Mixing and Matching Independent Music & Film Makers
During the third session of NL Media Music in LA we will focus on the independent film industry in LA and you will get the chance to connect with independent filmmakers. To get the latest insights from LA, we partnered up with SAGindie, a free service that offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process. SAGindie is also involved in Film Music Connect, a partnership program matching indie filmmakers with professional composers.
Sujata Day (performer, creator, writer, director, US)
With her infectious personality and unique sense of humor, Pittsburgh native Sujata Day has established herself in Hollywood as a multi-hyphenate performer, creator, writer, and director. She honed her improv comedy and sketch-writing skills at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and regularly performs in UCB's hit Asian AF show. Sujata is known for her starring role as CeCe in Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. She's recurred for three seasons on HBO's Insecure. Sujata is a Sundance Lab screenwriting fellow, Sundance Film Festival influencer, and HBO Visionaries Ambassador. She created and developed film and TV projects with and for Issa Rae’s Color Creative, Charles King’s MACRO, John Legend’s Get Lifted, Michael Shamberg, and more. Her narrative short film, Cowboy and Indian, sold to Universal Content Productions (UCP) for series development with Sujata writing, producing and starring. Sujata wrote, produced, directed, and stars in her award-winning feature film, Definition Please, coming soon.
Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie, an educational organization for independent filmmakers. Darrien is a graduate of UCLA, where she received her BA in English Literature; and USC, where she earned an MFA from the Peter Stark Producers Program. She was the Vice President of Development for DEF Pictures before joining SAGindie in 2002 as Festival Coordinator. Through SAGindie, she traveled extensively to film festivals, film schools, and conferences, hosting workshops and teaching filmmakers how to hire professional actors using SAG-AFTRA’s low budget contracts. Since becoming SAGindie’s Executive Director in 2006, Darrien has expanded the organization to reach more festivals and help even more creators on all platforms to bring their projects to fruition. She continues to travel around the world speaking on panels, mentoring writers and filmmakers, and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Darrien’s favorite book about moviemaking is As You Wish: Inconceivable Takes from the Making of THE PRINCESS BRIDE by Cary Elwes. It includes amazing behind-the-scenes information about the best movie ever made (she will fight you on that). Darrien especially loves how Elwes has different cast members write their own memories throughout the book. It might be lighthearted and irreverent, but it is done with sincerity and just made her happy. Just like maewidge, it bwings us togetheh.
Geoff Marslett is an animator, director, writer, producer and actor. His work often revolves around the romance of connection and the way exploring your universe changes you and the place you explore. His major works include the feature films MARS, Loves Her Gun and Yakona (as producer), as well as the short films Monkey vs. Robot and The Phantom 52. He is currently completing a new feature film The Boardinghouse Reach. As an actor he can be seen in films by Alex Cox, Joephine Decker, Izzy Shill and Keith Maitland.
His work has screened at well over 100 different film and animation festivals including Sundance, SXSW, BFI London, Sitges, Seattle and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), as well as winning awards at SXSW, IndieMemphis, BendFilm, Nevada City and Chicago’s Just For Laughs. His press includes The New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Time Out London and Filmmaker Magazine, and his work can be seen on Netflix, Sony Crackle, HBO, PBS, The Sundance Channel, Amazon Prime and Fandor.
He splits his time between teaching at the University of Colorado and making his own films.
He grew up a cowboy with an interest in physics, and has worked in both construction and the Naval Research Lab before becoming a filmmaker. He adores his cat named FatFace, and still genuinely loves making things.
Colin McCormack (communications manager, SAGindie, US)
Colin McCormack is the Communications Manager at SAGindie and has worked in various capacities as a writer, producer, and editor on projects ranging from features, short films, commercials, and documentaries. Before arriving at SAGindie, Colin managed a filmmaker outreach program for a national animal welfare nonprofit, assisting documentary and narrative filmmakers on production, financial grants, research, and marketing. As SAGindie’s Communications Manager, Colin handles advertising and promotions, social media outreach, filmmaker interviews, and web operations. Colin’s favorite book about moviemaking is Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without a Crew. It’ll motivate even the laziest reader to get off the couch and write a script or make a movie. (Okay, you don’t necessarily need to get off the couch to write a script… but if you are writing a script, Colin recommends reading William Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade.)