THOMAS SMUGALA - FRIDAY OCT. 15 at 7pm
Thomas Smugala is a producer, writer, and director. The Spring (currently in production) Two Heads
(currently in post production) A New Life In America (2020) Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot (2019), Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen (2005), 186 Days (2000), five short films, 20+ music videos, 50+ TV commercials – Thomas, will talk about protecting your passion. Watching out for, and defending yourself against naysayers and dream squashers is vital to the success of any film project.
PETER VINCENT CARLOS - SATURDAY OCT. 15 at 6pm
Award-winning filmmaker Peter Vincent Carlos, Professor of Cinema Arts at Lindenwood University. Peter has a rich history of working in the film industry, including having been a film producer, director, and editor. During his presentation, he will be talking about the ins and outs of independent filmmaking as well as his film career, which includes a stint in Hollywood, where he worked with such notable names as Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Jay Leno...
DENISE VAUGHN - SATURDAY OCT. 15 at 3pm
Denise Henderson Vaughn is an independent science writer specializing in natural resources in the Ozarks, particularly forests and karst topography, which is characterized by caves, springs, sinkholes and sink basins. Working from her home on a tributary of the Jacks Fork River in southern Missouri, she tells stories in print, with maps, on interpretive signs, and through podcasts and documentaries. She will be showing her film, Karst in Perry County in a cave beneath the city of Perryville
LACEY TURNER - FEAR NOT - FRIDAY OCT. 14 at 8pm
Lacey Turner has spent most of his life knowing that writing screenplays and directing is what he was born to do. Although Lacey has a style that is solely his, he has been influenced by such great directors as Steven Spielberg, The Hughes Brothers, Steve McQueen, and John Singleton..
He began his career as a songwriter and performer and now his passion is to embark on a journey in filmmaking that will change the world. Lacey is a multi-dimensional writer and director and strongly believes that his hard work, creativity, and dedication will help manifest his visions into the world. Lacey strives to make films that will truly impact the world. Lacey lives by this saying on his creative journey. If you allow fear and doubt to creep into your mind. Then failure is absolute."
AVA DUFFE — YOU CAN DO IT NO MATTER YOUR AGE - OCT. 15 at 2pm
12-year-old budding star Ava Duffe, recently finished the lead role in the new locally produced thriller, TWO HEADS. Ava plays a young woman set on revenge after the murder of her mother. Ava will talk about her first days on set, and all the preparation that goes into becoming a film actor.
Ava will also present a few selects clips from the film, now in post production.
AJ KOEHLER - OCT. 14 at 9pm
AJ Koehler is a producer and writer. working with
director Thomas Smugala on The Spring (currently in production) Two Heads
(currently in post production) A New Life In America (2020) Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot (2019), AJ will talk about the most difficult job on a film set - the 1ST AD. The assistant director runs the sets, controls the actors, and makes sure everything gets done and on time. AJ will be presenting select clips from both Two Heads with select cast, and the new production, The Spring.
KIDS FILM WORKSHOP with PRODUCER AJ KOEHLER - OCT. 15
AJ Koehler, Izzy Foster, Ava Duffe & Thomas Smugala. In this hands-on workshop, they will help your child shoot and edit a short film on their Phone. Their film will be shown on the big screen the following evening at a RED CARPET EVENT. LEARN MORE