LA Film School Financing Party - Networking is a key

It was touted as a Film Financing Night and sponsored by the Los Angeles Film School and Royalty Rope Events and many people came expecting a lecture and some mild networking after.  Instead, we just partied and network all night long.  The Krol vodka flowed freely along with appetizers of varying sorts.  

9 pm, Chicago attorney, Hal “Corky” Kessler from Levin Ginsburg Attorneys at Law (experts on section 181, a much needed law for those of us financing our films) spoke to us about deadlines for the law and the need to get things started so that we can be grandfathered in.  Corky, himself, has been the attorney on over ten feature films and is actively working on eight more film projects.  He sets up film funds throughout the country.  

An adjunct professor at Northwestern Law School and John Marshall Law School, Corky also actively conducts “Biz Seminars” telling filmmakers the ins and outs of financing and feature film development.  He often travels to film festivals, giving freely of his knowledge, to those interested and often writes for screen magazines.  

The evening produced several deals for producers and writers there.  I was lucky enough to meet several investors and managers interested in my projects.  

L A Film School: Ken Davitian of Borat fame and friend

Among the attendees there were Ken Davitian of Borat fame, Arthur Wylie, Dale Godboldo of Urban Street Lit Media, Tamarat Makonnen, Tony Lund, Shari Hamrick of Alianza Films , Stephanie Budiman and Erika Benites of Imbd, Kent Moran of Wishing Well Pictures, Kristine Kreska of Collaboration Entertainment, Richard Walters, Smash Music and Films, Shelby Alan Brown of the DFG, Puraj Puri from Rebel Entertainment Partners, Ron Smith Productions, Marcus Spense from Ten2One Entertainment, Karl R Herrmann of Dark and Stormy Entertainment and Julian Starks.  Others included Tafua Eilenne, Danny Rodriquez of Polychrome Pictures, Cecilia Berry and Antoine Ibrahim of the Los Angeles Film School, Roy Ferre, Phyllis Thinkil and Michael Gonzales of the DGA.  Shankly Productions, Eric Goren of Double Helix Entertainment, Hector Echavarria of Destiny Entertainment, R. Stewart Gano of Warner Brothers, Henri M Kessler and Jennifer Howard of the Robert Evans Company, Mark R Harris, Deborah Pratt, and Jeff Riggs of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  

L A Film School: Arthur Wylie, investor, producer

Talent was provided by Joshua Edwards of Don Buckwalkd & Associates, Sarah Fletcher from L A Models, Ben Gorman, Shaun Hageline, Bryan Walsh of APA talent , Joe Ross of Abrams Artists Agency, Lyn Pinkerton and Jaime Love from Pinkerton Model and Talent, and Lindsay Gartner of Rouge Modeling Agency.  

Beautiful purses and jewelry were shown by Skova and vodka was provided by Krol.  

Despite the initial confusion, it was a great event and I’d be happy to attend any time.   

For more information contact [email protected] or write to Corky at Levin Ginsburg, 180 N. LaSalle Street, #3200, Chicago, Ill. 60601, 312 368 0100.  

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