From conception to Sundance - making Shopping

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Script to Screen's March Auckland Writer's Room is with Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland on their debut feature Shopping.

When: Tuesday March 26, 7 pm drinks for a 7.30 pm start

Where: The Classic, 321 Queen Street, Auckland,

$5 koha appreciated

"An extremely compelling first film with a fantastic lead actor. We loved watching him on screen and felt a deep empathy with him. Sharp editing, strong visual choices and a complex, painful and loving portrayal of family. We appreciated the specificity of the world you brought us into. Your dedication to your vision is palpable."

- International Jury, Generation 14Plus, Berlinale 2013.

We catch co-writer/directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland as they settle down from a whirlwind A-list festival run with their debut feature film Shopping. The film premiered at Sundance '13 and went on to compete in the Generation 14 Plus International Jury at Berlinale - winning the Grand Prix.

Come and hear Mark and Louis talk to chair Andrew Bancroft about holding a strong vision, keeping momentum in writing and what it means to compete on the world stage.

Stay afterwards for a drink and a slice of pizza on us.

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Shout out from PBS

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Do you have a TV series or film you would like to air nationally on PBS or American Public Television?

Here's your opportunity to make a quick pitch.

Denene Crabbs, project development executive at WETA television in the US is Ilooking for TV series and films for consideration by WETA, a major producer/presenter of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Public Television (APT) across the United States. WETA National Programming helps talented TV/web producers and filmmakers navigate the American public broadcasting landscape by providing co-production, editorial, station relations, marketing, syndication and distribution support.

Preparing Your Pitch: Content must be educational, informational and entertaining with intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Projects may be finished, partially funded/produced, or in development with a list of potential program underwriters/sponsors. Content categories most desired: "How To", Lifestyle, Cooking, Health, Home, History, Travel, Music, Arts, Drama or Comedy TV Series (four episodes or more) or films (drama, comedy or documentary) for adults age 35-65+. Series programs may be 30 or 60 minutes while films may range from 60 to 120 minutes. Successful international TV series/films, web series and radio programs adaptable to U.S. public television will also be considered.

Please email  (dcrabbs@weta.org) by April 1 no more than one page: (1) your project title/category/program length; (2) names of producer, director and key persons involved; (3) project description (one or two paragraphs); (4) estimated total budget (breakdown not required); (5) amount of funding raised to date, list of funders/potential funders, or indicate if it's a finished project; (6) link to project trailer, rough cut or demo reel (or mail DVD), if available; and (7) your contact information.

Submitters of projects selected for further consideration will be notified by May 1, 2013. The first twenty email pitches will receive the fastest response.

Contact:

Denene Crabbs, Project Development Executive

WETA Television - National Programming

3939 Campbell Avenue

Arlington, VA 22206 USA

Email: dcrabbs@weta.org

Office: 703-998-2433

Cell: 202-487-4949

Fax: 703-998-2074

www.weta.org