Carmel Film Forum 2017 Project Overview/Press Release

Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) will host the 2017 Carmel Film Forum on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5. It’s a FREE, fun, educational event, crowned by film screenings and Q&As with successful Hollywood filmmakers.

On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., James E. Moriarty of Moriarty Media will introduce Jon Schnepp, a successful Hollywood based producer, writer and director. James will have the first public screening of his new “Indy produced” short film, BYTE The Prequel, and Jon will make the regional premiere of his feature length documentary, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? James and Jon will have a Q&A session on what inspired Jon to make his film and the challenges Jon had with crowd funding and distribution.

On Saturday afternoon Mez Murray, a Chicago based producer, writer, director and comedian will join Jon in a screen writers’ workshop that offers one to one discussions with aspiring filmmakers regarding the scripts or films they have previously submitted online. This unique feedback session can give guidance to those looking to make it to “the next level”.


On Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m., Film Indy Commissioner Teresa Sabatine is honored to host native Hoosier and Hollywood executive, Jeremy Whitman, for an intimate discussion around creating a successful career in the entertainment business. The discussion will deep dive into Jeremy's journey to Hollywood and his advice on creating opportunity from Indiana. 


The second session in this program will feature a panel of film professionals who will discuss filmmaking topics, which may include:

  • Government agencies and organizations supportive of filmmaking 
  • The financial challenges filmmakers have in Indiana
  • How to locate and employ artists, actors, musicians and crew members
  • Distribution and marketing best practices
  • What filmmakers need to know about film festivals
  • The evening’s musical interludes will be provided by Ashton Gleckman. 

Participants will be invited to relocate to the SoHo Café and Gallery at 9 p.m. to network, enjoy filmmaker inspired drinks and hear Mez Murray’s Filmmaking Horror Stories, Triumphant Tales and Tarot Card Readings.  The band, Sydney Paige and the Midnight Fire, will entertain with a live performance.

All events are FREE, but you must register at or the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Audiovisual Desk (Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Avenue SE, Carmel, IN 46032).

The 2017 Carmel Film Forum is sponsored by The City of Carmel, Moriarty Media, Carmel Clay Public Library, Indy Film Fest, Film Indy, Roberts Camera, T. Gregorek AV Consulting, Randy Johnson Photography, SoHo Café and Gallery, Jane Jensen Music and The Pop Machine.

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