Desiring to contribute to the development of educational activities in the sphere of culture among young people and students, Sofia Independent Film Festival has organised the So! Academy.
From 28.10.2011 till 02.11.2011 at the AMERICAN CORNER (4A, Slaveykov square) you will have the opportunity to attend lectures read by the American professionals who are our special guests at this year’s issue of the festival:
Topic: How to succeed in Hollywood – a lecture on all aspects of production design and filmmaking in the USA.
Kalina Ivanov is the production designer of Robert Redford’s latest feature film, The Conspirator, as well as the Oscar nominated Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010). She has also designed The Vow, Made of Honor, My Sassy Girl, Uptown Girl, Brown Sugar, Swimfan, Monday Night Mayhem, Household Saints, and Smoke.
Topic: Making independent films in this tough economic climate and the creative approaches around such challenges used to get Rabbit Hole made.
Producer Per Saari began his film career working as an assistant to director Robert Redford. Two years on location with Redford while making The Horse Whisperer earned Saari an executive position with Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, where he helped develop Spy Game with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, The Legend of Bagger Vance with Will Smith and Matt Damon, and The Motorcycle Diaries with Gael Garcìa Bernal. In 2006, Saari became head of Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films at Twentieth Century Fox.
Topic: A brief talk about the history of American independent film and its relationship to Hollywood and the bigger American film industry. The second part of the lecture will be dedicated to questions from the audience and discussions
Kenneth Turan is the leading film critic for Los Angeles Times and the morning edition of NPR (National Performance Review) as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has worked as a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times’ book review editor.
Topic: The Art and craft of script writing and the way from script to film.
James Solomon’s debut as a feature film writer comes with the Consporator, directed by Robert Redford. A former foreign correspondent, Solomon is drawn to material based on fact – in particular, true stories we all think we know but don’t. Solomon wrote and Executive Produced for ESPN the limited series The Bronx Is Burning, which starred John Turturro and Oliver Platt. Solomon began his screenwriting career as a staff writer on several television series including the Emmy Award-winning The Practice and Sidney Lumet's 100 Centre Street.