Filmgate is a 3-day festival celebrating all things transmedia. It’s the first of its kind in Miami and many actors are wondering what the best events to go to are. Ideally, you’d like to go to all of them but some just don’t have the time. So here is a quick list of the best of Filmgate that is sure to enrich your acting experience and help you land that next audition or even make a film of your own.
- Sound City – 8 p.m. Every actor wants to see a Sundance Film Festival film. It lets them know that they are in the loop and makes them feel like a Hollywood celebrity. That’s why it’s essential to see Sound City. Sundance just ended on Sunday, January 27 and less than one week after the festival closes you’ll get to see an official Sundance selection. It’s almost like you were there except you didn’t spot Robert Redford in the crowd. Plus, it’s Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl's directorial debut. It would just be wrong on so many levels to miss it.
- Master Class with Philip Bloom – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $250.This is for the actor who is also the burgeoning director. Learn how to make inexpensive films using the DSLR camera from George Lucas’ Red Tails 5D cinematographer, Philip Bloom. The class includes lunch and a field trip to the beach. It’s well worth it for an actor is who is trying to learn how to create his own work rather than wait on someone to give him work. You must have some experience with the DSLR camera in order to take this intermediate class. You can buy tickets here.
- UR KNTRLR – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Free This is for the actor who wants to learn more about transmedia and the actor who is a sci-fi nerd. UR KNTRLR is a series of project presentations showing how transmedia can be used in film and other artistic pursuits. They even introduce a Star Trek Into Darkness app. How cool is that? Also, Kevin Sharpley will host a seminar called WTF Is Transmedia, explaining what it means to create film content across a multi-platform. It’s important for all actors to learn about transmedia. You’re not just one talent. Some of you are multi-talented and now there is a way to showcase all of that in your next film.
- I’m Not Gonna Move To LA – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; $8. This is a must for every actor. Many local actors think that things will change for them if they just move to LA where there are more projects. I'm Not Gonna Move to LA is a year round event, which is making its Filmgate debut, that introduces you to the local filmmakers in Miami by screening their films and having the audience vote for top dog. It’s not only a great opportunity to network, it’s a great opportunity to learn what can be done in this city that you call home. UR KNTRLR presenter, Kevin Sharpley will be presenting one of his films there as well.
- Directing for Actors and Directors– 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; $10. This class is basically the peace vehicle that ends the war between actors and directors. Let’s face it. Most directors have never acted so therefore they don’t know to give direction. Most actors have never directed so they don’t know how to give the director the look that he needs. That’s where this class comes in. It will teach both sides to live in harmony and more importantly get the shot. It just might save you some trouble with the next director you work with.
- The Master Series: Alejandro Jodorowsky – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $8-$10. I know it’s Super Bowl Sunday and you want to get home to either watch the game or the commercials but if you want to improve your craft and speak to a living legend, then you should head down to the Miami Beach Cinematheque for famed indie director’s Alejandro Jodorowsky’s presentation of his cult film classic, El Topo. He will be introducing it via Skype with his son Brontis. Afterwards there will be a Twitter Q & A where you can ask your heart’s delight. Super Bowls come and go but this is a once in lifetime opportunity.
For more information, visit the Filmgate website.
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