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Like any good film in the Blu-Ray era, we’re pairing our amazing shorts with some equally amazing Bonus Features.. No Budget’s signature discussion series returns to ask What Comes Next?

When: Saturday, Sept 28, 1pm-5pm

Where: The Historic El Cid

What: We set our sights forward and sit down with some of the most exciting personalities in the independent world to discuss next steps for a new generation of filmmakers and the future of filmmaking.

Alongside the panels, we will be screening some of our honorable mention films out of competition:

Define Okay
Dept. 2
Red Write Hand
Stolas Stopping Rape by Talking Rape
Best In The Fest

Panel #1: Can't Stop Won't Stop: Life After Shorts

Filmmakers discuss what happens after the creation of a successful short film. From career opportunities, to false starts, to ways to maximize festival or internet buzz, join some of the industry’s most engaging new creators as they discuss how they got there.


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Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker and film festival professional in Los Angeles. She is the Founder and Executive Director of HOLLYWOOD SHORTS, a short film screening series and Emerging Filmmakers Program, which is currently in its 16th year.  She serves as an Associate Short film programmer at the Los Angeles Film Festival and produces and programs the annual African American ShortsFest in collaboration with the American Cinematheque.   

Kimberley works as a film festival consultant and strategist for narrative and documentary films navigating the festival circuit.  She is currently directing the documentary "Room 19" for LA25 about an innovative arts education program in a Redondo Beach elementary school, and will be directing the new comedy web series EMPIRE PALMS this fall.



Hollywood first recognized Dan Trachtenberg's talents with his Black Box TV short "More Than You Can Chew". And, in 2011, his short film "Portal: No Escape" (based on the popular Valve video game), debuted on YouTube to over 1 million hits in 24 hours.  At this time, the short has earned over 13 million views on YouTube.

Trachtenberg's filmmaking career began with his love for drawing comic books, playing nintendo, and making movies with his action figures in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

After graduating from Temple University's B.A. program in Film and Television, Trachtenberg moved out to Los Angeles to direct television commercials for Boxer Films.  He has garnered praise for his work for Lexus and Hellboy 2's viral marketing component.  Trachtenberg is currently directing commercials with Great Guns, an international commercial production company.

Trachtenberg has also won a Webby for his co-created/hosted internet show "The Totally Rad Show", a web series devoted to movies, video games and comic books.

Currently, Trachtenberg is hard at work developing his original feature film "Crime of the Century" for Chris Morgan Productions (Fast Five/Wanted) at Universal Studios.  He developed the pitch with Dan Kunka. Trachtenberg is also attached to direct New Line Cinema's adaptation of the award-winning comic book series "Y the Last Man."

And, Trachtenberg is sworn to secrecy on various other projects…


MAGGIE KILEY (Director, Writer, Actress)

Filmmaker and actress Maggie Kiley most recently directed and co-wrote the feature film LIGHT YEARS which was inspired by her award winning short film SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE.  As a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, LIGHT YEARS was shot on 35mm in New York City and stars Chris Lowell, Rose McIver, Jessica Szohr, Clark Gregg and Allison Janney. The film will have its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October.

Maggie was one of eight women selected to take part in American Film Institute’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and it was through her participation in this program that she made SOME BOYS DON'T LEAVE.  Maggie received the Student Visionary Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and the Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs International Shortfest.  SOME BOYS DON'T LEAVE was the number one selling short film on Itunes for several weeks, has played at over 40 festivals and continues to screen both nationally and internationally.  

As an actress, Maggie has appeared in film, television and on stage.  She has worked extensively at Atlantic Theater Company in New York where she is one of just 40 ensemble members.  Maggie received her BFA in Theater from New York University and was invited to join the critically acclaimed ensemble after graduating.  Maggie has been fortunate to work with such great film and television directors as James Gray, Lesli Linka Glatter, Daisy von Scherler Mayer and Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn.  She recently appeared in Andrew Jarecki's  ALL GOOD THINGS alongside Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. 



Jerome Sable is a writer-director and composer of film, television, and theatre. His directorial debut short film, a horror musical called "The Legend of Beaver Dam," opened Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 film festivals worldwide, winning 17 awards, including "Best Short Film" at Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Dallas, Screamfest LA and receiving an honorable mention at Sundance.

Sable recently finished his first feature film, "Stage Fright," a dark comedy about the horror of musical theatre. Sable directed from a screenplay he wrote, and composed the music and lyrics with longtime collaborator Eli Batalion.

