“Where’s the Money? A Guide to Financing Your Independent Film.” Coming to Tucson

November 30, 2015

Three of the four panelists.

Panelists Matthew Rhodes, Maren Olson, and UA alum Glen Mastroberte.

Film Tucson and the UA Hanson Film Institute will co-present a panel entitled “Where’s the Money?” on December 4 at the Center for Creative Photography. A valuable opportunity for southern Arizona’s creative community as well as anyone interested in how the film business works, the panel brings to Tucson four LA-based top industry professionals who are at the forefront of film financing. Two of them are University of Arizona alumni. One is a CAA agent. All of them are expert at finding the money for film financing, using all types of domestic and foreign resources, incentives, presales, investors, and co-productions.

A special feature of this panel is the Financing Contest. The winner will receive a brainstorming session by all the panelists on how best to finance his or her film project. Each runner-up will win a private session with one panelist. Submissions close Sunday November 29. Further details and entry form can be found at www.insidetracktucson.com.

The fifth panel in an ongoing series, “Where’s the Money? How to Finance an Independent Film” will take place Friday, December 4, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the UA Center for Creative Photography (1030 N Olive Rd, Tucson 85721).

The panelists are:

Jonathan Deckter – Jonathan is the President/COO of Voltage Pictures, a highly successful international film finance, production, and distribution company. Jonathan has had outstanding hands-on experience in international film sales and distribution. Jonathan is a UA alum, with a degree in Media Arts.

Glen Mastroberte – Glen is an attorney representing clients in all business and legal aspects of the entertainment and media industries, with a focus on the financing, production, licensing, distribution and exploitation of motion pictures and television programs. Glen is also a UA alum, with a degree from the Eller College in Finance and Accounting.

Maren Olson – Maren Olson is an agent in the Film Finance Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) where she specializes in feature film packaging and financing. She joined CAA earlier this year from Traction Media, where she served as President and oversaw the creative development, packaging, production, financing, and sales of independent films.

Matthew Rhodes — Matthew Rhodes has independently produced over 20 films and is currently in various stages of film production through his company, Rhodes Entertainment. Previously, Matt served as President at Bold Films and also at Mandalay Vision, overseeing the development and production of numerous successful and award-winning films.

The moderator is Lorna Soroko, an award-winning writer, producer, TV development executive, and entertainment lawyer. Lorna, who is originally from Los Angeles, currently lives in Tucson and guest teaches at the UA.

Clips of the panelists’ films may be screened, and the audience will have the chance to ask questions.

The Inside Track panels are open to the public. Admission is free. Seats are limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information about Inside Track: A Series of Film & TV Panels visit insidetracktucson.com.