Horror: An IndieCon Genre Seminar

On Saturday, June 2nd, IndieCon presents in association with the American Cinematheque, its first ever Genre Seminar featuring some of independent Hollywood's most renowned Horror filmmakers, stars and distributors. Panels will examine the business and creative elements to one of the most popular and self sustaining genres around. Tickets on sale after May 20th from Fandango.com. Special Guests: Director Kevin Tenney, Actress Brooke Lewis and many more!


Brooke Lewis

A native of Philadelphia, the vivacious and versatile Brooke Lewis has made an impact as both an actress and producer. Her first major taste of the limelight came from Tony n' Tina's Wedding - the off-Broadway hit comedy- in which she played the "prima donna" bridesmaid Donna Marsala. She created Philly Chick Pictures, an endeavor designed to increase opportunities in front of the camera, as well as behind it. Brooke has had roles in, or on, several projects, including Quintuplets, Mafiosa, Break, Gerald, Dahmer Vs. Gacy and Double Tap. She starred opposite Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) in the indie TV pilot/web series Life's A Butch. Some of this firecracker's impressive producing credits include: Broken Angel (co-producer), Kinky Killers (actress/co-executive producer), iMurders (actress/executive producer), The Drum Beats Twice (actress/executive producer), At The Sinatra Club (actress/producer), and Slime City Massacre (actress/co-producer). In 2009, Brooke launched the Ms. Vampy TV/talk show/web series, in which she starred, produced and co-directed! In 2011, Brooke went on to launch the teen smash hit TV/talk show/web series Ms. Vampy's Tween Tawk, Teen Tawk & In Between Tawk, which won the Honolulu Film Awards 2012 Silver Lei Award and the coveted 18th Annual Communicator Awards (2012) Award of Distinction for Social Responsibility. Ms. Vampy is currently being developed into a feature film titled Vamp It Out. She graced the October 2009 Cover of SCARS magazine with iMurders co-star Tony Todd. Brooke was honored by the B-Movie Golden Cob Awards 2010 for BEST Scream Queen (2009). In 2012, Brooke was honored with a column for the prestigious Huffington Post. She is also the co-Captain of Dread Central's Bowling for Boobies Horror Starlets Team to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. Brooke is a proud member of Women In Film and Film Independent.

Courtney Gains is an American actor who achieved success during the 1980's with a variety of roles in films such as Children of the Corn, Hardbodies, Lust in the Dust, Back to the Future, Can't Buy Me Love, Colors, The 'Burbs and Memphis Belle. His most recent credits include Sweet Home Alabama, Dorm Daze (which he also executive-produced) and Desolation Canyon, as well as a cameo in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake. In addition to his film work, Gains has guest-starred on several notable television shows including Seinfeld, In the Heat of the Night, Tales from the Crypt, ER, JAG, Pacific Blue, Nash Bridges, Diagnosis Murder, Charmed, Alias, The Guardian, Monk and My Name Is Earl. Gains has also worked as an acting coach and a musician; he once performed live on stage with Phish and has since released a solo album.

Daniel Farrands (Writer/Producer/Director) — A lifelong horror movie aficionado, Daniel sold his first project, a modern adaptation of†The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to TriStar Pictures when he was 18 years old.†Daniel also wrote the screenplays for† Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers†(Dimension), Tooth Fairy†(Anchor Bay),† and co-wrote the screenplay for Moderncine's adaptation of†The Girl Next Door, based on the acclaimed novel by Jack Ketchum.†Daniel also helmed The History Channel's definitive two-partAmityville Horror†documentaries and is currently developing an an all-new chapter of the†Amityville Horrorsaga with Dimension Films and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity I, II†&†III, Insidious).†Daniel also served as editor and co-publisher of the bestselling book†Crystal Lake Memories — The Complete History of Friday the 13thand produced Paramount Home Entertainment's special editions of† Friday the 13th Parts 4-8, which won two Home Media Magazine/Dread Central Reaper Awards for "Best Re-Release." Daniel also produced Lionsgate's hit supernatural thriller,† The Haunting in Connecticut, starring Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen, which grossed $80 million worldwide.†Farrands fully financed, produced, co-directed and released the definitive four-hour retrospective on the making of the legendary† Nightmare on Elm Street†franchise,†Never Sleep Again — The Elm Street Legacy,†which garnered worldwide critical acclaim and went on to win the 2010 Saturn Award for "Best DVD Release". Through Panic Productions and 1428 Films, Farrands produced and directed the new independent drama† The Trouble with the Truth,†starring Lea Thompson, as well as the acclaimed horror retrospective,†Scream — The Inside Story,†for A&E's BIO Channel.

