Events

While the focus of DANCES WITH FILMS rests squarely on the wealth of talent chosen to screen each year, the festival also includes several distinctive events which speak to the world of independent filmmakers.

POWERHOUSE PANELS

Our Powerhouse Panels have become must-attend events with top industry professionals such as CAA’s Laura Lewis, J. Todd Harris (BOTTLE ROCKET, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT), SAGIndie’s Darrien Michelle Gipson, Jay Cohen (Indie Finance, The Gersh Agency), Melanie Miller (VP of Acquisitions, Gravitas Ventures), JC Spink (BenderSpink, THE HANGOVER), Casting Icon Tricia Wood (EAGLE EYE,TWILIGHT), David Crockett (BAD SANTA, GONE BABY GONE, GKFilms), Steven Wegner (SVP Alcon Ent. BOOK OF ELI, THE BLIND SIDE), David Gale (Executive Vice President, MTV New Media), Cindy Cowan (SAVIOR, VERY BAD THINGS), President of Fox TV Studios David Madden and Film Incentives’ Jeff Begun & Dama Claire. Our panelists continue to provide amazing insights to DWF audiences on a wide-range of topics critical to the future of indie film and ‘breaking into Hollywood’.

EVP, GKFilms David Crockett David Crocket, Eric Garfinkel, Priscilla Ross at Dances With Films JC Spink of BenderSpink
MTV's David Gale, 
Jeff Begun, Steve Wegner, JC Spink, David Gale & Frank Wuliger
Eric Garfinkel, Priscella Ross, David Crockett

Cindy Cowan, Jay Cohen, DWF's Leslee Scallon, Jeff Kleeman, Melanie Miller

David Mdden, Jay Cohen, J. Todd Harris, Dama Claire, DWF's Leslee Scallon, Roberta Marie Monroe, Tricia Wood, Ari Hass

EVP, Alcon Entertainment 
Steve Wegner Laura Lewis, Michael Fey, Steve Wegner and Dama Claire
Academy AwardŽ winning editor
 Alan Heim

COCKTAILS & CONVERSATIONS

The widely popular “Cocktails & Conversations With...” is a series of intimate, nuts & bolts Q&A sessions with some of film’s most gifted visionaries, including Academy Award® winners: screenwriter Ron Bass (RAIN MAN, THE JOY LUCK CLUB), editor Alan Heim (NETWORK,THE NOTEBOOK), cinematographer Russell Carpenter (TITANIC, 21)... plus director Michael Lehmann (HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, BIG LOVE) and returning DWF Alum (2009) John Mann, now writing THE NUTCRACKER for Universal and A TALE DARK AND GRIMM for FilmNation, among other greats sitting down in the DWF Filmmaker’s Lounge.

Director Michael Lehmann Writer/Director John Mann Academy AwardŽ winning writer Ron Bass Academy AwardŽ winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter