Join us Wednesday, November 14th at 7:30pm, for our fifth “How We Make Movies” event – our live taping where we interview influential filmmakers and entertainment industry notables to help enrich the over-all knowledge and know-how of our community.
A Preview of Our Guests on November 14th…
- Producer Effie Brown received a degree in film production and theater from Loyola Marymount University before going on to participate in Film Independent’s (formerly IFP/Los Angeles) Project Involve, an intensive fellowship program for people of color, who are seeking a career in the film industry. There she received an invaluable introduction to the film industry and quickly worked her way up through the ranks to become the Director of Development for Tim Burton Productions in 1995.
Eager to try her hand at producing, she landed assignments as Line Producer on feature films including Desert Blue (1998) starring Kate Hudson and Christina Ricci, But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) starring Natasha Lyonne, and Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (2000) starring Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, and Holly Hunter. Brown would soon take on the role of producer on critically acclaimed, awarding-winning feature projects from HBO Films, including Stranger Inside (directed by Cheryl Dunye, 2001, World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival), Real Women Have Curves (directed by Patricia Cardosa, 2002, winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Performance), and Everyday People (2004, Jim McKay). She also executive produced, in association with Sony Screen Gems and Pathe International, In the Cut (2003) directed by Jane Campion.
In 2001, Brown launched her own production company, Duly Noted Inc., where she continues to produce original film projects by emerging and established filmmakers. She is currently producing several web series.
- Paiman Kalayeh is a writer, director, producer and editor based in Los Angeles. Kingdom Come marks his feature-length directorial debut. Paiman’s short films have screened at some of the country’s top film festivals including SXSW, Newport Beach, Austin, Nashville, Brooklyn International and Hamptons International. In 2012, he was chosen to direct two original scenes in the prestigious NBC Comedy Scene Showcase. When Paiman isn’t directing, he makes a living as a television comedy writer. He is currently a writer/co-producer on the upcoming CMT animated series Bounty Hunters starring Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. Before Bounty Hunters he wrote for The Cleveland Show on FOX. Prior to The Cleveland Show, Kalayeh wrote, directed and produced promos for NBC, Bravo and KNBC. He won two consecutive Emmys in 2009 and 2010 for Best Short Promo. As an editor, his credits include VH1′s StevieTV, Comedy Central’s Comedy Special – The Bonnaroo Experience, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Just An American Boy: A Portrait of Steve Earle. Kalayeh graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & Television. He grew up in Hockessin, Delaware. Yes. Delaware.
&John Lyons Murphyis a producer, writer, and director. He is the lead producer on the narrative feature Broken Kingdom as well as the co-director of documentary Kingdom Come. His past credits include serving as an Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed films Rock The Bells (2006) and The Life Of Reilly (2006). A graduate of New York University with a bachelors in Film & Television, he is the Director Of Content at short-form documentary marketing firm AboutFace Media. Previously, he was the Vice President of Development at Civilian Pictures, a boutique film finance company, which necessitated he earn his Series 7 broker’s license. Murphy has also written commercially for clients such as Microsoft and Disney. He lives in Los Angeles and is happy to water your plants and feed your cat when you’re out of town.Their film, Kingdom Come, follows a first-time director (Daniel Gillies) as he tries to raise a million dollars to finance his first film, Broken Kingdom. This emotionally-charged journey is interwoven with over 30 rare interviews from acclaimed indie darlings including Mark Ruffalo, Illeana Douglas, Don Cheadle, Kevin Smith, Edward Burns, Tim Roth, Morgan Spurlock, Selma Blair, Robert Townsend, Bill Pullman and many more.
Where: The Whitefire Theatre (13500 Ventura Blvd. on the corner of Sunnyslope Ave. between Woodman and Coldwater Canyon)
When: Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30pm
Why: To interview prolific and influential filmmakers and entertainment luminaries. To provide these notable figures an opportunity to share their tips, insights, stories, and journeys with our community as a whole, so that we’re all better equipped to make our own movies and not have to reinvent the wheel in our own endeavors.