Anyone Can Make a Film. Now What?

Posted on July 20, 2011

On Monday, July 25 at 7:30pm, ITVS and the San Francisco Film Society will team up to present a panel on the ever-expanding field of digital filmmaking. From presenting on new approaches for crowdfunding to best practices for online distribution — Monday's event includes filmmakers, festival directors, start-up founders, and digital innovators. 

Watch the event live and ask questions on Independent Lens’ Livestream channel.


The tools of production have been democratized. The world is flat. We get it. So now that anyone can make a film, will anyone watch it? Monday's film arts forum called "How Soon is Now?" will be a conversation on the shifting terrain of filmmaking from the perspective of content creators, packagers, and distributors. 

The panel, moderated by the Film Society's Michele Turnure-Salleo, will include: 

• Shawn Bercuson, Founder and CEO of 

• Carlton Evans, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Disposable Film Festival • Jen Gilomen, Filmmaker and Director of Public Media Strategies at BAVC 

• Jonathan Marlow, Co-Founder and Vice President of Content Development and Acquisitions at Fandor 

Plus, ITVS veteran and Senior Programer Richard Saiz will deliver a keynote address in celebration of ITVS's 20th Anniversary and continued support for independent filmmakers. 

Tickets are only $10 ($7 for SFFS members) and can be purchased here.


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