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MARCH MADNESS 2016

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AMPIA’s 3rd Annual Professional Development Day will be held at the Shaw Theatre (11762 – 106 street) this Saturday March 19 from 9am – 6:30pm. March Madness is one-day workshop where participants from all over the province gather to meet with local representatives from Alberta’s unions, guilds, funding agencies and keynote speakers making a big impact in the industry.

This year AMPIA welcomes TELUS Optik Local as a presenting partner. The morning sessions include a panel of industry leaders from The National Film Board, Alberta Media Fund and Canadian Media Producers Association. Representatives from TELUS Optik’s STORYHIVE will be talking about new grants available to Alberta content creators. ACTRA Alberta will be presenting a session on working with union actors on a low budget, as well as co-sponsoring the closing reception.

Nicole Matiation from On Screen Manitoba will discuss how Alberta production companies can access funding for consultant fees and professional services to expand their business.

Derek Heisler, from Derek Heisler Photography, will be presenting a special session on “How To Inspire an Audience to See Your Film.”

Representatives from WIFTA, APPA, IATSE and DOC Alberta will be present to discuss their associations and the support they provide to the industry.

March Madness PROMO_HeaderToronto-based Producer and Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans will deliver the morning keynote, sharing high level strategies in her session “Designing Content for Your Digital Audience.”

The creative team from Mosaic Entertainment, including Writer/Actor Chris Craddock, will be sharing insight on Edmonton’s cross-platform comedy Tiny Plastic Men, recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series.

The afternoon keynote will be presented by award-winning Producer Adam Scorgie, best known for his documentary The Culture High, which was long-listed for the Academy Awards and was released in 70 countries around the world. Adam will be showing clips from his latest projects Ice Guardians, Chasing Evel: The Life of Robbie Knievel, and his latest project with legendary Latino actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Planet Terror).

Read the full schedule here: MARCH MADNESS Itinerary 2016

Tickets are $35 for the public, $20 for members of AMAAS, AMPIA or DOC Alberta and free for students, with valid picture id.
Click here to register for the workshop.

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Tiny Plastic Men at March Madness

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Hot off the heels of a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Comedy Series the creative team behind Mosaic Entertainment’s cross-platform comedy Tiny Plastic Men will be joining AMPIA’s March Madness Professional Development Day.

Producer Camille Beaudoin, Elise Graham and Writer/Actor Chris Craddock will discuss how the show’s storyworld expanded to web content and the hit game Kitten Assassin.

Registration for this workshop is still open. Students are FREE to attend. Click here to register.

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Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans at March Madness

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This year, AMPIA welcomes TELUS Optik Local as a presenting partner for the March Madness Professional Development Day. Linda Hay, Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager at TELUS Optik Local, has designed the morning program for this one-day workshop. Participants will get information from Canada’s top funding agencies and support organizations, including The National Film Board, Alberta Media Fund, Canadian Media Producers Association and STORYHIVE.

Producer and Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans will be flying out from Toronto to host our morning keynote. With over a decade of media experience, Victoria’s career originally stemmed from traditional media covering a diverse range of production disciplines to producing digital interactive content. Her career path has led Victoria to work with great producers and talented contributors on award winning productions.

Designing Content for Your Digital Audience with Victoria Evans
Saturday, March 19 | 11am-12pm 
Shaw Theatre, NAIT Campus
There are many types of audiences that will impact the kind of content you create. It’s not simply one singular audience to consider. In this presentation, Victoria will share some high level content strategies to improve and deliver quality results!

TELUS will also be sponsoring two networking sessions for the opening and closing reception (coffee and snacks provided for all participants, cash bar available with 1 free drink sponsored by ACTRA Alberta).  Click here to register.

