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ShortsLab: Milwaukee

Saturday, October 5
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab: Milwaukee to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this half-day seminar of Sundance-organized panels and discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development,  production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film.

Speakers include:
David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas. His first feature film, St. Nick, premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2009, and was followed in 2011 by the acclaimed short film Pioneer. His newest picture, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, was an official selection of the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals in 2013 and was released theatrically last August. He also has worked extensively as an editor, most recently on Shane Carruth's Upstream Color, Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine and Kris Swanberg's Empire Builder, among others. He is an alumni of the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Labs, the Berlinale Talent Campus and IFP's Narrative Labs. 

Ry Russo-Young is a writer-director and editor from New York City. Her short film Marion, a three-screen deconstruction of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, was awarded Best Experimental Film at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo. Her first feature, ORPHANS, received a Jury Prize at the  SXSW in 2007. Russo-Young’s second and third features premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. You Won’t Miss Me (2009) also won a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature Not Coming to a Theater Near You” and was released by Factory 25 on a special-edition DVD. Nobody Walks (2012)  was co-written with Lena Dunham and developed through the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the IFP No Borders market and won a Sundance special jury prize. Magnolia released the film to theaters.

Mike Plante is a  Short Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. Starting at film festivals as a short and feature film programmer and projectionist in 1993, he has worked at festivals in Aspen, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Telluride and Tucson, and helped run the CineVegas Film Festival from 2002-2009. Plante has worked at Sundance since 2001 as Presentation Manager (2001-2006), New Frontier Consultant (2005-2008) and Short Film Programmer (2002-2006, 2011 to present). He does a lot of other film things under the Cinemad banner, and bowls a 180 on a good day.

For ticket information and registration, visit the Milwaukee Film webpage.