Film Independent sets directors series

Mary Sweeney will moderate the event

Mary Sweeney, a longtime collaborator of David Lynch, will serve as the moderator for Film Independent's ninth annual Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking, formerly known as the Director Series, which will be held Feb. 4-March 11 at The Landmark Theatre in West Los Angeles.

"The Directors Close-Up series is a rare opportunity for both filmmakers and film lovers to learn about filmmaking first-hand from some of our most prominent independent directors and their collaborators," Dawn Hudson, executive director of Film Independent.

Series panelists will include Elliot Davis (cinematographer, "Twilight"), Rodrigo Garcia ("In Treatment"), Lance Hammer ("Ballast"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness"), Nancy Richardson (editor, "Twilight") and Howard Rodman (screenwriter, "Savage Grace").

This year's panels will cover the following topics:

Feb. 4: Music and Sound Design; Feb. 11: The Director's Vision and the Creative Team; Feb. 18: The Independent Spirit: A Director's Roundtable; Feb. 25: Writing and Directing; March 4: Casting and Directoring Acotrs; March 11: New Vistions, New Media.

The panels will all take place in Theater 8 at the Landmark Theater in West L.A. on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Each panel will be followed by a reception.
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