March 22-24, 2018



    Srikant Chellappa is a producer, writer and director, known for Bad Grandmas (2017), Ghost Image (2007) and The Players (2003).

    BAD GRANDMAS, a comedy by co-writer/director Srikant Chellappa. Starring the late Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”) in her final role and the legendary Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”), “Bad Grandmas” recounts the misadventures of senior citizens Mimi (Henderson), Coralee (Grier), Bobbi (Susie Wall), and Virginia (Sally Eaton). The friends’ quiet life is upended when Bobbi’s son-in-law, Jim (David Wassilak), cons her and she loses her house. Mimi, the unofficial leader of the group, decides to take matters into her own hands, but things spin out of control, and Jim is inadvertently killed. It isn’t long before local detective Randy McLemore (Randall Batinkoff) begins to investigate. Adding further complication — and danger — is Jim’s criminal associate Harry Lovelace (Judge Reinhold of “Beverly Hills Cop”), who’s on the hunt to collect the money his partner owes him. The situation appears grim, but these bad grandmas are no ordinary women.

    With his new film in hand, Srikant will discuss all the ways you can finance your film. You want this!


    Thomas Smugala is a producer, writer and director, known for Interview A Monster (2017), Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen (2005), 186 Days (2000)

    Writer/Director of two feature films, 5 short films, 26 music videos, 55+ TV Commercials, Thomas Smugala, 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. Naysayers and dream squashers are very good at what they do. They find a great sense of purpose by dragging others into the muck. Thomas will show you ways to stay focused on your film to completion. So get on your muck boots and don’t miss this talk.


    Jon Fahey is a producer and locations manager known for his work on Interview a Monster (2017), Kingshxghway (2010), The Tomb (2009), Ghost Image (2007) and Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen (2005).

    The location manager is responsible for finding and securing locations to be used, obtaining all fire, police and other governmental permits, and coordinating the logistics for the production to complete its work. It is by far one of the most demanding jobs on set.


    David Wassilak is an professional actor and director, known for Interview a Monster (2017), Bad Grandmas (2017), Coyote (2014), Fit to Burst (2012), Saving Shiloh (2006) and many more.

    Actors go to great lengths to learn about what their characters are actually feeling and going through. Sometimes, it involves study and research, sometimes if requires more. David will share with you how he prepares for a role.


    Dennis Boyd, owner of St. Louis Picture Cars, actor, art department, transportation is known for his work on Interview A Monster (2017), Dig Two Graves (2014), Bedlam Street (2011) and Joe Hanrahan 'Invents' Insane-O-Vision (2014).

    As head of a films transportation department, Dennis oversees the entire transportation requirements for the film. He manages the use of the prop vehicles, vehicle stunts, support vehicles and camera vehicles, as well as the trucks and vans used to transport equipment. There is more to all this than meets the eye. Dennis will answer all your questions.