Director Jill Soloway, Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League to Speak at Film Independent Forum

Nightcrawler Still - H 2014
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Nightcrawler Still - H 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' to screen as the forum's opening night film

Writer/director Jill Soloway will deliver the annual Filmmaker Keynote address at the 10th Film Independent Forum on Oct. 25, and Tim League, founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, will deliver the Executive Keynote address the following day.

Open Road Films’ Nightcrawler, written and directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton, will screen as the opening night film on Oct. 24 to kick off the forum, held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The screening will be followed by a Q+A session with Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox.

Soloway was nominated for a 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award for her debut feature, Afternoon Delight. Her credits also include the TV series Transparent, United States of Tara and Six Feet Under.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Film Independent Forum. “The Forum has a proven track record of presenting thought-provoking keynotes and panels that have generated many industry-wide conversations over the years. We will continue that tradition with both our executive and filmmaker keynote speakers. Jill Soloway is breaking new ground for filmmakers to explore storytelling through different platforms, and Tim League is leading the charge in creating new spaces for the exhibition and distribution of daring independent film,” Film Independent senior director of education Maria Raquel Bozzi said.

New to this year’s Forum, Film Independent and CreatorUp are co-producing a hackathon for filmmakers and developers to collaborate in creating a new technology prototype for filmmakers to connect with their fans for film projects that create social impact. Filmmakers may submit their ideas before Oct. 7. Eight filmmakers will be selected and paired with developers and all projects will be presented at the Film Independent Forum at the DGA on Oct. 26.

At the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reception during the Forum, the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into Film Independent’s Producing Lab, will be awarded to a Film Independent Fellow developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme.

Panelists for the 2014 Film Independent Forum include:

Stephanie Allain, director, Los Angeles Film Festival; producer, Dear White People

Ana Lily Amirpour, writer/director/producer, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Peter Broderick, president, Paradigm Consulting 

Jennifer Fox, producer, Nightcrawler

Aron Gaudet, writer, producer, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky

Dan Gilroy, writer/director, Nightcrawler

Ted Hope, CEO, Fandor

Tim League, founder and CEO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest

Elvis Mitchell, film curator, Film Independent

Brian O'Shea, CEO, The Exchange

Gita Pullapilly, writer, producer, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky

Jill Soloway, writer/director, Transparent, Afternoon Delight, United States of Tara, Six Feet Under

Michele Turnure-Salleo, director, San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360

Gary Michael Walters,CEO, Bold Films

Josh Welsh, president, Film Independent