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Cameron And Doyle: Sitcoms & March Madness

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Cameron And Doyle are Edmonton-based indie filmmakers you’ll want to keep an eye on. The winners of the 2014 Gotta Minute Film Festival are co-writing/directing an original sitcom called Seven Day Weekend and making the most of their new AMPIA memberships, winning an incorporation licence from Bishop MacKenzie and scoring a private pitch session with Bell/CTV!  Read more on this ambitious duo…

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Comedy Writer Norm Hiscock Comes to Edmonton!

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What do Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, King of the Hill, Corner Gas and Brooklyn Nine Nine all have in common? That would be writer/producer Norm Hiscock and AMPIA is bringing him to Edmonton!

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CTV’s Graham Neil will be sitting down with this award-winning writer and producer (and former Albertan) who has been making a big splash in comedy television. Norm Hiscock will be sharing on his experience in the industry with over 100 delegates, from students to seasoned veterans, as part of the keynote address for AMPIA’s 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day. This session is crucial for writers and producers hoping to break into the mainstream Hollywood market!

Norm has Emmy, WGA and Gemini nominations for writing and is the recipient of the Annie Award (ASIFA), a LEO Award, a GLAAD Media Award and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series for Brooklyn Nine Nine.  Norm wrote the screenplay for the feature film Brain Candy and his comedic genius has become viral memes, such as Bobby’s “that’s my purse!” meltdown from King of the Hill.

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Come down to the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) on Saturday, March 7th to meet Norm Hiscock at March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

Tickets are $42.00 for Members of AMPIA and FAVA and $90.00 for non-members.

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Don’t Miss AMPIA’s Horror Panel!

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Staying true to Edmonton’s reputation of being the horror capital of Alberta, AMPIA presents “For the Love of Horror,” a panel discussion with local genre experts.

Travis Shewchuk is a special effects artist, prop maker and sculptor. He is the founder of Ravenous EFX, a full service special effects studio. Working on numerous films and television productions, he has also created props for musical acts such as Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000, Alice Cooper and Zombie Girl.

Lindsey McNeill is a Rosie nominated screenwriter and actress from Edmonton. She created the feature film/web series Truckstop Bloodsuckers (Mosaic Entertainment) on Bite TV in 2012. Her latest project in development Gillian’s Just Right placed in the Top 15 of Canada’s CineCoup Film Accelerator and won the From Our Dark Side genre contest from the Women in Film & Television Vancouver.

Kevin Martin is the owner of The Lobby DVD Shop, one of the last video stores standing in Edmonton, and is also Co-Founder of Edmonton’s genre film festival DEDFEST. Kevin has recently stepped in front of the camera as the star of the genre web series Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey

Also joining the panel is new filmmakers Harvey Li and Arthur Mah, creators of Keep Left, an official selection of the Dark Matters Film Festival. The panel is moderated by writer/director Andrea Beca.

“For the Love of Horror” takes place at 2:00pm at the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) during March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

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Jesse Szymanski joins March Madness

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Jesse Szymanski, the Co-Executive Producer on the award-winning dramatic television series Blackstone, will be joining the “Meet the Industry Players” panel discussion at the 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day on Saturday, March 7th.

Jesse will be representing the Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA) as one of the board of directors in Edmonton. Jesse is also a member of AMPIA, the ACCT and CMPA. She volunteers her time to speak on various industry panels and is an active trainer and mentor for young media professionals. Jesse was featured in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”, and was nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award for Excellence in Artistic Management.

Jesse is joined by Writer’s Guild Member, award-winning screenwriter Conni Massing and ACTRA’s Tina Alford.

“Meet the Industry Players” takes place at 9:15 am at the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) during March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

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Guest Speakers at March Madness 2015

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NORM HISCOCK is a Comedy Writer/Producer who has worked on hit television shows such as Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, Corner Gas, Parks and Recreation and most recently, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  Norm has worked with the biggest broadcasters in the business including COMEDY CENTRAL, HBO, CBC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CTV/Comedy Network.  His work has been recognized in various Emmy, Gemini and Golden Globe nominations and he holds the LEO Award for his work with Corner Gas.

