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Comedy Writer Norm Hiscock Comes to Edmonton!

By | Professional Development

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.

March Madness Itinerary | March Madness 2015_ Registration Form

NORM HISCOCK to Keynote March Madness!

By | Professional Development

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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Filmmaker Andrea Beca

By | Membership Profiles

Andrea Beça is a writer, director, producer, and editor from Edmonton, Alberta. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Alberta and an MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow. She ran an indie theatre company, Cowardly Kiss Theatre, for six years before moving into the world of film in 2013 with Kissing Habit Films. She has two dogs named Oscar Wilde and Lucille Ball Beça, and she thinks that sums her up pretty well.

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Velcrow Ripper Announced as Keynote Speaker

By | Professional Development

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

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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.