Neil LaBute, John August set for Close-Up

Jason Reitman also a panelist for Film Independent series

Writer-directors Neil LaBute and John August and New York Times correspondent Michael Cieply will serve as moderators at Film Independent's tenth annual Directors Close-Up, taking place Feb. 3-March 3 at the Landmark Theater in West Los Angeles.

Panelists taking part in the series include directors Cherien Dabis, Ruben Fleischer, James Gray, Michael Hoffman, Jason Reitman and Marc Webb, editor Dana Glauberman and cinematographer Eric Steelberg.

"The Directors Close-Up is a singular opportunity for both independent filmmakers and the film-loving public to learn about every step of the creative process, ask questions, and interact with the panelists in an intimate setting," Find director of film education Maria Bozzi said.

This year's panels will cover the following topics:

Feb. 3 -- The Creative Collaboration -- Moderator August and panelists Reitman ("Up in the Air"), editor Glauberman, cinematographer Steelberg and other members of the creative team will spend an evening exploring the collaborative process that takes a film from script to screen, including: research, production design, lighting, camera placement, and more.

Feb. 10 -- Sound Design -- Moderator August will converse with directors and sound designers about creating a powerful film soundtrack, from sound effects and location sound to the final mix. Panelists to be announced.

Feb. 17 -- Working with Actors -- Moderator LaBute will lead a discussion with directors, casting directors, and actors about the casting process, collaboration on the set, and how directors elicit great performances for the screen. Panelists to be announced.

Feb. 24th -- Writing and Directing Comedy -- Moderator LaBute and Fleischer ("Zombieland") will engage in an insightful and entertaining session about what it takes to keep the audience laughing.

March 3 -- Spirit Awards Roundtable -- Moderator Cieply and 25th Film Independent Spirit Award nominees Dabis ("Amreeka"), James Gray ("Two Lovers"), Hoffman ("The Last Station") and Webb ("[500] Days of Summer") will discuss their craft, challenges, and how they stay true to their visions and the art.

All panels will take place in Theater 8 at the Landmark West Los Angeles, followed by a reception. Series passes are currently available for a discounted rate of $99 for Film Independent members and $130 for the general public. After Jan. 20, series passes will be $150 for Film Independent members and $180 for the general public.