IndieCon is this Saturday

Director, and friend of the MacGuffin Film Podcast, Marc Clebanoff (you may remember him from Episode 7 – Breaking Out) wanted to pass along some event an event he is hosting this weekend for filmmakers.  If you are in the Hollywood area this Saturday, it looks like the have an interesting list of speakers and this could be a good opportunity to network.

I’m including his press release below.


New Funding and Distribution Trends and Models for Indie Filmmakers

Los Angeles, CA, July 26, 2010 – IndieCon, the independent community of filmmakers, game producers and animators, has announced its next upcoming conference, Independent Film Financing and Distribution 1.0. The first part of this series is programmed specifically for filmmakers with a business focus on financing and distribution, and will take place Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, California, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

At this all-day conference, participants will share their insights for raising money, securing distribution and creating marketing and promotional buzz for indie films. Participants will offer their blueprints for closing investors and distributors amid current economic conditions. 

The conference will encompass six panels with notable speakers which will include:

Introduction to Private Placements, the Cornerstone to Independent Film Financing, and How to Present Your Film Deal to Hedge Funds, Institutional and Individual Investors

Stephen Colangelo, CEO of Start A Hedge Fund, LLC and a staple in the hedge fund community. Mr. Colangelo has extensive experience in raising millions for private placement ventures. His company raises funds for early stage Internet ventures and helps entrepreneurs, including filmmakers, prepare their due diligence to effectively and legally attract investors;

Steven Huttler, Securities Arbitration & Hedge Fund Attorney for the New York law firm of Sadis Goldberg and an expert in corporate, investment fund and securities matters, including the representation of investment funds, U.S. and foreign issuers, underwriters, and private clients in various registered public and private offerings of debt and equity securities totaling in excess of $10 billion.

How to Structure Your Film Company to Attract Investors

Jennifer Reuting, Founder, and author of the book Limited Liability Corporations for Dummies.

Finding, Pitching and Closing Your Investors

Lonnie Ramati, Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Millennium Films, an independent and studio executive who has negotiated deals for stars such as  Scarlett Johansson, Al Pacino, Matt Damon and Bruce Willis, among others;

Gena Vazquez, Producer leading the funding for The Producer’s Fund, a $25 million indie film fund.

The Ins and Outs of Sales Agents and International Film Sales

Sean T. Haley, Co-Founder and President of MultiVisionnaire Pictures, a film sales experts who has represented over 70 films to world buyers and a consistent buyer of quality independent films;

Glenn Reynolds, President, Circus Road Films, an indie film company that has sold over 100 feature films to North American distributors.

Domestic Distribution in Today’s Rapidly Evolving Market

Lejo Pet, Head of Acquisions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, who oversees all filmed entertainment acquisitions for Sony Pictures including independent films; 

John Foster, CEO of Odyssey Pictures and an expert in capitalization, recapitalization, debt financing, investment analysis and operational turn-around;

Bryan Duran, Legal Counsel for STARZ.
The Importance of Public Relations to the Success of Your Film’s Release

Mark Pogachefky, President and Co-Founder of mPRm, one of the film industry’s most respected movie marketers with feature film PR credits that include Traffic, The Ring, An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins and Dreamgirls.

Pre-registration is only $79 per person and $89 for on-site registration. Tickets are available at

Event sponsor, will be offering IndieCon attendees a free LLC or Corporation formation along with a free copy of the business best seller Limited Liability Companies for Dummies, written by guest speaker and founder of, Jennifer Reuting. All you pay for are states fees, shipping and the required registered agent service –

LA 411

Variety Magazine’s LA 411 will be donating several copies of its popular LA 411 Creative Directory at the conference –

About IndieCon

IndieCon is an open forum and community for independent Filmmakers, Game Producers and Animators, and the creative artists who collaborate with them. The IndieCon mission is to support and grow the indepedent Film, Game and Animation communities. Learn more about IndieCon at


Spencer was born and raised in New Mexico. He grew up with the many great films of the 1980’s before having his world rocked after seeing The Usual Suspects. He moved to Washington State to go to the University of Washington, and currently any free time he currently has is split between working on film projects and watching films.

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