IIFF Los Angeles Townhall Meeting: Chapter Premiere (July 2007)

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IIFF/LA Townhall Meeting at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica –
Where Film & Finance Meet To Succeed Together

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IIFF is coming to Los Angeles!

After successfully launching chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and New England, the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) expands its presence to Southern California and, in particular, the Greater Los Angeles Area with a special, inaugural event in Santa Monica.

This "grassroots" community meeting is designed to introduce IIFF to L.A.'s community of filmmakers, entrepreneurs and financiers as well as the public at large. Our goal for this and future gatherings is not only to provide unbiased insight & education about the business of film but also to foster & inform productive relationships between attending professionals. The event features a powerful roster of highly topical speakers from the worlds of film and finance. We are delighted to welcome real-world financiers among our guests for the evening.

IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope & appeal of film financing, and to do so for the benefit of the public at large. True to our proven motto of "democratizing film financing," IIFF's regular, monthly Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations and speeches, inspiring discussion and focused networking. Past meetings (e.g.: June '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | May '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & May '07 Bay Area Townhall in Mountain View, CA | April '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & April '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Francisco, CA | March '07 New England Townhall in Stowe, VT, March '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Rafael, CA & March '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | February '07 Townhall West in San Francisco, CA & February '07 Townhall East in New York City | January '07 Townhall in Santa Cruz, CA | December '06 Townhall East in New York City & December '06 Townhall West in San Francisco, CA | October '06 Townhall in New York City | September '06 Townhall in Oakland, CA | July '06 Townhall in Palo Alto, CA | June '06 Townhall in San José, CA | May '06 Townhall in San Francisco, CA | April '06 Townhall at Stanford business school) have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities, and managed to draw large and enthusiastic crowds.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, technologists, attorneys, bankers, investment managers, venture capitalists and other non-film professionals are cordially invited to learn more about independent film. Are you considering taking an active role in film or would you like to expand your current involvement? Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the like-minded... Established and aspiring filmmakers are, naturally, more than welcome to join us as well!

The evening's five presentations plus panel discussion will address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers, and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of film. They will be followed by Q8A time. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to interact & network with our distinguished presenters and panelists and amongst themselves.

An informal après-meeting celebration will take place at an area restaurant.

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Featured Moderator:

The event will be moderated by Thomas Trenker (bio | profile) who founded the Institute for Int'l Film Financing (IIFF) and runs FilmAngels, the world's first professional angel investor organization for independent film. Besides that and organizing a variety of events and initiatives at the junction of filmmaking, entrepreneurship and venture capital, Mr. Trenker is always on the lookout for worthwhile and intriguing new indie film projects that are seeking investor financing. Don't hesitate to connect with Mr. Trenker via LinkedIn or in person at this or another upcoming IIFF meeting.

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Meeting Venue:

Writers Boot Camp (WBC)
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building I
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(800) 800-1733

Map: Get a map of WBC at Bergamot Station from Ask, Google, MapQuest, MSN, Windows Live or Yahoo. Alternatively, see the map on WBC's website.

Driving directions: Our meeting venue is conveniently located in Santa Monica. It can be easily reached from nearby Santa Monica Freeway (I-10). Please find detailed directions to WBC at Bergamot Station on our host's website. Personalized driving directions can be obtained from the above-listed online mapping services; simply follow the link of your choice and enter your start address where required.

Our Host:

This inaugural Townhall Meeting is graciously hosted by Writers Boot Camp (WBC), a leading screenwriting workshop and career development program headquartered in Los Angeles.

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6:30-7:00 pm ... Registration and introductions
7:00-8:15 pm ... Three featured presentations with Q8A (3x 25 min)
8:15-8:30 pm ... Networking break I (15 min)
8:30-9:30 pm ... Two featured presentations with Q8A (2x 30 min)
9:30-9:45 pm ... Networking break II (15 min)
9:45-10:30 pm ... Moderated panel discussion with Q8A (45 min)
10:30+ pm ... Community time at area restaurant

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Program Details:

Our confirmed speakers so far include...

