About Town: American Film Market

Producers Avi Lerner, Heidi Jo Markel, Caroline Baron and Steve Bickel at AFM's "Pitch Me!" event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
Producers Avi Lerner, Heidi Jo Markel, Caroline Baron and Steve Bickel at AFM's "Pitch Me!" event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Every fall, the American Film Market's eight-day event transforms Santa Monica into one of the world's busiest entertainment centers.

From the highly anticipated sale of America Video Films' The 33 of San Jose (a film capturing the story of Chile's rescued miners) to the tabloid-worthy, "we've-moved-on" hug between Twilight star Kellan Lutz and ex-girlfriend, 90210's AnnaLynne McCord, AFM has been abuzz.

With seminars (including the Nov. 6 "Pitch Me!" event, where producer Heidi Jo Markel warned screenwriters: "You can kill people. You can't kill animals") and lavish soirees like the exclusive Weinstein Co. AFM Gala at the Shangri-La Hotel, rarely is Dogtown this exciting.

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