Kevin Tenney (Writer/Producer/Director) — Kevin Tenney was (and still is) the only student in USC history to direct both a senior project and a graduate film. His senior project won an Emmy Award for the Best Student Production of The Year, while his graduate film landed him an agent at ICM and a three-picture deal with producer, Ivan Reitman. His professional directorial debut, Witchboard, was made for less than one million dollars and grossed over eight million at the box office Kevin has written, directed, and/or produced more than a dozen independent films. Four of his films went on to become the top grossing films of all time for their individual distributors, two being produced by his own production company, Mentone Pictures. As a director, Kevin has worked with many well-known actors including Eric Roberts, John Ratzenberger, Robert Forster, Arnold Vosloo, John Rhys-Davies, Tony Lo Bianco, Patrick Muldoon, Jane Sibbett, Linden Ashby, Stephen Nichols, Laraine Neuman, Corey Haim, Tawny Kitaen, Vern Troyer, Angie Everhart, and Timothy Busfield.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Directions to The Aero Theatre

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event:

American Cinamateque Members$12
USC Students$15
General Admission$20

We look forward to seeing you at the next IndieCon!

About IndieCon

IndieCon highlights an important business and creative discipline of indie Filmmaking, Games and Animation, in which prominent industry guest speakers present their ideas, strategies and insights. IndieCon is a education and networking forum for visual storytellers.

Marc Clebanoff

Marc Clebanoff (Moderator) is an award winning filmmaker. In 2004 Clebanoff established his production company Odyssey Motion Pictures under which he has produced and/or directed numerous award winning feature films including Unspoken, The Pink Conspiracy, Break starring Michael Madsen, Charles Durning & David Carradine, Gerald starring Louis Mandylor & Mickey Rooney & Pound of Flesh starring Malcolm McDowell. Clebanoff sits on the board of the Sacramento Int'l Film Festival as well as the Downbeach Film Festival in Atlantic City, NJ. He is also the grandson of world-renowned musician and composer, Herman Clebanoff.

Gena Vazquez

Gena Vazquez (Co-Chair) Following her emergence as a mover and shaker in the Silicon Valley tech trade of the booming 90's, Gena Vazquez forged head first into the wilds of the entertainment industry, encouraged along the way by her retinue of entertainment industry friends. The late director, George Hickenlooper, acquainted with Gena's brash style, teased that she was "made for this business." Never one to shy away from a challenge and armed with an analog Rolodex designed to circumvent every press agent in town, Gena has made her presence and intentions known in Hollywood.

Before she had unpacked, Gena established The Producerís Fund, an investment entity geared to finance select independent films with some of the most revered talent from both sides of the pond.

In 2010, Marc Clebanoff appointed her as Chairperson of IndieCon. Together, Marc and Gena are a formidable duo as they maintain a consistent hit rate in booking the town's most sought after personalities to headline their monthly events.

Since Gena's appointment, IndieCon has generated a great deal of excitement in the community and attendance has swelled. It is heralded as one of the most ambitious and unique curricular extensions Los Angeles has to offer.

As she leverages her venture capital experience and wields her holy grail Rolodex that strikes fear in the hearts of every publicist in town, it will be interesting to see what dreams ensue.