– Luis Sanchez, Wall Street investment professional & "quant" turned film financier; Founder & Principal at SAGA Capital, LLC, specializing in non-traditional funding solutions for hedge funds, private equity firms & corporations; fmr. Vice President of Global Markets at leading investment bank Deutsche Bank in New York & London (Liability Strategies Group, European Structured Products Group, Asset Backed Securities Group); fmr. Vice President in Operational Risk Division at risk management firm NetRisk (now part of Fitch Ratings) in Greenwich, CT; fmr. Senior Associate in Risk Finance Division at leading insurer American International Group (AIG) in New York; fmr. Director of Quantitative Analysis & portfolio manager/trader at hedge fund Parallax Partners, LP in New York; author of technical articles in magazines & journals such as the Journal of Risk Finance, RISK Publications, etc.

– Linda Lichter, Esq., top Hollywood attorney with almost 30 years experience representing independent films & filmmakers; Founder & Partner at renowned entertainment law firm Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler, Inc.; clients include many famous actors (e.g., Ralph Fiennes, David Spade, Mira Sorvino, Jean Reno, Kiefer Sutherland), leading directors (e.g., Steven Soderbergh, the Farrelly Brothers, the Wachowski Brothers, Luc Besson, Marc Forster, Mike Judge, Deepa Mehta, Susanne Biers, Jonathan Demme, Niki Caro), accomplished writers (e.g., Marc Norman, David Franzoni, Chuck Leavitt, Robert King, Dan Clowes, Patrick Sheane Duncan, Andrew Marlowe, Linda Woolverton, Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio), as well as prolific producers & financiers (e.g., Gaumont, Jon Peters, Ron Yerxa & Albert Berger); worked on legal and business aspects of numerous high-profile studio and independent features including "River's Edge," "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Robocop," "Swimming to Cambodia," "Blood Simple," "The Waterdance," "Near Dark," "Zebrahead," "Bottle Rocket," "Hurlyburly," "Election," "Chuck & Buck," "Stranger Than Fiction," "Babel," "Little Children" & "Little Miss Sunshine"; named one of The Hollywood Reporter's "100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment"

– Greg Berkin, Silicon Valley-based technology executive turned producer, investor & entrepreneur in media & entertainment; Founder, President & CEO of indie film production & distribution company Think Digital; Producer & Director of feature documentary "Skin City" about Las Vegas; Co-writer, Producer & Director of independent feature "Act of Magic"; fmr. DVD Evangelist at microprocessor giant Intel Corp.: worked for 6+ years with Hollywood studios & computer industry to make DVD most successful consumer electronics product, was named one of "Top 20 Most Influential DVD Executives Worldwide"; fmr. Founder & Principal at film & video production studio Think Productions, specializing in industrials, music videos, commercials & TV pilots including PBS's popular "Antiques Roadshow"; fmr. Director of Products at Silicon Graphics (SGI) subsidiary Paragraph International; fmr. Marketing Manager for Communication Intelligence Corporation (CIC); fmr. Founder & Principal at Think Educational Software, first Apple developer & publisher of award-winning Macintosh educational software; private investor in Broadway plays & musicals including "Art," "Rent," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," "The Laramie Project," "The Last Five Years" & many more; judge for Technical & Engineering Emmy Awards

– John Raatz, public relations & marketing guru behind success of such indie surprise hits as "What the Bleep Do We Know!?"; Founder & CEO at Los Angeles-based PR company The Visioneering Group (TVG); clients include many leading authors, books, films & musical projects in the transformational Cultural Creatives movement (e.g., "Baraka," "Mindwalk," "A Brief History of Time," Eckhart Tolle, Fritjof Capra, Peter Russell, Chellis Glendinning, Dead Can Dance, Donovan, Deepak Chopra, Madonna); fmr. personal manager/agent in entertainment industry, representing high-profile celebrity actors & musicians; previously, successful stockbroker, major executive at PR agency, professional blues/rock guitarist, publisher of leading-edge newsletter & administrator of one of Southern California's most forward-looking holistic health clinics; served on Grammy screening committee, Blue Ribbon panel of International Association of Business Communicators' Gold Quill Awards, jury of Inspiration Film Festival in Los Angeles, etc.

– Thomas Trenker, Wall Street banker & Silicon Valley executive turned independent film financier; Founder & Chairman at social-entrepreneurship organization Institute for Int'l Film Financing (IIFF); Managing Director at angel investor group FilmAngels Capital; fmr. CFO at online film distributor/exhibitor Eveo; fmr. investment banker at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell & DB Alex Brown in New York City & San Francisco


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Online registration is available at http://events.filmfinancing.org/gla/?id=071607 (top of this page)

Early bird registration NLT Saturday, June 16:
IIFF Member ... $25 if registered online no later than 6/16
Non-member ... $40

Regular registration NLT Friday, July 13:
IIFF Member ... $35 if registered online no later than 7/13
Non-member ... $50

Last minute registration NLT Sunday, July 15:
IIFF Member ... $45 if registered online no later than 7/15
Non-member ... $60

On-site registration (at the door):
IIFF Member ... $55
Non-member ... $70

To learn more about membership with IIFF, email our Membership Bureau, or approach an IIFF team member at or after the event.

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Please direct all your questions and inquiries regarding this event to IIFF's online forum at http://forum.filmfinancing.org.

Having trouble with Eventbrite (this site) or PayPal? Please get help in IIFF's online forum. (You can also notify us by email well in advance of the event, and register on-site.)

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The Buzz:

The following is a sampling of what others are saying about IIFF meetings...

"Wow. Last night was great! I want to thank you again for the inspiring work you do. This is such a big need [...] and you're truly doing the work of angels (literally and figuratively)."

— Brant Smith, Producer, "Quality of Life"

"I really must say that I found all speakers very interesting, and I was hanging on their every word. IIFF, the mission and content, seems to be a good fit for me, because it is my dream to run a medium size production house. [...] Thank you, BIG THANK YOU [...], for inviting me to this very quality and important event."

— John Henry, Owner, John Henry Filmworks

"Let me again say I think you did a great job putting yesterday's event together -- great crowd, smart presentation, lots of enthusiasm."

— David Rosen, Convener/Executive Producer, Digital Independence

"Wow! For such a moderate investment, so much information. So much good networking. I hope you are proud of the magic you've created with IIFF."

— Kevin Morrison, Writer/Director/Producer of independent film & TV

"I just wanted to say thanks for another great and informative meeting. The speakers were impressive and I made some good contacts."

— Jesse Ford, Founder & Executive Director, Group Hug Productions

"IIFF and FilmAngels has really impressed me so far with its focus on the independent film community. I've traveled and interacted with film organizations around the world [...]."

— Jin Woo Joo, Founder, Cinemasports

"Thanks so much for hosting such an interesting program last week. I am always inspired by the creativity, and most recently, by the commitment to 'a better world'. It keeps my cynic's heart at bay! [...] again, my heartfelt thanks for your mission and execution. Well done!"

— Teri Cundall, Founder & President, Propville.com

"The event was great, very helpful."

— Marc Perez, Co-President & Founding Partner, Sirk Productions

"[...] I greatly enjoyed attending last night's event and found it very informative - certainly something that's been missing in New York so far."

— Michael Gunther, Director/Producer, Triboro Pictures

"Great presentation tonight. Lots of energetic discussions and questions."

— Campbell Dalglish, Prof. of Screenwriting, MFA in Film & Video at CUNY

"Thanks so much for tonight's event. It was really inspiring and incredibly informative."

— Elizabeth Foley, Founding Faculty Member, Producing Dep't at NYFA

"I enjoyed this evening's townhall presentation and found it very informative."

— William Doll, Writer/Director, World Stage Pictures

"Your Town Hall mtg was stimulating. You managed to attract the right target audience, and I loved your choice of speakers."

— Sandra Schulberg, Founder, Independent Feature Project (IFP)

"I attended the New York Town Hall Meeting and just wanted to thank you for setting up such an informative colloquium. It was my first IIFF event and I look forward to attending more in the future."

— Blythe Frank, Producer, "Kettle of Fish" (Michael Mailer Films)

"Thank you again for a wonderful event last night."

— Morgan Pehme, Co-founder & CEO, Merlion Entertainment

"I'm just writing [...] pertaining to the IIFF meeting last night, which I found both entertaining and informative and also promising of great things to come from IIFF in the near future!"

— Thomas Woodrow, Producer, Furnace Films

"I attended the IIFF town hall last week in New York and came away impressed. Thank you for putting together such an excellent panel of speakers. I found [Mr. Trenker's] presentation especially useful. As a former quant at Putnam Investments, I tend to dig into the numbers and [Mr. Trenker's] analysis was illuminating."

— Robert Milacci, Executive Producer, Sinestra Pictures

"I very much enjoyed the seminar last Saturday in Stowe, VT. It was a lot of driving in one day (3.25 hrs. each way...), but worth it. [...] Thanks again for a very enlightening day."

— Marjorie Short, Oscar-nominated Writer/Producer/Director, Short Productions

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IIFF Member Ended $35
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