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Velcrow Ripper Announced as Keynote Speaker

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Award-winning documentary Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper will be the keynote speaker at the 1st Annual March Madness Professional Development Day. Join us Saturday, March 15 at the Shaw Theatre (NAIT Campus, Edmonton, AB) where the Director of Occupy Love (2012) will be discussing the new revolutionary practices of crowd-sourcing, building audiences and self distribution.

“If anyone can find the silver lining in a mushroom cloud, it’s this astounding, thoughtful filmmaker.” – The National Post

Velcrow Ripper

More About Velcrow Ripper

Velcrow Ripper is a Canadian Academy Award (Genie) winning filmmaker, writer, sound designer and public speaker. He creates powerful, theatrical feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times.
His most recent film, Occupy Love is the culmination of his epic “Fierce Love Trilogy” which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008′s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.
Ripper’s earlier films include In The Company of Fear, a documentary on non-violent resistance to the “dirty war” in Colombia; Golden Gate Award-winning Open Season, about bear hunters and the activists who “hunt the hunters”; and the multi-award-winning non-fiction feature Bones of the Forest, (co-directed with Heather Frise) about the struggle to save the ancient forests of British Columbia (Best of the Festival, 1996 Hot Docs! Festival; and Best Feature Doc, 1996 Genie Awards).
Velcrow’s films are stylistically innovative, engaging and moving. Particular attention is given to the sound design. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards), and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs!; Best Sound, Leo Awards). He was recently named “one of the top ten filmmakers to watch in 2012″ by the Independent Film magazine. Website: www.velcrowripper.com

 

This workshop is FREE for AMPIA, FAVA and CSIF members and students of NAIT, SAIT, or Red Deer College. Non-Members fee is $75.00. Call AMPIA to register (780) 944-0707.

Rogers Development Fund Round Two (July 15 – 31)

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AMPIA and ROGERS MEDIA Announce Round Two of the Rogers Development Fund

The Rogers Development Fund will support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions

Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) will be accepting applications to the second round of the Rogers Development Fund from July 15-31, 2013. The Rogers Development Fund is a revolving loan program which provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in television, film, and digital media. The Rogers Development Fund is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of Alberta or Manitoba for at least one year.

The first round in February, 2013, funded eleven candidates overall, seven candidates in Stream One, and four candidates in Stream Two.  Since then, the guidelines and application forms have been updated.

“The committee has opened the program to previous successful applicants.  The decision is based on producers constantly having new and exciting projects and the fund’s revolving nature.” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association.

The fund will begin accepting loan applications on July 15, 2013; interested producers can visit ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund (french version also available) for additional program and application details.

For the full press-release, please click here (PDF).  For application information, please follow this link.