Event Info – The 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

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EVENT INFORMATION

Presented with IFP/Chicago.

Sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.

Panels will be held in the CUFF lounge located at: Days Inn Lincoln Park North

644 N. Diversey, Chicago

All panel discussions are free of charge.

With Gore’s solid reputation as a hilariously honest and down-to-earth expert on indie film, this series promises to entertain as well as inform. Attending filmmakers will join in candid discussions that should result in what Chris likes to describe as “Indie Film Smackdown!” You won’t want to miss this no-holds barred look at moviemaking.

Friday Getting Real: The Truth About Documentary Filmmaking
Saturday How To Shoot Nude Scenes
Sunday Extreme Filmmaking: Using No-Budget To Your Advantage
Monday In Town! Chicago Film Resources – Avid Demonstration

Free Avid Express DV Demonstration

Work on Avids all day and then go home and cut your own films on something else?  Don’t miss the Avid Express DV demonstration on Monday.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD 5:30 PM

GETTING REAL: THE TRUTH ABOUT DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

What kind of commitment does it take to make a documentary? What are the rewards and how is it possible to make a living as a doc filmmaker? How have digital filmmaking tools changed the way documentaries are made? This panel will explore the harsh realities of reality-based moviemaking direct from the top documentarians in independent film.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH 3:00 PM

HOW TO SHOOT NUDE SCENES

The primary responsibility of a film director is to forge a relationship with actors based on trust. This is necessary in order to create a space in which actors feel comfortable baring their souls on screen. We’ll explore how directors work with actors and get their insight on the methods used to persuade performers to become emotionally “naked” on camera. Plus a live demonstration will take place to illustrate actual nude filmmaking techniques.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH 3:00 PM

EXTREME FILMMAKING: USING NO-BUDGET TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Learn how to use the limitations of low budget and no budget filmmaking to achieve a certain aesthetic. Get direct answers from our panel on exactly how to take advantage of your “lack of money” in order to create a stellar-looking movie. Through production war stories, we’ll discover the tried and true methods used by today’s top indie filmmakers.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH 5:30 PM

IN TOWN! CHICAGO FILM RESOURCES

Chicago is home to a number of non-profit film and video organizations that have resources to help the independent filmmaker. Join us as we introduce you to a variety of groups, whose services include production grants and discounted equipment rentals. Moderated by Bob Hudgins from the Illinois Film Office. Organizations scheduled to appear include: Chicago Filmmakers, IFP/Chicago, Community Film Workshop, AICP, Women in the Director’s Chair.

AVID EXPRESS DV DEMONSTRATION 6:30 PM

Check out what Avid products have to offer the lower-budget filmmaker by taking a tour of Avid Express DV, v 3.5. In this demo, Dave Fish from Avid highlights the newest features of Avid¹s newly released Express DV v. 3.5, which includes over 100 customizable real-time effects such as color correction and multiple simultaneous real-time streams. See how you can preview a title, apply a dissolve, perform color correction, and animate a picture-in-picture effect simultaneously – all without rendering. And, the current release of Express DV carries versions for either Macs or PCs in the same box. As a sponsor of the fest, Avid has generously donated a copy of this product as part of the “Made in Chicago” award package.

The Chicago Underground Film Festival thanks Avid for helping us help Chicago filmmakers. Come out and let them know that you do too!