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KYLE ARMSTRONG is a Canadian filmmaker and artist. Working with super8 and 16mm as well as lo-fi video, Armstrong frequently uses hand-altering film techniques, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to alter both his own footage and found films. His primary focus is on creating short, non-narrative films, which have been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas around the globe. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Armstrong’s most recent film Magnetic Reconnection received its world premiere at AFI Fest 2012, and has since been selected for SxSW 2013, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Raindance (UK), Guanajuato International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, RIDM, Rooftop Films, Seattle International Film Festival, True/False Documentary Film Festival, won the 2013 Edmonton Film Prize and has been shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors and has screened publicly more than 130 times. The film features an original score by Grammy award winning producer/composer Jim O’Rourke, a voice-over by acclaimed singer-songwriter/actor Will Oldham and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.

Armstrong the past president of the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton and in 2012 he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. He co-produced Hans Olson’s feature film Figurine, is finishing a dramatic narrative short film and recently completed a video for Bonnie “Prince” Billy available through Drag City Records.

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EVA COLMERS is an independent filmmaker who has written, directed and produced a dozen award-winning short films including Granny BabyThe Weightless Traveller and End of the Rope. For the National Film Board of Canada, she has written and directed 2 long-format documentaries, The Elder Project, The Enemy Within and also one short doc (presently in post-production). Her short films have been invited to over 100 national and international festivals all around the globe and she has received several awards for her work. With a background in theatre, Eva has also created media installations and video imagery for theatre, dance and music performances. Eva is very involved in her local arts community and enjoys meeting new people, places and challenges.

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MICHAEL MAXXIS, the two-time MUCH Music Video Award (MMVA) winner, eight-time MMVA nominee and two-time Juno Nominee, has cemented himself into the music video scene with his raw visual style. Michael has directed music videos for artists such as City and Colour, K-OS, The Black Angels, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Dev, Sum 41, Hollerado, Alexisonfire, Mother Mother and Hot Hot Heat. Michael has also achieved international acclaim with his short film Steak and Milk which has screened at festivals around the world, followed by 8 for Infinity, a BravoFACT short, starring Jimmy Gnecco and David Carradine.

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BLAKE MCWILLIAM is an award winning independent producer based out of Edmonton, Alberta whose work has screened nationally and internationally, most recently at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Focusing on narrative, commercial and music video forms, he emphasizes the exploration of film formats in his work. He is currently producing two television pilots.

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KEVIN MARTIN is a writer, actor and owner of The Lobby DVD Shop, one of the last video stores standing in Edmonton, and has been running the shop since 2005. He is also Co-Founder of Edmonton’s genre film festival DEDFEST along with Derek Clayton which has been going since 2007.

Martin’s knowledge and love of the genre films made teaming up with filmmakers Cody Kennedy and Timothy Rutherford a natural transition. Using his background of pop culture knowledge and creative writing Martin has joined the House Of Heathens and continues to work on his acting skills for future projects. His contagious passion for genre films and his lifetime of tribute to them inspires the adoration of the next generation, whom he introduces via both his store and film festival.

 

 

NORM HISCOCK to Keynote March Madness!

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Television Writer/Producer Norm Hiscock will be the keynote speaker at AMPIA’s 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day in Edmonton. Norm has worked on hit television shows Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, Corner Gas, Parks and Recreation and most recently, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  

March Madness connects delegates with the top creatives, broadcasters and influencers in the film and television industry. Delegates receive a full day of panel discussions, prizes and private pitch-meetings with Canadian Broadcasters. Keep posted for announcements of more guest speakers.

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AMPIA Members $25, Non Members $75*
*Rates increase after February 20th.

Registration is now open: March Madness 2015_ Registration Form

 

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March Madness Gallery

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AMPIA’s 1st Annual March Madness Professional Development Day brought Alberta’s leading producers, unions, guilds and production companies together for full day of information and networking. Our keynote speaker, award-winning documentary filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Occupy Love), flew in from NYC to speak to delegates about innovative crowd-sourcing and building authentic connections through social media.