Local Film Conference Debuts Saturday

The first-ever Film Talk 2010, a daylong conference featuring a “series of lectures, collaborative discussions and promotional and networking opportunities for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana film communities,” takes place this weekend. —-

Among the area professionals taking part are veteran cinematographer Jeff Barklage, filmmakers Terry Lukemire (who directed the recently released 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King; read my interview with Lukemire here), Michael Maney (whose most recent short, Meth, was well received), Jason Epperson (whose Unrequited played at this year's Cincinnati Film Festival) and David Donnelly (whose first feature, Doctor Feelgood, surfaced last year) and distribution guru Michael Katchman, a 30-year film vet who worked for everyone from Lionsgate and MGM to Orion and First Look Entertainment before starting his own company, Rivercoast Films.

The day's five sessions include “Camera Technology,” “Pre-Production and Principal Photography,” “Development — The Essential Toolkit,” “The Future of Distribution” and, my favorite, “Relax — it's just a mixer.”

The conference, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and costs $99 for a full-day pass/$49.95 for a half-day pass, takes place at Jack Fisher Studios (239 S. Edgewood Ave., Hamilton). For more information or to register, go to http://filmtalk2010.wordpress.com/.