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SOAPIFF hosting documentary filmmakers and workshop
KINGSPORT--Two extraordinary filmmakers will be on hand for a special workshop for the 2010 Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF). Dr. John White, and Nathan Ross Freeman will discuss the process of making a documentary film, including starting with an idea, moving into the funding realm, and ending with the premiere. Following the workshop, Freeman’s newest documentary, Authoring Action will be screened. Ticket information for the workshop and all other SOAPIFF events may be found on www.KingsportARTS.org.
Freeman is the Writer, Director, Producer of the Independent Feature Film, Mr. Bones the official selection of 12 National and International Festivals, and winner of First Place awards at multiple festivals, including :Best Drama, Editing, Scoring, 2007 SOAPIFF, Johnson City, TN.
He is also the Filmmaker Co-Producer of Authoring Action Documentary (www.authoringaction.org) which was awarded Best Documentary in the feature category at the 2010 Swansea Bay Film Festival, Wales United Kingdom; nominated USA Best Documentary at the 2010 International Film Festival of Ireland, and will have screenings at the 2010 SOAPIFF.
The Award Winning Script Writer, Filmmaker, Spoken Word Educator, and Impact Communications Specialist, was awarded 2007 B.E.S.T. Outstanding Faculty, as Member of the Intensive Writing Faculty teaching Screenwriting/Playwriting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Feature Films include: Mr. Bones, Godly Decisions, Authoring Action (documentary).
Dr. John White is an Atlanta historian, writer and filmmaker. He has written numerous articles for prestigious historical journals such as Film History: An International Film Journal, Alabama Heritage, and Kentucky Humanities. His article about the 1927 Paramount film, Stark Love was chosen by the Encyclopedia Britannica as the definitive source on the subject.
His latest documentary, Lost Masterpiece, is about Stark Love, a movie shot in the Unicoi Mountains of North Carolina using local mountaineers as actors. It was selected to launch the 2009 Southern Appalachian International Film Festival. For his next documentary, he will return to Appalachia to make a film about Hollywood pioneer Jesse Lasky and the making of the 1941 movie, Sergeant York.
Dr. White writes fiction under the nom de plume, Budd Harbis. A comedy short film he wrote, Tonky (2007), was selected by the Women in Television and Film Atlanta for a special screening in 2009. In 2005, he wrote and performed in The Pointing Dog Social Club, a musical comedy program for Georgia Public Broadcasting, which is now under development as a weekly television program.
The Kingsport workshop covers how to make a documentary in “10 not-so-easy steps”. Each segment will be followed by a discussion and class interaction. Time permitting, additional exercises could include the story behind “Get Low,” the new Robert Duvall film, and filming and incorporating YouTube interviews.
Guest Speakers for the 2010 WORKSHOPS;
DR. JOHN WHITE and NATHAN ROSS FREEMAN