Famed film and television producer Howard Rosenman (“Father of the Bride,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, the Oscar-winning “Common Threads”) will bring his seminar “The Hollywood Sell,” an inside look at producing for the screen, to Memphis as a part of a weekend of events spotlighting his legendary career in show business.
Presented by Indie Memphis and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission / Memphis ED and sponsored by the Memphis College of Art and the Peabody Hotel, Rosenman’s producing seminar is open to the public on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in the Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall in Overton Park), from 11am to 2:30pm.
“Memphis has always been a film town,” Rosenman says, “And with more and more film development and production happening in the Midwest and Southern parts of the US, I am thrilled to bring ‘The Hollywood Sell’ to Memphis.”
During this impactful seminar, Rosenman will share his entertaining, often hilarious stories from his 35 years as a film & television producer while coaching participants on their careers and projects.
Linn Sitler, Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner, noted how thrilled she is that the commission is a co-presenter of the seminar – “Since the late 1980’s, Memphis and the Mid-South have enjoyed the excitement of film and TV projects, both big and small. But how many film-lovers or emerging filmmakers have met a really big-time producer – nonetheless one of the caliber of Howard Rosenman? We know this will be an incredible opportunity for Memphis.”
The seminar covers “how to get a movie on,” focusing on the skills of pitching, packaging and virtually every step in the life of a movie project. Rosenman will give attendees a true inside look at the realities of producing for the big screen, and audience members will even have a chance to pitch to him and get a live critique during the seminar.
When crafting this seminar, Rosenman draws on his vast teaching experiences including his current post as an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Stark Producing Program and his past producing workshops at the American Film Institute, UCLA, Columbia, Brandeis, Yale, NYU, Emerson, Tel Aviv University and his alma mater Brooklyn College. He will give some inside scoop on his current slate including the upcoming remake of his first film SPARKLE by Sony Pictures.
Seminar tickets are $35. For friends and members of Indie Memphis and the Film Commission, there is a discounted ticket price of $25 and for students, $15. For more information and to purchase tickets for the seminar, visit www.thehollywoodsell.com.
“This seminar is perfect for up-and-coming filmmakers, students or anyone who loves film and TV and wants to know the next step in how to take their ideas and develop films from them,” says Rosenman, who has brought “The Hollywood Sell” already to Omaha, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Los Angeles with upcoming engagements in Denver, Austin, San Francisco, Johannesburg & Capetown, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel.
Erik Jambor of Indie Memphis adds, “We’re thrilled to be able to play a part in bringing Howard Rosenman to Memphis. His seminar provides a rare opportunity for area filmmakers and anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes wrangling it takes to make a successful Hollywood feature.”
The evening following the seminar, Indie Memphis will present a special screening of the hilarious and touching modern classic FATHER OF THE BRIDE starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short on Sunday evening September 18 at 7:30pm at the Evergreen Theater, 1705 Poplar Avenue. Q&A with Rosenman will follow the screening. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.
Preceding these events, on Thursday evening September 15 at 6:30pm, there is a rare chance to see on the big screen, Rosenman’s documentary PARAGRAPH 175 about gay people who were persecuted in the Holocaust, which will be presented by the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center’s Outflix Festival at the Ridgeway Four Theatre, 5853 Ridgeway Center Parkway. Q&A with Rosenman will follow the screening. Tickets at www.outflixfestival.org.
“I am personally honored to welcome Hollywood producer Howard Rosenman as a special guest to our festival. Mr. Rosenman’s work, not only as a producer but as a supporter of LGBT causes, is a model for our entire community,” says Will Batts, Director of the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center and the Outflix Festival.
While in town, Rosenman will also be visiting classes at the University of Memphis, Memphis College of Art and Rhodes College.
ABOUT HOWARD ROSENMAN: Howard Rosenman is one of the most prolific and well-known producers in film and television. Rosenman’s films have won 2 Peabody Awards, an Academy Award and top honors at the Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. His work ranges from acclaimed documentaries, THE CELLULOID CLOSET and COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT, to such popular favorites as FATHER OF THE BRIDE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE MAIN EVENT starring Barbra Streisand, A STRANGER AMONG US with Melanie Griffith, THE FAMILY MAN with Nicolas Cage and YOU KILL ME with Sir Ben Kingsley to television series “John from Cincinnati” for HBO. Also, Rosenman made his acting debut opposite Sean Penn in the Oscar-winning film MILK. This spring, Rosenman will remake his first film SPARKLE with Sony Pictures to be adapted by Mara Brock Akil (“Cougartown” & “The Game”) and directed by Salim Akil (“Jumping The Broom”).
In January 2009, Rosenman became a Contributing Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His articles about his longtime friendships with Leonard Bernstein, Elizabeth Taylor and Diane von Furstenberg can be found on www.latimes.com. Born in Brooklyn, Rosenman is the son of seventh generation Israelis from Jerusalem. In 1967, Rosenman took a leave from medical school to serve as an extern medic in the Six Day War as a part of the Israeli Defense Forces. There, he met his mentor Leonard Bernstein who encouraged him to go into show business.