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JORDAN VOGT-ROBERTS (Director, Kings of Summer)

Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the film THE KINGS OF SUMMER which premiered at Sundance 2013. He is the creator and director of the Comedy Central television show Mash Up and the director of the acclaimed short film Successful Alcoholics, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently screened at more than 30 festivals worldwide including SXSW and AFI. His award-winning work on the Web and with branded content has reached millions of viewers and launched a career in commercials. Hailing from the ruins of Detroit but currently living in Los Angeles, Vogt-Roberts also loves dachshunds.


Panel #2: FutureGazing: The New Tools

Augmented reality, evolving cameras, innovations in light- these aren’t just pitches for your next sci-fi project. The tools behind the tech are opening revolutionary new doors for how people tell visual stories.  Representatives from rapidly expanding technology fields join artists to forecast how filmmaking will merge with tech for captivating new projects. Featuring augmented reality firm Daqri.


NEGIN SINGH (Moderator)



Gresham Lochner, is the founder and owner of Locktix, a VFX company specializing in high end visual effects.

During the past nine years, Gresham has worked as a top VFX artist in the following capacities: as a Sequence Lead on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; as a Senior Compositor and 2D Pipeline TD on 2012; and as a Senior Compositor on Real Steel at Digital Domain. In addition, Gresham worked as a Compositor on the blockbuster hits Spiderman 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Gresham’s work as a compositor has led him to numerous cities and countries, including Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Adelaide, South Australia.

Gresham graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and received a BFA in Visual Effects.



RUSSELL SANZGIRI is a producer and director of short films, commercials and documentary films. For nearly four years Russell assisted producer Vincent Landay and director Spike Jonze, helping make several of their short films ("I’m Here," "We Were Once a Fairytale," "Higglety Pigglety Pop") as well as the critically acclaimed feature "Where the Wild Things Are." As visual effects producer he continues to work on short films like Arcade Fire's "Scenes from the Suburbs" as well as commercials for clients such as Nike, Apple, and Pepsi. He's currently writing his next project incredibly slowly.

ELI STONBERG (Music video director, Fourclops) and JEFF GRECO (Music video director, Fourclops)


fourclops ::) is an interactive directing team consisting of Eli Stonberg and Jeff Greco. Uniting strong backgrounds in filmmaking and web development, they seek clever and innovative ways to combine technology with video. Their unique style of social storytelling integrates techniques such as facebook connect, twitter cards, webcams and clickable video. The pair have become known for pioneering a style of interactive video that allows the user to create their own artwork while watching.

Their campaigns have been nominated for a Webby Award for Interactive Advertising, “Most Innovative Music Video” in the O Music Awards, as well as receiving several Vimeo Staff Picks. Other work has been featured on the Creators Project, the Los Angeles Times, Mashable, Fast Company, Creativity Online and more.  Their past clients include Coca Cola, Blu Dot, Random House, Summit Ent, Smirnoff, TOKiMONSTA, Passion Pit, Yuna and Tune Yards.

fourclops ::) are represented by United Talent Agency for Digital Media & The Masses for Music Videos.


JOE RUBINSTEIN (Founder of Digital Bolex)

Joseph Rubinstein is the founding member and CEO of Digital Bolex, a company bringing professional quality tools to independent cinema. Joe graduated from Savannah College of Art Design and worked for 7 years as a Director of Photography. Joe has helped build successful companies in the past including Polite in Public a technology and industry leader in event marketing. Joe has extensive experience with both motion picture film production and hardware based technology companies.

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DANA MORGAN (Creative Producer for Daqri)

Dana Morgan is the Creative Producer for DAQRI, the world's leading augmented reality developer. For nearly two years she has worked as the interface between DAQRI's sales, design, and engineering teams, helping to shape the direction and quality of DAQRI's most successful projects. She recently began producing with DAQRI X, the experimental and prototyping division of DAQRI responsible for MINDLight, 4D Anatomy, and DAQRI's 4D Elements.

Dana studied English and Political Science at UCLA, and began her career in Independent Film. She has collaborated across mediums with artists, musicians, and actors, working for many years with James Franco's production company, Rabbit Bandini Productions. Her projects have been featured at many top festivals, including Sundance and Cannes.

Her experience with film production and motion picture storytelling is helping DAQRI lead the way in 4D stories.


Panel #3 See and Be Seen: Distro Inferno

From independent screening tours to digital routes, distribution is changing before our very eyes. Leading industry voices discuss the new and evolving distribution channels available to alternative storytellers.


