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Diaries of Dissonance Panel. From left to right: Rodrigo Brandão, Prof. Steven Ginsberg, Dr. Stephen Tropiano, Vanessa Domico, Prof. Laura Kissel, and

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Dr. Stephen Tropiano moderated a discussion panel on Sunday, April 5. Titled “Diaries of Dissonance”, the panel featured five FLEFF guests who work in different aspects of the film industry: film distributors Vanessa Domico and Rodrigo Brandão, screenwriter Prof. Steven Ginsberg, filmmakers Dr. Ernesto Livon-Grosman and Prof. Laura Kissel.

Here are the three thoughts I got out of the discussion:

1. Transmedia is the key to everything.

It’s all about engaging your audience from the very beginning of your filmmaking process. You have to think out of the box and be creative. “Engagement campaign” is the 21st century version of political grassroots campaign.

2. Be an advocate in your local politics, no matter where you are.

There are many ways to get funded being an independent filmmaker and artist; local state funding is one of them. Self-expression is not fundable. You need to get involved with your local political scene and work on collaborated community engagement. 

3. There are numerous opportunities in the independent film industry.

All you have to do is to think out of the box. Be a social media savvy. As Prof. Ginsberg pointed out, a lot of the interns in Ithaca College’s Los Angeles Program were placed at positions dealing with social media marketing. Besides, films are interdisciplinary nowadays. As Prof. Laura Kissel suggested, you may look into collaborating with the academia because more and more academic researchers want to make films about their studies. 

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