scheinert, Writer/Director, Everything Everywhere All at Once 
Valerie Stadler, Producer, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 
Lysette Urus, Producer, Wild Animal 
Brian Walker, CEO, Picture Motion 
Angel Kristi Williams, Director, Really Love 
Carey Williams, Director, Emergency 


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