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KATIE WALSH (Moderator; Indiewire, The Playlist)

Katie Walsh is a writer, critic, academic, blogger, and film industry vet based in Los Angeles. She has contributed film reviews, TV recaps, and interviews to the The Playlist on indieWIRE since 2009, and has written about media and culture for The Hairpin, Movieline and CAP the Magazine. Katie is a former Lionsgate publicist and independent short film producer. She received her M.A. in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2013, where she worked as an Associate Programmer, hosting screenings and Q&As. She is currently a first year doctoral student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, focusing on television and new media. 

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RICK RIEGER (Head of Home Entertainment, Cinema Libre)

Rick Rieger is a veteran of both the Film and Music industries with over 20 years of experience in sales and distribution. Having started his career with BMG Classics where he became the VP of US Sales,  he worked also worked for Microsoft, I-Jam Multimedia, Warner Elektra Atlantic where he was the VP of Sales and Marketing, and now Cinema Libre Studio where he is the Head of Home Entertainment. Rick has extensive knowledge of the entertainment industry having helped Cinema Libre expand from DVD sales to rapidly changing digital world online, bringing Cinema Libre's extensive library of over 150 titles to platforms including iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, DigiDev TV to name a few.

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ARIANNE ROCCHI (VP Publicity, Magnolia Pictures)

Arianne Rocchi is the VP of Publicity at Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing. Joining Magnolia over six years ago, Ms. Rocchi's duties include publicity, marketing, grassroots, festivals and awards, Ms. Rocchi has worked on films including Food Inc., I am Love, Man on Wire and last year’s Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair.  Magnolia's busy schedule of theatrical and UltraVOD releases saw her work on over 12 films this summer, ranging from the hard science-fiction ofEuropa Report to the hard facts of the documentary Blackfish, and from  the low-key charm of David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche to the hard-drinking, heartfelt romantic drama of Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies. Prior to her time at Magnolia, Arianne was in the marketing department at Landmark Theaters.

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JAMES SHAPIRO  (COO, Drafthouse Films)

James Emanuel Shapiro is Drafthouse Film's Chief Operating Officer. He's based in LA, consumes too much scotch, believes in the divinity of Kubrick, Galaxie 500, and the French New Wave, is an avid sports fan, loves his girlfriend Deb and their four pets and sometimes drinks from a volcano.


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ARRON KINSER (Founding exec of PrimeTV, Larsen Bay Entertainment)

Founding Member of Larsen Bay Entertainment Inc. and Prime TV Network, has more than 12 years experience in Film, Television and Digital Distribution.  Arron recently produced and starred in the 2013 release of Cruel Will with actors Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, Ray, The Matrix Trilogy) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Adaptation). Arron's credits include Assistant Director work on The Last Stand starring Laz Alonso (Constantine, Jarhead, Stomp the Yard), Anthony Anderson (Hustle and Flow, Scary Movie 4, Departed). Assistant Director work on Creepshow 3, starring AJ Bowen (Last Goodbye, The Signal). Along with Arron's credits as a Director/Assistant Director he has worked on many films including, Shanghai Kiss, Clerks 2 directed by Kevin Smith, Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey, Herbie Fully Loaded, Guess Who and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. In 2012 Arron debuted the launch of Prime TV Network. A Connected TV Network available through ROKU. Featuring Independent Music Artists, Filmmakers and Creative Collaborations from around the world.


NICHOLAS NEALON (Producer, Larsen Bay Entertainment)

Nicholas attended The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) on an academic scholarship majoring in Theater Performance with a minor in Music.  In '06 he was accepted to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles where he studied Acting and Production for Film, Television and Stage Combat.  Upon his graduation from AMDA in '08 he began performing in several stage and film projects around Los Angeles and surrounding areas including a Summer Shakespeare Tour.  In early 2011 he took hold of his love for travel and accepted a performance contract in Tokyo, Japan where he lived for 13 months, until the summer of 2012.  He currently resides in Long Beach working with Independent Film and Music artists on the production and distribution of new media. 


ASHER GOLDSTEIN (Producer, Short Term 12)

Asher Goldstein is an executive and producer at Traction Media, an independent production, packaging, and film sales company based in Los Angeles. At Traction, Asher oversees the financing, production, and distribution of Traction projects and those of their clients. He most recently produced Destin Daniel Cretton's 2013 SXSW Jury Prize and Audience Award winner SHORT TERM 12. He was also a producer on Cretton's first feature I AM NOT A HIPSTER which premiered at Sundance 2012.

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