'Kite Runner' tops Filmmaker Forum


Film Independent's third annual Filmmaker Forum will kick off Oct. 19 with a screening of Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner" at the Director's Guild of America in West Hollywood. The presentation of the Afghanistan-set drama will be followed by a Q&A with the film's producers Bill Horberg, Bennett Walsh, Rebecca Yeldham, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, followed by a reception in the DGA atrium.

The forum, which runs through Oct. 21,will include panel discussions at the DGA on such topics as: The Filmmaker: Mapping and Sustaining a Career in Film; Money: Where It Is and How to Get It; The Nuts and Bolts of Production; The Deals: Demystifying Contracts; Getting Your Foot in the Door and Your Film Off the Ground; The Marketplace: Distribution Today; Your Sales Team: Filmmakers Off-the-Record; The Sales: Deconstructing a Contract; The Professionals' Advice: Positioning Your Film For Success.

Panelists scheduled to participate include Josh Braun, Peter Broderick, Eugene Hernandez, Richard Klubeck, Linda Lichter, Mark Pogachevsy, Rena Ronson, John Sloss, Stephanie Allain, Gina Kwon and Rosanne Korenberg.

The Forum will conclude with the announcement of Film Independent's Sloan Producers Grant Award and a cocktail reception at the DGA.

"Our Filmmaker Forum is not your conventional 'How to Make it in the Business' seminar," said Dawn Hudson, executive director of Film Independent. "It's an honest, off-the-record discussion about a filmmaker's options. Our highly respected panel won't sugarcoat the potential pitfalls of filmmaking, and will empower the participants to make the best choices possible."

The 2007 Forum is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company, SAGIndie, Sony Pictures Classics, Axium International, and the DGA.