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Friday, October 26 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Indie Film Track: The Actor/Director Relationship

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In the world of independent film, everyone on a production does, well, everything: directors write, actors produce, and someone’s mom does props. But on a shoot, amidst the chaos of doing a million other jobs, building a good actor-director relationship is crucial to making the film a success. As a director, how can you be an effective creative leader, even as you’re setting locations and dealing with last-minute script changes? And as an actor, how can you put in the focus necessary for your craft even while you feel pressure to pick up other duties on a production? Seasoned independent filmmakers will give you tips on how to make the most of this delicate dynamic

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Erin Hallagan

Founder/Artistic Director, Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director
Erin Hallagan is the Founder and Artistic Director of Story Bar, a multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven events and workshops. Through Story Bar, she has launched four signature programs: Story... Read More →

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Albert Chi

director The Amaranth
Albert Co-Produced The Master, Gemini and Inherent Vice before directing his first feature film, The Amaranth. He lives in El Segundo with his wife and two children.
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Brian Hanson

co-writer/director, The Black String
Brian Hanson is a writer/director who co-wrote and directed indie thriller, THE BLACK STRING, starring Frankie Muniz. Brian was a member of the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment where he jumped out of airplanes and deployed to Afghanistan several times. After serving, Brian earned an... Read More →
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George Hardy

actor Texas Cotton, Troll 2
Originally a dentist by trade, Hardy was practicing in Salt Lake City when he auditioned for Troll 2 at the urging of some of his patients. He ended up winning the role of farmer Michael Waits, head of the family that falls victim to the titular villains. After the film's dismal... Read More →
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Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz is an actor, musician, writer, producer, race car driver and band manager. He is best known for playing the title character in the FOX television sitcom, “Malcolm in the Middle,” which earned him an Emmy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations and The... Read More →
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Tyler Russell

writer/director Texas Cotton
Austin based writer/director of "Texas Cotton". Tyler has directed several feature films, award winning short films, television shows, & 50+ music videos and commercials. The short film for "Texas Cotton" played in the 2017 Austin Film Festival, now a full feature film in the 2018... Read More →
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Melora Walters

actor The Amaranth
Walters has starred in several of Paul Thomas Anderson's films, including Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Master. In 2017, it was announced that Walters would write for her directorial debut film Waterlily Jaguar, about a struggling novelist attempting to write a more serious book... Read More →


Friday October 26, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom