March 21, 2015 – Making and Distributing the Independent Film

Archive Event: March 21, 2015 

“Making and Distributing the Independent Film” featuring the creators of “The Living.”

“The Living” is an intense thriller that builds to a tremendous finish.  The story of the making of the film is one that anyone who is an aspiring filmmaker or making a film now should hear.  From the creative and technical of making the film to getting it financed and distributed, the Shooting Films team is coming to share a lot of great information.   From shooting to editing to sound to color to ultimately getting the film into festivals and distribution.

Shot entirely on location with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, “The Living” shows how redemption, revenge, forgiveness, inhumanity interweave in an ill-fated tale of life and unforeseen circumstances.   Joining the panel will be Producer, Writer, Director Jack Bryan.  Producer Laura DuBois.  Producer John Snyder.  The panel will be moderated by Atlanta Cutters Co-Founder Walter Biscardi, Jr.

“The Living” Cast includes Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue, Kenny Wormald, Chris Mulkey and Joelle Carter.  The film is an official selection of the Austin Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival and had a special screening at the Tribeca Film Institute.  The film is distributed by Monterey Media.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to not only ask these creators about the technical and creative side of making an independent film, but also the financing and distribution side.  Yes it’s great to have all these creative ideas, but how do you get them funded and ultimately distributed so others can see your work?

We’re excited to kick off the new Panel driven format Atlanta Cutters with this incredible group of creatives.  As with all of our panels, while we will have a moderator, the entire presentation is open to Q&A, so come on out and be a part of the discussion.  We thank Blackmagic Design for bringing “The Living” panel to Atlanta.   You can read more about this talented group down below the Raffle listing.

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Jack Bryan

Producer/Director/Writer of The Living

Born in New York City, Jack spent the majority of his childhood moving around the United States and Europe.  Jack began writing screenplays while in high school, where he founded and taught a film history class.  During his undergraduate years at Eugene Lang College within The New School University he worked as a Production Assistant and wrote a screenplay called Sidewinder that was optioned shortly after completion.  By 2006, in addition to making several short films and music videos, Jack started work on directing the documentary Life After Dark: The Story of Siberia Bar, which was released in 2009 at The Anthology Film Archive and screened at SoHo House.  Paper Magazine featured Jack in the annual Unhollywood issue as one of the film industries top young Chroniclers of Truth.

After graduating from The New School University, Jack spent time working for the Sundance Channel and on the side worked as a Camera Operator and Editor for Secondhand Serenade: A Firsthand Look, a documentary about the platinum selling pop band.   In addition to his hands on film experience, Jack also worked as a journalist.  He became a regular columnist at Quest Magazine, where he was also hired as Editor at Large.  In 2009, he contributed multiple articles to The New York Observer, and took a full time position with Vicart Entertainment, an independent production studio, as head Staff Writer and Director.  Here he wrote, and oversaw the writing of over a dozen scripts and directed a feature film with nine days of production and a $15,000 budget.  In April of 2012, Jack started Shooting Films with John Snyder and Laura DuBois and produced the short And After All and wrote, directed, and produced the feature The Living.  He is preparing his next film as a writer, director, and producer, Private Kingdom. 

Laura DuBois

Producer of The Living

Laura is the Co-Founder and Partner of Shooting Films, a New York based independent production company, which has made two award-winning films: The Living and And After All.  Since the beginning of the company in early 2012, Laura has also actively been freelancing on films, commercials and music videos either as a producer, line producer, production manager or assistant director. Before starting Shooting Films, Laura was the Director of Business Development and Production for Vicart Entertainment, a privately held independent film and commercial production company based in Tribeca, from 2010 – 2011 where she wrote and designed materials for films, sourced and pitched new business, maintained client relationships, and contributed to the creative production of projects.

Laura dove into the film industry after graduating from the Film Track program at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York where she studied filmmaking and acting from 2009 – 2010. Outside of school she worked with Project Welles on the development and marketing for Orson Welles’ unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind, which is now aiming for release in 2015. From 2007 – 2009 Laura worked at Goldman Sachs in the merchant banking division. Beforehand, she was as an Account Executive at a publishing company from 2006 – 2007. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree with concentrations in psychology and sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2006. While at school she produced and co-hosted a live show on the campus station, worked on her independent study, and was a teaching assistant.


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John Snyder

Producer of The Living

John is from Boston, Massachusetts and obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree with concentrations in Political Science and Pre-Law from Capital University.  John previously worked for Senatorial and Congressional campaigns in Connecticut where he managed field strategy and operations primarily in Eastern and Southwestern districts over the last two election cycles.  In addition, John has been an asset to non-profit planning and development for organizations such as The Fessenden School, The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, and Choate Rosemary Hall.  John continues to use his skills of negation, diplomacy, and tenacity to make things happen for Shooting Films.  As a natural connector he excels at communicating and building networks.  As a producer, he understands how to build and run an organization.  He utilizes the variety of revenue streams involved in movie production while maximizing returns on investment.  John is a Co-Executive Producer for the documentary feature film In God We Trust, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and showed at Hot Docs, both in April 2013.

Director’s Statement

“I wanted to make a film tha­t tackled real characters and relationships. As those relationships developed I would slowly introduce elements of suspense and terror, building to a climax that was exciting and shocking. I sought out to make a thriller that was beautiful, exciting, and incredibly affecting.”

Writer, Director, Producer.   Jack Bryan