May 13 - July 5
Film Producing: The Business of Fiction Filmmaking (May 2020)
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Karin Chien

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Learn how to develop successful producing strategies for major aspects of getting your independent fiction film made and seen, with an accomplished producer as your guide. This eight-week live online course is for emerging and working producers. Sessions include presentations, case studies, discussion, interactive exercises, and small group problem-solving sessions based on each participant’s individual project needs. It concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with the lead instructor or course advisor focused on your project. Participants should come prepared with a project that they are currently producing.


Topics covered include:

  • Creative problem-solving
  • Financing Strategy
  • Structuring legal agreements
  • Paths to Distribution
  • Collaborating with diverse talent
  • Building an ethical practice


Eligibility requirement: Produced at least one feature-length narrative project or several short films OR Completion of Sundance Co//ab Producing: Core Elements course and active pursuit of a film producing career.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.


  • DURATION: Eight weeks, May 13 - July 5
  • SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, 8AM - 10AM PT
    • Extended first class session: Wednesday, May 13, 8AM - 11AM PT
    • Regular class sessions: May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between June 29 - July 5

Instructor
Karin Chien is a producer & distributor committed to championing independent voices. Karin is the recipient of the inaugural Cinereach Producers Award, the 2010 Independent Spirit Producer’s Award and the producer of ten independent feature-length films, including STONES IN THE SUN (2012), JACK AND DIANE (2012), CIRCUMSTANCE (2011), THE EXPLODING GIRL (2009), BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES (2008), THE MOTEL (2005) and ROBOT STORIES (2002). more...
Advisor
Steven Berger is a Hawaiian born filmmaker and graduate of the American Film Institute. Most recently, Steven Executive Produced LORENA, a limited documentary series for Amazon Studios with Jordan Peele (GET OUT), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. more...
Advisor
Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a screenwriter and producer. His filmmaking is fueled by a vision for a more compassionate and openhearted world. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in the United States and Sri Lanka, he values stories that empower and center presently underrepresented communities. more...

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